podiuminsight.com http://www.podiuminsight.com News, interviews and photos of North American road cycling scene Fri, 03 Jul 2015 23:56:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.5 U23 Men and Elite Men Road Races http://www.podiuminsight.com/2015/06/29/u23-men-and-elite-men-road-race/ http://www.podiuminsight.com/2015/06/29/u23-men-and-elite-men-road-race/#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 05:39:26 +0000 http://www.podiuminsight.com/?p=40719 Greg Daniel (Axeon) is off the front in the U23  men road race Jake Silverberg (Astellas) is chasing solo Men U23 field is still mostly all together early in the road rac Men U23 field is still mostly all together early in the road rac Men U23 field is still mostly all together early in the road rac Men U23 field is still mostly all together early in the road rac Dropped riders had to navigate through traffic behind the carava Attacks in the elite men's field Attacks in the elite men's field Attacks in the elite men's field The 120-rider field reacts to attacks Keegan Swirbul  (Axeon) wins U23 road race Greg Daniel (Axeon) takes second and Colin Joyce (California Gia Justin Mauch (Airgas-Safeway) was fifth Colin Joyce after the U23 road race Alexey Vermeulen (BMC) was fourth CalGiant's Torey Philipp after finishing 10th in the U23 road ra Tough day of racing in the U23 road race Tough day of racing in the U23 road race Brendan Rhim (Cal Giant) finished 21st Tough day of racing in the U23 road race Axel Merckx congratulates winner Keegan Swirbul (Axeon) Tough day of racing in the U23 road race kevin girkins (Elbowz) finished second in the elite men's road r Stefano Barberi (Cal Giant) crosses the line in fourth place in Riders happy to finish a tough elite men's road race Roman Kilun celebrates his Team Mikes Bikes' teammate win as he Winner Colin Daw celebrates with a Team Mikes Bikes' teammate U23 men road race podium (l-f): greg Daniel (Axeon), Keegan Swir Elite men road race podium (l-r): Stefano Barberi (Cal Giant), k ]]> http://www.podiuminsight.com/2015/06/29/u23-men-and-elite-men-road-race/feed/ 0 Junior Men 17-18 and U23 Women Road Races http://www.podiuminsight.com/2015/06/29/men-junior-17-18-and-u23-women-road-race/ http://www.podiuminsight.com/2015/06/29/men-junior-17-18-and-u23-women-road-race/#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 21:48:11 +0000 http://www.podiuminsight.com/?p=40677 A small group at the front of the men junior 17/18 field Two chasers trying to bridge up More riders attacking the field in the men junior 17/18 road rac Huge field in the men junior 17-18 road race Huge field in the men junior 17-18 road race Huge field in the men junior 17-18 road race Dropped riders had to navigate through traffic Dropped riders had to navigate through traffic Nine riders started the U23 women road race Nine riders started the U23 women road race Nine riders started the U23 women road race Jonathan Brown (Hot Tubes) win the men junior 17-18 road race Gage Hecht (Hot Tubes) was second in the men junior 17-18  road Willem Kaiser (The 706 Project) was third Adrien Costa finished fourth in the men JR 17/18 road race Men junior 17-18 road race Men junior 17-18 road race Jonathan Brown (Hot Tubes) celebrates his title Men junior 17-18 road race Men junior 17-18 road race Men junior 17-18 road race Men junior 17-18 road race Kelly Catlin (NorthStar Development) is solo off the front in th Kelly Catlin (NorthStar Development) on her way to victory in th Men Junior 17-18 podium (l-r): Gage Hecht (Hot Tubes), Jonathan Handshakes all around for the U23 Women road race podium U23 women road race podium (l-r): Monica Volk (Riptide Cycling), ]]> http://www.podiuminsight.com/2015/06/29/men-junior-17-18-and-u23-women-road-race/feed/ 0 Lisa Brennauer: Time Trialing is a Passion http://www.podiuminsight.com/2015/05/14/lisa-brennauer-time-trialing-is-a-passion/ http://www.podiuminsight.com/2015/05/14/lisa-brennauer-time-trialing-is-a-passion/#comments Thu, 14 May 2015 23:00:18 +0000 http://www.podiuminsight.com/?p=40540
Lisa Brennauer (Velocio-SRAM) at the pre-race press conference
Lisa Brennauer (Velocio-SRAM) at the pre-race press conference

Current World Time Trial Champion, Lisa Brennauer (Velocio-SRAM), describes the art of time trialing as a passion.

“I just like the whole feeling of the time trial,” said Brennauer. “I love when you are on the start ramp. Some people do not like this. I like watching the clock run down. You can show how hard you have been working and to let everything out in the race. It is such a big mental game. You need to know the course really well. You have to be focused, to show in this limited time what you can do. Everything has to be perfect for you to win. These factors make it exciting for me. I am a little nervous at the start but it is a good nervousness. It only makes me go faster. It’s more that I am very prepared. I know the course, to take every corner right. It’s about aerodynamics and technique. It’s being a perfectionist. That is me. I love to work on the little details. I know what I can do.”

“In the time trial I am so focused on what will happen next. I am looking ahead. I am really busy with the details of the race itself. That’s why I call the time trial my passion”

“It was great to win,” Brennauer stated about winning the World Time Trial Championship last year in Ponferrada. “I knew during the race that I felt good plus I was getting information from the radio. I thought during the race that I had a shot at a medal but I never thought that was winning. There was a climb at the end. I made up some time at the last 5K. After I found out I won I was speechless and started crying. I achieved a goal that I set for myself. Wearing the World Champion jersey has been very special.”

Brennauer was also part of the Specialized-lululemon team win in the Team Time Trial World Championships and remarkably two days after the ITT, she added a silver in the World Road Race Championship.

World Individual Time Trial Champion, Lisa Brennauer - photo by Gruber Images
World Individual Time Trial Champion, Lisa Brennauer - photo by Gruber Images

She raced in the Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race earlier this week and will be racing in the Women’s Individual Time Trial Empowered with SRAM tomorrow. The race has been moved to Santa Clarita due to the forecast of snow and low temperatures at Big Bear Lake.

“I have not raced in the US. I have been in America for training camp but I have never been racing here. It’s exciting. I think it’s special that this race is happening.”

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Tour of California Stage 3 http://www.podiuminsight.com/2015/05/13/tour-of-california-stage-3-2/ http://www.podiuminsight.com/2015/05/13/tour-of-california-stage-3-2/#comments Wed, 13 May 2015 18:52:22 +0000 http://www.podiuminsight.com/?p=40478 Tom Skujins (Hincapie) will win the stage with his solo attack Chase group is a couple of switchbacks down Reminder of the early break Daniel Oss (BMC) Jonnie Clarke (Unit Hincapie rider is in noo man's land Michael Woods (Optum) and an Axeon rider  jumped from the field Hard climbing Ian Boswell (Sky) leads the reduced peloton up the slopes of Mt Robest Gesink (LottoJumbo) and Rob Britton (SmartStop) are in th Laurens Ten Dam (LottoJumbo) is also in the peloton Ill-timed flat for MTN - Qhubeka rider who lost contact with his Small group of riders climb together off the back of the main fi 20150512-atoc-79 Small group of riders climb together off the back of the main fi Cannondale-Garmin duo climb together Tinkoff-Saxo rider is not enjoying the climb Will Routley (Optum) who launched  his teammate Woods earlier in Lachlan Morton (Jelly Belly) Logan Owen (Axeon) Is John Murphy (unitedHealthcare) actually enjoying the climb? 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Fans waiting to cheer on Katie Hall on the QOM Cowbells were ready at the QOM Women's field climbs the QOM on the first lap Malgorzata Jasinska (ALE-Cipollini) goes for the first QOM Women's field climbs the QOM on the first lap Women's field climbs the QOM on the first lap QOM leader into the stage Sarah Storey (Pearl Izumi) crosses the TIBCO-SVB rider attacks on long straightaway Field was spread across the road Riders sprint through final corner before finish line Leah Kirchmann (Optum) pulls away with less than 100 meters Leah Kirchmann (Optum) wins stage 2 ahead of Lauren Komanski (Tw The final uphill dash to the finish was painful Best young rider Hannah Barnes (UnitedHealthcare) retained the w Hannah Barnes (UnitedHealthcare) retained her white best young j Kirsti Lay (Canada) is the new QOM leader Lex Albrecht (Optum) cheers on her teammate on the podium Leah Kirchmann (Optum) takes over the green sprint jersey Lauren Komanski (Twenty16) is the new GC leader after stage 2 Stage 2 podium: 1st Leah Kirchmann (Optum), 2nd Lauren Komanski Celebration for top 3 riders of stage 2 ]]>
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“We’re On Our Way” http://www.podiuminsight.com/2015/05/09/were-on-our-way/ http://www.podiuminsight.com/2015/05/09/were-on-our-way/#comments Sat, 09 May 2015 14:20:28 +0000 http://www.podiuminsight.com/?p=40409 The women’s peloton talks about the 2015 Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race.

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