Team TIBCO Set to Race Nature Valley Grand Prix

Wednesday marks the start of the Grand Prix – one of the most important events of the season. Team TIBCO heads to Minnesota with a strong eight-rider squad to contest the five-day, six-.

Olympic long team members and are set to go head to head with the sport’s top riders as they target the overall general classification standings. Young rider Lindsay Myers will also aim to make her mark in the GC ranking.

“Megan, Amanda and Lindsay will be our GC riders,” said the Team’s European directeur sportif Angela van Smoorenburg. “With a strong result in Wednesday’s time trial, they can move themselves into good position for the overall.”

Canadian National Champion and Olympic long team member Veronique Fortin will be a crucial asset in the hills. The Team will look to Fortin to push the pace on the extended climbs and rolling hills of Thursday and Saturday’s road races.

Team Captain brings an abundance of experience to the Team and will offer plenty of support and strategic guidance along the way. Along with Miller, and Jennifer Purcell will be a great help in the s and road races. Schneider and Purcell are known for their sprinting prowess, however, they can also do some damage in the road races.

Team TIBCO Junior Alexis Ryan will participate in her first race with the .

“Alexis is still a junior, but she’s shown time and again that she is a strong rider,” said van Smoorenburg. “We want to give her an opportunity to race at the top level and develop as a rider.”

In addition to taking it all in, Ryan will work to help the team wherever possible.

Wednesday will kick off the Grand Prix with two stages: a 7.7-mile along Mississippi River Boulevard in the morning, and the St. Paul Downtown in the evening.

On Thursday, the riders head out for the 74-mile Canyon Falls Road Race as they wind through Goodhue County before finishing on a circuit in downtown Cannon Falls.

Friday features another technical , followed by Saturday’s 76-mile Menomonie Road Race. Sunday’s Stillwater will be the final stage of the Grand Prix; its steep Chilkoot Hill climb and technical descent are what give this its reputation as one of the hardest in .

For more information on the Grand Prix June 13 – 17, please visit:www.naturevalleygrandprix.com/

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