Earlier this week, Team Type 1 announced some of the riders that will be on the roster for 2009. Contrary to last year, when Team Type 1’s DS Ed Beamon started “putting the team together in November” which to Beamon “didn’t leave us a lot of opportunities to get the riders we wanted.”, this year, on its second-year as a professional Continental squad, the team has started to beef up its sprinting strength with the addition of Argentinian speedster Ricardo Escuela and U.S. Elite Criterium Champion Ken Hanson.
It’s no secret that a weakness of ours this year was not having any depth in the sprint finishes,” Beamon said. “We are making moves to fill that void and Ricardo is a key addition. He has shown that he is capable of winning the bunch kick in criteriums, as well as hard selection-type races. He can also put himself in the breakaways where his finishing speed becomes that much more dangerous.”
Escuela, 25, established himself as one of the top sprinters on the domestic circuit in 2008 by winning stages at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah and the Cascade Classic while racing for Successfulliving.com presented by ParkPre.
The 26-year old Hanson won the USA Cycling Elite Men’s National Criterium Championship at Downers Grove, Ill., in August to begin a string of impressive victories that included the San Ardo (Calif.) Road Race and the Priority Health Ann Arbor Cycling Classic in Michigan in September. Hanson has also won on the international level, having captured the first stage of the FBD Insurance RÁS in Ireland in May and being a part of the winning team time trial squad last year at the 45th Giro del Friuli Venezia Giulia.
The team also announced that both Mexican Moises Aldape and American Chris Jones have re-upped with the team.
The 27-year old Aldape represented Mexico at the Summer Olympics in Beijing after winning the King of the Mountains classification and one stage of the Bend Memorial Cascade Cycling Classic, as well as the sprint classification at the Tour de Beauce. Aldape is also remembered for his sixth place finishing on infamous Brasstown Bald Mountain, the decisive stage at the Tour de Georgia.
The 29-year old Jones scored his second straight top 10 finish at the US Pro Road Race Championship in Greenville after winning the Patterson Pass Road Race earlier in August. The Redding, Calif., native also played a key role at the Vuelta Mexico and the Tour of Arkansas, both of which were won by Team Type 1’s Glen Chadwick.
Fewer than three years ago, Jones was racing on his own, traveling around the country by car and racing as often as possible.
“I went to college, got a real job and then realized ‘ohh this isn’t quite as fun as I thought it would be’, so yeah took a chance and rode amateur by myself for a year and last year, rode for Nerac and this year, it’s paying off.” said Jones earlier this year about his decision to take a chance on professional cycling.
More news in the coming weeks while the 2009 roster is being finalized.
Moise Aldape photo courtesy of Team Type 1