Stan's No Tubes Elite Women's Team - Verge America
Things are winding up as we are headed straight into the heart of our racing season!
March started with Nina traveling to Spain to compete in the Costa Blanca stage race. She raced with Brazilian Isabella Lacerda. The two were focused on securing UCI points as Isabella is in a fight to represent Brazil this year in the Olympics. With their third place finish, the two succeeded and Isabella gained valuable points. It was a great start to the season for Nina, who said, "It was an incredible four days of racing on technical trails with views of orange groves and the Mediterranean off in the distance. I'm loving the 27.5 valors on my F-Si!"
Nina and Isabella are all smiles on a preride.
Alexis took on the opening round of the Pro XCT series; heading to Bonelli Park in San Dimas, CA. "It felt amazing to get back out there with everyone and compete. This was also the first time I got to race on my super light and responsive Cannondale F-SI! Like how most first races tend to be, it was a time to get things smoothed out and dialed in for the rest of the season. It helped to have so much support for the race from The Stan’s NoTubes team, my awesome mechanic, sponsors, and terrific hosts. One of my favorite parts of traveling for races is getting to meet new people who share the same passion for mountain biking. Now to prepare to crush it for the next race!"
Photo credit: Tonya Bray
Emily kicked off her season close to home at the Ridge Fun Trails Race in Pisgah, NC. Coming away with the win in sloppy, wet conditions, she had this to say, "I had a lot of fun, even though it was in the pouring rain! My equipment was flawless and it was great training and practice for the Pisgah Stage Race in April."
As the defending champion at the Vietnam Victory Challenge, Sarah traveled back to the mountains of Da Lat, Vietnam for the three day stage race. In its second year, the women's field tripled in size with women traveling from around the world to compete. Sarah came away with the GC win and wins in all three stages after three days of close, exciting racing. "The race and organization was fantastic. I knew I had good fitness but with a stronger field this year, I had to battle for each stage win. Some of the best racing I have done in a long time. What a great experience!"
Sarah pops the champagne to celebrate the GC win.
Photo credit: Binh Nguyen
Following the race, Sarah had the opportunity to travel to Chiang Mai, Thailand to train for a week, check out some of the local MTB riding, see temples, elephants and and experience life in Thailand.
Left to right: Sarah with Chiang Mai locals; Sarah on Chiang Mai's legendary DH trail, Gee's House; the group takes a quick break. All photos credit: Toro Van Sansai.
"This was absolutely the trip of a lifetime! Riding with locals, experiencing Thai culture, food and customs was amazing. I soaked it all up and loved every moment of it."
Thank you for your continued support! We look forward to seeing many of you at Sea Otter.