Four UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling women named to world championship teams for USA and Colombia
The countdown is on as Hall, Peñuela, Winder, and Wiles all head to the start-line in Bergen, Norway for 2017 UCI World Championships.
The women wrapped up the official team calendar of racing with the Gateway Cup in St. Louis, where Diana Peñuela sprinted onto the podium twice and earned another top-5 finish. However Katie Hall, Ruth Winder, and Tayler Wiles were already pounding the roads in Europe with Team USA. All four women have been chosen to compete for national squads at the 2017 World Championships in Bergen, Norway.
“To have just one rider selected to represent their county at the world championships is an honor, so to have 4 riders selected is fantastic,” said Rachel Heal the women’s team director. “It’s a testament to how well they have been riding this year. Katie, Ruth and Tayler have been a formidable force together this year and will be a key part of the U.S. team.”
“Being selected for worlds is super exciting. This is my first road worlds team selection and I can’t wait to race,” Ruth Winder added about her selection. Winder, who has had a stellar season this year, took home general classification wins at Tour de Feminin and Joe Martin Stage Race, plus a third place finish at the US National Championship road race. The flat technical finish in Bergen might very well suit her strong sprinting capabilities.
To have just one rider selected to represent their county at the world championships is an honor, so to have 4 riders selected is fantastic
Also competing for the first time at World Championships is Katie Hall. Hall, who only started her professional racing career in 2014, said that “it’s a huge honor to be selected.” She also added that, “I am honored to be racing along side Ruth and Tayler. I think we each helped each other get to this point this season and to get to race together this year at the World Championships is amazing.” Hall’s climbing ability will be on show on the Salmon Hill climb, although it isn’t long it should be enough to help break up the fields and create some exciting racing.
Tayler Wiles, who is also named to compete for Team USA in the individual time trial, is elated to be representing the team in the tine trial. “I am so incredibly excited to be selected for both the time trial and road race at the World Championships this year. Competing in the time trial at Worlds has been a dream of mine since I started my career and it was a major goal of mine going into this season.” Wiles competed in the World Championship road race in 2014 and 2015.
Diana Peñuela has been chosen to compete for the Colombian National Team again this year, making this her 4th World Championships appearance. Peñuela has been one of the sprinting backbones of the women’s team this year, and with her strength in one-day races the route in Bergen could prove to be an exciting race for her.
Although teamwork always plays a huge role in road racing, having nearly half of the women’s Team USA made up of UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling riders will certainly increase the chances of success. “Team work is a huge part of success in cycling. Having Katie and Tayler will be great because we all know each other so well,” said Ruth Winder. With former teammate Coryn Rivera also on the squad, Team USA has put together a team who have not only ridden together in the peloton, but supported each other extensively throughout the seasons.