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May 17th, 2011
Pescadero, California – The special Silicon Valley Cycling Foundation Gala featuring the voices of the Tour de France and the Tour of California– Phil Liggett, Paul Sherwen and Bob “Bobke” Roll – is just one day away! Join us following the finish of Stage 4 in San Jose at the Testarossa Winery in Los Gatos for an entertaining evening. The event will include a panel with Phil, Paul and Bob; special guests from the Tour of California peloton; an auction of cycling gifts and collectibles; and a raffle with the grand prize of a trip to Italy this fall for the epic la classica delle foglie morte, better known as the Giro di Lombardia.
Don’t miss this special evening with the voices of the Tour and some of the top pros in the world. Space is limited for the event, which begins at 5:30 this Wednesday, May 18, at the historic Testarossa Winery. Your evening includes dinner and selections from the Testarossa cellar. VIP tickets also include a private dinner and wine reception with our special guests, a raffle ticket to the Giro di Lombardia, as well as premium seating for the Phil Liggett panel.
April 2nd, 2011
The Downtown Redlands Criterium, stage two of the Redlands Classic, is always a fast, technical race. Today was no exception. Although Team TIBCO did not factor into the stage finish, the team used the intermediate sprint to gain valuable seconds to move up in the individual overall.
Meredith Miller and Carmen Small helped Erinne Willock gain valuable time-bonus seconds at the intermediate sprint. Because of time gaps at the finish, Willock leap-frogged Evie Stevens (HTC-Highroad) to move into 2nd overall and Small moved into 4th.
“We wanted to save Erinne for tomorrow, so it was good that I was able to help get her in position for the intermediate sprint,” said Miller. “It was a hard race. Tomorrow is going to be even harder.”
The final stage of Redlands, the Sunset Loop, is always a brutal affair. TIBCO heads into the 68-mile, 9-lap circuit one rider down. Powers crashed in the final few laps of today’s race. A trip to the hospital confirmed that Powers had suffered a broken elbow.
“Ali’s a strong rider,” noted Miller. “It’s tough to lose her. It’s especially tough to lose her before the final stage.”
Directeur Sportif Lisa Hunt hates to lose a rider during a race but commends the team’s performance despite the late race crash. “The girls rode a great race today,” she said. “We moved Erinne and Carmen up a bit today. We’re going to do everything we can to move them up higher tomorrow.”
Miller will look to play an active role in the team’s plan. “I’m hoping to be there as long as possible for Erinne and Carmen,” said Miller. “I’ll do whatever I can.”
Read Redlands reports on VeloNews and CyclingNews. Follow Team TIBCO (@teamtibco) and Podium Insight (@podium_live) on Twitter for live race updates during the Sunset Road Race.
April 1st, 2011
The Beaumont Circuit Race at Redlands finished in a bunch sprint after 72.3 miles of racing in temperatures in the low 90s throughout the entire stage. Team TIBCO’s highest placed riders in the general classification, Erinne Willock and Carmen Small, sat in 3rd and 6th respectively heading into day two. Following the finish, the top spots in the overall remained unchanged.
“Today didn’t turn out how I anticipated, said Miller. “I don’t know if it was the heat or people waiting until Sunday, but it was a pretty quiet day in the field.”
On the last lap, HTC-Highroad’s Evie Stevens, 2nd overall, set a hard tempo to protect teammate and race leader Amber Neben. The pace shattered the field, and an elite group emerged.
“By the time we came over the climb, there was a group of about 10 or 12 of us and Erinne, Carmen and I had made the selection”, Miller explained. “This was a great situation for us. Since we had dropped the sprinters, it put Erinne and Carmen in a good situation to take some time at the finish or even go for the stage win.”
The move was not to stay away. “After the the climb, it’s pretty fast to the finish,” Miller recalled. “A large group reformed, so that’s how Theresa [Cliff-Ryan] and the sprinters came to the line with us. It’s unfortunate that when we had the small group at the finish, we couldn’t keep ourselves away.”
Despite this, Small and Willock manage to do pretty well for themselves. Cliff-Ryan (Colavita Forna d’Asolo) took the stage win ahead of Christina Gokey-Smith (Rouse). Jen Purcell (Danbury Auto) nipped Small at the line for 4th. Willock finished 5th. Miller, coming to the finish with the front bunch, managed 30th to move up one position on the overall.
“I’m definitely happy with how well Carmen and Erinne are riding,” Miller said. “Personally, I’m glad to have made the front group when Highroad was setting tempo on that last climb in the final lap. I definitely had to dig deep to stay with them, and it was good to know I could do that. I want to be able to do it again on Sunday.”
With teammates eager to move up in the general classification and a technical 60-minute criterium on tap, Miller looks forward to the third day of racing on Saturday. “Usually it’s one of the hardest and fastest crits we have all season,” said Miller. “It’s a longer course with lots of turns. A lot can actually happen tomorrow. Quite often there’s a break that gets off the front, and we will definitely be looking for opportunities.”
Read Redlands reports on Podium Insight and CyclingNews. Follow Podium Insight (@podium_live) and Team TIBCO (@teamtibco) on Twitter for live race action.
March 15th, 2011
A lot happened last week. A lot of inspirational things happened last week. First off was the fundraiser for Bikes Belong as part of Tim Johnson’s Ride on Washington that I was suppose to take part in. Thanks to many different donors, people who recognize the value in supporting bicycle advocacy for whatever the reason, I raised just under $1500 for a cause that is important to thousands of Americans. (As a quick side note, that fundraiser is still happening until the end of the month.) Unfortunately due to sickness I had to pull the pin on the ride, but from all accounts it was a spectacular and momentous ride from Boston to D.C. Ride or not, being able to raise money for an organization like Bikes Belong means a lot to me and what it can do for cycling in America.
The reason behind wanting to ride my bike with the RoW crew into D.C. was to attend the 11th Annual National Bike Summit, presented by the League of American Bicyclists and sponsored by Bikes Belong. Thanks to Richard Fries for his invitation to the RoW, my curiosity about bicycle advocacy was piqued and my feeling of responsibility as a long-time cyclist raised. Just over a month ago I wouldn’t have been able to tell you much about the Summit, besides it was where “big things” happened for bicycle advocacy. With the support of Light & Motion, who are serious advocates for women’s cycling and bicycle safety, and Specialized Bicycle Components, who sponsor my teams for both road and ‘cross, I was able to make the Summit a reality. Armed with a basic knowledge of what to expect, I landed in D.C. on Tuesday morning, just in time to welcome the RoW crew as they ended their cycling adventure at the Urban Press Camp, a 3-day bike show for commuters, at the beautiful House of Sweden.
Later that evening the Summit kicked off at the Grand Hyatt with the following message from Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists – “In these economic times, we can only afford to invest in solutions that solve multiple problems. Bicycling and walking programs do that and they are essential to our communities. When every tax dollar has to do the most good, it’s the right time to invest in bicycling. That’s the message at the 2011 National Bike Summit. We are asking Congress to support continued dedicated funding for vital bicycling and walking programs such as Transportation Enhancements, Safe Routes to School, and the Recreational Trails Program.” U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood reiterated that message during his keynote speech to an energized crowd ready to fight for bicycle rights and safety during its charge on Capital Hill.
Wednesday morning started off with a bang as Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) gave his welcoming speech before the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation Janette Sadik-Khan and the Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar continued to invigorate us with their inspiring words. What these people have done for bike advocacy in cities like Portland, OR and New York City is extremely remarkable. They’ve set a high standard for the rest of the nation to follow.
During the breakout sessions I chose to attend a talk on engaging youth in cycling because I feel that that we need to begin stamping an impression on kids the importance of physical activity to living a long, healthy life. It is imperative that as a nation we begin to reverse the trend of childhood obesity. But it’s also about putting legislation into place that will create and provide safe places for the kids to engage in cycling, whether it’s programs like Safe Routes to Schools or building more mountain bike parks. Much of the session was geared towards the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) which hit close to home because of the high school mountain bike league that has gotten underway in the area surrounding my home town of Fort Collins. I was amazed at what this group has already done for American youth and was further impressed with what this group has planned for the future. Other countries are starting to take notice at what this group has accomplished, and have even gone as far as asking for direction at getting similar leagues started in their part of the world.
In the next session I learned about the “Summit Ask” – the message that we would take with us to Capital Hill the next day. Just as the Summit message stated on the opening night, the “Summit Ask” was more about asking for current funding to be maintained rather than increased. Because of the economic turmoil that has hit the U.S. we can’t expect the “new” Congress to expand the current levels of funding, but we can ask that the existing cycling and walking programs remain intact because they are fundamental to decreasing traffic congestion, decreasing consumption of fossil fuels, decreasing childhood obesity and improving quality of life, all of which will have positive impacts on the economy. To the attendees at the Summit and to many other advocates around the country, this message makes sense, it seems so easy, but for many of the people on Capital Hill it would still be a big “ask”.
During the keynote lunch that afternoon we heard from I.M.B.A.’s Jenn Dice and Robin Schepper, ED, First Lady’s Let’s Move Campaign. Andy Clarke also announced the first-ever recipients of the Bicycle Friendly University designation and 55 new Bicycle Friendly Businesses. Fort Collins was front and center as both Colorado State University and New Belgium Brewery were among the universities and businesses to receive these awards. Fort Collins itself is a silver level Bicycle Friendly Community so it’s no wonder that our university and businesses have also brought bicycle advocacy to the forefront. It was also my pleasure to represent CSU on stage when all of the award winning universities gathered for a photo.
That evening Bikes Belong and BikesPAC hosted a reception and fundraiser for several members of the U.S. House and Senate for their support of bicycling at the historic Monocle Restaurant on Capital Hill. That particular event was eye-opening to say the least. Throughout the evening Tim Blumenthal of Bikes Belong and peopleforbikes.org introduced several influential legislators such as Congressman John Mica (R-FL) – Chairman of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, Senator Tom Carper (D-DE), Steven LaTourette (R-OH), and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI). In about 5 minutes, each Congressman informally addressed the crowd to tell his own story about why he supports cycling, and most of them recounted funny stories about their own cycling experiences. For them to feel our energy (they felt it and they said so) and for us to hear about their support for bikes was huge. There was wholehearted enthusiasm floating around the room that night as everyone mingled and chatted about this and that. I was excited to be part of such a spirited group of people who all shared the same agenda – to make bikes part of mainstream America for all the ways they can help shape the health and economy of and for its people.
Thursday morning was The big day on Capital Hill. It was time for us to shine, to use all the information that we had obtained over the last couple of days to convince our respective Representatives and Senators that they need to help us maintain current funding for bicycling and walking in our great state. For many Colorado delegates, talking to members of Congress was old hat since it was their umpteenth visit to Capital Hill. Bicycle Colorado is one of the leaders in bicycle advocacy in the U.S. and groups like Bikes Belong and I.M.B.A. call Colorado home which gives the state a huge advantage by having such heavy hitters in its back pocket. It also helps when you have an employee from New Belgium Brewery start off the meeting – “did you hear that Fat Tire is going to be rolling out in D.C. in a couple of months?” It was inspiring to me as we sat in a legislator’s office or stood in the hall to hear the people from my state talk about the how’s and why’s bicycling is important to Colorado and what Congress can do to help maintain Colorado as a bicycle friendly state.
On the schedule were meetings with Representatives Tipton, Gardner, Perlmutter, DeGette, Coffman and Polis. My first meeting of the day began with Gardner, the Representative from my district. Like most meetings, we didn’t meet with the legislator but rather his/her legislative assistant or “staffer”. However, it’s often the case that a good meeting with a staffer can be just as or even more influential than meeting with the Rep. because often the staffers play an invaluable role in shaping a legislator’s agenda and position on issues. Each of our meetings seemed to flow smoothly with support coming from each of the different districts. Perlmutter was the one Rep. that met us face to face and he did so in a corridor in the great depths of the Longworth Building. (Or was it in Cannon? It was hard to keep track of where we were after the staffer took us down these stairs, up those escalators and through this and that corridor.) Like each legislator that we met with, he reiterated to us to keep up our hard work, that we were on the right track, and to continue giving him the information he needs to support our cause. Then he wrapped up the meeting by asking his staffer to take a picture of him and our group to post on Twitter. Cool.
To wrap up the Summit, we all reconvened that evening for a Congressional Reception on the Hill. This was our opportunity to rehash the events of the last couple of days, particularly our day on Capital Hill, with old friends and many more new ones (at least in my case). Exhaustion was starting to set in, people’s feet hurt and there were many tired eyes, but the energy that started the Summit was still reverberating around the room as we all said our good-byes and gave our best wishes.
I met many fantastic people during the Summit, more than I’ll be able to remember, and I hope to meet these people again in some capacity as I wander down the road trying to find my place in bicycle advocacy.