Life is slowly returning to normal in the United States after Covid-19. Restaurants and businesses are re-opening, and Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank is excited to start planning its August road calendar. However, in the meantime, virtual racing remains in the hot seat. Last week was jam-packed with races that brought home more accolades for Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank. Leah Dixon claimed top honors at ŠKODA V-Women’s Tour, and Lauren Stephens followed suit a few days later, winning the Joe Martin Stage Race GC. These wins come on the heels of our previous victories at the Zwift Tour for All and Tour of the Gila!
ŠKODA V-Women’s Tour (June 17-19) - Known as one of the most prestigious women's events on the racing calendar, the Women's Tour went virtual this year thanks to race sponsor SweetSpot. After winning stage 2 ahead of teammateLauren Stephens, Leah Dixon boosted the team into the overall lead before the final stage. Stage 3 saw Stephens take second and Kristen Faulkner third. Dixon finished fifth, which was enough to claim the overall title.
"I'm really happy to have won the Skoda V-Women's Tour," Dixon said. "However, this would not have been possible without some great team tactics and awesome support from Lauren and Kristen. While I'm aware virtual racing is not the same as road racing, it's given me a lot of confidence that my form is there for when the season restarts."
The BBC covered Dixon's victory and the story can be found here.
Stage One - Bury St Edmunds
The opening stage was 38.7 kilometers, using some of the route from the final stage from the 2014 Women’s Tour into Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk.
1. Dani Christmas (Lotto Soudal)
2. Illi Gardner (CAMS Tifosi)
3. Amelia Sharpe (Team Breeze)
4. - Kristen Faulkner
5. - Leah Dixon
Stage Two - Burton Dassett
The second stage was a virtual replication of the finishing circuit of 2019’s hilltop finish at Burton Dassett in Warwickshire. The 35.4 km stage features three ascents of a 1.7 km climb (4.9 percent average).
1. Leah Dixon
2. Lauren Stephens
3. Elizabeth Holden (Bizkaia Durango)
4. Kristen Faulkner
Stage Three - Canary Wharf
A criterium around London’s Canary Wharf wrapped up the ŠKODA V-Women’s Tour. Riders had 35 laps of a 1 km circuit, which was also used by the Tour Series.
1. Cathalijne Hoolwerf (NXTG Racing)
2. Lauren Stephens
3. Kristen Faulkner
4. Leigh Ann Ganzar (Rally)
5. Leah Dixon
Joe Martin Stage Race (June 19-21) - Despite some race technical issues, Lauren Stephens brought home the overall win in the virtual Joe Martin Stage Race and teammate Kristen Faulkner was third, a feat made even more impressive considering both competed in the overlapping Women's Tour event. On the opening stage, Sarah Gigante claimed victory and Stephens second. Stephens won the third and final stage which sealed her overall title.
"On Friday, Kristen and I had a double day racing the final stage of the Women's Tour and then, in the evening, the Bologna TT on Zwift to kick off the V-Joe Martin Stage Race," Stephens said. "The part I love the most about virtual racing is the team tactics. We can still practice while being thousands of miles apart. I'm looking forward to taking the lessons we learn during these virtual races to the road this fall."
Individual Time Trial - The riders had an 8 km (five-mile) individual time trial route that replicated last year’s Giro d’Italia prologue.
1. Sarah Gigante - 15:14
2. Lauren Stephens at :03
3. Courtney Nelson at :15
Stage 2 Road Race - Riders tackled 3.5 laps of the Sands and Sequoias, Watopia Zwift course, totaling 70.4 km (44 miles).
1. Jacquie Godbe (Vision)
2. Lauren Stephens
3. Daniela Istrate (Revo)
Stage 3 Road Race - The final stage was four laps of 2015 Richmond World Championship course 65 km (40.4 miles).
1. Lauren Stephens
2. Andrea Ramirez (Agolico)
3. Katheryn Curi (Amy D Foundation)
Jenelle Crooks (stage 1 only)
Emily Joy Newsom
Our virtual training opportunities
While we can't ride outdoors in groups right now, we are still hosting several group rides on Zwift each week! Here are the details...
Best Buddies ride - Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank is proud to support Best Buddies International each year at its 100-mile “Best Buddies Challenge” events on September 12 (Carmel to Hearst Castle) and September 26 (Hyannis Port/Boston)! More info about the rides can be found here. In preparation, Best Buddies virtual training rides are on Zwift every week.
Best Buddies dates:
Tuesday 5.30pm PDT
Friday 11.30am PDT
Saturday 6.30am PDT
Best Buddies International is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, leadership development, and inclusive living for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).
MIDWEEK motivation ride - Need an extra boost to get over humpday? Ride with us every Wednesday morning at 6:05 a.m. PDT. It’s so easy to join. Go into your Zwift companion app or Zwift web page and search for our event.