The members of Team High Road introduced themselves to their new neighbors over the weekend at Art’s Cyclery in San Luis Obispo, California. High Road recently registered its headquarters in the California town, making it the sole American ProTour team this season.
High Road manager Bob Stapleton introduced the athletes — some of whom were straight off a training ride as part of a team camp — to a packed crowd at Art’s Cyclery. City mayor Dave Romero, also on hand, said he was thrilled to have a team of High Road’s caliber based out of his town.
Riders like Canadian Michael Barry and Brit Mark Cavendish signed autographs and chatted with fans for the better part of an hour.
Local High Road fans will get to watch their team come through town next Thursday, as stage 4 of the Amgen Tour of California concludes in San Luis Obispo. This will be the third year the Tour’s queen stage from Seaside winds its way down the Big Sur coast to downtown San Luis Obispo.
The past two years have produced bunch sprints. Last year world champion Paolo Bettini (Quick Step-Innergetic) narrowly took the win with a bike throw.
This year, Cavendish will certainly be eager for a hometown win by High Road.