Early Season Offers Variety of Options

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The squad has slowly began its 2013 campaign on cyclocross and fat biking. With a number of races in January and February already in the bag, the team is all present and accounted for as the bigger spring races approach.

Cody and Wes Sovis have always targeted the spring events and have used the Inside Out Cross and Northern Michigan Fat Bike Series as tests of early season fitness. The duo were riding to top five finishes at Inside Out Cross #1 in January before untimely mechanicals forced them to settle for top tens in the Men’s A Race. They have been splitting time at the fat bike races, making a clean sweep of both Duo races they have attempted.

New rider Maddi Miller has also impressed in the snow, riding to great finishes in her two bike racing debuts at Fat Camp and Fat Tuesday, with an eye towards St. Fatty’s Day before training exclusively for the Lowell 50 in April.

Jake Ellis, Ian Durand, Sean Brownell and Ryan Durand have spent their off-season dominating the cross country ski scene. After some great results at the North American VASA just a week ago, with part of the squad looking towards the Birkie to cap off the ski season. The long efforts on skis will mean these Gents will have a slightly delayed start to the cycling season, which gives the team great balance and a lot of options heading into the packed May and June calendar on the road.

Bryan Carps has spent his time working on his trainer and took a vacation to Sweden to watch his beloved rally racing. The climbing specialist has a big season ahead of him as a protected rider in the CAT 4 squad, and he’ll begin his building for the Cherry-Roubaix with stops at the West Michigan Stage Race and West Branch as the spring rolls on.

The team will reunite ahead of the Barry-Roubaix and Lowell 50 in March and April before targeting the Queen’s Day Criterium, Mud, Sweat and Beers and Cone Azalia.

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