“Joining Hagens Berman Axeon was more than just about racing bikes,” said Michael. “I am excited to be a part of an incredible group of guys that care about more than just the result over the line.”
The now 20-year-old from Decatur, Georgia was the third rider to leave the junior ranks for Axeon in 2020 after a successful beginning at LUX Development Cycling Team. In addition to the general classification win at L’Abitibi in 2019 (where he won stage 1 as well as stage 3’s ITT), he won the Cat 1/2 GC at Tour of the Gila and was 1st place at Tour of the Southern Highlands JR. Garrison earned 4th place finishes at Junior Paris Roubaix and SPIE Internationale Juniorendriedaagse (GC). He is clearly following in the footsteps of brother Ian Garrison (who at the end of 2019 departed for World Tour team Deceuninck–Quick-Step), showing early on that he has great ability in the time trial and placed 3rd at Amateur Nationals.
After a 2020 season marred by the Covid-19 pandemic, Michael earned the honor of wearing the Stars and Stripes jersey when he won the 2021 USA U23 Nationals in the individual time trial. Almost as impressive, he placed 9th in the Pro Nationals time trial.
Michael considers himself an all-around rider, but clearly excels in the time trial. “My biggest strength is that of my aerobic side for sure,” said Michael. “I also feel like one of my greatest strengths is the ability to think in the heat of the races. I tend to overthink things which can sometimes be a bit problematic and I hope to continue to improve on that balance.”
Hagens Berman Axeon Cycling Team’s Michael Garrison became the 5th Axeon rider to win the US U23 Individual Time Trial National Championships on Thursday.
Michael bested second place finisher Jack Bardi by just twelve seconds and third place finisher Tyrel Fuchs (Elevate - Webiplex Pro...