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Rally Cycling women's team unite at California camp - Gallery

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The team pauses for a brief moment to put on jackets for a descent down to the coast.

The team pauses for a brief moment to put on jackets for a descent down to the coast. (Image credit: Sam Wiebe)
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The women of Rally Cycling debut their new kit and sponsor in Oxnard, California.

The women of Rally Cycling debut their new kit and sponsor in Oxnard, California. (Image credit: Sam Wiebe)
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French Canadian Catherine Ouellette joins the professional peloton in the colors of Rally Cycling.

French Canadian Catherine Ouellette joins the professional peloton in the colors of Rally Cycling. (Image credit: Sam Wiebe)
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New Women's Director Zach Bell tails a trio of riders up Santa Barbara's daunting Gibraltar Road.

New Women's Director Zach Bell tails a trio of riders up Santa Barbara's daunting Gibraltar Road. (Image credit: Sam Wiebe)
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Katherine Maine tackles the climb of Gibraltar Road.

Katherine Maine tackles the climb of Gibraltar Road. (Image credit: Sam Wiebe)
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New recruit and top American sprinter Erica Allar carves down a descent near Malibu.

New recruit and top American sprinter Erica Allar carves down a descent near Malibu. (Image credit: Sam Wiebe)
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Catherine Ouellette takes a breath after a tough stretch of road.

Catherine Ouellette takes a breath after a tough stretch of road. (Image credit: Sam Wiebe)
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Hannah Ross gets a feed from Pat McCarty inside the team car.

Hannah Ross gets a feed from Pat McCarty inside the team car. (Image credit: Sam Wiebe)
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Rally Cycling will compete extensively in North American UCI and Pro Road Tour events including criteriums.

Rally Cycling will compete extensively in North American UCI and Pro Road Tour events including criteriums. (Image credit: Sam Wiebe)
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The women of Rally Cycling make their back up the coast after training in the canyons south of Oxnard, California.

The women of Rally Cycling make their back up the coast after training in the canyons south of Oxnard, California. (Image credit: Sam Wiebe)
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Heather Fischer concentrates on the tarmac ahead as she works her way up another climb.

Heather Fischer concentrates on the tarmac ahead as she works her way up another climb. (Image credit: Sam Wiebe)
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The team takes a short break to restock with food and drinks.

The team takes a short break to restock with food and drinks. (Image credit: Sam Wiebe)
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The women of Rally Cycling make their back up the coast after training in the canyons south of Oxnard, California.

The women of Rally Cycling make their back up the coast after training in the canyons south of Oxnard, California. (Image credit: Sam Wiebe)
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The women of Rally cycling pause for a team mandated selfie.

The women of Rally cycling pause for a team mandated selfie. (Image credit: Sam Wiebe)

A week after the men's team camp, Rally Cycling's women's team met for a pre-season training camp in Oxnard to get in warm-weather miles on their bikes before the start of the domestic US calendar. The 11 riders, decked out in flashy orange kit representative of their new sponsor Rally, tested new equipment, got to know one another and trained along the gorgeous western seaboard that makes California so famous.

"The engagement with Rally has been awesome and they are super, super excited and really want to be involved with the women's team in many ways," said director Pat McCarty. "Everything has been really positive with Rally.

"The camp is our first official meeting of the year and a proper training camp."

The 2016 roster includes Erica Allar, Elle Anderson, Heather Fischer, Jasmin Glaesser, Kirsti Vivian Lay, Katherine Maine, Sara Poidevin, Jessica Prinner, Hannah Ross and Emma White. "Our decision was to focus on young, North American talent and then make a push toward European racing in 2017," McCarty said. "We have some first- and second-year racers, who are fairly new to the sport but who are very talented, and that was our decision."

The team will focus on UCI events in North America along with stage races, one-day races and criteriums on USA Cycling's Pro Road Tour. "If we got invitations to races like Aviva Women's Tour, La Course or the one-day race in London, we would go but with the way the new points system is structured we may not get those invitations.

"We would like to focus on Women's WorldTour events in the US: Tour of California Women's Race and Philly, we don't have the invitations in-hand but we expect to be invited to those, and we will be at all the major North American women's races."

Although McCarty directed the women's team in previous years, Rally Cycling hired Zach Bell to direct the women's program this year, while McCarty will focus more on the men's program. "Pat's been at the helm of the team for the past few years and they brought me in to take over the majority of the day-to-day stuff with the women and once the season rolls out, I'll be the on the road with the women, and Pat will come in for key events."