Helen Wyman [Kona Factory Racing] announced to the world that she ready for battle at Worlds when she put in a dominant performance at Nommay World Cup last week, taking second spot on the podium. While all the pre-Worlds talk may be focused on Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Initiative) and Marianne Vos (Rabo Liv), 32-year old Wyman proved that she is someone who can possibly shake up their two-woman duel and even come out victor if the conditions are right – although Wyman has less confidence than the journalist who is writing these words! And if she shoots for the win, if she fails, she may very well land a silver or bronze medal.

When I asked Wyman of the secret to her success at Nommay, naturally I expected to hear something along the lines of hard training paying off. But instead she says, “Well, I put Super Ted in my ‘podium pack’ [before the race].” Super Ted is a teddy bear that was knitted by Wyman’s godmother who was in the hospital with a broken hip. Now that I think of it, I should have expected some off-the-wall response from Wyman, as she is easily the most humorous gal in the pro peloton. Wyman next added, “I always know that when Vos and Compton are in the race, third is a legitimate result. If Compton were there, I wouldn’t have had second but I can’t control other people’s problems.” more at cxmagazine