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Routley said the news was expected, but was a step back for the Canadian riders. "What we have right now is Canadians on all of these different teams, and it was kind of a big hope and desire that they would put together another team at that level, but so far it hasn't happened. The big challenge is finding a title partner," he said.

"If you look at the nationals this year there was a whole crew of us (from the team), all these former teammates together up front beating the stink out of each other — that right there was a team that could compete internationally together. We ride well together, there's no infighting, and the results were there as well."

Routley told Canadian Cyclist after nationals that riding in Europe has been a bit of a different experience with races almost every weekend and a focus on racing rather than training.

"It's been a long trip," he said.

"The positive is that I've improved my French, and I've had a lot of neat race experiences and races I never thought I would do... but it's been challenging as well. There's been terrible weather in Europe this year, I was in Belgium for two months in the spring and it was snowing the whole time.

"And the team is very different from our standards, it's very blue collar biking over there. You race a lot and you don't know your schedule months in advance. It's not like the new school of riding in North America — over there you punch in and you go to work every day, it's not like here where you train and peak and then race."

Routley won't be the only Whistler rider in the event. Ben Chaddock will also be attending, with his eye on wins in the criterium events — his specialty. He won the national title in 2012.

And, like Routley, he may be on his own for most of the races.

In an email he said, "My team was scheduled to come to Superweek, which I was really excited about, but now it looks as though I'll be representing Team Smartstop presented by Mountain Khakis as the only rider."

For more on BC Superweek, and updates from the races, visit www.bcsuperweek.ca.

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