Floyd's Cycling Team and other top teams to compete at Paris to Ancaster

Paris to Ancaster bicycle race could have its most competitive field in its long history as several UCI Continental road teams are planning to bring small but strong squads to P2A as part of their international race program, P2A announced on Feb. 26.

Floyd’s Pro Cycling, a brand new team featuring up-and-coming talent including Canadians Nick Zukowsky and Emile Jean, is planning to take their primarily road team to a few gravel events, starting with P2A, and are ready to challenge for the win.

“P2A is an iconic North American race” said Scott McFarlane, team rep for Floyd’s Cycling. “Our riders are in sunny Tucson now but they are stoked to line-up their Van Dessel gravel bikes on the start line to take on the thrashing weather and route!”

X Speed United, another newly-formed team comprised of riders from Canada, Australia, and Hong Kong, will also be sending a delegation to ride P2A, including Guelph-native Ryan Roth, who’s been a pro at the Continental team level for 15+ years and who’s credentials include a Tro-Bro Léon win (and a 10th place finish at the 8th annual Paris to Ancaster in 2000).

Of his history at the P2A event, Roth says “Paris to Ancaster was one of the first races I heard about over 20 years ago when I began riding more seriously. Looking forward to seeing how X-Speed United does this year!”

Joining Floyd’s and X-Speed United at P2A19 is Team CCB Siclari, a U23 squad focused on developing young athletes as they attend post-secondary. The team includes this year’s U23 Pan-American champion Spencer Petrov.

UCI teams from the world of Mountain Biking will be making an appearance as well. Norco, a long-time sponsor of P2A, has a squad set to challenge at P2A that includes the Disera Brothers, Peter and Quinten. Now a pro cyclist on the Mountain Bike circuit, Quinten Disera won the P2A 40km event in 2013 when he was just 15 years old.

It’s going to be a busy call-up line at this year’s event, with an impressive roster of teams featuring seasoned road & mountain champions vying for a P2A win.

“This is the first time that Continental pro teams have approached us about riding in our event as a team” said co-race director Tim Farrar. “It shows the growing influence of gravel and mixed-surface events in the cycling world. Team sponsors and directors as well as riders are starting to take this seriously as an alternative to traditional road and mountainbike racing”.

The 26th Annual Paris to Ancaster takes place April 28, 2019. It won’t be surprising if this year, 3-time consecutive winner Gunnar Holmgren is unseated by a UCI Team Pro.

(from press release)


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