Optum Pro Cycling presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies finished 2015 in first place in the UCI America Tour. The UCI America Tour title is in addition to finishing the season as America’s top ranked continental men’s program. The team topped the ranking with strong, consistent performances throughout the season, highlighted
Optum Pro Cycling presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies announces Zach Bell as Team Director of the women’s squad for 2016. Bell retired from the professional peloton at the end of the 2014 season and his return to Optum p/b KBS represents a kind of homecoming – a professional rider for
The team announces its final women’s roster for the 2016 season. The team welcomes several new riders as it renews its focus on rider development and the future of women’s cycling. The team will contest an extensive road and criterium schedule in North America while supporting riders’ aspirations for the
The team today announces its final men’s roster for the 2016 season, adding four new riders in Evan Huffman, Adam De Vos, Emerson Oronte, and Shane Kline. The quartet will join high-profile signings Danny Pate and Rob Britton to bolster the team’s time trial, climbing, and stage race talent pool.
Optum Pro Cycling presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies adds another marquee veteran to its 2016 roster today, in the form of Canadian stage racing specialist Rob Britton. Britton is the second high-profile signing of the offseason after the announcement last month that Team Sky’s Danny Pate would join the team. Both riders will be under contract through 2017.
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 men and women of Optum Pro Cycling presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies finished the 2015 season together at the UCI World Championship Team Time Trial, fitting punctuation to the Orange & Black’s most productive season in team history.
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.
The men’s team conducted a final training session on the Worlds course. Each team is granted one full ride of the course on closed roads the day before the race, but before that, things get a bit more guerrilla, as in parking the team Acura and van in a ditch and dodging traffic and other TTT squads on the open roads.