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by Mark Zalewski
December 3, 2016
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Rally Cycling’s Will Routley has announced his retirement after a twelve-year career.
Courtesy: Rally Cycling
In his time as a professional, Routley took several high profile victories, including the Canadian National Road title in 2010, a stage and the KOM jersey at the 2014 Tour of California and a sprint win this year in stage two of the GP Liberty Seguros in Portugal where he placed second overall.
“I have thought about retiring a little bit every year I raced bikes, and was pretty much certain I would stop on a number of occasions,” said Routley.
“I love the lifestyle, making sure you are healthy and feeling strong, well rested, and just going out and hammering the hell out of your body. I love that, but I am also wise after so many years of racing. I have no interest in getting hurt, and was starting to race cautiously the past couple of seasons. It is time to move on from racing and accomplish other goals.”
“Will’s dedication, professionalism and good humor will be missed,” said Rally Cycling General Manager Jacob Erker. “I had the pleasure of racing alongside Will on Symmetrics for four seasons and joined him on many of the adventures he recalls. Those challenges and the extensive world travel shaped Will into a well-rounded athlete and person both on and off the bike. We didn’t hesitate to bring him on board when the opportunity arose in 2014. He helped maintain the team culture that Jonas Carney fostered from the very beginning in 2007 and led by example, sharing his experiences with our younger athletes.”