Rachel Heal Election Statement


Rachel Heal
Professional Committee - Women's Team Manager

I am a former pro rider and the current director for the Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies women’s team.

I started my cycling career in 2001, riding predominantly in Europe for the Great Britain national team. Leaving a graduate engineering job with Cadbury Ltd to pursue a cycling dream, I competed full time with the GB national team for 3 years, before moving to the Farm Frites pro team. In 2006 I made the move over to the US and competed for another 4 years for various US teams finishing my riding career with Colavita. I represented Great Britain at 7 world championships, 2 Commonwealth Games, and the 2004 Athens Olympics.

I retired at the end of 2009 and took over directing and managing the Colavita women’s team. I led the team to 2 of its most successful seasons winning both the team and individual NRC, before moving over to the new Optum p/b Kelly Benefits team at the start of the 2012 season.

I have over 12 years of experience within women’s cycling as an athlete, a director and a manager, and can make a valuable contribution to the pro road committee as a representative of the women from both the athlete and team perspective. I have been involved in multiple sides of the sport, from small lower budget regional teams, to bigger national level teams as well as national federations.

In order for cycling as a whole, and in particular women’s cycling to develop, there needs to be a clear long term plan, with immediate and intermediate goals towards that development. There are responsibilities from all sides: riders, teams, USAC and the UCI to see that change take place and I would embrace the opportunity to be involved in the process.
I understand the equality with the pro men’s side of the sport that the women are striving for, but also appreciate the reality of the current state of women’s cycling and the economic challenges of achieving parity.
I believe in the importance of the development of cycling as a whole, and believe that my experience both within the cycling world as well as in industry outside cycling will make me a valuable member of the pro road committee.

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