Chrono Gatineau Report


Chrono Gatineau Report

Tayler Wiles (Specialized-lululemon) was the sole rider to break the 16-minute barrier en route to winning the fifth running of the Chrono Gatineau women's UCI time trial.  The 24-year old American covered the technically demanding 11.5 kilometre course in 15:51, bettering silver medalist Leah Kirchmann (Team Canada) by 20 seconds.  Jasmin Glaesser (Tibco/To The Top) finished third in 16:19.

It was overcast and chilly as the first of the 41 starters rolled off the start ramp, but the sun soon broke through and temperatures increased rapidly.  Also off to a rapid start was Annie Foreman-Mackey (Stevens - The Cyclery).  Fourth out of the gate, the Kingston native set an early best time of 16:29, remaining atop the leader board as 30 riders tried but failed to improve upon her time.  Not until Glaesser, ninth from last to start, was Foreman-Mackey ousted from the virtual hot seat.

Glaesser had no time at all to savour her leading position, as Wiles finished immediately behind her to set what proved to be the winning time.  Kirchmann was the penultimate finisher, but her time of 16:11 was insufficient to knock off the leader.  Jade Wilcockson (Optum-Kelly Benefits) finished fourth, and Foreman-Mackey ultimately claimed fifth.

At the recent US national championships, Wiles fell one and a half seconds short of the podium, which spurred her motivation.  "I've been targeting time trials this year.  I was a little disappointed with my ride at nationals so I wanted some revenge."

Knowing she was on form, the Salt Lake City native sensed she was heading toward a top placing.  "I had a feeling I was on a good ride.  My cadence was good and my power was good.  I was just giving it everything."

With no less than three 180-degree turns, plus a number of swooping on-ramp and off-ramp corners, the tricky course appealed to Kirchmann.  "I definitely prefer a shorter, more technical time trial, so I think the course suited me.  I knew that it was okay to go a little harder off the start since it was shorter and you didn't have to conserve as much for the end."

Despite coming up 20 seconds short, the Winnipeg resident, who rides for Optum Kelly Benfit Strategies, but raced wearing Team Canada colours, was pleased with her result.  "I'm really happy with how it went.  I've been working a lot on my time trialling this year so it's nice when hard work pays off and I start to get results in these kinds of races.  I wanted to get another good time trial in before nationals, so this was definitely a target race for me."

A strong headwind on the opening stretch made it difficult for riders to judge their initial effort.  "I definitely was worried that I started out going too hard," explained Kirchmann.  "It's hard to judge your effort going into a head wind like that right off the start.

Originally from Vancouver but currently based in Colorado, Glaesser is a former U23 national time trial champion.   "I love how it's such a measured effort.  It's really numbers-based.  It's very predictable and always reflects the training and preparation you put in."

The 22-year old won a bronze medal in the Team Pursuit at the London Olympic Games and a silver at this year's Track Worlds, but is transitioning to the road.  "My background is the track and coming to the road has been a much steeper learning curve than I would have expected, but it's great to be able to start having some good rides on the road."

"With this course there are so many turnarounds and slightly technical corners, it was going to be about going out hard and trying to hang on as long as possible, so that was my plan going into it," said Glaesser.

Race Notes

- Currently living in Fairfax, California, race winner Wiles hopes to be part of the Specialized-lululemon team time trial formation at the World Championships, as well as helping her team at the upcoming Giro Donne in Italy.  She will contest tomorrow's road race as part of a composite National Capital Region squad.

- Plenty of minor adjustment were required in order to satisfy the UCI commissaries doing the bike checks prior to the start

- A total of seven nations were represented amongst the start field.

- A crew of PanAm Games officials were on hand to gain knowledge ahead of next summer's events.

Report by Emil van Dijk on Canadian Cyclist (



Technology plays role in helping champion cyclists

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By David Louie

MORGAN HILL, Calif. (KGO) -- A group of the world's top female cyclists have converged on Morgan Hill in the South Bay to fine tune their craft.

They're looking to a bike maker who uses state-of-the-art techniques to help shave a few key seconds off their world class race times.

Never has technology played such an important part in helping professional cyclists win. And at Specialized in Morgan Hill it's making a difference.

They like to call the wind tunnel the "win" tunnel because of the importance of aerodynamics in winning a race. Every part of a racing bike, along with the cyclist's helmet, can impact speed and performance.

Engineer Chris Yu's background is in aircraft aerodynamics, but he now applies the same principles to cycling.

"One is reduce the size, so just punching a smaller hole through the air or, improving their shape, so just making them more like a slender wing body and not just barn doors. So, the more we can do that, the better it is come race day for them," said Yu.

Racer Tayler Wiles of Marin County is being subjected to 30 miles per hour headwinds and as much emphasis is placed on equipment engineering. Human engineering is also a critical factor.

"There's a lot of exercises we have to do to be able to actually race in the position that is the most aerodynamic, so it's an on-going process of adapting," said Wiles.

Down the hall, San Francisco team member Evie Stevens is undergoing a body geometry assessment, which will be recorded and analyzed by computer software. Comfort and customizing the bike's seat, or saddle, are also critical to winning a race.

"I want to be a world champion, Olympic champion. And, if you don't, if you're losing a little bit of power because your saddle isn't comfortable and you're doing this, you're going to lose. And, so they help you create the best saddle to how you perform the best," said Stevens.

Fitness manager Sean Madsen will then make adjustments.

"In all my experience, I have never met a symmetrical human being. Everyone has their own nuances. Be it a different range of motion, flexibility, stability, past history, injury or even what their goals are on the bike," said Madsen.

All of this helps Specialized to design better bikes for a fast-growing market.



2013 world champion women's cycling team visits the South Bay

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By Evan Borders


Team Specialized-lululemon, a women’s professional cycling team made up of 11 inspiring athletes from around the globe, took to the hills around Specialized Bikes in Morgan Hill to showcase their skills.

Lululemon is a self-described yoga-inspired athletic apparel company who, along with Specialized, took over the elite road bicycle racing and track team in 2012 from the HTC Corporation.

On Tuesday, January 21, Specialized hosted the 2013 world champions in Morgan Hill during their annual team training camp. KTVU got a behind-the-scenes experience with the athletes who are propelling the growth in women’s cycling.

The historically male-dominated sport of cycling is shifting gears to engage women in big numbers. According to Specialized, from 2003 to 2012, the number of women in bicycling grew 20 percent compared to 0.5 percent among men, and between the ages of 17 to 28, 60 percent of bicycle owners are now women.

“Be empowered, be empowered by what’s happening in the cycling world, what’s happening with companies like Lululemon, and keep having a voice,” said Lululemon teammate and Marin local Tayler Wiles. “…And those group rides where you’re with men, keep fighting; keep fighting it out. Don’t ever say ‘aw, I’m the woman, I’m going to sit in the back of the group ride’. Go to the front, show your stripes, be yourself.”

The growth in women’s cycling has transformed the lives of many young female riders to become pro-cyclists. Leaving behind successful careers in investment banking and education, among others, these women have become Olympians and are the dominant force behind the world’s best pro women’s cycling team: Specialized-lululemon.

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