Team Delivers in Littleton: Women Go 1-2-3, Alzate Victorious for Men, Team Donates All Winnings to UHCCF!
UHCCF Surprises Grant Recipients with Help from UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team
The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team executed an outstanding evening of events in Littleton, Colorado on Saturday, and concluded the activities with two stunning race victories in the women’s and men’s professional races at the Littleton Twilight Criterium. The night began with a special presentation honoring two recent grant recipients of the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides medical grants to help children gain access to health-related services not covered, or not fully covered, by their family’s commercial health insurance plan. The team shared their love of cycling with the two brothers, Daniel and Tristan, surprising them with new bikes and helmets as well as team jerseys, socks, shirts, and hats. After an exclusive meet-and-greet opportunity with the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team, the boys and their parents were invited on stage in front of the crowds for an interview with the race organizers. After the interview, the boys were so excited about their new bikes that they put on all of their new gear and participated in the Littleton Cruiser Ride, with a special call-up from the race announcers to complete their “Pro for a Day” experience.
“The two boys, Daniel and Tristan, were so thankful and excited about being a part of the team for the night. When they received the team wear and bikes they had smiles that every parent wants to see on their child’s face. They couldn’t stop riding their new bikes and thanking us for everything. Not only do we have two new fans but future cyclists,” commented UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team rider Brad White. Grant recipient, Daniel, responded, “I loved being a part of the UnitedHealthcare racing team, it was really cool, fun and awesome. My favorite part was meeting the racers and how nice they were. I love the new bike and all the cool gear. I had a great time!”
UnitedHealthcare Blue Train Women Achieve Littleton Podium Sweep
Soon it was time for the professional women to take the stage and race under the Littleton twilight on the flat, fast course. The women’s race was aggressive throughout, with multiple riders attempting to break away from the field. The women of the UnitedHealthcare Blue Train were focused and attentive, covering moves as necessary to ensure the race ended in a field sprint where they could employ their well-practiced lead out train. With plenty of horsepower in their ranks, the women were able to not only take the victory, but also claim the remaining two podium positions for the team, with Hannah Barnes sprinting to victory and teammates Coryn Rivera and Alexis Ryan by her side in 2nd and 3rd. Race winner Hannah Barnes summarized the successful race for the team, “It was good to have the crit squad back together. We went into the race just focusing on getting the win but we knew that if we got the lead out right, we had a good chance of a podium sweep. Lauren and Cari did a great job, like always, and dropped Alexis, Coryn, and me off perfectly into the last corner. It’s quite fun having a drag race with your teammates. Abby did a great job in her debut with the crit squad– always covering moves and performing the longest, hardest pull to help us stay safe and in position.”
“We had more motivating factors than usual tonight: First, our donation to the UHCCF was on our minds. We were all thinking, ‘the better we finish; the more money we can donate!’ Second, this mix of sprinters and lead out girls had not raced together in a long time and we knew it was one of the strongest mixes. The Blue Train execution was almost flawless. And somewhere in the back of our minds, we had some frustration from our crashes at La Course that left us without the results we knew we were capable of achieving,” concluded Colorado local and team rider Cari Higgins.