Floyd’s Pro Cycling is about irreverence with a genuine purpose.We’re tired of road racing’s narrow focus on itself.
We understand the benefits of ‘marginal gains’ and some of the science underpinning this obsession with little things is incredible. But the obsession on little differences makes us cringe. To be honest, even the phrase ‘marginal gains’ can hook a squint out of my face because I associate it with a level of self-policing that is just not healthy for most people. And in my opinion, overall, it has hurt the sport in North America by distancing the experience of racing your road bike from everyday life, fun and freedom.
We just want to ride. Seriously. We’ll race any awesomely named Van Dessel bike we’re given. We’ll be road racing in North America and Asia on The Motivus Maximus; we’ll send a couple guys to Paris To Ancaster, Dirty Kanza, the Belgian Waffle Race and the Crusher in the Tushar on the Full Tilt Boogie; and Travis and Zuke will do some cross country on the Jersey Devil hardtail, with an eye on the Whiskey 50 and Leadville.
We want to have fun and be part of the atmosphere and local buzz of gravel and mtb events, and we want to add some of that spirit to the UCI America and Asia tours. But here’s the key: we can do this at the highest level with an eye on the big picture and the memory of why we started riding our bikes in the first place: freedom, mobility… or whatever fantastic or creepy reason got you turning the pedals to the point where you got good at it–very good at it.
Drink your kale to reduce bloating. Hydrate with coconut water. Mix in some fish oil to help with inflammation. It’s all good as long as it has a broad purpose and genuine commitment to cycling in general. No selfies. Irreverence with a purpose. You’re going to see that more and more from teams and riders who race on the road. We want to be part of this wave because it’s necessary and about time… it’s about a good time.
There’s a new moon rising on the North American peloton, and we’re under it.
Here are some pics by Kathleen Dreier of Travis, Zuke getting ready to ride with El Grupo with help from our director Gord Fraser and Head Mechanic Richard Knutson: