World Champion and Olympic Silver Medalist Chloe Dygert has re-signed for the 2017 season with TWENTY20 RIDEBIKER Professional Cycling. Dygert, a native of Brownsburg, Indiana continues to flourish in the program, adding versatility and experience to the long-standing and dominant Twenty20 Ridebiker team.
“I’m so blessed to be able to comeback and be apart of Twenty20 Ridebiker. It will be my 4th year with the team and I have learned so much from teammates and staff over these years. Kristin Armstrong will be coaching me in 2017 and I am stoked to see where I can go working with her as a coach. She was there for my first pro race and I was there for her very last. With her focus on the coaching aspect of the team now, I am confident our team can achieve new goals. It’s going to be a great year!” said Dygert.
The 2015 and 2016 seasons proved to be huge for Dygert. Winning both the junior road and time trial world championships in 2015 and then in 2016 riding to medals at the World and Olympic Games was an obvious indication of the young athlete’s talent. Dygert quickly switched focus to the team pursuit for the US, utilizing her power and precision. With a strong engine and on-form fitness, Dygert attended her first track world Cup this season, and then went on to ride to a world championship title in London in team pursuit.
With the Twenty20 Ridebiker racing program allowing her to share her focus and skills on the track as well as race on the road.
“2016 was a breakout year for Chloe winning an Olympic Silver medal and World Championship in the Team Pursuit. We are thrilled to have her rejoin us for 2017 and feel very good about how that supports our up and coming GC rider Leah Thomas, who stepped up in 2016 to show success in any GC situation. We feel confident building our team around the strength of these two key returning players, we also have some talented additions to be announced,” said Mari Holden, Sport Director, Twenty16 RideBiker.
Dygert raced a limited road schedule in 2016 however showcased her talents garnering a best young rider jersey, along with a 6th place GC and a stage in the team time trial at Amgen Tour of California women’s World Tour. Dygert finished a solid 8th place in the individual time trial at Professional National Championships in Winston Salem before complete focus on the team pursuit at the Rio Olympic Games.
“I am thrilled to include Chloé on the roster for 2017. At 19 years old, her accomplishments have surpassed expectation. She is an exceptional athlete with a lot still to learn on the road.” commented general manager, Nicola Cranmer, ” After an intense build to Rio in the track program, she is ready for a strong road focus and I am excited to see what she can accomplish next year. Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong will be coaching Chloé, in hopes to maximize the combination of Chloé’s raw power with Armstrong’s time trialing expertise. This should prove to be a formidable combination.”
The 2017 season will see limited track schedule for Dygert with her racing in the LA World Cup in February followed by World Championships. Her primary focus will be on Nationals Road Championships and qualifying for the World Championships road team.
About TWENTY16 Ridebiker
When the team was formed in 2005, TWENTY12 had a definite goal of taking athletes to the 2012 London Olympics. London resulted in 2 Olympic medals; gold and silver, the only U.S based road program to achieve this. The team replicated its success with a gold and silver in Rio 2016 Olympics. Youth cycling is an important component to the program, supporting 14 of the top juniors in the nation ranging in ages 11-18. These young women learn essential skills such as teamwork, sacrifice and commitment that they can carry over to the work place if a professional athletic career is not pursued. In 2001 TWENTY16 was the first American team to recruit a Para-Cycling athlete to the roster of a professional squad and is still the only professional team to have an integrated junior program.