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EF Education-TIBCO-SVB announces new cyclocross program

US national cyclocross champion Clara Honsinger to race year-round for EF Education-TIBCO-SVB

August 4, 2022

EF Education-TIBCO-SVB is proud to announce that Clara Honsinger, who currently races a road program for the team, will also race a cyclocross program for the team beginning with the 2022-2023 CX season.

EF Education-TIBCO-SVB are proud to announce that Clara Honsinger, who currently races a road program for the team, will also race a cyclocross program for the team beginning with the 2022-2023 CX season.

Honsinger is the reigning, back-to-back US national cyclocross champion. She began racing cyclocross as a teenager when a teacher introduced her to the sport. She continued to race cyclocross on the weekends while she attended university in Portland, Oregon. Cyclocross was Honsinger’s introduction to bike racing which she loved so much that she began to explore other disciplines, including road racing.

In 2021, Honsinger turned professional on the road, signing with EF Education-TIBCO-SVB. From day one, team founder and owner, Linda Jackson, supported Honsinger racing both road and cyclocross, but when Honsinger’s previous cyclocross team folded in March, Jackson immediately reached out to the young American. “Given how highly we think of Clara across both road and cyclocross, we decided to make Clara an offer to support her cyclocross program through EF Education-TIBCO-SVB,” Jackson says. “She races Cannondale for cyclocross and for road, so it was a natural fit.”

“I think it will lead to better results. I’ll be stronger and fitter for both road and cyclocross.”

-Clara Honsinger

The opportunity to race both programs for one team simplifies life for Honsinger in many ways. “I’ve always wanted to do my best for the road program but then I also want to show up for my cyclocross season and there’s a bit of tension between that,” Honsinger says. “I think that’s one of the greatest things about being under the same program. Having it all be on one team, that’s a relief that I get to work for my team on both ends. We’re working towards one goal and that’s to get good results for EF Education-TIBCO-SVB.”

Racing year-round for EF Education-TIBCO-SVB also allows Honsinger to take full advantage of the team’s resources and infrastructure. Christel Herremans, the logistics manager for the road team, has a long history of running cyclocross programs in Belgium. “Christel has a ton of experience working with cyclocross,” says Honsinger. “It’s awesome to have both the foundation of the team and the experience of Christel put together in a cool program.”

Because Honsinger will now ride exclusively for EF Education-TIBCO-SVB, planning her training and race calendar will be less complicated. “I think it will lead to better results. I’ll be stronger and fitter for both road and cyclocross.”

Jackson agrees. “We will be much better able to plan Clara’s integration with the team after the cyclocross season and more accurately fine tune her road preparation,” Jackson says. “Clara has already shown how her cyclocross skills translate to road success. Look for more to come on that front.”

Indeed, Honsinger’s cyclocross skills have translated nicely onto the road. In January, she won the fabled Koppenbergcross, the first American to do so. Just a few months later, that experience on the Belgian cobbles, the Koppenberg in particular, helped Honsinger get in the breakaway at the Tour of Flanders. All told, she spent 100 kilometers at the front of the race, getting caught only as she approached the crest of the familiar Koppenberg.

EF Education-TIBCO-SVB’s new cyclocross program gets underway in September when Honsinger races Go Cross in Virginia as preparation for UCI World Cups Waterloo and Fayetteville the following month. The cyclocross jersey will differ from the road jersey by reflecting contributing partners to the cyclocross program, currently including Cannondale, Muc-Off, POC, WHOOP, and EF.

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