There are no words to describe the excitement for the Elite Women’s road race tomorrow in the Netherlands. Scrolling through the start list, NorCal ladies are represented and we are all so proud of them. Their hard work, dedication, commitment and focus were all worth it. There’s something special about this year’s World Championships specially in the women’s race. The world is becoming more aware of women in racing and their growth in the professional cycling world.
These are the best of the best women in the world racing for the rainbow jersey. Names such as Marianne Vos, Evelyn Stevens, Ina Teutenberg are just some of the big names out there. Every woman in the field deserve to be at the start line as they all fulfill their goals and living their dream. Amazing women!
So, don’t forget to tune in and cheer on for all the ladies specially the NorCal ladies representing USA. We also won’t forget our very well loved NorCal Irish competitor, Olivia Dillon. The race starts early and live feeds will be available at around 6:30am (PST) time frame. Tune in to CyclingFans.com for the live feeds. Information about the live coverage will be available in the morning so make sure you bookmark CyclingFans.com. This is a road race not to be missed in 2012!
This is a year where USA women’s cycling team represented in Europe are stronger than ever. Do you know who they are? They are Dvorak Andrea (Bib #24), Guarnier Megan (Bib #25), MCGrath Kristin (Bib #26), Neben Amber (Bib #27), Olds Shelley (Bib #28), SMALL Carmen (Bib #29) and Evelyn Stevens (Bib #30). Olivia Dillon (Bib #126) is representing Ireland. Watch for those bib numbers as they make the winning break.
The road race is about a 15.5 km circuit and the ladies are going to cover a total of 128.8 km. It is approximately 8-9 laps. There are two hills, one at km 9 and the next at about km 14.5. There is never a way to tell how the race will end up but just getting a feel from the results in the women’s Olympic road race, there is a high chance of a break going away. It is another suffer fest of who will be the strongest at the end, who will be in the winning break and who will be the smartest. It would be great to get into the heads of each teams DS (Director Sportive) to find out what tactics are planned for tomorrow. But we can’t, so we will just have to sit back and wait until the gun goes off at the start tomorrow!
Undoubtly, the favorite will be Marianne Vos from the Netherlands. She is unbeatable and so strong. Vos is a representation of a machine built to win. She is so much more leaner and efficient as ever. Going from 125 lbs two years ago to a mere 115 lbs with more power must have given her big advantage in performance. Vos does everything. Track, road, time trial and cyclocross. She’s won pretty much every championship there is and she just turned 25 years old. She is beyond everyone’s league.
She skipped the time trial and team time trial so she wants the road race win. Vos is getting more streamlined in focusing on specific races and winning them. Quality over quantity.
But you never know as she’s been beaten before!
If you like tweets better, follow @Sevenpelicans or search for #usacwomen for road race tweets. Tweets will be coming from Jackson Stewart, Team USA Director Sportive.
Another helpful tweet address is @WomensCycling for road race coverage as well as information on results, pre-race review and interviews.
NorCal’s Shelly Olds will be on fire tomorrow. Missing out that chance of a lifetime to win or podium in the Olympics this year due to a flat at the wrong time, she will no doubt come back hungry to make it happen this time around. Olds made the winning break at the Olympics so with the same powerhouse in the Team USA, she definitely has a good chance to be in the break and if it comes down to a bunch sprint even better!
Megan Guarnier is also a tough cookie. She’s ridden in the cobbles and bergs in Belgium and France. If you don’t know what cobbles and bergs are, let’s just say they make everyone who ride it cry. Megan is another rider from NorCal to watch whether she is racing as a domestique or a possible card to play in the race.
Get ready to watch the most exciting women’s race in history!
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