Kristy Scrymgeour is a former cyclist, journalist, PR manager for HTC-Highroad, and now the owner and manager of the Specialized-lululemon team, who have just won two rounds of the women’s Road World Cup, the Crescent Vårgårda Team Time Trial and road race, with Chantal Blaak. I spoke to her about those two wins, the Project X Fundraiser to crowd-source support for the team next year, and much more. The full conversation will be put up as a podcast on my blog tomorrow, but just for the Café, you can read some of the conversation below. —
Kristy Scrymgeour interviewed on Vårgårda, Project X and MUCH more! - Podium Cafe
Read my interview all about the Specialized-lululemon crowd-funding project and more!
Jolanda Neff wins the 2014 Méribel XCo World Cup and dedicates her victory to Annefleur Kalvenhaar
via 2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup concludes with wins for Neff & Schurter - Neff and Absalon take overall titles
Méribel XCo results
1. Jolanda Neff (Swi) Liv Pro XC Team, 1:36:19
2. Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjåa (Nor) Multivan Merida, + 00:14
3. Pauline Ferrnad-Prévot (Fra) Liv Pro XC Team, + 00:54
4. Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team, + 01:48
5. Eva Lechner (Ita) Colnago Südtirol, + 02:21
6. Emily Batty (Can) Trek Factory Racing, + 02:28
7. Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) Liv Pro XC Team, + 02:34
8. Irina Kalentieva (Rus) + 02:54
9. Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Feenstra Felt p/b Kenda, + 03:10
10. Lea Davison (USA) Specialized, + 03:12
"Neff had an untouchable lead coming into this race and finished up the season with a brilliant performance." - via Photo Epic: World Cup XCO Finals - Meribel - Pinkbike - click through for more great photos.
Neff, dedicating her win to Annefleur Kalvenhaar
"Jolanda Neff was out front from early on in lap one and stayed there." - via Photo Epic: World Cup XCO Finals - Meribel - Pinkbike - click through for more great photos
"Catharine Pendrel had another good ride finishing fourth here in Meribel."- via Photo Epic: World Cup XCO Finals - Meribel - Pinkbike - click through for more great photos
"Pauline Ferrand-Prévot rode to third place and helped solidify the overall for the LIV team" - via Photo Epic: World Cup XCO Finals - Meribel - Pinkbike - click through for more great photos
"Annie Last, Bec Henderson, and Emily Batty getting warmed up" - via Photo Epic: World Cup XCO Finals - Meribel - Pinkbike - click through for more great photos
"Catharine Pendrel warming up before the race. Pendrel took second in the overall." - via Photo Epic: World Cup XCO Finals - Meribel - Pinkbike - click through for more great photos
Rachel Atherton's Helmetcam from the Méribel downhill MTB World Cup -
Wow, what a run!
One feature of the team over the past three years has been its evolving terms of reference – in years one and two the emphasis was very much on the development of junior riders, while in year three the focus has been on bringing together a balanced and talented group of senior riders with the aim of riding together as a cohesive team, rather than as a collection of individuals.
This evolution will continue in year four, with renewed focus on rider development and a primary aim to act as a path into the professional ranks and/or competing in UCI races for those with ambitions to do so.
To support this aim we are working closely with the newly announced Matrix-Vulpine UCI Team. Our expectation is that a number of our riders will have the opportunity through this relationship to ride with the Matrix team as stagiaires in UCI races during the 2015 season, offering them the chance both to race in the pro peloton and to demonstrate what they could offer to a UCI pro team. — Team Plans for 2015! | Epic Cycles - Scott Contessa Women’s Race Team