• A Mini Guide: Giro Rosa 2013

    by  • June 7, 2013 • too random, womyn on weels

    girorosalogoGiro Rosa is fast approaching and we’ve got great talents from the USA in the start list.  NorCal is proud to learn that Shelley Olds (Team Tibco), Loren Rowney (Specialized-Lululemon), Megan Guarnier (Rabo Women Cycling Team) and Ruth Winder (Vanderkitten) will be flying the NorCal Bear flag in spirit as they race in Italy.  Check out the start list.

    Giro Rosa is known to be a really tough women’s stage race in Europe.  Check out the each stage in detail.  The queen stage is Stage 5 with an uphill finish then an Individual Time Trial in the final stage which means that it will a battle until the end.  Favorites include the legendary Marianne Vos and Mara Abbot, a former winner of Giro Donne (now Giro Rosa).  There is no doubt that Marianne Vos is in the best position to win the overall but looking at the start list this year, Team USA filled their roster with incredible talents coming from the best riders in the US.

    Jade Wilcoxson just won the stars and stripes, Ruth Winder won best young rider at Philly, Mara Abbot proves that she is the queen of the mountains and names such as McGrath, Holcomb, Hall, Dvorak and Tamayo make up a Giro Rosa “Dream Team” from the US.

    Listen to Ruth Winder’s podcast interview about being invited and training for Giro Rosa.

    Olds is seasoned and will look for every opportunity to win a stage.  Ruth Winder may be young with less experience but youth will be her advantage if she uses her energy wisely.  Ruth can get in a break, she’s proven to be able to hang on in the mountains, she can sprint like there is no tomorrow and she is hungry for the white jersey.  A smart addition to Team USA.

    Megan Guarnier’s been a super domestique for Rabo Women’s Team but once given the opportunity to win a stage, you know she will commit.

    Team USA (Linked to their twitter so Follow!)

    Mara Abbot, Kristin McGrath, Janel Holcomb, Lauren Hall, Jade Wilcoxson, Ruth Winder, Andrea Dvorak and Lauren Tamayo.

    If you live in Italy, there will be live streaming coverage on www.raisport.rai.it.  Usually, the race starts super early in the US (like 2am PST!) and you may luck out getting the feed but don’t fret because there will be YouTube highlights available.  We will make sure we send out the links for that so stay tuned.

    Follow facebook updates of race coverage at www.facebook.com/girorosa2013.  Last year, the facebook coverage are both in English and Italian so that was kinda cool!  Also, as always you can follow on twitter at twitter.com/GiroRosa2013.

    So, start reading up about the Giro Rosa and let’s enjoy the race!




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