Canyon Bicycles – Shimano will move to UCI Continental professional status for the 2017 cycling season. The team is run by Utah-based bike shops Canyon Bicycles and will ride on Scott bicycles for 2017.
With a strong showing across the country the last few years, team owner Mike Pratt decided it was time to go to the Continental level, “with the team’s current momentum, it seemed like the right time to do this. I want to do my part to grow this sport in the US. I could not be happier with our squad this year, both our returning riders and our impressive new guys.”
Canyon Bicycles – Shimano sees returning riders Cortlan Brown, Michael Burleigh, Steve Fisher, Kaler Marshall and Eric Slack return in 2017 and welcomes new riders include Chad Beyer, Cory Greenberg, Rob Squire and Chris Winn. Alan Schmitz will return as Director Sportif after guiding the team over the last few years. Chad joins the team after a resurgent year in 2016. His multiple top 10’s at Gila, Philadelphia Cycling Classic, Winston Salem and US Pro have proven Chad to be among the top riders in the US.
Greenberg joins the team after a strong season in which he won one of the fan favorite events of the year, the River Parks Criterium (Cry Baby Hill) at the Tulsa Tough. Additionally, he is excited to be continuing his work representing the UC (ulcerative colitis) community this season ( www.cycle4UC.com ), a cause near and dear to his heart.
Rob Squire had a strong year in which he was the KOM at the Philadelphia Cycling Classic, another top 10 overall at the Tour of Utah, top 5 at Winston Salem and won the KOM jersey at the Tour de Beauce.
Chris Winn rode with the team periodically last year and will be a full-time rider in 2017. Winn brings his tireless work ethic, great knowledge of the sport, and constant upbeat personality to the team.
Canyon Bicycles – Shimano’s race calendar will include the Pro Road Tour as well as a handful of international events.
Canyon Bicycles – Shimano 2017 roster:
- Chad Beyer (USA)
- Cortlan Brown (USA)
- Michael Burleigh (USA)
- Steve Fisher (USA)
- Cory Greenberg (USA)
- Kaler Marshall (USA)
- Erik Slack (USA)
- Rob Squire (USA)
- Chris Winn (AUS)
Follow the Canyon Bicycles – Shimano team at: canyonprocycling.com