Travis McCabe will lead USA Cycling’s national team at the Amgen Tour of California. Our sprinter will be joined by 23-year-old teammate, Keegan Swirbul, on a 7-man roster that will contest the 7 day World Tour race from May 12-18.
This year Travis had a spectacular win on Stage 3 of Le Tour de Langkawi, where he also won the points jersey. More recently he won Stage 2 at the Tour of the Gila. His palmares includes multiple wins at the Tour of Utah and Langkawi, as well as victories at the Colorado Classic, the Herald Sun Tour, the Winston Salem Cycling Classic and the US Pro Criterium Championships.
Keegan is one of the most promising riders in the US. He’s carried that moniker since finishing 2nd at the U23 US National Road Championships in 2014–his first year in the Elite ranks. Keegan would win that title the following year but like many North American racers, he needed time to develop consistency. Last year’s top ten finishes at the Tour de Beauce and the Tour of Utah showed things were tracking in the right direction. This year those top 10s show signs of becoming top 5s. He recently finished 2nd overall at Le Tour de Langkawi, after finishing 3rd on the gruelling Queen Stage to Genting Highlands. As I type our young climber sits 4th in the General Classification at the Tour of the Gila.
The Amgen Tour of California is the biggest stage race in North America, with 13 World Tour teams and 5 Pro Conti teams attending. It starts on May 12 with a stage for the sprinters finishing in the state’s capitol: the metropolis of Sacramento with its roots in the Gold Rush Era. Yeah. May 12th is also Travis’ birthday. Do I have to drag out the “Gold Rush” metaphor or can you take it from here?
Full Squad: Sam Boardman, Miguel Bryon, Michael Hernandez, Alex Hoehn, Travis McCabe, Tyler Stites, Keegan Swirbul