Project Echelon Racing Their first season at UCI Continental level begins at the Challenge Ciclista Mallorca, a series of five 1.1-level races from January 25-29. They will compete alongside eight WorldTour teams, including Soudal-QuickStep, with two-time world champions Julien Alaphilippe is doing his first season.
There are 10 ProTeams in the field, along with an additional pair of Continental teams and a Spanish track selection team. Mallorca races start on January 25th with Calvia Cup It concludes on January 29 with the Trofeo Palma, with a live broadcast on Eurosport of the last hour and a half of the race each day.
After six seasons in the amateur ranks as the elite domestic team in the United States, Project Echelon Racing has moved up to the UCI level and added four international stage races to its calendar. After Mallorca’s opener, other international stage races will include the Vuelta a Colombia in South America, the 10-day International Cyclists Tour de la Guadeloupe in France and then the Vuelta Guatemala in Central America.
Project Echelon will also compete in the two remaining UCI races on the US calendar this spring – the Tour Gila and Joe Martin Stage Race. US Pro Road Nationals silver medalist Tyler Stites topped the team’s stage sprint results record last year with a third overall in Joe Martin and notched a pair of stage wins at the Tour of the Gila. He also took the GC title at the Redlands Bicycle Classic.
Also returning is New Zealander Ethan Crane, who took the under-23 crown and second place in the sprint classification in the 2022 America’s Cup series from nine men’s races.
Canadian Gravel Championships in 2023
Canada will join the growing list of countries that will host national gravel championships in 2023. The titles will be awarded with results in the Paris to Ancaster (P2A) cycling race, the 110km Cento course.
The P2A, inspired by Paris-Roubaix, is a predecessor to the gravel racing trend. In its 29th year, it has been held since 1994 and includes rough cobblestone roads, farm fairways, gravel roads, Singletrack trails, and a tarmac trail west of Hamilton, Ontario.
This year’s race will take place on April 30th. And as of January 16, P2A already had 1,600 riders registered for the four-distance.
USA Cycling has a championship gravel event in its roster of Nationals for 2023, but the date and location have yet to be announced. The Netherlands will hold its championships in 2022, with Marianne Vos wins the women’s title Together with Coen Vermeltfoort in the men’s race.
Their UCI sanctioned First World Gravel Championship In 2022. Gianni Vermeersch won the men’s title, and Pauline Ferran-Privout won the women’s title.
A new women’s team has confirmed Vihry as the headliner for new riders for the Miami Blazers
The Miami Blazers, an elite American domestic men’s team that has had inaugural success American Standard Cup Last year, they confirmed that they would have seven new contestants on their 2023 Roster 11.
One of the new riders will be part of a new women’s program and the first rider confirmed is Alexi Costa-Ramirez, a runner from Trinidad and Tobago who has raced with CWA Racing p/b Goldman Sachs ETFs for two seasons.
“The Miami Blazers are actively building the women’s program and scouting new talent. Alexi is the first to sign to the women’s program and the team is looking forward to building its first women’s team. The team has not yet set a final race schedule for 2023,” a team spokesperson said, noting that Focus will not The competition is in the National Cycling League.
Last season the Blazers finished as the third-best men’s team in the fledgling American Criterium Cup series. The four returning riders are Dante Young, Hassani Hennis, Joshua Kelly and 2018 US Road Race Champion Jonny Brown.
Heading the men’s roster’s new firepower is Brandon Feehery, who transferred from Project Echelon Racing. Vihry dominated the ACC series last year by winning the singles overall and sprint titles. He will be joined by Daniel Estevez, Ruben Campagnoni, Oscar Queiroz, Spencer Mavenzadeh and Tanner Ward.
Miami Nights continues the ZleL Concept Store to the masses
Miami’s newest elite home team is Miami nights, which was founded by the organizers of the National Cycling Association. The team announced this week that it will partner with the ZleL Concept Store, located in Coral Gables, Florida, as its official fan home and club for professional riders.
Zlel offers cycling apparel and equipment for sale, as well as service, repairs, and a selection of food and beverage products to retail customers. Memberships start at $250 per person.
“ZIeL is a hub for cyclists to train, restore, shop and maintain their bikes and learn about the latest trends and technologies in the sport, surrounded by people who are passionate about cycling,” said Frank Travieso, a professional cyclist. nights.
NCL plans to launch its four-race Criteria series at Miami Beach in April. Zlel will support the NCL riders and fans as the main racing headquarters. Throughout the 2023 season, the store will also serve as a base for cyclists and fans to take part in group rides, clinics and special events.
The NCL will launch in 2023 with 10 invite-only teams competing across a series of criterium-style races in four major markets for a $1 million prize pool. The race will start in Miami Beach, Florida, and then spread across the summer to Atlanta, Georgia, Denver, Colorado and Washington, DC. In 2024, NCL hopes to expand with races in eight cities. Dates for the four-race 2023 championship have yet to be announced.
North American UCI Continental Teams
A total of 14 men’s and women’s teams have been confirmed by the UCI at the North American continental level for 2023. The United States leads the way with six men’s and four women’s teams for international racing, while Canada has three men’s teams and a single women’s team. There were no teams at this level from Mexico.
On the women’s side, DNA Pro Cycling is returning to the Continental level for the fourth year in a row and for the sixth time since 2016. Returning after three years as an elite local program is Blue Ridge TWENTY24 in Virginia, which is starting its 18th season.
InstaFund Racing is the only team from Canada, returning for a fourth season at the continental level. New teams to the region are Cynisca Cycling and Roxo Racing, and are competing in their inaugural seasons.
The longest-serving men’s team is US-based Hagens Bermann Accion, which started in 2009, and has spent two of its previous 14 seasons at a level above the second division. Other notable U23 development teams returning at continental level are EF Education-Nippo Development Team, in its third year, Premier Tech U23 Project in Canada, for its second year, and Team Novo Nordisk Development, in its eleventh but third year at Conti level.
Project Echelon Racing returns for its seventh year and is moving up from the domestic elite level for the first time. Team Skyline returns for a fifth year while L39ION of Los Angeles returns for a third year.
Among the Canadian teams, Team Toronto Hustle for a fourth year returned to the Conte level for a second season, while X-Speed United returned for a fifth season as a team registered in Canada and based in Belgium.
2023 Men’s Teams
- EF Education – Japan Development Team (USA)
- Hagens Biermann Accion (USA)
- L39ION of Los Angeles (USA)
- Premier Tech U23 Cycling Project (Cannes)
- Project Echelon Racing (USA)
- Novo Nordisk development team (USA)
- Horizon Team (USA)
- Toronto Hustle (CAN)
- X-Speed United Continental (Canada)
Women’s teams for 2023
- Cynisca Cycling (USA)
- DNA Pro Cycling Team (USA)
- Instafund Race (Canada)
- Roxo Race (USA)
- Virginia Blue Ridge Twenty24 (USA)