Earlier today, the Bahati Foundation Pro Cycling Team released its roster for the 2010 season. The team is one of three new UCI Continental Men’s teams registered with USA Cycling for 2010, the other new teams are Adageo Energy Pro Cycling and Team Hotel San Jose.
The 12 men’s teams that have applied for Continental status with USA Cycling are:
- Adageo Energy Pro Cycling
- Bahati Foundation Pro Cycling Team aka Transcend Sports
- BISSELL Pro Cycling
- Jamis/Sutter Home presented by Colavita
- Jelly Belly Cycling Team
- Kelly Benefit Strategies
- Kenda Pro Cycling p/b GearGrinder
- Team Hotel San Jose
- Team Mountain Khakis fueled by Jittery Joe’s
- Team Type 1
- Trek Livestrong U23 Cycling Team presented by RadioShack
- UnitedHealthcare presented by Maxxis
That makes it two less than last year, which had 13 teams registered. The teams disappearing from the list are Amore e Vita/McDonalds/Velo Vie Pro Racing Team, DLP Racing, Land Rover/ORBEA – Benefiting the Lance Armstrong Foundation and Rock Racing. The Land Rover-ORBEA team is still looking for a sponsor, DLP Racing is merging with Mt Khakis, Rock Racing is rumored to be registering as a Pro Continental team in Mexico. And as for Amore e Vita, well I assume it will now be registered in Italy.
One American based women’s team has applied to be UCI-sanctioned this season. After claiming an overall NRC title in 2009, Team TIBCO looks to be the lone U.S.-based UCI-sanctioned women’s squad in 2010.
All team categories are pending approval from the UCI and will be formally announced in December following the review process.
Before we take a closer look at the two of the new teams, please note that the transfer-o-rama has been updated. Stay tuned for more info on Team Hotel San Jose.
The Bahati Foundation Pro Cycling Team is the brain child of Transcend Sports, a partnership between Colorado Premier Training and RAHA Sports Management. The Bahati Foundation, founded by Rahsaan Bahati, is a non-profit organization that inspires and empowers underprivileged youth to rise above their circumstances. Their stated goal is to work with our partners in helping today’s underprivileged youth overcome poverty. They provide the resources, support and inspiration to help young people succeed in life.
Former USA Crit Champion Bahati headlines the roster for the newly formed team, and will also contribute as part of the management staff and is an owner in the team as part of RAHA Sports Management. Steve Owens, of Colorado Premier Training, will be the manager of the team.
Joining Bahati in the 15-rider team are two riders from Pro Tour teams, Australian Hilton Clarke and American Jason Donald from Garmin-Slipstream. Clarke is returning to US scene after one year with Fuji-Servetto and raced previously with the defunct Toyota-United and Navigators squads. The other two Australians on the team are Nathan O’Neill who is returning to racing after serving a 2-year doping suspension and Matty Rice from Jelly Belly.
The team also includes some young talent such as Ian Burnett from Fort Lewis College, Peter Carey who won the overall in the Cat 1/2 at Joe Martin this year, Phillip Mann who twice won the Collegiate National Championship criterium and 19-year Lanell Rockmore who just won the gold this year at USA Track Nationals in the men team sprint.
The Bahati Foundation Pro Cycling team roster is:
- Rahsaan Bahati (USA) – 27
- Ryan Bauman (USA) – 22
- Ian Burnett (USA) – 23
- Peter Carey (USA) – 21
- Hilton Clarke (AUS) – 30
- Corey Collier (USA) – 27
- Jason Donald (USA) – 29
- Cesar Grajales (COL) – 36
- Alex Hagman (USA) – 26
- Evan Hyde (USA) – 25
- Bobby Lea (USA) – 26
- Phillip Mann (USA) – 26
- Nathan O’Neil (AUS) – 35
- Matty Rice (AUS) – 30
- Lanell Rockmore (USA) – 19
Newly signed rider Bahati said in the team press release, “I’m blessed to have a talented group of individuals who can deliver the message for the Bahati Foundation while winning races at a professional level. I’m truly excited to know my future is in the hands of people who are dedicated to the sport and want to give back to the communities that are lacking structure and resources.”
The other new team on the block is the Adageo Energy Pro Cycling. While this team is a newly-registered Continental team, it’s been around for two years on the pro/amateur circuit under the name of Liquid Fitness. Their roster includes riders from Rock Racing, Bissell, Jittery Joes as well as from the Liquid Fitness/Adageo Energy team from last year.
The team leader is Australian Cody Stevenson who is returning to the US after racing with Team Budget Forklifts last year.
Also joining the team is 10-time Collegiate National Track Champion Bennet van der Genugten and Danny Finneran.
The Adageo Energy Pro Cycling roster is:
- Eric Bennett (USA) – 22
- Tobias Eggli (USA) – 23
- Tim Farnham (USA) – 27
- Danny Finneran (USA) – 19
- Josh Horowitz (USA) – 34
- Matt Landen (USA) – 28
- Alexi Martinez (USA) – 23
- Tommy Nelson (USA) – 29
- Cody Stevenson (AUS) – 29
- Bennet van der Genugten (USA) – 25
Update: The team is still in talks with Austin Carroll (USA), Anthony Colby (USA) and Marco Rios (MEX). Nothing has been signed yet.