The Start to 2017- Races, Teams
February 6, 2017



I’m hoping everyone is thinking the same thing right about now; what is going on this year with crit racing?

Well I am.

Come on USA Cycling. The water cooler doesn’t need someone to hold it up.

With the amount of big name races and historic events North America has to offer, USA Cycling decides to throw in a new rule. The Pro Road Tour (PRT) will not have overlapping event dates. Sure, the prestigious events should have the best racers. But who sits in those meetings saying, “No, we don’t need anymore races, or money”.

Go back to the split schedule of National Race Calendar (NRC) and National Crit Calendar (NCC). Teams got to choose what schedule they wished to follow and with more races to offer. Most teams that are now chasing the PRT, rarely even bother showing up to the top-level crit. So why cater to them.

I refresh USA Crits website daily. The “released by December” tag got taken down, so now I hired a private investigator to look into it.  Is there even going to be a series?!?

How do we not know if there is a major crit in March? I could be racing in less then 30 days. It could help being a full time racer, if there were actual races to prepare for.


Hats off to Oklahoma City weekend for personally messaging me about race dates. Sucks you were left off the PRT calendar due to overlapping dates with the Philadelphia Cycling Classic. Oh wait, that got canceled…

To create a spark of interest in the North American Crit scene, I’ve gathered a list of teams that have announced their squads and chase the crit calendar. There are some interesting changes going on in 2017.

To start, UHC has announced the dismemberment of the crit team. Yes sad, no more blue train, but that opens some of the major PRT crits to new tactics and possibly new winners. While some UCH team members retired, a few are still racing.


It's not new news but you wont see the red train this year either. Astellas Pro Cycling, while having the most successful year, couldn't find a replacement title sponsor. Some members are still racing, others are still unannounced. It could be a surprise once they hit the start line.

Cylance, on paper, has the best crit team. While they are supposedly focusing on stage races this year, it will be interesting to see which events they target.

Hollywood signed with Texas Road House, along with a few long time members of his previous teams. CCB Velotooler announced they would have a crit team under the leadership of Sam Rosenholtz which could be an interesting program to follow. Rally has the USA Pro Crit Champion Brad Huff. And Holowesko / Citadel Racing p/b Hincapie Sportswear, when they do in fact show up to a race, be prepared to work hard!

Have a peak at the list I created below. This is not a final copy and it was compiled by yours truly poking around the Internet. Feel free to send me a note with an up to date team list or if you are not listed.

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Cylance Cycling
Andres Miguel Diaz Corrales (Col)
Orlando Trinidad Garibay Contreras (Mex)
Scott Law (Aus)
Bryan Lewis (USA)
Eric Marcotte (USA)
Karl Menzies (Aus)
Kyle Murphy (USA)
Samuel Hunter Snipe Grove (USA)
Justin Williams (USA)

Elevate - KHS Pro Cycling
Connor Brown (USA)
Eder Frayre Moctezuma (Mex)
Alex Hoehn (USA)
Cory Lockwood (USA)
Brian Mcculloch (USA)
Jose Alfredo Rodriguez Victoria (Mex)
Joseph Schmalz (USA)
Nicholas Torraca (USA)
Innokenty Zavyalov (USA)

Rally Cycling
Jesse Anthony (USA)
Robert Britton (Can)
Matteo Dal-Cin (Can)
Adam De Vos (Can)
Charles Bradley Huff (USA)
Evan Huffman (USA)
Colin Joyce (USA)
Shane Kline (USA)
Sepp Kuss (USA)
Brandon Mcnulty (USA)
Pierrick Naud (Can)
Emerson Oronte (USA)
Danny Pate (USA)
Thomas Soladay (USA)
Curtis White (USA)
Eric Young (USA)

Holowesko / Citadel Racing p/b Hincapie Sportswear
MacKenzie Brennan (USA)
Miguel Bryon (USA)
Robin Carpenter (USA)
Oscar Clark (USA)
Ruben Companioni (Cub)
Taylor Eisenhart (USA)
Andzs Flaksis (Lat)
Andrei Krasilnikau (Blr)
Joseph Lewis (Aus)
Tyler Magner (USA)
John Murphy (USA)
Brendan Rhim (USA)
 
Cliff Bar Cycling Team
Blake Anton
Brandon Borth
CJ Dudley
Doran Mori
JD Bergmann
Jacob Gerhardt
Menso De Jong
Michael Jacques
Michael Jazinski
Miles Lamon
Pete Morris
Ryan Wei
Stephan Hoffman
Tyler Wertenbruch
Kevin Mullervy

Elbowz Racing

-Ben Spies

-Tony Baca

-Joshua Buchel

-Kevin Girkins

-Colton Jarisch

-Andrew Jones

-Stefan Roche

-Justin Stanley

-Brant Speed


Questionable?
Clay Murfet
Brandon Feehery
Aldo Ilesic
Eamon Lucas

Texas Roadhouse Cycling
Daniel Holloway
Marco Aledia
Jake Magee AUZ

Doug Fagan AUZ
Zach Carlson
Ryan Shean
Kyle Perry and
Jordan Marhanka
Matt Salpierto
Brice Brookshire

Finish Strong to
Palmetto State Medical Elite Cycling Team
Fletcher LYDICK
MOOSA, Matt
RENKEMA, Ben
UBERTI, Chris
Team Arapahoe Resources
Andrew Dahlheim
Julio Padilla
Alejandro Padilla
Even Andrew Bybee
Ricky Randall
Grant Koontz
Stephan Hirsch
Morgan Schitt
Mat Stephens


706P - United Healthcare of GA
ABRAHAM, Emile
SCARANO, Andy
TRAVIESO, Frank
ULICH, Austin
 
Bissell ABG Giant Cycling Team
Erhard, Grant
BEEBE, Aaron
DIEKEMA, Jordan
JACOB, Jonathan
JOHNSON, Josh
KELLER, Michael
LAM, Daniel
LEACH, John
NEAGOS, Brad
SILLS, Hogan
WILLIAMS, Natha

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CCB Velotooler
Cameron Beard (USA)
Patrick Collins (USA)
Ansel Dickey (USA)
John Harris (USA)
Jonah Mead Van Court (USA)
Timothy Mitchell (USA)
Nathaniel Morse (USA)
Spencer Petrov (USA)
Sam Rosenholtz (USA)
Jacob Sitler (USA)
Antti Sizko (Fin)
Cory Small (USA)
Cooper Willsey (USA)


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