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The Hincapie Racing Team Announces 2015 Roster

Posted on Thursday, December 11, 2014 by Thomas Craven

Greenville, S.C.— The Hincapie Racing Team is pleased to announce its 2015 professional roster with the return of two-time U23 National Criterium Champion Ty Magner, and Robin Carpenter, stage winner at the 2014 USA Pro Cycling Challenge.

The 2015 roster includes returning riders Oscar Clark, Joe Lewis, Joe Schmaltz, Dion Smith, Tom Skujins, Miguel Bryon, and Charlie Hough. New to the team are Jon Hornbeck, Rob Squire, Andzs Flaksis, and Mac Brennan. Darren Fuller and 2005 USPRO National Champion Chris Wherry join Hincapie Racing as assistant directors.

It’s a team with high hopes following an extremely successful campaign in 2014. Under the leadership of Chief Sports Director Thomas Craven, The Hincapie Racing team surpassed even the most optimistic expectations, highlighted by more race victories in 2014, 39, than any other development team.

Entering 2014, the team was just hoping to gain entry to the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. As a result of the team’s early success, that invitation was extended and then promptly justified when Robin Carpenter won the prestigious tour’s 2nd stage.

Just weeks earlier at the Tour of Utah, Hincapie’s Joey Rosskopf turned in an eye-opening ride on the queen stage, narrowly finishing second to BMC Racing’s Cadel Evans. He proved himself nearly equal to Evans on that day, and so it’s fitting that 2015 will see Rosskopf join Evans on BMC Racing, fulfilling another of the Hincapie Racing team’s goals: moving a rider to a UCI ProTeam.

Other team highlights from 2014 included winning the Redlands Bicycle Classic, which Rosskopf did late with a win on the final stage.

“2014 was hugely successful for the Hincapie Racing team by any measure,” said Craven. “But we have loftier goals in 2015 for a team that retains most of a core group that’s been together for two years now. Invitations to the AMGEN Tour of California, Tour of Utah and USA Pro Cycling Challenge are major points of emphasis for us. We’d also like to see a Hincapie Racing Team member wear the leader jersey. And the national championship will be held right in our backyard in Greenville, S.C. this year. We’d certainly like to see some Hincapie jerseys competing there as well.”

The Hincapie Racing Team is registered with USA Cycling as a UCI Continental Team. It’s made possible through a commitment by Rich and George Hincapie and Mark Holowesko.

“My brother George and I are committed to giving back to a sport that’s given us so much,” said Rich. “That’s what the Hincapie Racing Team represents to us: our responsibility to the next generation. To see our team have success it did in 2014 was a testament to the effort, and presents an exciting new challenge. Achieving success is one thing, maintaining success and building on it is another and that’s what we’re hoping to do.”

For 2015 the team continues its relationship with bike sponsor Felt, which provides FC framesets for road races and criteriums, and the DA1 for time trials.

Other sponsors include Hincapie Sportswear, Holowesko Partners, Shimano, Pro, Giro helmets, Hed, Velo Saddles, K3 Holders, K-Edge, Osymetric USA, Praxis Works, Michelin, ZEVLIN, SPY Optic, Finish Line USA, Thule, Bonk Breaker, Intelligentsia Coffee, Viva Raw, Carmichael Training Systems, Normatec, Wahoo Fitness, Trigger Point, Eastside Chiropractic, GO Sports Detergent, ParkTool, WCJ Pilgrim, Huma Chia Energy Gel, Spyder, Peterson’s Orthotic Lab / CycleSoles, Fleetwood RV, Freightliner and The Island House.

Thank You for the Support Colorado!

Posted on Monday, August 25, 2014 by Ashley Casselman

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!

Crested Butte Victory - Stage 2, USA Pro Challenge

Posted on Sunday, August 24, 2014 by Ashley Casselman

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 takes 2nd on Tough Tour of Utah Stage

Posted on Saturday, August 09, 2014 by Ashley Casselman

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!

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