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by Shane Stokes
October 14, 2017
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Margot Clyne, both literally and figuratively, climbed into the limelight this season with her incredible talent in the hills resulting in her first pro contract with Shoair Twenty20. The young Colorado native showed potential early on in multiple day stage racing but everything came together for the USA Cycling Hill Climb National Championships where she walked away with a gold medal.
“I am grateful to be welcomed into the TWENTY20 program,” Clyne said. “It is known for building world-class athletes.”
Clyne believes that joining Twenty20 is the next step in her development and is thrilled to have the opportunity to learn new aspects of racing as well as hone her current strengths. “I trust in the direction of the TWENTY20 program, and know that as I continue to work hard they will help me become the best that I can be,” Clyne added. “My goal at every starting line is the same: to ride confidently and create opportunities that impact the race. Past that, we will see what happens.”
DS Mari Holden is thrilled with the addition of Clyne, believing her personality and style fits with the team. “[Clyne] houses tremendous self-drive and also works well in a race environment with a team,” said Holden. “I am excited to see how she transitions and develops.”
Clyne is also a first year Phd student and has aspirations of being a career research scientist. Joining Twenty20 allows her to pursue both paths of cycling and school. “We have cultivated an environment within our program to accommodate the academic,” said team manager Nicola Cranmer. “Margot, now a first year PhD student at the University of Colorado in Boulder, will be balancing life as a student athlete. It’s no easy task but with careful planning, I am confident she will see success in all areas.”