Talent’s Jade Wilcoxson won the 2013 U.S. Road Pro National Championship over Memorial Day Weekend. The 63.5 mile race in Chattanooga, Tennessee is the biggest victory in the Southern Oregon cyclists’ career. Wilcoxson took up the sport about four years ago, and is only in her second year of competing as a pro. The win comes with a lot of prestige, and also the honor of wearing the champions’ red, white and blue jacket for a year. However, Wilcoxson is quick to give credit to the other five members of her racing team, who she said made the victory possible.
“It’s really unfortunate that I’m the only one that gets to wear the stars and stripes jersey for the next year because everybody on my team, we had six riders out there and they were all very important in winning that jersey,” said Wilcoxson. “Everyone sacrifices a lot and it’s really hard to ask your teammates to do that on a day where there’s a national title up for grabs.”
Wilcoxson’s next race is this weekend in Philadelphia. She will also be representing the United States in Italy in late June.