"Houshang Amiri, without a doubt, has been key to my success as a top level cyclist."-Max Plaxton
(Victoria, BC — August 3, 2011) Erinne Willock has won the overall individual title of the Women’s Prestige Cycling Series. The four-race series included the Redlands Classic, the SRAM Tour of the Gila, the Nature Valley Grand Prix and the Cascade Classic.
Willock — who competes for Team TIBCO/To the Top — had two second-place finishes, at the Redlands Classic and Nature Valley, and a fourth at the Cascade Classic, but she missed the Tour of the Gila because of a broken collar bone.
“Winning the title is a really nice bonus. I’ve been racing strong all year. I had a really good Redlands, and I felt great heading over to Europe,” she said. “It’s unfortunate that I was injured and missed Gila. But I came back with good form after the injury, and I’m really glad that I was able to do well at the last two races. All the races in the Series are big and I’m happy I was able to do well at all the ones I participated in.”
Willock has been a leader on the international cycling stage for over a decade. Coming from a family of cyclists (her father Martin Willock was a 1984 Olympian) she started competing at age 14. She has been a member of the Canadian National team since 1999 and since then has been a consistent top ten ride nationally and internationally. In the last two years she has amassed impressive results, including firsts at the Sooke Classic Road Race and the Bear Mountain Hill Climb (Victoria, BC) in 2010. That was then followed by winning the Cascade Classic ITT, placing third overall in the GC.
2011 has so far been a banner year with wins at the Snelling Road Race in Merced, CA and at the Bastion Square Grand Prix in Victoria, in front of home crowds. In addition to Redlands and Nature Valley, she placed third at the Canadian National Championships Road Race.
Her commitment to cycling and her consistent strong performances have made her an inspiration to many young cyclists. As a mentor to the Pacific Cycling Centre she supports PCC athletes at their off-season training camps and rides. “Her dedication and commitment to the sport makes her one of the top female athletes in Canada and on the world stage,” says PCC Head Coach Houshang Amiri.
Early on this month, Willock was named to the National Team for the World Championships to be held in Copenhagen, Denmark from September 19-25.