It’s that time of year again, the so-called silly season – though there really is nothing silly about it – when riders and teams announce transfer news and contract renewals. Here’s a quick roundup of the info so far:
Merger. The biggest news has to be the merger of the Inferno Racing and On The Rivet, the two management entities behind the Kenda/5-Hour Energy and Competitive Cyclist teams respectively. Today, sponsor Competitive Cyclist announced that it was ending its business relationship with On The Rivet.
The two Continental teams did not get the invite to the two biggest American UCI races, Amgen Tour of California and USA Pro Challenge this year. What this means to the roster and the staff is still to be determined but given the numbers and the UCI rules for teams, not everyone will have a job next year with the new yet-to-be-named team. The UCI rules state that a Continental team must have between eight and 16 riders, much less than the combined, 13 and 17 riders from Kenda/5-Hr Energy and Competitive Cyclist.
As a tangent, the UCI also allows a Continental team to add up to four so-called specialists in other disciplines to the team which explains the 17 for one of the teams.
Two Kenda/5-Hr Energy riders have already announced their plans to move to a new team. Phil Gaimon, (26), will be joining the BISSELL team for his fifth-year as a pro. Isaac Howe, (26), is returning to Team SmartStop- Mountain Kakhis, the squad he rode with before joining Kenda in 2011.
So that leaves 28 riders. Other UCI rules that come into play for all Continental teams, and impact greatly contracts are the age and citizenship of a rider. A majority must be under the age of 28 (at the start of the year) and a majority of a USA-registered team must be American. A total of 14 riders will be 28 or over in the combined team.
Jamis/Sutter Home. Other big news was the move of Ben Jacques-Maynes to the Jamis/Sutter Home. The soon-to-be 32 year old rider, who has spent the past six years with the Bissell and it’s previous entity Priority Health, is a good addition to the team hoping to get an invitation to the Amgen Tour of California and the other big races after being skipped this year. The other addition to the team is 26 year old Colombian climbing sensation Janier Acevedo. Many might remember Acevedo for his win on stage 4 at the 2011 Tour of Utah on the tough Salt Lake City circuit.
Riders returning to the squad for the 2013 season includes Luis Amaran (33), Jamey Driscoll (25), Philip Mooney (27), Kyle Wamsley (32), Carson Miller (23), Demis Aleman, and Jackie Simes (23). That makes nine confirmed riders for next year.
The 2012 roster also included Fernando Antogna, Alejandro and Anibal Borrajo, Eric Schlidge, Petrus van Dijk and Tyler Wren.
Miller re-ups. Before traveling to Europe for her final road races of the season, Meredith Miller re-signed with Team TIBCO for the fifth year. The 2009 USA National Road Champion will continue to race road, mountain bike and cross for at least one more year.