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Skinny Lattes Road Trip to Round the Bay In A Day

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Round the bay in a day
Sunday 20th October 2013

Weather's a bit rough today. Wind predicted to be 30knots NW. We had a good start from Geelong with me, Felicity, Lynette, Vicki- Lynne, Belinda, Catriona, and Margaret all from the Skinny Lattes Cycling Club.
Excellent ride to the Ferry at good average speed, dark still conditions with beautiful roads and countryside.
35 kilometres done only 100 to go!
Ferry passage was comfortable and grateful for the ginger tablets from Shemmy.
Leaving the ferry the wind was now in our face and we knew we were in for a tough 100K. Vicky took the lead wheel and I sat in the middle of the bunch appreciating the support and encouragement from all the girls.
Predicted winds of 30 knots were accurate with gusts up to 60 to keep the smile off my face.
Midway to back to Melbourne the hills felt like mountains but a couple of pushes in my back from Lynette kept me going (again much appreciated).
Lunch was perfect timing and I enjoyed a rest and nourishment.
Wasn't sure I would make it to Melbourne but it got much easier after I saw the 20K to go sign.
I wasn't smiling as I crossed the finish line after 5 hours 50 minutes of hard riding on a gusty day but I am very happy that I did it and will be back next year and do it all again. Now that I have done around the bay I have now gained the confidence to have a go at almost anything thanks to the Skinny Lattes.

Lesley Pannowitch

P.S. I learnt so much on the weekend eg when to eat drink, also thinking about my gear selection and looking at the more experienced members of the group and watching for when they changed gears.


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Australian Masters Games Delivers for Skinny Lattes

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"Great experience, fantastic fun, we were a team"  Margaret's reflection upon returning home from the Australian Masters Games.

Great competition in a friendly atomsphere is the hall mark of the Australian Masters Games and it has been the hook that has drawn many Skinny Lattes into the "sport" side of cycling.  

With this in mind three members made the trip across to Geelong to compete in the recent Australian Masters Games, both Abbey-Leigh and Margaret W in the cycling events and Tracey switched back to her first love of running.

All three atheltes have supplied a blog of their experience at the games so take a moment and relive their journey.


Masters Games in Geelong, was everything I expected it to be! I have competed at the Masters games before in Ballroom and Latin Dancing. The type of competition was very different but the atmosphere very much the same. It was very friendly, supportive and lots of fun!

I was so inspired by everyone there but especially encouraged by the many older competitors. There were greater no.s of competitors in the 60 - 85 yr old groups than the younger 30 - 45 yr groups! I was nervous, because I am really new to cycling.

I arrived for the Time Trial on my own and had to work out where and how to attach the transponder! I had never heard of these until I was given one that morning! Fortunately a couple of guys where warming up near their car parked next to mine and were more than happy to attach it for me. They even pinned my no.s on for me. The race went well despite gale force winds! I suppose that would be why the course of the TT and RR were shared by a Wind Farm!! 

The following day was the RR and once again EXTREME winds made it hard work! It was also freezing cold! But I finished and I was pleased with my average speed. Sat was Crit day and I was very nervous about this having never done one before. I had done some practise in Adelaide so felt a little prepared. I went straight to the sign on area where I was informed that they had changed the direction! So all of a sudden there was a very short and very steep hill to climb each lap! Not my forte'! "At least there was no wind" I thought. My age group was not to take off for another 2.5 hrs though. Just as the group before were doing their final laps the wind picked up fiercely and combined with a nasty hill made for a pretty slow and arduous first Criterium. Certainly no really fast cornering! But once again, I finished and was pleased with my effort. A very successful and positive Masters Games experience!



My first competitive running event since high school in 1985 was the 8 km cross country at Eastern Park and it was just that - through quite long grass and very undulating terrain.  Not as stable underfoot as my training trails in Belair and I was happy with a PB of 42.41 to take out bronze in the 45-49 year olds in a challenging run.   The low was being about the only South Aussie at the event and only non-athletics club affiliated competitor, however I was made feel very welcome.

My second event was the 10 km road run at Troop Loop in Barwon running pass landmarks including Belmont Common and Barwon Valley Golf Club where I surprisingly was the youngest competitor in the ladies events and won a gold medal.  A highlight was having my daughter Ashleigh there to support and cheer me on. Entries on the day were affected by Melbourne marathon event conflict which was disappointing.

My absolute highlight was competing against Lavinia Petrie in both of my events, not your typical 70 year old and an absolute inspiration. Holder of multiple world records including the fastest ever 100k run by a female, Lavinia broke the 5000m world record earlier in the week after carrying the games flag in the opening ceremony. I also watched Kelly Ruddick anther Aussie World record road walking champion win the 10 km event to claim gold. It was also fabulous to be present to cheer on fellow Skinny Lattes Ab-Fab and Margaret in the criterium cycling events following my run on Saturday and to see them presented with their medals.

The atmosphere and games spirit was magic and I would encourage everyone regardless of age and ability to have a go in 2015 when they return to Adelaide in both the sporting and social events.


Margaret W

What a blast, what good fun.

Abbey Leigh and I attended the Geelong Masters Games and proudly wore our Skinny Latte jerseys for every event.  We kept up the tradition of the Lattes cheering loudly for 'our' team.  Go Skinny!! Which actually is in contrast to the other competitors who cheer for their friends as they should but we cheer for our team. We proudly told anyone who wanted to listen that we were a women only cycling team.  I am sure many more women would cycle if they had women only clubs and events and got the encouragement and support we Skinny Lattes get.

There are so many stories from the games.  People who have chemo and turn up for an event and use competition in sport to keep them motivated, active and well.  A netball player who has had two total knee reconstructions who is in the over 60s and when not playing netball competed and got a gold medal in squash.  A competitor in his 60s who rode his bike from Perth to NT and then down to Alice Springs to compete then set out for the eastern states, Tasmania and then across the Nullabor and home.  If you are in your 80s and get on a bike and compete then you have my respect.  Triple by pass just makes them keener and stronger.  These stories and many others you hear tell the story of real heroes.

And then there are us lightweights.  We had an absolute ball.  I started off in the Time Trial so nervous with 4 women in the Category 70-74 and was thrilled to get the gold, To get anywhere in the Road Race would have been a bonus but I got the gold again.  Then doing the criterium around the spectacular gardens and along the bay I managed to get another gold.  Loved the company of Abbey Leigh who got a silver and a bronze medal. What a great competitor and a marvelous ambassador.  The spirit of the games is hard to explain.  Younger women cycling competitors came up to me and expressed their wish that they would still be cycling and competing in their 70s.  If I could claim that I've inspired anyone to keep on riding and enjoying this great sporting event that would be a real win.  I know that if I can do it then anyone can and that is the truth.  Thanks Skinnies for without the wonderful support and encouragement of a women's only cycling group it wouldn't have happened.  Go Skinnies!!

Margaret W

Sponsored Cyclist Awards for 2013/2014

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It is with great pleasure that the Skinny Lattes CC announce the winners of the 2013/2014 Sponsored Cyclist Awards – Carla Franson & Kylie McAvaney.

Eight extremely strong applications were received by the club, and Secretary Belinda Bramley said that having agreed criteria to consistently judge the applications against each year was the only way to do this fairly.

The two successful applications this year show the diversity of the riders and their specific needs.  Both women received a $500.00 cheque from the club to assist them with the purchase of equipment or the cost of attending competition.

Carla and Kylie join past award winners, Jessica Mundy, Annette Edmondson, Stephanine Morton and Breanna Hargrave.  We wish them all the best for the coming season.

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Kylie McAvaney

Nettie Edmondson Makes Orica-AIS TT Team For Worlds.

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Photo CJ Farquharson  http://www.womenscycling.net

ORICA-AIS Names Team Time Trial Squad for Road World Championships
ORICA-AIS is pleased to announce its six woman squad that will compete at the Team Time Trial World Championships in Italy. The line-up includes three women who were part of the team's second place effort last year in Limburg alongside three women who are making their first appearance at the TTT World Championships.

The six women who will push to the very limits of their physical ability to bring home gold for ORICA-AIS in Italy are: Amanda Spratt, Annette Edmondson, Emma Johansson, Loes Gunnewijk, Melissa Hoskins and Shara Gillow.

For a team as strong as ORICA-AIS, the selection process wasn't an easy task. In order to pick the six best riders, selection was structured to give every woman a fair shake at making the Worlds team.

"Last year, the group was already whittled down to seven or so early on," said Sport Director Dave McPartland. "This year, we decided to give all the girls as much opportunity as possible by rotating the roster at every race beginning with Sweden. Effectively, the selection process included three TTT races: Sweden, Lotto Belisol and Holland Ladies Tour."

"We looked at a number of different factors from those three races," McPartland continued. "We took into consideration the length of turns on the front, time to get back on and overall contribution to the effort. Rather than looking at SRM data, we went back and looked at GoPro footage. It became clear after replaying the videos who improved and who was making mistakes."

Procuring the right chemistry of riders is the first step to forming a successful TTT squad. Knowing how and when to use those riders is the next crucial step. Since Sweden, the team has made drastic improvements in finding this balance.

"Our biggest improvement has been learning how to use our stronger girls more instead of having everyone taking equal pulls," said McPartland. "Emma, Nettie and Mel can all take longer pulls. If they do that in the first half of the race, then we will still have six girls going strong in the second half of the race."

"Although we've made progress, we still need to improve on using all six riders for the benefit of making the team go faster," added McPartland. "We should get to the finish with only four riders. This means one or two will finish in the first 30km. We'll only take four or five riders to the line."

Although ORICA-AIS might be the underdogs come race day, the team is better equipped this year than last to surprise the naysayers. Well aware that reigning champions Specialized-lululemon line up as the hot favourites, McPartland believes besting their main rivals is possible.

"If it all comes together on the day in Worlds, we have a real good shot at the win," said McPartland. "Realistically it's a massive task, but we are aiming for gold. I think we have a chance of winning with the team we've assembled this year. A lot of people think it's crazy that we say we have a chance. I'd like to prove them wrong."

ORICA-AIS for the Team Time Trial at Road World Championships:

Amanda Spratt
Annette Edmondson
Emma Johansson
Loes Gunnewijk
Melissa Hoskins
Shara Gillow

Women Battle Strong Winds in Final Hill Climb

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Sandra Ladyman 2Hill Climb Winner CChristine Meijborg 2Hill Climb Winner D

Sandy Ladyman, winner Blue Grade                                               Christine Meijborg winner Black Grade

 All photos by Michelle Spiel.


The skies were clear but a strong cross and at times head wind made the 4km Hill Climb outside of Kersbrook South Australia seem like an eternity, when the women lined up for the Skinny Lattes Cycling Club's final Hill Climb for the season on Sunday.  With some of the riders supporting Amy's Gran Fondo in Victoria, the City to Bay run in Adelaide and Meriel Custance heading off to Europe to race Masters World Championships numbers were low in the top grade however there was strong support across all other grades.


The adverse weather conditions meant that for most riders this was not the day to be setting a personal best time up the climb, however one of the two exceptions to this was the notable effort by new rider Kim Clarke who took 13.94 seconds of her previous time and the only other PB set was by Abbey-Leigh Dalton who took 3.96 seconds of her previous time.  


Leanne Davies (Red Grade) came out and was determined to reverse the previous Hill Climb result which had fellow Norwood CC team mate Alissa Byron with the fastest time up the climb.  Davies 1st was successful in not only taking the fastest time from Byron 2nd but she also extended her lead in the series. Davies set the fastest time across all grades.


With Janine Mckinnon overseas Michelle Crick saw the Hill Climb as an opportunity to get a valuable series lead (Yellow Grade) on Vicki Lynne Birks who will be hard to beat with her extensive experience in circuit racing and sprinting.  Crick 1st was on form and showed impressive style on the climb with her taking out the win over Margaret Boylan 2nd and new comer Shylie Davidson 3rd.  Davidson who has come from a strong rowing background has adapted quickly to competitive cycling and we look forward to seeing her develop as a rider.


Sandra Ladyman 1st (Blue Grade) showed no mercy to her fellow competitors when she took the win from Heather Barclay 2nd and Skinny Lattes CC president Felicity Laing 3rd.  Ladyman who has shown her strengths on the hills has a narrow lead in the series and this grade will perhaps have the most exciting racing going into the final round with the top five riders only separated by seven points, the overall win could be anyone’s.


Christine Meijborg's 1st (Black Grade) extensive training for the Cycle for Culture ride paid off when she set the fastest time in the Black Grade from Caroline Wilsch 2nd and Margaret Warner 3rd. However, Wilsch still has an impressive lead in the series will be looking to protect that lead in the final round.


Final round will be at Victoria Park Circuit, Adelaide Parklands on October 27th 9am.







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Michelle Crick winner Yellow Grade                                             Leanne Davies winner Red Grade


The Skinny Lattes Cycling Club would like to acknowledge the following people who assisted on the day. 

David Birks, Graeme Zucker, Rob Faulkner, Sharee Faulkner, David Pratt, Russell Johnstone, Michelle Spiel, Carol Moran & John Murray. 

Medical services Dennis Crisp.

In Her Own Words: Tiffany Cromwell Previews GP Plouay-Bretagne WC

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In Her Own Words: Tiffany Cromwell Previews GP Plouay-Bretagne WC
ORICA-AIS will line up for the final World Cup of the 2013 season in Brittany, France on Saturday. After seven rounds of World Cup racing, Emma Johansson sits in second position in the series rankings behind reigning World Champion and Olympic gold medalist Marianne Vos (Rabo Women). After her recent World Cup win in Sweden, the Dutchwoman has sealed an unassailable overall lead for the second consecutive year.

Last year, Tiffany Cromwell was the best placed ORICA-AIS rider in Plouay, second across the line behind Vos. In her own words, Cromwell previews the final World Cup of the year.

The Plouay course is essentially the same as the one we raced on last year. They changed things up a bit from previous years. We now do five undulating laps of 27km. The previous course was harder in terms of difficulty, but any race in the Brittany region is a challenge. The terrain here is tough.

There are a number of difficult climbs throughout the course that vary in style – punchy and sharp or long and dragging. We start with the former. After a short, steep descent, we have little time to recover before the course then starts to drag upwards. If the peloton is racing hard, this is where it can get quite tough.

The most selective section of the circuit comes within the final 10km. From the wide and fast highway road, we deviate onto a narrow and steep but short climb that hits 13% in places. Over the top of that, we rejoin the wide highway that makes up the final long drag of the circuit. Typically, over the top of this climb there are crosswinds that really stretch out the group and make the racing hard. In fact, with two laps to go, this is the section where the front group of ten split from the rest of the reduced field last year.

Judith Arndt and I were in that group together. Looking to my team leader, I asked Judith "What should I do?" and her answer was simply "Attack." That's what I did. Vos and Elisa Longo Borghini (Hitec UCK) joined me, and the rest is history.

The new course may not be as selective as the old one, but it's still a race of attrition. In my first three years racing on the old course, I finished outside the time limit twice and once inside the top 20. Finally, I had a breakthrough ride in Plouay last year. I came into the race with really good form at the end of the season and managed to make the front group.

I feel like I'm better at dealing with the end of season fatigue at this point in my career. It's all part of the progression. On this new course there are more opportunities to recover a bit and then chances to dig hard. I'm learning how to go deep when others can't put the pieces together.

Our one goal for Plouay is winning. We also want to keep Emma [Johansson] in second place for the World Cup rankings. Vos is leading by too big a margin, so we know we can't win the overall. Ellen Van Dijk [Specialized lululemon] is in third at 28 points behind Emma, so it's possible but unlikely she could overtake Emma for second place

Winning Plouay is more important than Emma's World Cup ranking, so in that regard it doesn't matter who we race for on Saturday. We back each other up and support each other in every race scenario. Lotto was a perfect example of how we might set up the finish for one rider, but another rider takes the win when the opportunity presented itself.

At this point in the season, everyone has personal goals for events like the World Championships or securing a contract. From the inside we know that there are some girls who are still hoping for a tap on the shoulder for a World's selection and others who are using these late season races as building blocks to keep form high for Worlds. It can make this time of year a bit funny. Still, we all know what we need to do to accomplish our goals – and that's to support the team's goals.

ORICA-AIS for GP de Plouay-Bretagne WC

Amanda Spratt
Emma Johansson
Melissa Hoskins
Shara Gillow
Sungeun Gu
Tiffany Cromwell

High school cycling produces world class athletes

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The National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) is well represented at the 2013 UCI Mountain Bike Worlds in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Seven young men and women, who are current or former NICA student-athletes are members of the US National Team. They include Sean Bennett, Lucas Newcomb and Neilson Powless (junior men cross country); Kaylee Blevins and Kate Courtney (junior women cross country); Shayna Powless (U23 women cross country) and Cole Picchiottino (junior men cross country)

Some of the riders were mountain bikers before their high school racing days while others were not.

Courtney, a junior women's World Cup winner, who is 17 (racing age 18) said, "My experience in NICA was really important. I didn't even start mountain bike racing until my first NorCal race in my freshman year. That was my first race, and I was kind of just doing it as cross training for cross country running, and after that race, I was hooked."

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Breanna Hargrave with her new Dolan Track Bike

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Sponsored Rider 2012-2013.

Here is a little update of the year so far.
Nationals in Feb went well. I finished with 7th place in the open Keirin and 7th also in the Match Sprint and I managed to get under 12 sec for my 200m (11.91) which I was really happy with.

Since then we havent had many competitions as we are preparing for the Adelaide GP in a couple of weeks but we have been training very hard both on the track and in the gym. I have improved my single leg press from 110kg to 175kg and rode a half sec pb in my 500m at a club meet last wed so I feel like Im getting stronger and faster!

I put my Skinny Lattes scholarship towards a new Dolan track bike which has definently helped with my riding technique.



Thanks again to the club for assisting in this purchase. I certainly have appreciated it. I have attached a photo of the new bike and one of me doing my 200m at nationals.


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I hope everyone's cycling has been going well this year.

Simple Sugars & Complex Carbohydrates

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Simple Sugars and Complex Carbohydrates – An Incompatible Combination
By: Steve Born

If you look on a container of a Hammer Nutrition fuel you'll find something that you'll probably not see on another energy drink or gel... a warning. For example, on a container of HEED you'll find these words: "Do not combine HEED with any product containing simple, refined sugars. Negative side effects may occur." Similarly, you'll find the following on a container of Perpetuem: "WARNING: Do not combine Perpetuem with any product containing simple, refined sugars."

What's up with that? Why are we so adamant about not combining simple sugars with complex carbs? Well, the reason for that is simple: we want you to enjoy your workout or race, we want you to achieve your best possible results, and we want you to do that without having stomach issues such as bloating, cramping, diarrhea, and a host of others. However, when you consume a simple sugar fuel at or near the same time as any of the Hammer Nutrition fuels (which contain no added simple sugars) you very much put your workout and race, and your stomach, in jeopardy.


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Nettie's First European Road Win

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Nettie Edmondson Sprints to First European Road Win
Nettie Edmondson won the final stage of the Lotto Belisol Tour in exciting fashion. Leading out her teammate Emma Johnasson, Edmondson had the field strung out as she powered uphill toward the finish line. When Edmondson opened up a small gap, Johansson slowed ever-so-slightly to allow the gap to grow. Edmondson held off the field to take her first professional road victory in Europe while Johansson proved best of the rest to take second on the stage.

"Emma was feeling really good today, and the finish is exactly the sort that usually suits her," said Edmondson. "She could have won it if she wanted to, but she gave it to me, which was really nice. She deserves a huge thank you for that."

Sport Director Dave McPartland sees things slightly differently than the stage winner. While he agrees that Johansson likely could have won, he recognises that Edmondson had the legs to grab the opportunity that presented itself.

"We were always thinking we were racing for Emma today," McPartland said. "This goes to show how good of form Nettie has come into late in the season. She barely seems to believe that she's won on such a hard stage. Nettie was in a good position, doing her job perfectly for the team, and ultimately got rewarded."

Edmondson originally had been slated to launch early attacks in an attempt to break up the field over the hard, hilly Geraardsbergen course that included four times up the infamous Muur.

"We planned to attack this race apart," explained Edmondson. "Gu, Gracie [Elvin] and I were in charge of attacks during the first half of the race. Jessie [MacLean] and Loes [Gunnewijk] were responsible for attacks in the final, and Emma could do her thing up the Muur."

The attacks proved effective, and eventually a group of around ten riders broke away from the front of the field. Edmondson, Gunnewijk and Johansson had made the move. Gunnewijk launched another missive to slip away alone.

"Loes went out there and set this whole thing up for the team," said McPartland. "She was away alone with a group of nine or so riders chasing. We had Nettie and Emma in that chase group, and they were enjoying a free ride on the back. Loes was super strong to hold off the chase group the way she did. She really set things up perfectly, and she was the virtual leader on the road for part of the day."

In the build-up to the final ascent of the Muur, the peloton reeled in the chase group. Gunnewijk remained ahead of the bunch with a 55" advantage. Ellen van Dijk, second overall at the start of the stage, attacked up the final climb.

"When Ellen attacked, Emma followed," explained McPartland. "She was the only one who could. Of course, she sat on while van Dijk did all the work to get across to Loes. They caught Loes with around 20km left to race, and they were away together for awhile."

Fifteen kilometres from the finish, the peloton shut down the newly formed leading group. With a bunch sprint looking likely, ORICA-AIS began to ready its sprint train.

"When it came back together, we decided we'd ride for Emma in the sprint," explained Edmondson. "We were driving it on the front in the last 10km. Jessie did a huge pull from a couple k to go, and then Loes took over. I was the last to take my turn before Emma would sprint, so I went as fast as I could from the bottom of the hill that leads to the finish. Emma saw that I got a gap, and she stalled a bit. I realised right away what she was doing, and I rode as fast I could to the line."

"It's crazy," she added. "Yesterday was the sprint stage. That's the one I wanted to win. I got third, and I told myself I needed to be happy with a podium. Today, I didn't even think about myself at all. I just thought about doing my job for the team, and look what happened."

McPartland credits that attitude as integral to his team's success. With each of his riders ready and willing to commit to a team plan, the wins keep coming.

"Today was one of the best pieces of teamwork I saw from the girls all year," McPartland said. "They did their job exactly as we had discussed. Everyone played their part."

"This win isn't just mine," said Edmondson, echoing McPartland's sentiments. "It's a win for the entire team. They all deserve this win after attacking all day, especially Loes who spent so much time solo in the front. Even though we didn't achieve our goal of winning the overall, it was really nice to end the week on a high note."

Although ORICA-AIS was after the yellow jersey on Monday, McPartland was quick to extend a heartfelt congratulations to van Dijk for taking the prize his team had chased.

"Ellen was the strongest," he admitted. "She deserved to win. Her team was on the back foot today, but she still came away with the win. Full credit to her. We really respect the way she raced."

Despite missing out on the overall victory, ORICA-AIS can hardly feel disappointed with their achievements. The team finished second on the opening stage team time trial and saw huge gains in the discipline compared to Team Time Trial World Championships Specialized-lululemon. Johansson sprinted to second on stage two. Edmondson was up for third in the stage three sprint. Gunnewijk was awarded most aggressive on stage four after her solo breakaway set her teammates up for their 1-2 finish. Johansson jumped to third overall and the team won the team classification.

"We were back to our racing aggressively, and it set us up for results every day," said McPartland. "The team we have here was well-suited to the terrain and the aggressive nature of the race. We were always on the back foot after the first stage because of the time difference to Specialized-lululemon from the team time trial, but we never gave up."