Cycling can be cold but this is different. Alec Cowan was living in Calgary. It was snowing so he moved to Victoria, BC. It never snows in Victoria…
and then it snowed. So Alec left for Tucson because it NEVER snows there… and then it snowed. You heard it here first: Alec Cowan is a #globalwarmer #planetinfluencer #icecoldbelieber
This insight into the future of planet earth is relevant to our team because we’re having a training camp in Tucson starting Mar 2nd–and Alec’s arrival into this Arizona hotbed for cycling threatened… everything. Thankfully the planet seems to have flicked the switch and turned the heat back on. In the meantime, our riders are steadily arriving and will be heading to our house near Gates Pass. Our service course is getting bloated with boxes of Biemme Kit amassing on shelves alongside rows of Easton cockpits and tape. MaximaUSA cleaning products and oils are in work areas at our service course and on shelves in the trailer. Van Dessel bikes are in the work stands… you get the picture.
Gord and I are looking forward to seeing our photographer, Brian Hodes. He’s been working with us for years and once again he’s got a great site chosen for some stellar team pics. Importantly, Floyd will be there for a couple days, adding irreverence and panache. Floyd brings a genuine fun-loving take-no-shit attitude that provides a real spine for this team. Roger Worthington of Worthy Beer will also make an appearance. He’s not a quiet guy but he has been quietly helping the cycling world more than people know for years. We’ll be surrounded by generous, interesting people who are key to making this team happen. It should be a good time.
After camp, Gord will take a roster led by Johnny Clarke to Taiwan. Johnny finished second there last year so we’ll see what this new father can do in 2019. Taiwan could be a good race for Keegan too; and Serghei, Travis, Zuke and Emile are all capable of making a statement. In North America, I’ll take a young devo squad to Redlands and we’ll get a glimpse of where they are at with their race craft and fitness. We’re hoping Cowan, Granigan and Sitler provide leadership in California. And I’m hoping for a good day from Girafe. You don’t know who that is yet? Maybe we will all find out in 2019, including Girafe himself.
When it comes to racing bikes, sometimes it runs hot and sometimes cold. A team is built around believing that everyone can get it done, and therefore should just execute and move on. Training camp is about to start and for now, we’re all beliebers.