Wildlife Generation Pro Cycling Team returns to the pro cycling scene with a trio of new signings to join a strong core of returning riders, and a busy race schedule covering the domestic calendar as well as a number of stage races in Asia.
New faces greeted Team Manager Danny Van Haute, as well as title sponsor and head of Wildlife Generation, Leah Sturgis, at the team’s training camp in Calabasas, California. A traditional training camp feel, the squad gathered each day for good rides, team bonding, and lots of photos. A number of the riders had already bonded, quite a bit actually, having raced Le Tour de Langkawi and Malaysian International Classic Race in February.
In 2019, the newly-named Wildlife Generation Pro Cycling Team took on a full calendar of domestic as well as overseas racing. With a focus on Under-25 riders, results could have been hard to come by, but the young squad did not disappoint. A stage win at the Tour de Hokkaido gave the team their first UCI win, and stints in the KOM jersey and Top 10 Overall placings highlighted a successful campaign at the Tour of Utah. In between their professional calendar, the team was a regular figure across and on top of domestic podiums, including wins at the Sea Otter Classic, Barrio Logan Grand Prix, and Tour de Murrieta.
This year the team will reach for the top step of the podium at races such as Joe Martin, Tour of the Gila, and Redlands. Their goal is to be one of the top Continental teams in North America by year’s end – perhaps a tall task, but one look at this talented roster, and surely you can see that it is achievable. Adding to the strength of their new signings is a strong returning class including Sam Boardman who earned a Top 10 finish at last year’s Tour of Utah, and Colby Lange who has been balancing his road schedule with the track as he attempts to make the US Olympic Team in Tokyo 2020. Other returning riders include: Ryan Jastrab, Kent Ross, Maxx Chance, Camden Vodicka, and Finn Gullickson.
Former US Under-23 Champion Alex Hoehn joins the squad from Aevolo, coming off a fantastic year which included 3rd Overall and Best Young Rider at the Joe Marin Stage Race, 4th Overall at the Tour of the Gila, 2nd in the KOM Classification at the Tour of California while riding for the US National Team, and 2nd in the Best Young Rider competition at the Tour of Utah. Despite his age (22), Hoehn brings a wealth of experience to the team, both as a team leader and domestique at the biggest stage races in North America. Hoehn has already shown his strength in 2020 with his new Wildlife Generation Pro Cycling Team teammates, taking 15th Overall at the Le Tour de Langkawi and 10th in the Malaysian International Classic Race.
Alec Cowan joins the squad from the now-defunct Floyd’s Pro Cycling, and has already proven his strength with a 6th place finish on Stage 3 of this year’s Le Tour de Langkawi. Cowan is a talented all-rounder, with stage wins, sprint points, GC podiums, and KOM jerseys filling up his professional resume. The 23 year-old has won a stage at the Tour de Beauce, and two at the Joe Martin Stage Race plus two Top-10 finishes in the Overall. Cowan will continue to look for more stage wins, as well as opportunities to lead the team, in this year’s coming races.
Cormac McGeough joins Wildlife Generation Pro Cycling Team after spending a year in Europe with EvoPro Racing. The 23 year-old Irishman gained a wealth of experience in 2019 racing in Spain, France, Belgium, and Germany, just to name a few. Before his European foray, McGeough raced for Jelly Belly Pro Cycling in 2018, when he earned a stage podium at the Tour of the Gila, and 2nd Best Young Rider at the Tour of Taihu Lake. McGeough is a strong rouleur whole will look for breakaway opportunities when not on domestique duty for his teammates.
Wildlife Generation Pro Cycling Team will race a full calendar of US and Asia races in 2020, a long season that stretches from February through October. Early season racing can be tricky as riders are unknown levels of form, and new teammates must suddenly gel with old at 45 kph. Needless to say, the team impressed at the Le Tour de Langkawi, with new signing Alex Hoehn taking 15th Overall in his first race with the team, and Alec Cowan taking 6th on Stage 3. Not long after, the squad headed to the Malaysian International Classic Race, where the team chemistry clicked again and Hoehn finished 10th on the day.
Next up is the Tour of Tochigi in Japan, March 20-22. After that, the team heads back to the US for a stint of UCI and PRT calendar racing which includes the Joe Martin Stage Race, Redlands Bicycle Classic, Tour of the Gila, and the US Pro National Championships. After a well-earned rest, the squad will return to Asia in the summer for the Tour of Qingling, Tour of Qinghai Lakes, and the Tour of Xintai. In August, Wildlife Generation will head to the Tour of Utah, where returning rider Sam Boardman earned a Top 10 finish in the 2019 edition. The inaugural Maryland Cycling Classic on September 6th is another big goal for the team who will be racing on home soil. To wrap up the season, the squad will make one more trip to Asia for the Tour of Poyang Lakes, the Tour of Hokkaido and the Japan Cup.