World Champion Dygert heads back to the road for another shot at the rainbow stripes
(Boise, Idaho) May 4, 2017 — Chloe Dygert-Owen of Sho-Air TWENTY20 Cycling takes track speed and power to the Pan American Continental Championships May 4th– 7th in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic for the 32ndaddition of this continental championships.
Dygert, who earned two world titles last month in Hong Kong at the 2017 UCI Track Cycling World Championships, is set and ready to transition her experience and form to the road.
“I feel prepared and ready for the time trial. Thanks to my coach Kristin and my Sho-Air TWENTY20 support team, my transition back to road from the track has been seamless. It’s always an honor to get the chance to represent your country so I’m really looking forward to Pan Ams. I am looking forward to the TT and to hopefully secure a spot for the world championships with a win. I have definitely learned how to manage my nerves so heading into a big event of this level, I feel controlled yet still excited. When I think of Pan Am’, I think of automatic qualification for worlds and that is the goal.”
Dygert-Owen took the Women’s Individual Pursuit after anchoring the U.S. team in their Team Pursuit victory at last month’s world championships, showing her dynamic power and ability to manage world caliber racing.
Dygert spent the past week in Boise, Idaho at a high performance camp. The camp’s focus was on time trial specific training with her coach Kristin Armstrong and technical support with Joe Savola, in preparation for the 20 km time trial.
“Chloe’s number one goal on the road in 2017 is to compete in the individual Time Trial at the World Championships in Bergen, Norway in September. In order for her to compete in Norway she must first earn a spot on the team. The first opportunity for Chloe to do so is this week at the Pan American Championships. If Chloe wins on Friday she will earn an additional spot for Team USA which will also go to her,” said Armstrong. “Chloe is riding strong and is ready for Friday. We focused the last weeks on prepping her equipment as well as specific top end training.”
The 90 km road race event takes place May 6th. Sofia Arreola (MEX) of trade team Sho-Air TWENTY20 joins Dygert for the challenging course.
“It’s an honor to once again represent my country. Pan-Ams are very important to myself and to my country as it is the Continental Championships and a step closer to the Worlds Team. The Pan Ams course is very flat so it will be a “long track race” so having raced Track worlds last month was very good prep for it and has given me the confidence and knowledge of what it takes to race at the highest level,” said Arreola.
Following the Pan American Continental Championships both athletes head to the UCI Women’s World Tour Amgen Tour of California as an integral part of the team’s dynamic roster.
Leah Thomas (USA) earned a spot on the US road team but declined in favor of Redlands Bicycle Classic where she took a strong second in the time trial against the current UCI World TT Champion Amber Neben. Jasmin Duehring (CAN) also declined her nomination for the Pan American event to compete in Redlands Bicycle Classic.
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.
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About the Ride 4 Education Scholarship Program
The Ride 4 Education program was co-founded in 2015 by Barry Bonds, TWENTY20 General Manager Nicola Cranmer and Team Director Mari Holden. The program offers scholarships to members of the TWENTY20 junior development program. TWENTY20 develops junior athletes and connects them with colleges as they graduate from high school. TWENTY20 then enables these athletes to race with the development and professional race programs while attending college and fulfilling collegiate academic and race obligations. The ethos of the Ride 4 Education Program aligns with the education mission of the TWENTY20 program – allowing the athletes to obtain the best education possible for life after cycling. Ride 4 Education