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2016 North American racing year in review - Gallery

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For the first time ever, motorcycles were used to light the way for riders to get through the 1 mile long tunnel in Zion National Park during the Tour of Utah.

For the first time ever, motorcycles were used to light the way for riders to get through the 1 mile long tunnel in Zion National Park during the Tour of Utah.
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Women leave the start line in Philly for another stop on the Women’s WorldTour.

Women leave the start line in Philly for another stop on the Women’s WorldTour.
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Riders cross the cobbles before making a turn onto the famous "Manayunk Wall" in Philly.

Riders cross the cobbles before making a turn onto the famous "Manayunk Wall" in Philly.
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Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx-Quickstep) celebrates taking the overall win at the 2016 Tour of California.

Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx-Quickstep) celebrates taking the overall win at the 2016 Tour of California.
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The Canadian “pave” at the Tour of Alberta.

The Canadian “pave” at the Tour of Alberta.
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The peloton passes by Checkerboard Rock in Zion National Park.

The peloton passes by Checkerboard Rock in Zion National Park.
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Travis McCabe (Holowesko) wins a stage at the Tour of Utah.

Travis McCabe (Holowesko) wins a stage at the Tour of Utah.
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Stage 7 of the Tour of Utah showcased some of the seasons craziest weather. Mid-race a storm blew through the hammered the peloton with heavy rain and hail.

Stage 7 of the Tour of Utah showcased some of the seasons craziest weather. Mid-race a storm blew through the hammered the peloton with heavy rain and hail.
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Andrew Talansky (Cannondale-Drapac) on a descent during stage 7 of the Tour of Utah. Talansky had 22 seconds on Lachlan Morton (Jelly Belly) going into the final day and fought to hold on but eventually lost the stage and overall.

Andrew Talansky (Cannondale-Drapac) on a descent during stage 7 of the Tour of Utah. Talansky had 22 seconds on Lachlan Morton (Jelly Belly) going into the final day and fought to hold on but eventually lost the stage and overall.
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Lachlan Morton (Jelly Belly) wins the final stage and the overall at the Tour of Utah.

Lachlan Morton (Jelly Belly) wins the final stage and the overall at the Tour of Utah.
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The Cannondale-Drapac team rolls past bison along the Tour of Utah route.

The Cannondale-Drapac team rolls past bison along the Tour of Utah route.
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Katherine Donovan (Colavita) sneaks away near the end of the USPRO road race in Winston-Salem.

Katherine Donovan (Colavita) sneaks away near the end of the USPRO road race in Winston-Salem.
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Teammates Evelyn Stevens and Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans) sit together after Guarnier won the national road championships.

Teammates Evelyn Stevens and Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans) sit together after Guarnier won the national road championships.
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Greg Daniel (Axeon Hagens Berman) was the surprise winner for the mens national championship road race.

Greg Daniel (Axeon Hagens Berman) was the surprise winner for the mens national championship road race.
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The women’s peloton rolls along the shores of Lake Tahoe for stage one of the Women’s World Tour race there.

The women’s peloton rolls along the shores of Lake Tahoe for stage one of the Women’s World Tour race there.
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Coryn Rivera (UHC) wins again. Rivera cemented her roll as one of America’s top sprinters and will head to a European for the 2017 season.

Coryn Rivera (UHC) wins again. Rivera cemented her roll as one of America’s top sprinters and will head to a European for the 2017 season.
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Roadside fans wave as the Tour of Alberta passes by.

Roadside fans wave as the Tour of Alberta passes by.
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Tanner Putt (UHC) leads a breakaway at the Tour of Alberta. After hours in the freezing rain in his summer clothes and everyone else bundled up he earned the nickname of “the polar bear”.

Tanner Putt (UHC) leads a breakaway at the Tour of Alberta. After hours in the freezing rain in his summer clothes and everyone else bundled up he earned the nickname of “the polar bear”.
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Stage 1 of the Tour of California rolls through San Diego.

Stage 1 of the Tour of California rolls through San Diego.
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The peloton climbs the Angeles Crest Highway during stage 2 of the Tour of California.

The peloton climbs the Angeles Crest Highway during stage 2 of the Tour of California.
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Riders cruise along California’s famous Highway 1 during the Tour of California.

Riders cruise along California’s famous Highway 1 during the Tour of California.
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Brad Huff (Rally) wins the Criterium National Championships ahead of a battered John Murphy (UHC).

Brad Huff (Rally) wins the Criterium National Championships ahead of a battered John Murphy (UHC).
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Lachlan Morton (Jelly Belly) has a breakout ride at the Tour of the Gila and goes on to win the overall.

Lachlan Morton (Jelly Belly) has a breakout ride at the Tour of the Gila and goes on to win the overall.
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Horses check out the womens peloton during the Tour of the Gila.

Horses check out the womens peloton during the Tour of the Gila.
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The peloton tackles one of the climbs in Old Quebec City during this year's WorldTour race.

The peloton tackles one of the climbs in Old Quebec City during this year's WorldTour race.
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Riders pass by the famed Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac in Old Quebec City.

Riders pass by the famed Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac in Old Quebec City.
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Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) takes the WorldTour win in Old Quebec City.

Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) takes the WorldTour win in Old Quebec City.
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The womens peloton on the way to the Oak Glen climb in Redlands.

The womens peloton on the way to the Oak Glen climb in Redlands.
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The women had a rainy day of racing on the Sunset Loop at this years Redlands Bicycle Classic

The women had a rainy day of racing on the Sunset Loop at this years Redlands Bicycle Classic
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Redlands fans cheer on riders on the Sunset Loop.

Redlands fans cheer on riders on the Sunset Loop.
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The Silber Pro Cycling Team celebrates after winning the overall at the Redlands Bicycle Classic.

The Silber Pro Cycling Team celebrates after winning the overall at the Redlands Bicycle Classic.
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A breakaway passes between old tobacco warehouses in downtown Winston-Salem.

A breakaway passes between old tobacco warehouses in downtown Winston-Salem.
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From iconic national calendar events to one-day WorldTour races and high-profile tours, racing in Canada and the US throughout 2016 continued to provide aggressive action in some of North America's most beautiful locations.

Athletes left everything on the road from early spring through late fall, with some calling on 'break-out' performances to rise out of the pack, while others succumbed to the elements and competition and faded from the lead.

Through it all, veteran cycling photographer Jonathan Devich was there to tell the season's stories with images taken from the back of a motorbike and from the roadside

Click or swipe through the photo gallery above for a selection of favourite shots from Devich's 2016 archives.