Sil­ber Pro Cy­cling Seeks New Ti­tle Spon­sor

Pedal Magazine - - Out in Front -

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

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