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.
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.