Photos: Jason Calderon
In a successful week of racing, Team TIBCO - Silicon Valley Bank secured a podium spot at the UCI 1.1 Grand Prix Cycliste Gatineau and won both days of races at the Armed Forces Cycling Classic. Alison Jackson (CAN) finished 2nd at Gatineau, won the first day of racing at the Armed Forces Cycling Classic, the Clarendon Cup, and claimed 3rd in the overall omnium results. Kendall Ryan (USA) won the field sprint in Clarendon, 2nd behind Jackson, and sprinted to the overall victory on the final event of the AF Cycling Classic, the Crystal Cup.
Gatineau’s 104-km course featured several punchy climbs, and rolling terrain. It was on one of the early climbs that a breakaway formed, with Alison Jackson and Ingrid Drexel (MEX) both making the front selection. The two worked together to the finish, with Jackson sprinting to second behind Lauren Hall, a near photo finish against fellow Canadian rider Sara Bergen, who finished 3rd.
Next up, the team headed to the Armed Forces Cycling Classic, a two-day criterium on the USA Cycling Pro Road Tour. The first event, the Clarendon Cup, features technical corners and windy sections that favor breakaways.
“The team was launching attacks from the start of the 50-km race,” said Ed Beamon. “Alison countered a breakaway that Ingrid had initiated with 38km to go and stayed away for the win. The team delivered a perfect lead-out to secure the field sprint for Kendall.
In the final race of the series, the Crystal Cup, it was Ryan on the top step of the podium, a result that brought her 1st overall in the omnium, and Jackson 3rd.
“It was great having two former national criterium champions represented at the Armed Forces Cycling Classic,” Beamon continued, “and I’m proud of how well the team worked together to win both races.”