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Rally Cycling celebrating promotion to Pro Continental ranks

by VeloClub

Following on from Monday’s announcement of the teams that will hold Pro Continental licences in 2018, the American Rally Cycling team is celebrating its successful application and looking forward to some key targets.

“Races such as the Tour of California, Tour of Utah, Colorado Classic and Tour of Alberta will be our main North American objectives in 2018,” said Jonas Carney, the team’s performance director. “Internationally, the move to Pro Conti opens up a lot of doors for us. It will allow us to pursue prestigious races around the globe.”

The team has been competing on the Continental circuit for the past 11 years and is clear on what it represents. “The move to cycling’s second division is a milestone achievement for one of America’s oldest domestic cycling programs. It means bigger races, a stronger roster, and higher expectations.”

As part of its plans for 2018, the team intends upping the number of races in Europe. It said that its new status opened up the possibility of competing in international WorldTour races, and that it is “close to finalizing important invitations to start the season.”

Carney is convinced his riders are well set for the challenge. “2017 was a year for the record books within our program, and we couldn’t be more ready to move up a division,” he stated. “It grants us access to the world’s biggest races, and we have already proven we can compete on a global level.”

Click through to read more at the Rally Cycling website.