The streets of downtown Edmonton were witness to another big cycling battle on Labour Day.  The Silber team rode hard–with Nigel throwing everything into moving up on the general classification and teammate Alec Cowan snatching the King of the Mountain jersey.

Fraser’s Take On Silber’s Final Race of the Season

Words by: Gord Fraser & Scott McFarlane
Photography by CBG Photos, Casey Gibson

Fraser Fotog fotographed by CBG PHOTO

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Pier continues to improve his sprinting with 10th on stage 2, and a hard fought 5th place on the last stage.
Nigel displayed incredible consistency throughouth the season, grabbing another top 10 on the overall standings.
Winning the KOM Jersey – a great last day for the team, wrapped up Silber Pro Cycling’s 2017 season.

Pier-André Côté was 7th in Stage 3 and 5th in Stage 4. pic: CBG Photo
Nigel was in the break of the day on stages 1, 3 and 4. He finished in 10th GC. pic: CBG Photo

The streets of Edmonton were also witness to all the teams frantically packing.  It’s a combination of relief and sadness when the season ends.  Our season opener in Fayetteville seems simultaneously both years past and yesterday.  There’s a buzz among the staff and riders on plans for the off season and for 2018.  We hear rumours on riders transferring and sponsors coming and going.  We learn of staff members saying their goodbyes as some choose to move on from the circus of the pro cycling family.

Calgary resident Alec Cowan was in demand for interviews throughout the ToA. pic: CBG Photo
Roberge signs and autograph pic: CBG Photo

I feel so fortunate to work with some of the most promising Canadian talent on two wheels.  We look to retain the majority of our 2017 roster while planning on adding for now at least two new riders soon to be made publicly known.  I can’t wait to see how the volume of hard race miles soaks into my young team as they adapt to the stresses of 2017.  I feel 2018 will indeed be a breakout year for many of our guys.

Silber on the front in Stage 2. © CBG Photo
Team Parking before stage 3: Roberge, Ellsay, Zuke, Emile and Roth. ©CBG Photo

I want to also acknowledge our tremendous staff–a collection of talented and passionate individuals that I can honestly say were the best group I’ve ever worked with.  Our rookie head mechanic Yohan Patry showed poise well beyond his experience.  Our Jamis bikes were tuned to perfection all year and his organizational skills were greatly appreciated.  Aiding Yohan on a part time basis was Richard Knutson.  His presence at our Tucson service course at Fairwheel Bikes was instrumental in organizing many things behind the scenes.

L-R: Scott, Richard, Yohan, Caro, Lani and Gord. pic: CBG Photo

Lani Galyer came to us to lead our soigneurs and her experience shone through.  It’s incredible when I delegate responsibilities and never have to step in and micro manage.  Our staff knows their jobs and performs their duties with utmost professionalism and that perfectly reflects Lani.  Caro Gaurdet is a rising star in the soigneur world and she was incredible assisting Lani at all the big events this year.  Thanks to both our swannies, the guys were fed and taken care of supremely well.

Gord, Kim (driver Comm 2) and Caro pic: CBG Photo

Back in Montreal, I can’t thank team owner Scott McFarlane and office manager Michelle Paiement enough for their tireless work in getting everything organized.  The Silber team is a direct reflection on their efforts.

Lastly and most importantly,  a word of thanks to Arthur Silber and our sponsors.  We always want to race hard and make Arthur proud that his name adorns our jersey.  Thanks also to our other financial partners: Toguri Training, Mandevco Properties, Hamelin Industries, CIBC Wood Gundy, The 11 inc, Novelti and Rosie; and to our crucial industry partners: Jamis Bikes, Giordana, Easton, POC, Clif, Fizik, Vittoria, Specialized shoes, Thule (racks and packs), K3, Doc’s Skincare, veloToze, Kinetic by Kurt, petits mots, grupetto and Thomas Eleizegui at the Musette Café.

2018 is already in planning and we can’t wait for it to arrive, but for now we’ll reflect and enjoy the successes of a very memorable 2017.

Scott McFarlane

Written by Scott McFarlane

Scott is the GM and an co-owner of the team. With a rich history in Montreal cycling as a coach, trainer and co-founder of the Silber cycling team in 2014. Through Gord, Scott met Floyd and Josh Saint in 2018 to architect the team's rebrand to Floyd's Pro Cycling.

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