Let’s introduce you to the Pros that will be riding alongside us at the event.
4-Time Tour de France winner
A native of Kenya with British citizenship, Chris Froome is one of the greatest cyclists in history. As the first British rider to officially win a Grand Tour, he is one of just seven cyclists to have won all three Grand Tours (Italy, France and Spain). Despite his two victories in the Vuelta a Espana and a win of the Giro d’Italia, he is best known for four victories in the Tour de France. His ascendance to a fifth win was interrupted by a serious training crash in 2019. Despite a slow and frustrating recovery, Froome showed a return to form placing third on legendary Alpe d’Huez stage in the 2022 Tour.
Velo-News listed Magnus Sheffield as its first pick of “Breakthrough Stars” of 2022. The quiet rider from Western New York made a mark winning the bronze medal junior world road championships. He shocked the World Tour with a stage win of the Ruta Del Sol. Still just 19, he followed that up with a victory of the mid-week classic Brabantse Pijl. After finishing Paris Roubaix, the young man with Scandinavian heritage rode the Tours of Norway and Denmark, winning a stage and leading the latter until the final day to finish second overall. Sheffield also returned home mid-season to place second in the national time trial championships and third in road race.
Blessed with an amazing aerobic engine, Cameron Wurf first rose to fame in rowing. He helped power a team of four to an Under-23 world championship in 2003. He focused on cycling beginning in 2007, climbing the ladder at the Continental level winning the time trial at the 2007 Oceania Games. In 2013 he signed with Liquigas/Cannondale and completed the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a Espana. In 2015 he took a break from cycling to compete in an Ironman, winning his age group. The next season he charged into that sport. In 2017 he set the bike record for Kona and went even faster in 2018. Wurf would win Ironman Copenhagen and finish fifth in the World Championships.
Having steadily assembled a brilliant resume, Danny Martinez recently emerged from the shadows cast by other Colombian stars. Having scored three national time trial championships, Martinez broke into the World Tour with Education First/Drapac/Cannondale. Coming out of the pandemic, Martinez won the 2020 Criterium du Daupine and then a stage in the Tour de France. Switching to Ineos/Grenadiers in 2021 he rode in a support role but finished fifth in the Giro d’Italia. His 2022 season proved brilliant, winning the Tour of the Basque Country and going top five in Paris-Nice, Liege-Bastogne-Liege and La Fleche Wallonne.
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A product of Central Florida, Michael Hernandez developed a blazing sprint that got him a spot on the prestigious Hot Tubes junior team and the US National Team. As an Under-23 rider he rode brilliantly at the Amgen Tour of California, being named Most Combative by the judges for how well he rode against World Tour superstars. He would later win the Under-23 national criterium championship. Entering the elite ranks, Hernandez captained Best Buddies Racing as it charged through the American circuit winning two national titles in 2021 and more than 30 major races in 2022. And Hernandez scored himself the national elite men’s national criterium championships as well.
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Attendees of the Best Buddies Breakaway Camps adore Danny Summerhill. The cheerful Coloradan’s resume includes winning the junior national cyclo-cross championship and then taking the silver medal at the junior world championships in that messy discipline. He took that bike handling skill and power to pro road racing, riding in two editions of Paris Roubaix. As a domestic pro he scored countless wins including the Reading 120, the Birmingham Hammerfest, and the Gateway Cup.
3rd at 1998 Tour de France
Christian Vande Velde
Rode in 11 Tour de Frances
4-Time World Triathlon Champion