By Dave Iltis
Ski Utah Cycling and the Plan 7 teams merged this year. We caught up with Cody Haroldsen to ask him about the merger.
Cycling Utah: Tell us what is happening with the two teams:
Ski Utah | Plan 7: The Ski Utah Cycling and Plan 7 Endurance Coaching teams have joined forces to form Ski Utah | Plan 7.
C.U.: What prompted the merger?
S.U.: The idea to combine teams first came about in an offhand conversation between Dave Harward and myself, while riding back from an Emigration Hillclimb. The idea eventually took root and snowballed. The more the idea was discussed, the more excited everyone involved became.
C.U.: What philosophy will you have as a team/club?
S.U.: Ski Utah | Plan 7 is a race oriented cycling club. We aim to race aggressively and provide a supportive atmosphere where riders can develop their cycling and racing skills.
C.U.: Who will be your main riders?
S.U.: The Ski Utah | Plan 7 cycling team will field quality teams throughout all categories, particularly its Cat 1-2, Master’s and Women's teams.
C.U.: What are your team goals for the season?
S.U.: I think that everyone is most excited to race together as a team, to race cohesively and aggressively, and just generally have fun racing and supporting our teammates.
C.U.: If people want to join, where do they go to find out more (website, contact info)?
S.U.: Riders interested in joining our team can find instructions on our website (http://www.skiutahcycling.com). Fill out and submit a membership form and join our team Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/Skiutahcycling), where most of our team communication takes place. All riders are welcome to join us for any of our weekend Plan 7 group rides, which is a great way to meet and get to know the members of our team.
C.U.: Utah Premier is one of the oldest clubs in Utah – How do you see this carrying on the club legacy?
S.U.: Ski Utah | Plan 7 is the current team name of the Utah Premier cycling club. Our membership has obviously grown, as a result of the merger, and it has generated an enormous amount of excitement and buzz within our club. We expect to field stronger teams throughout all categories.