Last Sunday, 23-year old Caleb Fairly survived hours of cold, rain and mud to take the biggest win of career when he soloed away from a 2-man breakaway with 29 kms remaining in the 200-kilometer Tour of the Battenkill Pro Men’s Invitational.
The U23 Holowesko Partners rider called the conditions and the course with its short punchy climbs, his kind of race.
With his victory, Fairly has taken the early lead in the USA Cycling Professional Tour which kicked off with the UCI 2.1-rated event in Cambridge NY. Fairly has 40 points with Floyd Landis (Bahati Foundation) second with 30 points and Jay Thompson (Fly V Australia) is third with 16. In the team standings, Holowesko Partners is on top with 46 points while Bahati Foundation is in second with 30 points
So who is Fairly? Born in Amarillo Texas and now residing in Colorado, he took up cycling with the help of his father an avid cyclist. At the age of 14, he won his first race by lapping the field. That race wasn’t just his first victory but his first race, ever.
In 2004, for the next two years he raced with the Hot Tubes Junior Team where he had top 5 finishes at the Sea Otter Classic USCF Criterium and Fitchburg Longsjo TT.
Fairly won the overall of the Junior Road World Selection series to receive an automatic nomination to the long team for the 2005 UCI World Championships. He grabbed the lead in that series when he powered away from a 2-man breakaway at the Saturn Whitnall Park Road Race, part of International Cycling Classic aka Superweek.
He continued his progression moving to the CRCA/Sakonnect U25 team for the next two years. During this period, he also raced with the USA National team in Europe and in the USA. At the end of 2007, he got the call from the U23 arm of the Slipstream organization, then called VMG/Felt.
In 2008 and 2009, he finished fourth in the U23 National TT Championships. Last year, he placed second on the Queen stage of the Olympia’s Tour, another race with short punchy climbs.
In addition to Battenkill, Fairly has already won a stage and the overall at the Tour of the Bahamas and the Boulevard Road Race in Southern California this year. But nothing beats Battenkill… so far.