Bell Helmets has announced a partnership with homegrown American team, Rally Cycling for the 2018 season. After years of steady growth and development, Rally makes the move to UCI Pro Continental status with ambitions of racing at the highest echelon of the sport.
“Rather than simply supplying helmets to a team, Bell wanted to truly collaborate with an American program which has grown steadily and continues to acquire and nurture the most talented North American riders,” Bell’s Brand Manager, James Hibbard said. “With Rally’s step-up to the pro continental ranks under Jonas Carny’s leadership, as well as their success at the Tour of California, Rally was a natural program with whom to partner.”
Led by former Olympian and U.S. National champion Jonas Carney, Rally’s grit and determination to race WorldTour events reflects the values Bell was founded upon. The team had a breakthrough year in 2017, winning two stages of the Tour of California against the world’s best riders and looks to improve as they take on a more robust European calendar this season.
“We are very excited to partner with Bell in 2018,” Carney, Performance Manager of Rally Cycling said. “As an American team with an all North American roster it’s a natural fit to work with an iconic American brand like Bell. They have always been a leader in performance and safety and their products will help our athletes compete at the highest level.”
Rally kicks off the season in Spain at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana before taking on the Dubai Tour and Tour of Oman. The team features an experienced squad of returning riders including Rob Britton, Evan Huffman, and Brandon McNulty while new signees Ty Magner and Robin Carpenter round out the team’s strengths as they face the European peloton.
“Rally will be competing in three of Bell’s road helmets— the Bell Z20 road helmet, the Star Pro aero road helmet, and the Javelin for time trials. We’re excited to see Rally’s talented young riders compete and succeed around the world in Bell and having an American team wearing the iconic American helmet brand will make for an ideal partnership.” Austin Rojas, Bell Sports Marketing Manager said.
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