After a season with Silber Pro Cycling, Travis Samuel of Peterborough, Ont. will return to the M1 Project in 2019 and race for DCBank Pro Cycling. The 24-year-old spent three seasons with the team when it was known as H&R Block Pro Cycling between 2015 and 2017.
Samuel enjoyed his best season to date with the program in 2017 when he wore the best young riders jersey at the Volta a Portugal UCI 2.1, finished third amoung under-23 riders at the Taihu Lake UCI 2.1 and was ninth at the Hong Kong Road Race UCI 1.1. In 2018 he was seventh in the ITT at the 2018 Canadian nationals championships.
“I’m really excited to be returning and joining the DCBank Pro Cycling team for the 2019 season! After a rough season in 2018 and the market flooded with riders, it’s amazing to have the opportunity to come back and work with Mark, Maxime and the whole management behind the M1 Project once again,” he explained. “I’ve seen some of my career best results racing with the M1 Project globally so the transition of moving teams back to a management I’ve worked with in the past will be an easy move and one I look forward to.”
After excelling in international UCI races in 2017, Samuel looked forward to expanding his calendar back into Europe and Asia. “The international calendar and number of race days that are provided is one of the things that drew me back to the program when I was searching for a team,” he said. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity of producing some big results once again with this squad with the international calendar being given as well as mentoring some of the younger guys on the squad as much as I can.”
The DCBank Pro Cycling roster has been quickly taking shape. Emiliano and Eugenio Mirafuentes, and Canadians Josh Kropf, Jake Cullen and Thomas Schellenberg also were recently announced to have joined the team for 2019.