Team Earns 6th in UCI World Championship Team Time Trial
The women’s team went to Ponferrada, Spain for their first appearance at the UCI World Championships competing in the Team Time Trial
Following 10 days of focused training in North Carolina, the women of the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team represented their fans and sponsors on the world stage today in the UCI World Championship Team Time Trial. The team time trial is a discipline that requires not only top form and fitness, but also complete precision, as the riders must work as one cohesive unit to navigate the course as quickly as possible. Each rider’s task and order was carefully considered in the months leading up to the race, based on their strengths and skill set as a rider.
Rushlee Buchanan drove the pace early in the race approaching the first climb, then climber Sharon Laws took over as the course tilted uphill. Once on the summit, Alison Powers led the way with her outstanding descending skills. With Powers on the front, the team rocketed down the descent, hitting speeds of 75 kilometers per hour. The women were of the first eight teams to roll out in Ponferrada, Spain this morning and set the fastest time by the 12-kilometer mark in the course. Once back on the flats, Ruth Winder, Alison Powers, Lauren Tamayo, and Cari Higgins gave everything they had across the final 1.5 kilometers, carving out a time that would earn the team 6th place in the World Championships.
General manager Mike Tamayo commented, “We put a good bit of work and effort into this team’s first-ever team time trial. As a team, we learned a lot and this is a huge step towards the 2015 World Championships in Richmond, USA.” Sporting director Rachel Heal concluded, “We came here with the intention of going all out and leaving it all on the road and I’m really proud of how the team rode. We prepared well and the whole team, riders and staff, gave 100% for the best possible ride. For our first race at a World Championship and our first team time trial in competition, it was a great performance and we’re now looking forward to Richmond in 2015.”
UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team Roster, UCI Elite Women World Championship Team Time Trial