Last week NorCal’s Ruth Winder (Vanderkitten) won the best young rider category at the Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic. Winder, only 19, came in 15th overall in Philly, and her performance over the last year, including a win at the legendary Tour of Sommerville, earned her an invite to race with the US National team at the women’s Giro later this summer.
Winder started racing in 2008 and quickly rose to prominence with a victory as a junior at US Nationals in Bend Or. Since then Winder has steadily grown her palmares under the guidance of Olympian Harvey Nitz. Winder is currently putting in big miles in Boulder Colorado as she prepares for the Giro. She took time to talk training, racing, and her Olympic aspirations with Primetime host Ted Burns.
“I want to get a gold medal at the Olympics one day,” said Winder about her future aspirations. With her dedication and commitment at only 19 years of age it would appear Winder is on the right track.
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