Luke T. rode it smart to take the rainbow jersey to end the Speed of Light season for 2015. It was a small turnout after nearly five months of racing, and it came down those willing to get out there just one more time. The 2015 SOL World Championships were over at the halfway mark, when Luke Tjosvold accelerated away from Austin Johnson to take the rainbow jersey. He adds his name to the list of World Champs, which includes Jorden Wakeley and Ryan Kennedy.
Cody Sovis finished a distant third after cracking early. It’s a Murder’s Row of events for Sovis, coming off a week of illness, Uncle John’s Dirty Ride, a very hard TNR, and the World Championships, with Crop Circle Cross and There Will Be Blood 50/50 still to come in the next three days. He’ll be contented with repeating as the WorldTour points champion, due in large part to being the only rider to complete all three Grand Tours. He’s now finished every Grand Tour in three years, a full nine straight, a feat that speaks to his complete lack of shit to do on Thursday nights.
Todd Vigland and Dan Ellis rolled in to finish out he top five, and fittingly so. The pair have been the most improved riders of 2015, with Vigland coming back to his world-beater form of some years ago, while Ellis has knocked time off his SOL performances in seconds and minutes since May.
The year might be most notable for its domination early from Alex Vanias and Kaitlyn Patterson. The pair rocked the Giro and Tour on GC, with Vanias winning every jersey he was eligible for in May, setting the course record for a retooled SOL circuit for this summer, and riding as the heavy favorite every week. Patterson also raised the bar in TC, becoming the first woman to score in a points competition in the Tour, setting a women’s World Record, and becoming the first woman to podium on a SOL night.
While Einstein Racing kept its perfect streak alive in the Team Competition, they failed to win a single Grand Tour in 2015, something they’ll look to rectify in 2016. It was also the revelation of the singlespeed, with Kyle Macdermaid becoming the catalyst for a new wave of riders trying out SSs at SOL, as well as the greatest no-shift battle on Singlespeed Night in June, where a full 7 riders were within just a few minutes gunning for the title.
Speed of Light will be back in 2016 with new surprises, tougher challenges, and a restructured points structure that will put more emphasis on single nights and Grand Tour stage wins.
List of Champions
Giro: Alex Vanias, Kaitlyn Patterson
Fat Bike: Craig Webb, Laura Webb
Cyclocross Night: Cody SovisSS/Ladies: Kyle Macdermaid, Kaitlyn Patterson
Tour: Vanias, Patterson
TTT: Einstein Racing
Random Relay: Rob Goepfrich, Craig Fortuna
World Champion: Luke Tjosvold
WorldTour Points: Sovis
Final WorldTour Standings
World Championship Results