News Shorts: Creed takes head coaching job with US Paracycling

Alabama Cycling Classic will open USA Cycling's 2016 national road calendar, Lampre-Merida re-signs Manuele Mori

Creed takes head coaching job with US Paracycling

USA Paralympics announced on Thursday that it has hired former Team SmartStop director Mike Creed as head coach of its Paracycling program.

Creed, 34, ended his own professional career in 2013 after competing for more than a decade, spending the last three seasons with Optum Pro Cycling. He took the reins of Team SmartStop as the Continental team transitioned from a focus on criteriums to stage racing in 2014 and quickly found success with the new roster.

Highlights included Eric Marcotte’s win at the 2014 US pro road championships, Travis McCabe’s 2014 National Racing Calendar overall win, Jure Kocjan leading the Tour of Utah, and Rob Britton’s Tour of the Gila win this year along with his podium finish at the USA Pro Challenge.

USA Paralympics, a division of the US Olympic Committee, supports US Olympic and Paralympic athletes and is responsible for elite sports programming, including sending athletes to summer and winter Paralympic Games. 

Mike Creed is ready to spend his first full season behind the directors wheel.
Mike Creed talks with rider Travis McCabe while directing Team SmartStop (Jonathan Devich).

Alabama Cycling Classic will open USA Cycling's 2016 national road calendar

After years of starting the US national road race season with the Redlands Bicycle Classic in California, USA Cycling’s reformulated 2016 national road calendar will begin next April 2 and 3 with a weekend of racing in Alabama.

Organisers in Anniston have rebranded an already popular community cycling festival as the Alabama Cycling Classic, two days of racing that combine the Sunny King Criterium, now in its 14th year, and the Fort McClellan Road Race.

Sunny King has opened USA Cycling’s National Criterium Calendar for three consecutive years and will continue as the first race of the new combined calendar. More than $40,000 will be up for grabs on the one-kilometre, four-corner course in downtown Anniston.

The Fort McClellan Road Race will be on USA Cycling’s national calendar for the first time next year. The race began in 2010 as the Foothills Classic Road Race. Along with a name change, a new course was introduced last year that included a 20-mile circuit with a mountain-top finish on Bains Gap. The road race will offer a $10,000 prize purse for the elite/pro women and elite/pro men.

Hannah Barnes (UnitedHealthcare) and Ty Magner (HIncapie Racing) won the criterium last year. Alexis Ryan (UnitedHealthcare) and Dion Smith (Hincapie Racing) won the road race.

The 2016 road calendar would continue three days later at Redlands.

 Hannah Barnes (UnitedHealthcare) takes the win with teammate Coryn Rivera second
Hannah Barnes (UnitedHealthcare) takes the win at Sunny King this year (Jonathan Devich) 

Lampre-Merida re-signs Manuele Mori

Italian team Lampre-Merida announced today that they have signed a contract extension with key domestique Manuele Mori, who will ride his eighth season with the team next year.

"In the team roster there are many young riders and dynamic cyclists, so Mori is very important in order to balance these characteristics with his experience and his cycling competence,” said director Brent Copeland. “He's one of the best element for supporting the captain and, moreover, with his morale he's so important for the team spirit.”

Mori thanked his team for support him in what will be his 13th professional year.

“Their trust in me is a prize for my full commitment in the support to the captains and to the young guns of the team,” he said. “I can't wait for the new season to begin for sharing with my teammates the feelings of giving honor to the blue-fuchsia-green colors all around the world."

Manuele Mori (Lampre - Merida) takes a pull
Manuele Mori (Lampre - Merida) takes a pull in a breakaway this year. 

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