November 17, 2016 – Rally Cycling is proud to announce its final women’s roster for the 2017 season. The team welcomes several new riders as it continues its focus on rider development and success. The women of Rally Cycling will contest an extensive road and criterium schedule in North America and select events in Europe.
Sara Poidevin returns to add to her collection of Queen of the Mountain jerseys
Olympic, World Championship and Pan Am medalist Kirsti Lay returns to anchor the squad. A strong all-arounder, Lay will turn her focus from the velodrome to the road and be joined by fellow Canadian Sara Poidevin, the breakout, climbing star of the 2016 season. Together the duo will combine to tackle the biggest stage races throughout North America. Also returning to the team is Erica Allar, one of the top sprinters in North America, Emma White, a double Junior Worlds silver medalist in the road race and time trial, and Katherine Maine, who returns from a mid-year crash that interrupted her first professional season in 2016.
Allison Beveridge is one of three Olympic medalists on the 2017 roster
New additions to the team include a pair of Olympic medalists in Kelly Catlin and Allison Beveridge. Catlin was a member of the United States silver medal winning Team Pursuit squad, while Beveridge aided Canada’s Team Pursuit efforts in its bronze medal ride. Joining Beveridge from north of the border is Sara Bergen.
“Rally Cycling is one of the top teams in North America and I’ve had the goal of riding for it since last year,” said Heath. “Finding a team with high standards that was willing to invest in a junior rider is really exciting. My goal for the season is to transition to the professional peloton while still a junior. Hopefully, by the time I am nineteen I will be prepared to begin a full-time cycling career.”
Zach Bell will again lead the women of Rally Cycling as Team Director
With the core of the team returning and a talented mix of new riders, Team Director Zach Bell expressed his enthusiasm for the coming year.
“For 2017 the team adds another group of talented riders,” said Bell. “With a positive team environment and structure already established, Rally Cycling will help them progress and reach their full potential as athletes. With returning riders like Erica, Sara, Emma and Kirsti, we have proven strength with room to grow. To complement their strengths, we added several new riders that have already shown the ability to race at a high level. The entire team has been working hard and we are excited to get the season started.”
Rally Cycling Women’s 2017 Roster
– Erica Allar
– Amy Benner
– Sara Bergen
– Allison Beveridge
– Kelly Catlin
– Megan Heath
– Kirsti Vivian Lay
– Caitlin Laroche
– Katherine Maine
– Sara Poidevin
– Monica Volk
– Emma White