Slipstream sports, a sports marketing and development company headed by former professional bike rider Jonathan Vaughters, has announced the 2006 Team TIAA-CREF roster. Now in its third year, Team TIAA-CREF is the World's Youngest Professional cycling team, with riders averaging 23 years of age. The team will compete in a full slate of international races throughout the spring and summer, including the inaugural Amgen Tour of California, where they will be the youngest riders competing against some of the world’s best professionals. Also included in the race programme are the Pennsylvania Triple Crown, the Tour of Georgia, the Route du Sud, the USPRO Road Championships and the Tour de l’Avenir.
"We are poised for an exciting year," said the company's CEO and TIAA-CREF director Jonathan Vaughters. "This is probably the strongest group of riders we have had yet. We are competing at higher levels and you will see us at bigger races. But the goal of this team remains the same: to give young athletes - future champions - the training and experience they need to become Olympic, World and Tour de France Champions."
The 2006 team roster includes 2001 World Champion Danny Pate, formerly of Team Jelly Belly; Ian MacGregor, 2-time U23 National Champion; Craig Lewis, fully recovered from a near-death accident at the 2004 Tour de Georgia and sprinter Rahsaan Bahati.
The full roster can be found here.