Orange Seal Off-Road rides for glory and fun

Texas-based team competes in gravel, cross country marathon, and anything else that sounds like a good time

Orange Seal Off-Road Team kicks off their 2020 schedule this weekend on the red roads The Mid South gravel races in Oklahoma.

The team is a dynamic mix of cross country and gravel racers who are in it to win it, but also prioritize fun as a foundational element of why they keep riding.

The team is comprised of four talented riders this year: 2x US cross country marathon national champion Payson McElveen, Hannah Finchamp who ranked fifth last year in US elite women’s cross country, Kye Cordes who also begins his collegiate career riding for Fort Lewis College this year, and Dutch rider Dennis Van Winden who is shifting from professional road racing to gravel riding.

The competition schedule will take Orange Seal to more than a dozen races this year including the Epic Rides Series, Leadville, and Dirty Kanza in the U.S., Grinduro in Wales, a World Cup in Czech Republic, and World Championships in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada.

Orange Seal Team Director John Vargus said the team is unique because it competes across mountain bike and gravel categories and does both short track and endurance races.

“We are really excited to have the Supercaliber bike in our line-up,” Vargus said. “Hannah is setting all kinds of PRs on the Supercal.”

In addition to high level racing, Vargus said having fun is a key goal for Orange Seal Off-Road Team.

“We want to put the fun back in racing and cycling,” Vargus said. “We have amazing sponsors who align with our philosophy of sharing the love and passion for cycling.”