From the streets of Vancouver to the mountains of France, Team TIBCO - Silicon Valley Bank has had a successful ten days of racing.
The sprint-focused squad at BC Superweek secured seven victories in nine starts, with a podium in all nine races. Kendall Ryan (USA) sprinted to victory in five events, including the UCI White Spot Delta UCI Road Race, the Ladner Criterium, the North Delta Criterium, the Gastown Grand Prix and the PoCo Grand Prix. At the Tour di Burnaby, Ryan finished 3rd out of a select group, and Shannon Malseed claimed 2nd from the breakaway at the New West Criterium. Topping off BC Supeweek, Alison Jackson (CAN) scored two more victories for the team at the Tour de White Rock, making her the Tour de White Rock omnium champion.
“BC Superweek is one of my favorite weeks of bike racing, and it makes it that much better that we were able to be on the podium in every race,” said Kendall Ryan. “I think I just harnessed a lot of energy from a couple disappointing races at US Pro Nationals and wanted to turn things around. The team really believed in me, and we went all in to win as many races as we could.”
Malseed raced the early races of BC Superweek before she headed to Europe to join the climbing squad in France for La Course by Le Tour de France. The team worked hard to support Brodie Chapman’s (AUS) efforts as this 112.5km, mountainous race, with climbs that included the Col de la Romme and the Col de la Colombière before finishing in Le Grand-Bornand.
Brodie Chapman finished La Course in 14th overall, an impressive finish in the difficult UCI World Tour event. “La Course was a storm of a race," said Chapman. “The landscape, the hype, the difficulty and the fantastic crowds. I certainly have a few tricks to learn, but my Team TIBCO - Silicon Valley Bank teammates rode exceptionally and professionally, amongst this sports’ best! I’m looking forward to more races like this!”
Meanwhile, in Boise, Emily Newsom (USA) finished third on the podium at a road event in Boise, a challenging race of attrition in a solid field.
“Racing multiple events simultaneously can be a challenge for any team, and I’m really proud of how the team and staff has come together to support outstanding results around the world,” said Linda Jackson, Founder of Team TIBCO - Silicon Valley Bank. “We’re really focused on expanding our racing calendar in Europe to help riders pursue their Olympic dreams, and I am thrilled with the team’s progression so far.”
Next up, the team will be in Europe preparing for their next UCI World Tour event: Prudential RideLondon.