Editor’s note: This article was originally published in the December 2014 issue of Velo magazine, the annual awards issue.
Alison Powers is no stranger to Velo’s awards issue, having won the Domestic Rider of the Year award in 2013 after an amazing season with NOW-Novartis. She has proven to be, far and away, the best all-arounder in the domestic peloton. Whether she’s fighting for GC, blazing against the clock, or duking it out in a crit sprint, Powers’ results speak for themselves.
Making the jump to UnitedHealthcare for 2014, she opened up her year with a stage victory and overall win at the Tour Femenino de San Luis in January. She took wins in the time trial at Redlands, and the crit at the Tour of the Gila, before doubling-up in the road race and individual time trial at the national championships in May. Already holding the national criterium title at that time, Powers became the first American in history to simultaneously hold national championships in all three road disciplines.
As the season progressed, Powers continued to battle for podiums, all the while working for her teammates. Along with winning the opening time trial and finishing second on GC at the Northstar Grand Prix, Powers worked to set up UHC’s young sprinting phenom, Coryn Rivera, for multiple victories.
To conclude her season, Powers went on to Ponferrada, Spain, to represent the U.S. at the world championships, where she put in a top-10 ride in the individual time trial, and rode in a support role for her American teammates in the road race.
The 2014 season may not have been as lucrative for Powers as last year, but her ability to consistently perform across all types of road racing is a skill that can’t be matched by her competitors.
Luckily for them, she announced her retirement from the sport in October. And for Powers, she’s going out on her own terms — on top.