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Interview with Silber Pro Cycling’s Alec Cowan in Tucson

by Ben Andrew

March 24, 2017 (Tucson, Arizona) – After spending the 2016 season with Team RaceClean Canada, Alec Cowan will race this season in the orange and black of Silber Pro Cycling. The 20-year-old from Calgary, Alberta is coming off a successful campaign last year which saw him win the U23 ITT National Championships, place 12th at the U23 ITT World Championships, finish 11th overall at the Tour of Berlin and claim 6th place at Eschborn-Frankfurt.

Alec Cowan  ©  Silber Pro Cycling
Cowan joins Elite ITT champ Ryan Roth adding firepower to Silber’s TT lineup with two national champs on board for 2017. In a Silber press release, GM Scott McFarlane stated, “I wanted to protect our team’s ‘engine room’ with the anticipated movement of Matteo Dal-Cin and Alex Cataford to larger programs. Both those guys are strong time trialists capable of extended work on the front of the peloton. With Cowan we get an exceptional time trialist but also a rider with a lot of punch, so he’ll have opportunities while contributing to our end game.”

Alec Cowan during the Worlds TT in Doah  ©  Chris Auld
Silber is in Tucson, Arizona preparing for the upcoming season and the squad took part in the Tucson Bicycle Classic (TBC) as a tune-up for the major racing which kicks off later this month. Pedal caught up with Cowan following the competition, where he finished 10th in the opening time trial and aided teammate Nigel Ellsay to land second overall on the GC podium.

How as the move to Silber been so far?
AC: It’s been fun! Everyone from staff to riders are great.

You’ve raced a lot in Europe – can you bring that experience to some riders on the team?
AC: Definitely I can help with some of the younger guys, but will also learn a lot from guys like Gord Fraser and Ryan Roth.

Alexander Cowan  ©  Pasquale Stalteri
How was the Tucson Bicycle Classic as a test of early form are you happy with how you and the team performed?
AC: TBC was good. Personally I was happy with my fitness, but like any new roster change on a team there’s gonna be some hiccups. The key thing for us was to figure things out at TBC not at UCI races.

What is next for you?
AC: Next race is Joe Martin in Arkansa. Can’t wait to rip it up with the team!

What are your personal ambitions for this season?
AC: At the moment it will be the upcoming races, but I’d like to do well at nationals and place top five at U23 ITT Worlds in Norway.

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