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by Shane Stokes
February 17, 2018
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Namibian rider Dan Craven has built up a following in the sport due to his zany character, and will remain in the peloton for at least one more year. Writing on the Israel Cycling Academy website, he confirmed that he is leaving the squad and also explained his future plans.
“On the eve of my first real international race of the year, it is probably time to tell people what I am up to – and to say thank you (again) to ICA. After all, I can’t blame my silence on my honeymoon for much longer,” he wrote. “The last two years have been special to me in many different ways. Being the ‘old boy’ on the team as it transitioned from Continental to Pro Continental put me in an interesting position, having a certain oversight I had never had before – and over such a multicultural and interesting group of people.
“The lessons learned were plenty – but what always stood out to me was how we were brought together to build something more than simply a bike team. As my nagging, old injuries left my 2017 season without any results to speak of, I’ve sadly had to step aside from the team – racing wise. But I will certainly never be far away.”
Craven said that he felt he still had some points to prove on the bike and, referring to his ‘typical journeyman fashion,’ said that he wouldn’t hang up his race wheels yet. “For 2018 I will be racing with a very interesting project called ‘Embrace the World Cycling.’ The team focuses on racing UCI races in far flung, hard to reach and interesting places – which I think explains it’s attraction to me.
“But, they also have a charitable side to the project which sweetens the deal even more.” He said that he will be riding the 2018 Africa Championships road race in Kigali, Rwanda on Sunday, then will head back to Europe for the next stage of his career.