“Evelyn Stevens takes the win over Jöelle Numainville”
I was watching on a broken up feed in a hotel in Bishop, CA and I couldn’t see and I could see… and then she attacked on the climb and I recognized that snake shimmy action she gets on uphill attacks - it’s the exact same one she had at Fleche two years ago - and I pointed at the screen, excited.
"EVIE!" I yelled, in the moment of recognition at ‘there she is’, heart leaping and buzzing and flip flopping. She charged and charged on the wall and got it.
I may have been by myself in that hotel room, but I’m sure she heard me yell “YESS!”
SIDE NOTE: When the commentators mentioned the casino during the coverage, talked it up etc, I said to myself “You go right ahead. Talk about them as much as you want, no worries. Because the fact that I can see this race at all in incredible, and matching prize money is rad.”
Me. Evie. Kristi. Rita.
I forgot to strava the lunch ride, so this is the only proof I rode with her. Earlier in the day we talked about Fleche Wallonne and the CRCA racing clinic, which we both did in Central Park, but two years apart. She… um… has obviously done more with the skills she learned. lol.
Photo by Cata on the iamspecialized social media team. :)
On Wednesday, Dan Escobar (or as I call him “Escostar”) and I massaged a suite in The Bowery Hotel in NYC to make a photo studio. The room service guy looked horrified when I walked in with our lunch… probably because all the furniture was back up right to the door and he had to stand behind a couch and hand us the tray.
But I digress - I spent the day with two amazing women, Lea Davison and Evelyn Stevens, who sadly did not get to meet each other though they both wanted to (Lea’s flight didn’t get there until after Evie had to go).
It was so incredibly fun, and we had some laughs. Dan and I kinda quizzed them both about what it feels like to go to the Olympics (strangely, it feels amazing), and Lea seems determined to get me over my fear of Mtb. Evie and I both started racing after a women’s clinic at the CRCA in Central Park, (if you could call what I did that season “racing”) though she did hers the year before me. Yeah…she’s had a bit of success at that. ha. I even helped Lea put her bike together - NYC was a stop along the way to racing her last race of the season in Malaysia, the Langkawi International Mountain Bike Challenge. I put the rotors on her Fate. Boom! YEah, I could be a mechanic. LOL.
Anyway, they both blue steeled it for me (though I think Evie might have been trying to get me to duck face. I don’t duck face. She knows this now.)
Support women’s racing. These ladies (and the ladies they race against) are universally BAD ASS!
(And the pictures we got during this shoot are amazing. I’m looking at the proofs right now)
“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….)
I did one of those CRCA clinics in Central Park last year. They’re really great actually. However… I won’t be an Olympian! haha. (I do still wear my CRCA kit on SBC lunch ride occasionally. Like to remind everyone I’m a New Yorker! (Sort of.)
Love Evie. :)
Evie Stevens talking about what she did in the off-season to improve her cycling, the difference between fear and anxiety, and much more
HUY, BELGIUM - APRIL 18: Evelyn Stevens of USA and Team Specialized Lululemon celebrates victory during the women’s race of La Fleche Wallonne on April 18, 2012 in Huy, Belgium. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)