Rally Cycling adds developing talents Kaia Schmid and Makayla MacPherson

LEUVEN BELGIUM SEPTEMBER 25 Silver medalists Kaia Schmid of United States poses on the podium during the medal ceremony after the 94th UCI Road World Championships 2021 Women Junior Road Race a 752km race from Leuven to Leuven flanders2021 on September 25 2021 in Leuven Belgium Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Kaia Schmid (USA) who came second in the Junior road race at the World Championships in 2021 after a tight sprint battle for the victory with winner Zoe Backstedt (Great Britain) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Rally Cycling has added two strong developing talents to its women’s squad for 2022 and 2023, signing 18-year-old Americans Kaia Schmid and Makayla MacPherson.

The pair, who are both making the jump to the elite ranks from the under-19 development squad LUX Cycling, both finished in the top five at the junior road race at this year’s World Championships and at Saturday’s Into the Lion’s Den criterium.

“Both Kaia and Makayla have already shown their strength against the rest of the world at the junior World Championships this year,” women's team director Joanne Kiesanowski said in a statement. “Rally Cycling is so happy for the opportunity not only to invest in the next generation of American cyclists but also to move into the elites with strong and accomplished athletes.

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