The Memorial Hermann Ironman Texas is an Ultra distance triathlon consisting of a 2.4 mile swim, followed by a 112 mile bike ride, finished up with a 26.2 mile run.
Vuelta rider, Jade Wilcoxson, rode away with the win in Sunday’s Giro di Portland criterium in the Pearl District.
“I was feeling good,” Wilcoxson said when asked about the race. “And then we stopped for about 20 minutes, and my legs just didn’t quite feel it when we started back up again. So I was kind of nervous about the finish. That’s why I went so early, because I didn’t feel like my legs were that good.”
Her legs were good enough for a win by several bike lengths over Sue Butler, who rode in next for second. Walle and Lopez-Otero decided the last podium spot with a rematch of their OBRA championship battle the week before, with the Ironclad rider getting the advantage again.
Jade Wilcoxson finishes 4th in her stage: 3 race and is currently 9th overall in the 2011 Bend Memorial Clinic Cascade Cycling Classic.
You can view the full results here.
The 20th Annual Spring Thaw Mountain Bike Festival returned to Ashland, Oregon this May 14-15, and saw near record turnouts. The downhill events on Sunday were held in very challenging conditions with on and off snow and rain all day.
With 200 riders and 35 Pro Racers from some of the top National Teams, the stage was set for tremendous racing in all classes.
Vuelta Rider, Andrew Blocher, placed first in the hotly contested “under 19 category”, with a time of 5:03:03 minutes.
Racing on his Vuelta All Mountain Wheels, he won the class by more than 5 seconds.
Christian Isakson’s talk with KC Craichy about accomplishing the amazing feat of 5 Iron distance races in 5 consecutive days on 5 islands in Hawaii.
Vuelta Rider Jade Wilcoxson just received an invitation to compete in the Nature Valley Grand Prix in Minnesota, one of the biggest pro races in the country. Check out Jade’s blog for some more details!
We’ve always know that Vuelta rider Jade Wilcoxson can mix it up with the “Big Girls,” but Jade’s blistering performance at last weekend’s 2011 Sea Otter Classic left no doubt that she can do more than mix it up. Keep in mind that the venerable Sea Otter (has it really been 21 years…my joints are creaking) is the season opener where the big teams showcase their Pro riders for the season and test their talent against the national competition. Along comes independent Northwest gunslinger Jade Wilcoxson. Although having no team to back her up, Jade road like a screaming banshee to take 1st place on the event-climaxing Circuit Race. That first gave Jade 2nd overall after having bagged 7th in both the Road Race and the Crit.
Naturally, we’re thrilled that Jade chose to ride and win on Vuelta Wheels. Congratulations Jade! It couldn’t happen to a nicer girl.
Three days of racing and the women’s overall had come down to who could race the fastest over the final uphill sprint. Being alone, no teammates close by, Wilcoxson had to keep a close eye on her competitor Jessica Hansen while also watching out for other GC girls.
“The top three GC girls were trying to work together, but then on the last lap I spent a lot of time on the front,” says Jade. “I didn’t know far down on GC (Hannah) was, but I was worried the whole time and was hoping the rest of us would work together, but that didn’t happen as smoothly as I’d hoped. Then we saw their coach and he told the other BC girls not to work because it was going to be close. And so then I was like “Oh crap.” So I started working really hard.”
Jessica was the first one to cross the line, but Jade’s determination to give it 100% down to the last minute paid off when she won the overall and brought home the leader’s jersey.