Pescadero, CA — September 27, 2018 — This weekend, three Team TIBCO - Silicon Valley Bank riders will compete in the 2018 UCI World Championships in Innsbruck-Tirol, Austria. Brodie Chapman (AUS), Alice Cobb (GBR) and Alison Jackson (CAN) were selected to represent their countries at the pinnacle event of the season.
“It is always an honour to be selected to represent Canada as one of the top athletes in the country,” said Jackson. “I love wearing the maple leaf. This year, the World Championship course in Innsbruck, is a long hard race with loads of climbing. I'm looking forward to doing my best in my role for Team Canada.”
Jackson has been steadily climbing the world rankings, with several top results this year, including her 6th place finish at the Grand Prix de Plouay. Brodie Chapman, in her first her as a professional rider, has caught the attention of the Australian National Team with her solid results at races like the Amgen Tour of California, La Flèche Wallone and the Herald Sun Tour. Brodie’s climbing ability will be a strong asset to Cycling Australia. Alice Cobb, just 23 years old, demonstrated her climbing abilities with a strong performance during the British National Championships earlier this year, and will be looking to support the British National team at Worlds.
"Racing the World Championships here in Innsbruck, Austria is such an awesome way to wrap up the season,” said Brodie Chapman. “My year with Team TIBCO - Silicon Valley Bank has given me the platform to affirm my talents in the mountains which led to my selection for the Australian Cycling Team. The vibe here reminds me of the spring, so many fans and flags, all amongst possibly one of the of the most stunning landscapes I have ever ridden in. I can't wait to be a part of the race!"
With a number of challenging ascents, the 156.2 km course is designed to suit the climbers of the peloton. Beginning in Kufstein, the first portion of the race is rolling terrain that leads into a final pitch before entering the three circuits of the race. With a steep climb each lap, this will be the decisive point of the race. The riders will ascend a total of 2,413 meters before the finale in Innsbruck, Austria.
Alice Cobb said, “I’m really excited to be racing World's and representing GB for the first time. It's a great opportunity and I'm looking forward to getting stuck into the racing and gaining championship experience.”
Ed Beamon, Sport Director for Team TIBCO - Silicon Valley Bank said, “It is a great honor and a tribute to Team-TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank to have 3 of our outstanding athletes representing 3 strong nations at this year's World Championships. I think each has shown their all around ability and especially their climbing strengths this season and will be valuable teammates in achieving their country's goals.”
Team TIBCO - Silicon Valley Bank is committed to developing riders to reach the highest level in sport. In anticipation of Tokyo 2020, the team has expanded their racing calendar to include more of the Women’s World Tour races, while still focusing on the key North American races.
“Our mission has always been to give women opportunities to pursue their goals at the highest level in cycling, and to see these talented riders selected for Worlds makes us so proud,” said Linda Jackson, Founder of Team TIBCO - Silicon Valley Bank. “We have a very solid team, and it will be exciting to help these women continue to develop their talents.”
The race begins on Saturday, October 29, at 12:10pm local time. Follow the race using @ibk_tirol2018 and #InnsbruckTirol2018. Check here see how to watch the race live.