Rachel Heal

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Rachel Heal
Personal information
Full name Rachel Heal
Born (1973-04-01) April 1, 1973 (age 42)
 England
 United Kingdom
Team information
Current team UnitedHealthcare Women's Team
Discipline Road, Track & Cyclo-cross
Role Rider, Directeur Sportif
Amateur team(s)
1997-? Birkenhead Northend Cycling Club
2000 Letchworth Velo
2007 Rapha Condor
Professional team(s)
2004 Farm Frites
2005 Team SATS
2006 Team Victory Brewing
2007 Team Webcor
2008 Team TIBCO
2009 Team Colavita
Managerial team(s)
2010-2011 Team Colavita
2012-2013 Team Optum
2014- UnitedHealthcare Women's Team
Infobox last updated on
22 March 2008

Rachel Heal (born April 1, 1973 in Bebington, Wirral, Cheshire[1]) is an English former racing cyclist.

Heal originally took up cycling when she was at university as a means of transportation.[2] She joined British Cycling's World Class Performance Plan in 2001 when she gave up her job as a product engineer at Cadbury[2] to become a full-time cyclist. She turned professional and rode for the Belgian Farm Frites-Hartol team after obtaining a degree in chemical engineering from Birmingham University. She has competed in world championships, Commonwealth Games and the Olympic Games. Heal is also a British Cycling level 2 coach, and a qualified personal trainer.

Heal switched to management when she became co-director of the Colavita team in 2010 alongside team-mate Tina Pic, replacing Iona Wynter.[2][3] After the Colavita team disbanded at the end of 2011, Heal became director of the new Optum team for 2012.[4] Heal left the team at the end of 2013 to join UnitedHealthcare.[5]

Palmarès[edit]

2001
2nd Stage 6, Quebec stage race, Canada
4th British National Road Race Championships
2002
2nd British National Road Race Championships
2nd WCRA 2 day, Leicestershire
3rd Road Race, Commonwealth Games
3rd British National Time Trial Championships
1st Stage 5, Gracia Orlova stage race, Czech Republic
2003
2nd British National Road Race Championships
1st Team TT, Holland Ladies Tour, Netherlands
2nd Stage 3, Ronde van Drenthe, Netherlands
2nd Stage 4, Emakumeen Bira, Spain
2nd Stage 3, Giro della Toscana, Italy
3rd Ronde van Drenthe
4th Stage 2, Thuringen, Germany
2004
1st Stage 7, Tour de l'Aude Féminin, France
2nd British National Road Race Championships
3rd British National Cyclo-cross Championships
6th Stage 3, Giro della Toscana, Italy
7th Geelong World Cup, Australia
2005
1st Aztec Track meet, omnium
2nd British National Road Race Championships
2nd Scratch race, British National Track Championships
3rd Points race, British National Track Championships
13th Tour de Toona, USA
5th stage 5, Tour de Toona
5th stage 6, Tour de Toona
2006
1st Tri Peaks stage race, Arkansas, USA
2nd stage 1, Tri Peaks
2nd stage 2, Tri Peaks
3rd stage 3, Tri Peaks
1st Tour of Elk Grove Crit, USA
2nd Mountains classification, Tour de Toona, USA
4th Tour of the Gila, New Mexico, USA
2nd stage 3, Tour of the Gila
2nd stage 5, Tour of the Gila
5th time-trial, Commonwealth Games
5th road race, Commonwealth Games
2007
2nd British National Road Race Championships
2nd Tour of The Gila, USA
1st stage 1, Tyrone time-trial, Tour of The Gila
2nd stage 3, Inner Loop Road Race, Tour of The Gila
4th stage 2, Silver City - Mogollon Road Race, Tour of The Gila
7th Women's Cycling Criteriums, France (UCI 1.2)
4th stage 2, Trophée des Cyclistines - Châteaudun, Women's Cycling Criteriums
1st stage 1, Team TT, Tour de Toona
3rd stage 1, Galleria Mall - Logan Valley Mall, Tour de Toona
2008
1st stage 4, Tour of the Gila
3rd Sea Otter Classic
6th Stage 5, Mount Hood Stage Race
2009
7th Sea Otter Circuit Race

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Profile". BBC. 
  2. ^ a b c Holtzman, Whitney (17 August 2011). "Rachel Heal is Leader of the Pack". EspnW. Retrieved 3 August 2014. 
  3. ^ Frattini, Kirsten (19 August 2009). "Pic to direct Colavita-Sutter Home women's team in 2010". cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 3 August 2014. 
  4. ^ Weislo, Laura (31 January 2012). "Colavita riders find reprieve in Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies". cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 3 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "UnitedHealthcare names directors for 2014 squad". VeloNews. 30 October 2013. Retrieved 3 August 2014. 

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