Undergoing a metamorphosis over the winter following its first year, The Terrapin Beer mountain bike team will emerge in March with a stronger team and renewed passion. Two key riders, Maria Carrelli and Wild Bill Lanzilotta, will return to lead the squad while new to the team are Chris Janiszewski, Anna Kelso, Jeremy Edge, David Hall and Shey Linder.
Of the old guard, Carrelli is a two-time Georgia singlespeed state champion while Lanzilotta remains the senior member of the team and returns as the current Georgia State Champion (men's expert 40+).
Janiszewski, a native to the southeast, comes to the team from Gainesville Florida, and is a regular on the National Ultra Endurance (NUE) series while Kelso is making the move from the DCMTB after winning the Terror of Teaberry, finishing second at the Tour de Tykes and third in the Fool's Gold 50 miler. Edge is a local rider who impressed management at 24-hour event last season, and Hall is an established roadie who had collected two road race state championships (North Carolina), four criterium state championships (South Carolina) and two cyclo-cross titles (South Carolina and Georgia). Finally, former SoBe-Cannondale rider Linder is a veteran of the sport who runs the Cycleyouth Development and FFCC Development teams. He consistently finished in the top ten in the National Ultra-Endurance Series.
Former team member Rebecca Tomaszewski, who won the US 24 hour national championship in the duo pro co-ed category and two collegiate national titles, leaves the team for 2009.