Paris, FRA–Riding for the United States in the 2015 Elite UCI Track Cycling World Championships, San Diego native Jennifer Valente (above, Team TWENTY16 p/b Sho-Air) uncorked huge back-to-back Individual Pursuit rides to take a highly-earned silver medal in front of a packed and frenzied crowd. Aboard her TK FRD, the 20yr-old rode a blistering 3:29.547 for 3000M in the qualifying to send her straight to the Finals. Having already raced as a part of the US Team Pursuit squad (below) the day before where, along with Sarah Hammer, Lauren Tamayo and Ruth Winder, the team finished 5th and set a new US record, Jenn had a lot of racing under her belt by the time she lined up in the race for the rainbow jersey. In the end Aussie Rebecca Wiasak was just a bit quicker, but it did nothing to tarnish the exceptional performance of Valente who most believe is the future of US women’s track racing.
New Zealand–Meanwhile, new Team TWENTY16 p/b Sho-Air member Lauren Hall (below) continued her early season win streak as she took the final stage of the Women’s Tour of New Zealand and in doing so helped secure the overall win for the United States. Lauren’s stage win is her fourth victory of the year including one in the Valley of the Sun two weeks ago, and three (2 individual and one TTT) during the Tour of New Zealand.
Philippines–On the tri front, Texas native and Ironman winner Kelly Williamson (below, left) rode her IA FRD to an impressive second-place in Challenge Philippines finishing just behind Brit Emma Pooley and in front of a deep international field. This was Kelly’s official 2015 opener and the start of a year where she has high expectations.
California, US–Last but not least, Daniel Holloway–coming off a most improbable and highly impressive 22-win 2014 season–got his first of the year as he bested a deep and talented field to take the 2015 Snelling Road Race in Northern California. Daniel and his team Alto Velo/SeaSucker Factory Racing–race the AR exclusively. And, in Southern Cal, 15yr-old Summer Moak showed her wheels as she beat out all of the 1/2’s to take the Ontario Dare-To-Race Grand Prix. Summer is regarded as a true emerging talent and races for the same team as Lauren Hall and Jennifer Valente, Team TWENTY16 p/b Sho-Air.