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Amanda Miller’s Ryan Collegiate All-Star Experience

April 29, 2010

Amanda Miller raced for the 2008 Ryan Collegiate All-Star team in the Nature Valley Grand Prix. Since then, she has procured a professional contract on a top-flight cycling team and has even raced across the pond, strengthening her legs and learning the ways of true professional cycling. She reflects back on what the Ryan Collegiate and Nature Valley Grand Prix experiences meant to her and her career:

In 2008, I was given the opportunity to race with the Ryan Collegiate All-Star team at the Nature Valley Grand Prix. The 2008 season was my first year racing collegiate. I heard about this composite team coming into nationals and made it one of my season goals to make it on the squad. My collegiate racing experience in 2008 taught me the basics of racing with a team. At Colorado State University, we had great mentors and teammates to support us.

Nature Valley Grand Prix was my first “pro” level stage race of my career. Was I nervous? Of course! Our team director, John Barron, was amazing though. The team was run as a professional squad on a very low stress basis. All we had to do as riders was race our bicycles. The team even had their own mechanic and soigneur. Prior to the start of each stage we had a team meeting. This is where John gave us the team plan for the day. It was really exciting to have a game plan and specific jobs for the day.

The Ryan Collegiate All Star team was a great stepping stone for me to take in my cycling career. Prior to the experience, I was just a local collegiate racer. In 2009, I was presented with a contract by the LipSmacker Professional women’s cycling team. I also spent a month in France racing for the U.S. National Development team. Now I am racing for the only women’s UCI team in the United States, Team TIBCO/To the Top. I don’t think I would have been able to progress as quickly as I did without the help of the Ryan Collegiate All-Star team. Not only did it provide me with experience, but it also gave me a level of confidence and motivation. After the experience, I felt that I actually did belong in the women’s professional peloton and that it was something I wanted to pursue as a career.

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Meet Team TIBCO In Wisconsin!

May 21, 2009

May 20, 2009

For Immediate Release

Team TIBCO to help celebrate 25th anniversary of Art Doyle’s Spokes and Pedals June 9.

Los Altos, CaliforniaTeam TIBCO is proud to announce that they will be helping Art Doyle’s Spokes and Pedals in Hudson, Wisconsin, celebrate its 25th anniversary on June 9th. The visit is in conjunction with the team’s participation in the Nature Valley Grand Prix, June 10-14 in and around the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.

Art’s is a long-time retailer of LOOK bikes, which Team TIBCO has ridden to great success already in 2009, as well as in 2008.

“We’re really excited to help Art’s celebrate their 25th anniversary,” said Amber Rais, one of Team TIBCO’s leaders, and one of five riders from the team who will participate in the event. She will be joined by teammates Meredith Miller, Lauren Tamayo, Katharine Carroll and Julie Beveridge.

“LOOK has been one of our top sponsors, and events like this one are a great way to show our appreciation to LOOK and their top retailers,” Rais added.

The riders will be giving a short presentation about the team and its history, and how people can use cycling with proper nutrition to get into shape and lead healthier lives. The riders will also talk a bit about their own backgrounds, accomplishments and goals with Team TIBCO. Riders will then take questions, mingle with attendees and sign autographs.

Though an RSVP is not required to attend, the first 20 people who do RSVP to art@spokesandpedals.com will receive a FREE pair of Team TIBCO socks. The first 100 attendees who pick up a bottle of water (one per person please) at the event will be eligible for a drawing for two autographed Team TIBCO jerseys. There will be a raffle number on the bottle. Refreshments will be served, so the store’s management is encouraging people to RSVP to help in planning the event.

Event Details:
When: June 9, 2009, 6:00 – 7:45 p.m.
Where: Art Doyle’s Spokes and Pedals, 607 2nd St., Hudson, WI
Why: To celebrate Art’s 25th anniversary

About Team TIBCO

The TIBCO Women’s Cycling Team is a professional cycling program devoted to fostering the success of elite women cyclists in national and international competition, with a focus on developing contenders for the Olympic Games through the team’s elite and development programs. The team also emphasizes joy in sport, fair play and dedication to excellence.

About Title Sponsor TIBCO Software Inc.

TIBCO Software Inc.(NASDAQ:TIBX) provides enterprise software that helps companies achieve service-oriented architecture (SOA) and business process management (BPM) success. With over 3,000 customers, TIBCO has given leading organizations around the world better awareness and agility – what TIBCO calls The Power of Now®. To learn more, contact TIBCO at +1 650-846-1000.

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