Rally Cycling introduced their Professional Continental men’s and UCI Women’s groups in California on Sunday. Each rider was introduced on stage on the Pedalers Fork in Calabasas. The presentation coincided with an annual heat-climate coaching camp. The males’s workforce camp was held from January 10 to 20 and the women’s staff camp from January 19 to 31.
The males’s staff moved up from a Continental team to the Professional Continental division for the primary time in their eleven seasons on the circuit. The 2018 males’s roster consists of Ryan Anderson, Jesse Anthony, Rob Britton, Robin Carpenter, Matteo Dal-Cin, Adam de Vos, Nigel Ellsay, Charles Bradley Huff, Evan Huffman, Colin Joyce, Ty Magner, Brandon McNulty, Kyle Murphy, Emerson Oronte, Danny Pate, Eric Young.
“The men’s team has done more miles and harder efforts than they have done in the past, since they are getting ready for the racing in the Middle East and Europe,” Communications Director Tom Soladay informed Cyclingnews. “All of the WorldTour teams are already racing in Australia and Argentina, so it’s important that the guys got everything out of this camp.”
The women’s staff will showcase considered one of their strongest rosters thus far starting on the Valley of the Sun. They announced their women’s roster in November to incorporate US criterium champion Erica Allar, Sara Bergen, Allison Beveridge, Kelly Catlin, Gillian Ellsay, Heidi Franz, Megan Heath, Kirsti Lay, Katherine Maine, Abigail Mickey, Summer Moak, Sara Poidevin and Emma White.
“We have some of our women’s team preparing for the world championship on the track and in cyclo-cross,” Soladay stated. “We have a few full-time students. The rest of the team, eight riders, are here at camp until the end of the month.”
The Rally Cycling males’s and women’s groups have already united on the finish of 2017 for a ‘winter camp’ in Winter Park, Colorado. The riders hung out snow shoeing, paintballing, snowboarding and fatbike driving. The staff unveiled their new orange jersey in December. Their time spent in California was meant particularly to coach for the start of the season, Soladay stated.
Mike Dimkich, guitarist for the rock band Bad Religion and former lead guitarist for The Cult, attended the presentation and the VIP journey. Dimkich lives a number of kilometres away from the Pedalers Fork and has attended the group camp for a number of seasons. “He’s a fan of cycling,” Soladay stated. “He’s a friend of the team. But he didn’t play for our presentation. I imagine that is a common request, so we just tried to play it cool. We saw him back stage and it was a really good time.”
Following the staff launch on January 19, the riders took benefit of the nice and cozy climate and joined a workforce-hosted VIP experience beginning and ending on the Anza Hotel on January 20.
The VIP route took members by way of the hills above Malibu and onto the well-known Mulholland Highway. View photographs from the staff camp, presentation and VIP journey in the gallery above.
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