Richard Sachs, the Connecticut-based framebuilder, has done something most independent craftsmen couldn't boast of: send his fourth sponsored rider to the cyclo-cross world championships.
Under-23 racer Will Dugan follows in the foot steps of former Sachs-sponsored riders Jonathan Page, Jamey Driscoll, and Konrad LeBas. The team, formally known as the RGM Watches-Richard Sachs/CYBC Cyclo-cross Team, is proud to see Dugan compete in the world championships in Hoogerheide, The Netherlands on January 31.
"Will and I chatted about this since 2005 and finally were able to make a slot in the team for him, knowing full well that it was his last year of U23 eligibility to make a world's team," Sachs, 55, told BikeRadar. "The goals were 1) a stellar ride at US Nationals (he was 7th, and then won the collegiate race), and 2) make the world's team; Will did it. We did it.
"It was as if we crafted a jewel that took several years of designing, nurturing, and polishing before it was finally ready for its moment under the microscope," Sachs added. "Will never relented. He earned every success he fought for in 2008's 'cross season. He is one of the rare types of racers who brings out the best in his team mates, our traveling companions and staff, and all around us as we storm different venues each weekend for five months of racing. His personality is infectious and he's a joy to know.
According to Sachs, Dugan won the Richard Sachs cyclo-cross team its tenth Stars-and-Stripes jersey since 2007.
"All of our sponsors, industry suppliers, and followers thank him, congratulate him, and love him," Sachs said. "As he's off to Belgium just today and I am here in snowy Chester (Connecticut), I have fine memories of a wonderful and successful 2008 thanks to Alie, Jon, Justin, Amy, Matt, and especially Will Dugan. Forza Will!"