The UnitedHealthCare Pro Cycling Team (commonly known as the “Blue Train”) has enjoyed a tremendous amount of success this year, both in U.S. criterium racing as well as in stage races. Should the team continue on its current trajectory, it could very well become the best criterium squad ever assembled in U.S. racing history.
The results this third-year pro continental squad has produced through mid-June have been outstanding, with nearly 25 wins, 50 podium results and 109 top ten performances to its credit. And the depth of the squad is apparent as well with 12 different team riders having reached the podium. What does it take to build a winning unit like this?
“This is about teamwork and the spirit of the Blue Train. Wearing the blue jersey is more important than any one rider standing on top of the podium,” says Mike Tamayo, General Manager & Team Director, UnitedHealthCare Pro Cycling Team. Tamayo is the architect of what is arguably Momentum Sports Group’s (owner and operator of the UnitedHealthCare Pro Cycling Team) most impressive roster in the team’s decade-plus history. “When I’m hiring the riders and sitting in a meeting discussing with those athletes how we’re going to win a race, I’m looking for something that is not necessarily measureable,” he says. “It is something that is not quantifiable and it is just a feeling with the group of riders that plays into team spirit and a willingness to be selfless when it comes to one another, regardless of who is the victor of the night. That’s really what it comes down to. Athletes who understand the importance of true teamwork, the role they play, and their ability to be selfless and focus on the team objective.”
At CytoSport, we’re excited to see how far this teamwork can take the Blue Train.