The Hagens Berman Axeon Cycling Team is excited to announce the signing of the 2023 US Junior Road Race Champion, Darren Parham, to the 2024 roster. Darren joins the Axeon squad from Hot Tubes Development Cycling Team.
“Joining HB Axeon is an honor to me,” said Darren. “Since I started racing about three years ago, I’ve always had my sights set on riding for Hagens Berman Axeon. I am extremely grateful for this opportunity given to me by Axel and Koos alongside the rest of the staff and look forward to this upcoming season with our team.”
Darren’s 2023 Palmares:
US Junior Road Race Championships - 1st place
The 18-year-old Yucaipa, CA native considers himself to be an all-around rider that can sprint and climb well. Though, “time trials can be very on and off for me,” he said. “Next year I hope to improve my climbing ability, but also improve my ability to race smart and efficiently in these higher level races. Time trials are my favorite and I’m definitely looking to improve my time trialing and dial in better pacing strategies for specific races.”
“Darren is young and very green, but shows a lot of commitment and desire to learn and improve himself,” said team owner and director Axel Merckx. “We will have to see how he will adjust to the U23 category, but he has the right mindset.”
Darren is the seventh rider signed to the Hagens Berman Axeon Cycling Team for the 2024 season after Ben Wiggins, Hamish McKenzie, Mattia Sambinello, Adam Rafferty, Samuele Privitera, and Evan Boyle.