A hard hitting crash derailed the
women's Worlds practice run
In-depth photo essay on the sport's most challenging discipline
on the eve of the World Championships.
Eric Young sprints to his
second Tour of Utah stage win
Masterful attack bags Mike Woods
stage win, yellow jersey in Utah
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As another year of international racing concludes, the men of Optum Pro Cycling presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies celebrate a new achievement – finishing their season as the top-ranked team on the UCI America’s Tour (AT) standings. The AT encompasses the top UCI races in the Western Hemisphere, and is the closest measure of the best teams and athletes in North and South America. Performance Director Jonas Carney called the 2015 season the team’s best ever, with consistency and stand out performances from their first races in Portugal in February and March through a grueling sequence of stage racing in the heat of summer.
As Fall begins and the 2015 season concludes, some of the team’s athletes not involved with World Championship weekend in Richmond, VA struck off to compete elsewhere – Mike Woods, Pierrick Naud and Lex Albrecht couldn’t resist the temptation of Victoriaville, Quebec’s Classique des Appalaches, a newly formed, mountain-themed one-day race offering a punishing course and a sizable prize pot. The team’s most talented pure sprinters, Brad Huff and Eric Young, were joined by Curtis White and guest rider Jeremy Durrin for a three-race series along the East Coast, featuring the New Haven Grand Prix in New Haven, CT, Boston’s TD Bank Mayors Cup, and Hatford’s Connecticut Cycling Festival.
The day before the team time trial (TTT) world championship, in a best case scenario, is a day that should be easily forgotten, washed away with the nerves and adrenaline that will accompany Sunday’s main event. Notes are taken by directors and athletes put in some efforts, but not too many. Best to stay fresh. It’s about smoothing over as many kinks as possible before 24 do-or-die miles of racing that will be seen by millions around the world.