Press release from Team ValueAct Capital:
March 26, 2009 – Redlands, CA.
The VAC women began their assault on the Redlands Bicycle Classic today and with Kristin Sanders and Chrissy Ruiter taking 7th and 10th place respectively in the Redlands Prologue. The 5 kilometer course features a bit of everything, with challenging short, steep climbs, along with flat and rolling terrain. Amber Neben, the current World Time Trial Champion, won the event by 27 seconds over Columbia High Road’s Mara Abbott. Columbia-High Road’s Ina Teutenberg was 3rd, only tenths of a second behind her teammate. Team Type 1’s Alison Powers, the current US National Time Trial champion placed 4th and is 38 seconds behind the leader. “There are only a few seconds that separate the riders in 5th place through 20th place,” commented VAC team director, Lisa Hunt. “Everyone’s going to be aggressive tomorrow.” Tomorrow’s stage is a 73 mile circuit race, where the riders will tackle 3 laps of a 24 mile loop on rolling terrain that also features Queen of the Mountain points, Sprint points and time bonuses. “With such a tight race, a lot of riders will be going for the time bonuses, ” commented VAC’s Sanders. “A lot could change after tomorrow.”
A few days before the race began, the VAC women went to the Redlands YMCA to talk to a large group of school kids about bicycle safety and nutrition. Over 50 kids were in attendance and asked a broad range of questions. “The always like to find out how much time we ride our bikes every day and what kind of food we eat,” said VAC’s Martina Patella. “And of course they want to know how fast we can ride!” The riders stressed the importance of wearing a helmet as well as proper maintenance of one’s bicycle. The kids were very excited to come watch the team race in downtown Redlands on Saturday afternoon.