My emotions were on a rollercoaster this season. For what may have been the first time, I was confronted by my age: 34 years … old? Teams began to view me as one of the “experienced” or “veteran” riders, which was a nice way of saying “he’s older.” There were benefits from this reputation: maturity, experience, and depth. But there were drawbacks too. For the first time, I had reservations regarding my age. Am I too old for pro cycling?
Racing with the national team isn’t about sponsorships, business, points or rankings. Racing for the USA has a special feeling because it is more than a traditional sports team; it’s my country and part of who I am.
The 2018 season marks the end of the BMC Racing Team, and I’m excited to announce that I will be racing at Mitchelton-SCOTT next season.