Alexis Ryan, a 23-year-old professional cyclist for Canyon//SRAM Racing born, raised, and currently residing in Ventura, California as well part-time in Girona, Spain is off to an absolutely dominating start this season.
She kicked off her Classics campaign last month with a solid second place at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and followed that up less than two weeks later with her first UCI win at Drentse Acht van Westerveld. Just two days later at the Ronde van Drenthe Women's WorldTour race she was barley edged out for the win, taking second again. For a cycling career started out by racing office park criteriums in Southern California at the young age of nine, that's a pretty good kick-off to a European heavy campaign in 2018.
MULTIDISCIPLINARY BIKE SKILLS
As a junior she competed in road, mountain bike, cyclocross, and track racing until focusing on the road when she turned professional at 18-years-old with the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team. She holds 11 national titles across all disciplines in the junior and U23 categories, as well as racing extensively for the USA National Team and representing the US at the 2011-2012 Junior Road World Championships and the 2016 Elite Road World Championships in Doha, Qatar.
We caught up with Alexis post race results, as her and her team's accomplishments were settling, keeping a keen focus on the races ahead. Overall she exuded a feeling of confidence and strength heading into her early season races because she knew her off-season preparation went well. "My second place at OHN had me believing I could repeat the performance," she started.
"OHN gave me confidence, something I’ve been lacking for the past couple years. I also gained the confidence of my teammates, whom now feel they can trust me to finish races with a good result for the team," she continued in regards to the lead-up to Drentse.
HARD EARNED SUCCESS
"It's clear all her hard work during the winter in California paid off and even though the win was a bit of a surprise, Alexis still had to take a couple days to truly enjoy the moment. "It took a few days for the reality of the win to sink in, but once it did I was simply elated! If you can believe it, I’ve been racing for 15 years, so this win has been on its way for a long time," she said, clearly elated with how the season has started for her and the Canyon/SRAM Racing Team.
All the recent successes undoubtedly begged the question of what changes did she make in her training during the off-season?
THE EXTRA EDGE
"This past winter’s training was all about consistency. I have confidence in my coach and our approach to training. We continued to work on my weaknesses as we have the past couple years. The only noticeable change was the addition of Topical Edge into my pre-ride routine."
"It was love at first use! Performance & Recovery Lotion has helped me get the most out of every training ride since the first application. I’ve been able to push past my prior physical limits and improve week after week. I honestly believe that would not have been possible without the help of PR Lotion. It’s safe to say Topical Edge application is now an integral part of my pre-ride routine."
Up next for Alexis and her squad is Driedaagse de Panne this Thursday, 3/22 followed by Gent-Wevelgem in the Flanders Fields on Sunday, 3/25.
Beyond this week Alexis is "really looking forward to the Ardennes races this year," because as she's certainly proved this past month she "thrives in brutal races and they are some of the toughest on the calendar." We're sure that there are plenty of more podiums in her bright future, both in 2018 and beyond.