Rally Turns Pro Conti in 2018
In December, the Rally Cycling men’s team announced that after 11 years of racing on the Continental circuit, it will be moving up to the Professional Continental ranks in 2018. The upgrade means access to a new level of international competition, as events on the international WorldTour racing calendar are now possible, and the team is close to finalizing important invitations to start the season.
The men’s team has begun revamping its race calendar, adding more excursions into Europe, but will also continue to target key North American races. With bigger races and a stronger roster come higher expectations for one of America’s oldest domestic-cycling teams.
“Races such as the Tour of California, Tour of Utah, Colorado Classic and Tour of Alberta will be our main North American objectives in 2018,” said Jonas Carney, performance director of Rally Cycling.
The team, which was winner of the UCI America Tour and USA Cycling Pro Road Tour, made several important additions that strengthen an already formidable roster, accounting for 58 wins and 107 podiums in 2017.
The most successful rider in the team’s 11-year history, Evan Huffman, is back. Huffman’s victories in the WorldTour-ranked Tour of California were the first by a Continental rider at the sport’s highest level. Prior that victory, he won the Tour of the Gila in April, and later in September, he won the Tour of Alberta.
The team is comprised of five Canadians, including Rob Britton, who had an amazing breakthrough season winning the Tour of Utah in 2017. Other members include Matteo Dal-Cin (Canadian road champion), Adam de Vos and new team members Ryan Anderson and Nigel Ellsay. The women’s roster includes Canadians Sara Bergen, Allison Beveridge, Gillian Ellsay, Kirsti Lay, Katherine Maine and Sara Poidevin.
Rally Cycling’s Huffman and Britton go 1-2 on Stage 4 at the Tour of California.