On the eve of the biggest women’s international stage race in the U.S., the Team TIBCO trailer was broken into and 14 of the Team’s Specialized bicycles were stolen. The trailer was parked in the parking lot of the Exergy Tour race hotel parking lot in Boise, Idaho. Thieves stole 6 Specialized Shiv Time Trial bikes and 8 Specialized Amira road bikes. The thieves also made off with a number of Reynolds wheelsets, including Element Disc time trial wheels and special RZR 46s and 92s.
After the devastating burglary, it was uncertain whether or not the TIBCO women would have the necessary equipment to contest the year’s most important U.S. women’s stage race – the Exergy Tour. Boise Police, race officials and locals worked diligently with the Team and successfully recovered the Team bikes this afternoon at three different locations on the Boise State campus. Police are still working to capture the perpetrators.
The Team would like to convey their most sincere gratitude to the Boise Police for their rapid action to recover the stolen bikes. We would also like to thank the Exergy Tour organization and the greater Boise cycling community for spreading the word, contributing reward money for tips and keeping their eyes open and reporting the locations of the bikes around the Boise State campus. We would specifically like to thank James Carkulis, CEO of Exergy Development Group of Idaho, for his commitment to ensuring the Team TIBCO women had equipment to race on this week, and his commitment to women’s professional cycling in supporting this race.
“Without everyone’s help, Team TIBCO might have missed an incredible opportunity to participate in the inaugural Exergy Tour,” said Team Founder and Manager Linda Jackson. “This is an incredibly important race to the Team and to the sport. It was a potentially devastating situation for the Team, and for the Olympic ambitions of Megan Guarnier. Everyone’s support and generosity is truly appreciated. Thank you for supporting Team TIBCO and women’s racing in America.”
While the upset came on the eve of the Exergy Tour, the Team has regrouped and is focused on moving forward as they prepare for the week’s racing.
“The team in Boise is tough and this won’t stop them from racing their bikes as best they can,” said Team TIBCO captain Meredith Miller. “If nothing else, this will give them even more firepower to prove themselves and their strength.”
Over the next five days, the Team will race against the top teams in the sport as they wind through southwestern Idaho covering 195.5 miles with 10,300 feet of climbing.
The Team sends a full squad of eight riders to the Exergy Tour, including Olympic long team members Megan Guarnier and Amanda Miller to contest the general classification overall standings. Additional GC rider Lindsay Myers will be after the young rider’s jersey. Three-time track world champion Tara Whitten is a race favorite for the prologue and time trial events. Teammates Jennifer Wheeler, Lauren Hall, Kendall Ryan and Jennifer Purcell will work to organize breakaways and support the Team’s GC rider. The Team will take a proactive role in this race as they aim to set up and get into breakaways and deliver their GC rider to the podium.
“I’m very excited about the inaugural Exergy Tour,” said Team TIBCO Olympic long team member Megan Guarnier. “The race will feature the world’s fastest female athletes in the height of our season.”
“With the Exergy Tour’s diverse profile of stages and depth of field, Team TIBCO/To the Top will be targeting this stage race as an important international stage race with the benefit of racing in North America,” Guarnier added.
The race kicks off Thursday evening with a time trial prologue in Boise at 6:30 p.m. Friday’s 76-mile road race will be followed by a 10.4-mile individual time trial on Saturday. The Queen’s Stage is reserved for Sunday, where the ladies will challenge an agonizing alpine stage whose climbs touch the clouds at 6000 feet of elevation. The final stage will take the riders around a rolling 46-mile loop on Monday. As the only UCI 2.1-ranked race for women in North America, the Exergy Tour is one of the last opportunities for Olympic hopefuls to earn points to qualify for the London Games.
“The Exergy Ladies Tour is going to be such a competitive event with Olympic points up for grabs,” said Team TIBCO young rider Lindsay Myers. “I know the dedication and belief in women’s cycling that the organizers are putting into this race will pay off and lead to more world-class events in the U.S. for women.”
The Tour is sure to spark interest in women’s cycling across America.
“For five days, the show will be all ours when the best women in the world will take to the roads of Idaho to showcase women’s cycling, to put on display the determination, passion and talent that is women’s cycling,” said Meredith Miller. “I hope the Exergy Tour sets the tone for other organizers to build their events in partnership with women’s cycling, as its own brand, not as an afterthought.”