The Kelly Benefit Strategies pro cycling team, one of the newest pro teams on the USA national racing circuit, December 12, announced the finalization of its 2007 roster and the name-changing addition of a co-title sponsor. Maryland-based Medifast joins Kelly Benefit Strategies as co-title sponsor creating the Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast Pro Cycling Team.
The team also announces the final 2007 roster, a line-up of seasoned sprinters, climbers and rising young talent. Athletes headlining the roster include Dave McCook of the United States and Canadian Dominique Perras, who joins the Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast team along with former team-mate and fellow Quebec resident Martin Gilbert.
McCook, former USPRO criterium champion has dominated sprinting in the United States for the past fifteen years and brings guaranteed finishing expertise to the team. Perras, a former Canadian national road race champion, has been a member of the Canadian national team since 1992, a professional since 1999 and a proven leader when it comes to climbing. He has participated in four professional world championships.
"The addition of McCook and Perras has added road-tested strength, ability and experience to an already strong line up," says Jonas Carney, the team's performance director. "If it comes to a bunch sprint or the need to lead in the mountains, we have guys who can definitely get that done and bring the younger riders with them. That's crucial for a new team off the start line."
The team has the full backing, support and involvement of Kelly Benefit Strategies and Medifast. Bicycle, equipment and other partnerships are all in the final stages of negotiation and will be announced ahead of the season start.
2007 Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast Roster: Dan Bowman (USA), Kevin Bouchard-Hall (USA), Martin Gilbert (Can), Mark Hinnen (Can), Dave McCook (USA), Reid Mumford (USA), Dominique Perras (Can), Ryan Roth (Can), Justin Spinelli (USA), Johnny Sundt (USA) and Nick Waite (USA).