So Close in Philly…
Canadian Lex Albrecht gave Twenty16 Pro Cycling one of its top results of the season, finishing second behind defending champion Evelyn Stevens in Sunday’s Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic in Philadelphia.
The result gives Twenty16 – which rides Zipp wheels, bars, stems and seatposts – confidence and momentum heading into the heart of the summer racing season. For Albrecht, it was also a personal milestone as her first podium placing in UCI 1.1 classification professional race. The race, which finishes atop the Manayunk Wall, is one of the marque events on the U.S cycling calendar. It also features equal prize money for the Men’s and Women’s elite races.
As it turns out, Lex is as fast with interview requests as she is on the bike. Check out our recent chat with her:
Which Zipp wheels did you ride in Philly and why?
What is your history with the Philly race?
Philly all comes down to the final climb up the Wall. But what is the key? What was the team strategy?
Positioning was key on a fast section coming into a technical chicane at the base of the final climb. I fought to keep position up front, but it didn't work quite as well as I hoped. Coming into the climb with around 15 riders strung ahead of me, I had a lot of work to do to cover the ground to get to the front before the finish. Thanks to he energy my teammates helped me save, we managed to score second place. I really appreciate what they did.
What does this result mean for you as far as your confidence or goals for you and the team for the rest of the season?
Photo ©Darrell Parks Photography