Retired American criterium legend Jonas Carney has been named as 'performance director' of a new US professional team, the Kelly Benefit Strategies (KBS) pro cycling team.. One of the most successful U.S. riders of his era, Carney brings years of experience to the task of preparing the team for the upcoming 2007 race season. "Jonas Carney brings unparalleled cycling knowledge and experience to the KBS team," said John Kelly, president of title sponsor. "This is a major step toward our goal of developing an ultra-competitive cycling team to race in the United States and - someday - international cycling arenas."
As a pro throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Carney earned 17 national titles and more than 150 pro/elite victories. He excelled as a field sprinter, claiming four national criterium titles. A competitive cyclist since the age of eight, Carney picked up bike racing from his father, who was an avid cyclist. His brother Jame, a former Cyclingnews diarist, also raced professionally. Since retiring in 2004, he's coached adults and juniors cyclists on the track and the road.
"This is an exciting new challenge," Carney said. "Competing as a cyclist at the professional level takes a tremendous amount of skill, hard work, and commitment... I plan on applying those same characteristics to leading our athletes toward a highly successful 2007 season."
Carney will start his new job immediately, and is at work finalizing the roster of riders for the KBS team.