Floyd’s Pro Cycling had a successful run at “National Champs Weekend”, winning titles in Europe, the US and Canada.
Serghei Tvetcov started the weekend with a bang. This year Serghei’s won the TT at the Tour of the Gila and the Tour de Beauce, where he finished 5th overall. On Friday he continued his winning streak in time trials with a dominant performance at the Romanian TT Championships in Sadu, averaging over 50km/h over the 35km course.
A few hours later, Nick Zukowsky was on course in Saint-Prosper, QC on his way to a 3rd place finish in the U23 Canadian TT Championships. It would not be the last time he stepped onto the podium at the National Championships, but the day was not done for Floyd’s.
Later Friday night, fans lined the streets of downtown Knoxville, TN for a thrilling evening of racing at the US Pro Crit Championships. Tens of thousands watched online. Let’s cut to the chase: Travis McCabe is the 2019 US Pro Crit Champion. And here’s how he did it, with huge help from Noah Granigan:
What made Travis’ win audacious was the fact he and Noah were racing against entire teams. It was a recurring issue for our split squads throughout the weekend during the RR. Serghei was riding solo in Romania but nonetheless managed a 10th place finish. In the US, Travis, Noah and Keegan were active most of the race and made an impact but they were ultimately outgunned.
Back in Canada, Alec Cowan and Nick Zukowsky made the first major split, with Noah Simms and Robin Plamondon joining when two groups merged. Unfortunately only Nick made final selection. In the run-up to the finish Nick’s group caught James Piccoli, who had been solo for over 90km. Nick was not able, however, to cover the multiple attacks by Rally’s two riders in the group–eventual winner Adam de Vos and runner-up, teammate Nigel Ellsay. Nick finished a hard fought third and in doing so, won our third title of the weekend: a well-deserved U23 Canadian Road Championship.
The Canadian Crit Champs were held the following afternoon, on Canada Day. 19 year old Robin Plamondon and Alec Cowan were active and off the front all day and made the final selection as the heat and challenging course cracked the field. A late attack by Ryan Roth (X-Speed) stuck with Robin giving chase but finishing second. Alec sprinted for fourth, nudged off the podium by Pier-André Côté (Rally).
At the conclusion of National Championships Weekend, we had 3 titles, a silver and a bronze. We’ll stuff those into our suitcases, as we head to BC Superweek, the Boise TT and Twilight Crit plus some more gravel racing at Crusher in the Tushar. Next!