TWENTY16's Alison Tetrick talks time trialing, more
California native Alison Tetrick of Team Exergy TWENTY16 is a time trial specialist with a pretty cool source of extra motivation – her grandfather. In his 80s, he’s a multi-time national champ who still competes and also encourages Alison in her races. Check out our recent conversation with Alison to learn more about one of the top riders in U.S. women’s cycling:
What was your main training and preparation focus this offseason, and how does it relate to your specific goals for this road season?
You’ve had thrilling experiences, such as racing for Team USA at the Pan American Games, but also great adversity, such as coming back from a severe concussion. Pro cycling is full of highs and lows. What keeps you motivated day after day?
I have struggled through my recovery process from a TBI, knowing that I am not invincible and my mind is an invaluable asset, but I also know I have more to give this sport. The challenge of getting better gets me out there day in and day out.
Team Exergy TWENTY16 has a junior team with girls as young as 10 but also has seasoned pros and Olympic medalists. What’s it like to race for such a diverse team? Do you end up being a mentor and protégée at the same time?
You’re a time trial specialist who also rides lots of road races and criteriums. How do you select your wheels for each specific race?
I loved racing the Zipp 303 Firecrest in the cobblestone European spring classics, knowing those Firecrests were bulletproof over the treacherous terrain. My time trial bike is set up superhero-style with an 808 Firecrest front and the Super-9 Disc. There is no faster combination. Oh, if only I could choose them all!
For the first time, professional women will take part of the USA Cycling Pro Road and Time Trial National Championships (May 25-27 in Chattanooga, Tenn.) and will compete for equal price money as the men. How important of a step is this for women’s professional cycling?
It is through sponsors such as Exergy Development Group, SRAM, Zipp, and Felt Bicycles that have encouraged the growth of women's cycling, and our team, Exergy TWENTY16 is providing a brighter future through the development of the younger generations as well. I am very excited to race in Chattanooga… and hope this paves the way to even more opportunities.
We heard that your grandfather, in his 80s, is still racing. In what ways has he motivated and encouraged you?
He will be at USA Cycling Master's Nationals this year, and I will be out there cheering him on once again! If he can be out there racing, there is no excuse for any of us not to get out there and ride (it doesn't have to be racing)!
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