Thursday, February 23, 2017

Rally Cycling's Brandon McNulty to Make Professional Debut in Portugal as Team Divides Its Efforts Between Europe and California

Team Continues European Campaign at Volta Alentejo, Starts North American Season in Chico

Rally Cycling will race on two continents this week with a European contingent tackling the Volta Alentejo (UCI 2.1) in Portugal, and a six man squad kicking off the 2017 domestic season at the Chico Stage Race. The Volta Alentejo will mark the professional debut of Junior World Time Trial Champion Brandon McNulty. The young 18-year-old will be keen to show himself in the European peloton after a stellar junior career that included numerous national titles and a rainbow jersey.

Brandon McNultyBrandon McNulty will make his professional debut on the roads of Portugal

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Tom Zirbel Breaks American Hour Record

Rally Cycling Rider Ends Career with New Standard of 53.037 Kilometers

Tom Zirbel smashed the American hour record today in Aguascalientes, Mexico. In his final event as a professional cyclist, Zirbel powered around the velodrome to set a new standard of 53.037 kilometers (32.95 miles). Zirbel topped the almost two-decade old record of 51.505 kilometer set by Norm Alvis in 1997. In setting the American Hour record, Zirbel also set the second fastest hour record time in the world.

Tom Zirbel US Hour Record 2016

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UnitedHealthcare's Racing Update

UnitedHealthcare's Brad White Wins Wilmington Grand Prix

Brad White made it three victories in three years at the Wilmington Grand Prix on Saturday, as the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team rider soloed to the line in the pouring rain. White credited his tires and plenty of hours of foul weather training as critical factors in the win. White talked about the victory after a standout performance, "I couldn't be more excited to take my third win in a row at the Wilmington Grand Prix. It's a great race with a good atmosphere and hard course."

Brad White

The race started in the sunshine, but the weather turned about 10 minutes into the action. Soon, the wind was blowing and the rain began. The treacherous conditions reduced the front group to just 20 riders. The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team moved to the front of the pack to protect White, and picked up the pace in the process. White took this opportunity to attack, taking four riders with him. The break established itself, and with teammates covering every move behind him, White was able to focus on working towards the win.

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USA Cycling Domestic Struggles

Domestic Teams Chime in on AMGEN Tour of California Success

Rebecca Reza

USA Cycling domestic calendar continues to struggle with races coming and going, while staples such as the Tour of the Gila, struggle each year to continue. Heading into the final day of the 11th edition of the AMGEN Tour of California, USCR spoke with several directors and riders from the domestic peloton to ask about the significance of the race having lost the USA Pro Cycling Challenge this year.

cavendish wins St8 AToCMark Cavendish wins final stage of 2016 Amgen Tour of California.  Photo by Danny Heilprin

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UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Wins Team General Classification At 2016 Tour of the Gila

UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team Scoops Team General Classification Victories in Men's and Women's Race

The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team capped off a hugely successful Tour of the Gila with double victories in the Team General Classification. Both the men's and women's squads pulled easily clear of their nearest rivals to prove that they are the strongest team at one of America's most prestigious stage races.

Tour of the Gila Women's Podium UHC

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