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Ray scores hat trick at Intelligentsia Cup – Rally Cycling


Olivia Ray continued her winning ways at Intelligentsia Cup on Thursday night, claiming the sprint victory in South Chicago. The result netted Ray a rare hat trick of victories thanks to her previous success at the Tour of Lake Ellyn and the Winfield Criterium earlier in the week.

Honestly, I finally feel calm,” said Ray following the podium ceremony. “Returning to competitive races following my injury and being so hyped up on caffeine each race, it’s hard to be relaxed. But I’ve found a nice balance of chill and combativeness in the races that’s really setting me up nicely for the finales.”

The course was compared to a ‘Kermesse’ or a classic circuit, somewhere between a criterium and a road race.

“South Chicago was most like a road race out of all the events so I was pumped to race,” added Ray. “A less intense environment with a longer lap. It was easier to settle and become comfortable in the group.”

Ray has trusted teammate Madeline Bemis at her side and the duo have been working together increasingly well.

Maddie is ripping the legs off of the field,” said Ray. “We’re both getting fit, speedy, and more comfortable riding with each other. She made sure I had shelter going into 500 meters to go, we ramped it up, and unleashed our sprints. It was perfectly executed.”

The Rally Cycling duo face the Elgin criterium on Friday night before driving down to Minneapolis, MN to support the 10th Annual UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation Century Ride.

“Seeing people that are so connected with the team is going to be wonderful,” said Ray. “The pandemic made things tricky with traveling to training camps and racing so I’m very excited to meet the rest of the team. It’ll be a really lovely weekend with a great dinner and enjoyable century ride supporting a great cause!”

— Tom Soladay to rallycycling.com

Olivia Ray wins Tour of Lake Ellyn – Rally Cycling


Kiwi criterium champion Olivia Ray claimed her first victory of the summer this Saturday, winning the Tour of Lake Ellyn as part of Chicago’s Intelligentsia Cup. Ray is currently making her comeback from a devastating crash in which she broke her ankle, requiring surgery, during Spain’s Setmana Ciclista Valenciana.

“This win felt weird if I’m honest,” said Ray. “I was having some negative thoughts about whether racing was for me during my recovery, if I’d lost the will to be aggressive, especially with a crash during the first night of Intelli. But, my ankle break is no excuse, just a setback, and it makes for an even better comeback!

Ray and teammate Madeline Bemis arrived in Chicago following the Boise Twilight Criterium where they had the opportunity to gel as a team.

“Madeline has been my saving grace,” added Ray. “Having her with me, the leading, the encouragement, and the support are unmatched. From the outside, you see her closing gaps for me but she contributes so much more.”

The Rally Cycling duo will take part in the first seven races of Intelligentsia Cup before traveling down to the team’s hometown of Minneapolis, MN for the 10th Annual UHCCF Century Ride.

“We’re here to take it day by day and have fun,” said Ray. “If we’re not having fun, what’s the point… but, also, if you’re not first, you’re last.”

For the latest updates from Intelligentsia Cup, check out their Instagram Stories.

— Tom Soladay to rallycycling.com

A sprint into Mortegliano with minds on Monte Matajur 🇮🇹 – Rally Cycling

We had a simple mission today; stay safe, save energy for tomorrow. The day began fast[4], with the leading GC teams unwilling to let anything go – and it took around half the race before a break finally went away. We battled hard to get into the move but ultimately missed out. The break was reeled in on the final finishing circuit by the main sprint teams. With the help of Poido, Clara was able to stay safe deep into the final, crossing the line in the peloton with the other general classification riders. Now, we refocus and get ready for tomorrow – the queen stage of the race. Mission accomplished.[6]

— Tom Owen to rallycycling.com

Things we’ve learned at Giro Donne 🇮🇹 – Rally Cycling

TOP LESSONS

1 I’ve learned a lot about myself and how capable my body is to suffer. The most important thing I’ve learned is how important it is for recovery immediately. Shower, food, water, massage. – KATIE

2 Italian wine, cheese, and baked goods are delizio but the WiFi, not so bené – HOLLY.

3 I’ve learned that a good international SIM card is essential. – KRISTA

4 It’s important to go day by day and not be too upset if you had a bad day. You shouldn’t ignore the causes, but you should look ahead for the next days and opportunities, and stay positive and motivated! – CLARA

— Sam Wiebe to rallycycling.com

Rosskopf wins national road title – Rally Cycling


Joey Rosskopf claimed the men’s team’s first-ever US Pro Road Race national title in Knoxville, TN on Sunday. Rosskopf capped off a dominant display by the team which saw Kyle Murphy take the bronze medal while Gavin Mannion crossed the line in seventh.

It’s amazing,” said Rosskopf. “I didn’t expect it. We always had numbers up there and the way we raced it was only a matter of time before one of us got off the front. When I went, they hesitated, and that’s all it takes, especially when you have the team to support you.The team skipped Friday night’s criterium championships to focus fully on the road race. The gamble paid off.

“The team was incredible,” added Rosskopf. “Every time there was a selection, we had four or five guys in the front. In the last lap, it was anyone’s race. Everyone just taking their opportunity and making decisions super fast.”

Early in the 191km race, Kyle Murphy escaped the peloton on the third of 15 laps and wasn’t reeled in by the group of leaders until the final hour of racing. Despite this, Murphy still had the legs to follow dangerous moves in the finale along with Mannion and finish on the podium.

Kyle was unbelievable,” said Rosskopf. “He was out there all day. I have no idea how he had the legs to do that and still finish on the podium. Everyone single person played a role and Kyle led the way.”

Murphy had added motivation with it being Father’s Day as his wife and kids were on hand for their first professional bike race.

“When I turned left onto the finish straight, I was thinking about my kiddos and how badly I wanted to stand on the podium with them,” said Murphy. “I went for it and held on for third. I can’t believe Joey won, he’s the nicest guy in the world.”

Jonas Carney has been the team’s Performance Manager since 2007 and the day’s result was as meaningful as you’d expect.

“It feels great,” said Carney. “We’ve been trying to win this race for 15 years and we finally did it! The guys rode a superb race. Kyle Murphy was an absolute animal and we couldn’t have done it without his amazing ride. And on top of that, Clark Sheehan won the USPRO RR as a first-year director. Simply amazing.”

US Pro Road National Championships results
1 ROSSKOPF Joey Rally Cycling 4:38:12
2 BOOKWALTER Brent Team BikeExchange  0:03
3 MURPHY Kyle Rally Cycling  0:05
4 VERMEULEN Alexey 0:06
5 CRADDOCK Lawson EF Education – Nippo 0:10
6 HAGA Chad Team DSM  0:13
7 MANNION Gavin Rally Cycling 1:13
8 BOARDMAN Samuel L39ion of Los Angeles 1:41
9 HECHT Gage Aevolo 1:43
10 MCGILL Scott Aevolo 2:32

Photo Credit: Sam Wiebe, Chief Creative Officer

— Tom Soladay to rallycycling.com

Carpenter’s success at Unbound is about more than results – Rally Cycling

Rally Cycling’s first foray into gravel racing at Unbound Gravel was a smashing success as Robin Carpenter overcame multiple mechanicals to claim sixth place overall. Finishing in a time of 10h49m, Carpenter was forced to spend the majority of the 200mi race in his drops due to a broken shifter but that wasn’t enough to get him down. The result landed Carpenter the win in the 16-29 age group.

My experience at Unbound was excellent,” said Carpenter. “Noone goes out there and has an easy day. It was tough for everybody, tough for me for sure. I learned a lot more about riding gravel and what this race is all about.”

Racing Unbound only became a reality for Carpenter when France’s 4 Jours de Dunkerque was canceled and he returned home earlier than scheduled.

“I’m glad things worked out and that I was able to take part in this event,” said Carpenter. “It was super fun, the atmosphere is great, people are awesome, and it’s a cool adventure out there no matter what happens. It seems like each event has a different flavor. This one was pretty epic, really hard, and favored big engines.”

With Unbound being Carpenter’s first-ever gravel event on top of his longest ever bike ride, it was unavoidable that he’d learn a thing or two out on the road.

I learned you can go really deep for four straight hours to open a race and still manage to keep on going for another six or seven,” Carpenter laughed. “It’s a good thing to know. It’s just so easy for your mind to tell you that you can’t do something. You learn something every time you push your limits.”

With the US National Road Championships on June 20 in Knoxville, TN, Carpenter is looking to better his placings from the previous years that include a second and fourth.

“You know who won road nats in 2019? Alex Howes. And guess what he did leading in – Unbound Gravel. I don’t know if it’s ideal prep but the first four hours in Kansas were comparable to many races I’ve done on the road and they ended at four hours.”

Unbound Gravel may have been the team’s first gravel event but it’s certainly not the last. To learn more about Carpenter’s approach to the big event, read his Unbound Q&A.

Unbound Gravel 200 results
1) Ian Boswell 30 Barnet, VT, USA 10:17:24
2) Laurens Ten Dam 40 Oudorp, NOORD-HOLLAND, NLD 10:17:24
3) Peter Stetina 33 Santa Rosa, CA, USA 10:18:35
4) Ted King 38 Richmond, VT, USA 10:18:35
5) Colin Strickland 34 Austin, TX, USA 10:25:34
6) Robin Carpenter 28 San Diego, CA, USA 10:49:18
7) Dennis Van Winden 33 Berkel En Rodenrijs, ZUID-HOLLAND, NLD 10:49:18
8) Jeremiah Bishop 45 Harrisonburg, VA, USA 10:49:20
9) Reid Foster 35 Edmond, OK, USA 10:57:32
10) Brennan Wertz 24 Mill Valley, CA, USA 11:05:19

— Tom Soladay to rallycycling.com