Known as one of the fastest sprinters in the domestic racing scene, it’s no surprise Travis McCabe’s racing resume is impressive.
With stage victories at the Tour de Langkawi, Tour of Utah, the Colorado Classic, as well as a national criterium championship jersey in this closet, to just name a few, McCabe is a rider to watch in the final 200 meters.
We caught up with Travis after he returned to Colorado from a pre-season block of training and racing in Arizona.
Getting Race Ready
As is typical with pros in the beginning of the year the training is only starting to ramp-up.
“We got in some big miles on our new Van Dessel bikes. I’m really pleased with them,” said Travis. “I’m feeling good. I wasn’t sure where my fitness was going to be. I’ve been putting in big miles, but nothing specific. I just need to work on the speed, but I’m happy with it. I’m on track to where I need to be.”
The Floyd’s Pro Cycling Team is a combination of veterans, as well as younger riders. Joining Travis on the team are his former teammates Serghei Tvetcov and Johnny Clarke, so it is a bit of a homecoming. There’s also a strong mix of younger riders that are sure to make an impact during the season.
“I think it is going to be fun with a good group of guys. You have guys like me, Serghei (Tvetcov), and Johnny (Clarke) who will help those younger riders and try and guide them – teach them to stay calm, read a race, and when to eat and drink. There’s going to be a lot of growth and development on the team this year which will be fun.”
The beginning of the season is also when goals are made and Travis has several – including mountain biking and gravel races. But at the end of the day, Travis just wants himself or a teammate on the top of the podium.
“I want to do well in the UCI races we have available to us,” said Travis. “This includes the US Professional National Championships and the Whiskey 50 mountain bike race. I’m looking forward to the epic rides. I just want to win and the races I can’t win I want other guys to win.”
Dirt isn’t Just for Mountain Bikes
Gravel races have become the fastest growing category in cycling and Floyd’s Pro Cycling Team is toeing the line at these new events.
“I’m looking forward to gravel races – it will be fun. The Dirty Kanza race is a big one and I’m looking forward to that. It’s not something I’m completely use to and we’ll see how it goes. The Crusher in the Tushar is supposed to be brutal.”