Into the Lion’s Den unfiltered

Go behind-the-scenes of Olivia Ray’s electric crit victory

3 weeks ago by Oskar Scarsbrook

The Into the Lion’s Den criterium was the team’s final race of the 2021 season and it couldn’t have gone any better with Olivia Ray taking top honors

Along with the first-place trophy, the New Zealand criterium champion won the richest bike race on the calendar and beat WorldTour pros and crit experts alike to the top step. With the team’s plans to become Human Powered Health in 2022, there was no better way to tie a ribbon on a successful six-year run as Rally Cycling.

Photographer Zach Dodge was on the ground in Sacramento and takes you behind-the-scenes of a Halloween weekend that proved to be memorable.

Women’s team director Joanne Kiesanowski prepares the riders for course recon.

 

Testing, 1, 2, 3. Krista Doebel-Hickok makes sure her radio is stowed away and ready for action.

 

10-4. Andrew Bajadali calls the shots.

 

After a strong effort setting the team up for the finale, Holly Breck cheers on her remaining teammates.

 

 

Franz lets out a roar in delight.

 

 

Everyone wants their photo taken with the champ.

 

Ray and Doebel-Hickok watch Justin Williams (L39ION of Los Angeles) take victory in the men’s open criterium.

 

Ray and Lily Williams with the all-important prize debrief.