08 Jan 2018
Chloe Woodruff is a tough competitor and master tactician on the bike. Olympian in Rio 2016 and founder of the Stan’s-Pivot Pro team, she’ll be racing Andalucía Bike Race presented by Shimano for the first time. “My neighbor here in Prescott (Arizona) raced a couple of years ago so that's how I first heard of it. I didn't seriously consider racing Andalucía Bike Race presented by Shimano until I had wrapped up the 2017 season and realized that I needed something new and challenging on my schedule for next year. Plus, I love Spain and the timing of the race worked out well heading into the first World Cup in South Africa”, explains the 2015 Cross Country (XCO) and Short Track (STXC) national champion.
Woodruff is the only American female to earn a World Championship starting spot as a Junior, Under 23, and Elite, and is looking forward to traveling to Andalusia; “I'm inspired by the opportunity to explore a new place on my mountain bike. I plan on taking in the whole experience by enjoying the scenery, practicing my Spanish, and of course, by eating lots of good food!”.
When racing, she draws not only from years of experience, also from her bike handling skills to go for the win, an important feature to succeed at Andalucía Bike Race presented by Shimano; “I’m looking forward to the mass start format. I'm really small so I'm good at drafting!”, admits Woodruff.
For the 2018 season, Chloe is focused on consistently breaking into the Top 10 at the World Cup, but Andalucía Bike Race presented by Shimano is a new challenge for a Cross Country racer as her; “I expect to show up prepared and ready to do my best. I want to finish the event knowing that I can survive such tough racing day-after-day”.
The qualification for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games begins this season, one of the main goals of any athlete, and so for Woodruff; “this year I'm primarily looking to get back on my feet after a challenging 2017 race season. I'm still focusing on World Cups and I’m absolutely thinking one to three years ahead. I want to build some consistency into my international performances and, of course, keep getting better bit by bit”.
Follow Chloe Woodruff’s debut in Andalucía Bike Race presented by Shimano from February 25th until March 2nd.