EF Education-TIBCO-SVB has announced that it will provide year-round support to two-time US national cyclo-cross champion Clara Honsinger as the Women’s WorldTour team begins a cyclo-cross program for the 2022-2023 season.
Honsinger moved to the road full-time in 2021 with the US-based team while continuing to impress in cross country. His cyclo-cross team, Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld, abruptly folded in March after 16 seasons. Last year, Honsinger accounted for seven of the team’s 35 podium finishes, including a defense of the elite U.S. women’s cyclo-cross title and two other victories.
“She races Cannondale for cyclocross and for the road, so it was a natural fit,” said Linda Jackson, team founder and owner of EF Education-TIBCO-SVB.
“We will be much better able to plan Clara’s integration into the team after the cyclocross season and to fine-tune her preparation on the road more precisely. Clara has already shown how her cyclocross skills translate to success on the road. Expect more to come on that front.
Cyclo-cross was Honsinger’s introduction to bike racing, and by the age of 20 she competed almost exclusively in elite races across the U, including a World Cup race in Hoogerheide. It was the 2017-2018 season and she won the silver medal in the women’s U23 category at the American Championships in Reno, Nevada. The following year in Louisville, she won the U23 title.
“I’ve always wanted to do my best for the road program, but I also want to show up for my cyclocross season and there’s a bit of tension between that,” Honsinger said in a team statement. “I think that’s one of the biggest advantages of being on the same program. Having everything in one team, it’s a relief to be able to work for my team on both sides. We work for one purpose and that is to achieve good results for EF Education-TIBCO-SVB.
Last season, when road cycling returned to North America after a year of COVID-19 closures, Honsinger finished fourth overall in the fall edition of the Joe Martin Stage Race in Arkansas. . She repeated that result this spring, scored a top 10 in the road race at the USA Cycling Pro Road Championships and was part of the winning team effort in the team time trial at the CIC Tour des Pyrénées in this week.
Riding exclusively for EF Education-TIBCO-SVB is a plus for the Oregon native’s year-round schedule and training. Honsinger noted that road team logistics manager Christel Herremans will play a key role in his dual discipline efforts.
“Christel has a ton of experience working with cyclocross. It’s great to have both the foundations of the team and Christel’s experience rolled into one cool program,” Honsinger said. “I think it will lead to better results. I will be stronger and fitter for road and cyclocross.
In January, Honsinger won the Koppenbergcross and made history as the first American rider to do so. A few months later, she used this experience on the Belgian cobbles when she was in the breakaway for more than 100 km in the Tour of Flanders. His road contract runs until 2023.
Honsinger will line up off-road for EF Education-TIBCO-SVB in September at Go Cross in Virginia, which will serve as preparation for the UCI World Cups in Waterloo and Fayetteville the following month.