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by Shane Stokes
November 3, 2017
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Packing a mix of youth, talent, and experience, Rally cycling welcome Heidi Franz, Summer Moak, and Abby Mickey to the team for the 2017 season. Franz, winner of the Redlands best amateur jersey this year, is moving through the ranks quickly, only taking up cycling in her third year of college.
“I signed with Rally Cycling because I have admired and respected the structure of the program,” she said. “The dynamics between teammates and the confidence of the staff made it an easy decision. Racing alongside the women this year, it was clear that they knew how to work together really well and that, as athletes, they were treated well.”
A multiple time national champion on the road and track and selected to race both disciplines at world championships both years in the 17-18 category, Moak, while young, boasts a long list of palmares. “It’s difficult picking just one result that I’m most proud of,” she said, reflecting on her junior career. “While I’m equally proud of all that I have accomplished as a junior, the hardest, most challenging races that I suffered through and finished are the ones that provide the greatest sense of pride, not necessarily the placing.”
A veteran of the sport, Mickey will provide experience to back up the young energy of the team.
“The number one lesson I’ve learned is to keep having fun,” she explained. “Pressure is good but too much can do damage, so it’s important for young and developing athletes to have other interests and outlets while staying dedicated and professional.”
Director Zach Bell believes that this mix of youth and experience will provide more options in stage races while simultaneously developing young riders. “Our goal of developing the best young talents in North America remains while we look to take advantage of having increased numbers at the front of races.”