The MonaVie-Cannondale Cycling Team have announced 4 new signings, and say they will be focussing on "epic racing around the world" in 2009.
US short track and marathon national champion Jeremiah Bishop is the most high-profile of the new team members.
He will be joined two-time US collegiate national champion and former ITU Winter Triathlon world champion Benjamin Sontag, and Utah-based rider Alex Grant.
In addition, Burke Swindlehurst (of the Bissell Pro Cycling Team) will be crossing over from road racing on a part-time basis.
“Joining the MonaVie-Cannondale Team presents an opportunity to focus on my favorite form of racing – epic racing – and meet the challenges of the world’s toughest mountain ranges and top international competitors,” said Bishop.
“It’s an opportunity I couldn’t resist! I’m proud to join MonaVie-Cannondale and look forward to a fun season with all the great riders on the team."
Bishop also plans to compete in the US Pro Cross Country Tour and select events of the Kenda Cup East series.
Returning to MonaVie-Cannondale are the legendary David “Tinker” Juarez, Bart Gillespie, Susan Butler, Mitchell Petersen, Bryan Alders and Leana Gerrard.
Team members will ride Cannondale Scalpel bikes equipped with Kenda Tires, No Tubes ZTR Olympic wheels, Crank Brothers pedals and Scrub Component rotors. Other sponsors include MonaVie nutrition drinks, Kinetic trainers, Wobble Naught Fitting Solutions and Myo-Facts/Dartfish.
They will compete in events around the world, including the Absa Cape Epic in South Africa, BC Bike Race and Intermontayne Challenge in Canada, American Mountain Classic in the US and La Ruta de los Conquistadors in Costa Rica. The team will also attend select US Cup and NUE100 events.