Rachel Heal and her Optum-KBS team meet prior to a stage at the 2012 Tour of the Gila

Rachel Heal: Team Focused and Risk Taker

Bruce Bochy, the manager of the San Francisco Giants, had to make several risky moves on the road to two MLB World  Series Championships in three years. Three years ago, Bochy started a rookie, Buster Posey, in the critical catcher position. Posey went on to become Rookie of the Year. Last year Bochey gambled  again…

Strong Team For Optum p/b KBS For Inaugural Cross Season

The Optum Pro Cycling presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies team is taking on cyclocross for the 2012/2013 season. In order to do so, they put together a strong cross squad  for its inaugural season which includes a mix of experience and up-and-coming talent.  National Racing Calendar (NRC) champion Carmen Small, Jade Wilcoxson, and Optum p/b…

Wilcoxson Wins Blue Ribbon Alpine Challenge

Neo-pro Jade Wilcoxson of the Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies squad put in another impressive display in her breakthrough year yesterday taking the win at the  Blue Ribbon Alpine Challenge in Aspen, Colorado yesterday. Alison Powers of NOW and Novartis for MS was second and Wilcoxson’s teammate Leah Kirchmann, third. “It was a fun race…

Talking Break Tactics with Creed

What would you do if you found yourself in a 22-rider break that also included one teammate and four riders from the Garmin-Sharp team and a few more from other WorldTour teams? Would you work? When to work and how much to work are part of tactics 101 while in a breakaway. Mike Creed and…

Cliff-Ryan Makes It Two At NVGP

Team TIBCO took it to the streets at the Uptown Minneapolis Criterium where they launched attack after attack to try and disrupt Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies’ control of the field. Unfortunately, it was also a battle to avoid the numerous crashes that peppered the 28-lap race including one that forced a short neutralization. In…

Cliff-Ryan Sprints To Win NVGP Stage 2

Riders from Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies did the hardest work in Wednesday night’s St. Paul Criterium, the second stage of the Nature Valley Grand Prix. They chased down Loren Rowney of Specialized-lululemon on a late-race breakout and protected the overall yellow jersey for teammate Carmen Small, winner of Wednesday morning’s time trial. The only…

Optum-KBS Heads West to Boise for Exergy Tour

Optum Pro Cycling presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies sends eight members of the top-ranked women’s squad to Boise for the inaugural Exergy Tour. The five-day stage race is the only UCI 2.1 women’s race in North America this year and will see America’s top ranked Optum p/b KBS women’s team compete against a world-class field…

The Riders Make The Race At AToC

Let’s face it, it became déjà vu all over again fairly quickly at the Amgen Tour of Califonia with Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) winning the first four stages in similar fashion. In all four stages, he took the sprint out of a diminished field after the early break had been reeled back in. Heck he would…

Creed – the water carrier

On stage 3 of the Amgen Tour of California, Alex Candelario (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) finished a very close fourth in a bunch sprint behind three very fast men, all on ProTeams. But before tangling at the front for the win, the sprinter had to make his way over three climbs as the pack…

Salas Takes Over KOM Jersey After Stage 3

In what has turned out to be a Canadian battle at the Amgen Tour of California, Sebastian Salas (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) made his way into the early break on stage 3 to garner points to take over the KOM jersey from David Boily (Spidertech p/b C10). The same teams but different riders, also…