The racing season rapidly approaches and for me and my Dan Patten Blog in 2013 that will mean the USA! Those that know me and those that have followed my progression in the cycling world here on my blog will know how much that has involved Belgium.

The Belgium chapter will continue I can assure you of that. However for season 2013 the USA beckons and a chance to try and make an impact on the American cycling scene and a chance to continue making my way in the sport.

And so to my new team for 2013, Team SmartStop P/B Mountain Khakis. A US Continental cycling team based in North Carolina.

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My new team is very well organised.

After success on the National Criterium Calendar (NCC) circuit in the US in 2012, the team will be looking to maintain this status as well as add to it with success on the National Road Calendar (NRC) circuit in 2013.

I am looking forward to getting rolling with the new team and excited about what the new season will bring.

You can of course follow my and the team’s progress through Twitter (@dfpatten and @SmartStop-MK), Facebook (Me and the Team), Instagram and of course right here on VeloVeritas and my blog site as well as the team’s website.

For now I am getting ready to make my move across the pond at the start of next week.

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I’ve got my bike, now let me at them!

I will have a few weeks to settle into US life in my 2013 base of Athens Georgia, before team training camp in North Carolina at the start of March. After this the racing begins…US style!

A solid winter of training so far, it all bodes well for a great season ahead. My new team have been fantastic already in support of my move to them and I look forward to many great moments with them this season!

A big thank you must also once again go to ‘The Dave Rayner Fund’ who will continue supporting me in the USA this year… your support is very much appreciated as always. Please check out and support The Dave Rayner Fund.

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Think I’m going to like it here.

For my Belgium following, rest assured you will see me in my new colours on the roads of Belgium sometime this season whenever I find myself back in Europe.

To my family, friends and followers everywhere, as we head into season 2013 I thank you all again for your support.

Team SmartStop P/B Mountain Khakis… here’s to a successful 2013… Let’s go!