This year Canada fielded its largest ever Worlds team and Silber had 4 riders joining the mix across the mens Elite and Junior races. The 2015 Worlds in Richmond was Ryan Roth’s first time competing at the elite level after racing as a junior in 2001 in Lisbon Portugal and in 2005 racing as a U23 in Madrid Spain. How’d it feel to race against the best in the world? Here is what Silber riders had to say about their Worlds experience.
I was fortunate to be doing both the TT and the road race. The time trial was a solid hour plus effort and although I did a decent ride for myself the deep field of the world’s best meant I placed 44th. – Ryan Roth
The road race was pretty controlled but fast for the bulk of the race and everything was going smoothly until a small crash meant I had to use what was left of my reserves to chase back into the peloton. Starting the hill section at the back meant I was behind splits as we crossed the line with 3 laps to go. I continued on a bit further but knew I would not be making it back into the field a second time. At this point I called it a day and retired to the feed zone to watch Sagan take the win as large groups of people cheered in front of the huge screen just after the finish line. – Ryan Roth
It was a really special experience to be racing for Team Canada at arguably the biggest race of the year in the cycling calendar. In a year where Canada scored a record number of starters at the championships it was very exciting to see 3 of my fellow Silber teammates there along side me. It really shows that the team has stepped up to a whole other level and are becoming a pillar in the Canadian cycling scene. – Alex Cataford
After a season of rebuilding, getting to race the U23 Worlds was a huge accomplishment for me. The race didn’t go as planned for me with three punctures, however, I am pleased to have helped my teammates before my punctures. The experience I gained from this race will help me up my game next year. On a side note, it was great to see all the Argon’s in the U23 race. Argon supplies bikes to teams all over the world, and it was great to see so many of their supported riders get to the Worlds! – Nigel Ellsay
Below is a photo of Kevin Field and Ryan before the Richmond 2015 Time Trial. Kevin managed the Canadian Men’s National Team at the World Championships. Kevin first worked with Ryan at the 2004 Tour of Japan – one of Ryan’s first international races. He was also Ryan’s Sports Director at Team Spidertech when Ryan won the Univest GP, Tro Bro Leon and the 2012 National Championships.
It has been a pleasure working with Ryan on and off during the past 11 years of his career. I was proud and happy for all six guys Canada brought to Richmond… and especially for Ryan – he’s deserved it in past and it was awesome he went this year. – Kevin Field
Silber has made a huge step forward this year. I’ve been fortunate to have been involved with some of Canada’s best teams in the past. Where Silber is this year – only their 2nd yr as a UCI team – surpasses where teams like Symmetrics and Spidertech were at this stage. Its super exciting to see. Scott and Gord are doing an awesome job building this program and Cycling Canada is fortunate to have a Canadian-based trade team of this calibre within which our best young talent can develop. I can’t wait to see what they bring to the game in 2016! – Kevin Field