Durango’s Carmen Small retires from professional cycling

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Durango’s Carmen Small retires from professional cycling

Durangoan looking forward to new role as cycling director
After 10 years as a professional cyclist, Carmen Small announced her retirement this week. She will continue a career in cycling as a sports director with Team Virtu Cycling in Denmark, coaching the team’s riders.
A severe concussion in March effectively put an end to Carmen Small’s racing career. Now, the 37-year-old from Durango is coaching riders and rediscovering her passion for teaching.
Carmen Small admits she still gets nervous directing the Team Virtu Cycling team from the car. At times, she wishes she could switch bodies with her riders on the course.
Durango will always be home for Carmen Small, but she will move to Denmark full time in November.
Carmen Small competed on the highest levels of women’s cycling. Now, her love for the sport will be funneled into coaching.
Carmen Small rode away from the field tow in the 2012 Nature Valley Grand Prix stage race in Minnesota. A dominating time trial led to her victory. Three years later, Small raced against the men in the same event.
Carmen Small has competed on all of the biggest stages in the world, winning two national titles in time trial and two world championships in the team time trial.
Durango’s Carmen Small, front, was the 2011 Queen of the Mountain at the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic, her home race in which she has rarely been able to compete because of schedule conflicts.

Durango’s Carmen Small retires from professional cycling

After 10 years as a professional cyclist, Carmen Small announced her retirement this week. She will continue a career in cycling as a sports director with Team Virtu Cycling in Denmark, coaching the team’s riders.
A severe concussion in March effectively put an end to Carmen Small’s racing career. Now, the 37-year-old from Durango is coaching riders and rediscovering her passion for teaching.
Carmen Small admits she still gets nervous directing the Team Virtu Cycling team from the car. At times, she wishes she could switch bodies with her riders on the course.
Durango will always be home for Carmen Small, but she will move to Denmark full time in November.
Carmen Small competed on the highest levels of women’s cycling. Now, her love for the sport will be funneled into coaching.
Carmen Small rode away from the field tow in the 2012 Nature Valley Grand Prix stage race in Minnesota. A dominating time trial led to her victory. Three years later, Small raced against the men in the same event.
Carmen Small has competed on all of the biggest stages in the world, winning two national titles in time trial and two world championships in the team time trial.
Durango’s Carmen Small, front, was the 2011 Queen of the Mountain at the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic, her home race in which she has rarely been able to compete because of schedule conflicts.

Durango’s Carmen Small retires from professional cycling

Durango’s Carmen Small finished 12th in the women’s elite time trial at the 2016 Road World Championships in Doha, Qatar.

Durango’s Carmen Small retires from professional cycling

LUCA BRUNO/Associated Press file

Topping off a spectacular 2013 season, Durangoan Carmen Small crossed the finish line to win the bronze medal at the Road Cycling World Championships in Florence, Italy.

Durango’s Carmen Small retires from professional cycling

Carmen Small crossed Bakers Bridge countless times during training rides during her pro cycling career. The next time she crosses it on her bike will be for fun after retiring from the sport this week.

Durango’s Carmen Small retires from professional cycling

After years of riding in a support role, Carmen Small stepped to the top of the podium as the Optum Kelly team leader at the Nature Valley Grand Prix in 2012.
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