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Sports radio 1400 interviews Emily Georgeson. Emily is a young upcoming racer from Wisconsin. She qualified to race in the Nature Valley Grand Prix through the Nature Valley Pro Chase amateur qualifier series. Emily talks about what it will be like to race in front of the home crowd. Also what inspired her to enter racing and her goals as a racer.
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Minneapolis (July 19, 2010) – The individual, sprint and team classifications remain up for grabs with one race remaining in the Women’s Prestige Cycling Series.
The 30th edition of the Bend Memorial Clinic Cascade Cycling Classic begins Tuesday. The six-day event is the longest consecutively run elite stage race in the United States.
In the Women’s Prestige Cycling Series individual standings, Mara Abbott (Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12) holds a 41-point lead over Alison Powers (Team Vera Bradley Foundation). Powers said she is feeling good and will have a team of seven riders around her while Abbott will bring only three teammates to Bend, Ore.
“I have good fitness and I’m motivated and our team is strong, so I’m hoping we can do well,” Powers said. “This has been a hard season competition-wise, which is really cool. All the teams have strong riders. All the teams have good depth.”
Brooke Miller (TIBCO/To the Top Pro Cycling Team) stands third in the sprint classification, but the two riders ahead of her – Shelley Evans (Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12) and Carmen Small (Colavita/Baci presented by Cooking Light) are not on their teams’ roster for the race.
Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12 holds the lead in the team classification, but Team Vera Bradley Foundation remains in striking distance.
The difference in sizes of the Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12 and Vera Bradley Foundation teams could mean some drama in the team classification since the top four riders score points, said David LaPorte, the Women’s Prestige Cycling Series co-founder who also directs the Nature Valley Grand Prix.
“Abbott’s teammates will probably all be riding in support of her, which doesn’t bode well for their individual results,” LaPorte said. “Abbott’s points are doubled since she’s under the age of 26, but the Vera Bradley Foundation is likely to have more riders gaining points.”
Abbott, winner of the recent women’s Giro d’Italia, already has the best young rider (Under 26) jersey sewed up.
The Women’s Prestige Cycling Series is the only national bicycle racing series solely showcasing the country’s top female cycling talent. It began in March with the Redlands Bicycle Classic, followed by the SRAM Tour of the Gila in New Mexico in late April and continued at Nature Valley Grand Prix in eastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin last month.
For more information about the Women’s Prestige Cycling Series, visit the official website, www.WomenCyclists.com, or send an e-mail to: wpcs2010 @ womencyclists.com.
1. Mara Abbott, Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12 – 360.
2. Alison Powers, Team Vera Bradley Foundation – 319.
3. Evelyn Stevens, HTC-Columbia – 275.
4. Erinne Willock, Webcor Builders – 246.
5. Shelley Evans, Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12 – 242.
BEST YOUNG RIDER (UNDER 26) CLASSIFICATION
1. Mara Abbott, Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12 – 605.
2. Rebecca Much, TIBCO/To the Top Pro Cycling Team – 319.
3. Amanda Miller, TIBCO/To the Top Pro Cycling Team – 319.
4. Chloe Forsman, Specialized D4W/Bicycle Haus, 297.
5. Melanie Meyers, Specialized D4W/Bicycle Haus, 275.
1. Shelley Evans, Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12 – 385.
2. Carmen Small, Colavita/Baci p/b Cooking Light – 289.
3. Brooke Miller, TIBCO/To the Top Pro Cycling Team – 286.
4. Ina-Yoko Teutenberg, HTC-Columbia – 220.
5. Carla Swart, Team Vera Bradley Foundation – 198.
1. Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12 – 1,185.
2. Team Vera Bradley Foundation – 844.
3. HTC-Columbia – 814.
4. Colavita/Baci presented by Cooking Light – 644.
5. Webcor Builders – 616.
About the Women’s Prestige Cycling Series
The Women’s Prestige Cycling Series was created following input at the 2003 Women’s Cycling Summit Conference, hosted at the Nature Valley Grand Prix. The inaugural edition of the Series was held the following year. The goal of the Series is to promote women’s racing by giving them a spotlight that they do not have to share with men. The Women’s Prestige Cycling Series is considered the heir apparent to the HP International Women’s Challenge, a fabled women’s stage race that ended its 19-year run in 2003.
Jeremy Fliss is a St. Paul-based massage therapist. In his free time (or maybe vice-versa), Fliss doubles as the soigneur for Webcor Builders, the Redwood City, California-based women’s professional cycling team. Since his view of the professional peloton is both intimate and unique, he’s been generous enough to provide the TRIA/Nature Valley Grand Prix blog with some insight that only he (and the professional peloton) can experience. Enjoy!
On the 25th of April, I boarded a plane for San Francisco as the first stage of the Tour of the Gila as the soignuer for Webcor Builders Women’s Professional Cycling Team. After a brief layover in Denver, I was collected at SFO by our director, Karen Brems.
The purpose of my stop in the Bay Area was to pick up the team car, or car that is driven in the race caravan. Our trusty 2003 Subaru holds six bikes on the roof rack, one director at the wheel, one fleet-footed mechanic ready to service our rider’s bikes at a moments notice, a cooler of water bottles, and spare wheels. So, after packing the car with supplies for the upcoming race, I hit the road to begin the trip to Silver City, NM. On that day, I made it to Redlands, CA where I stayed with longtime Webcor host and friend of cycling, Cid. After a home cooked meal, I was off across the desert in a reverse California migration to Tucson to pick up additional teammates that weren’t driving in from the new Albuquerque Roadrunner race. And, by 9:30, we rolled in to our host house in New Mexico.
My responsibilities as a soigneur are to ensure that the riders have what they need before, during, and after the races. This includes daily massage, water bottles for racing, food for both during and after racing. So, the day before racing began, after sneaking in a short ride with our mechanic extraordinaire Dave Drumm, it was time to fill bottles, make post-race sandwiches, clean the car, and make sure all the race food was set to go.
Race day usually look like this: wake up early, double and triple check that everything is prepared and done for the day, drive to the race start, make sure the riders have everything they need from food to liquids to warming oil for their legs on cold days. Then it is off for the feed zone, a designated location on the race route where I am allowed to hand off bottles to the riders when they come past. After feeding, it is a race to the finish so that towels, warm and dry clothes, recovery protein beverages, and food are available as soon as possible. Hopefully after an appearance on the podium by one or more of our riders, it’s back to housing for even more food, massage, and prep the next day.
The first day of racing consisted of a point to point road race where Webcor took the third step of the podium with Katheryn Mattis at the top of the cliff hugging road up to the ghost town of Mogollon. Back to the ranch, lather, rinse, repeat.
Day two was a bit more interesting with 70 degree temperatures, sustained winds in the 30s and what we would later find out were gusts up to 86 mph. After getting literally sand blasted and watching the field of riders get blown apart, it was time to pick up the pieces and prepare for the time trial the following day.
Time trials are individual races against the clock. Even though the wind had died down, it hadn’t abated. Dave, the mechanic, and I arrive at the start about two hours prior to the first rider’s start time to set up trainers for the riders to warm up on, chairs to sit down on, food and water to chow down on, and to make sure the special aerodynamic time trial bikes are running perfectly. Then, as their times come up, we get the riders to the start line and its in their hands. Webcor’s Erinne Willock tore the legs off of all but one other rider to finish in 2nd place.
Criteriums, or crits, are usually the only time that I get to see much racing, as they consist of a short 1-3km course that is raced for a set number of laps or amount of time. The Gila criterium was held in downtown Silver City and consisted of 25 brutally fast laps.
The 5th and final day was another point to point road race that finished at the mountain top village of Pinos Altos. Cold weather, a long and steep climb, and snow flurries made this a day to be survived. After all was said and done, Erinne Willock of Canada was 5th overall for the Tour of the Gila.
Due to the unusual early May weather, we beat a hasty retreat back to the homestead and began the process of getting nine people, nine suitcases, nine backpacks, 20 bikes, race food, coolers, bags of bottles, a massage table, and one million and one other odds and ends packed into the team car and Sprinter van for the immediate departure to Fayetteville, AR and the Joe Martin Stage race. Until next time…
Read more about Jeremy and the rest of the Webcor Builders team at http://www.webcorcycling.com/