For the past few years every January, the Rally UHC Cycling pro continental team has converged near the Santa Monica Mountains in Southern California to kick off a new racing season. It's the perfect time to meet up with old teammates after a much deserved winter break, ingratiate new team members into the squad, perform some early season base mile rides, and, perhaps most exciting of all, test ride their new bikes and gear. For 2019, Rally UHC Cycling has joined forces with Felt, and both men's and women's contingents of the powerhouse North American squad will ride the FR Disc road bike in road events and the DA time trial bike in races against the clock. Here's a look behind the scenes at the women's squad's early season rides as they prepare to take on the world's best teams throughout the upcoming season.
Early season training camps are typically the first time that new teammates get a chance to ride together, and the women of Rally UHC Cycling made the most of the experience in the hills of Southern California.
The Rally UHC Cycling team is sponsored by Bell helmets and Roka eyewear.
Who says that team camps need to be serious? The squad's first big gathering of the year serves as a crucial time for team-building and bonding, which are integral for a long and successful road campaign.
Krista Doebel-Hickok boarded a plane straight from the Rally UHC Cycling team camp in California to the Women's Tour Down Under in Australia, where she took a stellar third place finish on the tough summit finish of Stage 2, and held on to fourth place on general classification by race's end. It was the start of what should prove to be a successful season for the rising star.
Kelly Catlin is no stranger to Felt bikes, having been a key member of the USA Cycling women's team pursuit squad, the two-time and reigning world champions who compete aboard the revolutionary TA FRD track bike.
Summer Moak took some time during the Rally UHC Cycling team camp to test ride her brand-new Felt DA time trial bike.
Rally UHC Cycling's early season training camp has long been held in Southern California. Wildfires have ravaged the area in recent months, providing a unique landscape amidst which team riders trained.
Pro team camps always include plenty of training rides and base miles.
Brandon McNulty Il Giro di Sicilia in spectacular fashion on Saturday, with Rally UHC Cycling successfully defending his leader’s jersey on the legendary slopes of Mt Etna. McNulty finished fourth on the final stage after his teammates, one by one, sacrificed themselves en route to the greatest GC triumph in team history.
With tough early season contests in Spain and Oman under their belt, Rally UHC Cycling enters a second block of European racing with renewed strength and confidence. The team lands in Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport Friday for a five-week campaign that begins in France and ends with England’s Tour de Yorkshire.
Whether you’re a seasoned veteran of cross-country mountain bike racing, or you’re looking to try your hand at your very first off-road race, your primary concern will undoubtedly be which bike to ride. Should you choose a full-suspension bike with both a suspension fork and a rear shock, or a hardtail with only a suspension fork?
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