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Aug. 18, 2008
Team Clif Bar athletes race their bikes, go real fast!
This past weekend brought some tremendous results for Team Clif Bar cyclists, as BMC's Jeff Louder won the overall at the Tour of Utah, while Brooke Miller from Team TIBCO sprinted to victory to at US Pro Criterium Championships at Downers Grove, Illinois.

Louder, a Salt Lake City resident, used his knowledge of the local Utah roads and a strong time trail to claim his first title in the fourth edition of the Tour of Utah. Louder won the queen stage of the tour on Saturday, a grueling race from Deer Valley to Snowbird that featured 14,000 feet of climbing and a finish line above 8000'. Fortunately, when attacks began to split a select group of climbers toward the end of the stage, Louder was able to rely on his knowledge of the climbs and some excellent work by his teammates to help him out. The veteran rider knew most of the attacks were much too early and that the real climbing was yet to come. Louder kept his cool and let his teammates set a hard tempo, and when the right time came, he simply rode as hard as he could, eventually picking off every other rider and taking the gutsy win.

On Sunday, Jeff rode a smart, mistake-free time trail on a short, technical course to finish third on the day and take the overall win. After the race, the appreciative rider had great things to say about the team. "I really have to thank Gavin [Chilcott, Team Manager] for the confidence he has instilled in me from the beginning of the year," Louder said. "He puts 100% of himself into this team, we have the best equipment, materials, staff, and add the confidence and trust Gavin has placed in me, and I am very motivated to capitalize on his vision." Sounds pretty good to us. Oh, and just to keep things simple, the BMC Pro Cycling Team also won the tour's Team Classification award, as well.

Brooke Miller, Team TIBCO's amazing sprinter, used a much simpler formula to win the women's US Pro Criterium Championship: Hit the final corner going as fast as possible and never slow down.

After counting on teammate Lauren Franges to lead her to the front of the field in the final laps, Miller, who is known for her fearless nature and incredible technical ability, knew if she made it through the final corner first she could hold the lead to the line. So, she simply "barreled through it," taking an extremely tight inside line while holding all of her speed, and then barely missing the outer hay bales as she exited the turn. That crazy move gapped the other contenders, and from there all the 2005 National Collegiate champion had to do was accelerate and raise her arms as she crossed the line. Let's face it—sprinters rock.

Congratulations, Brooke, I'm sure you'll wear the stars and stripes with pride.

photo credit: Team Tibco
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