Building on its breakthrough 2006 season and its association with the newly formed Professional Continental Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast pro cycling team, the Kelly Benefit Strategies/LSV elite amateur cycling team has announced its roster for the 2007 season.
The team, sponsored by a group insurance broker and consultant, retained its strong core of experienced riders who logged many local and regional like the national elite road championship and the Green Mountain Stage Race. The team feeds riders into the pro ranks like elite amateur road race champion, Matt Cooke, who moved to Navigators Insurance Professional Cycling Team and Nick Waite, who made the jump to the pro team.
The amateur team recruited a group of young riders to build for the future and recently hired Beth Leasure as Sports Director.
John Kelly, the title sponsor for the team, stated that "our mission is to build the Kelly Benefit Strategies/LSV Amateur Cycling team into a national caliber amateur program for aspiring and committed young elite-level cyclists interested in racing and training in the mid-Atlantic region. The team will benefit from its close association with the Kelly Benefit Strategies professional team, and will help develop and identify riders capable of racing professionally."