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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.

 

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!

 

Cylance Pro Cycling Announces Full 2017 Roster

Southern California became a hub of activity for the Cylance Pro Cycling as title sponsor Cylance® Inc welcomed the 2017 women’s roster to its Global HQ located in Irvine, CA for a pre-season team camp. This exceptional time was spent without bikes and brought the women from seven different countries to one location for an action-packed week of new sponsor introductions and team-building exercises.

With the core mission of the camp being time with Cylance and valuable educational sessions with new 2017 equipment sponsors, there was also ample time for team-building adventures. Sight-seeing, whale watching and a high ropes course challenge encouraged trust, camaraderie and communication. Relaxation and team bonding happened during a full team manicure/pedicure session prior to attending an executive dinner. 

During the dinner, Cylance Pro Cycling was able to learn about the company, its core values, as well interact with executives. The following day, in a relaxed and fun question and answer session, the athletes were able to share personal stories while employees were able to better get to know each individual.

As the excitement continues to build for the 2017 season, Cylance Pro Cycling is ready to announce the final new addition, Marta Tagliaferro, to the team. Known for her crafty lead-out and warrior mindset, Tagliaferro, 27 of Italy, will be a pivotal piece to the team’s overall success. “Tagliaferro is a tremendous bike racer with great abilities to navigate in any sprint finish. We are lucky to have her experience and strength on the team” says Manel Lacambra, Director Sportif.   

Cylance Pro Cycling proudly confirms its returning riders, completing the 2017 roster.  Returning riders include: Rossella Ratto, Rachele Barbieri, Krista Doebel-Hickok, Alison Tetrick, and Erica Zaveta.  With the women’s team roster now complete, it is clear that Cylance Pro Cycling is continuing to provide opportunities and a platform to grow women’s cycling worldwide.  

Cylance Pro Cycling proudly announces its complete women’s roster for 2017:

Kaitie Antonneau (USA)

Rachele Barbieri (ITA)

Krista Doebel-Hickok (USA)

Sheyla Gutierrez (ESP)

Malgorzata Jasinska (POL)

Dani King (GBR)

Willeke Knoll (NED)

Joelle Numainville (CAN)

Rossella Ratto (ITA)

Marta Tagliaferro (ITA)

Alison Tetrick (USA)

Kirsten Wild (NED)

Erica Zaveta (USA)

 

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Twitter: @cylancecycling

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Web: cylanceprocycling.com

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Alison Tetrick on Transitioning from Racing to the Off-Season with RPM2

For the past seven weeks, Alison Tetrick has been performing an exercise protocol designed by RPM2 to help monitor and address her recovery from a serious injury that significantly affected her symmetry between her right and left legs. Today Alison checks in to discuss what changes when an athlete transitions between the race season and the off-season:

Transitioning from a race season to the off season is a relief for some, and also a bit daunting.  You have to process your year, and also be able to analyze all the ups and down that are entailed.  In cycling, we go up up up, and we sure can fall down!  This year was full of so much racing and also some pretty brutal crashes.  My body is now just trying to sort out the damage and also repair, recover, and get ready for next year.  

 
Looking at Alison's Knee Extension history graph from the RPM2 app we can see how injury and recovery affect riders throughout the season.

Looking at Alison's Knee Extension history graph from the RPM2 app we can see how injury and recovery affect riders throughout the season.

Coming home after a full year of racing, the first think you do is get to all the doctors and medical appointments you need.  I can fit my RPM2 routine into now my normal protocol of checking on the injuries and also getting prescribed treatments to help balance my body out.  The RPM2 exercises will help initiate new strength and balance without as much intensity and hours on the bike.  I will also be going to physical therapy for my shoulder as well as getting some of the connective tissues worked on from the broken ribs.  This year was a painful, but also so beautiful.  I can still feel all those races in my body so I am excited to watch the healing and recovering begin to get even more out of my mind, body, and new found balance next year.

Alison on the podium as the most aggressive rider in the Emakumeen Bira Stage Race.

Alison on the podium as the most aggressive rider in the Emakumeen Bira Stage Race.

Alison will be sharing some of her exercises on her social media, while RPM2 will continue to work with Cylance Pro Cycling to analyze her results on a weekly basis.

Throughout the month, you can use the discount code “SYMMETRY” (all caps) to receive $25.00 off your order at RPM2.com

Alison Tetrick and RPM2 Look at Standing Force and How Injuries Can Impact Symmetry

Throughout the 2016 season, Cylance Pro Cycling athletes have been conducting product testing for RPM2, along with their traditional power data collection. It was during this product testing that a discrepancy in one of our rider’s results was noticed. A previously sustained injury had not prevented Alison from becoming a world class professional athlete, so she put it behind her until the use of RPM2 demonstrated a clear difference between her right and left leg symmetry.

For the past several weeks Alison has been completing specific exercises designed to record her symmetry and range of motion, with the hope of improving her fitness in her dominant leg while also bringing her injured leg into better symmetry. The RPM2 insole power meter and app allowed us to track her progress while she participates in the protocol and we asked Alison to share her experience:

Although the exercises are not too draining, the feeling when completing them is dependent on the training or racing or injury from that day.  It was beneficial to get into a routine to complete the exercises, and after a few weeks of not doing the exercises, I have felt some detraining in the flexibility and strength.  I think it has been useful to remind by body to engage some muscles and balance that it hasn't for several years.

It is interesting to see my injured leg catching up with the strength and flexibility of my dominant leg.  A graph to note (see below) is the standing force graph.  You can see where I was making improvements but then crashed on my right side (injured side).  With broken ribs and an injured shoulder, it was difficult to have the same amount of force placed on the right.  My dominant side became much more dominant as I healed.  Through continuing the exercises, I was able to recover and re-engage my injured side to return to pre-crash force and start making improvements again.

We will be working with RPM2 in the following weeks to fully evaluate the data we’ve collected throughout the duration of this exercise protocol; while we can’t predict what the data will say, Alison benefits from the accuracy of RPM2’s software that will allow the team and Alison to better understand how she can continue to help her body recover from these injuries.

The completion of entire exercise protocols will provide the makers of RPM2 a pool of data, that is being captured by all manner of athletes, who take part in all types of sports. This data will provide a window into how range of motion can change over time through targeted exercises.

Alison will be sharing some of her exercises on her social media, while RPM2 will continue to work with Cylance Pro Cycling to analyze her results on a weekly basis.

Throughout the month, you can use the discount code “SYMMETRY” (all caps) to receive $25.00 off your order at RPM2.com

Range of Motion and Symmetry in the Ankle Joint with RPM2 and Alison Tetrick

Throughout the 2016 season, Cylance Pro Cycling athletes have been conducting product testing for RPM2, along with their traditional power data collection. It was during this product testing that a discrepancy in one of our rider’s results was noticed. A previously sustained injury had not prevented Alison from becoming a world class professional athlete, so she put it behind her until the use of RPM2 demonstrated a clear difference between her right and left leg symmetry.

This week we are taking a look specifically at Alison’s range of motion and symmetry in her ankle joints. Even though the ankle is the pivotal to all leg movements, the joint’s importance is often overlooked; our ankles must quickly absorb force and then prepare for the following movement.

At the beginning of the RPM2 protocol, Alison’s ankle flexion measured an average of 28 degrees and 21 degrees for her left and right foot, respectively.  Alison used RPM2‘s revolutionary insole to capture ankle flexion range of motion by performing heel raise exercises. Over time these exercises will provide the ankle joint the nutrition and health they need and while we don’t expect to see a drastic improvement, after a week of repeated exercising Alison’s range of motion for ankle flexion (heel raises) did increase (34 degrees and 35 degrees for left and right foot, respectively), as seen below.

Alison Tetrick Week 1 Ankle Flexion

Alison Tetrick Week 2 Flexion

Dorsiflexion, or ankle extension, is a common ankle limitation. The RPM2 protocol for Alison was developed to measure both flexion and extension to ensure complete joint health. Extension in the ankle joint is measured by completing a toe raise. Alison’s range of motion during week one measured 27 degrees for her left foot and 24 degrees for her right foot. As mentioned earlier, we don’t expect to see major improvements after only a week and fatigue can often skew results from one day to the next (a topic we discussed earlier in the year). Her range of motion at the end of the following week is below and demonstrates some improvement in the left foot only.

Alison Tetrick Week 1 Ankle Extension

Alison Tetrick Week 2 Ankle Extension

The completion of entire exercise protocols will provide the makers of RPM2 a pool of data, that captured by all manner of athletes, who take part in all types of sports.  This data will provide a window into how range of motion can change over time through targeted exercises.

Alison will be sharing some of her exercises on her social media, while RPM2 will continue to work with Cylance Pro Cycling to analyze her results on a weekly basis.

Throughout the month, you can use the discount code “SYMMETRY” (all caps) to receive $25.00 off your order at RPM2.com

 

RPM2 Knee Extension Protocol with Alison Tetrick

Throughout the 2016 season Cylance Pro Cycling athletes have been conducting product testing for RPM2, along with their traditional power data collection. It was during this product testing that a discrepancy in one of our rider’s results was noticed. The injury hasn’t prevented Alison from becoming a world class professional athlete, so she put it behind her until RPM2 noticed there was a clear difference between her right and left leg symmetry.

This week we are taking a look at Alison’s data from her knee extension exercise. In analyzing her date, RPM2 noticed that Alison’s range of motion improved over the course of the third week of the trial. Though her Average appears to be further apart (most likely due to her 2-hour moderate ride that day), her range of motion increased as seen in the screen shots of the RPM2 app below.

While her overall range of motion has continued to improve, it’s not uncommon for fatigue to draw out differences between left and right legs. You can read more about how fatigue affects symmetry and range of motion on our blog here.

Alison is in the middle of the 30-day testing protocol and will be sharing some of her exercises on her social media. RPM2 will be working with Cylance Pro Cycling to analyze her results on a weekly basis.

Throughout the month, you can use the discount code “SYMMETRY” (all caps) to receive $25.00 off your order at RPM2.com