Two of Canada’s top athletes Alison Sydor and Leah Goldstein joined the Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes team. Committed to developing young cyclists, the Trek Red Truck Racing Team focused its busy race schedule primarily in the Pacific Northwest races such including BC Super Week, the Canadian National Championships and selected NRC races in the US. Riders that have come up through the ranks include Rob Britton now with BISSELL and Nic Hamilton with Jelly Belly p/b Kenda.
Sydor, Canada’s most accomplished female cyclist, joined the team in an advisory capacity. The recently retired professional athlete says she is looking forward to sharing her vast wealth of knowledge in the sport, working with both the team’s management and the team athletes. “The Trek Red Truck racing program has already proven itself to be a very successful rider development program. I appreciate very much its mandate, its values and its solid group of team partners. I’m looking forward to being a part of a great group of people who have already given back a lot to the sport here. I’m pleased to be able to share my 23 years of racing experience in the sport to support, where I can, the teams current and future goals.”
Sydor will accompany the team to its annual training camp to be held in Santa Rosa, California from April 16th – 24th, where she will assist riders with their pre season race preparation.
Following the team training camp, Sydor will then host two training camp sessions, the first from May 11th – 15th 2011 and then May 18th – 22nd 2011. These two camps will be supported by the team but open to individuals who would like to ride the quiet, beautiful roads of the Okanagan Valley. Tailored primarily to riders preparing for the upcoming grand fondo (or triathlon) season, you will receive the best coaching, mentoring, and road riding advice possible. Incorporated into each productive day, cyclists will enjoy daily massage, mechanical support, fantastic meals, and some relaxation time.
Goldstein, former professional cyclist, personal trainer and motivational speaker, joined the team after retiring from 13 years on the pro race circuit in the Spring of 2010 following an accident in which she sustained 2 broken arms.
Goldstein is 4-time Canadian National Time Trial Medalist, overall winner of the 2008 Tour of the Gila, 5-time Israeli National Cycling Champion in the time trial and road race, 3-time winner of the Mt. Hood Cycling Classic, BC Provincial Time Trial and Road Race Champion and still holds numerous climbing records in the Pacific Northwest.
She is now focusing on ultra endurance racing and has set her sights on attempting to break the female solo record in the 30th anniversary year of the 2011 Race Across America (RAAM) , generally regarded as “the World’s Toughest Bicycle Race.” Outdoor Life Network (OLN) has expressed interest in following her exploits in the race and profiling her story. She has already won the Furnace Creek 508 Ultra Endurance race twice and was the first solo woman and 2nd overall in last year’s Race Across Oregon. She also set a new record en route to winning the women’s solo division of the Ring of Fire 24 Hour Time Trial in Oregon.
TRTR Team Director Steve Engh commented, “Leah raced with our team a number of years ago so she is very familiar with our program and will be a valuable mentor and inspiration for our women’s team. Over the course of her pro racing career she has been among the best in North America and has overcome many injuries as a result of some horrific crashes and accidents. She is one of the most determined and toughest athletes we have ever worked with so her transition into ultra endurance events is no surprise. She is a terrific addition to the team and a great representative for our corporate partners especially at high profile events such as the RAAM.”