Miller School of Albemarle Endurance Team captain and senior, Laurent Gervais, makes the jump to the professional ranks of cycling by signing with Aevolo Cycling Team, a new UCI/International Professional under-23 team. The team is directed by Michael Creed, a former professional cyclist at the World Tour level.
Coming from Quebec, Canada, Laurent grew up playing ice hockey and only started cycling three years ago. However, he quickly demonstrated remarkable talent in the sport by winning the best young rider jersey at the Tour de l’Abitibi, considered to be North America’s premier junior cycling stage race. Wanting to commit fully to the sport of cycling, Laurent enrolled in the Miller School of Albemarle his junior year and has trained under former professional cyclist and MSA Endurance Team director, Andy Guptill. In addition to his cycling talents, Laurent maintains a 3.9 GPA and is an All-State Cross-Country runner.
Cycling is a sport that requires not only physical talent but also the race acumen to make quick decisions as a race unfolds. In many ways, a bike race is like a very fast game of chess. What has separated Laurent from his peers has been his innate ability to read a bike race. This is a rare gift and one that is difficult to acquire.
Over the last year and a half, Laurent has used his mental and physical talents to climb through the ranks and place well in numerous elite amateur events throughout the mid-Atlantic. His results earned him a roster spot on an elite amateur Canadian team last summer. Laurent caught the eye of Aevolo Cycling Team director this past fall at the Green Mountain Stage Race where he competed in the professional field. He finished a remarkable 4th place in one of the most difficult stages of the 4-day race, beating many of the top professionals in the US.
Current USA National Criterium Champion, Brad Huff, commented:
“Laurent has been knocking at the door all 2016 season. I’m excited to see where he is able to take his ever-developing ability in 2017.”
Laurent travels to his first training camp in Las Vegas in January and then another training camp in Southern California in February. He will begin racing with Aevolo this spring in professional cycling races around the United States. Gervais’ signing marks the fourth professional cycling contract garnered by a Miller School of Albemarle student over the past four years and is a testament to MSA’s reputation for building the next generation of international cycling talent.