Phoenix, Arizona — Exergy-TWENTY16 rider Alison Tetrick captured two of three stages plus the overall title at the February 15-17 Valley of the Sun stage race in Arizona. The three-day race in the desert includes an opening time trial, a tough road race and a final-stage criterium.
Tetrick came out swinging, winning the opening day TT on her Felt DA.
“The beauty of a time trial is that you do not have to worry about your competition, you only have to ride your race,” Tetrick reported after her win. “You can begin the race as prepared as you can possibly be, ride your bicycle as fast as you possibly can, listen to your body closely, and your result simply is that, the result. It is the real truth on the bicycle. That’s why I love time trials.
With the overall lead in hand, Tetrick and her teammates went into the Stage 2 road race intent on defending the jersey.
“The road race may not look as challenging in the technical guide, but as desert winds howled through the canyons it was difficult just to ride, never mind race, in those conditions,” Tetrick said. “The wind, sun and distance whittled down the field to measure the true grit of the participants. If you don’t know the proper way to form an echelon a hot, sweeping wind to either side will teach you really quickly or spit you out the back.”
Tetrick secured a QOM time bonus and finished fourth place on the day to build on her GC lead heading into the final stage. And in the final day’s criterium, she didn’t just defend her overall lead, she also won the stage.
“I used the confidence of the jersey and a little bit of a gamble to secure the win in the criterium—in a sprint nonetheless—and the general classification,” Tetrick said.
All in all, it was a hugely successful trip to the desert for Tetrick, a resident of northern California. “The Valley of the Sun has historically been used for early season tuning of race equipment and dialing in the fitness for a productive year. I sure hope this is the beginning of a great 2013.”