Domestic schedule swayed decision to delay move to Pro Conti
Team Type 1 will remain a UCI Continental team (third division) for the 2010 season, the team announced this weekend.
The squad had aspirations of stepping up to the next level, Professional Continental, but said uncertainty over the future of a newly enforced rule prohibiting ProTour and Pro Continental teams from participating in non-UCI sanctioned events influenced the decision to retain Continental status.
The team still intends to grow to a more prominent statures with the aim of participating in the 2012 Tour de France, said CEO and Founder Phil Southerland .
"Thanks to our great sponsors and partners, we now have a clearer picture of our long-term program," Southerland said. "We head into next season with the intention of going after Pro Continental status in 2011."
"This is the best move for our organization," he said. "We are still fully committed to getting a rider who has Type 1 diabetes to the Tour de France by 2012. With great management and staff, we will be able to run a Pro Continental-type team without the significant financial investment that goes with competing on the next level."
The Team Type 1 men's professional team, which was founded in 2008 following a pair of amateur victories at the Race Across America (RAAM) in 2006 and 2007, has achieved 98 victories and 215 podium finishes. Co-founder Joe Eldridge and Southerland are two of four riders on the squad who have Type 1 diabetes.
Earlier this week, Team Type 1 announced it will bring its management services in-house for the 2010 season, separating from Wauwatosa, Wisconsin-based Team Sports, Inc. The team's new headquarters and service course will be based in Atlanta.