• 2013/09/22 Worlds TTT wraps up Optum p/b KBS road season
    • The World Team Time Trial Championships in Florence Italy today wrapped a long and very successful season for the men and women of Optum Pro Cycling presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies. As a team the season is complete however there is a little more work to do for 4 of our athletes in the upcoming individual time trial and road race.

      Selected to the U.S. team for the road race is 2012-13 standout and USPRO road champion Jade Wilcoxson. Selected to team Canada is Canadian road and tt champ, Joelle Numainville who will compete in both disciplines along with teammate Denise Ramdsen. Canadian criterium champion Leah Kirchmann will join the pair in the road race.

      The team time trial today was a first for the Optum p/b KBS women who set qualifying for the event as a season long goal. The team finished a strong 8th place today of the 16 teams and will use this experience going forward to move into a top 5 or medal position next season.

      The men were faced with a difficult challenge going up against all of the top World Tour teams in addition to numerous pro continental and continental teams that qualified for the championship throughout the season. Besting the World Tour squad of AG2R as well as Pro Continental team MTN-Qhubeka, who took out the season's opening classic Milan San Remo, the Optum p/b KBS boys landed in 23rd of the 35 teams. The result reflects a notable ride which would rank them 5th amongst the top 16 pro continental and continental teams in the world.

      And now the Optum p/b KBS program transitions into the world of cyclocross where 4 riders will compete over the fall and winter months up until the national championships in January. The roster includes returning rider Tristan Schouten, Jeremy Durrin who joined the road program this summer, mountain bike specialist Mitchell Hoke and Crystal Anthony, sister of long-time Optum p/b KBS rider Jesse.

      The team is currently racing at the Trek Collective Cup in Waterloo, WI. and after the first day, Crystal Anthony scored a top 5 finish, while Jeremy Durrin grabbed 8th for the men with Tristan Schouten in 13th. Today the squad will look to dial in their new Orbea Terras and look for podium results.