Bissell Pro Cycling Team
|Team Name: Bissell Pro Cycling Team |
Team Website: www.BissellProCycling.com
2009 Roster: 15 riders
Bikes Used: Pinarello Prince Bicycles
2008 HighlightsStage wins in the Tour de Georgia and the Tour of Utah. Riders took two stage wins and second overall in the Tour of the Gila. Riders finished first overall in the Tour de Nez. Riders took second in the time trial and tenth overall in the road race category of the USPRO Championships. Stage win and best young rider overall in the Mt. Hood Cycling Classic. Riders finished second and third overall in the NRC individual standings, and the team finished third overall in the NRC team standings.
About Bissell Pro Cycling TeamBISSELL Inc. will continue its sponsorship of one of the country’s top continental cycling teams for the 2009 season. Mark Bissell, chairman and CEO of BISSELL Inc., builds on his six-year history with cycling by assuming ownership of the team, which will come under the direction and management of Glen Mitchell.
Time trial powerhouses Ben Jacques-Maynes and Tom Zirbel have returned to the squad for the 2009 season and will play key roles as team leaders. Jacques-Maynes was ranked third in this year’s NRC standings, while Zirbel completed his season with an impressive second place finish at the USPRO Time Trial. Also watch out for returning climbing sensation, Burke Swindlehurst, who brings his years of strength and stability to the team. The team is strengthening its sprinting game with the addition of two-time U.S. Criterium Champion Kirk O’bee for the 2009 season. He will be supported by the lead-out power provided by Peter Latham, a New Zealand Olympian and World U23 Championship Medalist. Another key addition to the 2009 roster is Andy Jacques-Maynes, formerly of California Giant.
BISSELL Homecare, Inc., is based in Grand Rapids, Mich., and is a 132-year-old floor care innovator and international marketer of home cleaning products. The company, in its fourth generation of family leadership, is the seventh oldest privately held manufacturing company in the United States. Kellogg Company has signed on as a new key sponsor for the 2009 season.