Over the past 30 years, we've had the immense privilege to work with some of the greatest race teams and athletes the cycling world has seen. And it's always a bittersweet feeling for us whenever a top competitor steps away from the sport. On the one hand, we're race fans through and through, and we'd love to watch our favorite racers roll up to the start line for one more season. But life is much, much more than bike racing, and we're always thrilled when our athletes can retire on their own terms, heads held high, with lofty ambitions for the future and incredible adventures ahead. Such is the case with TWENTY20 Pro Cycling's Allie Legg (nee Dragoo), whose six-year racing career included some amazing victories at events like Cascade Classic, Chico Stage Race, and Valley of the Sun, to name a few. A consummate professional and fierce competitor, Allie will be missed in the pro peloton. Allie, thank you for the memories, and we wish you the best of luck in everything you do. Here's the official word from Allie herself:
"While packing up my suitcase before the final stage of the Colorado Classic, I was fighting back the tears as I thought to myself, 'Wow, this is it.' It was a surreal moment. I’ve lived out of a suitcase for the better part of the past six years and this was, in a way, the final chapter of that book. For the most part, only family and close friends knew this was coming. I mean, I wasn’t necessarily hiding the information, I was trying to stay focused on the remaining races left on this year's race calendar. Now, the cat is out of the bag—I am retiring from professional road racing.
"What an incredible ride it has been. I am so grateful for this journey as my life has been immensely blessed through the sport of cycling. From sponsors, team management, and donors, to hosts, teammates and, of course, the fans! The past six years have been full of rich relationships and memories I will never forget. I cannot thank you all enough, nor can I list every single person because the support has been exceedingly more than I could have imagined. I can, however, list three very important people that have been vital during my career—Nicola Cranmer, Mari Holden, and Dean Golich. Thank you all for everything! For believing in me even when I failed to believe in myself, encouraging me and pushing me to be the very best cyclist, leader, and ambassador to the sport of cycling that I could be. You three are making strides in women’s cycling that no team has come close to achieving and I am so grateful to have been a part of such a wonderful program. I can’t wait to see what Team TWENTY20 does next!
"After signing my first professional contract during my senior year at Marian University in 2014 to the present day, my journey in this crazy sport has been filled will many successes and failures. Overall, it has always remained fun. I told myself that when it is no longer fun, a re-evaluation is in order. Racing is a big investment that requires a lot of energy, both emotionally and physically. If it’s left unchecked, it can drain you and leave you resenting the sport you once loved. My hope has been to avoid that trajectory by prioritizing my mental, emotional, and physical health over the glory of cycling. My six years in the professional peloton have been full to the brim and I am thankful to be exiting when I am. Happy, healthy, and on a journey just like everyone else. My next step happens to look and taste a bit different than what I am used to, but I am excited for the adventure that awaits! Cycling has, for a long time, been a priority in my life and will always have a special place in my heart. I have been racing at some capacity since age seven and I am grateful for what all of those years taught me, and I am ready to enjoy cycling at a different level.
"Most importantly, I am ready to establish a 'home life' with my friends and family. Thank you to everyone who supported me over the past six years. It’s been a huge blessing that I will always be grateful for. I will have these memories forever thanks to you! Though I am exiting the professional road racing scene, I am not leaving the cycling world entirely. I could NEVER do that! I still have a few gravel races left on the calendar this Fall, and it looks like I will have a few more on the calendar next year. Maybe I’ll see you out there? I sure hope to! Thank you for all of the love and support!"
Winter has arrived in the northern hemisphere, and that means shorter days, colder weather, and additional precipitation. Of course, racing cyclocross is also a great way to stay fit in the wintertime. But for those sticking to the road, here are a few tips to maximize your bike’s ability to handle some big-mile days during winter.
Play Sports Group, publisher of Global Triathlon Network (GTN), has announced its selection of Felt Bicycles as the media organization’s new official bike partner for its GTN channel. As part of its new partnership with the Southern California-based bicycle manufacturer, GTN will feature Felt bikes in future content.
After a few miles on the bike course along the legendary Queen K highway, everything seemed to be going according to plan for four-time and reigning Kona World Champion Daniela Ryf. But by race's end, Ryf would finish well off her usual pace. But it's not always results that define what the Kona triathlon experience truly is.