We want to say thanks to a couple riders who will not be returning to Silber next year…
We’ve already announced the return of our core development riders and the signing of Junior National Road Champ, Charles-Etienne Chrétien; and we will announce the entire 2018 roster shortly. But before all that, we wanted to publicly express our appreciation for all that Kris Dahl and Julien Gagne contributed to Silber Pro Cycling.
Dahl and Gagne Move On
At the end of 2016, Kris advised the team that he was prioritizing school and a specific job opportunity over cycling. We agreed to a contract that would see Kris race the second half of the season if ready. Kris is the kind of person with whom you happily make special arrangements because he deserves the trust and always over-delivers.
In 2016 we were all over the podium at race after race but Kris delivered one of the most memorable wins in Silber’s history when he won the opening stage at the Tour of Utah. I still joke that the person who came second in that race was our mechanic, Richard Knutson, who hopped the fence and ran 600m to catch up with Kris to give him a hug. Kris is like that: he galvanizes a team–riders and staff. And he’s a winner. We missed him on and off the bike in 2017 but were honoured to have him on the roster and to see him follow a different career path.
Julien Gagne was with the team for the last two seasons and no one disputed his talent. Gord would often comment on his souplesse and ease while others suffered up hills on team rides and even during races. He capped off 2017 with a 2nd place behind Antoine Duschene (Direct Energie) at the tough, hilly Classique des Appalaches.
I’m not sure what our racing platform is missing but we were unable to help Julien convert his raw talent into success. It wasn’t for lack of trying on both sides, and it definitely wasn’t a personality issue. It just didn’t work out. Thankfully, Julien’s found a new home on a Continental team for 2017. Hopefully a new environment will help him develop into the climber we all know he could be.
Once again: thank you to Kris and Julien for all they’ve contributed to our team. We wish our brash sprinter and quiet climber all the best in 2018!