What a week for Jonny Clarke–and anyone that loves cycling or is simply a fan of maddogs with heart.
You can read race details of how the Tour de Taiwan unfolded in the cycling press–but that’s not the story here. I’ll start with a brief recap for context: Jonny won Stage 2 and took over the GC. He then lost the yellow jersey on Stage 3 but took it back on the decisive hill top finish of Stage 4. On Stage 5 the team successfully defended the jersey and Johnny won the 2019 Tour de Taiwan.
Now here’s what really matters. We are a young team in our first year of operation. We began our season by taking a roster whose average age was 20 years old to the Redlands Bicycle Classic and Noah Granigan won a stage, with Alec Cowan finishing on the podium twice and 5th overall. That was exciting but something else happened in Taiwan: amidst the pageantry of roller skating dragons, beating drums, moon-faced local politicians in front of cameras and softly waving school children lining the roads of the race… Jonny Clarke became the heart and soul of our team.
Check out his interview after winning Stage 2 and you’ll see why all the riders (Serghei Tvetcov, Travis McCabe, Emile Jean, Keegan Swirbul, Nick Zukowsky) and the staff (Gord Fraser, Jen Agan, Richard Knutson) dedicated themselves to defending their leader:
And here’s his Stage 5 post-race interview:
And here’s the celebration:
When Floyd Landis agreed to be title sponsor of this team he specifically asked that it have the kind of kick-ass, soulful fun that he experienced when he first started racing bikes. So far, this team of #maddogs is having a blast.