Two stage wins in the Tour of Utah. A stage win at Colorado Classic. Overall wins at Cascade Cycling Classic, Redlands, and the grueling Tour de Beauce. Multiple wins at Speed Week and a clean sweep at the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic. The only U.S.-based team that has won at least one stage in all of the largest North American stage races. And that was just 2017.
Holowesko|Citadel p/b Arapahoe Resources has made a name for itself as a Continental racing team, and this year the team is poised to take on some of the major races in its first year as a Pro Continental team. All of this success in five short years hasn’t come from staring at power meters and perfecting form.
“I want the best bike racers—not necessarily the fittest people out there,” says Thomas Craven, chief sports director.
Craven, along with founders George and Rich Hincapie, approach managing the team from a place of mentorship and camaraderie. As George says, “Understanding the numbers and measurements of your performance is important. But equally important is teaching the guys all those things that can’t be dialed in with a computer.”
So while some may raise eyebrows at the guys playing their guitars or tossing the football before a race, it’s what George—after coming off of a successful 19-year cycling career—always pictured for the team. In 2012, he and Rich joined forces with the BMC Racing team to form the Hincapie Sportswear Development team, aiming to mentor young cyclists into the Pro-Tour circuit. After joining the UCI Continental Tour, Mark Holowesko, chief executive officer of Holowesko Partners Ltd., became a title sponsor, and the team separated from BMC, changing names to Hincapie-Holowesko Partners. In 2016, Citadel investment management company joined as the second title sponsor, and for the 2018 season, Arapahoe Resources has joined as a presenting sponsor.
With major wins behind them, as well as the support of solid sponsors and the Hincapie family, there’s nowhere to go but up for the guys of Holowesko|Citadel. But according to Craven, that’s not what matters, “Sure, it’ll be great if we win. But what really matters are the stories—that we make good stories to tell for years to come.”