Revolutionary Multisport Power Meter RPM2 Teams Up With Cylance Pro Cycling to Measure Effects of Crashing on Rider Symmetry and Range of Motion

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. “I spent 10 days doing repeatable power tests using different cadences and efforts,” said Alison Tetrick. “I noticed a power discrepancy between my left and right leg.  I had noticed this before in training, because I would often favor one leg over the other. After I submitted the daily tests to RPM2 to help with the development of their product, the brains behind RPM2 asked if I had ever suffered an injury to my right leg.”

Alison suffered a traumatic injury during the 2010 season where she broke her pelvis and continued to feel lingering issues from the accident to this day with her power output and symmetry. “Turns out the data doesn't lie,” added Alison, “even if you try to ignore it!”

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. “Since this injury,” continued Alison, “I have had great results and been able to train and race at the highest level even through the uneven power distribution. The injury has caused discomfort on the saddle as well as some limited power output while riding.”

Having noticed this balance issue, RPM2 suggested Alison be included in a very specific round of testing focusing solely on range of motion exercises off the bike. “We want to look at the reproducibility of range of motion in athletes like Alison,” said Keith Hill, Retail Market Manager for RPM2. “We created a protocol which will monitor Alison’s range of motion and her symmetry over time,” added Keith, “and through these exercises Alison should experience an improvement that will correlate to an increase in her power output on the bike.”

Without a measurement tool like RPM2 we would not be able to scrutinize Alison’s injury with such accuracy, however, Keith is quick to remind us Alison is not testing inside a vacuum. “Working with such a professional athlete like Alison is a huge opportunity for RPM2,” continued Keith, “however we are fully aware that crashes could affect the results, though we should see a quicker recovery through these range of motion exercises.”

Alison is already 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 of August, you can use the discount code “SYMMETRY” (all caps) to receive $25.00 off your order at RPM2.com

Cylance Pro Cycling Continues Scandinavian Circuit with UCI WorldTour Crescent Vårgårda Races in Sweden

On Friday Aug 19, six racers for Cylance Pro Cycling will compete in only the second team time trial event of this year’s UCI Women’s WorldTour calendar, the Crescent Vårgårda TTT, a one-day timed event that will see all 19 registered teams compete separately on a 42.5km long course. The TTT is followed two days later by another one-day race, the Crescent Vårgårda Road Race, 141km complete with four technical gravel sections.

Coming off a strong top 10 in the UCI Ladies Tour of Norway race, the Cylance Pro Cycling team will once again field a strong roster looking for success in both events of the Crescent Vårgårda. Carmen Small (USA), Sheyla Gutierrez (ESP), Rossella Ratto (ITA), Doris Schweizer (SUI), Alison Tetrick (USA) and Rachele Barbieri (ITA) will again be donning the Cylance Pro Cycling green jerseys as they take the world’s best cyclists.

The Crescent Vårgårda races were a part of the UCI World Cup, the precursor to the UCI Women’s WorldTour last season where Carmen Small placed in the top 30. She’ll be looking to better that result this time around coming off repeat top 10 performances in European events.

The Crescent Vårgårda will be airing live on Eurosport to 300 million homes in August 21st. We will be updating as always on our twitter account; you can follow along at @CylanceCycling.

Krista Doebel-Hickok wins Hill Climb Championships; Carmen Small top ten at Tour of Norway

In a tremendous weekend for Cylance Pro Cycling, Krista Doebel-Hickok won the U.S. National Hill Climb Championship as Carmen Small placed top ten in UCI Ladies Tour of Norway.

For Doebel-Hickok, the hill climb victory was a sweet reward after a season that sustained injuries, including a broken collarbone.  The race traveled up Pike Peak where the start line is located at 9,390 ft and the finish line is 156 turns, 12.42 miles later, with an average grade of 7%, and a gain in altitude of 4,725 ft to conclude at 14,115 ft. Doebel-Hickok made the climb in 1h 25m, and took the pro women’s title, becoming Cylance Pro Cycling’s first United States national champion of the 2016 season.

 

Rnk     Rider                                       Team                                       Time

1          KRISTA DOEBEL-HICKOK   Cylance Pro Cycling                  1:25:26.82 

2          BREANNE NALDER            Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling  02:05  

3          MARGOT CLYNE                  Groove Subaru Excel Sports    03:41


After a grueling three-day UCI stage race in Norway, Cylance Pro Cycling’s newest rider—U.S. Time Trial National Champion, Carmen Small—finished 6th in GC. Small finished 9th on Stage 1, 17th on Stage 2 and 6th on Stage 3, which resulted in 6th overall.

Stage 3 saw the peloton cover 115.8 km with 2 sprints and 2 QOM competitions. The Cylance Pro Cycling team were quick to attack early and often, however we had little success early on. Always looking to get away from the bunch, Doris Schweizer made a solo bid to get away 14 km into race, but the race was neutralized only seconds after her attack; the race ambulance was back with an earlier crash and the peloton was traveling unprotected.

After 11km of neutralized racing, the race was back on at 26km and over the first QOM the pace at the front split the peloton into three groups, with many riders never making it back into the lead group.

The second time up the QOM the peloton was again reduced to around 25 riders before three riders, including our Carmen Small were able to establish a solid break. Carmen's group was eventually brought back in and the second group on the road bridged back to peloton making a lead group of about 50 riders.

Coming into the finishing circuits, seven riders went clear on second last lap. Carmen was joined by a strong contingent of riders including the race leader, Lucinda Brand. The group of seven managed to stay away until the finish with Anouska Koster (Rabo-Liv) taking the win. Carmen Small would finish the stage 6th and move into 6th place overall with Lucinda Brand (Rabo-Liv) keeping her leader’s jersey.

“Race was good overall,” added Carmen, “but things got confusing in the finish with some riders sprinting and others expecting another lap. I really wanted it to stay away so I was the only non-Rabobank rider pulling. I'm disappointed because I felt really good today and wanted to win.”

"My team rode great again. They were always riding together and communicating well. We were in ever move and for sure the most aggressive team.  Rossella and Rachele helped me with the intermediate springs. The girls have a lot of fight; I just wish I could have delivered a result.”

 

Stage 3 Results:

Rnk     Rider                                       Team                                                               Time

1          KOSTER Anouska                  Rabobank-Liv Woman Cycling Team            2:45:48

2          MOBERG Emilie                    Hitec Products                                                st

3          SIGGAARD Christina             Team BMS BIRN86                                        st

6          SMALL Carmen                      Cylance Pro Cycling                                       0:04

32        GUTIÉRREZ Sheyla              Cylance Pro Cycling                                       0:30

34        RATTO Rossella                     Cylance Pro Cycling                                       1:26

59        BARBIERI Rachele                Cylance Pro Cycling                                       3:10

60        SCHWEIZER Doris                Cylance Pro Cycling                                       3:10

DNS    TETRICK Alison                      Cylance Pro Cycling

 

Final General Classification:

Rnk     Rider                                       Team                                                               Time

1          BRAND Lucinda                     Rabobank-Liv Woman Cycling Team            6:54:36

2          DE JONG Thalita                    Rabobank-Liv Woman Cycling Team            0:45

3          KOSTER Anouska                  Rabobank-Liv Woman Cycling Team            st

6          SMALL Carmen                      Cylance Pro Cycling                                       1:04

36        RATTO Rossella                     Cylance Pro Cycling                                       3:38

39        GUTIÉRREZ Sheyla              Cylance Pro Cycling                                       4:34

56        BARBIERI Rachele                Cylance Pro Cycling                                       13:20

61     SCHWEIZER Doris                Cylance Pro Cycling                                         17:51

Cylance Pro Cycling Stays Aggressive on Stage 2 of Ladies Tour of Norway

Stage 2 of the Ladies Tour of Norway started with better weather conditions than the previous day and saw the peloton travel from Mysen to Downtown Sarpsborg for 96km. Alison Tetrick was quick to launch the first attack of day, after having crashed the previous day. She grew saw her gap grow up to 20", however no one else joined her move and she was brought back in after 7km.

The team stayed aggressive and continued to attack early in the stage until the race came over the top of the climb at 30km and Rabo-Liv set a strong pace that would split the peloton. As the peloton started to come back together a gravel road at 41km saw a select group of 11 riders, including our Carmen Small and Rossella Ratto, gained an advantage. The 11 rider break proved to be too worrisome for the peloton and was brought back in as it started to rain. The rain increased as the race entered the finishing circuits all together.

Rabo-Liv’s Lucinda Brand broke away after the 2nd intermediate sprint and quickly gained a 10 second advantage over a chase group of 4 riders including Small, Joëlle Numainville (Cervelo-Bigla), Katrine Aalerud, and Susanne Andersen (Norway). The peloton eventually reeled in the chase and the gap to solo Brand grew to over a minute before she crossed the line for the win after riding solo for over 15 km. Carmen Small finished 17th on the stage and added this report:

“I'm happy with the way the team rode today, the ladies are getting better every day. I'm disappointed with myself that I could close the gap to Lucinda before the others got to me. I just didn't have the legs and Lucinda was very very strong. My European race legs are coming back so this is a good prep before heading to Sweden. The team will keep fighting and it's been really nice to race with the cylance women. Tomorrow is another day!”

Stage 3, the final stage of the Ladies Tour of Norway, will see the peloton spend the first part of the race in Sweden before crossing the border back into Norway 29km into the 115.8km stage. The stage starts in Strömstad (Sweden) before heading back to Norway to finish in Halden, where the race started, for 3 finishing circuits of 3.5km.

Stage 2 Results:

Rnk     Rider                                       Team                                                              Time

1          BRAND Lucinda                     Rabobank-Liv Woman Cycling Team            2:25:24

2          ANDERSEN Susanne            Hitec Products                                                0:56

3          DE JONG Thalita                    Rabobank-Liv Woman Cycling Team            st

17        SMALL Carmen                      Cylance Pro Cycling                                       0:57

44        GUTIÉRREZ Sheyla              Cylance Pro Cycling                                       1:13

50        RATTO Rossella                     Cylance Pro Cycling                                       2:05

63        BARBIERI Rachele                Cylance Pro Cycling                                       10:04

74        TETRICK Alison                      Cylance Pro Cycling                                       14:21

81        SCHWEIZER Doris                Cylance Pro Cycling                                       st

 

Stage 2 General Classification:

Rnk     Rider                                       Team                                                              Time

1          BRAND Lucinda                     Rabobank-Liv Woman Cycling Team            4:08:39

2          DE JONG Thalita                    Rabobank-Liv Woman Cycling Team            0:57

3          HANSELMANN Nicole           Cervélo-Bigla Pro Cycling                              1:00

7          SMALL Carmen                      Cylance Pro Cycling                                       1:10

41        RATTO Rossella                     Cylance Pro Cycling                                       2:21

47        GUTIÉRREZ Sheyla              Cylance Pro Cycling                                       4:13

56        BARBIERI Rachele                Cylance Pro Cycling                                       10:19

67        SCHWEIZER Doris                Cylance Pro Cycling                                       14:50

83        TETRICK Alison                      Cylance Pro Cycling                                       24:01

Cylance Pro Cycling’s Carmen Small 9th on Stage 1 of Ladies Tour of Norway

The first stage of the 2016 Ladies Tour of Norway was met with harsh weather conditions that took their toll on the riders. Starting in Downtown Halden with a finish in Downtown Fredrikstad, stage 1 saw the peloton brave constant rain and wind over 71.1 km; our Alison Tetrick suffered a crash early in the race and had to chase back on, she was able to finish the race and will be fine to start tomorrow.

The pace of the race was high early in the race and no breakaway was able to gain an advantage by the first intermediate sprint (Carmen Small took second in the first intermediate sprint). The peloton would stay together heading into the first QOM before Rabo-Liv’s Thalita De Jong attacked and put some riders in the box near the back of the bunch. The peloton wouldn’t let her stay out for long and Shelya Gutiérrez was fourth over the top of the QOM which set up an attack from four riders including our Carmen Small. “When [Lucinda] Brand (Rabo-Liv) went,” added Carmen, “I knew I had to go, so I bridged to that move. Hitec brought us back, but I thought it was a good move that could stay clear.”

After the short lived break was reeled back in the race stayed very aggressive with lots of attacking from different teams. “I couldn’t see very well today in the rain and it was super windy,” Carmen later added. “There was constant separations in the peloton due to the weather and the technical course.”

As the peloton closed in on the finish Doris Schweizer went deep to bring back two riders that were off the front to help set Carmen up in the sprint. Carmen would end up 9th on the stage, behind race winner Nicole Hanselmann of Cervelo-Bigla.

Stage 2 will see the peloton travel from Mysen to Downtown Sarpsborg, where they will have three finishing circuits. We should see better weather tomorrow so it should be a great day of racing. Also, with the GC outside of just time bonuses, teams will have to be aggressive to better their overall placing.

Stage 1 Results:

Rnk     Rider                                       Team                                                              Time

1          HANSELMANN Nicole           Cervélo-Bigla Pro Cycling                              1:43:17

2          DE JONG Thalita                    Rabobank-Liv Woman Cycling Team            0:09

3          BRAND Lucinda                     Rabobank-Liv Woman Cycling Team            0:14

9          SMALL Carmen                      Cylance Pro Cycling                                       st

25        BARBIERI Rachele                Cylance Pro Cycling                                       st

37        RATTO Rossella                     Cylance Pro Cycling                                       st

50        SCHWEIZER Doris                Cylance Pro Cycling                                       0:27

74        GUTIÉRREZ Sheyla              Cylance Pro Cycling                                       2:58

86        TETRICK Alison                      Cylance Pro Cycling                                       9:38

 

Stage 1 General Classification:

Rnk     Rider                                       Team                                                              Time

1          HANSELMANN Nicole           Cervélo-Bigla Pro Cycling                              1:43:06

2          DE JONG Thalita                    Rabobank-Liv Woman Cycling Team            0:14

3          BRAND Lucinda                     Rabobank-Liv Woman Cycling Team            0:21

7          SMALL Carmen                      Cylance Pro Cycling                                       0:23

8          BARBIERI Rachele                Cylance Pro Cycling                                       0:24

37        RATTO Rossella                     Cylance Pro Cycling                                       st

50        SCHWEIZER Doris                Cylance Pro Cycling                                       0:38

74        GUTIÉRREZ Sheyla              Cylance Pro Cycling                                       3:09

86        TETRICK Alison                      Cylance Pro Cycling                                       9:49

 

Stage 1 Best Young Rider:

Rnk     Rider                                       Team                                                              Time

1          DE JONG Thalita                    Rabobank-Liv Woman Cycling Team            1:43:20

2          KOSTER Anouska                  Rabobank-Liv Woman Cycling Team            0:08

3          SIGGAARD Christina             Team BMS BIRN                                            0:09

4          BARBIERI Rachele                Cylance Pro Cycling                                       st

Cylance Pro Cycling lines up at Ladies Tour of Norway

On Friday Aug 12, six racers for Cylance Pro Cycling will take the start line of Ladies’ Tour of Norway, a 3-day stage race on the UCI calendar. Coming off a top 10 in the Prudential RideLondon one day UCI Women’s WorldTour race, the Cylance Pro Cycling team will once again field a strong roster looking for success in both stages and in the overall general classification. Carmen Small (USA), Sheyla Gutierrez (ESP), Rossella Ratto (ITA), Doris Schweizer (SUI), Alison Tetrick (USA) and Rachele Barbieri (ITA) will take on some of the world’s best cyclists.

In 2015, our own Shelley Olds placed second overall in the Ladies Tour of Norway, taking the stage win on stage 2 along the way in what was only a two-day race. For 2016 the race has been extended to three stages and was also upgraded from a 2.2 to a 2.1

For all who are familiar with Norway, the race takes place in the scenic area crossing the border between Norway and Sweden; the route alternate between slightly hilly terrain in all three stages. Stage 1 will start in Halden and finish in Fredrikstad, Stage 2 will travel from Mysen to Sarpsborg, and Stage 3 will begin in Svinesund – Sweden and finish in Halden. To follow the race, check out the Tour of Norway website.

Tune in to blog.lezyne.com each day after the stage for a report from the team, complete with power analysis from our Lezyne Super GPS computers.

Small finishes top ten at UCI Women’s WorldTour Prudential RideLondon

Cylance Pro Cycling’s newest team member, U.S. national champion Carmen Small, finished 8th at this past weekend’s Prudential RideLondon. The 5.5km circuit of 12 laps through the famous Trafalgar Square boasted tremendous fan support, and the race brought the prestige of a 100,000 Euro prize purse—equal to the men’s field.

The race was fast and strong from the start line, with breaks, attacks and crashes throughout the course. As the women set up for the final sprint, a crash in the middle of the road marred the efforts of some of the teams. Luckily, Cylance Pro Cycling escaped unscathed. In the end, Kirsten Wild (Hitec) took the bunch sprint for the victory while Nina Kessler (Lensworld-Zannata) and Leah Kirchmann (Liv-Plantur) rounded out the podium.

Carmen Small, who raced her first event with Cylance Pro Cycling at last week’s Cascade Classic, showed her impeccable all-around skills for the team. Her 8th place finish solidify Small’s tenacity as a top sprinter as well as great time trialist, climber and stage racer. We’re proud to have her on board!

“I’m back racing in the WorldTour after almost three months!” said Small. “Pretty happy with a top 10 to start things off. Second part of the season will be full of fun with the Cylance Pro Cycling team! Next up will be Norway and Sweden.”

The next race for Cylance Pro Cycling will be the Ladies Tour of Norway from August 12th-14th. 

Rnk     Rider                                       Team                                      Time

1          WILD Kirsten                           Hitec Products                        1:28:12

2          KESSLER Nina                       Lensworld - Zannata               st

3          KIRCHMANN Leah                Team Liv-Plantur                    st

8          SMALL Carmen                      Cylance Pro Cycling               st

56        SCHWEIZER Doris                Cylance Pro Cycling               st

66        BARBIERI Rachele                Cylance Pro Cycling               0:22

75        GUTIÉRREZ Sheyla              Cylance Pro Cycling               st

101      TETRICK Alison                      Cylance Pro Cycling               8:28

Cylance Pro Cycling Brings Aggressive Racing to famed Champs-Élysées for La Course by le Tour de France

The Cylance Pro Cycling team knew that going into the La Course by le Tour de France without a pure sprinter we’d have to be aggressive throughout the race to make it our own. The entire team was active throughout the day trying to create successful breaks that would give the team a chance at victory on the most famous streets in France in front of huge crowds. In the end a sprint proved to be inevitable as no team was willing to let Cylance Pro Cycling riders escape for very long.

“It was a surprise for me because the roads seemed easier than it really is,” said Sheyla Gutiérrez. “The cobles are not comfortable.” Sheyla then added that “the team were active trying to be in the gaps, but finally it was decided in the sprint. I felt really really good during the race but the finish lap was a chaos and I couldn't reach better result; it was an amazing environment!

Sheyla would finish a team best in 22nd place, just outside of UCI points with the win going to Wiggle High5’s Chloe Hosking.

Alison Tetrick, who is still recovering from recent crashes, added:

Racing on the iconic streets of Paris is always an adventure.  Although the conditions were hot and dry this year as compared to the rainy conditions last year, the tough cobbles of the Champs-Elysee are always difficult and require some luck as well.  It was a difficult day for me coming back from injury and the cobbles were not very forgiving on broken ribs, but I was very proud to line up to represent Cylance Pro Cycling at such an important race for women's cycling. It was great to be able to spend time with our faithful sponsors and supporters in Paris in July!

Up next for the team is another phenomenal one-day racing experience in England, the Prudential RideLondon Classique

 

La Course by le Tour de France Results:

Rnk     Rider                                       Team                                      Time

1          HOSKING Chloe                    Wiggle High5                          2:01:27

2          LEPISTÖ Lotta                        Cervélo-Bigla Pro Cycling      st

3          VOS Marianne                        Rabobank-Liv Woman Team st

22        GUTIÉRREZ Sheyla              Cylance Pro Cycling               st

66        SCHWEIZER Doris                Cylance Pro Cycling               1:39

75        SCANDOLARA Valentina      Cylance Pro Cycling               3:03

94        BARBIERI Rachele                Cylance Pro Cycling               6:24

Cylance Pro Cycling Announces Roster for Prudential RideLondon Classique Women’s WorldTour Race

The thirteenth round of the UCI Women’s World Tour returns to the United Kingdom for the Prudential RideLondon Classique. Cylance Pro Cycling will feature Carmen Small (USA), Valentina Scandolara (ITA), Sheyla Gutierrez (ESP), Rachele Barbieri (ITA), Doris Schweizer (SUI) and Alison Tetrick (USA) for the race through England’s biggest city center.

The 4th running of the Prudential RideLondon Classique will take place July 30th in England, with a 5.5 km circuit in central London, beginning and finishing on The Mall. In a landmark moment for women's cycling, the prize money for the Prudential RideLondon Classique is the highest ever offered for a women's one-day race and matches the prize money offered at the world's richest one day men's race – the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic – which takes place the following day, on the Sunday.

Fresh off her 3rd place overall at the UCI Cascade Cycling Classic in Bend, OR, Carmen Small is eager to get back to Europe for WorldTour racing. “I’m super excited to join the team in London this weekend,” added Carmen. “It’s kicking off the second part of the season for me. After a small break off the bike it’s time to refocus and get back to racing.”

“The team has been very welcoming,” Carmen continued, “and I really hope I can contribute some success to the team.”

There will be live coverage of the Prudential RideLondon Classique on BBC TV on Saturday 30 July. Check your TV listings for details and, as always, follow us on twitter for additional updates at @CylanceCycling.

Cylance Pro Cycling's Carmen Small podiums at UCI Cascade Classic

Small podiums for 3 out of 5 stages, finishes 3rd in G

U.S. National Time Trial champion Carmen Small signed with Cylance Pro Cycling in July, and raced her first event with the team at UCI Cascade Classic from July 20-25th in Bend, OR. Known as one of the sport’s best all-around pro cyclists, Small upheld her stellar reputation at Cascade. She won in the 90mi McKenzie Pass road race, placed 2nd in the 16mi Prineville time trial, and 2nd in the fast-paced, downtown criterium. By the final stage, Small finished 3rd in GC; a remarkable feat for a squad that only had four riders at Cascade.

“It was a success in itself that I’m just racing my bike and enjoying it,” says Small, who recently learned that her arbitration for the Olympics was not granted. The hardship of not making the selection for Rio was physically and emotionally difficult. Small found that racing Cascade to be a cathartic method of coping with her disappointment, as she channeled her energy into the bike for herself and for Cylance Pro Cycling. 

“At first, I was kind of numb and didn’t care how the race went,” Small says. “I wasn’t there to prove anything, I was just going through the motions.” Her inner drive came to life toward the end of the first stage, at the base of the notorious ten-mile climb. “Once you see 5km to go, you start thinking, ‘Ok, how am I going to win in this group?’ I was patient, then I went for it. It helped to get me out of this negative space in my mind.”

Indeed it did. Small not only won the first stage, but she outsprinted Canada’s Olympic selection Tara Whitten and U.S. Olympic selection Kristin Armstrong.  The next day in the time trial, Small nearly repeated the pattern. She swapped standings with Whitten, finishing 2nd in the TT, but placed ahead of Armstrong, who was selected by USA Cycling for the Rio Olympics. For Small, the moment was big. The time trial podium brought positive energy.

“The TT felt hard. I haven’t done an effort like that in a long time [since nationals]!” Small says. “It was like ripping off a Band-Aid. It’s good to see my form wasn’t too lost, and it as great to see Tara do well. After everything I’ve been through in the past few weeks, I can still perform well at a good level.”

Even with a great road race and time trial under her belt, Small wasn’t done performing.  In stage 4, Small showed her skills as a sprinter, finishing 2nd in the exceptionally faced-paced criterium.

“This was my first time racing a crit this year, and it was really fun to get back out there again,” Small says. On the final stage of Cascade—a 49mi circuit race—a gap between Whitten, Armstrong and Small ensued, and Small finished the day with a hard earned 3rd overall in GC. With only three teammates to assist Small over the course of Cascade Classic, the effort to podium in three separate stages was tremendous.

In addition to Small’s great race, teammate Krista Doebel-Hickok finished a solid 4th place in the Mt. Bachelor Road Race. Erica Zaveta did her duties as a domestique, as did Kathryn Bertine, who held strong in her first return to racing since a serious crash in April. “For me, the start lines were the win,” says Bertine, who proudly kitted up for Cylance Pro Cycling for the first time this season. “I’m incredibly proud to work for a teammate like Carmen Small. We’re lucky to have her on board.”

Small looks forward to continuing the rest of the season with her teammates. “I’m certainly excited to do Ride London and finish out the Cylance Pro Cycling season in Europe.”

Next up for Cylance Pro Cycling is the UCI Women’s World Tour Prudential Ride London on July 30th.

Cascade Cycling Classic Final General Classification: 

Rnk     Rider                                       Team                                      Time

1          WHITTEN Tara                                                                       11:27:35

2          ARMSTRONG Kristin             TWENTY16                             1:05

3          SMALL Carmen                      Cylance Pro Cycling               2:31

13        DOEBEL-HICKOK Kristabel   Cylance Pro Cycling               6:15

63        ZAVETA Erica                        Cylance Pro Cycling               46:53

Cylance Pro Cycling’s Carmen Small 2nd on Cascade Classic Stage 4 Criterium

The Downtown Bend criterium has been a staple of the Cascade Classic and always sees the entire community come out to support the race. "The race was very aggressive from the start,” said Director Hilton Clarke, “we had Twenty Sixteen, Colavita and Cylance all attacking each other to bring the fight to the yellow jersey.” Tara Whitten in yellow stayed attentive throughout the race and every move off the front eventually had Carmen Small, Tara Whitten, and 4th place Kristin Armstrong in it. The peloton was keen to have a bunch sprint in the end with Colavita and Cylance keeping things together in the later parts of the race.

The final sprint was won by Kimberley Wells of Colavita with Carmen Small coming in just behind in 2nd, gaining valuable bonus time going into Stage 5. Carmen still sits comfortably in 2nd place on the General Classification.

Stage 5 is the Awbrey Butte Circuit Race just outside of Downtown Bend and starts and finishes at the Central Oregon Community College. The final stage features three laps of a 16.3 mile course with a climb up Archie Briggs Road each lap; lap two is a QOM lap. With the top four riders on the general classification all within a minute, the race for the leader’s jersey is all but over.

Stage 4 Results:

Rnk     Rider                                       Team                                      Time

1          WELLS Kimberley                  Colavita/Bianchi                      47:33

2          SMALL Carmen                      Cylance Pro Cycling               st

3          BERGEN Sara                        Trek Red Truck                       st

23        DOEBEL-HICKOK Kristabel  Cylance Pro Cycling               0:07

45        ZAVETA Erica                        Cylance Pro Cycling               st

DNS    BERTINE Kathryn                   Cylance Pro Cycling

 

Rnk     Rider                                       Team                                      Time

1          WHITTEN Tara                                                                       9:31:07

2          SMALL Carmen                      Cylance Pro Cycling               0:21

3          THOMAS Leah                       TWENTY16                             0:42

15        DOEBEL-HICKOK Kristabel  Cylance Pro Cycling               4:05

71        ZAVETA Erica                        Cylance Pro Cycling               27:40

Cylance Pro Cycling’s Krista Doebel-Hickok 4th on Stage 3 of Cascade Classic

Coming into Stage 3 the general classification behind race leader, Tara Whitten, was still very close. “Twenty Sixteen really took the race on today,” said Director Hilton Clarke, “which I found really impressive. They blew the race apart early on with constant attacks.” After the race settled in for a respite from the higher pace Kathryn Bertine and Erica Zaveta were quick to look after Carmen Small and keep the pace steady to keep her and Krista Doebel-Hickok out of trouble. “Twenty Sixteen again took the race on with relentless attacks as they neared the finish,” added Hilton, “and our Krista and Carmen had their hands full covering riders for GC.”

Seeing the yellow jersey go up the road, Krista jumped and sat on her wheel while Carmen matched continued attacks from Twenty Sixteen coming into the finish. Krista finished the stage just off the podium in 4th behind the stage winner Katie Antonneau (Twenty Sixteen). Carmen came through the line just behind in a select group of GC rivals keeping her firmly in second place going into stage 4. When asked about Carmen’s chances in the stage 4 criterium, which Carmen won in 2012, Hilton added, “we’re more than confident that she can do well.”

Stage 4 is the Downtown Bend Criterium which is always a local favorite with the entire town coming out to watch the 50-minute race. Carmen Small is very familiar with this stage as she won here in 2012.

Stage 3 Results:

Rnk     Rider                                       Team                                      Time

1          ANTONNEAU Kaitlin              TWENTY16                             3:55:06

2          MCCUTCHEON Melinda                                                        0:03

3          THOMAS Leah                       TWENTY16                            1:47

4          DOEBEL-HICKOK Kristabel  Cylance Pro Cycling               st

13        SMALL Carmen                      Cylance Pro Cycling               2:10

62        ZAVETA Erica                         Cylance Pro Cycling               7:38

63        BERTINE Kathryn                  Cylance Pro Cycling               st

 

Stage 3 General Classification:

Rnk     Rider                                       Team                                    Time

1          WHITTEN Tara                                                                       8:43:34

2          SMALL Carmen                      Cylance Pro Cycling               0:27

3          THOMAS Leah                       TWENTY16                             0:40

15        DOEBEL-HICKOK Kristabel  Cylance Pro Cycling               3:58

72        BERTINE Kathryn                  Cylance Pro Cycling               23:41

75        ZAVETA Erica                         Cylance Pro Cycling               27:33

 

Cylance Pro Cycling’s Carmen Small Place’s Second on Cascade Cycling Classic Stage 2 Time Trial

Stage 2 of the Cascade Cycling Classic was a 16-mile time along the Crooked River in Prineville, Or. The stage was won by Tara Whitten from Canada with Cylance Pro Cycling’s Carmen Small coming in 8 seconds behind in second.

“Carmen negative split the time trial,” said Director Hilton Clarke of Carmen Small’s race today. “She noticed there was a head wind on the way out and she realized she needed to go at a lower wattage than she normally would go on the way out,” he added. “She maybe lost 20" to the leaders in the way out and made it up on the way back. We feel like we are in great position with 2nd in the overall looking towards a tough day tomorrow.”

Tara Whitten assumes the leaders Jersey going into stage 3 with Carmen retaining her QOM jersey and sitting in second position. “I was proud to stand on the podium in my new Castelli US champion's kit,” said Carmen. “I was second today, but I'll take it; only 8 seconds off the win. I'll be sporting the QOM Jersey tomorrow for my Cylance Pro Cycling crew who've been with me all the way.”

Stage 3 is a full day of climbing around Mt. Bachelor starting just outside of Bend at the Summit High School and finishing with a climb up to the Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort.

 

Stage 2 Results:

Rnk     Rider                                       Team                                      Time

1          WHITTEN Tara                                                                       33:20

2          SMALL Carmen                      Cylance Pro Cycling               0:08

3          ARMSTRONG Kristin             TWENTY16                             0:18

29        DOEBEL-HICKOK Kristabel  Cylance Pro Cycling               3:52

61        BERTINE Kathryn                  Cylance Pro Cycling               5:51

83        ZAVETA Erica                        Cylance Pro Cycling               9:43

 

Stage 2 General Classification:

Rnk     Rider                                       Team                                      Time

1          WHITTEN Tara                                                                       4:46:41

2          SMALL Carmen                      Cylance Pro Cycling               0:04

3          ARMSTRONG Kristin             TWENTY16                             0:24

21        DOEBEL-HICKOK Kristabel  Cylance Pro Cycling               3:58

80        BERTINE Kathryn                  Cylance Pro Cycling               17:50

83        ZAVETA Erica                        Cylance Pro Cycling               21:42

 

Stage 2 Mountain Classification:

Rnk     Rider                                       Team                                      Pnt.

1          SMALL Carmen                      Cylance Pro Cycling               5

2          WHITTEN Tara                                                                       4

3          JACKSON Alison                    TWENTY16                             3

4          ARMSTRONG Kristin             TWENTY16                             2

5          PRINNER Jessica                  Rally Cycling Women             1

Cylance Pro Cycling’s Carmen Small Wins Stage One of Cascade Cycling Classic

Krista Doebel-Hickok Finishes Top Ten

Carmen Small wins her first race with Cylance Pro Cycling after joining the team this past month in Bend,OR. Starting in Smith Rock, stage 1 made its way to McKenzie Pass. The peloton had 90 miles to cover on stage one with a mostly flat profile before ending with a summit finish in McKenzie Pass. “The race was a bit of time to establish itself with the strongest riders waiting for the base of the climb to assert themselves,” Said Director Hilton Clarke.

A break established itself eventually and maintained a smaller gap as they peloton came through Sisters. Once the race hit the climb the break was absorbed and a Krista led peloton was reduced quite a bit. Krista’s efforts set up Carmen for the stage 1 win as well as the QOM and Yellow Jerseys, her first victory with the team.

“Going into today I really didn’t know how it would go to be honest,” added Carmen. “Cylance has been super supportive over the past couple of weeks and I appreciate them so much, so it was good to take the win today and represent the team for them. The team supported me today and that I was able to benefit from their help and win was just icing on the top. I’m super excited to finish out the season with Cylance and hopefully finish out my season on a high note.”

Next up is the stage 2 time trial in Prineville, OR, and event that Carmen is the reigning national champion in.

Stage 1 Results:

Rnk     Rider                                       Team                                      Time

1          SMALL Carmen                      Cylance Pro Cycling               4:13:27

2          WHITTEN Tara                                                                       st

3          JACKSON Alison                    TWENTY16                             st

6          DOEBEL-HICKOK Kristabel  Cylance Pro Cycling               st

82        BERTINE Kathryn                  Cylance Pro Cycling               11:53

83        ZAVETA Erica                        Cylance Pro Cycling               st

 

Stage 1 General Classification:

Rnk     Rider                                       Team                                      Time

1          SMALL Carmen                      Cylance Pro Cycling               4:13:17

2          WHITTEN Tara                                                                       0:04

3          JACKSON Alison                    TWENTY16                             0:06

6          DOEBEL-HICKOK Kristabel  Cylance Pro Cycling               0:10

82        BERTINE Kathryn                  Cylance Pro Cycling               12:03

83        ZAVETA Erica                        Cylance Pro Cycling               st

Cylance Pro Cycling Announces Roster for 2016 La Course by Le Tour de France

The UCI Women’s WorldTour calendar continues with round 12, the La Course one-day circuit race by Le Tour de France and Tour de France organizers, Amaury Sport Organization (ASO). Billed as the most exciting one-day race on the Women’s WorldTour calendar, La Course by Le Tour de France will see the women’s peloton competing on the famed Champs-Elysees in Paris, hours before the final day of the Tour de France, for the third year in a row.

Lining up for Cylance Pro Cycling will be Sheyla Gutierrez (ESP), Alison Tetrick (USA), Rachele Barbieri (ITA), Rossella Ratto (ITA), Valentina Scandolara (ITA), and Doris Schweizer (SUI).

Coming off a successful campaign in the Giro Rosa, where the team earned 4 top ten placings in stages, Cylance Pro Cycling is bringing a squad aiming for success.

The 2016 edition of the race will consist of 13 laps on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, making a distance of 89 kilometers.

There will be a live HDTV streaming feed for the race, links to which will be shared on our twitter account: @cylancecycling

Cylance Pro Cycling Adds US National Time Trial Champion Carmen Small to 2016 Roster

Cylance Pro Cycling is extremely excited to announce the signing of current USPRO Time Trial Champion, Carmen Small, to the squad for the remainder of the 2016 season. Carmen brings with her years of international racing experience at the WorldTour level and has been a mainstay on the USA National team.

Carmen will be looking to make an immediate impact on the team and will be donning the Cylance Pro Cycling team jersey at the Cascade Cycling Classic later this month in Bend, OR. She will then join the team in Europe in August to finish the 2016 season "This is a very exciting transition for me,” added Carmen. “Looking at the remainder of the season and setting my sights on the World Time Trial Championship in Qatar, Cylance Pro Cycling Team can offer me a very dynamic racing program to help reach my goals.  I hope to bring to the team my experience and race knowledge to help grow the program and become even more successful than they have thus far."

“We are very excited about bringing Carmen to the team for the remainder of the 2016 season. We hope that with our support she can be an integral part of the team’s success.” says Manel Lacambra, Director, Cylance Pro Cycling

You can follow Carmen and the rest of the Cylance Pro Cycling team during the Cascade Cycling Classic on twitter @CylanceCycling.

Doris Schweizer, Sheyla Gutierrez deliver solid results at Giro Rosa

After a 10-day stage race covering 533 miles and totaling more than 23 hours of racing, Cylance Pro Cycling’s Doris Schweizer finishes 14th in General Classification and Sheyla Gutierrez finishes 17th among Best Young Riders.  

Sheyla Gutierrez, 22, placed top ten in three stages of the Giro, including the last stage, where she came in 7th among a stellar field of the world’s best cyclists. Gutierrez’ future shows great promise, as she competed with seasoned veterans who took top honors. Megan Guarnier and Evelyn Stevens, two U.S. racers and Rio Olympic Games selectees, placed 1st and 2nd at Giro Rosa, while Dutch racer Anna Van Der Breggen claimed 3rd.

“I can fight for a better result,” Gutierrez said, smiling. “But top 10 is not bad!”

Doris Schweizer, who recently won the Swiss time trial and road race at her National Championships, delivered a 7th place finish for the technical and hilly Giro Rosa time trial.

“The TT-course was really challenging because it started with a 3km-flat section,” says Doris, “followed by a 3km climb (around 6% average). Then we had a short downhill followed by the 2nd climb (around 2km/8% average). This was a very important point because your legs are sore after not pedaling and going straight into a climb full gas. From the start I felt terrible & thought ‘I am not doing well’ but I could see the rider in front of me, which was a good sign. And I know that when I have this feeling, I am fast!”

Cylance Pro Cycling’s Krista Doebel-Hickok also performed well, finishing 31st overall in this epic stage race. For Rossella Ratto and Valentina Scandolara—the team’s two Italian riders—the Giro did not go as planned. While both women are renowned as two of the best racers in the pro peloton, both Ratto and Scandolara abandoned the Giro on July 6th to take care of personal injuries, including tendonitis and mid-season fatigue. For both Italians, this was a difficult but smart decision to stop racing the Giro. Ultimately, it’s good for the team, as we wouldn’t want to risk losing Scandolara or Ratto rest of the year due to injury! Rest well, and see you both back on the roads soon.

Up next, Cylance Pro Cycling will send one squad to UCI Cascade Classic and one to UCI WWT La Course by Tour de France. The end of July will showcase some of the world’s best pro racing, and Cylance Pro Cycling will be on hand at both venues.

Cylance Pro Cycling Giro Rosa Stage 9 Report From Doris Schweizer

The final stage of the Giro Rosa was a circuit around the community of Verbania which the peloton traveled three times. On the 3rd lap the ascent up to the town of Bee was added to keep the stage from being a traditional sprint showcase. Sheyla Gutiérrez joined the days break of 9 riders and together they amassed a lead of almost 6 minutes at one point. There were many attempts to bridge to the break as the stage went on, but none of them would prove successful; they break would take the top 7 spots on the stage with the stage win going to Thalita de Jong (Rabo-Liv). Sheyla would come in 7th place after suffering an ill-timed mechanical near the top of the final climb. She held on to just beat the chasing GC favorites, of whom Megan Guarnier would cross the line with her overall lead in tact securing the final Pink Jersey of the race. Doris Schweizer placed 14th overall after 10 stages and sent in this report:

I had an incredible 10 days of racing. I am very happy to finish the Giro Rosa in the Top 15 (knowing that I can do much better in my future), it`s amazing! My highlight was climbing the Mortirolo with the best climbers of the World, this was a very special emotional moment! My TT-performance surprised me and I am sure I can achieve more good results in this discipline too.

On the other side I had a very challenging week without the help of our 2 Italians [Rossella Ratto and Valentina Scandolara both pulled out of the race after stage 4] which meant that I had less support with Sheyla focusing on the sprints, which she was amazing in! Then I really had to suffer of the heat which gave me a very bad day the day after Mortirolo where I lost 14 minutes, but this is part of the game.

Yesterday I had really bad luck with the crash in the first 500m of the stage and I had a lot of pain in my whole body. So today I had a terrible day on the bike but I fought until the end. Sure, it`s disappointing to lose 1 spot in the GC like this, but I gave my best. In general I am very happy and I learned a lot for the next year, when I will definitely be looking for more!! ;-)

Stage 9 Results:

Rnk     Rider                                                   Team                                                  Time

1          DE JONG Thalita                                Rabobank-Liv Woman Cycling           2:44:24

2          MARKUS Riejanne                             Team Liv-Plantur                                1:05

3          CONFALONIERI Maria Giulia            Lensworld - Zannata                           st

7          GUTIÉRREZ Sheyla                          Cylance Pro Cycling                           1:54

36        SCHWEIZER Doris                            Cylance Pro Cycling                           4:22

38        DOEBEL-HICKOK Kristabel              Cylance Pro Cycling                           4:22

Stage 9 General Classification:

Rnk     Rider                                                   Team                                                  Time

1          GUARNIER Megan                            Boels - Dolmans Cycling Team          22:42:40

2          STEVENS Evelyn                               Boels - Dolmans Cycling Team          0:34

3          VAN DER BREGGEN Anna               Rabobank-Liv Woman Cycling Team 1:53

14        SCHWEIZER Doris                            Cylance Pro Cycling                           22:03

31        DOEBEL-HICKOK Kristabel              Cylance Pro Cycling                           45:34

73        GUTIÉRREZ Sheyla                          Cylance Pro Cycling                           1:16:55

Cylance Pro Cycling Giro Rosa Stage 8 Report From Sheyla Gutiérrez

Stage 8 started with temperatures soaring above 30 degrees Celsius. The speed was high early on as the sprinter’s teams were keen to see the stage end in a bunch sprint. With 40km completed the race finally had an established breakaway of 9 riders, however, they wouldn’t stay together long as the peloton continued to chase aggressively. Former world champion Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle-High5) took the stage win with our Sheyla Gutiérrez coming in 9th place. Sheyla sent in this report:

Today was a fast day with thousands attacks and I was trying cover them all. Finally, a break got a gap and I tried to bridge for a while.

The sprint was so technical and I defended my position as well as I could. I can fight for a better result but top 10 is not bad.
Tomorrow will be last opportunity for everyone so will be tough also because the parcour and the tired can make movements in GC.

Stage 9 is a circuit of 30 km which the peloton with traverse three times starting and finishing in the city of Verbania. On the final lap the organizers have added the ascent up to the commune of Bee in the Piedmont region at 591m above sea level. The late climb and the descent back down into Verbania are certain to ensure that the race for the general classification is anything but over.

 

Stage 8 Results:

Rnk     Rider                                                   Team                          Time

1          BRONZINI Giorgia                              Wiggle High5              2:28:48

2          BASTIANELLI Marta                          Alé Cipollini                 st

3          CONFALONIERI Maria Giulia            Lensworld - Zannata   st

9          GUTIÉRREZ Sheyla                          Cylance Pro Cycling   st

75        SCHWEIZER Doris                            Cylance Pro Cycling   st

88        DOEBEL-HICKOK Kristabel              Cylance Pro Cycling   st

 

Stage 8 General Classification:

Rnk     Rider                                                   Team                                      Time

1          GUARNIER Megan                            Boels - Dolmans Cycling        19:56:19

2          STEVENS Evelyn                               Boels - Dolmans Cycling        0:34

3          VAN DER BREGGEN Anna               Rabobank-Liv                         1:53

13        SCHWEIZER Doris                            Cylance Pro Cycling               19:38

32        DOEBEL-HICKOK Kristabel              Cylance Pro Cycling               43:09

85        GUTIÉRREZ Sheyla                          Cylance Pro Cycling               1:16:58

Cylance Pro Cycling Giro Rosa Stage 7 Report From Doris Schweizer

Stage 7 of the Giro Rosa was the second individual time trial of the 10-day race (the first being a short 2km prologue). The stage covered 21.9 kilometers from Albisola Superiore to Varazze and featured two climbs in the first half of the stage (3km/5.6% and 2km/7.5%). Evelyn Stevens (Boels-Dolmans) came through with the best time, knocking Anna Van Der Breggen (Rabo-Liv) off the hot seat to take the win. Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans) maintained her overall lead by finishing fourth place. Our own Doris Schweizer gave Cylance Pro Cycling our 3rd top ten performance by placing seventh on the stage. Doris sent in this report:

The TT-course was really challenging because it started with a 3km-flat sector, followed by a 3km climb (around 6% average). Then we had a short downhill followed by the 2nd climb (around 2km/8% average). This was a very important point because your legs are sore after not pedaling and going straight into a climb full gas. Then we had another few kms of flat before we went onto the long downhill down to the coast.

From the start I felt terrible & thought I am not doing well, but I could see the rider in front of me which was a good sign. And I know that when I have this feeling, I am fast ;-). Manel was a great support following me with the car and giving me some inputs during my ride. Cycling is teamwork and this time I also would like to say thank you to Jose, our mechanic, who always works so hard and I am super happy that I could give something back with this result!

For tomorrow I feel good, I recovered well and it`s a flat stage which I have to pay attention to not crash or loose time in the final sprint. We hope that we can achieve another Top 10-result with Sheyla. 

Stage 8 will see the peloton travel from Rescaldina to Legnano, covering 97.55 km. With only the QOM into Gornate Superiore, geographical fraction of the rural Italian town of Castiglione Olona, the riders will be expecting the stage to end in a bunch finish. Our Sheyla Gutiérrez will be looking for another top 10 finish in the sprint.

 

Stage 7 Results:

Rnk     Rider                                                   Team                                                  Time

1          STEVENS Evelyn                               Boels - Dolmans Cycling Team          36:21

2          VAN DER BREGGEN Anna               Rabobank-Liv Woman Cycling           0:04

3          LONGO BORGHINI Elisa                   Wiggle High5                                      st

7          SCHWEIZER Doris                            Cylance Pro Cycling                           1:32

55        DOEBEL-HICKOK Kristabel              Cylance Pro Cycling                           4:05

71        GUTIÉRREZ Sheyla                          Cylance Pro Cycling                           4:55

 

Stage 7 General Classification:

Rnk     Rider                                       Team                                                              Time

1          GUARNIER Megan                            Boels - Dolmans Cycling Team          17:27:31

2          STEVENS Evelyn                               Boels - Dolmans Cycling Team          0:34

3          VAN DER BREGGEN Anna               Rabobank-Liv Woman Cycling           1:53

13        SCHWEIZER Doris                            Cylance Pro Cycling                           19:38

34        DOEBEL-HICKOK Kristabel              Cylance Pro Cycling                           43:09

90        GUTIÉRREZ Sheyla                          Cylance Pro Cycling                           1:16:58