Team Exergy burst onto the domestic circuit this season with top finishes at San Dimas, Redlands Classic, Sea Otter, Tour de Gila and the US Professional Championships. Peloton spoke with Team Manager and rider Remi McManus to get the back story on the teams rapid accent.
Tell us about Team Exergy. What makes it different than other professional teams?
First off we have a much tighter team then I have ever been on. We, my partners and I, have worked very hard to build a family more than a team. The emphasis on teamwork and sportsmanship gives this organization a close knit camaraderie that many cycling teams lack.
Competing as Team Exergy, we have proven that our concepts of selflessness and generosity promote cohesion and strengthen esprit de corps. The added ingredients of community involvement gives the riders and staff a personal and friendly image that is often missing from elite athletics and reinforces to all team members their fortunate positions in life. The combination of these qualities makes this team unique and adds to the overall stability and maturity of the squad. As a result, the image of Team Exergy is one of a fun loving, confident, and competitive group and the impact we have on our hometown and the dozens of other cities we visit each year is just as important to Team Exergy as winning bike races.
The team has really made an impact on the domestic circuit this season. How did the team come about?
Well I was lucky I kind of walked into it. My partners Tad Hamilton, Dave Beck, and Scott Cross had been working on the project for a few months when I came on board. When we all put our minds together things just started to come together. We all have very different backgrounds and different attributes. I think this is the reason we have been so successful. Scott is witty and an incredibly generous person who always sees the positive side of things. Dave is the biggest cycling enthusiast you will ever meet, and has helped to grow the sport in Boise by a tremendous amount in the last 10 years. Tad is a hard nosed worker who has an incredible wealth of useful and useless knowledge. As for myself I am sure my partners would say I am a bit of a control freak with very strong ideals. I would say they are right.
What are some of key elements to launching a successful team in a tough economy, and with the negative press that currently surrounds cycling?
Basically you must be super diligent and possess the ability to adapt to whatever comes your way! As far as launching the team while negative press surrounds cycling We have such great sponsors in Exergy, Felt, Castelli, and our other industry sponsors we just concentrate on the positive things we can do inside the sport and inside the communities we live in or travel to. I personally dont even read the negative news any longer.
From the outside many would say we have been extremely lucky in launching Team Exergy. Lucky with sponsors, lucky with riders, lucky with races. Well Thomas Jefferson had this to say about luck, and I would have to agree I am a great believer in luck, and I find the more I work, the more I have of it.
Give us a run down on the roster?
At this point we have 4 Colombians, well 2 full blown Colombians Andres Diaz and Carlos Alzate, 1 American / Colombian Freddie Rodriguez, and 1 Canadian / Colombian Sebastian Salas. We also have one Canadian Ben Chaddock, and a heap of Americans Kai Applequist our Team Captain, Quinn Keogh, Erik Slack, Sam Johnson, Matt Cooke, Chris Hong, and last but certainly not least the Ginger Twins Conor and Kevin Mullervy.
What is your background in the peloton? How did you make the transition from rider to team manager?
I would say my background in the peloton was just that background. I had a few good rides in my career, and I had quite a bit of fun traveling around with my bike and my mates. Although Subway Pro was probably the least well known Pro team I rode for I met some of my closest friends while racing there. Cycling for me was a great experience; I was able to see the world and race bikes for years and years.
The transition to manager has been fairly easy for me. I would say am a better manager and businessman than I am a bike racer. I have managed many different businesses, I enjoy it.
After a successful debut season what are the teams goals for 2012?
Well, I think after the year we have had I think the goal for next year is to be the best team in the US. I know there are quite a few great teams out there, but I think that this is an attainable goal. We will be bringing back almost our entire roster for next year and adding a few other strong riders.
The team is based out of Boise, Idaho. Give us a run down of the city.
Boise is what I refer to the Easiest Place on Earth to Live. The city is vibrant, the country is quiet and the mountains are secluded plus the people are beautiful! I cannot find a reason to not live in Boise.
Dawson Taylor Buckin Bagel Blend long story but was my blend
DKs Donuts (2 am hot maple bar)
Best place to stay?
Big Loop 152 miles or Dump Loop 18 miles (both of which I claim to hold the record time.)