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Llori Sharpe hones ‘full gas’ criterium skills with L39ION of LA in 2024

Llori Sharpe rides at team camp for L39ION of Los Angeles and Williams Racing in 2024

Llori Sharpe became the first Jamaican cyclist, male or female, to ride for a UCI road team when she signed with Canyon-SRAM Generation in 2022. To say that historical marker was a dream come true would be a little off the mark, as Sharpe told Cyclingnews that she applied for selection to the new team on a whim and was purely surprised when she was accepted to be part of the European-based road cycling team. 

She went from an intimidated freshman in the peloton to a confident competitor in season two, eager to capitalise with an “understanding of race dynamics and tactics”. This year, Williams Racing gave her the opportunity to race with L39ION of Los Angeles and focus on a North American schedule closer to her home in Jamaica. Plus, she seemed eager to leave a lot of four-hour road races and “terrible climbs” behind and focus on the one-hour criterium-heavy schedule in the US.

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