With the Canadian National Road Cycling Championships officially starting today, the H&R Block Pro Cycling Team has announced a fresh addition to its ranks this weekend.
23-year-old Jacob Shchwingboth, a six-time National Track champion, joins fellow Canadians Stuart Wright, Adam de Vos, Travis Samuel, Felix Cote Bouvette, Bailey McKnight and Peter Disera. He comes to H&R Block through the M1 Project, an initiative providing both male and female road cyclists with opportunities to compete at the international level.
“I m happy to be riding with fellow Canadians whom I have been friends with over the years in the sport,” Schwingboth said. “I am also very grateful for the opportunity to represent a team that is positioned to grow under the M1 Project.”
Schwingboth’s season has included a trip to the Dominican Republic back in February, riding at the Vuelta Independencia Nacional Republica Dominicana. Though he placed 31st in general classification, Schwingboth climbed the podium in third after Stage 8 of the race, an urban course through Santa Domingo. It’s the strength and sprinting prowess demonstrated by such performances, team officials say, that makes him a good pick.
“Jacob has always been a talented rider, therefore we look forward to having him join the team,” said Mark Ernsting, CEO of the H&R Block Pro Cycling Team. “He will bring a riding style that complements the other riders and he can compete with the best of them when challenged in a sprint.”