Rally Turns Pro Conti in 2018

Pedal Magazine - - Out In Front -

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.

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