Posted by Editoress on 06/11/10
Team TIBCO/To the Top will be one of the participants in the first edition of La Grande Visite de Gatineau, two days of UCI races in Gatineau, QUE, just across the Ottawa river from the hometown of Team TIBCO founder and managing director Linda Jackson.
“I’m extremely excited to have a new UCI race in my old backyard,” Jackson said. “With the recent departure of the Montreal World Cup, it’s good to see another UCI race take it’s place. We want to do what we can to support the race and help it grow. And we also want to bring a roster that will have an impact on the race.”
The two-day event, which is this weekend, features a 17.7 km individual time trial on Saturday and a 99 km road race on Sunday. Team TIBCO is bringing a well-balanced five-rider roster to the race.
Ruth Corset will be one of the team’s leaders for the race. The Australian National Road Champion comes off a strong performance at the Liberty Classic, where she won the QoM competition and finished 7th.
All-around strongwoman Joanne Kiesanowski brings her abilities both in races against the clock and in hard, hilly road races to the weekend’s events. She also put in a strong performance in Philadelphia last weekend, taking 9th.
Alison Starnes may be the team’s top hopeful for the Chrono Gatineau, the individual time trial on Saturday. She has shown an affinity for the race against the clock in her young career and is showing good form.
Megan Guarnier carried the form she attained during the first part of the team’s European campaign back to races near her Los Gatos home, recently winning the challenging Mt. Hamilton Road Race. She comes off a consistent performance in the Tulsa Tough last weekend.
Rebecca Much rounds out the five-rider squad. She’s recovered from a nagging illness she acquired during Tour de l’Aude, and put in a strong ride in support of Kiesanowski and Corset at the Liberty Classic Sunday. She’s another rider who can put in a good time trial, and has the ability to be a protagonist for the road race on Sunday.
Team TIBCO/To the Top for the Gatineau, June 12-13, 2010:
Ruth Corset, AUS
Megan Guarnier, USA
Joanne Kiesanowski, NZL
Rebecca Much, USA
Alison Starnes, USA
TIBCO press release
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