Former WorldTour pro Phil Gaimon will return to racing in 2022 with the new Jukebox Cycling team which will offer the group of riders the opportunity to participate in gravel, road, cyclocross and “experience different ways of racing. ’embrace cycling for a sense of community ”.
The team announced an eclectic mixed roster of six riders, with Gaimon joined by 12-year-old Tour of Britain famous Xander Graham, cyclo-cross rider Ruby West and three gravel riders focused on the Life Grand Prix Time – Dylan Johnson, Alexey Vermeulen and Adam Roberge.
“We want our athletes to all be different. We want to empower our cyclists to push the limits with what is possible in cycling, ”said Loredo Rucchin, team founder, CEO of jukeboxprint.com, a global printing company based in Canada.
“Our athletes are not constrained to just one discipline, and that is what makes them unique.”
In a press release, the team said it will support runners on adventures across multiple disciplines throughout the year, and will also host a series of Zwift rides and online webinars.
Gaimon last raced at the WorldTour level with Cannondale Pro Cycling in 2016, having spent most of his career at the continental level. During his five-year retirement from the pro peloton, Gaimon made his mark by founding cycling Phil’s Cookie Fondo, writing three books, starting a podcast, and targeting the KOM Strava on some of the toughest climbs in the world. world.
Vermeulen is another former WorldTour rider who has been part of LottoNL-Jumbo for two seasons. Now 26, the Colorado native turned to gravel and mountain bike racing, taking second place at the Chequamegon MTB Festival in Wisconsin last year. This race is now one of six events in the Life Time Grand Prix, for which Vermeulen was selected as one of 60 elite runners to compete for the combined purse of $ 250,000.
“I really like that the team embraces all goals and disciplines, and they’re so open to developing those goals outside of just really fast racing,” said Vermeulen. “When I got off the road, part of my goal was to build more community, and I was able to do it, and now I can do it more broadly.
“It’s not like it’s a team but in the sense of the term a traditional team word. It doesn’t exist like that. We all have different sponsors. We all have different events that we will go to. But there are some events we will be doing together and we will all experience cycling in the way that works best for us, which for me means mixing racing with building communities. “
Roberge and Johnson will join him in the Life Time series. Roberge has raced on the road for the past six years at the continental level but turned to gravel in 2021 where he won the Belgian Waffle Ride Tripel Crown series and the first Big Sugar Gravel. Johnson has experience in ultra-endurance mountain bike racing and last year in the gravel scene he finished third overall in the BWR Tripel Crown and won the men’s professional division of the Southeast Series. Gravel.
West is the only female on the team, so far. The 22-year-old Canadian cyclo-cross rider who finished second in her first elite women’s cyclo-cross event at the Pan American Championships.
“It was a dream come true to work with such an enthusiastic and supportive team of people at Jukebox who love cycling as much as I do, along with other riders who do amazing things in the sport. It’s exciting to be a part of it. from a bunch of people who really love cycling, ”said West, who aspires to end his cyclocross season and mix road, track and mountain biking.
The training is completed by almost teenage Graham, the reigning Scottish cyclo-cross champion, who caught the eye as he cycled a trail alongside a five-mile breakaway in the final uphill kilometers of the stage 7 of the Tour of Great Britain. As Graham slowed down, Jumbo-Visma’s Pascal Eenkhoorn passed him a can.
The next day for the final stage, Eenkhoorn gave Graham a jersey and a Jumbo-Visma bag, and invited him to join them on the pre-race podium to be presented to the crowd. As it turned out, Graham had won silver at the British U12 National Criterium Series in the morning and then rode his bike to see Stage 7, earning him TV coverage and his special awards. His racing plans with Jukebox Cycling were not mentioned by the team.
Jukebox Cycling planned to launch its website and all media channels on January 1, 2022, and host a gravel-specific Facebook Live webinar on Thursday, January 13 at 7 p.m. ET with Vermeulen, Johnson and Roberge.
Composition of Jukebox Cycling 2022
- Phil gaimon
- Ruby West
- Dylan jawnson
- Alexeï Vermeulen
- Adam roberge
- Alex graham