Q+M is committed to finding partnerships in the sport that we can learn from as well as support. Alexey’s path represents the changing landscape of how athletes find their way, and we’re proud to have him on board. He joins as the third piece of the larger organization including the Swisse / Femme Équipe road team, and the 3T / Q+M gravel and adventure team.
Alexey will continue to focus on mountain bike racing, traveling, and exploring the continent as one can only do from a saddle. He’ll eat the finest rice and peanut butter, and crash on the most luxurious of couches. We’ll be following his story as he learns from the grey-beards, teaches us new tricks, and adds to the collective experience of the teams.
We’ve known Alexey for a long time. He is part of our Michigan cycling family and is always the first to raise his hand for a long, cold, wet, terrible, spring ride. He’s also the first to hang out with Jay’s kids, make dinner for strangers, and undo your di2 mid-ride (the rear derailleur, really, the flexibility on this kid is just dumb).
All those long rides with Alexey have been filled with tales of his travels. He spent several years riding with USA Cycling and on the WorldTour with Lotto-NLJumbo. He’s raced everywhere from the Ardennes Classics to China, rode in multiple World and National Championships, and rubbed elbows with some of the best riders on the planet. Last year, he decided to be a mountain biker and promptly finished second place at the biggest one-day mountain bike race in the country, the Iceman Cometh Challenge.
We know his year will be an interesting one that is kicking off out west where he and Sean Kickbush are taking on the Whiskey 50, before meeting Danny & Al in San Diego for our annual favorite the Belgian Waffle Ride.
Alexey is also supported by Bianchi Bicycles, Shimano, Enve, up.bike, Sweet Bikes, OX Studios, Adams Sports Medicine, and Zingerman’s Deli. You can follow him on Instagram and Twitter. Those may be the only places you will be able to keep up.