Just ten days ago (July 11), Cylance Pro Cycling announced the signing of current US Pro Time Trial Champion Carmen Small to their strong squad for the remainder of the 2016 season. Carmen brought with her years of international racing experience at the WorldTour level and has been a mainstay on the USA National team.
The Cascade Cycling Classic is the longest consecutively run elite stage race in the country. Its beautiful scenery has attracted many top US pros over the years and this year is no different.
After the unfortunate announcement of not making the Olympic team after arbitration last week, Small decided to take out some pent up frustration. The first stage of the Cascade Cycling Classic consisted of a 90-mile, mostly flat route that ended with a summit finish up McKenzie Pass in Bend, Oregon.
With the flat profile, “the race [took] a bit of time to establish itself with the strongest riders waiting for the base of the climb to assert themselves,” said Cascade Cycling Classic director Hilton Clarke. An early breakaway formed that maintained a small gap on the rest of the peloton. The break stayed away as they traveled through the Sisters mountains. Once the riders hit the climb though, the breakaway was quickly caught by the Krista Doebel-Hickok (Cyclance Cycling) led peloton.
Krista’s efforts set up Carmen for the stage 1 win, the QOM and Yellow Jerseys, and her first victory with the team. “Going into today I really didn’t know how it would go to be honest,” added Carmen. “Cylance has been super supportive over the past couple of weeks and I appreciate them so much, so it was good to take the win today and represent the team for them. The team supported me today and that I was able to benefit from their help and win was just icing on the top. I’m super excited to finish out the season with Cylance and hopefully finish out my season on a high note.”
Later in the year, Carmen will then join the Cylance Pro Cycling team in Europe to finish the 2016 season “This is a very exciting transition for me,” added Carmen. “Looking at the remainder of the season and setting my sights on the World Time Trial Championship in Qatar, Cylance Pro Cycling Team can offer me a very dynamic racing program to help reach my goals. I hope to bring to the team my experience and race knowledge to help grow the program and become even more successful than they have thus far.”