Sam Dobbs faced up to the pressure of his own team folding at the end of 2017, with BMC Development not continuing on next year. But Sam’s future for 2018 is secure with a contract with the Tirol Cycling Team. We got to chat to Dobbs about his move to Tirol next season.
RC: First of all great news that you’ve made the move over to Tirol Cycling Team for 2018. You’ve come through the difficult transition period of knowing that your BMC Development team are folding at the end of the year. How has that challenge been for you in terms with dealing with the pressure to move on?
Sam: Yea cheers, I’m really happy to be joining Tirol in 2018. It’s a great set up and has a deep history in cycling and developing great pro riders, for sure it’s something quite different being an Austrian based team but will be a nice change and some new challenges to face. Yeah with BMC Development folding it was a bit of a shock but that’s cycling and fortunately I had another option in Tirol that I think will be an equally exciting step in my cycling.. so the journey continues.
RC: What’s been different about your 2017 season and where has your cycling come in the last 12 months?
Sam: 2017 was definitely an interesting year with some highs and more so a lot of lows, I had some good races in the beginning of the season with a 4th place at Brussel Opwijk and some strong performance in the classics like Ghent Wevelgem where I was 17th, I also had races where physically I had the form to go for a result but made some tactical errors. After my crash on Tour of Flanders where I broke my wrist and finger things went downhill from there. Off the bike I had many challenges living in Europe for 10 months which was a big learning phase really on how to deal with situations being so far away home. But you know now I look back on it, it was a year that is going to help my resilience moving forward.
RC: You come to a very young outfit at Continental level with Tirol, with all riders U23. What is it that’s attracted you to the outfit?
Sam: Tirol seemed like the best team for me moving forward, being a full u23 team next year with the top u23 races like the baby Giro. It also has 2 World Tour races in Tour of Austria and Tour of the Alps, which I am very excited about to be able to mix with the pros and show I belong there. They have a big support team in Austria so living their is going to be nice and hopefully easy to adapt to.
RC: Where do you want to head in terms of performance development in 2018?
Sam: 2018 is going to be a big and important year, I’m looking to be able to get some top results in u23 races and then preform well in the races with the pros. I am looking to make another step forward in my career both physically and mentally. Things are going well now and I’m slowly building for 2018 after having a big off season, I can’t wait to get stuck in to the races!