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TWENTY16 presented by Sho-Air Well Represented On USA Pan American Championships Team

Three TWENTY16 presented by Sho-Air athletes selected for Pan American Continental Road Championships

Carmen SmallCarmen Small (Durango, Colorado), 2013 World Championship medalist, Lauren Hall (Dolores, Colorado), 2014 Gent Wevelgem winner, and returning two-time Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong (Boise, Idaho) have been selected to represent USA Cycling at the Pan Am Continental Road Championships held May 5-10 in Leon, Mexico.

Small and Armstrong will compete in the Time Trial.

“I’m really excited to represent USA cycling at the Pan American Championships for the Time Trial and Road Race!” remarked Small. There is always something special representing your nation at these events. It brings out the best in every athlete!”

Small, Hall and former TWENTY12 teammate, Coryn Rivera (Tustin, California), who now rides for United Healthcare Pro Cycling, will form the road team.

“I’m looking forward to representing USA with such strong riders with a single mission in mind.” commented Hall, ” I’ve never raced PanAms before and I look forward to the experience and aiming for a win, either myself or from our team.”

Hall and Small will continue their European campaign with USA Cycling competing in the upcoming Rhonda van Gederland and Flèche Wallone World Cup, they will then return to join their TWENTY16 presented by Sho-Air teammates for several UCI races in the U.S.

“I am so pleased to have 3 of our TWENTY16 presented by Sho-Air athletes selected for the Pan Am Championships.” Said TWENTY16 presented by Sho-Air director, Mari Holden ” It is a testament to our goal of preparing athletes to represent our country at the highest level. Carmen Small has consistently proven herself as a top international time trialist and Lauren Hall has shown her ability to win in the sprints. It goes without saying that I am also thrilled to have Kristin Armstrong return to us at the highest level and ready to lead our team towards the Olympics in 2016.”

UPDATE: Due to a change in USA Cycling’s selection criteria, another former TWENTY12 team member, Tayler Wiles (Velocio-SRAM) will now replace the returning Kristin Armstrong as a member of the USA National team in the Individual Time Trial.

“As you all know, my favorite discipline within the sport of cycling is Time Trialing, responded Amrstrong to the revision of the team. “They call it the “Race of Truth” for a reason – it’s you against the clock, and there is no disputing who is the fastest on the road that day.

Over the past couple of days there has been some controversy surrounding USA Cycling’s selection criteria for the Pan American Championships and I felt it was important to tell you my side of the story…

As I started to chart my comeback races, I saw Pan Am’s as a great opportunity. I examined the criteria, and felt like I had a very good chance of obtaining a spot due to my past Olympic success and the recent power numbers I’ve been producing in training. This led me to believe not only did I meet the criteria for selection but more importantly that I had a good shot at success in Mexico.

I know that nothing is given in this sport, success takes significant hard work and preparation. When I made the decision to return I committed myself to this regimen and I don’t want anything given to me. Like always, I want to earn it on the road.

Like a lot of you, I just learned that this criteria for selection had changed recently, and now USA Cycling has decided to revert to their older criteria. If under this “new” criteria I am not selected I will not only fully support USA Cycling’s decision but more importantly the athletes that will be representing the USA in Mexico.

Stay tuned for my updated schedule, I can’t wait to pin on a number and prove it on the road.”

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Lenny B
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 LIVESTRONG.com, commentating and moderating the site's live blogging feed during the 2009 Tour de France.