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2014 Season in Review
All the hard work paid off for Team TIBCO in 2014. Here, Kristabel Doebel-Hickok reflects on a long week of defending the yellow jersey after a steep finish to the last stage, the Awbrey Butte Circuit race. Look for more great racing from Kristabel in 2015. Photo by Jonathan Devich, Epic Images.
Another NRC Team title, and individual honors for Stephens highlight a successful 10th season
It became apparent as Team TIBCO broke training camp in February that the Team was already well out of first gear and gaining speed. By the time the Team put the brakes on its 10th season of racing at the end of September, it had collected another USA Cycling NRC Overall Team title, the top individual NRC title and the Women’s Prestige Cycling Series title. In addition to these top North American results, the team turned heads with some impressive results in the Belgian Lotto Belisol stage race. Lauren Stephens scored a 2nd place in the opening prologue and went on to finish 4th overall with the help of her teammates. In all, the Team collected 47 victories – with a total of 145 trips to the podium.
Patricia Schwager digs deep on the cobbles at the UCI Lotto Belisol Tour in Belgium. Photo by Jean Knop.
We really wanted to exit our tenth season as the top team in North America, and we couldn’t be more proud of the results our riders achieved,” Team TIBCO Founder Linda Jackson said. “We are thrilled to announce that our long term partner of eight years, Silicon Valley Bank, is stepping up to a co-title sponsor position for 2015.

Racing as Team TIBCO–SVB, the Team will maintain its focus on North American racing and will continue to provide riders with an extensive international UCI calendar, so that they can strive to attain their Olympic aspirations. Look for more impressive international results as the development we have put into our team pays off.
Over the Pond and Back
The squad left California in February for Europe and spent three weeks animating races against the best teams in the world.

They returned to the U.S. for the opening race in the USA Cycling NRC series, the Redlands Classic in early April. In stage 1, the Team gave a preview of things to come when Stephens took a convincing win. By late April, Stephens and the Team had begun to put their stamp on the 2014 season, winning all four stages of the Joe Martin Stage Race – with Stephens taking three and Patricia Schwäger one.

Meanwhile, in the Southeast, 23-year-old and 21-year-old “veterans” Samantha Schneider and Kendall Ryan were leading the criterium squad through “Speedweek,” racking up a pair of stage wins and seven podiums en route to earning 1st and 3rd overall respectively. Schneider would follow up this overall win with another in June at the Tour of America’s Dairyland, where younger sister Skylar took 1st Overall Amateur and the Team took overall honors.

Kendall Ryan and Samantha Schneider were a constant presence on the podium during NCC races and all the criteriums they contested. Also pictured (from l to r): Joanne Kiesanowski, Amanda Miller, Shannon Bhatia and Skylar Schneider.

After a steady stream of podium appearances in June, July proved dominating for Team TIBCO. Schneider earned her third overall title at the Intelligentsia Cup Prairie States series in the Midwest. But it was in Oregon, at the Cascade Classic, where Stephens and the Team emphatically wrapped up the NRC and WPCS titles.

If there was one race where the Team really put it all together it was at Cascade,” said 2015 Team TIBCO General Manager and Sports Director Ed Beamon, who guest-directed the Team at the BMC Cascade Cycling Classic in 2014. “It wasn’t just Stephens who was going well. Everyone had a hand in this win and it showed in the final results.”

In fact, the Team nearly swept the race: Stephens opened up by winning the first three stages and taking a commanding lead in the overall. She ceded the top step on the podium to teammate Kristabel Doebel-Hickok in Stage 4, while Joanne Kiesanowski took the win in the Stage 5 criterium. Stephens and the Team did what needed to be done in the final stage, sealing the individual title and the QoM jersey with 3rd on the stage, while the Team earned Overall honors.
sam schneider
Cascade really showed what the Team was capable of,” Stephens said. “To win five stages, the individual title and the team overall was well beyond what we could have hoped for.
Finishing Strong
But, of course, the season didn’t end in July. While Schneider and the criterium squad were preparing for the Gateway Cup in St. Louis, another squad was headed back to Europe to contest a slew of races at the end of August into September in preparation for the World Team Time Trial Championships at the end of that month.

Stephens showed her strong riding wasn’t limited to North America when she stormed to 2nd place in the opening prologue of the Belgium Lotto-Belisol Tour in mid-September. She eventually finished 4th overall in the 5-day tour while posting two more top-10 stage finishes along the way.

And while the World TTT Championship didn’t produce the top result the Team had hoped would close out the season, the squad rode with a lot of determination in the face of adversity.

As icing on the cake of an impressive 2014 campaign, Stephens took advantage of her strong season-finishing form to make her international track racing debut with the USA National team at the UCI World Cup in London event last week. Stephens showed her versatility with an impressive 2nd place in the C1 Scratch race and 7th in the Points race.

We’ve had some very memorable seasons in our 10 year history,” Jackson said, “but I think 2014 may have been the best yet. We won the NRC team and individual titles and rode really well against the best teams internationally. “The support of our sponsors was crucial to our success,” she added. “We can’t thank TIBCO, Silicon Valley Bank, SVCF, Fuji, Shimano, Reynolds, Prologo, Maxxis, Volvo and all our sponsors enough for the support they gave us.
Looking Toward 2015
Preparations are well under way for what promises to be a very exciting 2015. Ed Beamon has signed on as the Team’s General Manager and Sports Director. “Ed delivered the team to an incredible win at the Cascade Cycling Classic this year,” Jackson stated. “We are thrilled at the expertise, organization and motivation he brings to the Team.

The Team’s 2015 race calendar will be extensive, starting in January in Argentina, followed by a trip to New Zealand in February. “As always, we’ll be focused on the domestic National Racing Calendar starting with the Redlands Classic in April,” Jackson said. “The Team will also target UCI races to help our athletes qualify for the Olympic Games in 2016.

The domestic UCI race calendar is packed full of action for 2015. The Amgen Tour of California, Joe Martin Stage Race and Tour of the Gila have all stepped up to become UCI races. The Philadelphia Classic not only will be a UCI race, it will also be a World Cup. Finally, the World Championships will be in Richmond, Virginia in 2015, giving Team TIBCO a chance to showcase their sponsors in a major sporting event televised world-wide. “And then we have an Olympic year in 2016. It’s hard not to look ahead and get excited, Jackson said.

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