Rally Cycling play numbers game to dominate race for men's USA road title

Joey Rosskopf (Rally Cycling) on the top step of the podium, with Brent Bookwalter (Team BikeExchange) in second and Kyle Murphy (Rally Cycling) in third at the men's elite road race at the USA Cycling Pro Road Championships 2021
Two Rally Cycling riders standing on the podium, with Joey Rosskopf (Rally Cycling) on the top step and Kyle Murphy (Rally Cycling) in third while Brent Bookwalter (Team BikeExchange) came over the line in between the pair (Image credit: Patrick Daly)

US-based ProTeam Rally Cycling knew it had its work cut out to win the elite men's road race at the USA Cycling Pro Road Championship – it had been trying for 15 years – so it began running through the numbers and planning a strategy several months ago, beginning with a nine-rider roster.

Some of the other numbers to consider included the 15-lap, 190.9km course in Knoxville, Tennessee, the 90-degree southern heat with humidity, a 146-rider field – the largest number of entries in the men’s event in the last 15 years – and the tally of big WorldTour names that would be part of the mix.

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Jackie Tyson
North American Production editor

Jackie has been involved in professional sports for more than 30 years in news reporting, sports marketing and public relations. She founded Peloton Sports in 1998, a sports marketing and public relations agency, which managed projects for Tour de Georgia, Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah and USA Cycling. She also founded Bike Alpharetta Inc, a Georgia non-profit to promote safe cycling. She is proud to have worked in professional baseball for six years - from selling advertising to pulling the tarp for several minor league teams. She has climbed l'Alpe d'Huez three times (not fast). Her favorite road and gravel rides are around horse farms in north Georgia (USA) and around lavender fields in Provence (France), and some mtb rides in Park City, Utah (USA).