Richmond, VA—Team TWENTY16 p/b Sho-Air‘s Chloe Dygert, racing for the United States at the 2015 Road World Championships, pulled off an improbable and impressive double as she took the Junior World ITT and Road Race Championships in Richmond, VA last week.
Chloe, the reigning U.S. National road and ITT Champion and who had been on a tear all year long, raced the 15k World’s ITT aboard her team-issue DA1 and blistered the course in 20:18.47, a full 1:05 ahead of her nearest competitor and in front of 36 of the world’s best juniors. The windy course suited Chloe who is well-known for her power. Coupled with the DA, the world’s fastest TT bike especially in cross-winds, Chloe proved unstoppable.
Four days later, Chole again used her power and timing to win the 64,8k road race. Part of a break of four in the second lap, Chloe did her fair share of work but was also patient. When it was clear this was the break from which the winner would emerge, Chloe (above) attacked on the final lap to win in a solo effort, 1:23 ahead of what was left of the break. For Chloe it was an emotional win and week of racing as it was only 1-1/2 yrs ago she’d torn her ACL playing basketball and faced a long and uncertain recovery.
Related, Team TWENTY16’s Kristin Armstrong (above) raced to fifth, top American, in the elite women’s ITT despite going very early in the line-up and having to wait for over 2.5hrs for the top women to start appearing. Her early start was a result of not having UCI points after taking a last year off and the disadvantage to not racing within the same time as peers is that there are no reference times when on course. Regardless, it was a spectacular ride by the 2x Olympic and World Champion and now sets the stage for Rio 2016.
Finally, Team TWENTY16 (above) raced the Team Time Trial and clocked an impressive fifth, top American squad. This World Championship event is open to all trade and national teams and for Team TWENTY16 this must be considered a great effort since it was their first ever TTT together and they lost a rider very early to a flat, leaving them just five for the bulk of the 38.6k course.
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