While the rest of the team was racing in Utah, Carson Miles, Robin Plamondon and Noah Simms headed to Amqui, Quebec for the GPC de la Matapédia (Aug 7-11).
The result sheets made it look easy: Carson took over the GC after a 5th place finish in Stage 3’s 15km Time Trial and then the 3 Floyd’s riders took control of the race, fending off repeated challenges from Alexis Cartier (Vélo 2000) and Connor Topping (Probaclac). Robin would finish 5th overall with Noah 7th.
These results, however, were the product of hard racing. Matapédia is not well-known nationally, but has over the years consistently attracted a small but high-calibre field of racers, including Quebec and Ontario riders from Continental and Pro-Conti teams hoping to hold on to or develop late-season form. Comprised of 5 stages, Matapédia has quietly become one of the most significant “post-Nationals” races in Quebec.
Carson’s win is an important indicator of his development as a first-year Elite, and winning a longer stage race at 19 years old confirms his potential. The ability of Robin and Noah to control the race while finishing in the top-10 shows the development of race IQ amongst all three of our youngest riders. These guys race differently than they did at the start of the season, and they know the sport in a more nuanced way. That’s a testament to the communication skills and knowledge base of the leadership within our team. You can call it “development” but really it’s about having leaders establish an internal culture within the team that opens up possibilities for everyone. With local wins, podiums at Nationals, and trips to World Championships under their belts, the progression of these three youngsters is consistent with those riders who have advanced from within our program to the next level. That’s a win for all of us.
Next up: Robin and Carson will tackle the Green Mountain Stage Race in Vermont.