The second-ranked team in the UCI American tour, Silber Pro Cycling, have announced the signing of 18-year-old Nick Zukowsky for the 2017 season. Zukowsky splits his time between Sainte Lucie, Que. in the Laurentians North of Montreal and Tuscon, Arizona. 2016 was his first year of road racing and the junior racked up numerous strong results.
Zukowsky finished fourth overall at the Tour de l’Abitibi a UCI Junior Nations Cup race where he was leading the overall until the final day. Zukowsky was third in a stage of Ronde des Vallées and finished fifth on Stage 1 of the Killington Stage Race where he was competing in the Pro/Cat 1 category against older and more experienced riders.
“We are a development program. It is our mission to support young riders that we believe are capable of getting to the World Tour and simply put, we believe Nick Zukowsky has the ability and mindset to get to the next level,” explained Scott McFarlane, Silber Pro Cycling’s principal owner. “The fact that he is only 18 years old sends a message that we are committed to working with riders over a two to three year period and I hope it inspires current junior and cadet cyclists that want to one day race for professional cycling teams.”
Zukowsky becomes the first 18-year-old to join the Montreal-based team in its history. Silber have had an impressive 2016 campaign with numerous riders stepping up throughout the season to accumulate results at North America’s biggest races. Kris Dahl, 24, won the first stage of the Tour of Utah, veteran Ryan Roth, 33, won the Canadian national time trial title as well as the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic, White Spot/ Delta Road Race and the overall at the Grand Prix Cycliste de Saguenay. Matteo Dal-Cin, 25, started the season off with an overall win at the Redlands Bicycle Classic and Ben Perry, 22, collected two classification jerseys and a stage win at the GP Saguenay, and defended his criterium championship title. The team is set to ride the Tour of Alberta in September.
Over the years the program has shown considerable development, each year since their step-up to the Continental level they have improved their results as their roster of young riders develop. In April, the team announced a multi-level partnership with the 11 Inc. which will provide financial support and bike fittings to Silber athletes in the coming years.