Fraser’s Take On Silber’s Final Race of the Season
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.
Pier continues to improve his sprinting prowess with a hard fought 5th place on the last stage of this ATB Financial Tour of Alberta, while Nigel kept his top 10 on the overall standings. A great last day for the team that wraps up also Silber Pro Cycling’s 2017 season.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.