As we head into the final stage at the US Pro Cycling Challenge in Denver, we wanted to take a minute to say thank you to the race promoters that invited our small development team to the biggest race in North America. Shawn Hunter, John Greene, and Medalist Sports went out on a limb to invite the team and although many people questioned our inclusion, we were determined not to let them down.
Going into the event our goal was not to win, but to race. This was an incredible opportunity give our riders experience racing among the bests cyclists in the world in one of the toughest races in the country.
So race we did. Coming off a solid performance at the Tour of Utah, there was already some new interest in the team and people were buzzing about what we might be able to do in Colorado. Day one we started out strong with two guys in the break, and in Stage 2 Robin Carpenter had an absolutely stellar ride on the dangerous Keebler’s Pass soloing all the way to the finish at Crested Butte! The team has blown us away with their hard efforts in each and every stage - attacking, working together to place riders in almost every break, setting up for sprints, and turning themselves inside out with 110% effort to haul themselves to the finish line. Cycling fans around the country have started to take notice and our team is definitely now on the radar of the national cycling circuit. We could not be more proud of all of our team members, directors, and staff for working so hard and proving that the event directors knew exactly what they were doing when they invited us to race.
Thanks Shawn, John, and Medalist for this amazing opportunity, and thank you Colorado for a fantastic event! See you next year!
The Hincapie Sportswear Development Team moves onto Monarch Mountain, Stage 3, with heads held high and smiles on their faces after Robin Carpenter’s Stage 2 victory. Our Devo boys had a strong start with Robin Carpenter, Joe Lewis and Dion Smith joining a 12 man break. Despite the harsh elements; blinding wind and pouring rain, Robin was able to break away from the group at the 60 mile mark. He held onto his lead with 45 seconds between himself and the chase, which he widened to 1:05 after the decent. Carpenter crossed the finish line 6 seconds ahead of Alex Howes and TeTay Van Garderen, to earn not only a monumental stage win, but the orange Aggressive Rider jersey. Taking the same stage as Robin, Ty Magner earned the Stage 2 Sprinters Jersey.
Congratulations to Robin Carpenter and all our Hincapie Devo boys, we are so proud of you! Tune in to support the team as the turn their sights to stages 3-7 of the USA Pro Challenge. Look out, it’s Boomtime!
Joey Rosskopf, rode an aggressive 107 mile ride with 13,000 feet of elevation in the Tour of Utah – Stage 6. Rosskopf had a strong start by quickly joining a break of 15 riders through Morgan and Summit counties. The break was quickly depleted during the trek up the Cat 1. climb, leaving Joey alongside Lucas Euser, Cadel Evans, Riccardo Zoidl and Janier Acevedo. At the 3km mark Joey attacked and was followed by Cadel Evans, who was able to over take him at the finish line with a two second lead. Rosskopf finished the day on the second step of the podium and wearing the KOM jersey. Way to go Joey!
Under 23 rider, Robin Carpenter, spent most of the Stage One of the Tour of Utah in a five man breakaway. At each of the Intermediate Sprint points and King of the Mountain points Robin out sprinted his companions. Although the break was caught in the final kilometers of the race, Robin’s aggressive riding earned him the King of Mountain jersey. Watch the video below to hear from Robin about the experience.