Abitibi is the only North American stop on the prestigious UCI Juniors Nations cup circuit. Comprised of seven stages—all of which take place in Europe except Abitibi—the Juniors Nations Cup is an international road cycling race that draws thousands of participants from 40 countries. The 2016 event is.the 46th annual.
Hoggard is a Carmel native who has been racing since 2013. He began his career riding for the Rollfast Cycling Club. He currently races for First Internet Bank, whose colors he will carry to Canada later this month. The contribution Rollfast teammates made to his training and ability to compete at this level are undeniable. The Rollfast Cycling Club has trained with World Tour cyclists George Hincapie, Tom Danielson, Christian Vande Velde, and others.
“From the moment I met Matt, he and the Rollfast crew supported me in every step of my racing career. After being invited to race in the Tour de l’Abitibi, I was thrilled to earn the Rollfast scholarship. It will allow me to compete with the best racers, on an international stage,” said Hoggard.
“Jake is a talented rider who is just beginning to tap his true potential,” said Rollfast founder Matt Tanner. “The ability to train with cyclists who compete at the international level is a huge opportunity for him to take it all to the next level.”
Hoggard is trained by John Singleton of Singleton Coaching. Of his development, Singleton said, “Racing in an ultra-competitive, international field of the best junior racers is a great next step in Jacob’s progression as a cyclist.” Racing at this level carries a steep financial burden, according to Singleton. “Rollfast is helping make every pedal stroke count and give him a deeper understanding of what it takes to race your bike at the highest level.”
On Wednesday, July 13, Carmel Mayor James Brainard and Councilman Bruce Kimball participated in a check presentation with the Hoggard family and Tanner at The Bikeline at Carmel City Center. Hoggard is one of several Indiana riders to compete in the Abitibi. Thomas Revard, son of The Bike Line co-owner Bill Revard and current Marian University rider, competed twice.
As part of its fundraising activities, Rollfast hosts a Gran Fondo cycling event. This year’s ride is September 18, 2016, and will feature Bob Roll and Tom Danielson.
About Rollfast Inc
Rollfast Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to enhance wellness by promoting bicycling as a means to good mental and physical health through events that also create opportunities for the youth of Indiana. Our vision is to create a cycling legacy in Indiana. What started as a hobby creating cycling inspired t-shirts quickly lead to a cycling club and then one of the top rated cycling events in the United States. With this momentum, we have been able to accelerate the development of many young cyclists. No longer are there only scholarships for football, basketball and baseball. Rollfast is closing the mainstream sports gap by offering scholarships to youth age 15-18 to further their cycling dreams. For additional information please visit www.RollfastCycling.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org
About Tour de l’Abitibi Desjardins
The 48th edition of the Tour de l’Abitibi will take place from July 18th to 24th, 2016 in Rouyn-Noranda. Taking place over a week, several arrivals and departures are scheduled at different locations in the region to make the yearly participating 180 cyclists enjoy an unforgettable experience. Sanctioned by the International Cycling Union (UCI), the Tour de l’Abitibi Desjardins is the only one out of the 7 competitions of the UCI Juniors Nations Cup circuit to be presented outside of Europe. Overall, more than 25 teams throughout the world are coming together in the hope of completing the 7 stages, for a total distance of 600 km in 6 days. For more information visit http://tourabitibi.com/en/.