Curtis in Stars ‘n Stripes
Adding to their already stellar season, Rally Cycling adds the U23 National Criterium title to their resume.
Curtis White took the win at the Under 23 title at USA Cycling Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky on July 3rd; adding a fourth national championship to their 2016 season . White took some serious risks in order to take the win; in the closing meters of the race, he attacked into a series of tight corners. Even with the rain-soaked roads, White was able to open up a gap, leaving him with a few seconds in the final straightaway. Michael Hernandez (CCB Racing) was closing fast, but White was able to take the win by mere inches. Check out the finishing video below.
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“Winning the U23 National Criterium Championships feels incredible,” said White. “The course was great, and the conditions were epic. The race was aggressive from the gun. Sepp Kuss and I worked well together to make sure we had representation in all the dangerous moves. On the last lap, I took a huge risk, attacking into a series of turns with about 600 meters to go. The pouring rain really limited the speed of the chasers – it just felt like the right time to make my move. Coming across the line it was too close to call, but once the photo finish was confirmed it was a huge relief to know the risk paid off. The support Sepp and I received this whole week at U23 Nationals was fantastic, it was very fitting to pay back those efforts with a stars and stripes jersey.”
Next up: BC Superweek
Beginning this weekend (July 8th), the Rally team will head to Canada for BC (British Columbia) Superweek. The Superweek features 8 races over 9 days and has become one of the most prestigious pro-cycling events in North America. National Criterium Champion Brad Huff and Under 23 National Criterium Champion Curtis White will co-lead the Rally team in hunt of some wins and a crack at the $120,000 prize purse. The 9 days of racing consist of 5 separate events as part of the series: the Tour de Delta, Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix, Giro di Burnaby, PoCo Grand Prix, and Tour de White Rock.
“We are sending one of the best criterium squads assembled in North America to BC Superweek, said Team Director Patrick McCarty. “Top sprinters Eric Young and Shane Kline, current National Criterium Champion Brad Huff, and newly crowned U23 National Criterium Champion Curtis White will make for a formidable squad. We have done extremely well at BC Superweek in the past and will fight for similar results in our first season under the banner of Rally Cycling.”
The Ladies of Rally
The women of Rally Cycling will be led by of two of the squad’s top criterium riders, Jessica Prinner and Elle Anderson. All-rounder riders Catherine Ouellette and Hannah Ross, both still on the mend from crashes at the North Star Grand Prix, will join them. Climbing ace and recent dual silver medalist at the Canadian U23 National Championships, Sara Poidevin will race a limited schedule at BC Superweek – focusing on the UCI ranked Tour de Delta.