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Riders stop for a chat with some of the locals.

Riders stop for a chat with some of the locals.
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The traffic signs are a bit different in Colombia.

The traffic signs are a bit different in Colombia.
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A massage for UnitedHealthcare's Chris Jones from soigneur Mike Smith

A massage for UnitedHealthcare's Chris Jones from soigneur Mike Smith
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Danny Summerhill (left), Taylor Wiles (middle), and Katie Hall (right), get a bit of relaxation time in between rides, rubs and meals.

Danny Summerhill (left), Taylor Wiles (middle), and Katie Hall (right), get a bit of relaxation time in between rides, rubs and meals.
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The UnitedHealthcare men's team regroups during a training ride.

The UnitedHealthcare men's team regroups during a training ride.
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UnitedHealthcare will be riding Orbea bikes in 2017

UnitedHealthcare will be riding Orbea bikes in 2017
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The men's team refuels at a sidewalk cafe.

The men's team refuels at a sidewalk cafe.
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Time to relax for Jonny Clarke, Sebastian Alexandre and Lucas Sebastian Haedo

Time to relax for Jonny Clarke, Sebastian Alexandre and Lucas Sebastian Haedo
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Team mechanic David Sagat gets a wheel ready to roll.

Team mechanic David Sagat gets a wheel ready to roll.
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New director Sebastian Alexandre, formerly of Jamis, talks with Lucas Sebastian Haedo

New director Sebastian Alexandre, formerly of Jamis, talks with Lucas Sebastian Haedo
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Tanner Putt is in his third year with UnitedHealthcare

Tanner Putt is in his third year with UnitedHealthcare
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New recruit Travis McCabe relaxes in the Colombian sun during the UnitedHealthcare camp.

New recruit Travis McCabe relaxes in the Colombian sun during the UnitedHealthcare camp.
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Bikes and helmets ready to go at the UnitedHealthcare camp

Bikes and helmets ready to go at the UnitedHealthcare camp
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Both men's and women's teams will compete on Orbea bikes this year.

Both men's and women's teams will compete on Orbea bikes this year.
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UnitedHealthcare riders train in the Colombian countryside.

UnitedHealthcare riders train in the Colombian countryside.
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UnitedHealthcare's Katie Hall will focus on the general classification results again this year

UnitedHealthcare's Katie Hall will focus on the general classification results again this year
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UnitedHealthcare riders caught in traffic during a ride in Colombia

UnitedHealthcare riders caught in traffic during a ride in Colombia
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Ben Day makes some last-minute adjustments for Lauren Hall's bike at the UnitedHealthcare camp.

Ben Day makes some last-minute adjustments for Lauren Hall's bike at the UnitedHealthcare camp.
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UnitedHealthcare riders train in the Colombian countryside

UnitedHealthcare riders train in the Colombian countryside
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Lachlan Norris gets used to his new team at the UnitedHealthcare camp

Lachlan Norris gets used to his new team at the UnitedHealthcare camp
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Gear and clothing hang outside to dry at UnitedHealthcare team camp in Colombia.

Gear and clothing hang outside to dry at UnitedHealthcare team camp in Colombia.
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Alex Cataford is new to UnitedHealthcare in 2017

Alex Cataford is new to UnitedHealthcare in 2017
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The men and women of UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling ventured to Colombia in December for a two-week winter training camp designed to pave the way for a smooth start to their 2017 seasons in Australia and Argentina. This is the first year the US Pro Continental team held a training camp in the South American country.

"Medellin was an easy choice for us," said General Manager Mike Tamayo. "Not only do both Daniel Jaramillo and Janier Acevedo live and train in the area, but Diana Peñuela lives fairly close as well. Most importantly for us, the weather is wonderful, the roads are stunning and the people are incredibly friendly."

While in Colombia, the teams rode three-plus hours most days, eventually riding up to six and seven hours. Working with both the sporting directors and high-performance director Ben Day, schedules were developed to provide solid training miles at altitude while still allowing time for bike fits, massages and team bonding. The team stayed at La Finca Ponderosa, a compound known for hosting sporting teams and cycling camps.

The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling women will start their season in Australis at the Santos Women's Tour January 14-17, while the men will begin their 2017 campaign in Argentina at the Vuelta a San Juan January 23-29, before heading to Australia for the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road race and the Herald Sun Tour.