mobius BridgeLane welcomes Russell Finsterwald to the team for the remainder of the 2018 season. Russell is the team’s first non-Oceania rider and will be a part of the seven-man team to race the UCI 2.HC Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah.
Hailing from Colorado Springs, Russell has been racing his bike across multiple disciplines since the age of 13. He has been a major presence on the American mountain bike scene for over a decade having raced across six continents and racking up multiple podium finishes. Most notably, Russell was a multiple XC USA National Champion as a junior and in the U23 ranks.
Track, road, mountain bike and cross have all peaked Russell’s interest as a young cyclist with mountain biking taking up a lot of his focus. “Throughout the years, I found the most success and interest on the mountain bike side of things, so naturally I chose to pursue that discipline over the others.”
Cycling has many crossovers, however, and Russell’s training has always incorporated many kilometres riding through the idyllic mountain passes in his home state of Colorado. In June, he won the Mavic Haute Route Rockies ride, where he met team owner Tom Petty and the idea was floated for Russell to become the first American to join the Australian outfit.
After many discussions, the deal was set and the team is excited to extend our profile and roster into the United States.
“For the past two seasons, we have sent a team over to race the USA Pro Road Series at the beginning of the season. The American cycling scene is a fantastic opportunity for us to gain more experience in different racing situations and expand our program outside of Australia. We have really enjoyed and relished these opportunities,” said Tom. “It is a huge step forward for us to have received an invitation to the Tour of Utah and it is very exciting to add an American rider to our roster. I met Russell in June and after analysing his results and power files and getting to know him better, I know he is going to fit right into the team culture we have here at mobius BridgeLane.”
“Our goal at mobius BridgeLane is to continue with the upward trajectory we have been achieving over the past four years since we started. We have gone from a small local team to this year racing as a UCI Continental outfit. With the Tour of Utah and Russell on the team, and following the results we have achieved this season, we are really gaining the momentum needed to continue this growth and striving towards our team goals.”
With the mobius BridgeLane team putting their support behind Angus Lyons for the General Classification, Russell will play an important role in protecting our young climber alongside the rest of the team.
“My goals for Utah are to learn as much as I can in the seven days of racing, positively contribute to the team and survive. Utah will be unlike anything I’ve ever done on a bike so I really have no idea how I will stack up in the peloton, but I am motivated to play a role in helping Angus throughout the tour.”
“I’d call it a successful week if I am able to be there for the team and do what I can to help them achieve their personal goals, as well as the goals of the team.”
Living and training at altitude will prove to be a great asset over the coming week, and with his mountain bike background, Russell’s bike handling skills are going to come in handy on the technical descents on the parcours.
Russell is looking forward to tackling the challenge of road racing and making the jump into a new discipline.
“The Tour of Utah is a great opportunity for me to test the waters. I am very excited for the opportunity and to try something new. The road excites me as it is a totally different style of racing.”
“I am really looking forward to the week and getting to know the rest of the boys!”
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