6 years ago by Sam Wiebe

Under the Tucson Sun

Last week the women of Rally Cycling converged on Tucson, Arizona, for their second training camp of the season. Long miles and specific training filled the days as the team put the final touches on its pre-season preparation. Rally Cycling finished its desert camp by competing in the Tucson Bicycle Classic. The result was a dominating performance highlighted by outstanding teamwork.

The opening time trial saw Rally Cycling claim the top three spots by the World Champion in the Team Pursuit Kelly Catlin, Canadian newcomer Sara Bergen and Olympic bronze medalist Kirsti Lay. The yellow jersey of Catlin soloed to the line in the second stage road race ahead of teammate Bergen while Caitlin Laroche also finished sixth on the day. Sunday's finale, saw a change in leadership as Catlin needed to divert back to Minneapolis early for class on Monday. It was Kirsti Lay who took the bull by the horns in Sunday's circuit race. Lay soloed away from the field, building an insurmountable lead at the finish of 7:36 minutes to take the stage and the overall. Bergen again placed second on the day in the field sprint. Rally Cycling finished the weekend with four riders in the top ten as Laroche claimed sixth overall with Emma White in eighth place. 

The women of Rally Cycling roll two by two through the desert around Mt. Lemon.

Zane Freebairn cleans and inspects the bikes after a long, dusty training ride.

The women recover after several hours of challenging breakaway drills. A full cooler of Clif electrolyte drink mix was completely gone by the end of the day.

Team Director Zach Bell provides some guidance during a day of breakaway drills.

Caitlin Laroche and her SRAM Red await the start of another long day in the saddle.

Newcomer Monica Volk stays focused on the roads outside Tucson.