“The Viking” is coming off of the strongest year in his career, having won the Estonia National Road Race, as well as the GC for the 2016 Tour of Hungary. A fierce Sprinter who loves the cobbles, Mihkel’s off-bike time tends to be spent in more laid-back activities such as Fishing, Reading, and even cooking
A fierce competitor, who got into cycling thanks to a regular group ride that passed by his house each week, Jason has developed quite quickly. Thanks in large part to his ambitious nature, Jason Raced in Canada in 2015, and jumped to Europe in 2016, beating World Champion Peter Sagan in a sprint, as well as taking 6th in the U23 World Championship. When not on his bike Jason can be found taking in the world and meeting new people, or checking out new music “Trying to find new bangers for my playlist”. Just don’t get in between Jason and chocolate, as perhaps Peter Sagan found out -Jason WILL outsprint you for it!
One of, the fastest rising starts out of Spain, Jose is arguably the best amateur climber in all of Spain. Few will contest this fact, as Jose won the Valenciaga race in 2016, and is Cycling Academies top climber. With a passion for climbing, Jose literally feels at home when the grade of the road goes up: his house is in the middle of a long climb. When spending time away from the bike, Jose enjoys being in nature, Bowling, going to the beach, or you can find him watching a comedy or Sci-fi, while chowing down on some of his favorite sushi.
Over the last 2 years, Dan has been an integral part of helping Cycling Academy Team grow to attain its goals and targets. Seen as the wise, experienced rider, Dan not only advises his younger teammates to teach them from his World-Tour and Olympic experiences, but he keeps the mood fun and light. Perhaps this was best showcased for the cycling world as “his beard” live tweeted throughout the Olympic Road Race in Rio. Dan has proven himself a tough, rugged, and unbreakable rider, who also knows how to light a room up when he’s off the bike.
Six (yes 6!) time Canadian National Champion, and Classics / All rounder “BP, has shown time and again that he is a force to be reckoned with in the peloton. When he’s not making those around him suffer on the bike, “BP” enjoys Yoga, studying for his business school classes, Exploring the mountains and local markets with his girlfriend, and is a threat to his own teammate, Luis Lemus, when it comes to the top Mexican food consumer on the team.
Canadian National Road Race Champion, “G” as a true classics rider, who can drop the hammer at the end- no matter if he was training, or “Just hanging with friends drinking beers”. The stage winner of Tour or Rwanda 2016 enjoys Hockey, food, and * gasp * watching Gossip Girl (shhhh, it’s a secret!) when he is not training or racing.
Back to back (2015 & 2016) Israel National Road Race Champion, Guy has proven himself to be an incredibly committed and focused rider. It shows in his excelling when the road gets technical, and when it comes to getting himself into breakaways. If he’s not training or racing, Guy can be found hanging out with his BFF, his wife, exploring the world, or geeking out over sports cars- old or new. While he doesn’t yet have a “cool classic sports car” just yet, he is merely pondering the options, while he builds his cycling career.
A 3x Latvian U23 National Time Trial Champion, and 2x Latvian U23 Road Race Champion, Krists began cycling at the age of 10, but he did not know that he would develop into a classics rider who loves cobbles. When he’s not out attacking in the race or tackling the cobbles, Krists enjoys breaking out his tackle box to go fishing, sweating it out in the Sauna or on the Mountain Bike.
The 3x MexiCAN National Champion and 2016 Olympian has one of the most inspirational stories in the pro peloton. After suffering what looked like a season ending injury,that possibly threatened his cycling career…but the Mex-i-CAN showed the resilient and aggressive character that he is so well known for on the bike, and not only made it back on the bike, and racing strong.
The 3x Israel National Champion, Roy has shown that he is an incredibly strong rolleur (all-arounder), who excels in stage races, and short, steep climbs. While his team mates may call him “Space Cadet”, he certainly knows how to put them in the pain cave. When he’s not riding, Roy enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, or exploring “deep space” as he heads to the ocean for scuba diving to relax with the fish. If he’s not in the water, you’ll find him up in the mountains, skiing his way down the slopes.
This Dutchman has had a truly incredible journey to joining the Cycling Academy Team for 2017. Having his World-Tour Career with Rabobank come to an unexpected halt, Dennis, has battled back, showing that his determination and unbreakable will extends beyond the bike. Dennis’s Passion and drive surpasses the vast majority of those new to the Pro ranks, as he’s been there (7 years at the World-Tour level), and knows how much of a gift it is to showcase his talent and skills for the world to see. When not training or racing, Dennis prefers hiking with his girlfriend and puppy, or….cycling (for fun) and drinking coffee.
The Israeli National Individual Trial Champion in 2016, Aviv has shown an uncanny ability to thrive when the intensity pumps up, especially in breakaways and criteriums. Perhaps this is why his teammates prefer to call him “Spring”, or maybe it’s his infectious smile, and positive outlook on life- it’s always spring when Aviv’s around- everything is fresh, new, and in bloom. When He’s off the bike Aviv keeps in touch with his friends, no matter where in the world he is, and he loves to cook Chef style: picking out ingredients at the market with a menu in mind, and creating it all from scratch!
Since landing in Europe as an 18 years old rider for his country’s national team, Dempster accumulated thousands of hours in major races, mostly as lieutenant domestique on 2 different teams, finishing 3 Grande Tours- and now it’s his time to showcase his breakaway abilities as the teams leader for our first year as a Pro-Conti Team.
Nationality: Czech Republic
Driven by his “Aggressive Universal Czechpower” Dan has really turned it up another level over the last year, taking a number of top 5’s in Stage races, including Tour of Sibiu (Where he also took home the Best Climbers jersey), Tour of Hungary, and Tour de Beauce. Taking the race by the horns, Dan is sure to let the others in the peloton FEEL his presence, with his leg-searing efforts, and sheer grit. But when he is off of two wheels, Dan enjoys exploring new places, reading, and spending time with his girlfriend.
Nationality: New Zealand
This Kiwi comes with one heck of a unique path to the Pro ranks- he won the 2015 New Zealand National Championship in a race when, not only did no one think of him as a contender, but the race course went in front of his house…and the race was on his mum’s birthday! With his love for climbing and his high race intelligence, Hamish has shown himself to be a phenomenal racers, having taken 3rd in the U23 Paris-Roubaix, and winning the GC in the Carpatian Couriers Stage race in 2016, keep an eye our for Hamish in 2017!
The tough-as-nails American joins Cycling Academy Team for the 2017 season, with quite the Palmares (race resume), having takend 2nd at the Paris-Roubaix Espoirs race, and is a 2x U23 Worlds team member. Known for his love of “turning the suffering up, when those around him are suffering”, Tyler loves short, turn your eyes inside out efforts, and racing in the Classics. When he is not torturing himself in training, or those around him when racing, he enjoys Cooking and eating food, and kickin’ back with his Wife and cat.