We previously announced that Travis McCabe had signed with World Tour team, Israel Start-Up Nation. It’s great to see our versatile sprinter getting another crack at the show in Europe. On behalf of the entire team, I want to thank Travis for all he contributed to Floyd’s Cycling in 2019, including dramatic wins, contributions to race plans, leadership and panache. Travis has a winning presence both on and off the bike, and we look forward to seeing him banging bars in his new team colours.
Israel Start-Up Nation, formerly the Israel Cycling Academy, is easily one of the most interesting storylines in cycling with its commitment to the growth of the sport in Israel. While road racing is reinventing its brand in North America, Start-up’s owner Sylvan Adams has rapidly built a flagship team for Israel that will race in the Tour de France while inspiring a cycling movement in the country. He’s done this by providing role models through the team, but also by helping to build infrastructure, including a velodrome, and coordinating the team’s marketing with Israel’s tourism industry.
Israel Start-Up Nation has also built a development team at the Continental level for promising riders to cut their teeth in preparation for the World Tour. Floyd’s Cycling is happy to announce that two of our devo riders have signed with Start-Up’s Conti team: Carson Miles and Robin Plamondon. In their first year racing at the Elite level, both riders racked up significant results in prominent races. Miles was 3rd overall at the Green Mountain Stage Race and Plamondon was 2nd at the Canadian Crit Championships. This is a great opportunity for these young riders to race in Europe, but also to gain a cultural appreciation of Israel. Congrats!