Rally Cycling concluded an international triple-header on Sunday with podiums on two continents. The remarkable success of the program is a testament to the team’s commitment to feature North American cyclists on the world stage.
In Norway, the team helped Colin Joyce achieve the biggest result of his young career, a stage win and third overall at the Arctic Race of Norway.
Racing through the streets of downtown Denver, the women earned their fourth straight stage podium at the Colorado Classic with Emma White sprinting to second place in a photo finish. Allison Beveridge crossed the line in third after leading out White, Abby Mickey claimed third overall, and Gillian Ellsay won the Best Young Rider jersey.
In the men’s finale, Danny Pate helped lead Ty Magner to a second place finish.
Five podiums to closeout Colorado Classic
Stage four of the Colorado Classic sent the riders through City Park and downtown Denver on a flat 14 km circuit. The women raced four laps totaling 55 km. With the general classification teams neutralizing breakaway attempts, the sprint trains took control of the peloton during the final lap.
After missing the last few months of racing due to a broken arm, Canadian Olympian Allison Beveridge was active in her first race back. Beveridge hit the front inside the final 300 meters with White on her wheel and the Rally Cycling duo finished second and third.
“It’s really nice being back with the girls,” said Beveridge. “It’s just such a great team atmosphere that makes you excited to race your bike again. We made some mistakes with the leadout yesterday so I was just focused on fixing those and the team did a really nice finishing effort and it was nice to see it paid off.”
In the race for the overall, Colorado native Abby Mickey finished third for the second consecutive year while Gillian Ellsay earned the Best Young Rider jersey with fifth overall, one second ahead of last year’s champion Sara Poidevin.
“It means everything,” said Mickey. “To be able to deliver a podium for the team in our final race of the year on US soil, only 30 minutes from the team’s service course, is incredible. It’s been the best year of my career with this team, riders, and staff. I have rediscovered my love of racing because of these girls.”
Magner comes good in final race of season, Pate retires on home soil
On the same 14 km loop in the RiNo Arts District, the men went out for eight laps and a total of 115 km. An early breakaway of four riders went clear and Rally Cycling put riders on the front to ensure a field sprint for Ty Magner. Magner would follow team captain Danny Pate in the sprint leadout to finish second. Rob Britton finished ninth in the overall.
“It’s great to finish off the race on a high note after not feeling so hot in Utah,” said Magner. “I was hoping for some better legs at this race. I got better each day, and to find the podium in the final race is satisfying.”
With Pate announcing his retirement from professional cycling this week, Magner was asked about the example Pate set during his career. The answer was simple.
“There is no better,” said Magner.
Joyce claims third overall in Norway
One of the biggest results in the history of the program came on stage two of the Arctic Tour of Norway on Friday, when Colin Joyce attacked the WorldTour peloton and bested his 10 breakaway companions in the sprint finish. He became the first American to win a stage at the race. Over the final two stages, Rally Cycling rallied around Joyce, keeping him safe and near the front of the peloton, chasing down all threats to his position in the overall.
Joyce was incredibly happy with his first UCI 2.HC stage win in Europe and third place in the general classification. The 24-year-old enjoyed his time in Norway outside of his stellar finishes.
“Norway is absolutely gorgeous,” said Joyce. “I love it here. Nice weather, great crowds, and some of the most beautiful scenery I’ve ever seen. We’re pretty lucky to be doing what we do and travel all over the world to pedal our bicycles. Norway has been a really rad country!”