This is Exergy TWENTY12's year
Team Exergy TWENTY12’s name says it all. The team’s core goals include placing women in the 2012 London Olympics as well as giving women the opportunity to compete at the highest levels. With that in mind, check out the team’s highlights over the past week:
- On Friday, USA Cycling named two team members to U.S. Olympic Team for this summer’s London Games. Kristin Armstrong, the defending time trial gold medalist from Beijing, will compete in the road race and time trial. Lauren Tamayo will be part of the U.S. women’s team pursuit on the track. Lauren has been training with the National Team Pursuit Team in Majorca, Spain. Kristin, who broke her collarbone May 24, is training in Boise Idaho. Her final race before the Olympics is scheduled to be the Cascade Classic, which runs July 17-22 in Oregon. In addition, Cari Higgins, Theresa Cliff-Ryan, Kristin McGrath, Andrea Dvorak and Jennifer Valente were named to the Olympic long team. "All of these athletes worked tirelessly in support of one another this season," said Nicola Cranmer, general manager of Exergy TWENTY12. "I want to applaud these women that did and did not make the final selection. It was an honor to be a part of their journey."
- Greta Neimanas, No. 1 in the UCI Para-Cycling World rankings, took gold in the time trial and bronze in the road race last weekend at the UCI Para-Cycling World Cup in Segovia, Spain. "Holy crow, it was a tough day on the bike" Neimanas said. "We did 5 circuits of a course with a steep, cobbled, 700m climb to the finish. On the first time up the climb, end of lap 1, the field shattered and two riders gapped me when my hand (the fake one) slipped off the bars going up the climb. From there I chased, and chased, and chased some more but to no avail. The two riders attacked each other I was gaining on the second place rider but needed another 200m."
- At the six-stage Nature Valley Grand Prix in Minnesota, Theresa Cliff-Ryan won the Stage 2 St. Paul Downtown Criterium and the Stage 4 Uptown Minneapolis Criterium on her way to securing the sprinter’s classification. Jackie Crowell also showed strong form, placing second in the Stage 1 St. Paul Riverside Time Trial and winning the Best Young Rider classification. What’s more, Team Exergy TWENTY12 placed second in the team classification. "The team rode incredibly well together throughout the week; it is an honor to be a part of such a well-oiled machine," said Team Exergy TWENTY12's Kristin Mcgrath, whose aggressive racing included a solo attack in Stage 6. "With everyone riding so strong and as one cohesive unit, the excitement level is (understandably) very high, heading into US nationals next week."
To achieve such results, the women Team Exergy TWENTY12 rely on a full array of Zipp wheels and components, including the 808 Firecrest and 900 Disc for time trials and the 202 on mountainous courses and 303 Firecrest and 404 Firecrest for criteriums and road races. The team also uses Zipp Tangente tires and Zipp’s full line of Service Course SL bars, stems and seatposts and carbon bars including the VukaBull base bar for time trials. Those options include the Service Course CSL bar with its Super Short Reach drop shape, perfect for achieving optimal fit for riders with smaller hands.
Photo: Kristin Armstrong, top; second row from left, Lauren Tamayo and Greta Neimanas;third row, Theresa Cliff-Ryan; bottom row, Kristin McGrath.