Rally Cycling completes its women’s team for the 2019 season with the hiring of Joanne Kiesanowski. Kiesanowski, a three-time Olympian from New Zealand, will act as Assistant Director alongside fellow Olympian Zach Bell. The duo will lead a roster that accounted for 32 wins and 96 podiums in 2018.
“Joanne brings an enormous amount of international experience, which will be vital as we make the transition to a global program,” said Bell. “I knew Joanne from my own racing career and she’s just what we need. Serious about performance but low key and good with helping athlete’s manage the high energy of competition.”
Following an outstanding 16 year career which saw her compete in three Olympic Games and finish top ten at the UCI Road Cycling World Championships and La Course by Le Tour de France, Kiesanowski brings a proven track record to the program.
“Rally Cycling is a team I’ve always been impressed with,” said Kiesanowski. “They’ve been running a successful dual-program for seven seasons now and they’ve developed a lot of great talent. That’s always the sign of not just focussing on team results but helping athletes grow and develop into their true potential. I’m looking forward to keeping this trend alive.”
In a time where power meters can often limit a rider’s impulses, Kiesanowski believes there is no replacing hard-earned experience and ingenuity.
“I was known for being race savvy and interpreting races well during my career,” said Kiesanowski. “I feel that’s such an important part of racing, especially these days when a lot of people are only interested in power numbers. They don’t account for much if you can’t figure out how to read the race and position yourself. I know how important race knowledge is and will use professional racing knowledge to help guide and prepare the athletes as best I can.”
For Bell, fostering a positive and supportive environment for the riders to flourish is paramount, something he believes Kiesanowski holds highly as well.
“Each rider has invested in the growth of their teammates and this makes each performance greater than the sum of their parts,” said Bell. “I see Joanne integrating into this culture immediately and contributing what is sure to be a special year for our program.”
Kiesanowski will join the team in Southern California at the beginning of January for a mini-camp and team presentation ahead of their first race in Australia.
Rally Cycling Women’s 2019 Roster