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Cyclus Sports is the newest UCI Continental team in North America, in only its
second season racing in the professional peloton. Based in Greensboro, NorthCarolina, the program is established on the twin pillars of clean racing andlocal development. Matt McNees and Neil A. Lewis founded the cyclingcompany in 2013 with a mission to influence the direction of road racing in theUnited States.
“At Cyclus we’ve worked hard, learned and invested a lot in the sport,”McNees said. “To see it all coming together professionally is rewarding. I’mexcited for us to be on the pro racing level but there’s still plenty of work todo as we move our way up the ranks.”
The company launched the racing team last season under a domestic elitestatus, since running affiliate teams in other cities across the east coast. Theprogram maintains a zero positive initiative against doping, designed to providethe highest level of integrity for its riders, sponsors, and affiliates. Adding tothe era of transparency, the team requires each rider to sign a contract statingif they should return a positive doping test, the result will be immediatetermination from the program.
“We aim to bring outside investment into the sport and influence its directionfor the betterment of the sport in the United States,” McNees added. “We tooka more aggressive role last season, racing national events. We are proud tohave reached continental status, and look forward to a solid building year forour sports management company.”
The UCI men’s all-American roster is mostly made of neo-pros, many with the capability of becoming general classification riders. The squad will look to returning all-arounder Michael Gearren, and sprinting specialist Brooks Deese to lead the team as they concentrate primarily on the Pro Road tour.
Assisting Deese in his charge to the finish line will be new addition Ben Renkema, the 2017 Cat 1 Crit National Champion, and 3-time Dirty Dozen winner Ian Baun, also returning from last season. Once the road begins to pitch, the pure-climbing duo of Oliver Flautt and Winston David will take the reins.
The team welcomes the experience and talent of the new riders, looking to earn consistently strong results on the national calendar. “The roster we put together is filled with riders that can take it to the line,” Josh Cates said, Director Sportif for Cyclus Sports. “The amount of work they have put in last season is a testament to the energy we have on this team. I’m excited to see them in action.”
The 2018 campaign will begin with a training camp March 17 in Greensboro following by their debut at the Alabama Cycling Classic, April 7-8.
Cyclus Sports Roster
Ian BaunWinston DavidCorey DavisBrooks DeeseOliver FlauttMichael GearrenAndrew GiniatParker KyzerRicky RandallBen RenkemaConnor Sallee
Race results, news, and photos will be available throughout the season at:http://www.cyclussports.com
Follow the team on social media:Facebook: @CyclusSportsTwitter: @CyclusSportsInstagram: @Cyclus_SportsStrava: @CyclusSports
Official hashtags: #CyclusSports #zeropositive