With high profile stage wins and podiums at races like the Tour of California, the Tour of Utah, and La Course by Le Tour de France, the 2014 season will go down in history as the most successful yet in the program’s 8-year history. This photo retrospective captures a special year in and out of the saddle for the Orange & Black.
Training Camp | Oxnard, California
The team began its season with a training camp in Southern California, with rental houses a short spin to the gorgeous (and grueling) climbs of the Santa Monica Canyon. The team has called Oxnard it’s preseason training home for the past five seasons.
Turning Wheels For Kids with the san francisco 49ers | santa clara, california
The Orange & Black ended their off-season by teaming up with the San Francisco 49ers to build and distribute bicycles for at-risk youth in the Bay Area. After a few lessons and test drives, each child went home with a bicycle, helmet, and lock to begin a new two-wheeled adventure.
Silver City’s Tour of the Gila | Silver City, New Mexico
Carter Jones got a season’s worth of momentum rolling at New Mexico’s hot, climbing heavy SRAM Tour of the Gila. It would foreshadow an incredible year in the mountains for the young climber.
Gent-Wevelgem | Flanders, Belgium
Lauren Hall took the win at Belgium’s Gent-Wevelgem, one of Europe’s most storied one-day Classics. It was the biggest win of her career, and helped Hall’s selection to represent Team USA in the road race at the 2014 UCI World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain.
Tour of Britain | United Kingdom
The inaugural Women’s Tour of Britain was England’s most widely televised women’s stage race in history. After five days of racing, the Orange & Black held the special honor of the race’s top ranked team. The result would be a major determining factor to the team’s invitation to La Course by Le Tour de France later in the year.
Amgen Tour of California | California
The Amgen California has been one of the team’s most important goals since its inception in 2007. The team reached unprecedented levels of success at the first of America’s “Big Three” races in ’14, winning a stage and its first jersey classification in team history.
North Star Grand Prix | Minneapolis, MN
With a title sponsor and a front office both located in Minnesota, the state’s North Star Grand Prix is a significant part of the race calendar. Coming into ’14, the team had been dominant at the race, winning numerous stages and three straight general classification wins for the men.
Tom Zirbel and Scott Zwizanski help man a lemonade stand at the Minneapolis Ronald McDonald House. While visiting the Ronald McDonald House the team visits with families and their children, and raises money with the lemonade stand.
Canadian Road National Cycling Championships
BC Superweek | British Columbia, Canada
Canada is known for its enthusiasm for cycling and robust racing scene. With a team of almost entirely North American athletes, BC Superweek and the Tour de Delta are a focal point for the team, hosting big crowds and loads of prize money. The Optum p/b KBS women had a dominant run at Superweek this year, taking wins and podium spots at the majority of the races.
La Course by Le Tour de France | France
The inaugural La Course, on the final day of Le Tour de France in downtown Paris, saw the best female cyclist’s in the world compete on the Le Tour’s famed Champs-Élysées circuit. The team shined in one of the world’s biggest ever spotlights for a one-day women’s race.
Tour of Utah
With over 60,000 feet of climbing and unforgiving temperatures and terrain, Utah is called “America’s Toughest Stage Race” for a reason. A nasty course profile couldn’t stop the team’s dynamic leadout train from doing what it does best.
USA Pro Challenge | Colorado
The last of the America’s Big Three stage races offers up some of the country’s biggest cycling fanatics and some of its most historic mountain towns. It was a race almost purely for the climbers – namely, Carter Jones, who’s confidence and ability in the mountains continued to grow as the season progressed.
Tour of Alberta | Canada
Back in the North, the Tour of Alberta was the final chance for the men’s team to compete against the WorldTour on North American soil. A favorite of Alberta native Ryan Anderson and a sprinter friendly profile meant the team would be especially hungry for a result. Anderson finished fifth overall and sprinting to second on the final stage, and won the red Top Canadian Rider jersey for the second consecutive year. Anderson won a similar prize at the WorldTour ranked Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec. The Top Canadian was also chosen to represent Team Canada in the road race at the World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain.
UCI Road World Championships | Ponferrada, Spain
The final major race of the season was also one of its most important, and something the women’s team had prepped for their entire season, with several dedicated training camps. The team time trial is one of the sport’s most demanding and technically challenging events.