Jennifer Valente of TWENTY20 earned four gold medals at the 2018 USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships, adding to her already impressive national and world jersey collection. Valente was victorious in Points Race, Scratch Race and Madison (with Christina Birch) in addition to defending her 2017 title in the International Omnium event. Valente has her eyes focused on the 2020 Olympiad in Tokyo and uses the road racing to hold consistent her fitness level for the track.
“It’s never easy to win races and I came into this Elite Nationals very prepared. It was great to see such a big field for a National Championships. My focus now shifts to the Colorado Classic, which will be my final road race of the year and prep starts for the UCI Track World Cup season. This is such a big stepping stone in the lead up to Tokyo,” said Valente on the championship wins and her long-term plan for Tokyo.
Valente currently sits atop the UCI Omnium event rankings and is the 4th position in the points race rankings.
“Jennifer continues to impress and improve as the season progresses. Her confidence continues to grow and with a recent successful trip to Japan with the National team she came to Elite Track Nationals head and shoulders above the competition. She truly is a world-class athlete. Jennifer continues to dig deep on the road endurance side and with only two years until Tokyo this is only going to help her on the world stage this winter in the UCI World Cups, where she will be facing off against the current World Champion and newly crowned European omnium champ Kirsten Wild (NED) and Katie Archibald (GB) to name a few,” said Nicola Cranmer, General Manager, TWENTY20 Pro Cycling
Young Sawyer Taylor, an 18-year-old development team addition, raced a strong championship performance with a 6th in the omnium and a silver medal in the team pursuit.
Juniors Zoe Ta Perez and Megan Jastrab raced to a silver medal in the omnium. Valente and Birch took the gold in an exhilarating event Tuesday evening.
Winter has arrived in the northern hemisphere, and that means shorter days, colder weather, and additional precipitation. Of course, racing cyclocross is also a great way to stay fit in the wintertime. But for those sticking to the road, here are a few tips to maximize your bike’s ability to handle some big-mile days during winter.
Play Sports Group, publisher of Global Triathlon Network (GTN), has announced its selection of Felt Bicycles as the media organization’s new official bike partner for its GTN channel. As part of its new partnership with the Southern California-based bicycle manufacturer, GTN will feature Felt bikes in future content.
After a few miles on the bike course along the legendary Queen K highway, everything seemed to be going according to plan for four-time and reigning Kona World Champion Daniela Ryf. But by race's end, Ryf would finish well off her usual pace. But it's not always results that define what the Kona triathlon experience truly is.
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