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Christian Meier and Sven Tuft first met in 2005 when Christian was invited to join Canadian Continental Team Symmetrics as a junior, and they would soon after find themselves living as neighbours in team owner Kevin Cunningham’s back yard, fully embracing the simple life.
They would train, hang out and try their hand at anything from ski touring, winter hiking or ju-jitsu to keep themselves active and entertained. Inevitably perhaps, they became known within the team as the trailer park boys.
From here, they would take the scenic route to cycling’s biggest races, regularly heading to South America to collect UCI points for Team Symmetrics, before both signing for Garmin-Slipstream/Transitions (now EF Pro Cycling) and joining forces once again at GreenEDGE.
“We look back at that time as such a fantastic time, it was so simple. We knew exactly what we were doing was what we loved. We would go and train and then you didn’t have anything else on the schedule.”
Following retirement from the pro peloton, life has taken them in different directions but they still find time to spend the occasional long weekend together – on the bike of course – reminiscing about the good old days and plotting their next escapade.
After calling Europe home for many years, Svein and his young family have now moved back to Canada, the start of a new chapter.
Story and video created by The Service Course.