Winter was in full force with snow and freezing temperatures for the final cyclocross race ranked C1 on the USA Cycling Pro CX Calendar this past Saturday at the Deschutes Brewery Cup in Bend, Oregon. Not deterred and actually enjoying the unusual conditions, former elite skier Elle Anderson finished third in the race, claiming another podium for the California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized team. New teammate Rachel Lloyd was fourth and Meredith Miller was fifth.
“I’ve skied in a lot of cold conditions so it didn’t faze me a lot.” said Anderson after the race. “I had a fun time just because the conditions were so unusual. It was such a different feel to ride in snow, it wasn’t just any snow because many times in a cyclocross race you might get a wet snowstorm but this snow was just the driest, crunchiest, crispiest snow which provided a fair amount of traction. Obviously, I know a lot about snow because I’ve spent so many years skiing.”
The California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized team split up to race on both coasts this Thanksgiving weekend. Yannick Eckmann, Cody Kaiser, Logan Owen and Tobin Ortenblad are heading to Southern California while Elle Anderson will be racing in New England. Staying home this weekend, Meredith Miller is preparing for the final big push of racing culminating with the National and World Championships.
The California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized team announced today the 14 riders that will contest the 2014 road season. Continuing on its mission to develop the next generation of professional cyclists, the roster includes 11 under-23 racers and three mentors that will provide leadership on and off the bike throughout the year.
“We’re excited to bring in five new young riders in our ‘catch-and-release’ program that has proven to be successful in the past. Our goal is to help these young riders become successful adults and to give them the proper support to help them reach for their dream of becoming professional cyclists.” said Team Manager and VP of Sales for California Giant, Anthony Gallino.
Finishing second, Elle Anderson led the charge for the California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized team on the third and final day of Jingle Cross Rock in Iowa City, IA. Logan Owen was fourth in the elite men’s race. Ranked C1 by the UCI, Sunday’s races were hotly contested in both the elite women’s and men’s races to capture those elusive UCI points.
“It was a really fun day but also really really challenging.” Anderson said. “The course was different than Saturday and it featured a run up that was really long. It was kind of a European style run up where it was steep and you were carrying your bike for a long time, and then after that you had to keep climbing.”