Canada’s Alizee Brien and Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank ready to kick off 2016 in Argentina
Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank is off to a roaring start in 2016 this weekend at the Tour Femenino de San Luis in Argentina—and it's a high-profile opportunity to roll out not just a new look, but a new name.
Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank is off to a roaring start in 2016 this weekend at the Tour Femenino de San Luis in Argentina—and it’s a high-profile opportunity to roll out not just a new look, but a new name.
Until this year, the team, of course, was known as Team TIBCO-SVB.
The new name doesn’t reflect a change in sponsorship, just a revising of the team’s branding to better reflect Silicon Valley Bank’s significant role as a contributor, said team founder and owner Linda Jackson. This year, though, the list of the team’s supporters has grown substantially, with several new sponsors added to TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank’s backing: DF Investments, SanDisk, and Terun Pizzeria, a restaurant in Palo Alto, California. The squad also has a new, striking blue and green kit.
As ever, though, it’s the talent that makes up the team’s roster that dominates headlines, with Canada’s Alizee Brien—rolling out for the third season running this year with TIBCO—getting her season off to a resounding start this weekend in Argentina.
The 22-year-old Canadian cyclist had a commanding 2015 riding in TIBCO’s colours, having just barely missed the top 10 of the team time trial at the UCI world championships in Richmond, Virginia, coming in 11th at that competition. Earlier in the season, her performance at the Canadian national championship individual time trial saw her rank fifth—a result she also boasted at the previous year’s competition—followed the day after with a 13th-place finish at that event’s road race.
Ed Beamon, who helms the six-woman squad in Argentina this year as the team’s general manager and sport director, is looking forward to what the talent of riders like Brien, Lauren Stephens and others will yield for TIBCO in Argentina this weekend.
“I think we have a stronger team than last year,” he said, “and the excitement level is at a peak. The girls are getting along so well and I think really happy to be racing together. I can’t wait for the fun to begin.”
Riders rolling out this weekend at the Tour Feminino de San Luis include:
- Alizee Brien
- Brianna Walle
- Kendall Ryan
- Lauren Hall
- Lauren Stephens
- Lauren Komanki