Canadian Adam Roberge traveled to Southern California so that he was able to have a solid winter training block ahead of the 2019 season. As a new addition to the Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling Team, Adam is motivated to make an impact with break through performances and being an integral member of the squad.
You just completed your first team camp with the team – how did it go and what is your impression for the 2019 season and the team?
It was great to meet the team, and it is always a wonderful time getting to know people who share the same passion as you. It went pretty well, I was especially surprised and happy when I realized how close the staff and riders were. It feels like a big family and I’m super excited to improve as a rider and person with all of them.
After camp, you and 3 teammates raced a local event, the Victorville Road Race, where you finished 2nd. How was the course and conditions?
Really hard, it was 12 laps of a 10km circuit. What made the course so challenging was the extreme wind conditions. My Elevate-KHS teammates and I stayed together as long as we could so we were able to work together in an echelon formation to waste the least amount of energy
Teammate Alfredo Rodriguez won the race with you 2nd – how did the race play out?
Alfredo was in a break of 4 guys off the front. I was in the group behind with my to other teammates Ulises and Brian. We worked together to keep the break at seeing distance because we were not happy with only first place – we wanted at least two guys on the podium. At about mid race, Ulises attacked in the most technical section on the course with me on his wheel and we dropped everyone else in the group. Together we bridged up to the break. At this point, we had 3 KHS riders out of a group of 5 in front with 4 laps to go. We attacked one after the other, forcing the 2 other guys to cover and get tired. With 2 laps to go, I attacked on the climb and only Alfredo was able to stay on my wheel. We rode together for the last 2 laps and cross the line with the same time sharing the victory.
You have spent quite a bit of time training in Southern California preparing for the season. How has that been going and how is the training compared to Canada right now?
I have been staying in Beaumont for the last month or so, going up and down some amazing roads and enjoying breathtaking scenery in the San Bernardino national forest. On top of that, I stay with the most loving hosts I can possibly have. For us Canadians, we have to travel during the winter to train. Right now it’s impossible to ride the road bike outside with all the snow. When I’m at home I either train inside on the trainer of outside on the fat bike.
This is your first season on the team – what events are you looking forward to the most?
For sure, the Tour of Utah is the biggest race for us during the season so I will be making sure to arrive fully ready. Winston Salem is also a race that I look forward, I really loved the experience of one day races at the GP Quebec & Montreal and I’m excited for the team to defend Sam Bassetti’s title. Other than that, I’m anticipating pretty much all races during the season, preparing and racing at my best so my teammates and I can win the most races we can!
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