Under 23 cycling is a tough sport. The transition from talent-driven success in the junior ranks to the effort and dedication needed to succeed as a pro inevitably leaves some aspiring athletes burned out or simply looking for other options. Combine this with the already-challenging demands of college education and moving away from home and you can see why there aren’t that many directors rushing to start their own U23 team.
Mike Creed and the team at Aevolo cycling are pretty unique in that regard. The program started in 2017 and combines a team that races at the highest level domestic races with a non-profit organization. Unlike traditional U23 teams, which demand rider make an all-or-nothing commitment to bike racing, Aevolo insists that its riders manage school or education alongside their training and racing.
Despite a non-traditional approach, the team has as met with considerable success in its short time at the top of the sport. They’ve won U23 national championships in the USA, elite time trial national championships in Mexico and stages at the Colorado Classic, one of the top stage races in the US. The team doesn’t just measure success in terms of finish position, they also want their distinctive green and yellow kits to be something that young riders aspire to and their riders to feel supported and successful whatever career they choose.
Creed says the team will continue on its long term mission in 2019, but that he can’t promise the same results as last year. “There are lot more variables with U23 cyclists than older, more established ones. The only thing we can do is keep trying and succeeding at providing better care, infrastructure and products to the team to close any gaps we can for them.” Certainly some of those gaps are closing fast with one rider, Luis Villalobos, scheduled to make the jump to the WorldTour level after spending the first half of the season with Aevolo.
After a hard winter of training, the team recently gathered in New Mexico to train, meet new team mates and set goals for 2019. Alongside plenty of ride time, they managed to squeeze in some fun with sledding and axe throwing, vital for team bonding. The team, which contains riders from the USA, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Canada will be racing all over the US this year and you can follow their progress at aevolocycling.org as well as through our updates throughout the season.
Bonk Breaker were proud to be at the camp and will be providing the team with a full range of products for 2019. As a company founded and staffed by athletes, we want to be fuelling a structure that supports young athletes every step of the way whatever they choose to do with their careers.
Follow the team at www.aevolocycling.org