Silber Pro Cycling just wrapped up a very successful week at BC Superweek, including a memorable win at the week’s premier event, Gastown Gran Prix. By the end of the week, the team walked away with 3 wins. Not once was the Silber Bullet absent from the top 6. We sat down with Team Director Gord Fraser, to talk about the intense week of fast racing.
Cover photo courtesy of Scott Robarts – scottrobarts.ca. Thanks Scott!
What was your most memorable moment this week? The one that stands out is the way the team raced in Gastown, blowing apart a race that’s difficult to separate as Matteo and Ryan double team the break enabling Ryan’s memorable win.
That was quite the impressive ride by Ryan Roth. In fact, he is one of the only people to ever win Gaston solo. Was this the plan? In the lead-up to Gastown I noticed our aggression was often simply setting up other teams to either attack on their own turn, or to sweep up the numerous primes. I challenged the guys to be more selective with their aggression and be cognizant of the damage or lack thereof that each attack was causing. Matteo in particular can be a bit rambunctious with his power and when he finally spotted me giving instructions from the VIP area (our predetermined vantage point) he was more effective in using his power to pull the break clear once Ryan made it across.
The team was wildly consistent all week. What do you attribute this success to? Well, we didn’t have enough time to refocus the guys into any kind of speed-work. The preceding block was very demanding with Saguenay, Philly, Beauce and Nationals so it was imperative the guys get home to rest and adapt to all that racing stress. I think that was the difference in our consistency all BCWeek — not only in their strength, but their ability to repeat the aggressive nature of the way we raced night in night out.
Cobbles, Pave, 180 degree turns and a chicane are all what makes Gastown a really incredible race. How did the team’s equipment enjoy the terrain? We couldn’t be happier with our Argon 18 Gallium bikes. They are a competent all round machine; at home in the mountains of Quebec or the criteriums in the downtown streets of Vancouver. Our Zipp Tangente tubular tires in particular have performed incredibly well with durability but as we saw last week in Vancouver; their cornering ability are unmatched. In a lot of ways though, the equipment is always as good as the mechanic working on them and for that we have an unsung hero in mechanic Doug Berner. His tireless work ethic ensures that the bikes work perfectly and his fine attention to detail can always detect any issues before they become a race ending mishap.