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  • CYCLING

    Wilcoxson catpures another U.S. crown

    Talent rider takes 3K individual pursuit on track
  • Cyclist Jade Wilcoxson, of Talent, added another national title to her resume when she captured the 3-kilometer individual pursuit at the U.S. Track National Championships in Carson City, Calif., Sunday.
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  • Cyclist Jade Wilcoxson, of Talent, added another national title to her resume when she captured the 3-kilometer individual pursuit at the U.S. Track National Championships in Carson City, Calif., Sunday.
    Wilcoxson, 35 and in her second year of riding for Optum Pro Cycling, defeated Kimberly Geist, of Emmaus, Pa.
    Earlier this year, she won the U.S. Pro Road Championships and was second at the Cyclocross World Championships.
    Wilcoxson completed a four-day minicamp prior to the national championships at the velodrome near the team's home base in Minneapolis, according to the Optum website.
    With tutelage from track and aerodynamic experts from HED Cycling, Wilcoxson honed her technique in anticipation of her biggest trip yet around the banked oval.
    "It feels amazing," Wilcoxson said. "It's unexpected. Thankfully, the guys at HED did a mini track camp with me to get me ready for this and get me used to the track, and I guess they did something right because I had a good ride. It's been kind of a whirlwind year. I'm thankful for the help and support of my team and all of my sponsors — they really make it possible."
    Wilcoxson's victory came on the heels of her recovery from a horrifying crash in mid-June at the Nature Valley Grand Prix in Minnesota. She fractured the radial bone above her left wrist and suffered several cuts and bruises.
    The accident cost her a shot at competing in the prestigious eight-stage Giro Rosa in Italy, where her USA Cycling National Team claimed the team classification prize.
    "This national title just let me know I have some untapped potential on the track," said Wilcoxson. "I'll continue to feel that out, with the same goal as in road racing, which is winning. I want to maximize my potential in all cycling disciplines and see where that leads."
    Her track title bodes well for another of the rider's major long term goals, which is a selection for Team USA at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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