Just five days ago Emma White (Rally Cycling) called her solo victory at Sea Otter “so special”. It turned out to be her last victory as a professional cyclist, as White took to social media on Tuesday to announce that she would be retiring from the sport she has competed in for 15 years.
At just 24, the upstate New York native has grown from a top junior runner to multi-disciplinary US national champion, track world champion and Olympic bronze medalist. She has spent the last six years in the professional ranks with Rally Cycling.
“It is with great pride, excitement and sadness that I announce that I am leaving professional cycling. Over the past 15 years, I’ve gone from junior ranks as a kid, to a pro with rally, to a world champion and then to an Olympian. If you had told me at 10 that all this would have happened, I never would have believed it! The years have passed, filled with some of the greatest memories and also some of the most painful heartaches. I’m grateful for all of this, ”White posted on Instagram a day ago.
“I am so lucky to have spent the six years of my professional career with Rally Cycling – a team that has become a family, has supported me 100% and continues to do so. Thank you to the wonderful partners who have invested so much in the success of riders like me. I will always consider myself a #RallyCat.
White, who has a degree in computer science from Union College, did not confirm his next career change, adding on his social statement: “This is not a farewell. I’ll be there … Cycling will always be a big part of my life, but I have so many goals outside of cycling and I feel it’s time to reach them.
Most recently, White competed in Rally Cycling at the rescheduled Sea Otter event in California, winning the circuit race and making a team sweep of the podium for the women as teammates. Heidi franz and Kristabel Doebel-Hickok won the other two podiums.
“I’m happy to be back with the team after some time away. My legs were a little shocked to feel this kind of pain again, but they quickly warmed up. It always feels good to be back with Rally Cycling, ”White said on the team’s website just a few days ago.
The Rally Cycliste team has applied to move up to number one in women’s cycling for 2022 with a WorldTour license. On Tuesday, the team announced they had re-signed New Zealand criterium champion Olivia Ray, and added Henrietta Christie, reigning New Zealand U23 criterium time trial champion, and Barbara Malcotti. , Italian rider aana from Valcar Travel & Services.
“Emma is a champion in every sense of the word. From her fierce fighting spirit and unmatched work ethic, to her positive attitude towards her teammates and fans, she is the one you want around your corner. It’s been six unforgettable years. and we can’t wait to see what it does in the future, ”said Charles Aaron, general manager of Rally. Cycling news.
White started racing cyclocross at the age of nine and won a bronze medal in his first national championship race the following year at age 11. She went on to win four junior cyclo-cross titles from 2011 to 2015, then won junior titles at the national road time trial championships in 2013 and 2014, and won the junior criterium title in 2015.
With the Cannondale p / b Cyclocrossworld cross team, she won the U23 women’s cyclo-cross title in 2018 and finished seventh in the U23 category at the Worlds. Later in the season, she won the national elite American Pro criterium title, becoming the youngest woman to win that crown at age 21.
She will skip cyclo-cross and road competitions for the next two years to focus on the track, where at the 2020 UCI Track Cycling World Championships she was part of the women’s team pursuit team to win. the gold medal.
After a year without major track competitions due to the coronavirus pandemic, the US team would settle for bronze at the Tokyo Olympics in the women’s team pursuit, with White in the quartet with Jennifer Valente, Chloe Dygert Megan Jastrab and her Rally teammate Lily Williams were part of the qualifying squad.