Rally Cycling’s women’s team shook up the US Pro Road Championships in Knoxville, TN on Sunday, sending Holly Breck on a dangerous day-long breakaway. Breck’s effort forced many of the favorites to chase while the rest of the team waited for the finale. Krista Doebel-Hickok fought her way through each selection before sprinting to fourth place, her best-ever finish in the national road race. Take in the steep climbs and dark forests of this all-American championship circuit in a Sam Wiebe gallery.
Baj discusses strategy with the seven starters for the women’s road race. Baj has his own amazing experience here – he finished second twice.
Heidi and Madeline. Can you sense their nerves?
Lily is both going to the Olympics and rocking a totally unique and rad seahorse tattoo
Great to see the full Acura RDX fleet on American soil, supporting a huge race with a rack full of bikes
First Endurance brings the zing with their Sour Watermelon mix
The women’s bunch rolls across Gay Street Bridge over the Tennessee River
Katie rips a descent in the bunch
Suttree’s Landing gives a birds eye view of the course
Holly spent a glorious day in the breakaway
The bunch follows up Sherrod Rd.
KDH riding near the front like usual
Holly suffers up one of the race’s many twisty climbs
Gorgeous car, gorgeous climb
It was one of Lily’s first road races since the pandemic hit. She looked strong and fit thanks to her Olympic training regiment
Katie powers up Sherrod’s steepest grade
Madeline surges as the race comes apart
Not real refs (cycling doesn’t have refs it has “commissaires”)
The indomitable Tom Soladay, not looking at our social channels for once.
KDH and Heidi hammer up the climb for one of nine laps
Bicycle Bob Gregorio handing a bottle to Katie
Fans await on Sherrod Road
KDH rips through downtown Knoxville on her way to the finish