Team Seeking New Title Sponsor for 2019 – the task now is for others to come forward and leave their marks on the sport.
Arthur Silber recently informed members of Silber Pro Cycling’s management that he will no longer be able to sponsor the team beyond the end of 2018. My first reaction–and it was overwhelming–was to thank him for his magnificent generosity. For those who don’t know, in 2012 Arthur sponsored our club team, Medique p/b Silber Investments. In 2014 that team took out a Continental license from the UCI and Arthur became the title sponsor of what has since been called Silber Pro Cycling. He has been the title sponsor of the team for the last 5 years.
I wanted to thank Arthur personally because he’s a good friend and I want people to understand the broader impact of his generosity. After the demise of Spidertech in 2012, Canada sent only 1 rider to the U23 World Championships. In 2014 that number declined to ZERO. In 2015 Canada qualified to send 4 U23 riders to Worlds, 3 of those selected were from Silber and all 4 now race for Professional Continental teams. It was largely Silber Pro Cycling’s success at UCI races that garnered the points required to qualify more riders for Worlds.
My first reaction–and it was overwhelming–was to thank Arthur for his magnificent generosity -Scott McFarlane, Team GM & Co-Founder
Here’s another way to say the same thing: Arthur’s sponsorship enabled our team to become the focal point of the country’s development program that begins at the club level with provincial cycling bodies and is overseen by Cycling Canada. Our riders–mostly U23–represented Canada at the World Championships 18 times from 2014-2017. Silber riders have also provided Team Canada with KOM jerseys and animated the World Tour races in Montreal and Quebec each year. The point is that Arthur’s generosity should be understood beyond being the title sponsor of one of Canada’s most successful teams ever.
We are now poised to extend our impact. We’re actively looking for a new title sponsor as we compete at the Tour of Utah before heading to the Colorado Classic. New and loyal support for the team is in place. We recently came to new agreements with a major industry partner and a university research program which are contingent on us being able to field the team in 2019. And we’re excited about the direction of rebranding that is ongoing with potential title and presenting sponsors.
Silber’s success and the documentation of the daily lives of our riders raised the visibility of the adventure we call cycling across North America.
But most of all, I want to thank Arthur for sharing both incredible cycling adventures with his many, many friends; and his passion for the sport with the country by giving bike racing a focal point: Silber Pro Cycling.The task now is for others to come forward and leave their marks on the sport.
Scott is the GM and an owner of the team. With a rich history in Montreal cycling as a coach, trainer and owner of Toguri Training Systems he met Arthur Silber in 2008. The rest is history -so to speak. Scott and Arthur co-founded the team in 2014.
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