While guest-riding with the Rubicon-ORBEA team, Marsh Cooper got some attention this year at the SRAM Tour of the Gila, getting into breaks and riding aggressively in multiple stages. “I’m looking to sign a professional contract.” Cooper said at Gila, “so as much exposure as I can.”
Well he did it.
The 24-year-old rider from British Columbia, Canada has joined Kelly Benefit Strategies for the rest of the 2010 season. After riding with Canadian powerhouse Symmetrics Professional Cycling Team for three years starting in 2004, Marsh took a break from professional cycling and decided to return to the competition this year.
“We are psyched to bring another talented young Canadian rider into our program. Marsh is an aggressive rider with a lot of experience for his age,” said Jonas Carney, KBS Performance Director. “We’re especially confident that he is a good fit for the team because Marsh is a former teammate of Jake Erker, KBS Performance Manager.”
Lots of history as Erker, current (and former) teammate Ryan Anderson and Cooper all rode with Symmetrics. And Marsh and Anderson both began their training with the Trek Red Truck Racing team based out of Vancouver, Canada prior to their move to Symmetrics and then on to KBS.
“We have been developing riders for many years and currently have several past riders in the pro peloton, including Ryan Anderson, Marsh Cooper, Sven Tuft and Rob Britton,” said Steve Engh, Trek Red Truck Racing team owner and manager.
“He has only just returned to racing but has already had some strong performances. We are pumped to have the former Canadian National Junior Champion on our team,” said Carney.
2003 National Track Champion Junior in the points race, Cooper was also on the Symmetrics Track squad during his years with the team.
That makes a total of 4 Canadians on the KBS roster: Anderson, Cooper, Zach Bell and David Veilleux.