Stan's No Tubes / Cannondale - Women's MTB Team - Race towards summer
Racing Toward Summer!
As we head into the heart of our season, Mical and Jenny headed to Alexis's hometown for the second stop of the Epic Rides series, the Grand Junction Offroad. Defending her home turf, Alexis stormed to second place in the race. The following weekend, Jenny also turned in a second place in her hometown at the Gunnison Growler. In the meantime, Alexis and Mical both topped fields at the Iron Horse Classic and the Nimby Fifty respectively. After an injury at Sea Otter, Sarah used May to get back to training and do some local racing in preparation for a June campaign.
Epic Ride Round 2; Grand Junction Offroad
After a solid throwdown at round one of Epic Rides, Jenny and Mical were excited to head Alexis's hometown, where Alexis was ready to defend her turf. The fat-tire crit got things started on Friday night, with Alexis landing on the podium in third. One of our favorite parts of the Epic Rides events is their design to allow pros to interface with amateur racers and bring in the community, families and friends of riders. The amateur racing takes place on Saturday with a day off for the pros before their main event on Sunday. Alexis, Jenny and Mical took advantage of the expo to mingle and chat.
All the chatting and hanging out must have done the girls some good; Alexis had a brilliant ride to second, Mical finished fourth and Jenny was ninth. Thrilled with her breakout performance, Alexis said, "It's an indescribable feeling placing well in a hometown race. So many awesome people support me here, it gets me so excited to keep going! Thanks to all the volunteers, fans, sponsors and Dave Grossman who organized the event."
Photo credit: Blaine Raney
No Rest for the Weary...
Never those to shy away from more racing, all three Jenny, Mical and Alexis lined up to race again the following weekend after Grand Junction. Jenny tackled her hometown race, the Gunnison Growler. The Growler is a massive 64-mile race on rough, technical trails. Not to mention, Gunnison is at an altitude of about 8,000ft. Jenny crushed it for second place. "This was my fastest Growler time ever, even with an added trail. Impressive and a testament to my new Scalpel-Si."
Photo credit: Matt Burt
Mical Tops a Filthy NimbyFifty
Like Jenny, Mical turned around after Grand Junction and lined up for another beast of a race, the NimbyFifty in Pemberton, BC, Canada. Known as one of the most technical mountain bike races around, a wet rainy day added to the conditions this year. "The normally dry and dusty course was very slick and the rocks and roots very scary! I had a great ride on the new Scalpel-Si, especially for the tight switchbacks and steep shoots. Super happy to take my third win in the event," said a happy Mical post-race.
Photo credit: Bruce Grant
Alexis at Iron Horse
Alexis headed to Durango to take on the Iron Horse Classic - a popular race and known for its course that laps through a brewery! Showing no signs of fatigue from the previous weekend, Alexis cruised to a win. "Iron Horse became one of my new favorite races! It was a great course on beautiful trails and going through Steamworks brewery with spectators cheering was a blast!"
Photo credit: Geoff Williams
Sarah Looks Ahead with Spring Highs and Lows
After a great early season, Sarah struggled with injuries through April and May with torn intercostal muscles sustained at Sea Otter and a concussion sustained in training in early May. With a focus on recovery, training and some local racing, she turned in a win and a pair of third places and is feeling healthy and ready to tackle the rest of the season! "Its been a roller coaster of a season but I'm happy to be feeling healthy again and excited to get back to more racing!" These views make a pretty sweet backdrop for racing - not that anyone is noticing during the race!
Photo credit: Erica Tingey (who is also a Verge Sport Sponsored athlete!)
As always, your support is invaluable and we are looking forward to having you along for the rest of our season! We have some big things coming up; Vicki is currently holding down the GC lead at the Trans-Sylvania Epic and we have some exciting women's clinics this month. Stay tuned, thanks for reading!
Photo credit: Kenny Wehn