SCH­NEI­DER SIS­TERS BOND IN PELO­TON

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Ja­son Blevins

BRECKENRIDGE» The blood runs thick in the women’s pelo­ton, with team­mates of­ten bond­ing like fam­ily.

For the Sch­nei­der sis­ters, a sib­ling al­liance has grown from a life­time of push­ing and pulling each other into the high­est ranks of pro­fes­sional cy­cling.

“I grew up watch­ing her race and al­ways dream­ing that one day I would be join­ing her,” said 18-year-old Sky­lar Sch­nei­der, who fin­ished last year’s sea­son-long USA Cy­cling Pro Road Tour in third place, be­hind her older sis­ter Sa­man­tha in first.

The Wis­con­sin pros — rac­ing for their home state’s ISCorp Cy­cling, which is man­aged by their dad, Dave — are not the only sis­ters rac­ing in the Colorado Clas­sic pelo­ton this week. Jen­nifer and Ali­son Tet­rick of North­ern Cal­i­for­nia have spent their lives driv­ing each other to the lofti­est heights in sport.

“It seems like a lot of rac­ers have that fam­ily back­ground,” said 35-year-old Jen­nifer Tet­rick, who races for TIBCO-Sil­i­con Val­ley Bank while her younger sis­ter, Ali­son, races for Cy­lance Pro Cy­cling.

Whether con­nected by blood or jersey, the women of the Colorado Clas­sic are a tight lot. They needed that coali­tion Fri­day as the women pushed up the gru­el­ing Moon­stone Road, a 1mile stretch of pave­ment that climbs to more than 10,200 feet.

The Sch­nei­der sis­ters have raced to­gether for five years as pro cy­clists. Their kin­ship goes well beyond team­mates. Their par­ents raced bikes — road and track — so, like the Tet­ricks, whose dad played foot­ball for UCLA and mom plays com­pet­i­tive ten­nis, the ath­letic gene is strong in their clan.

“We def­i­nitely push each other and help each other find ways to im­prove as well,” said 26-year-old Sa­man­tha.

“Yeah we can be pretty up­front about it,” said Sky­lar, 18.

Since the two train, race and hang out to­gether all the time, “we know what to ex­pect and we can re­ally push each other,” Sky­lar said.

“For sure we are harder on each other than reg­u­lar team­mates,” she said. “But we will kill our­selves for each other or any one of our team­mates. If we can put her on the top step, we are equally as happy as if it was our own vic­tory.”

Jen­nifer Tet­rick was a pro­fes­sional triath­lete when she fol­lowed her sis­ter into pro cy­cling. They’d al­ways ped­aled to­gether as kids. They rec­og­nize each other’s sub­tle signs in the jostling pelo­ton, like a pend­ing at­tack. They of­ten read and re­act with equal zeal.

“I know her style for sure,” Jen­nifer said.

But in a re­cent race in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia’s highly com­pet­i­tive San Di­mas Stage Race, Jen­nifer saw her lit­tle sis­ter crash and im­me­di­ately hopped off her bike to help.

“You never want to see any­one crash but when it’s your sis­ter, it’s ex­tra hard for sure,” said Jen­nifer.

He­len H. Richard­son, The Denver Post

Cow­boy JeJe, a.k.a. JJ Folsom, right, cheers on cy­clists as they head up Moon­stone Road dur­ing Stage 2 of the Colorado Clas­sic.

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