Floyd’s of Leadville Goes Racing
A new pro team readies for a new season
After months of rumors and hushed discussions, Floyd Landis has finally secured a new pro racing team under the auspices of his CBD empire, Floyd’s of Leadville. Here’s what the release had to say…
Floyd’s Pro Cycling’s schedule for their first year of racing prioritizes variety and fun as much as tradition, with the team now naming the races on their inaugural calendar. Joining in to support FPC’s efforts are new team sponsors including Presenting Sponsor Worthy Brewing, Biemme cycling clothing and Louis Garneau.
On the pavement, the season features a number of marquee U.S. races including the Redlands Classic, Tour of Utah and the Tour of Gila, and expands to Asia with the Tour of Langkawi and Tour de Taiwan.
Departing from the norms of UCI road racing, 2019 will also see FPC riders in the start grid at gravel and MTB events including the Belgian Waffle Ride, Dirty Kanza and Leadville 100. This innovative schedule fits perfectly with FPC’s goal of providing young riders with a world-class platform to experience the adventure of a life in cycling.
The roster has taken shape along with the calendar, and FPC is pleased to announce that Alec Cowan, Noah Granigan, Emile Jean, Noah Simms and Jacob Sitler join the previously announced seven riders. Cowan is a TT threat, Granigan placed 2nd at 2018 U23 US Nationals, Sitler is a classics contender while Jean and Simms are GC riders.
Helping make this year’s adventures possible for the dozen young riders of FPC are three new sponsors, headed by Presenting Sponsor Worthy Brewing of Bend Oregon. Stepping onto the national cycling scene for the first time, Worthy is owned by passionate amateur cyclist Roger Worthington and has been a long-time supporter of local cycling events.
Legendary Italian brand Biemme will help FPC dial in their cross-category efforts. Riders will be wearing the new Vivo collection as well as the proven Aero Prolite TT suit. They’ll also have Biemme’s fitted Jampa line for foul weather in early season gravel and road events.
Biemme Sport International Owner Maurizio Bertinato says “We are extremely happy to be working with Floyd’s Pro Cycling this season. We’re looking forward to getting in-season feedback from the guys as they test the performance and aerodynamics of our technical apparel on the road, gravel and single track.”
Also adorning FPC riders will be Louis Garneau helmets and eyewear. Garneau’s discipline-spanning range of performance helmets and glasses will assist team riders on pavement, gravel and singletrack alike.
“Throughout its history, Garneau has been committed to supporting young, talented cyclists in their pursuit of victory. We believe these athletes are emblematic to unlocking the potential in all of us. Working with Floyd’s Pro Cycling Team will fuel us to produce the best helmets and eyewear athletes depend on to reach their goals,” says President-Artist Louis Garneau.
With the support of Floyd Landis, Van Dessel bicycles and the new sponsors, Floyd’s Pro Cycling is primed to be a force to reckoned with in 2019 no matter what surface greets their tires on any given day.
Photographer: Kathleen Dreier