Phil Gaimon and the extraordinary Tour of Britain 12-year-old Xander Graham will be on the same squad this year, both wearing the Jukebox by bike, a team created with a “new approach to racing”.
The team roster includes six riders from multiple disciplines, with Jukebox, a global printing company based in Vancouver, Canada, providing cyclists with opportunities to thrive in whatever field they choose, cycling.
That doesn’t mean that Gaimon, a former WorldTour pro who last competed in Cannondale Pro Cycling in 2016, will return to racing though – likewise, don’t expect to see Graham line up in a grown-up peloton of so early.
Instead, the team’s roster is intended to allow the six riders to “experience different ways of embracing cycling for a sense of community.”
Cyclocross champion Ruby West, along with mountain bike and cross-country riders Adam Roberge, Alexey Vermeulen and Dylan Johnson, join Gaimon and Graham on the team.
the the team’s website states:: “Jukebox is a multidisciplinary cycling team whose goal is to promote positive people who do great things on and off the bike.
âWe want our athletes to have the power and support to excel, whether success feels like winning at Big Sugar Gravel or climbing Mount Lemmon faster than ever before. We are a professional team. with very different goals than any other team you have seen before: we want to empower our cyclists to push the limits with what is possible in cycling.
âOur riders are visionaries, rule breakers, inspirations, tough guys – they are riders with that certain X factor that sets them apart from the rest of the peloton. From former World Tour rider to up-and-coming gravel aficionados to a world-class cyclocrosser, the composition of the team is not balanced, it is intentionally out of balance, the scales are tilted towards riders who follow their passions with all their heart.
“Each has their own strength and skills, and they run where they want to run – but they will come together for a few key races, and when they do, the magic is going to happen.”
Xander, who stunned Tour of Britain viewers as he sprinted up a hill in the final kilometers alongside the seventh stage riders, said on the team’s website he was aiming for the CXNE series, a Scottish cyclocross event.
Meanwhile, Gaimon will be working on his Phil’s Cookie Fondo gravel event, also raising funds for the No Kid Hungry Foundation in team colors. Since his retirement, he has also had over 100,000 subscribers on YouTube, and with the support of the team, he will continue to share his cycling adventures on his channel.
Ruby West will compete at the Cyclocross World Championships, while Roberge, Vermeulen and Johnson will all focus on the Life Time Grand Prix series events.
All the riders on the team will also be sharing stories throughout the season via Jukebox’s social media.