Cylance Pro Cycling Announces Ronde Van Vlaanderen and Joe Martin Stage Race Rosters

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Photo: VeloImages

The Ronde van Vlaanderen, also known as the Tour of Flanders, is the fifth round of the UCI Women's World Tour circuit taking place on April 2 in Belgium.  Cylance Pro Cycling is prepared and ready for the iconic race whose cobbled climbs are legendary around the world.

This year's edition will take the women on a 153.3 kilometer lap which starts and finishes in Oudenaarde. It will include 12 infamous climbs, including the Paterberg at a maximum grade at over 20% at just 13 kilometers from the finish.  The Muur van Geraardsbergen is a new addition to the race, occurring at 60 kilometer in, but has maximum gradients exceeding 20%.

Cyance Pro Cycling will bring a strong team to race on one of the world’s biggest cycling stages.  Rossella Ratto (ITA) had a strong race at Ronde van Vlaanderen last year and will be lining up for 2017 as well.  Sheyla Guiterriez (ESP), has shown herself to be one of the most consistent classics riders this year.  She is highly motivated to evoke her spirit amidst the Fields of Flanders.  “This is one of the best races in the world.” says Guitierriez.  Dani King (GBR) and Malgorzata Jasinska (POL) will be other riders to watch as they continue to exhibit great consistency. Marta Tagliaferro (ITA) and Joelle Numainville (CAN) will add to the depth and opportunities for the team.    

"There is no other race like the Tour of Flanders," said Director Sportif, Manel Lacambra. "The riders are ready to give their best performance and enjoy the day."

Roster for Ronde van Vlaanderen:

Rossella Ratto (ITA)

Dani Kingl (GBR)

Sheyla Guiterriez (ESP)

Marta Tagliaferro (ITA)

Joelle Numainville (CAN)

Małgorzata Jasińska (POL)

Photo: Dan Munson

Photo: Dan Munson

After a promising San Dimas Stage Race, the Cylance Pro Cycling men take the road to Arkansas for Joe Martin Stage Race.  Similarly, Joe Martin Stage Race opens up on a uphill time trial.  Three consecutive stages follow which include two challenging road race circuits and a downtown criterium with a steep finishing climb.  

Showing his climbing ability, Kyle Murphy (USA) will look focus on the first stage where he can use his power and time trialing prowess.  In the following stages, the team will have sprinting and offensive options with former USA National Champion Eric Marcotte (USA) and sprinting sensation, Scott Law (AUS) and Justin Williams (USA).  They will be  joined by strong teammates Orlando Garibay (MEX), Andres Dias (COL), Hunter Grove (USA), Andres Diaz (COL), and Karl Menzies (AUS).

“We have a strong roster for the Joe Martin Stage Race” says Hilton Clarke, Director Sportif.  “Kyle Murphy is in good form and ready to give the time trial a go.  It will be good to have the experience of Karl and Eric joining the team as well.”

Roster for Joe Martin Stage Race

Justin Williams (USA)

Orlando Garibay (MEX)

Andres Diaz (COL)

Hunter Grove (USA)

Kyle Murphy (USA)

Scott Law (AUS)

Eric Marcotte (USA)

Karl Menzies (USA)

 

Cylance Pro Cycling Active on Two Continents - Announces Pajot Hills Classic Roster

Photo Dan Munson

Photo Dan Munson

This past weekend saw both the Cylance Pro Cycling men’s and women’s teams in action and finding success. In Europe the women’s team put together a strong result at the Women’s WorldTour event, Gent Wevelgem, while, in the US, both the men and women took on the American Racing Calendar event, San Dimas Stage Race.

Sheyla Gutiérrez Top 10 in UCI Women’s WorldTour Gent Wevelgem

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Photo: VeloFocus

The fourth round of the Women’s WorldTour, Gent-Wevelgem is often called the sprinters' classic due to its flat finishing terrain, its early-season date means riders are often tested by wind and rain, as well as several climbs, including two ascents of the steep and fully cobbled Kemmelberg. The terrain and conditions proved to be divisive once again as it took a full team effort to ensure our strongest riders were in position for the final kick to the line. "The team rode strong together,” added Director Sportif, Manel Lacambra. “Jasi [Małgorzata Jasinska] did great work for Sheyla [Gutiérrez] in the final!" With Jasi looking after Sheyla in a reduced bunch sprint (where she finished 10th), Sheyla was able to prove once again that she is one of the most consistent riders this Spring season.

Krista Doebel-Hickok Takes Two Stages and Overall at San Dimas Stage Race

Photo: Dan Munson

Photo: Dan Munson

Krista Doebel-Hickok used this past weekend’s San Dimas Stage Race to prove that she is currently one of the strongest riders on domestic soil. Krista set the tone on stage 1 by taking the uphill time trial by over a minute over her second place rival, enough to ensure she wouldn’t have to work much to secure the overall jersey over the following two stages. However, Krista wasn’t satisfied with resting on her laurels and stormed ahead of the field in the stage 2 sprint finish with a fist in the air. When the weekend was over Krista had single-handedly secured two stage victories, the Queen of the Mountain’s Polka Dot Jersey, and the Race Winner’s Yellow Jersey. Talk about Bringing the Green!

Kyle Murphy Sets Fastest Time up Glendora Mountain Road Taking Stage One Victory in San Dimas Stage Race

Photo: Dan Munson

Photo: Dan Munson

The Cylance Pro Cycling Men’s team finished up their residency in California with last weekend’s San Dimas Stage Race. In the final race before the team begins the UCI America’s Tour Calendar with Joe Martin Stage Race, the men’s team followed up on Krista’s success in San Dimas by taking the Stage 1 uphill time trial as well. Kyle Murphy set the fastest time on the day, three seconds ahead of his nearest rival, on his disc equipped Cannondale SuperSix Hi Mod Evo bike. The team survived a brutal onslaught of attacks on stage two to carry the leader’s jersey into the final day, however on stage 3 the men weren’t able to close a gap to a small break up the road and the team would slip to 4th overall. Kyle would keep his King of the Mountains jersey to go with his stage one victory making the race a success despite the heartbreak on the final stage. Up next is the Joe Martin Stage Race where the team will again tackle a stage one uphill time trial and an opportunity for redemption.

Cylance Pro Cycling Announces Roster for Belgian Semi-Classic Pajot Hills Classic

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Photo: VeloFocus

The 2017 edition of the Pajot Hills Classic will be the second ever edition of this Belgian Semi-Classic. In the first edition, our own Alison Tetrick was the first rider to animate the race with a strong solo attack that set the stage for a difficult race. Rossella Ratto was our top finisher in 2016 and the team will be looking to continue their success in what is sure to be a similar finish to the recent Gent Wevelgem race last weekend where a reduced peloton will sprint it out for victory.

 

Cylance Pro Cycling for 2017 Pajot Hills Classic:

Sheyla Gutiérrez

Małgorzata Jasinska

Dani King

Joëlle Numainville

Rossella Ratto

Marta Tagliafero

 

Cylance Pro Cycling Announces Gent-Wevelgem and San Dimas Stage Race Rosters

Cylance Pro Cycling is heading back to Belgium for the iconic Spring Classics of the North, where the team will race Gent-Wevelgem on Sunday, March 26.  This is the fourth UCI Women’s World Tour race on the calendar featuring some of the iconic climbs  and cobbled roads of Flanders Field.  The riders will race up the Kemmelberg, the Monteberg and the Baneberg, all with gradients exceeding 20%.  It is always a challenging race that can select the strongest riders to compete in a sprint finish.    

With plenty of success on the roads of the cobbled classics already, Cylance Pro Cycling will bring young rider Sheyla Guiterriez (ESP), who is showing great consistency in the Spring Classics.  Guiterriez will be joined by Willeke Knol (NED) , Marta Tagliaferro (ITA), Joelle Numainville (CAN), Małgorzata Jasińska (POL), and Rossella Ratto (ITA).  This strong team has options for bunch finishes and hard selective races.   

"We are getting to some of the most exciting races on the calendar," said Director Sportif, Manel Lacambra. "The riders are prepared for these Belgian races and are a great team that works together.  We are ready to give these next races our best"

Gent Wevelgem Roster:

Rossella Ratto (ITA)

Willeke Knol (NED)

Sheyla Guiterriez (ESP)

Marta Tagliaferro (ITA)

Joelle Numainville (CAN)

Małgorzata Jasińska (POL)

After a successful team camp and Tour de Murrieta, the men of Cylance Pro Cycling will compete at San Dimas Stage Race in San Dimas, California.  The 3 day race consists of a decisive hill climb time trial, a undulating road race, and a technical criterium.  

Showing great form at camp, Kyle Murphy (USA) will look to set the tone for the men on the first stage, where he’s had success in previous editions.  In the following stages Scott Law (AUS), who placed second on Stage 2 of Tour de Murrieta, will be a great option for the team, along with notable sprinter, Justin Williams (USA).  They will be  joined by strong teammates Orlando Garibay (MEX), Andres Dias (COL), and Hunter Grover (USA).

“We have a great roster leading into San Dimas Stage Race” says Hilton Clarke, Director Sportif.  “Kyle Murphy is coming in as one of the favorites for the time trial and sprinters Scott Law and Justin Williams are prepped and ready for the fast finishes of Stage 2 and 3.”

Roster for San Dimas Stage Race:

Justin Williams (USA)

Orlando Garibay (MEX)

Andres Diaz (COL)

Hunter Grove (USA)

Kyle Murphy (USA)

Scott Law (AUS)

 

Cylance Pro Cycling Men’s Team to Use Cannondale SuperSix Evo Disc Exclusively in 2017

Cylance Pro Cycling Men’s Team to Use Cannondale SuperSix Evo Disc Exclusively in 2017

Cylance Pro Cycling continues to partner with industry leader, Cannondale Bicycles, to further push the limits of technology. Cylance Pro Cycling’s UCI Continental men’s team will race the 2017 season completely on the Cannondale SuperSix Evo Hi Mod Disc Framesets. The team will be the only UCI Continental team racing exclusively on disc brake bikes. 

Cylance Pro Cycling Announces Trofeo Alfredo Binda Roster

Photo: Brian Hodes

Cylance Pro Cycling women’s team will take the start line for the third UCI Women’s World Tour event of 2017, Trofeo Alfredo Binda, in Cittiglio, Italy, on Sunday, March 19th.  Known for being one of the hilliest one-day races on the calendar, the women will tackle steep climbs over Cunardo and Orino before finishing up the hill into Cittiglio.    

 

Returning to the roster for this event after a period of rest are Dani King (GBR) and Małgorzata Jasińska (POL).  Joining them is Rossella Ratto (ITA), Marta Tagliaferro (ITA), Sheyla Gutiérrez (ESP), and Joelle Numainville (CAN).  This strong team will tackle the challenging climbs, and have options for the select group approaching the fast finish.

“This race is always hard with the many climbs, and suited for a strong rider.” says Manel Lacambra, Director Sportif.  “We will be able to be active in the race and try our best for a good team result.”

To be able to represent our sponsors worldwide is an incredible opportunity.  As the a portion of the women’s team was racing in Holland, Krista Doebel-Hickock (USA) took on the Tour de Murrieta to win the time trial and the overall race. As the team races around the world, the athletes inspire each other and us to achieve.

To be able to represent our sponsors worldwide is an incredible opportunity.  As the a portion of the women’s team was racing in Holland, Krista Doebel-Hickock (USA) took on the Tour de Murrieta to win the time trial and the overall race. As the team races around the world, the athletes inspire each other and us to achieve.

 

Cylance Pro Cycling Men’s Team Completes Training Camp in Big Bear, CA

Eric Marcotte wins Stage 3 of Tour de Murrieta | Photo: Dan Munson dmunsonphoto.com

Team ends camp on high note with victory in Tour de Murrieta

Cylance Pro Cycling men’s team recently completed a successful altitude training camp at Big Bear Lake, California. Nestled in the mountains at above 6700 feet, this picturesque location offered superb opportunities for team training and product testing. From hard efforts to enjoying the snow, the team finished its final preparation for the 2017 season. 

When technology and innovation matter the most, it is important for the team to work with companies that are passionate about continuing revolutionary progress. Sponsors such as Glukos Energy, Cannondale, and Sugoi Apparel educated the team at the mountain location about products and future research and design.

Photo: Cannondale

The week-long camp was designed by Director Sportif, Hilton Clarke, the intent being to optimize the men’s training and test the limits of both the athletes and the equipment. “We have a great group of riders this year, all of which are talented, motivated, and with diverse experience. I am excited for the season.” says Clarke. Clarke organized drills, from team trial and sprint practice, to motorpacing sustained efforts.

During the first Sunday of camp, the team traveled to Incycle Bicycles in San Dimas to participate in an organized community ride, launching the team and camp with supporters and fans. Cylance Pro Cycling is invested in the cycling community and committed to inspiring people to stay active and join the movement.

Photo: Cannondale

Team camp was concluded successfully at the Tour de Murrieta where the men finished second on Stage 2 with Scott Law narrowly missing the win. Testing his race legs, Marcotte took the team’s second victory of the year at Stage 3 of Tour de Murrieta with an impressive solo win. Teammate Karl Menzies finished 2nd to win the bunch sprint.

With a successful team camp, Cylance Pro Cycling men’s team will race next at the San Dimas Stage Race. Big Bear Lake was the perfect training base for the team to launch into the 2017 season.

Don’t forget to #bringthegreen with Cylance Pro Cycling all year long!

 

Cylance Pro Cycling Announces Ronde van Drenthe Roster

Cylance Pro Cycling heads to the cobbled roads of Netherlands for the next round of the UCI Women’s World Tour calendar, Ronde van Drenthe on March 11th.  The one day 138.3k classic consists is notable for it’s small roads, cobble sectors, and the 20% ascent of the Vamburg.  The following day, the team will race again on similar roads at Drentse Acht van Westerveld.

After a strong showing in the Spring Classics already, Cylance Pro Cycling will be bringing a solid and motivated squad to the startline.  Kirsten Wild (NED) and Willeke Knol (NED) will race on home roads and will use experience to make calculated efforts in the race.  Joining the Dutch riders will be Sheyla Guiterriez (ESP), Marta Tagliaferro (ITA), Joelle Numainville (CAN), and Rachele Barbieri (ITA).  

"The Drenthe races are spectacular and very special," said Director Sportif, Manel Lacambra. "They are long races with hard cobble sections, wind, narrow roads, and the infamous Vamberg climb. We will try to do our best to fight against the top teams in the World and play our cards to achieve a good result ."

Ronde van Drenthe Roster

Kirsten Wild (NED)

Willeke Knol (NED)

Sheyla Guiterriez (ESP)

Marta Tagliaferro (ITA)

Joelle Numainville (CAN)

Rachele Barbieri (ITA)

 

Cylance Pro Cycling Announces Roster for UCI WWT Strade Bianche

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The next UCI Women’s World Tour race is the acclaimed Italian classic full of stunning scenery and difficult gravel sections, Strade Bianche.  Cylance Pro Cycling will travel from Belgium to Siena, Italy to compete in the 121k undulating race.

Following a definitive win on the cobbled roads of Le Samyn Dames, Sheyla Gutierrez will make her bid on the gravel roads of Siena for Cylance Pro Cycling.  Sheyla will be joined by super teammates, Malgortza Jaskinska (POL), Dani King (UK), Joelle Numainville (CAN), and Italian riders Rossella Ratto and Marta Tagliaferro.  The team has shown incredible consistency to perform at the race’s most difficult moments.


Cylance Pro Cycling displays our depth and cards to play at these high level races.  Through dedicated teamwork and hard work, we will continue to find success.

 

Cylance Pro Cycling’s Sheyla Gutiérrez Wins Le Samyn des Dames

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Cylance Pro Cycling continued the classics campaign with Samyn des Dames, a 100.5km race in Belgium from Quaregnon to Dour. The elements played a key role on the 25.1km Dour Circuit as cobbles, mud, wind and rain ensured the entire peloton would be tested.  Each lap offered four pavé sectors that constantly split the field.

Attacks went early and often before the first pavé sector, but all were reeled back in by the peloton. The peloton was strung out single file through the cobbles with many riders dropped in small groups as it began to rain. “For today's race we had a few different cards to play and the plan was to go for the win,” added Director Sportif Manel Lacambra, “and that’s what the girls did.”

With 2 laps of the circuit remaining, Sheyla joined the definitive break of five riders with Amy Pieters (Boels-Dolmans), Romy Kasper (Ale-Cippolini), Tiffany Cromwell (Canyon-SRAM), and Jessy Druyts (Sport Vlaanderen-Etixx) quickly gaining 30” on the field as the rest of the Cylance Pro Cycling team worked to cover any attempts to bring them back. “When we saw that Sheyla was in this break,” continued Manel, “we knew this was a very good situation for us because we had a very good card to play up front, and still we had some different cards with Kirsten and the rest of our strong team in the field.” The gap continued to grow as the peloton suffered from lack of cohesion with Sheyla’s group gaining over 1’30” on the field with 40km remaining.

Photo: VeloFocus

The wind and rain continued to challenge the chasing peloton but the rest of Cylance Pro Cycling continued to work together  and cover attacks as they trusted Sheyla in the break.  It became obvious that the break would last to the line, and the break continued to attack each other into the ultimate kilometers.  Sheyla beat Pieters in a two-rider sprint taking the team’s 4th win of the season.

“At the final the other girls behind just needed to cover all of the attacks from other teams,” said Manel, “and in front Sheyla did an amazing job winning the final sprint, but the team was awesome.” Jasi and Kirsten came through in the second and third groups for 8th and 11th respectively on the day, proving that it was indeed the strength of the entire team that ensured Sheyla would take the victory. “I'm super impressed with my performance,” added Sheyla after the race, “but I've worked hard for it, so I'm enjoying the classics!”

Photo: VeloFocus

This victory was extra special for Manel; “this victory make us very proud because she is one of our younger riders and we are very happy to see her progression with Cylance Pro Cycling everyday.”

 

Results Le Samyn des Dames (1.2)

Rnk Rider                                    Team                                               Time

1       GUTIÉRREZ Sheyla           Cylance Pro Cycling                    2:40:21

2       PIETERS Amy                     Boels - Dolmans Cycling Team       st.

3       CROMWELL Tiffany           Canyon SRAM Racing                    0:02

8       JASINSKA Małgorzata        Cylance Pro Cycling                    1:53

 

Cylance Pro Cycling Earns Strong Results in Women’s WorldTour Debut - Set for Training Camp in Big Bear, CA

Cylance Pro Cycling tackled races worldwide this last week from Belgium to Northern California.  The UCI European Women’s calendar officially began with Omloop Het Nieuwsblad while men and women squads raced the Chico Stage Race.

At Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, a chaotic and dramatic race unfolded with the lead group constantly attacking and shuffling, finished with Dani King and Sheyla Guiterriez both placing in the top 10.  The following day, the team lined up at Spar Omloop Hageland, where Kirsten Wild sprinted to 7th place after the team rode an aggressive and active race. The women of Cylance Pro Cycling showed their depth and capability to perform on some of the world’s most difficult courses.  

Constantly setting the bar high, Manel Lacambra says he is “proud of the way the team worked together and always fought hard.”  Dani King says she is “satisfied with the first two Spring Classics and the start to 2017 with Cylance Pro Cycling” but excited for more racing to come.  The women’s team will next race Le Samyn Dames in Belgium before heading to Italy for  Strade Bianchi, the first race of the 2017 UCI Women’s World Tour Calendar.

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The Chico Stage Race offered the USA based men and women of Cylance Pro Cycling the ability to test their legs in four stages of racing.  Following a circuit race and 90 mile road race involving 2 long gravel sectors, Alison Tetrick raced to a 3rd place in the time trial on Stage 3, which secured a top 5 overall.  “Being from Northern California, I consider Chico my hometown race, and I loved racing with my team there.  The race offers four great stages and something for everyone.  I was happy to return to racing after finishing last year injured.  It was fun being there with the men’s team and I was impressed by their drive and positivity.  We all raced hard, and got some good laughs in too” explains Tetrick.  The men’s team rode cohesively through the difficult terrain and conditions.  They remained focused after some bad luck and just fell short of a podium in the technical downtown Chico criterium.  

The men of Cylance Pro Cycling will now head to team camp in Big Bear Lake from March 3rd to March 12th.  “After going to Chico Stage Race with a chance to gain some race rhythm with little pressure for results,” added Men’s Sport Director Hilton Clarke. “I'm really excited to get the whole team together. Going up to Big Bear and sleeping up in elevation we have a chance to make gains leading into our first major races of the season.” There will be a scheduled public group ride on March 5th from Incycle Bicycles in San Dimas.  Stay tuned for more roster announcements and race reports.

 

Cylance Pro Cycling Announces Rosters for Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Chico Stage Race

Cylance Pro Cycling is back to the races this weekend from Northern California to Belgium.  The women’s team will begin the UCI Women’s World Tour calendar on February 27th with the Spring Classic opener, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad.  The men, and a fraction of the women’s team, will race the Chico Stage Race.   

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad is a one day 122k race and includes many of the famed roads in Flanders Field, starting and finishing in Ghent.  The roster includes the 2016 2nd overall UCI Women’s World Tour U23 rider, Sheyla Gutierrez (ESP) as well as sprinter extraordinaire, Kirsten Wild (NED) who has already secured three victories in Australia this year.  Dani King (UK), Rossella Ratto (ITA), Jasinska Małgorzata (POL), and Joelle Numainville will be adding to the strength and firepower of the team.

After a successful beginning of the season in Australia, the women’s team is excited to build on this success into the Spring Classics.  “The team had a quality training block after Australia, and we can’t wait to start racing again at the Spring Classics” says Director Sportif, Manel Lacambra.  “As always, we will do our best, and through that, will find success.” The team will then continue to race in Belgium at Le Samyn Dames and Omloop van het Hageland.

The men’s team will begin a soft launch of the 2017 season at Northern California’s version of the Spring Classics, the Chico Stage Race.  The stage race includes a fast circuit race on a speedway, followed by a grueling road race with a substantial gravel section on the second day.  The final day of racing is a flat time trial and a technical downtown criterium.  The roster includes Justin Williams (USA), who has already garnered two victories in Southern California.  He will be supported by previous teammates Hunter Grove (USA) and Orlando Garibay (MEX).  Bryan Lewis (USA) and Kyle Murphy (USA) will make their Cylance Pro Cycling debut as they will add to the depth of the roster in Chico.

Joining the men in Chico for the California race, will be a part of the women’s team with Alison Tetrick (USA), previous winner of the Chico Stage Race, joined by Krista Doebel-Hickok (USA) and Erica Zaveta (USA).   The women will be able to start the North American races and begin preparation for the season to come.

Cylance Pro Cycling is committed to high level competition and event activation.  Two of the athletes, Justin Williams and Alison Tetrick work with MetPro, a Chico based company that delivers metabolic profiling and nutritional coaching.  The races bring together valuable partnerships as the athletes are able to compete and build upon continuing success through support. The team unites to represent sponsors around the world, and inspire others to achieve their goals.  Stay tuned for great stories and results.

 

First Ride/First Win With Justin Williams - Cannondale SuperSix Evo Disc

The account for the new Cannondale SuperSix Evo Disc was opened early this season, with Justin Williams piloting the revolutionary bike to victory during the Roger Millikan Memorial Criterium in Brea, CA. We asked Justin to let us know what it was like racing in a criterium on the new bike and here’s what he had to say:

Photo: Julio Hernandez 

The first thing that stood out to me about the bike was increased balance and weight distribution. I noticed the difference immediately and after a few corners, I was railing the bike in a new way as it was completely stable through the apex of the turn. This was kind of a cool tool and gave me the confidence to take a few corners hotter then I normally would. Overall I’d say I didn't really notice a difference between the disc and non-disc Evo at top speed. The bike felt solid even when the pace was high. I think that says a lot.
 

Cannondale's idea behind disc is "Slow fast, Go fast," does this mean anything to you after riding the Evo Disc?

The thing that stands out to me about the "Slow fast, Go fast" mantra is the ability the disc brakes give you to wait until the last moment to modulate your momentum. It allows you to have more options for corner speeds.
 
 

Tell us about your bicycle:

Cannondale SuperSix Evo Disc - Size 56

SRAM Force Groupset

      54t Aero Big Ring

Vision Team 30 Disc

Vittoria Rubino Pro Control 700c x 25

      Offset Tire Pressure (95 Front, 105 Rear)

Fabric Line Saddle

Speedplay Pedals

FSA SL-K Cockpit/Seatpost (Zero offset)

Lezyne Bottle Cages

Photo: Julio Hernandez 

Photo: Julio Hernandez 

 

First Ride With Kyle Murphy - Cannondale SuperSix Evo Disc

New to the Cylance Pro Cycling team for 2017, Kyle Murphy comes out of a standout 2016 season where his climbing and time trial abilities saw him contend for some of the most difficult races in America on multiple occasions. As one of our newest members of the men’s team, Kyle recently took the 2017 Cannondale Evo Disc out for its maiden voyage.  He was pretty excited to tell us how it went:

Photo: Kyle Murphy

I spent a few days in the Santa Monica Mountains in Southern California with some friends of mine where it had been raining off and on. Mostly on. The third day out- we rode dirt Topanga to dirt Mulholland. I had to actually tone it back a bit on the dirt descents- what with the ample tire clearance and the disc brakes, I kept forgetting I wasn't on a cyclocross or mountain bike. It was stupid how fun it was. 
On the first descent on the bike near where we were staying, off Valley Dr toward Old Topanga was when I really noticed the bike responded differently than I was used to- I wasn't planning on taking it at speed, but I'd had some coffee and got caught up in the fun of it! The bike feels super stable at top speed downhill.

Photo: Kyle Murphy

Cannondale's idea behind disc is "Slow fast, Go fast," does this mean anything to you after riding the Evo Disc?

You can definitely leave the braking until pretty late. It’s fun and a little surprising. The modulation with the hydraulic breaks is so effortless that I'm worried my forearms are going to atrophy. 
I was descending the rock store climb on Mulholland above Santa Monica in the rain with some friends. I didn't feel like I was taking any risks, or descending all that fast. However, when I got to the bottom, I was alone! A similar thing happened descending Fernwood to Topanga later in the day. After the ride, others were remarking how gnarly the conditions were. I felt so at ease in the rain on the discs. 
Climbing out of the saddle the bike feels stiff and snappy- this is where you definitely can tell this thing is a road machine. 
 

Tell us about your bicycle:

Cannondale SuperSix Evo Disc - Size 56

SRAM Force Groupset

Vision Team 30 Disc

Vittoria Rubino Pro 700c x 25

Fabric ALM Saddle

Speedplay Pedals

FSA Cockpit/Seatpost

Lezyne Bottle Cages/Frame Pump/Saddle Bag

Photo: Kyle Murphy

Photo: Kyle Murphy

 

Kirsten Wild Wins Inaugural Towards Zero Race Melbourne Behind Team Effort

With 87 starters on Melbourne’s Albert Park circuit, there was nowhere to hide today at the inaugural Towards Zero Race Melbourne event. As the opening salvo to the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, Race Melbourne featured much of the peloton from the Santos Women’s Tour earlier this month in Adelaide. In the end, a fast bunch sprint would be decided by a Vittoria tubular tire and a Vision carbon wheel as Kirsten Wild beat out Chloe Hosking (Ale-Cippolini) in a photo finish. “We are very happy, because we know the victory was for Kirsten,” added Director Sportif, Manel Lacambra, “but this one was a team victory as everyone did a big effort to get the final win.”

Having already won two out of the year’s first four race, Wild was picked as a favorite for the race, as was second place finisher Hosking; Hosking has missed only one podium this year. "That was a close one!” said Kirsten Wild. “Thanks to my Cylance Pro Cycling teammies for making this win possible!!"

The Towards Zero Race Melbourne took place during the Australia Day national holiday on the Albert Park circuit, which is a replica of that used for the Australian Formula One Grand Prix. The women raced a total of twelve laps of the 5.3km circuit for 63.3 total kilometers.

There were intermediate sprints on offer during the race, but the team entered with a singular focus, bringing Kirsten to the line first.

The race started quickly with attacks often during the back stretch of the course; the first real break away wasn’t until six laps into the race when a trio of riders representing Hagens Berman, Shoair, and United Healthcare were able to gain an advantage. Their time would site between ten and fifteen seconds for about two laps before a counter by the Canyon-SRAM team brought them back.

The race continued like this with small attacks of one or two riders gaining a small advantage only to be brought back by the tail wind assisted peloton looking for those intermediate bonus sprints.

“We had [Malgorzata Jasinska] and Rossella [Ratto] covering all of the attacks and Rachele [Barbieri] (7th on the day) was all day with Kirsten, “continued Manel. “Dani [King] was also very good, working for the team and closing the last attack 2 k’s before the finish line that was a very dangerous move.”

With everyone working to keep the peloton together, Marta Tagliaferro was left to take care of Kirsten on her own in the closing kilometers. “I'm really happy about this race, we did a perfect lead out for Kirsten and in the end Dani worked a lot to close the break,” added Marta. “So, I was a bit isolated. In the end, I was alone, so I tried to do my best for the lead out, which was maybe a little early, but Kirsten is the strongest. Kirsten is really really strong and today she showed the power legs [laughs]”

"Well it feels pretty damn good to be part of this team," said Dani after the congratulating the team below the podium.

Up next for the team is the third edition of the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race on Saturday the 28th at 11:45 am local time.

2017 Towards Zero Race Melbourne Results:

1. Kirsten Wild             Cylance Pro Cycling

2. Chloe Hosking        Ale Cipollini

3. Lisa Brennauer       Canyon-SRAM

7. Rachele Barbieri     Cylance Pro Cycling

 

Cylance Pro Cycling Women’s Team Enjoys Focused Training Camp in Spain

All Photos: Brian Hodes - veloimages.com

The Cylance Pro Cycling women’s team had their second team training camp for the year in Cambrils, Spain. The week focused on finalizing preparations for the 2017 season and intense training spent together on the bike. As the riders tested themselves and equipment against all terrains and conditions, the team became dialed and ready to begin racing. 

The first team camp occurred in California in early November and was centered on sponsor activation and team building. This allowed a more training specific camp to happen after the New Year in Spain guaranteeing a powerful and successful start to the season.

The calculated efforts were rewarded with two victories and four podiums at the Santos Women’s Tour. Kirsten Wild winning two of the four stages and finishing 3rd overall.

Wild attributes the team’s Santos Women’s Tour success to the productive training camp. “We did some good efforts to get to know each other on and off the bike and it paid of” explains Wild. “The atmosphere is amazing and I’m looking forward to do more races together and I am sure if we keep going like this we get some nice results and more important: we will have a lot of fun and that makes all the hard work worth it!”

Through the long climbs and extensive miles, the team reinforced comradery and sacrifice. Cylance Pro Cycling balances professionalism and execution with raw enjoyment and the pure love of the sport. Check out the story of our team and our expectations for 2017 here.

“I am really proud of the work the women have done at home and at the training camp to start the season strong. We always have fun, laugh, and get along great. But when it is time to race, everyone is professional and ready to get the job done.” says Manel Lacambra, Director Sportif.

Cylance Pro Cycling is proud to work with the incredible sponsors that allow the team to be successful worldwide. With trust in the technical equipment and the athlete’s balance and dedication, Cylance Pro Cycling has set the stage to have an incredible year. Stay tuned for more great adventures!

 

Kirsten Wild, Cylance Pro Cycling, Win Final Stage of Santos Women’s Tour

Cylance Pro Cycling Leaves Stage Race with Two Stage Wins a Podium and Third Overall

 The final day of the Santos Women's Tour cranked up the temperature with a blistering Australian summer afternoon on a short 1.2-kilometer course. The course allows for great crowd spectating, and is always a fan favorite, even in the heat of the evening. At the beginning of the race, a few riders tried to break free of the peloton, but were brought back quickly. The peloton closed any gap before anything dangers could be established. 

 Cylance Pro Cycling was diligent in covering any race moves as Jasi, Rossella, and Dani followed the animated race attentively as they had been doing the whole race. As the stage neared the finish, the pace increased dramatically, and it was headed towards a fast bunch finish. As young Italian rider Rachele Barbieri shadowed sprint powerhouse, Kirsten Wild, Marta Tagliafero launched an incredible lead out to deliver Wild once again first over the line. This was Kirsten's second win of the four-stage tour, and third time on the podium, as she secured a 2nd place in Stage 3. With solid representation during the entire race, Wild finished 3rd overall in General Classification.

 

“I’m happy with a second victory,” Kirsten had to say after the race. “And to be 3rd overall in the Tour Down Under took such great teamwork from Cylance Pro Cycling!”

  "I am very happy with the team's performance in Australia. It was the first race of the year, with new riders, and the team worked well together." says Manel Lacambra, Director Sportif. "I know this team has the ability to do great things all year long. The most important part of the team is enjoying what we are doing and starting the season with success. This gives us motivation to continue to work hard to find even more victories."

 Up next for the team is the one day Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race in Victoria, Australia on Saturday, January 28th.

 

Cylance Pro Cycling Goes 1-2 in Adelaide

Photo: Bart Hazen

Kirsten Wild wins stage 2 of Santos Women’s Tour, Rachele Barbieri places second

It might look easy, but it wasn’t.
— Kirsten Wild

The 2017 Santos Women’s Tour in Australia once again played host to the season premiere of Cylance Pro Cycling. Going into the four-stage race the team circled stage two as the day we could put everything we worked on in training camp together and put a Cylance Pro Cycling Rider on the top step of the podium.

Coming into stage two the team was motivated by Dani King’s strong result on stage one, placing fifth on the difficult 106.5km stage. The team built a plan for the 14 lap 32.2km course that would give Kirsten Wild the best chance to take win. “The plan going into stage two,” added Dani, “was that Kirsten was going to go for the first sprint and suss it out then I’d go for the intermediate and try to get a couple of seconds. Then all for Kirsten in the end.”

The Peloton would tackle the People’s Choice Classic 2.3km circuit for 14 laps, with key intermediate sprints throughout the stage and bonus seconds available on the line.

Going into first intermediate sprint no attacks had established themselves, despite the pace not being high enough to sting out the bunch. True to plan, Kirsten had a go at the first sprint, placing 3rd behind Chloe Hosking (Ale-Cippolini).

Photo: Bart Hazen

It wasn’t until nine laps to go that a group of six riders could manage a gap on the field, though their freedom was short lived. A counter attack by High5 Dream Team neutralized the six-rider break with a Emily Roper (High5 Dream Team) going solo with 7 laps to go; she would be quickly joined by two riders with the small group clinging onto a 4” gap

The bell for second intermediate sprint ensured the break would be absorbed as quickly as it had formed. This time it was Dani’s turn to go for the bonus seconds. “I tried the first one,” added Kirsten, “but I didn’t want to put too much energy into it since the stage win is cooler. For Dani, it’s really good to take some seconds in the GC.” Dani would go on to take 3rd in a very close sprint behind Lauren Kitchen (NSWIS Sydney Uni).

With four laps to go, the race would see its final attempt to put a break up the road as Orica-Scott, United Healthcare, Ale Cippolini, and High5 Dream Team each put one rider up the road, only to again be out done by the final intermediate sprint. Dani would take more crucial bonus seconds placing third in the final intermediate sprint.

Orica-Scott held the peloton together going into the bell lap, however, “the lead out didn’t come out as we planned but we stayed so close together,” said Kirsten. “I was together the whole time with Marta Tagliaferro and Dani King in the final. In the end, I just went my own way.”

“We planned with Rachele on me,” Kirsten added, “and she finished second. It’s awesome.” “We worked so well as a team,” continued Dani, “I cannot believe we ended up with first and second. You know we’ve only been together for one race and already it feels like such an amazing team.”

Stage 3 of the Santos Women’s Tour is the final real opportunity to upset the general classification, where Kirsten Wild currently sits in third place, 50” behind race leader Amanda Spratt (Orica-Scott).

Stage 2 Results:

Rank   Rider                                       Team                           Time

1          WILD Kirsten                           Cylance Pro Cycling   43:57

2          BARBIERI Rachele                Cylance Pro Cycling   .st

3          HOSKING Chloe                    Alé Cipollini                 .st

30        KING Danielle                         Cylance Pro Cycling.st

61        JASINSKA Małgorzata           Cylance Pro Cycling.st

67        RATTO Rossella                     Cylance Pro Cycling.st

95        TAGLIAFERRO Marta           Cylance Pro Cycling0:26

 

Stage 2 General Classification:

Rank   Rider                                       Team                           Time

1          SPRATT Amanda                   Orica – Scott               3:34:58

2          ENSING Janneke                   Alé Cipollini                 0:19

3          WILD Kirsten                           Cylance Pro Cycling0:50

9          KING Danielle                         Cylance Pro Cycling1:00

28        JASINSKA Małgorzata           Cylance Pro Cycling1:47

50        RATTO Rossella                     Cylance Pro Cycling2:33

63        BARBIERI Rachele                Cylance Pro Cycling3:07

76        TAGLIAFERRO Marta           Cylance Pro Cycling3:39

 

Stage 2 Points Classification:

Rank   Rider                                       Team                           Points

1          HOSKING Chloe                    Alé Cipollini                 18

2          KITCHEN Lauren                    WM3 Energie              14

3          WILD Kirsten                           Cylance Pro Cycling   12

7          BARBIERI Rachele                Cylance Pro Cycling   8

14        KING Danielle                         Cylance Pro Cycling   2

Cylance Pro Cycling Announce 2017 Santos Women’s Tour Roster

The Cylance Pro Cycling women's team, fresh off their recent training camp in Cambrils, Spain, will start their second season in Adelaide, Australia for the 6th edition of the Santos Women’s Tour.  This women's edition of the Tour Down Under starts January 14th and concludes on January 17th.

Returning to the UCI Women’s WorldTour peloton for 2017, Cylance Pro Cycling will debut their 2017 cycling kit on the roads in Australia for the first race of the year.

 "After a fantastic training camp in Spain, I am excited to start the 2017 season.  The women have been preparing for the year ahead, and it will be nice to get it started in Australia" says Manel Lacambra, Director Sportif.

The Cylance Pro Cycling roster for the Santos Women’s Tour includes 2017 additions to the team: Kirstin Wild, Dani King (4th overall in 2016), Jasinska Malgorzata, and Marta Tagliaferro, as well as returning stand outs: Rossella Ratto and Rachele Barbieri.

The 2016 edition of the Santos Women’s Tour saw the race elevated to UCI 2.2 status and and it will maintain its UCI status for 2017. The race begins in Hahndorf for a 106.5km stage that will end in Meadows for what should be a reduced bunch sprint. On stage 2 the race again sees the women tackle the same course used for the men’s People’s Choice Classic a total of 14 times for 32.2KM in East End, Adelaide. The race continues on stage 3 from Tanunda to Lyndoch for 92.4KM with 2 KOM points that could prove decisive. The Santos Women’s Tour finishes up on January 17th with stage 4, an over one hour criterium race in Victoria Park, just east of Adelaide’s city center.

You can follow the race using the official hashtag: #TDUWomens, and by following Cylance Pro Cycling on twitter: @CylanceCycling.

Performance Energy Company GLUKOS Announces Sponsorship Of Cylance Pro Cycling Teams

GLUKOS To Provide Hydration, Energy And Recovery Nutrition In 2017

GLUKOS Energy announced today their global sponsorship with the Cylance Pro Cycling Women's World Tour and Continental Men's Teams as official hydration and nutrition partner. GLUKOS will provide riders with their entire line of sport energy and recovery products including all-natural energy drink mix, gels, tablets, gummies, protein drink mix and protein bars to fuel rider performance and recovery as they tackle a challenging 2017 cycling schedule.

Cylance Pro Cycling selected GLUKOS to fuel their athletes because of its superior performance and taste over other sports nutrition brands. "We are excited to have GLUKOS on board for the 2017 cycling season.  We are excited to experience first-hand the performance benefits of using GLUKOS," said Manel Lacambra, Cylance Pro Cycling Women Team Director. "Our riders love the fact the GLUKOS contains no artificial ingredients and provides clean, simple energy."

The partnership comes at an exciting time for GLUKOS as the company continues to receive accolades from both the media and consumers alike as the best new product in sports nutrition.

GLUKOS founder Mark Jensen, a former collegiate runner and Ironman competitor, realized there was a gap in the energy product market.  This led him to extensive research and development to find the optimum source of energy that was both healthy and effective for athletes. GLUKOS is similar to an IV because it contains the same basic ingredients, including water, glucose and electrolytes, like potassium and sodium.  Glucose is the only fuel the human body can use to produce natural energy. Other energy products on the market contain High Fructose Corn Syrup, which creates lactic acid and triglycerides in the muscles that hurt performance and recovery, caffeine, which artificially increases the heart rate and causes dehydration, and artificial sweetener.

This past April, GLUKOS also launched its groundbreaking protein bars and powders, which deliver protein into the bloodstream faster and more effectively than any product in the crowded protein market. Constructed with high-quality whey protein isolate, GLUKOS' protein bars and powders utilize Glucose – the "good" sugar – and contain no sucrose, high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweetener, color or flavoring.

"Working with Cylance Pro Cycling gives us the opportunity to fuel athletes who compete at the very top of their sport across the globe with the cleanest and quickest energy and recovery products available," said Mark Jensen, GLUKOS Founder. "Between the hours of training, travel and racing, these riders will have an advantage over the competition as GLUKOS provides optimal fuel and recovery both on and off the road."

GLUKOS is available in six energy products, including gels, powders, tablets, gummies and bars and two protein products including a powder and bar. GLUKOS is available in sports specialty retail stores across the country for athletes that want to perform at their optimum levels while competing.  Learn more about GLUKOS Energy at glukosenergy.com.

 

Cylance Pro Cycling Announces 2017 Men’s Roster

Cylance-Incycle presented by Cannondale, will race as Cylance Pro Cycling in 2017 and beyond. In the spirit of equality and unity, the men and women will race together under one name. With powerful teams showcased worldwide, Cylance Pro Cycling will continue to inspire and have a positive impact on and off the bike. 

The strengthened 2017 Cylance Pro Cycling men’s team, through exceptional skills, tenacity, and diversity, is equipped for all terrains, courses, and conditions. “Going into 2017, I believe we have a great blend of youth and experience.” says Hilton Clarke, Director Sportif.  The vision is to assist the riders to reach their goals through the power of team, wisdom of experience, and focus on development.

“Our team is balanced with all disciplines and talent.  The roster will be successful at all Pro Road Tour calendar events” continues Clarke.  Through strong mentorship and opportunity, the team will be use teamwork to develop, grow, and attain results.  Cylance Pro Cycling is stacked with the power to not only win races, but also to inspire each other and the community.  

Cylance Pro Cycling announces the 2017 men’s roster:
Andres Diaz (COL)
Orlando Garibay (MEX)
Hunter Grove (USA)
Eric Marcotte (USA)
Karl Menzies (AUS)
Kyle Murphy (USA)
Scott Law (AUS)
Bryan Lewis (USA)
Justin Williams (USA)
Cameron Wurf (AUS)

Not only will the women’s and men’s teams be united by name, they will also share the same message to growth the sport of cycling and inspire achievement worldwide.  As the men’s team will be a strong North American force, the women’s team will maintain their presence as one of the top UCI Women’s World Tour programs.  With an expansive program, and ten different countries represented across both teams, it will be an exciting year for Cylance Pro Cycling.

Please follow along both the men’s and women’s team at @CylanceCycling and Cylance Pro Cycling for the latest news and daily updates. #bringthegreen

 

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