Mat­teo Dal-cin

Mak­ing history on the road

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - Q&A - By Matthew Pioro STATS

In April, Ot­tawa’s Mat­teo Dal-cin be­came the first Cana­dian to win the over­all clas­si­fi­ca­tion at the Red­lands Bi­cy­cle Clas­sic, a 31-year-old stage race in Cal­i­for­nia. He and his team­mates were also on a tear through­out the first half of the 2016 sea­son with Nigel Ell­say com­ing sec­ond at the Joe Martin Stage Race, Alex Cataford sec­ond at Tour of the Gila and Ryan Roth win­ning both the Win­ston-salem Cy­cling Clas­sic and the Grand Prix Cy­cliste de Sague­nay, with Ben Perry in sec­ond place.

In Fe­bru­ary, Ryan Roth in­jured his calf and couldn’t race. What ef­fect did that have on the team for the early sea­son races in the U.S.? He was out of com­mis­sion for San Di­mas and Red­lands. At the time, we didn’t know much be­yond that. Nor­mally we look to Ryan as the most ex­pe­ri­enced and strong­est guy. Go­ing into that block of rac­ing every­body had to step up and make sure they pulled their weight and try to get some re­sults be­cause we couldn’t lean on Ryan.

That whole block ended up be­ing re­ally good. Pretty much ev­ery race a dif­fer­ent guy stepped up into a lead­er­ship role, whether it was me at Red­lands, Nigel at Joe Martin and Alex at Gila.

What’s it like to have the team work­ing for you and then work­ing for an­other team­mate? When you have every­body help you out at one race, it just makes you want to help them that much more when­ever you have the op­por­tu­nity to do so. Ev­ery­one shares the op­por­tu­ni­ties to get some good re­sults. Gord Fraser, who has more than 200 wins, has been the team di­rec­tor full-time since the be­gin­ning of 2015. What’s it been like work­ing with him? He’s an in­cred­i­ble di­rec­tor in terms of his abil­ity to read the race and pre­dict what’s go­ing to hap­pen. It’s al­most to the point that you get a script be­fore the race and you’re just wait­ing for it to pan out. You’re not won­der­ing if what he said is go­ing to hap­pen. It’s just whether you have the legs and are in the right po­si­tion to ex­e­cute when it ac­tu­ally hap­pens. Tell me about your fam­ily’s con­nec­tions to cy­cling? My dad raced and my mom rides as well. I think my dad was Cat. 1/2 here. When he raced in Italy, he did some ama­teur stuff there. My grand­fa­ther was part of the or­ga­ni­za­tion be­hind Ot­tawa’s Pre­ston Street Cri­terium. Even­tu­ally he got out of it, but for as long as I can re­mem­ber, we’d go to watch that race. Even­tu­ally, I got old enough that I could start rac­ing it. At that time, my dad was part of the group that or­ga­nized it, so that was pretty spe­cial. And it takes place on Fa­ther’s Day.

What kind of work you do with your dad in the off-sea­son? My dad has a home-ren­o­va­tion com­pany. Be­fore I signed with Sil­ber, I’d work with him over the fall and win­ter, spo­rad­i­cally in the sum­mer. Now, I’m on the road too much to do that. But, I still try to do one or two projects with him in the fall when I’m at home. Last fall we did a base­ment. We put in an en­ter­tain­ment room, laun­dry room and a work­out area. The fall be­fore, it was a kitchen.

Are you nat­u­rally handy? [Laughs.] I don’t know if it’s nat­u­ral. I’ve learned over the years. It took a while to get a knack for it. I do en­joy it and it’s good to spend time with my dad. We usu­ally quit a bit early and get a ride in the af­ter­noon.

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