Asheville, N.C. – Team TIBCO’s Lauren Tamayo recently took her new Look 596 Time Trial bike to the A2 Wind Tunnel to dial in her position ahead of the Nature Valley Grand Prix.
“Every year we try to take a step forward in Lauren’s progression, and this year it’s the one percent things,” notes Mike Tamayo, Lauren’s husband and manager. Mike is also the directeur sportif for the OUCH Pro Cycling Team Presented by Maxxis. “That’s where A2 comes into play. You can’t just go get tested right before the season starts. You have to test and then adapt and then test again as the season progresses.”
So the Tamayos made the drive from their base in Asheville, N.C. to the Charlotte area to test Lauren’s new TT machine.
“The new Look 596 is incredibly aerodynamic and light,” Lauren Tamayo said. It’s a truly fast machine and I want to get as much out of it as possible. That’s why I wanted to take it to A2, to get my position perfect for the rest of this season, and looking ahead to 2010 and beyond.
“Mike Giraud at the A2 Wind Tunnel was a big help in the testing,” she continued. “And I’ve got a good team around me to help with my development, including Mike and our Team TIBCO director, Jeff Corbett, who’s also my nutritionist.”
That team also includes her former coach Andy Applegate of Asheville Velo Sports, who also helped with the wind tunnel testing, and advisor Jim Miller.
Lauren Tamayo didn’t wait long to test out the new position or her new Look bike. Last Friday evening, she won the women’s category of the local hill climb time trial put on by the Asheville Women’s Cycling Team. She noted that the five-mile uphill race against the clock, where she set the course record in 2008, was the perfect place to test out the new bike and position.
“I really wanted to support the local community by racing the TT because they’ve supported me throughout my career,” she said. “It was a great test on the new bike, and I’m really excited to get a few more rides on it before heading to Nature Valley next month.”
With a break in the national calendar until the end of May, the TIBCO women will be participating in local races this weekend. In Northern California, Team TIBCO will be well-represented at the SugarCRM Memorial Day Weekend races, including the Mt. Hamilton Road Race this Sunday and the Memorial Day Criterium in Morgan Hill, home of team sponsor Specialized, this Monday.
Amber Rais, Brooke Miller and Alison Starnes are confirmed for Mt. Hamilton, a 63-mile road race that starts out by climbing the 4,200-foot mountain from San Jose and descends into the San Antonio Valley before climbing once again and dropping down into the outskirts of Livermore for a slightly uphill finish.
For Monday’s criterium, Miller, Rais and Starnes will be joined by teammates Katharine Carroll and Alison Rosenthal. National Criterium Champion Miller will be one of the favorites against what should be another strong NorCal women’s field. The race is scheduled to start at 3:40 pm. For more information on both races, visit: