Cylance Pro Cycling Animates Alabama Cycling Classic, Sweeps Victorville Omnium

Cylance Pro Cycling Animates Alabama Cycling Classic, Sweeps Victorville Omnium

Krista Doebel-Hickok 2nd, Eric Marcotte 3rd in McClellan Road Race

Cylance Pro Cycling raced throughout the United Stated States this weekend with three wins and four podium finishes. The Alabama Cycling Classic in Anniston, Alabama, hosts two days of racing, the Sunny King Criterium and the Anniston McClellan Road Race.  Both of these events are a part of the Pro Road Tour calendar.

Cylance Pro Cycling Announces Roster for Alabama Cycling Classic

Photo: Ethan Glading

Photo: Ethan Glading

Cylance Pro Cycling continues the Pro Road Tour (PRT) at the next two events at the Alabama Cycling Classic.  After a successful Joe Martin Stage Race which was the beginning of the PRT, Cylance Pro Cycling will compete in two consecutive races at the Alabama Cycling Classic, which are the next two events on the PRT calendar.

The first day of the Alabama Cycling Classic is the famous Sunny King Criterium, which is a 0.7 mile (1.12 kilometer) urban criterium course with four turns. The races will follow a counter-clockwise direction for 60 laps, which will be be 62.7 kilometers total.

With a solid sprinting squad, Cylance Pro Cycling will aim for victory at the Sunny King Criterium with sprinters Justin WIlliams (USA) and Scott Law (USA).  These riders will be supported by team captain, Karl Menzies (AUS) and Orlando Garibay (MEX), Andres Diaz (COL), and Hunter Grover (USA).

The second day in Alabama, and the third PRT event, will be the Anniston McClellan Road Race.  Covering 90 miles/144 kilometer in 4 laps of a 22.1 mile (35.6 kilometer) circuit, there are 3 significant climbs.  The most significant climb is the Bains Gap with an average of 10% for more than a kilometer and pitches up to 17%. Each lap includes nearly 571 metres of elevation gain.

For this challenging circuit, Cylance Pro Cycling will add the strength and experience of Eric Marcotte (USA) to the roster.  With a strong team to support riders on the climbs and into the finish, Cylance Pro Cycling will be ready for the challenging course.

USA based Cylance Pro Cycling women’s team riders, Krista Doebel-Hickok and Erica Zaveta will also compete in the Alabama Cycling Classic.

“The team is really showing how they can work together” says Director Sportif, Hilton Clarke. “These races will be a good opportunity for the team to show their potential and ability.”  Cylance Pro Cycling is ready to race in Alabama and looking forward to continuing our successful pattern.  

 

Sunny King Criterium Roster:

Justin Williams

Scott Law

Karl Menzies

Orlando Garibay

Andres Diaz

Hunter Grove

Anniston McClellan Road Race Roster:

Eric Marcotte

Karl Menzies

Orlando Garibay

Andres Diaz

Kyle Murphy

Hunter Grove

 

Cylance Pro Cycling Animates Famed Ronde van Vlaanderen and GP Dottignies | 2nd on Final Stage of Joe Martin Stage Race

Cylance Pro Cycling Animates Famed Ronde van Vlaanderen and GP Dottignies | 2nd on Final Stage of Joe Martin Stage Race

Over the weekend, Cylance Pro Cycling was racing around the world and making a difference.  In Belgium, the women’s team raced aggressively at Ronde van Vlaanderen, also known as iconic Tour of Flanders and followed it up with a strong showing at the Grand Prix de Dottignies. Meanwhile, the men’s team conquered the extremely technical final stage of the Joe Martine Stage race with a 2nd place finish from Eric Marcotte (USA) and 5th overall for Kyle Murphy (USA).

Cylance Pro Cycling Recons Ronde Van Vlaanderen Course ahead of Sunday’s WorldTour Test

Marta attacks the HollewegPavé Sector | Photo: VeloFocus

Marta attacks the HollewegPavé Sector | Photo: VeloFocus

This morning, the women of Cylance Pro Cycling previewed large sections of the Ronde van Vlaanderen course, covering the famed Eikenberg, Haaghoek, Wolvenberg,and Kanarieberg hill and pavé sectors. Known as the Tour of Flanders, the Ronde is the fifth round of the UCI Women's World Tour circuit taking place on April 2 in Belgium. Cyance Pro Cycling will bring a focused and prepared team to race this iconic classic.

This year's edition will take the women on a 153.3 kilometer lap which starts and finishes in Oudenaarde. On today’s recon ride the team focused on the pavé and hill sectors, including the potentially decisive Kanarieberg Hill which averages 7.7% for 1000m with a max elevation of 14%.

Rossella Ratto (ITA) had a strong race at Ronde van Vlaanderen last year is excited to return to the race in 2017.  “I am personally looking forward to it, and hoping to get the same good day as last year’s race” says Rossella.  “The race course changed a lot, with more technical sections following the muurs, and then the epic Kapelmuur. I think we have a really focused lion Sheyla, a strong Jasi, and a super professional Dani who has studied every kilometer of the course. Then we have Marta, ready to protect us as we were her daughters!”

After riding the course, Malgorzata Jasinkska (POL) says “it will be a long and hard race, but our asset is that we met the road well. I think the real race will start on the Kapelmuur. The last 3 muurs are very heavy, but we have a rugged and strong team.”

Joining Rossella and Jasi, will be Sheyla Guittieriez (ESP), Dani King (GBR), Marta Tagliaferro (ITA) and Joelle Numainville (CAN). The team is ready to race strong and calculated on Sunday.

Photo: VeloFocus

Photo: VeloFocus

If you aren’t lucky enough to join the fans in Belgium for this year’s edition, you’ll be able to watch the action from the 2017 edition of the Ronde Van Vlaanderen anywhere in the world! Thanks to Proximus and Flanders Classics, this year’s podium presentation as well as the final hour and thirty minutes of the race will be streamed live. Details below:

Podium presentation – Antwerp

The traditional podium presentation, where the riders sign the start sheet and all the teams are being presented to the crowd on the Market place, will be livestreamed for the whole world via www.facebook.com/Proximusbe (Dutch and French commentary)

Tour of Flanders for Women’s Elite

As from 13.30h CET [5:30am PST] the Tour of Flanders for Women’s Elite will be streamed as well for all people outside of Belgium. You can follow it live with English commentary via the official Facebook page of Flanders Classics (https://www.facebook.com/FlandersClassicsofficial/) and the Flanders Classics-website: http://www.flandersclassics.be/en

Photo: VeloFocus

Photo: VeloFocus

As always, you can follow the Cylance Pro Cycling team on twitter for the most recent updates and also by following the #bringthegreen hashtag.

 

PRO BIKE: Kyle Murphy’s SuperSix EVO Hi-MOD Disc

PRO BIKE: Kyle Murphy’s SuperSix EVO Hi-MOD Disc

Murphy Takes Uphill Time Trial in San Dimas, 4th in Joe Martin TT

Cylance Pro Cycling's Kyle Murphy took 4th place in Stage 1 of the Joe Martin Stage Race. It was a uphill test that the team took full advantage of with its Cannondale SuperSix Hi-Mod Disc bicycles. With a hill climb time trial victory already in 2017 during the San Dimas Stage Race, Kyle Murphy has made the most of his first year riding a Cannondale. Kyle shared his experience after his initial ride on the SuperSix Evo Hi-Mod Disc earlier this year.

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

Photo: VeloImages

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

Photo: VeloFocus

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

Photo: VeloFocus

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

Photo: VeloFocus

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

Photo: VeloFocus

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