Silber Pro Cycling Seeks New Title Sponsor
After five great years of partnership, the Silber Pro Cycling team is on the hunt for a new title sponsor, as Silber Investments will not continue in the coming 2019 season. Team owner Scott McFarlane and the entire squad expressed overwhelming gratitude to Arthur Silber for his leadership role in providing unconditional support and dedication since 2012.
In 2014, Silber became the team’s title sponsor and leaves a lasting legacy in Canada’s cycling scene, as the development squad was known for fostering some of the best Canadian riders in the recent half-decade, with four graduates going on to pursue Professional contracts at the highest levels of racing.
Back in 2014, there were no riders representing Canada at the U-23 Road World Championships, but Silber changed that, taking out a Continental Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) licence for the team and nurturing three out of four Canadian riders who competed at the U-23 Road Worlds in 2015.
Silber riders have represented Canada more than 18 times, and the team has been largely responsible for most of Canada’s UCI U-23 points, accounting for roughly 65% through participation in UCI-level races. The Joe Martin Stage Race, Tour de Beauce, Road World Championships and the Canadian World Tours were some of the team’s most prestigious races in the 2017/2018 season.
In 2016, the Silber squad’s Matteo Dal-Cin made history as the first Canadian to win the 32nd annual Redlands Bicycle Classic. The team also earned invitations to the Tour of California and Tour of Utah, bringing home a stage win from Utah in addition to stage victories from the Tour de Beauce.
Silber Pro Cycling became a focal point for the Canada’s development program. “Arthur Silber, Michael Wolfe of Mandevco Properties and Harold Stotland of Hamelin Industries helped shape one of Canada’s most successful teams,” said McFarlane, which was echoed by Gord Fraser, team director, adding that the trio’s enthusiasm and passion for the sport have created a tremendous legacy that will help future generations of Canadian Professional riders. – CH
Arthur Silber (l) and Benjamin Perry