The U.S.-based women’s Team TIBCO has brought its Canadian rider count up to three by signing Erinne Willock.
The Victoria, B.C., native joins two other Canadians on the team: Rising star Joelle Numainville, 24, of Montreal and track world cup leader Tara Whitten, 30, of Edmonton.
Though she’s just 29, Willock is a veteran competitor and consistent performer on the international scene, finishing seventh in the 2009 world championship road race. She spent the last five seasons with the Webcor Builders squad.
Numainville — who also raced for Webcor in 2010 — is coming off an outstanding season in which she became Canadian road champion and won the UCI Grand Prix de Gatineau, the Tour de White Rock and the Queen’s Park Grand Prix. She also earned a silver medal at the Pan Am Championships.
Whitten is the reigning world points race and omnium champion, and currently leads the world cup in the omnium with one event to go. She’s also an excellent road time triallist, winning gold at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and 2009 national championships.
TIBCO’s Canadian roots extend further than the athletes. The team director is Linda Jackson, who is originally from Ottawa and who earned a bronze medal at the 1996 road worlds.