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Mathieu van der Poel has added European champion to his list of Palmarés, he rode when others had to run. Race reports from the Euro champs and the Tour de France Saitama race with video. Tramadol is banned in sled racing, but not cycling - Top Story. In other news: Greipel returns to the Tour Down Under, UAE Team Emirates and Movistar for 2018, Polartec-Kometa, EF Education First-Drapac, Dimension Data and Trek-Segafredo clothing, Aqua Blue Sport bike, new signings for Rally and Chris Froome sings us out.

TOP STORY: No Tramadol for Dogs!
The debate over the use of the drug tramadol goes on and WADA/UCI still don't want to ban its use... just yet.

As the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency puts it in their website: "While USADA and other consulted stakeholders provided substantial evidence about the health risks and abuse of tramadol in sport after WADA requested comment on its inclusion in 2015, WADA has not yet added the drug, which is being abused in at least one sport. According to the WADA Monitoring Program, 71 to 82 percent of the tramadol use between 2012 and 2015 in globally monitored sports occurred in cycling." So it's not like they don't know.

Meanwhile in Alaska's Iditarod race, four-time champion Dallas Seavey has been identified as the musher whose dogs tested positive for... tramadol. Seavey denies the charge and has withdrawn from the 2018 dog sled race in protest. It's like this; In the dog sled racing World, tramadol is an illegal drug, so why not cycling?

It's a dog's life:

European Cyclo-Cross Championships 2017
Mathieu van der Poel (Netherlands) won the European cyclo-cross championships on Sunday beating countryman Lars van der Haar by 23 seconds as previous champion Toon Aerts (Belgium) came in at 1:27 for the bronze medal.

The Dutch was in charge from the start and Van der Poel and Van der Haar decimated the field from the start, only Aerts able to hold their wheels. By the end of the first lap the three had an 11 second lead, but on the second lap Aerts was dropped. Van der Haar hung on, but he was lost contact when he dismounted for the jumps as Van der Poel rode over

Aerts was caught by the chasing group and by the halfway point Van der Poel had 15 seconds on Van der Haar and nearly a minute on the rest.

Van der Poel was never in trouble and had 23 seconds at the finish over Van der Haar. On the final lap Aerts and his team mate Michael Vanthourenhout attacked the peloton for Aerts to make his move for third place

Tabor - Czech Republic - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Mathieu Van Der Poel (Netherlands NED pictured during  2017 UEC Cyclo-Cross European Championships in Tabor, Czech Republic - 05/11/2017 - photo LB/RB/Cor Vos © 2017

European cyclo-cross champion 2017/18, Mathieu van der Poel (Netherlands): "It was a hard course, the second part in particular was difficult with the wind, but I knew I had an advantage with the barriers here. It’s almost a perfect season until now, and I was very focused on getting my first European jersey in the elite category. I’m very happy to make it happen."

European Cyclo-Cross Championships Result:
1. Mathieu van der Poel (Netherlands) in 57:37
2. Lars van der Haar (Netherlands) at 0:23
3. Toon Aerts (Belgium) at 1:26
4. Michael Vanthourenhout (Belgium)
5. David van der Poel (Netherlands) at 1:29
6. Jens Adams (Belgium) at 1:31
7. Michael Boroš (Czech Republic) at 1:32
8. Laurens Sweeck (Belgium) at 1:34
9. Corne van Kessel (Netherlands) at 1:36
10. Kevin Pauwels (Belgium).

Euro champs'17:

Tour de France Saitama Criterium 2017
He warned everyone, and he did it! For his very first entry in Saitama Criterium, Mark Cavendish perfectly did honor to his King of the sprinters status. As the outcome of a sprint orchestrated to the perfection by his teammates, the 30-times Tour de France stage winner got the bouquet in front of a won over audience. He outdistanced a proud Fumiyuki Beppu and Japan National Champion Yusuke Hatanaka. Marcel Kittel won the Sprint Challenge whereas Japanese Team Utsonomia Blitzen knocked World Champion Sunweb over in the Team Time Trail competition.

One Last Lap of Honor
“People, people, people everywhere”. Mark Cavendish was amazed when he got off the bus this morning. City host of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Saitama had its heart set on unveiling the brand new Criterium circuit for this 5th edition. And the result was up to everyone's expectations. At the middle of a circuit built as a giant track, the riders discovered a friendly and sunny paddock where a July atmosphere was reigning. Giant picnic, checked tablecloth à la française, kids cheering and looking for their idols, Japan hosts the Tour de France with what characterizes it best: a celebration for all generations, devoted to sharing and proximity. Cheered by an audience worthy of a Tour de France Grand Depart, the riders played the game of the lap of honor, one of their last opportunity to feel the support of their Japanese fans before leaving Japan tomorrow.

No Time Off for the Braves
The first team to take charge of action on the main race was Tour de France winner Team Sky. Shortly after the start, Michal Kwiatkowski, 2014 World Champion, tried his luck at the front before being caught with his companions. His fellow countryman Golas immediately reacted, carrying with him Tom Van Asbroeck, Nathan Haas, Michael Schar and Fumiyuki Beppu, to form the first durable breakaway of the day, 15 laps from the finish. In Team Sunweb and Cannondale-Drapac sights, their lead would not exceed 20'' before being caught 10 kilometers later. Once the bunch was packed together again, a handful of riders expressed their intention not to get bored for too long. An acceleration orchestrated by BMC blew a wave of panic in the peloton that started to explode and disorganize, allowing Fumi Beppu to take a few meters lead before handing over to Rigoberto Uran and Greg Van Avermaet, eager to go for a wander at the front just like Chris Froome and Warren Barguil that quickly joined them.

What Can You do Against The Cav?
Maintaining a lead of fifteen or so, the quartet got on pretty well until the three last laps when Barguil and Froome decided to move, seeing the peloton coming back at a brisk pace. But Cavendish's Team Dimension Data had a different take on the final scenario. The Cav warned everyone this morning, he came to Saitama with a precise idea. Looking for trouble with Kittel on each one of the intermediate sprints and offering the audience a summit fight for green jersey, he liberated all the energy he got from the cheering audience.

When the last lap bell rung, Barguil had dropped yellow jersey Chris Froome and was going for a solo run. It was without taking into account the determination of Cav's lead-out men. 450 meters from the line, Barguil had no choice but go back to the peloton and attend the sprint lesson given by Cavendish who raised a proud arm when crossing the line, a few wheels before Fumi Beppu and national champion from Team Ukyo Yusuke Hatanaka. At home, Fumiyuki Beppu was a bit disappointed he could not offer the success to his audience but “hey, what can you do against the Cav?”, he smiled back to the tent. The latter was wandering in the alleys like dazed by the love of the Japanese spectators. “It was my first time in Japan and I enjoyed it so much. All way round the circuit were friendly and welcoming people. I'll come back, for sure”. The date is set.

Speedy Kittel
Before the main race, the day started with a sprint competition. One whole circuit lap and the last one kilometer straight line to qualify for the finale. Four by four, three groups of Asian and occidental riders challenged each other in a tight competition. If Marcel Kittel, Nikias Arndt and Mark Cavendish got qualified in their rounds, young Japanese rider Jin Okubo sprung the surprise by defeating Classic expert Tom Van Asbroeck and Olympic champion and Paris-Roubaix winner Greg Van Avermaet. During the finale round, though, he could not resist the power of Marcel Kittel, who kept everyone at bay.

The Chrono Masters are Japanese
At the time of the team time trial race, the track and field Japanese expertise spoke. Threatened by the Tour de France riders, Team Utsonomia Blitzen held the top of the table until the end, defeating the actual World Champion Team Sunweb for 2 seconds and former World Champion Team BMC Racing. Team Sky, which was made of Chris Froome, Michal Golas and Kenny Elissonde had to settle for 7th position, 12 seconds after the Japanese formation.

Le Tour de France Saitama Criterium 2017 - 04/11/2017 - Saitama - Japon - Arrivée au sprint avec la victoire de Mark CAVENDISH (TEAM DIMENSION DATA)

Tour de France Saitama Criterium Result:
1. Mark Cavendish (GB) Dimension Data in 1:25:07
2. Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Tour de France Japan Team
3. Yusuke Hatanaka (Jpn) Team Ukyo
4. Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Sunweb
5. Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac
6. Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky
7. Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team
8. Julien Vermote (Bel) Quick-Step Floors
9. Nathan Haas (Aus) Dimension Data
10. Hayato Okamoto (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team.

Saitama race:

Two-Time Champion Returns to Santos Tour Down Under
André Greipel will return to Adelaide to kick-start his UCI World Tour campaign for 2018 at the Santos Tour Down Under. The 35-year-old won the Santos Tour Down Under in 2008 and 2012, where his trademark sprint power was on display for the locals lining the South Australian roads.

Speaking of his ‘special relationship’ with the event ahead of its 20th staging, Greipel is looking forward to return for his first race in Adelaide since 2014. "It’s a pleasure for me to go back, as it was always good to start a hopefully successful season," Greipel said. "It is a really established and professionally organized race with riders of high quality taking part and I have seen the race develop over the years to a high standard WorldTour event - an example for race organizers globally. The first wins and points to earn for my team and I would be nice, and of course I’m looking forward to the fantastic atmosphere."

The former German national road race champion will headline Belgian outfit Lotto Soudal in the event, and is the second major rider announcement since the return of triple UCI World Road Champion Peter Sagan was confirmed in October.

Greipel’s pedigree as a proven grand tour stage winner - he has won 11 Tour de France stages, seven in the Giro d’Italia and four in the Vuelta a España – means his return will bring significant start power to the event, according to race director Mike Turtur.

"I can still remember André’s overall win in 2008," Turtur said. "He took the general classification by just seconds on Aussie Allan Davis – it was the start of an amazing season for André. After the 2008 TDU victory at the start of his season, Greipel went on to his first Grand Tour stage win at the Giro d’Italia so, the we’ve always provided him with a strong start to his season. There’s no question André and his team always mean business when they come to race here. The explosive power of these cyclists is a force to be reckoned with, and we know how much fans enjoy watching Greipel storm home for a sprint finish, so we hope he can add to his Santos Tour Down Under stage win record next January."

The 2018 Santos Tour Down Under runs from 13-21 January 2018. More on

André winning Down Under:

UAE Team Emirates Eyes Up 2018 Season
Our back tyre is still on the roads of the 2017 season, whilst our front one is sprinting straight towards 2018.

You can see what UAE Team Emirates has planned for the new season by clicking here and viewing all of the best moments from the team meeting in Lugano, Italy where they commenced groundwork for next year, laying the foundation and all the preparation work that goes into a professional cycling team.

During the team meeting, announcements were made regarding the technical staff, which will call on members from four different countries to lead UAE Team Emirates: Marco Marzano (Italy), Joxean Matxin (Spain), Philippe Mauduit (France), Simone Pedrazzini (Switzerland), Daniele Righi (Italy), Mario Scirea (Italy), Bruno Vicino (Italy), and Paolo Tiralongo (Italy).

The UAE Team Emirates’ 2018 roster is set to build on the achievements of the 2017 season and will feature 25 athletes including: Anass Ait el Abdia, Fabio Aru, Darwin Atapuma, Matteo Bono, Sven Erik Bystrøm, Simone Consonni, Valerio Conti, Rui Costa, Kristijan Durasek, Roberto Ferrari, Filippo Ganna, Alexander Kristoff, Vegard Stake Laengen, Marco Marcato, Daniel Martin, Yousif Mirza, Manuele Mori, Simone Petilli, Jan Polanc, Edward Ravasi, Aleksandr Riabushenko, Rory Sutherland, Ben Swift, Oliviero Troia and Diego Ulissi.

Dayer Quintana, Gloria Rodríguez complete Movistar Team's lineup for 2018
Youngest of the Quintana brothers becomes 25th rider for men's team; Spanish time trialist strengthens new, 10-rider women's team.

The Movistar Team rounds off its two rosters for the 2018 season this week as Gloria Rodríguez (Torre Pacheco, Murcia, ESP; 1992) joins as the 10th rider of its new women's team while Dayer Quintana (Cómbita, COL; 1992) extends his contract with the men's team he had already been part of since 2014. The two groups have got together at this week's traditional pre-season meeting in Pamplona, Spain, where the squad managed by Eusebio Unzué have started getting things ready for next season.

Rodríguez, a member of the Lointek team for the last two years, is a notable time trialist with national titles both on the road and on the track, including the 2016 Spanish championship in the individual pursuit. A silver medalist at last year's National champ time trial, the 25-year-old from Murcia has Spanish and Basque Cup race wins to her account, as well as an overall podium in the Volta a València.

In turn, Dayer Quintana will continue to ride alongside brother Nairo at the squad that has seen cover his entire pro career up to date. A pure climber, the man from Cómbita in Boyacá has two victories in his UCI palmarès: the Queen stage of the Tour of Austria, in his debut year, and the general classification of the Tour de San Luis (2016).

Alberto Contador and Ivan Basso presented the new jersey of the Polartec-Kometa in London
Alberto Contador and Ivan Basso visited the Rouleur Classic cycling fair in London on Friday, where they presented their new project to the British fans, the Polartec-Kometa Continental Team.

Gary Smith, president of the manufacturer of fabrics Polartec that continues one more year as main sponsor of all teams of the Alberto Contador Foundation, presented together with both riders and in world premiere the new jersey for the 2018 season, which will also assume the preparation and design of all cycling clothing, in addition to the manufacture of fabrics. The event was also attended by Lorenzo Negri, commercial director of the Italian food group Kometa, who has joined as second sponsor the Contador Foundation for next three seasons.

Alberto Contador and Ivan Basso were warmly received by British fans and offered some details of the new Continental team, which will also be development team and nursery for Trek-Segafredo cyclists.

"We are very motivated with this project, which is another step forward for the Contador Foundation," said Alberto Contador. "It's a very young team, but we have a lot of confidence in the quality of our riders and the only thing we ask them to do is to work hard to become great professionals."

The Polartec-Kometa will gather all its men for the first time in the visit they will make next Wednesday at the Mapei Sport Center, which will be responsible for the preparation of the team. "With this first training camp we started the work for next season," says Ivan Basso. "We are a new team and we have a lot of work to do, but we are trying to offer our riders the best means to achieve their goals and that is why we try to collaborate with the best, such as the Mapei Sport Center". - - -

Slipstream Sports reveals 2018 race and training kit at Rouleur Classic

Slipstream Sports formally unveiled the 2018 Team EF Education First – Drapac p/b Cannondale kit at the Rouleur Classic in London on Friday afternoon. Swedish road champion Kim Magnusson donned the race kit, created by apparel, eye and helmet partner POC, on stage alongside Slipstream Sports founder and CEO Jonathan Vaughters, sport director Andreas Klier and POC’s head of sports marketing Sara Laurell.

Long-time fans of the American-registered squad will note the distinctive argyle pattern for which Vaughters’ team has become known is retained in the kit design, featured in the green band on the jersey sleeve and bib cuffs. New for the 2018 season is the distinctive pink of incoming title partner EF Education First.

“When we began the kit design process with our team partners we started by studying the peloton,” said EF Education First worldwide creative director Joel Hladecek. “It became clear pretty early on that we’d need to do something very bold to help the team cut through the visual clutter. Fortunately, EF has spent five decades opening the world through education, understanding and uniting people across borders and cultures, and giving them the tools to communicate.”

“From a design perspective, we’ve learned a thing or two about capturing peoples’ attention, no matter where they are in the world,” Hladecek added. “It’s one of the reasons we’ve come to use a shocking, disruptive pink as part of our brand. It’s universally exciting and always demands attention. We decided to employ the strength of that color as a primary element in the design of the team kit. But as you can see there is a lot more going on in the new kit design than shocking pink.”

“From the inception of the team, we’ve always tried to push the boundaries of design and color,” said Slipstream Sports CEO and founder Jonathan Vaughters. “This kit is no exception. It is bold. But don’t lose track of the subtle argyle we’ve included. It’s been over a decade of argyle, and we are happy that will continue.”

The race jersey features the characteristic two-tone paneling and the lines of POC. A white panel dominates the front of the jersey below a smaller pink panel. From the back of the jersey, the reverse holds true, with the pink panel commanding the majority of the real estate and enhancing the bold contrast for safety and visibility. Black shorts feature the Drapac, Cannondale, New Balance and POC logos.

“It was a pleasure to work with our new friends and the partnership group at Slipstream Sports, including Drapac, Cannondale and POC, whose teams each contributed valuable components to the final design, and together, really did something uncommon,” said Hladecek. “Normally, the challenge when designing a kit like this is that you have many partners all vying for attention, each with their own design constraints and demands. I’m quite proud that this group came together and harmonized our brands in a way that make this kit feel considered and intentional. In some way I think our solution is what we would have done with complete freedom, and that says a lot.”

In addition to the race kit, a specific training kit for 2018 was introduced at the Rouleur Classic. The training kit, which has a noticeably different color palette, adds further security for riders during training rides, especially when they are out on public roads.

Commenting on the new kit, POC CEO Jonas Sjögren, said: “The new race and training kit, which we have designed with our team partners, focuses on the importance of visibility. Contrast paneling and the use of specific colors is a reflection of our commitment to rider safety during a race or training rides on open roads. In particular, the panel design and lines on the rear of the jersey improve the perception and recognition distance of a rider by creating a recognizable profile further away.”

“Ever since we released our first road specific collection, AVIP, in 2014 we have been vocal advocates for enhanced rider safety through innovative technology and visibility, we are proud to work with a WorldTour team which operates in a unique, high-performance environment,” Sjögren added. “The experience and feedback we gain from the riders is an important tool which allows us to continually improve, innovate and refine our award-winning products and further support our safety mission.”

The 2018 season is the fifth season that Slipstream Sports has partnered with POC. From 2014 – 2016, POC supplied Slipstream Sports with helmets and eyewear. From 2017, POC became the official apparel partner, supplying all apparel and accessories in addition to helmets and eyewear.

“POC is always ahead of the curve, whether it be with safety or with design,” said Vaughters. ”We couldn’t be prouder of helping them introduce the future, today.”

Ahead of the official launch at the Rouleur Classic, a trio of Team EF Education First – Drapac p/b Cannondale riders sported the new colors in Japan ahead of the ASO Saitama Criterium. Simon Clarke and Rigoberto Uran could be seen in the race kit while Tom Van Asbroeck showed off the new training look. On Saturday, Nate Brown will ride in the 2018 race kit while hosting his charity ride in Tennessee.

Trek-Segafredo chooses Santini Cycling wear: New partnership presented in London
Trek-Segafredo announced that Santini Cycling Wear would be the team’s technical clothing partner for 2018. The new agreement, which is a source of great pride for both parties, was presented at the Rouleur Classic road cycling event in London.

The Rouleur Classic road cycling exhibition, which opened yesterday in London, played host today to the official presentation of the newly-sealed partnership between Trek-Segafredo and Santini Cycling Wear. The Italian technical cycling clothing company will be dressing the team from 2018 onwards.

In 2018, Trek-Segafredo will number 28 athletes of 18 different nationalities, including German classics rider John Degenkolb and Italian all-rounder Fabio Felline, both of whom took part in today’s official presentation in London.

Luca Guercilena, General Manager of Trek-Segafredo: “Over the past 50 years, Santini has built up such an invaluable wealth of expertise and knowledge that has made it an international benchmark for technical cycling apparel. But of course, the technical part is only one thing, the service they can provide us with is another crucial part of this partnership. Santini knows what it takes to be the technical clothing partner of a World Tour team, racing around the globe in all sorts of weather conditions. Right from the start we sensed they are able to anticipate our needs, to individualize where needed and to deliver quickly. Therefore, I am confident this partnership will be very successful.”

"We are extremely proud that a team of as high a level as Trek-Segafredo has chosen us,” declared Paola Santini, marketing manager at Santini Cycling Wear, “because it appreciates the technical prowess and quality of our clothing, which can meet the needs of racing cyclists both in training and competition.”

The partnership will span the supply of all technical and casual clothing which will be designed specifically for the team’s members: “This isn’t a new development for us: our company has a long history of ‘dressing’ professional teams,” commented Monica Santini, CEO of Santini Cycling Wear. “Thanks to our Bergamo production line’s signature flexibility in terms of both timelines and personalization of each garment to individual athletes, we will be able to cater the needs of the Trek-Segafredo team to the nth degree.”

Of the garments supplied for testing in the field by the Trek-Segafredo team, the athletes were particularly impressed by the Impact bib shorts which have Sitip fabric inserts that incorporate tear and abrasion-resistant Dyneema® fibers. The same fabric was also selected for the development of the road race skin suit that will be supplied to the entire team.

The new Trek-Segafredo team clothing by Santini will be presented in December 2017 and in stores for sale in January 2018.

Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka 2018 Team Kit
Last night Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka unveiled their 2018 jersey with a photographic portrait by Scott Mitchell of Mark Cavendish.

The jersey changes to predominantly green and white with the bib shorts remaining classic black. Still emblazoned on the back is the now familiar Q trademark of Qhubeka. Kudos must be given to the team’s naming right partners for continuing with the benevolent promotion of such a unique cause on the jersey.

Oakley, the apparel manufacturer, will complete the almost head-to-toe covering of the Didata athletes as they prepare to launch their helmet range with the team in 2018. The fresh simple look of the jersey also sees a departure from the customary é on the shoulders to the full wordmark of Cervélo across the sleeves.

A once off print of the portrait has been elegantly framed in white and being sold to raise further funds for the team’s charity, Qhubeka. The portrait is on display at the Cervélo booth at the Rouleur Classic until Saturday 4 November.

Mark Cavendish in the 2018 jersey:

SRAM Joins 3T as 2018 Aqua Blue Sport Team Bike is Unveiled
Aqua Blue Sport have unveiled its 2018 3T designed team bike, the STRADA.

It will be the first ever road bike to ride at the highest levels of international professional cycling with the unique SRAM 1x drivetrain system. The 3T STRADA frame, painted in the traditional Aqua Blue Sport colors of blue and gold, will be assembled with SRAM’s Force 1 groupset for the ultimate in 1x performance. SRAM is a pioneer in 1x drivetrains for mountain, cross, gravel and road bikes, and this partnership with 3T and Aqua Blue Sport illustrates that. Force 1 provides Aqua Blue Sport athletes with a simpler, quieter, and more secure drivetrain with a wide range of gearing options.

“With 3T launching the world’s first dedicated 1x road frame and Aqua Blue Sport choosing it as their
team bike for 2018, we knew we wanted to be involved in this project. It fits with our product innovations, and both 3T and Aqua Blue Sport will be perfect partners to test our 1x drivetrain options to the extreme,”
explains Jason Phillips, SRAM’s Sponsorship Director. “In only its first year at the top level, Aqua Blue Sport has already made a name for itself and SRAM is enthusiastic to be a part of their progress in 2018 and beyond.”

Rene Wiertz, CEO of 3T believes that the relationship with SRAM will see Aqua Blue Sport continue to achieve success in 2018. He added: “SRAM has been our drivetrain of choice since we launched the STRADA earlier this year, and we are super excited to work with them in supplying bikes to Aqua Blue Sport. With all the developments in the works at 3T and SRAM, we’re sure we’ll be able to give the team a real advantage and fans something to look forward to for the coming years.”

Stephen Moore, Aqua Blue Sport’s General Manager said his team are delighted to get the chance to ride the 1x system on the roads during the 2018 season. He said: “SRAM is the gold-standard in drivetrains, in particular for 1x. It is great they have recognized what Aqua Blue Sport has accomplished in its first year and we are honored they have chosen us as a team they will support in 2018. It’s not often that a young team like ours obtains a drivetrain partnership like this.”

Aqua Blue Sport’s 2018 team bike, the 3T STRADA, powered by SRAM Force 1, will be revealed at the Rouleur Classic at the Victoria House in London on November 3. The remaining component partnerships will be finalized in the coming weeks.

US champ, Larry Warbasse, with his 3T Bike:

Team signs Mickey, Moak and Franz
Talented trio join Gillian Ellsay as newest members of Rally Cycling

Rally Cycling announces three new signings in Americans Abby Mickey (Colavita-Bianchi), Summer Moak (Sho-Air Twenty20) and Heidi Franz (Keller Rohrback Cycling). The trio further strengthen a program that won 46 races in 2017.

Mickey is a veteran of the professional peloton and an accomplished stage racer, with podium finishes at the Tour of the Gila, Cascade Cycling Classic and Steamboat Springs Stage Race. This season, she finished third in the final stage and third on general classification at the Colorado Classic. The result was particularly meaningful for the Colorado native.

“I am most proud of my podium at the Colorado Classic,” Mickey said. “It came after two years of struggling to find my legs and even though I didn’t win, it felt like a win to me.”

Growing up in Aspen, CO, Mickey started racing for the University of Colorado in Boulder in 2010. While there, she split her time between road cycling and mountain biking. During her three years of racing at the university, she finished on the podium over 30 times. She graduated with a degree in History.

Mickey reflected on her time in the professional peloton and what cycling has taught her.

“Cycling has taught me the importance of patience and teamwork. It has also taught me a lot about myself and the person I want to be. Rally Cycling had a really incredible season last year, and I think that the sky’s the limit.”

Mickey’s experience will help the many young developing riders on Rally Cycling, riders like fellow new signees Summer Moak and Heidi Franz.

“The number one lesson I’ve learned is to keep having fun,” she explained. “Pressure is good but too much can do damage, so it’s important for young and developing athletes to have other interests and outlets while staying dedicated and professional.”

Joining Mickey are fellow Americans Moak and Franz.

Much like Mickey, Moak has enjoyed an extraordinary amount of success in her first few seasons of racing. Between racing on the track and on the road, she has over a dozen national titles and records. In June she won the Junior National Time Trial Championships and represented the USA at the World Road Championships in Bergen, Norway.

“It’s difficult picking just one result that I’m most proud of,” said Moak. “While I’m equally proud of all that I have accomplished as a junior, the hardest, most challenging races that I suffered through and finished are the ones that provide the greatest sense of pride, not necessarily the placing.”

Born and raised on Bainbridge Island outside of Seattle, Franz didn’t start racing until her third year of college. While studying Photography at Seattle University, she earned titles at the National Collegiate Championships in the time trial, criterium and omnium. Franz continued this success with a breakout ride at this year’s Redlands Bicycle Classic, where she won the Best Amateur classification and earned herself a guest rider spot with the team for the Cascade Cycling Classic.

“I signed with Rally Cycling because I have admired and respected the structure of the program,” said Franz. “The dynamics between teammates and the confidence of the staff made it an easy decision. Racing alongside the women this year, it was clear that they knew how to work together really well and that, as athletes, they were treated well.”

For Team Director Zach Bell, signing these new riders serves a dual purpose. “The addition of these riders gives us more options in the overall general classification of stage races,” said Bell. “Our goal of developing the best young talents in North America remains while we look to take advantage of having increased numbers at the front of races.”

The women of Rally Cycling look to continue building one of the strongest cycling teams in the country by gathering for a winter team building camp in Winter Park, CO in December.

Egon van Kessel Joins Beat Cycling Club as Road Team Coach
Egon van Kessel (NED) has been appointed coach of BEAT Cycling Club’s recently launched Continental road team. Van Kessel brings significant coaching experience to the professional cycling club.

Van Kessel has coached the Dutch men’s elite, women’s elite and talent teams in the past decade. As a coach of the women’s elite team, he helped lead the riders to multiple world titles and Olympic successes. In recent years, Van Kessel has been active at teams such as Cervélo TestTeam, RusVelo, De Rijke-Shanks, Team Tibco and Wiggle High 5.

“We are delighted to welcome Egon on board as our coach,” said Theo Maucher, team coordinator. “We sought him out because of his experience in the development of riders in addition to his experience over the years with several pro teams. He has had great success as national coach, bringing many young riders to the pro level and building a strong and stable structure inside the federation, which will be a great asset in the development of our road team.”

Van Kessel said he is excited to join the new road team that is part of a club structure: “I am very happy to be able to start this new adventure with this unique setup. BEAT has embarked upon a journey no one has undertaken before, and, as a ‘traditional’ coach, I want to find a match between these two worlds. Despite having been in professional cycling for years, I have never worked at a professional cycling club with supporters and members who come together and collaborate with us. I look forward to working with the members to achieve our collective goals.

“The best thing about cycling is that the strongest rider does not necessarily always have to win. Often, it’s the smartest rider, the one who can play the game best. That’s what I’m looking for in the riders we sign. At this moment, we’ve finished scouting the riders and are forming the team. We expect to finalize things over the next few weeks.”

About BEAT Cycling Club
BEAT Cycling Club is the first professional cycling club in the history of the sport where elite sports, amateur cycling and cycling fans meet. Currently BEAT is the fastest-growing cycling club in the Benelux, with thousands of involved supporters and members. After announcing the first commercial track team in the history of Dutch track cycling, BEAT presented the first road team based on a club structure. More information about BEAT Cycling Club can be found on our website, ved supporters and members. After announcing the first commercial track team in the history of Dutch track cycling, BEAT presented the first road team based on a club structure. More information about BEAT Cycling Club can be found on our website,

Egon van Kessel joins BEAT Cycling Club:

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