Let’s talk a closer look at the road transfers and team news for the men’s teams.
First, check out the transfer-o-rama for the transfers for the UCI teams, be it ProTeam, Pro Continental or Continental, registered in either Canada or the United States. Note that the official release for the list of Pro Continental and Continental teams is expected in December. Let me know via comments of any errors or missing information.
As Adam Myerson explained the Mt Khakis team will be returning as an amateur team in 2011 due to economic pressures. Returning to the squad are Neil Bezdek, Thomas Brown, Jon Hamblen and Myerson who is also be team manager. Joining the team are Ben Zawacki of Team Ion-United Healthcare and Travis Livermon of Champion System/Cannondale. Two more riders are expected to be announced with Luke Keough of BikeReg.com/Cannondale being courted by the squad,
UCI Continental level Team Raleigh, registered in the UK, has announced its squad for 2011 and in includes 3 North American riders on its 12-rider roster. Americans Ryan Parnes and Phil Mooney, who both raced with the Yahoo! Cycling team this year along with Canadian Jamie Sparling of the Total Restoration Cycling Team will be joining the UK team. The team “will fully support the UK program” and also compete in the United States and Canada. The 2011 roster also includes Liam Holohan, Richard Handley, Dan Fleeman, Matt Cronshaw, Matt Kipling, Gaël Le Bellec, Matt Jones, Matt Gee, all of the UK and Jeroen Janssen of The Netherlands.
Another Continental team, this one from New Zealand, will be racing on the NRC circuit this year. Born from the local Team Bici Vida, the Pure Black Racing team has a goal of becoming its country’s first ProTeam by 2015 and racing at the Tour de France. Glen Chadwick, who raced previously with Navigators, Team Type 1 and Rock Racing, will be the captain of the new squad and will be joined by a trio from the Rubicon-ORBEA team, Taylor Gunman, Mike Northey and Roman van Uden.
Staying with the Kiwis for a second, 20-old Tom Scully has signed with Felt-Holowesko Partners, the U23 arm of the Garmin-Cervelo ProTeam.
Five new espoirs riders will be joining the returning four U23 riders on the California Giant/Specialized roster. In 2010, the amateur squad went through a rejuvenation phase and started the year with five U23 riders including standout Andrew Talansky. While Talansky is moving on to the Garmin-Cervelo team, Tyler Brandt, Chris Stasny, Brandon Trafton and John Bennett are returning with Peter Taylor, Nathan Wilson, Evan Huffman, Benny Swedberg and Eamon Lucas signing on.
Stay tuned for news on the women’s teams.