Na­tional cham­pion look­ing for a good ri­valry

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Ryan Roth is hop­ing his new team will have a healthy ri­valry with a squad based about 70 km north­east. Roth’s out­fit, Hamil­ton United Pro Cy­cling, was an­nounced at the end of Oc­to­ber. The trade team will fea­ture young rid­ers who will com­pete in On­tario events, gravel races and, pos­si­bly, some big­ger North Amer­i­can road races, such as BC Su­per­week and the Tour de Beauce. The squad’s fo­cus on de­vel­op­ment and its de­clared con­nec­tion with a city are sim­i­lar­i­ties that it has with a team in On­tario’s cap­i­tal: Toronto Hus­tle. It’s with the Hus­tle that Roth hopes a ri­valry grows.

“Part of this idea be­hind the team is to use the model from other North Amer­i­can sports of ri­valry be­tween the cities. Ideally, there will be more cy­cling teams do­ing sim­i­lar things. It’s also some­thing we’re try­ing to work on,” Roth said re­fer­ring to the plans he and oth­ers be­hind Hamil­ton United are making. His col­leagues in­clude rider Ed Veal and man­ager and head coach at the Na­tional Cy­cling Cen­tre Hamil­ton Rick Lee. “If there were teams from Kitch­ener-water­loo, Lon­don, Bar­rie and Ot­tawa, then you’d al­most have a bit of a league for­mat. If those teams stay around long enough, then young kids com­ing up will want to ride for them.”

Roth, the 2012 na­tional road cham­pion and 2016 na­tional time trial cham­pion, has seen a few teams come and go. He was on Steve Bauer’s Spi­dertech squad un­til it folded in 2012 and later Sil­ber Pro Cy­cling, which dis­banded in 2018. Roth hopes the model he and his team are work­ing on at Hamil­ton United will bring some dura­bil­ity to the or­ga­ni­za­tion. He ac­knowl­edged it might not suc­ceed, but he’s com­mit­ted to try­ing some­thing new.

At the end of Novem­ber, Roth and the oth­ers be­hind the team were still work­ing on the ros­ter, which is a mix of young rid­ers and masters to lend a bit of ex­pe­ri­ence. Roth thought he might race a bit with Hamil­ton United in 2020 as a road cap­tain, even though his off-sea­son train­ing was a bit be­hind. “I’m do­ing school part-time and in­te­grat­ing into a non-full-time bike rider life­style,” he said. His work, how­ever, might give oth­ers the chance to pur­sue that life­style close to home.

Ross Wil­son

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