Multiple National Champions across various divisions showcases the evolution of the program
(Boise, Idaho) — Sho-Air TWENTY20 Cycling program raced over 20 national championship events this past month, with Canadian Steph Roorda (CAN) earning silver at Canada Criterium Nationals and Leah Thomas (USA) showcasing her strength in a podium finish at USA National Time Trial Championships.
“We had strong Nationals performances for both professionals and junior divisions. Leah Thomas, coached by Giana Roberge, is continuing to develop as one of USA prominent time trialists, earning a bronze medal at USA National Championships. Summer Moak, who is coached by Mari Holden, won the 17-18 category in the time trial and received automatic for junior world championships,” said Nicola Cranmer, General Manager, Sho-Air TWENTY20 Cycling.
“Placing third at nationals is an honor- especially in such a strong field of time trial athletes. I have gained strength and have learned something new each time trial I have raced this year. It was exciting to stand on the podium in Knoxville after such a coveted race. It was an important result on my quest to make the world’s team and I hope to continue to have strong time trial results in Europe. Congratulations to Amber (Neben) and Lauren (Stephens) on their respective first and second place finishes,” said Thomas.
Thomas followed up her strong Nationals performance to score her first Europe UCI time trial podium at Tour de Feminin in Czech Republic and finished 4th in the general classification.
Sho-Air TWENTY20 Cycling has been a house for talented young women riders for years and has shown to produce quality athletes with longevity and love of sport.
“A strong group of talented young riders that will be popping up on the pro circuit over the next few years. We love to produce time trialists and an elite bronze was a big jump for Thomas. Many athletes don’t like to focus on the time trial but it enhances many other aspects such as GC rider or team pursuit potential. We identified areas for improvement and Thomas is working diligently to better her time trial skills. Unfortunately Chloe (Dygert) missed the action due to an injury but will be back for world championships. Qualifying Moak for junior worlds was another goal for the team” said Cranmer.
Moak has been with the program for over five years and is in her final junior year.
“I’m honored to represent the United States in Norway at the World Championships in September. Winning the time trial has been one of my top priorities the past two years. Last year (as a 17 year old) I placed 3rd in the ITT behind teammate, Hannah Arensman, and Skylar Schneider. They both went on to have successful rides in the 2016 ITT in Doha, which helped motivate me to train harder and keep my focus throughout the entire off-season. With the help of Mari Holden and the entire staff/sponsors of Sho-Air TWENTY20, I’m super excited to say we accomplished the goal! Securing a spot on the Worlds team is just icing on the cake,” said Moak, a multi-time junior national and Pan- American champion.
Moak won the individual time trial and went on to a bronze medal in the road race. Her teammate Youngwerth finished with a silver medal in the individual time trial. Youngwerth , who just started working with coach Kristin Armstrong, has made significant improvements since working with her and hopes to make the World Championship team in her first year 17-18 category, she is certainly future medal capable.
In addition to strong elite performances of the team, the junior riders showcased the depth of talent being developed in the program:
17-18 category: Summer Monk, Gold- Time Trial, Bronze, Road Race; Abigail Youngwerth Silver – Time Trial
15-16 category: Zoe Perez, Silver- Time Trial
11-12 category : Lilly McLeod, Gold -Road Race, Gold- Criterium, Silver -Time Trial
UCI races up next are the Boise Twillight Criterium, part of the USA Crit Series and the iconic USA summer race, the Cascade Cycling Classic.
Boise Twilight Criterium Roster: Jennifer Valente, Allie Dragoo, Steph Roorda, Annie Foreman-Mackey, Shayna Powless and Boise junior rider Abby Youngwerth.
Cascade Cycling Classic Roster: Jennifer Valente, Allie Dragoo, Steph Roorda, Annie Foreman-Mackey, Shayna Powless, Jasmin Glaesser, Sofia Arreola and Summer Moak
About Sho-Air TWENTY20
When the team was formed in 2005, TWENTY12 had a definite goal of taking athletes to the 2012 London Olympics. London resulted in two Olympic medals; gold and silver, the only U.S based road program to achieve this. The team replicated its success with a gold and silver in the Rio 2016 Olympics. Youth cycling is an important component to the program, supporting 14 of the top juniors in the nation ranging in ages 11-18. These young women learn essential skills such as teamwork, sacrifice and commitment, which they can carry over to the workplace if a professional athletic career is not pursued. In 2011, TWENTY16 was the first American team to recruit a Para-Cycling athlete to the roster of a professional squad and is still the only professional team to have an integrated junior program. After the success of TWENTY16 in Rio, the team is now focused on Tokyo 2020 with TWENTY20.