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Brennauer, Canuel and Wiles Ready for Amgen Tour of California Women’s Invitational Time Trial Empowered with SRAM

Santa Clarita, CA – Individual Time Trial World Champion Lisa Brennauer is one of three Velocio-SRAM riders who tomorrow will race the Amgen Tour of California Empowered with SRAM Invitational Time Trial. After a forecast of snow and low temperatures the race had to be relocated from Big Bear Lake to a new course in Santa Clarita, California.

Brennauer, will be joined by fellow team mates Karol-Ann Canuel and Tayler Wiles to make up a 22 star studded rider start list. Canuel has come off a recent stage victory at Gracia Orlova Tour in Czech Republic in early May and was part of the team that helped Trixi Worrack win the overall at the Amgen Tour of California Empowered with SRAM on Sunday. Wiles, who will race next week at the USA National Championships, is hungry for success in tomorrow’s time trial. The course has now been reduced to a short 10.6 kilometre out and back circuit where riders will be tested on a limited number of corners and a relatively flat profile.

The current ITT World Champion, Brennauer, said she is looking forward to racing the time trial. “First I have to say that I’m very pleased that the organisers were able to make plans for the time trial still to be raced. The new circuit is short but I have seen it today and I think it will be a fast and exciting finish,” she added. “I’m once again looking forward to racing another time trial.”

Start times for Velocio-SRAM riders will be:
12:43 Karol-Ann Canuel
12:47 Tayler Wiles
12:51 Lisa Brennauer

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Leonard Basobas - Among my many and varied interests are cycling and writing. I am deeply passionate about both. Strangely enough, neither has come very easy to me.I had such a horrible crash as a small child that I did not attempt to ride again until the 6th grade. From that point forward, you could say that I have had a love affair with two-wheels. When I was not out on my bike, I could be found tearing apart or putting back together other bikes. The frames and parts found in my parents’ basement today are a testament to that fact. Around the same time that I began riding again, a young rider named Greg Lemond had just won the U23 World Championships. Following his career was my entry point into the sport of cycling, but I never participated in organized racing until I was past my cycling prime. Today, a healthy curiosity about racing has me lining up on the road and in the nearest velodrome.In regard to writing, I am not a trained journalist. My writing, instead, strikes a creative bent in the form of short stories, at least when I not writing for my day job in clinical research. Although I have yet to be published for my creative writing, I have authored several abstracts and papers, and been published as the lead author for a paper in a well-known peer reviewed medical journal.I have covered the sport of cycling, as both writer and photographer, at such races as the Amgen Tour of California (2008 to 2014) and the US Pro Cycling Challenge. I was also the featured Guest Contributor for, commentating and moderating the site's live blogging feed during the 2009 Tour de France.