Long–term partnership with TIBCO and SVB provide foundation for success.
Pescadero, CA – Megan Guarnier and Amanda Miller of Team TIBCO/To the Top were both named to the 2012 U.S. Olympic long team last week by USA Cycling, the sport’s governing body in the U.S.
Guarnier received an automatic bid for a spot by virtue of her overall victory in the Giro del Toscana in September. Miller was a discretionary selection based on her strong results throughout the year, including a stage victory at the International Thuringen Rundfahrt.
From the long team, three to four riders will be selected to participate in the Olympic Games, depending on the U.S.’s allotment. The number allowed is determined by a country’s overall UCI ranking. The top five countries in the UCI ranking as of May 31, 2012, are allowed four athletes for the Olympic Games road race. Lower ranked countries are given a maximum of three spots. The U.S. is currently ranked 7th. Team TIBCO will be sending a squad to Europe in the spring in an effort to accumulate as many UCI points as possible for the U.S. and its American riders, in order to help secure a top-five UCI ranking.
“I’m really excited to be a part of the long team for the Olympics,” Guarnier said. “It’s a goal and a dream for all professional cyclists to make the Olympics. This just means I’m one step closer to fulfilling both.”
The additions of Guarnier and Miller bring to at least five the number of potential Olympians on the 2012 Team TIBCO roster. Tara Whitten is considered a gold medal favorite on the track for Canada, while Erinne Willock was a 2008 Canadian Olympian. Joanne Kiesanowski, also a 2008 Olympian, is looking to represent her native New Zealand on the track in London.
“I’m incredibly proud to have so many of our riders in a position to make the 2012 Olympic Games,” said Team TIBCO founder Linda Jackson, a 1996 Canadian Olympian, six-time Canadian national champion as well as an MBA. “Our mission is to provide a long-term platform to help these women pursue their Olympic dreams. To now have at least five riders who are potential Olympians is a reflection of the stable and long-term support we’ve received since the Team’s inception in 2006.”
Ram Menon, TIBCO’s EVP of World-Wide Marketing, said, “We knew the Team fit perfectly with TIBCO’s culture. Seven years ago, when we began our partnership with the Team, they were a Silicon Valley start-up, as we once were. Today, their world-class riders strive for excellence, just as we do in our daily endeavors with our customers.”
For SVB, partnering with a home-grown Silicon Valley organization was also made perfect sense. “We’ve helped numerous Silicon Valley start-ups over the years,” said Greg Becker, CEO of SVB. “When Linda came to us with a proposal, we could see that she had the drive and determination to make the Team a success on the biggest stage. She had the entrepreneurial spirit we look for in the companies that we support.
“Beyond that, we also saw her desire to develop talent and having so many riders who could go to London this year validates our belief in her program,” Becker added. “On top of that, the Team is also dedicated to giving back to the various communities in which the riders live and race – and this was something that we also strive to do as a Company. Linda and her riders have continually been there to support us in our community efforts, especially helping SVB to be one of the top fundraisers for the Best Buddies Challenge every year. We’re excited that our support is helping her riders achieve their goal of making the Olympics.”
Jackson is well aware of the value of relationships with sponsors who share her dedication to the sport, dating back even to her own race days. “Our goal for 2012 is to thank our sponsors for that support with as many Olympic berths and podiums as possible. With Megan and Amanda getting named to the U.S. long team this week, we’re already well on our way. Once these Games are past, we’ll re-focus our sights on 2016.”
Team TIBCO would also like to thank our full roster of sponsors for their past support, and their backing as we head into the 2012 season.
Dr. Vie Superfoods
Fenwick & West
Silicon Valley Cycling Foundation
Enzo’s Chamois Cream
Peet’s Coffee & Tea
Spectrum Physical Therapy
Photo by Jonathan Devich, Epic Images