podiuminsight.com http://www.podiuminsight.com News, interviews and photos of North American road cycling scene Fri, 29 May 2015 20:36:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.5 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? KOM into the stage Robin Carpenter (Hincapie) has fallen off the The gruppetto was climbing in silence Yellow jersey Mark Cavendish (Etixx-Quick Step) in the gruppetto A smile from Carson Miller (Jamis-Hagens Berman) Robbie Squire (Hincapie_ and USA National Champion Eric Marcotte Jelly Belly rider Kiel Reijnen follows his UnitedHeathcare teammate up the climb Theo Bos (MTN - Qhubeka) crashed out later in the tricky descent Tom Soladay (Optum) was not enjoying the day 20150512-atoc-163 Final rider up the climb Graeme Brown was with two of his Drapac ]]> http://www.podiuminsight.com/2015/05/13/tour-of-california-stage-3-2/feed/ 0 Tour of California Women’s Race Stage 3 http://www.podiuminsight.com/2015/05/11/tour-of-california-womens-race-stage-3-2/ http://www.podiuminsight.com/2015/05/11/tour-of-california-womens-race-stage-3-2/#comments Mon, 11 May 2015 22:29:33 +0000 http://www.podiuminsight.com/?p=40475 http://www.podiuminsight.com/2015/05/11/tour-of-california-womens-race-stage-3-2/feed/ 0 Tour of California Stage 1 http://www.podiuminsight.com/2015/05/11/tour-of-california-stage-1-3/ http://www.podiuminsight.com/2015/05/11/tour-of-california-stage-1-3/#comments Mon, 11 May 2015 19:54:36 +0000 http://www.podiuminsight.com/?p=40514 Lachlan Morton (Jelly Belly) Drapac riders come to sign in Joseph Schmalz (Hincapie) A smile from Logan Owen (Axeon) Custon paintjob for Ben Jacques-Maunes (Jamis-Hagens Berman) on BenJacques-Maynes (Jamis-Hagens Berman) was enjoying the start Ian Boswell (Sky) signs autographs A smile from Eric Young (Optum) Jens Voigt was chatting it up at the start Will Routley (Optum) answers a few questions during sign-in Danny Summerhill (UnitedHealthcare) was all smiles BMC riders checking out the starta and finish line Julian Alaphilippe waits with his etixx-Quick step teammate Great to see Evan Huffman (SmartStop) smilnig again Mark Cavendish (etixx-Quick Step) was watching Peter Sagan on st Tom Zirbel (Optum) Kiel Reijnen (UnitedHealthcare) Aussies catching up Men's field is staging for stage 1 Men are off for stage 1 ]]> http://www.podiuminsight.com/2015/05/11/tour-of-california-stage-1-3/feed/ 0 Tour of California Women’s Race Stage 3 http://www.podiuminsight.com/2015/05/11/tour-of-california-womens-race-stage-3/ http://www.podiuminsight.com/2015/05/11/tour-of-california-womens-race-stage-3/#comments Mon, 11 May 2015 16:36:09 +0000 http://www.podiuminsight.com/?p=40440 SRAM's Michael Zellman poses with the Optum racers Denise Ramsden (Canada)  braids her hair before the start Erica Allar of Colavita gets a call-up Best young rider Hannah Barnes (UnitedHealthcare) and  QOM Kirst Erica Allar (Colavita) jumps from the lne at the start Women are off for the third and final stage of the Amgen Tour of Emily Collins (TIBCO-SVB) rounds a corner Marcela Prieto (UAEM-G) rounds a corner ALE-Cipollino rider is attentive Riders accelerate out of a corner Solo attack in front of the State Capitol Pepper Palace rider was showing her frustration Malgorzata Jasinska (ALE-Cipollini) next to yellow jersey Lauren Velocio-SRAM at the front of the field Riders stay tight through the corner Field is massed together in the final laps Velocio-SRAM takes over the front with one lap to go Canadian Champion Leah Kirchmann (Optum) takes back-to-bak victo BMW Happy Tooth DS Jono Coulter rolls the pit bikes back to his Big smiles from Optum's Leah Kirchmann and Annie Ewart Post-race debriefing for UnitedHealthcare team Stage 3 podium: 1st Leah Kirchmann (Optum), 2nd Hannah Barnes (U Hannah Barnes (UnitedHeatlhcare) gets the final best young rider Kirsti Lay (Canada) wins the QOM classification Leah Kirchmann (Optum) wins the spriint competition Trixi Worrack (Velocio-Sports) celebrates her overall victory Twenty16 wins the best team classification Handshake GC podium: 1st Trixi Worrack (Velocio-SRAM), 2nd Leah Kirchmann Trixi Worrack (Velocio-Sports) celebrates in her bradn new Lexus ]]> http://www.podiuminsight.com/2015/05/11/tour-of-california-womens-race-stage-3/feed/ 0 Tour of California Women’s Race Stage 2 http://www.podiuminsight.com/2015/05/10/tour-of-california-womens-race-stage-2-2/ http://www.podiuminsight.com/2015/05/10/tour-of-california-womens-race-stage-2-2/#comments Sun, 10 May 2015 14:08:08 +0000 http://www.podiuminsight.com/?p=40438 http://www.podiuminsight.com/2015/05/10/tour-of-california-womens-race-stage-2-2/feed/ 0 Tour of California Women’s Race Stage 2 http://www.podiuminsight.com/2015/05/09/tour-of-california-womens-race-stage-2/ http://www.podiuminsight.com/2015/05/09/tour-of-california-womens-race-stage-2/#comments Sun, 10 May 2015 01:38:43 +0000 http://www.podiuminsight.com/?p=40413 Photos from stage 2 of the Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race

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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Q&A With QOM Leader Dame Sarah Storey http://www.podiuminsight.com/2015/05/09/qa-with-qom-leader-dame-sarah-storey/ http://www.podiuminsight.com/2015/05/09/qa-with-qom-leader-dame-sarah-storey/#comments Sat, 09 May 2015 13:56:25 +0000 http://www.podiuminsight.com/?p=40403 Dame Sarah Storey is Great Britain’s most decorated female Paralympian, having won 11 gold, eight silver and three bronze medals in six Paralympic Games. In London 2012, Storey topped the medal table for the British team with four gold medals.

Following the London Games, Storey gave birth to her first child. In the first 15 months after giving birth, Storey won a stage at the Tour de Bretagne, four Para-Cycling World titles, a bronze in the National Time Trial Championships and the able-bodied National Points Race title. Storey’s daughter Louisa is 22 months old.

Dame Sarah Storey (Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours) gets the QOM jersey
Dame Sarah Storey (Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours) gets the QOM jersey

Storey, of Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International team, is the current Lexus Queen of the Mountain (QOM) leader after stage 1 of the Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race.

When was the decision made to attack the field and break away?
It was literally a split second. On this decent I had a lot more momentum and the bunch slid up to the left and I am thinking I am not breaking I am going. I knew the climb because we did it on the training ride. It was a climb that suits me. A Canadian rider came with me but dropped back after she got the sprint points. I decided to take a chance to see what the day had in store. Later I was joined by another Canadian rider. I took the second QOM points. I am on an amateur UK team so it’s a matter of taking the opportunities and seeing what was going on the road. I felt really good. I race on instincts a lot and breakaways are my thing. I have always enjoyed that side of racing and pushing my body. I was watching the time go out and get pulled back in only to go back out again. I did have a few bad patches where I called in the car for a Coke It was simply a good opportunity not to be missed. I came here on holiday in 2006 and have always wanted to do a race here. I was just blown away not only by the scenery but by the amazing roads. I am very delighted to be here.

Where does winning the QOM jersey rank in your career?
This is a big deal for me. I have never raced in a race of this magnitude. I love taking the opportunities in the road race.

Any more racing outside of the UK?
We are going to race Internationale Thüringen Rundfahrt der Frauen in Germany in July. That race will be my final preparation for the Para Cycling World Wheels which is in Switzerland. We kind of target special races and TTs that will help me towards those goals. I am hoping to come back here and ride in the World Championships in the US in September. That would be a dream come true.

QOM Dame Sarah Storey (Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours) and her daughter Louisa at the press conference
QOM Dame Sarah Storey (Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours) and her daughter Louisa at the press conference

How is training while being a mom of a toddler?
It’s great! It just puts everything into perspective. Good race or bad race, Louisa is always happy to see me and wants me to play. I am a sure we will be in the swimming pool a little later today. I have been known to do races where I am on my knees working for my teammates and then go on a hike in the afternoon to keep my daughter busy. It is a completely different lifestyle. It is brilliant to have her travel with me. I think it’s really great and I hope other women see it. For women who think that they have to stop training and racing to have a baby, if you have the right support it is possible to do both, be a mom and athlete.

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Tour of California Women’s Race Stage 1 http://www.podiuminsight.com/2015/05/08/tour-of-california-womens-race-stage-1/ http://www.podiuminsight.com/2015/05/08/tour-of-california-womens-race-stage-1/#comments Sat, 09 May 2015 00:30:03 +0000 http://www.podiuminsight.com/?p=40376 Photos from stage 1 of the Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race

The women's field climbs around beautiful Late Tahoe Ninja moves from the BMW p/b Happy Tooth Dental team Andrea Dvorak tries to stay warm with the help of her Twenty16 t Cipollini bikes all ready for the ALE Cipollini team Soigneur Ronnie Lenzi applies some embro for an ALE Cipollini ri Pepper Palace Pro Cycling team A wave from Lex Albrecht and her Optum teammates The BMW team gets ready in the camper The women's field climbs around beautiful Late Tahoe The women's field climbs around beautiful Late Tahoe Katie Hall (UnitedHealthcare) wins stage 1 Flavia Oliveira (ALE Cipollini) was fifth Alison Jackson was fifth ahead of her Twenty16 teammate Andrea D Andreina Rivera Itau Shimano Ladies) was 34th Hannah Barnes (UnitedHealthcare) Hannah Barnes (UnitedHealthcare) in white best young rider jerse Dame Sarah Storey (Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours) gets the QOM jersey Allison Beveridge (Canada) gets the sprint jersey Overall race leader Katie Hall (UnitedHealthcare) Stage 1 podium: 1st Katie Hall (UnitedHealthcare), 2nd AlenaAmia ]]>
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