Travis McCabe, Keegan Swirbul and Noah Granigan will provide Floyd’s Sports Director, Gord Fraser, with 3 viable options throughout the weekend at the US Pro National Championships in Knoxville, Tennessee.
The always-exciting downtown US Crit Championships will take place in the evening on Friday, June 28th. McCabe has won races at Langkawi, Gila and Cascades this year, and had a memorable 2nd on Stage 1 of the Tour of California. He will look to repeat his 2017 victory in the event while Granigan, this year’s winner of the Redlands Stage 4 crit, will be provide both support and an opportunistic wild card.
Attention then shifts to the 15 lap, 191 km road race whose main feature, the Sherrod Street climb, has been the site of multiple attacks and consistent attrition in the past. The addition of a punchy climb each lap before the start/finish might serve the versatile McCabe well. Granigan has proven he has the engine for a course like this, finishing 10th on the fast-paced punchy Winston Salem course while also finishing a notable 9th at Dirty Kanza. Our climber, Keegan Swirbul, is rounding into form. He finished 2nd overall at Langkawi, 6th at Gila and was 2nd on the Mont Mégantic stage, 3rd on the final stage plus 4th overall this past week at the Tour de Beauce. This young talent will want to get up the road and let the chips fall in Knoxville.