Human Powered Health men’s team has topped the standings of the UCI America Tour for a record fourth time. The program had previously won as Rally Cycling in 2021 and 2017 and as Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies in 2015.
The league includes teams from North, Central and South America and saw Human Powered Health’s men’s team take the win by 226 points after a season full of memorable moments racing in the Western Hemisphere. Highlights included Kyle Murphy and Pier-André Coté’s championship victories on the same day and Nickolas Zukowsky sprinting to second place and the combativity prize at the Maryland Cycling Classic p/b UnitedHealthcare.
“We are delighted to have landed on the top step of the 2022 America Tour as the best team,” said chief operating officer Jacob Erker. “I want to thank our riders for this, but also our incredible staff. They traverse the globe with equipment in tow, through several different time zones and yet, they perform their tasks with utmost professionalism. We could not succeed without them and they truly share this win with all of us”.
Although not an objective the team put a red ring around at the beginning of the year, the accolade is seen as a reflection of the staff and athlete’s hard work throughout the season.
“It’s a great thing at the end of the year to see that our team has won the America Tour,” says performance manager Jonas Carney. “It’s not something we think about much during the races, but it is a nice bonus at the end of the year for everyone who worked so hard all season.”
A seminal year for the team, in 2022 Human Powered Health men’s squad competed in just shy of 100 race days – 31 more than the previous season – and visited 18 countries. 2023 will be even bigger.
“We learned a lot of lessons in 2022,” says Carney. “We are still pretty new to racing in Europe full-time and the landscape seems to change every year. First with COVID, and now with the UCI’s relegation system so just when you start to figure things out, everything changes,” he explained.
Elsewhere, Canadian Zukowksy was the highest in the individual rankings in 26th place with Colombian national champion Sergio Higuita (BORA – hansgrohe) topping the table.
End-of-season accolades may be an indication of the success of the program on the road, but in 2023 we will continue to focus on our main aim, to empower people of all ages, cultures, abilities and backgrounds to embrace healthier lifestyles.
“We’ve made some big adjustments for 2023 and we feel confident that those will pay off,” ends Carney.
UCI America Tour team rankings
1 Human Powered Health (USA) 876
2 Panamá es Cultura y Valores (PAN) 650
3 Movistar – Best PC (ECU) 441
4 Team Medellin – EPM (COL) 437
5 Hagens Berman Axeon (USA) 436.5
6 Team Banco Guayaquil – Ecuador (ECU) 399
7 Chimbas Te Quiero (ARG) 395
8 Wildlife Generation Pro Cycling (USA) 372
9 Colombia Tierra de Atletas – GW Bicicletas – Shimano (COL) 347
10 Java Kiwi Atlántico (ECU) 290
11 Agrupación Virgen de Fatima – San Juan Bike Motors (ARG) 277
12 EF Education-NIPPO Development Team (USA) 201
13 Premier Tech U23 Cycling Project (CAN) 168
14 Toronto Hustle (CAN) 139
15 Team Novo Nordisk (USA) 97
16 Swift Carbon Pro Cycling Brasil (BRA) 91
17 Electro Hiper Europa – Caldas (COL) 91
18 Yoeleo Test Team p/b 4Mind (CAN) 78
19 Equipo Continental San Luis (ARG) 72
20 Pio Rico Cycling Team (BOL) 68
21 Electro 3 – Gremios por el Deporte (ARG) 61
22 XSpeed United Continental (CAN) 54
23 Start Cycling Team (VEN) 43
24 L39ION of Los Angeles (USA) 29
25 Sindicato de Empleados Públicos of San Juan (ARG) 24
26 Massi Vivo – Conecta (PAR) 20
27 Team Skyline (USA) 1