“Just being here in a good environment’s been really key for me,” Stevens says. “It’s structured. Just being able to ride on their wheels. I have to fight a lot more to stay with them.”
Indeed, she proved to be the revelation of the camp.
“We’re all just freaked out that she can hang with us,” Phinney says. “Each day we go harder and harder just to drop her.”
Vande Velde said much of the same.
“It’s been humbling,” he says. “Just keep it at that. She’s amazing; it’s inspiring to see how hard she’s working. It makes you want to work a little harder. I’ve got to push hard to drop her.”
(Before Zabriskie and Vande Velde “took themselves out of the running” for Team USA….)