Young Canadian Jasmin Glaesser has been quietly impressive on the road this past four weeks, first at the SRAM Tour of the Gila where she held the white jersey for two days and then here at the Exergy Tour where she now leads the best young rider competition.
Prior to that, Glaesser won two medals in her debut at the Track Cycling World Championships. Racing with the Canadian National Team, Glaesser shared the bronze medal in the women’s Team Pursuit and took home the individual silver medal in the women’s Points race. She is currently on the final Olympic long team for the Team Pursuit event.
Not bad for a 19-year old who started cycling in 2009.
“I have a running background but I had a lot of injuries so cycling proved to be a little bit better of an avenue for me.” Glaesser told poduminsight. “I love the sport, I started with track and road at the same time so I’ve been trying to balance the two.”
With the Olympic Games coming up, Glaesser is focused on track so Gila and the Exergy Tour were her only two major road events this year.
“We still have the Olympic selection for the women’s team pursuit which is my event, so fingers crossed that works out. But next year, for sure I’m going to try to focus a bit more on the road because I’ve had so much fun these past few weeks and this race is great.”
Going into the yesterday’s Queen Stage, Glaesser was second in the best young rider competition to her teammate Gillian Carleton. She said that there was no internal competition. “We’re a team, she’s my teammate here and she’s my teammate on the track so we’re always happy to see each other do well.”
Staying with the lead group over the two QOM climbs, Glaesser finished ahead of Carleton to take over the jersey with one stage to go. “It looks like a great day as well so I’m hoping to end this race on a high really.”
For many, it might be a bit surprising to see a trackie be able to keep up with the climbers but not for Glaesser.
“I’m more of an endurance rider even on the track so that transfers a little bit better on the road.” she commented. “The climbs haven’t been that easy this year, I haven’t had the time or the preparation that you really need to keep up with the top riders but I’m trying to do my best.
Her strength off and on the bike can be applied to a number of situations. “Usually I have a hard time starting off with stuff, once I get going I like to think I can keep it moving for awhile.” And she likes to time trial. “That’s something I hope to improve on in the future, make a name for myself in that hopefully.We’ll see.”
She took over the white jersey at Gila after the time trial. Glaesser’s future on both the track and the road is wide-open.
“I’ve had some experience racing the omnium as well. Right now Tara Whitten is the top Canadian, the top omnium rider so she’s pretty safe for her spot but I’m hoping there’s room for me in the future, that’s something I’d like to explore. That’s great about cycling is that there are so many great possibilities.”
In three years, she would like to be doing the big road races in Europe and North America. “It’s just been great experiences whenever I’ve had a chance to do that, and riding as part of a good group of strong women. I think that’s just invaluable.”
Glaesser has been enjoying her experience at the Exergy Tour, racing with some of the best women in the world. “I’m blown away, I think this surpassed anyone’s expectations in terms of the organization, the friendliness of not just the organizers but everyone. I don’t think I’ve ever felt so welcomed as a rider, and that goes a long way to having us motivated to race at our best and put on a great show for the spectators.”
Though racing with Team Canada in Idaho, Glaesser recently signed with the Colavita/espnW Pro Cycling Team.