This morning, Kristin Armstrong defended her 2008 Olympic Gold Medal in grand style and won the 2012 Olympic Time Trial with 15 seconds to spare. She retired, had her son Lucas, and then decided to come out of retirement with the singular goal to win a 2nd Gold Medal. It was inspiring to see her accomplish her goal and then enjoy the podium with her son. I'm sure her entire support system is breathing a sigh of relief tonight as they celebrate from London to Boise and beyond.
Kristin has won every time trial she's raced this year, so today's win was expected, but you never know. She was the favorite in The Exergy Tour TT but had to abandon due to her injury in The Prologue. Two months after surgery and a rushed recovery, she proved her toughness (if having a baby wasn't proof enough) by racing and crashing in the Olympic Road Race on Sunday and then winning the Time Trial today. She has announced her retirement only a few days before her 39th birthday, but I expect to see her continued involvement with women's cycling and we'll surely see her in some capacity at The Exergy Tour next year.
It couldn't be a more fitting day to recap Stage 2 of The Exergy Tour since it was an Individual Time Trial and Kristin probably would have won if she wasn't injured. If you haven't read my other Exergy Tour posts, you might want to start from the beginning. I volunteered full time as a Traveling Course Marshal (TCM) for The Exergy Tour in May and as time permits, I've been posting my experience Stage by Stage.
|Exergy Tour Stage 2 - Individual Time Trial|
|ExergyTwenty12 Mechanics prepare the trainers while the racers wait in the Team cars|
|The view from the back of the van|
|Time Trial Turnaround|
Being at a location with the van is a huge advantage in bad weather and allowed us to take turns getting warm. I didn't have to go to the van too many times, since I had pulled on my Alaska fishing pants and gloves. Along with long underwear, hiking boots, and a lot of activity (whistling, brushing, cheering, and dodging support cars) - I kept reasonably warm. The racers finally started coming thru and as the rain continued, we did our best to keep them safe as they rounded the cones and headed for home.
|Time Trial Course - Swan Falls Road|
|TCM Gear - staying warm and dry in my Alaska fishing gear|
|Stage 2 Podium - Team Specialized Lululemon Sweep (Amber, Evie, Clare)|
|Stage 2 Winner Amber Neben speaking to Announcer Dave Towle|
I ran into Leslie at the podium and we watched the winners accept their flowers and then take photos with young girls in the crowd before walking over to the coffee shop/media area. I couldn't help but go to the media interviews after hearing the winners speak at the previous 2 stages. The room was small and humid but warm! I stood in the back with Amber Neben's sister (also from Park City) as Amber talked about her winning time trial, battling cancer, and hopes to race in London. Amber did make the Olympic Team and placed 7th in today's TT race!
|Exergy Tour Leader's Jerseys after Stage 2|
|Amber speaking to Media|
Other Exergy Tour Posts:
Stage 2 - you just read it, hope you enjoyed!