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Ronde van Drenthe Roster for Cylance Pro Cycling Announced — Cylance Pro Cycling

Second round of the UCI Women’s WorldTour certain to live up to expectations.

The one-day Ronde van Drenthe is the second round of the UCI Women’s WorldTour calendar which counts the 20% grade up the Vamberg among its tests for the peloton.

Cylance Pro Cycling is bringing a fast team prepared for a difficult finish with Shelley Olds and Valentina Scandolara on good form so far this season. They will be supported by Doris Schweizer, Rachele Barbieri, Sheyla Gutierrez and Alison Tetrick, who recently arrived from the US.

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

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

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Redemption for Scott Law as Blue Dome Criterium Victory Propels Him to First Ever Overall Victory at Tulsa Tough — Cylance Pro Cycling

In 2016 Scott Law, then with Australian development team Subaru NSWIS, came agonizingly close to winning the overall jersey at Tulsa Tough, and he hasn’t forgotten about that moment since. Tulsa Tough is one of the premier events for the top sprinters on the North American calendar and is an important part of the Pro Road Tour.  Scott still felt the burn from 2016 and was motivated to achieve victory at this prestigious event in 2017, representing Cylance Pro Cycling.

“Tulsa left a bit of a bitter taste in my mouth,” explained Scott, “after coming so close to the overall win but losing it on a technicality last year..”

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Range of Motion and Symmetry in the Ankle Joint with RPM2 and Alison Tetrick — Cylance Pro Cycling

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Olds finishes top 20 in World Tour event Strade Bianche — Cylance Pro Cycling

Shelley Olds reaches the end of the final gravel sector | Photo Credit: Sean Robinson – Velo Focus

CYLANCE PRO CYCLING’S SHELLEY OLDS FINISHES TOP 20 IN STRADE BIANCHE

In the season’s first World Tour event, Cylance Pro Cycling debuted a top 20 finish and strong team racing at one of the most difficult classics on the pro circuit. Shelley Olds (USA) finished 17th, while teammates Rossella Ratto (ITA) and Sheyla Gutierrez (ESP) at 25th and 44th respectively. With a start list of 150+ riders, the Strade Bianche is notorious for whittling the peloton down to one-third its original size. 2016 saw no exception, with just 59 finishers completing the 121km event comprised of multiple dirt road, gravel sections and steep, punchy gradients.

“The race was much harder than last year with almost 2000m of climbing, windy conditions, and many teams looking to claim the first win of the women’s World Tour,” says Olds, who showed her fierce resilience taking to the start line just days after a crash at Le Samyn.  “It was an aggressive race on top of an already extremely challenging course.”

 

At the third gavel section, the peloton broke apart with an attack by Boels-Dolmans’ Nikki Harris, and the gravel, winds and punishing terrain turned the day into an elimination race. Three of Cylance’s riders made the cut, after a crash took out Kristabel Doebel-Hickok and utilized the all-important team efforts made by Vale Scandolara and Rachele Barbieri.

 

‘I’m really satisfied about yesterday,” said Rossella Ratto, who raced with the hindrance of an impacted wisdom tooth. “The course was really hard but I could stay with the top riders till 10kms to go, being active and helping the team as possible. I was suffering so much from my wisdom tooth that sometimes I just got dropped because of the tooth pain. But I couldn’t give up in such an epic race!”

 

In the end, victory went to reigning world road champion Lizzie Armitstead of Boels-Dolmans, with Katarzyna Nieuwiadoma of Rabo-Liv in second and Emma Johansson of Wiggle-High5 for third.

“We raced together as a team and finished the race confident that we gave all we could,” said Olds. “I am proud of this team and grateful for the individual sacrifices everyone makes for the team race after race.”

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Olds 6th at Women’s WorldTour Ronde van Drenthe — Cylance Pro Cycling

Despite a crash last week that kept Olds from feeling 100%, the American powerhouse sprinter was able to finish 6th in one of the toughest European Classics. Shelley Olds was joined by teammates Valentina Scandolara, Sheyla Gutierrez, Alison Tetrick, Rachele Barbieri and Doris Schweizer for Saturday’s Ronde van Drenthe, held in Holland.

“We had some bad luck, losing two very important riders early in the race,” Olds says. “In the final, I was alone in a big pelotón and I tried to do my best in the bunch sprint. But the race was up the road in a group of four riders with every big team represented. I am still recovering from a big crash 10 days ago and I have a lot of discomfort on the bike.”

Ronde van Drenthe, the second Women’s WorldTour event of 2016, saw a 138.3km winding, hilly trek through Hoogeveen, Netherlands with the infamous man-made VAM-berg climb that has served as a launching pad for winning attacks.

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Ladies Tour Of Qatar — Cylance Pro Cycling

Cylance Pro Cycling makes their second stop on the 2016 UCI Women’s calendar with this week’s Ladies’ Tour of Qatar. 

With six riders per roster, Cylance will be represented by Shelley Olds (USA), Doris Schweizer (SUI), Valentina Scandolara (ITA), Rachele Barbieri (ITA), Alison Tetrick (USA) and Sheyla Gutierrez (ESP).

In 2015, Olds placed 3rd on Stage One. She and Valentina Scandolara finished top 20 in the GC, and both riders are looking to bring Cylance to the podium in 2016.

“We are going to Qatar with a mix of experienced and young riders. We expect a very hard race with a lot of wind. The course is suited more for a rider like Shelley and we will see what we can do together with the rest of the team. It will be interesting to see the first race for our young riders Sheyla and Rachele”

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

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.

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Justin Williams Takes Two Wins in OKC Pro/Am Ahead of Tulsa Tough Showdown — Cylance Pro Cycling

Cylance Pro Cycling sent their top sprinters to Oklahoma early for the Oklahoma City Pro/Am race weekend as a tune up before the next round of the Pro Road Tour, the St. Francis Tulsa Tough. Scott Law (AUS) and Justin Williams (USA) were the team’s lone representatives in OKC over three days of racing and made the most of their time together with Justin taking the victory on both the Day 1 and Day 3.  Scott just missed the podium on Day 2, coming in fourth.  It was a successful three days of racing for the dynamic sprinting duo.

“OKC was the perfect way to kickstart an action packed couple of months,” reported Scott. “Justin and I went into the 3 days of racing with the mindset of rebooting our racing form and also having some fun. This attitude worked so well that we came away with two wins, two top 10 placings and the proper kick to be ready for the second half of the season.”

Justin and Scott will join up with the rest of the team this week ahead of Friday’s Blue Dome Criterium, the first stage of the 2017 St. Francis Tulsa Tough, looking to continue their recent success.

Cylance Pro Cycling Tulsa Tough Roster:

Orlando Garibay

Hunter Grove

Bryan Lewis

Karl Menzies

Justin Williams

Scott Law

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Justin Williams Repeats in Uptown Minneapolis Criterium on Stage 4 of North Star Grand Prix — Cylance Pro Cycling

Cylance Pro Cycling rider Justin Williams again assumes the top step in Uptown Minneapolis on stage four of the North Star Grand Prix behind a solid team effort.

With the general classification, the points classification, and the white jersey all in contention on Friday evening, there was a near certainty that the field would never let a break gain any sizable advantage. With six sprints in total affecting all three classifications, the Cylance Pro Cycling team was able to hide for most of the evening while the jersey competitions ignited the race, the biggest change being the overall lead moving onto the shoulders of Ty Magner (Holowesko Citadel).