Fresh off a 10-day training camp in the Santa Ynez Valley near Buellton, California, Team Type 1 is headed to the Tour of Taiwan to help Shawn Milne defend his title at the seven-stage, week-long UCI 2.2 race from March 9-15.
The team made a strong start to the season last month at the Tour of Langkawi where Australian Matt Wilson earned a top 10 finish on individual classification while helping the team to a second place in the team classification.
"You wouldn't know we are a first-year team by the caliber of our roster or our recent race results in Malaysia," Team Manager Ed Beamon said. "Team Type 1 was built to make a difference not only for people who have diabetes, but also to get results so they can root for a winning team."
Team Type 1's roster for the Tour of Taiwan includes Milne, Jesse Anthony, Chris Jones, Valeriy Kobzarenko and Phil Southerland. Kobzarenko is in his fifth season as a pro, Milne in his fourth, Anthony in his third, Jones in his second and Southerland, team's co-founder, is a rookie pro.
At the team's training camp which ran from February 26 to March 5, riders from both the professional and developmental team rode together, attended sponsor presentations, photo shoots and media training, and performed community outreach in the form of a school appearance to students at Oak Valley Elementary.