3 Stages. 2 Wins. 5 podiums. 1st & 2nd GC. 1 heck of a good start to the season.
We kicked off training camp with the Tucson Bicycle Classic to test the equipment and take part in a long-standing event that maintains the community feel, history and pedigree required of any local “classic.” Maybe it was the heat of the desert. Or perhaps it was the new custom Van Dessel Motivus Maximus bikes; or the the first race test of our Biemme custom kit… who knows and who cares: the team was motivated.
Serghei Tvetcov set the tone for the weekend with a takeover of floydscycling’s Instagram to offer followers behind the scenes stories throughout the race. He also set the tone on the bike by winning the opening ITT, with Nicolas Zukowsky finishing 3rd. With Serghei in yellow, Travis McCabe extended the team’s dominance of the event by winning Stage 2, with Zuke once again finishing 3rd. On the final stage, the team executed tactically to preserve the overall for Serghei, while Alec Cowan finished 3rd.
And now we’ve started camp in preparation for Taiwan and Redlands. The Tour de Taiwan (Mar 17-21) showcases Tapei and the entire island. The race puts a spotlight on the importance of Taiwan to the bike industry by promoting the Tapei Bike Show which takes place a week later. The Redlands Classic (Mar 13-17) takes place early in the North American race calendar and is thus known as the race “Where Legends Are Born.” Early season form can help launch a rider’s profile within the media-rich cycling culture surrounding Los Angeles. We will be taking a young team there to see if they can cut their teeth against some of North America’s best riders. Interestingly, the race is presented by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians in an effort to advance public relations and foster community support of the Band’s cultural projects and business ventures in the San Bernardino mountains. The context of the race is thus steeped in colonial history and future projects.
This is what we do whether we’re oblivious or informed… or a bit of both. We race bikes through incredible landscapes and dynamic cities–all the while participating in events put on by organizers engaging with the complex socio-economic histories and goals of the communities we visit. It’s an adventure. I mean, we want to win on the bike. But between races, we want cycling as a whole to win. Winner winner.