Based out of Athens, Georgia, team AEG-Toshiba-JetNetwork has announced its roster for the USA Crits Southeast series. The team will be led by sprinters Frank Travieso and Keith Norris, both coming off strong rides overseas and in the annual California racing swing. Chris Frederick, Yosvany Falcon, Ivan Franco, and Eric Keim will round out the team's six-man squad for the eight-race NRC series, which start with the Athens Twilight Criterium on Saturday, April 28.
"We are really excited for the Twilight and the USA Crits Southeast series, as most of the guys live in Athens and we want to put on a big show for the hometown fans," said team sport director and past Twilight champion Roberto Gaggioli. "Our team is definitely one to watch as it is a priority for us," added the newest Athens resident.
Former Twilight Junior and Finals winner Norris stated, "Twilight is one of the reasons I returned to racing, the crowds, the excitement, the atmosphere, it's the best in the world. The fans will really be in for a treat this year."
Event founder Gene Dixon stated, "This year's Twilight features the most parity among the major teams seen for some time in US racing as each team has a few guys that can really win the Twilight and the overall USA Crits Southeast series." This year's USA Crits Southeast series will feature eight races for both men and women and will boast over $150,000 in prize money.
The individual races are:
Heyward Allen Toyota Athens Twilight, Athens, GA - April 28
Nalley Historic Roswell Criterium, Roswell, GA - April 29
Beaufort Memorial Classic, Beaufort, SC - May 1
Walterboro Walterboro Cycling Classic, Walterboro, SC - May 2
Uptown Greenwood Criterium, Greenwood, SC - May 3
Smithbarney Classic, Spartanburg, SC - May 4
Sunny King Criterium, Anniston, AL - May 5
Decatur Daily Downtown Criterium, Decatur, AL - May 6