The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team scored a victory in the 2015 Reading 120 road race when Danny Summerhill rode off the front of the pack. On the rain soaked roads of rural Pennsylvania, Summerhill pulled off his first career win. Without Summerhill toeing the line, the Blue Train will look to defend his title by putting another UnitedHealthcare Team rider on the top of the podium.
The Reading 120 is a classic-style one day road race contested on the winding roads of Berks County. With many small climbs and tricky descents, the race has quickly become known for exciting racing. The 120-mile route starts in downtown Reading before heading out into the countryside. The race finishes with five loops of a hilly downtown circuit that provides excellent spectating opportunities. The race is a UCI 1.2 rated event, meaning it forms one of the final stops on the prestigious UCI America Tour.
The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team will field a roster similar to the Tour of Alberta last week. With high-level UCI racing in their legs, this group of riders will have the best shot at taking the win in Reading. After an emphatic stage win in Alberta, and a stellar performance in the breakaway of last year’s race, Tanner Putt will be one to watch on Saturday.
2016 Reading 120 UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Men’s Roster
Ty Magner, the current leader in the USA Cycling Professional Road Tour, will also be lining up for the 120 road race. For Magner a bunch finish would be the best possible outcome of the day’s racing. Alongside Magner, a squad of climbing-friendly riders will line up. Matthew Busche has seen huge success in one day classic-style races, with two wins at the USA Cycling Road National Championships. His vast experience of singlehandedly outwitting bigger teams will come into play here.
Johnny Clarke found early success in 2016 with a podium appearance at the Herald Sun Tour. The parcours in Reading are similar to those of the Melbourne race, and Clarke will look to attack wherever he can. Daniel Jaramillo has seen huge results in the biggest UCI races this year, including podiums at the Tour of the Gila. This experience will bode well on the unpredictable roads of Pennsylvania. Rounding out the squad is all-rounder Chris Jones. Coming off an August of Mountain Bike racing, Jones is confident of his late season form, and will look to work hard towards the goals of the team.