Photo Credit: Scott Robarts
July 15, 2019 — Over the past 10 days, Team TIBCO - Silicon Valley Bank chalked up a total of 11 podiums, including 8 victories at BC Superweek. Kendall Ryan (USA) won the North Delta Criterium, the Gastown Grand Prix and the Giro di Burnaby, and Alison Jackson (CAN) won the UCI White Spot | Delta Road Race and the New West Grand Prix. Nina Kessler (NED) topped off the weekend in Canada with victories at the PoCo Grand Prix and the Tour de White Rock Road Race, which was celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.
On BC Superweek, Nina Kessler said, “It was a great week, and we really raced well as I team. I feel so proud to be part of this team!”
“This was my first time at BC Superweek,” Kessler continued. “The team had already told me all about the race, and I was really looking forward to racing here. I really like racing crits in the Netherlands, but I’ve heard that criteriums are different in North America - that they’re really hard, and riders are strong and constantly attacking. At first I was nervous, but we really came together as a team.
“At PoCo Grand Prix, Sharlotte did a great lead-out, and I had Kendall on my wheel. It was really cool to win, and that Kendall got 2nd. But we couldn’t have pulled it off without Sharlotte. At the Tour de White Rock Road Race, we could tell that Emily (Marcolini) was ready to go. At the start, she attacked and stayed away for two laps by herself. That was a good opportunity for us to warm up and keep the pressure off of us. In the end of the race, a small group attacked, and I was able to bridge to the first group. There was a big tailwind, so I started my attack early. I could see them coming up the hill behind me, so I shifted my gear one more time and sped up to win the race!”
In the USA, Lauren Stephens (USA) also claimed 2nd place at the well-known Crusher in the Tushar gravel race, a grueling event with varying, rough terrain and over 10,000 feet of climbing in about 65 miles. The uniquely formatted race with its combination of dirt, tarmac and gravel started in Beaver, Utah, the birthplace of the famed outlaw “Butch Cassidy” and finished at Utah’s newest ski resort town, Eagle Point.
“It was hard to keep track of all of the results coming in from around the world, which is a great problem to have,” said Linda Jackson, Founder of Team TIBCO - Silicon Valley Bank. “I am proud of how the team performed over this past week. It was a lot of hard work, great riding and teamwork, both on and off the bike.
Silicon Valley Bank Event: Bikes and Brew
Alison Jackson and Shannon Malseed (AUS) also visited Silicon Valley Bank’s (SVB) offices in Boston, where they participated in SVB’s Bikes and Brew Event with SVB employees and partners, along with an in-office Q&A session.
“It was really great to meet with Silicon Valley Bank employees and clients,” said Malseed. “We were able to ride with many of the Best Buddies Challenge supporters and participants. The ride was beautiful, covered with tree canopy roads pretty much the whole way - which is my favourite type of scenery.”
After the ride, Jackson and Malseed viisited the SVB offices, where they hosted a Q&A session for SVB employees. “There are a surprising number of similarities between cycling and business operations - our shared sense of community, overcoming barriers, staying motivated, creating goals, trusting the process, working in a team environment, understanding and defining your core values, and so much more,” added Malseed. “I really enjoyed engaging with the crowd of SVB employees and seeing genuine interest in their eyes about our life as professional cyclists. To have the opportunity to speak in front of highly successful people, and know that we are all working to achieve our best and reach the next level is really motivating.”