After lacking out fully on the 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic that halted all racing in the US and far of the European calendar, 2019 Tour de Beauce winner Brendan Rhim is taking no possibilities along with his future and has signed with the Irish outfit EvoPro Racing and dedicated to racing in Europe in 2021.
Rhim had deliberate on his first full European marketing campaign this season with the Hincapie-Leomo crew and had moved to Girona with the squad simply earlier than the pandemic led to lockdowns throughout the continent. The crew rapidly returned to the US, however finally your entire season of professional racing within the nation was cancelled.
Earlier this month, the Hincapie crew introduced it was ending, and with a purpose to save his biking profession, Rhim needed to act quick and get onto a European crew so he stood a greater probability of attending to race.
“With the crew going away I needed to make a tough resolution or remorse it for the remainder of my life,” Rhim informed Cyclingnews. “Caught within the US with out racing all summer season I figured I wanted to take issues into my very own fingers for 2021. I utilized to roughly 50 continental groups and as you may think about had a reasonably tough go at it. The market this 12 months has been extra aggressive than ever. Throw into the combination the tip of the Hincapie program and I used to be panicked.”
Happily a number of crew administrators responded and EvoPro director Morgan Fox, who already signed former US champion Jonny Brown in July, provided him a spot.
“In my first conversations with Morgan Fox, I immediately felt a part of their household. I can’t wait to have a correct go at one-day racing in 2021 and be part of the way forward for his program,” mentioned Rhim.
Fox mentioned the crew is at all times all for younger expertise, particularly “riders who might have slipped by the online of U23s”.
“We really feel that with the addition of Brendan we add to our competitiveness within the dash prepare and the basic hardman Northern European races,” Fox added.
Rhim made his first massive splash within the US racing scene on the 2015 Redlands Bicycle Basic when he received the stage 4 criterium and the dash classification with Cal Large-Specialised, then took criterium and street race D2 Collegiate titles at Furman College. However he had a setback that summer season when, whereas racing with the US nationwide crew in Belgium, he crashed in a wet kermesse and fractured his patella, collarbone and wrist.
He moved to the Hincapie crew, then known as Holowesko-Citadel, in 2016 whereas nonetheless in school, and got here in third within the U23 nationwide championship in 2017 behind Nielson Powless and Gage Hecht. In 2018, he received the time trial on the Joe Martin Stage Race and completed second total, and received the ultimate stage of Redlands. He had a breakthrough 12 months in 2019, successful the Tour de Beauce stage race and ending third within the stage 4 dash on the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah behind Marco Canola and Travis McCabe.
“Final 12 months was my greatest to this point, the general at Tour de Beauce, sixth at Professional nationals regardless of the infamous ‘Beauce chilly’, then ending off the season with a prime three on a stage of the Tour of Utah. I believed these outcomes could be sufficient to generate curiosity from the massive groups, however sadly it was not sufficient.”
Rhim mentioned he had some curiosity from different US Continental groups however had unfinished enterprise after the 2020 non-season and felt he wanted to get abroad.
“In my thoughts, 2020 was going to be my first go at full-time coaching and racing in Europe. However as we all know, all that got here crashing down in March.”
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