Katie Hall to return to the Colorado Classic, racing and mentoring the Team USA squad
The 2019 Colorado Classic® presented by VF Corporation is excited to welcome back defending champion Katie Hall to this year’s event. The climbing specialist will lead and mentor a Team USA contingent made up primarily of collegiate racers.
The Team USA roster features some of the best collegiate racers in the country, including the 2019 USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Champion in the Club Division, Cara O’Neill (University of Arizona), and 2018 Collegiate Cyclocross National Champion and Road bronze medalist Samantha Runnels (Lindenwood University).
A former collegiate racer herself, Hall was the 2014 Collegiate All-Star member who like her young Team USA teammates jumped at the opportunity to race against the best in the world and has enjoyed a fruitful career ever since.
These days Hall races primarily in Europe as part of the highly successful Boels-Dolmans UCI Women’s WorldTour team, but she still races on home soil whenever the opportunity presents itself. Earlier this year, we saw her support her teammate, world champion Anna van der Breggen, in earning the win at the Amgen Women’s Tour of California, while snagging a win on the brutal Mount Baldy stage herself and finishing second overall.
Always a threat when the roads turn up, Hall is looking to repeat her victory in Colorado in August, while helping Team USA showcase the talent of its collegiate program.
“The Colorado Classic provides us with a great opportunity to showcase young talent that may one day compete at World Championships or Olympics. Our USA Cycling Collegiate Program is a great avenue for young riders to develop and has produced great champions, Katie Hall is a great example of that. We hope the opportunity to race against a talented international field in a top UCI race will continue to inspire our riders to greatness,” said Jeff Pierce, Director of Elite Athletics, Road and Track for USA Cycling.
U.S. National Team for the 2019 Colorado Classic:
Madeline Bemis (Corona, Calif.; Milligan College)
· 2019 USA Cycling Professional Criterium National Championships (3rd - U23)
· 2018 USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Champion (Individual Overall Omnium)
Anna Christian (Minneapolis; University of Colorado Boulder)
· 2019 USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships (2nd – Road)
· 2019 USA Cycling Collegiate Race National Championships (1st – Criterium)
Emma Edwards (Cambridge, Mass.; Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
· 2019 USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships (3rd – Road)
Katie Hall (Saratoga, Calif.; UC Berkley, Collegiate Program/Collegiate All-Star Alumni)
· 2014 Collegiate All-Star member
· 2018 Colorado Classic Champion
Cara O’Neill (Tucson, Ariz.; University of Arizona)
· 2019 USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Champion
Samantha Runnels (Austin, Texas; Lindenwood University)
· 2018 USA Cycling Collegiate Cyclocross National Champion
· 2018 USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships (3rd – Road)
The 2019 Colorado Classic, August 22-25, will be the only UCI standalone women’s stage race in North America; raising the bar with quadrupled prize purse, team stipends, live streaming and longer, more challenging routes. The USA Cycling National Team at the 2019 Colorado Classic is comprised of promising current and former cyclists who have competed in USA Cycling’s Collegiate Program.