Megan Guarnier was always a local hero’s in NorCal but when she won Mt. Hamilton two years ago people started looking at her differently. Her metamorphosis from Hellyer regular to GC contendor was forged on the roads of Europe and in the Santa Cruz mountains. A product of the Adirondacks Gaurnier has a booming laugh and a Sean Kelly like ability to make and keep friends in the peloton. She can climb, she can sprint, she’s solid on a bike. She’s a peoples favorite if there ever was one.
Like many pro riders, Guarnier has had to fight for each rung of the ladder. In the last two years she has moved from rider player to GC threat on the TIBCO squad. When she went to Europe last year everybody in NorCal was waiting for her big result to come, but it didn’t seem like anybody at Velonews or USAC, other than Jim Miller, knew her name. Then Mega won the Giro Toscana, which carries a crap load of UCI points, and became a contendor for the Olympic’s overnight. Hernando, who has an eye for awesome saw Mega coming a mile away and profiled her early last year on NorCal Cycling News: Megan Guarnier: She’ll Gnaw Your Face Off
If Guarnier’s trajectory in Europe and stateside continues this spring she could qualify for an Olympic RR spot most thought would go to Neben, Stevens, and Armstrong. The women’s selection process is like watching the Game of Thrones. I’m scared and fascinated at the same time.
After Gaurnier’s win at the TT we sent her a few questions and she shot some answers before getting to bed.
How’s it feel to be in the hot seat?
I am pumped about the result and we really have our work cut out for ourselves the next few days. We have Many cards to play with such a deep roster. I am looking forward to aggressive racing.
What’s your take on Redlands after your time spent Euro racing?
This is my first time contesting this race so I am excited to be here at such a Classic! Redlands has been around since 1985, not many races have that kind of history.
Ed. Note: Check out the cool open letter Guarnier’s teammate Meredith Miller wrote to her after her TT victory. http://mmcyclist.com/blog/dear-megan/
What’s next – you have to be thinking the Olympic are a real options now!
I am taking my season one race at a time. If I look too far ahead it becomes overwhelming. Of course the Olympics is on our minds but first we have Flanders and Flèche Wallone to attack. Hopefully in our next spring block we can continue to chip away at the UCI points.
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