In an exciting finale to the National Racing Calendar’s Tour of Elk Grove, Team TIBCO clinched overall victory with Shelley Olds taking first place in the general classification after placing 2nd in today’s Stage 3 circuit race. The Team produced 5 podium finishes over 3 days of racing, earning the top spot in the Team Classification.
“The team was incredible today and everyone was amazing,” said Olds. “We won this race as a team and everybody played their part.”
“We couldn’t be happier,” said Olds.
It was a day filled with celebration, with Team TIBCO that included Kiwi's Jo Kiesanowski and Rushlee Buchanan accepting the coveted NRC Best Team award. Claudia Haeusler closed out the NRC individual competition with 2nd place overall, while Olds placed 3rd.
“I am so proud of our Team for winning the Team NRC this year,” said Team Founder and 1996 Olympian Linda Jackson. “Every rider contributed to our success and I am especially grateful for (Team directeur sportif) Manel Lacambra for directing our team to victory.”
Lacambra is considered one of the top sport directors in cycling. In 2013, he directed Team TIBCO to dozens of victories including the NRC Team overall.
“I want to say thank you for the help and support from our team founder Linda Jackson, and the support of our team sponsors,” said Lacambra. “We won the NRC Team competition with the amazing teamwork from our entire staff and our riders.”
“Winning the team competition was our number one goal because we believe that teamwork is what is most important,” said Lacambra.
For Team Captain Meredith Miller, it was an emotional day as she closed out a 15-year career in the pro women’s peloton. Miller’s storied career includes such honors as winning the U.S. National Championship Road Race in 2009, representing the U.S. in the World Championships, and capturing her fair share of successes in cyclocross and mountain bike races.
“It’s been an awesome experience to be able to travel the world and make wonderful friendships,” said Miller. “Cycling has taught me a lot about myself as a person. Being a good teammate, the camaraderie and seeing young riders come up in the sport, it’s something that really excites me.”
After five years of racing for Team TIBCO, Miller will retire from road cycling.
“Linda has put together a really special program and what she’s done for women’s cycling is really amazing,” said Miller. “It’s been a great opportunity to be a part of that and I’m super grateful to Linda and the organization.”
Team TIBCO first won the NRC team competition back in 2009 when Miller first joined the squad.
“To finish my career winning the Team NRC, it was really a privilege to be a part of that,” said Miller.