Team CCB International, the Boston-based Continental team that is funded through a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit charity, has added 15 riders to its roster. The team’s lineup is built around young up-and-comers Ansel Dickey and Noah Granigan, and reigning collegiate criterium champion Jonah Mead-VanCort.
Also headlining the team’s roster is development rider Joshua Anderson, who won stage 5 of the 2016 Tour de l’Abitibi.
A longstanding amateur club in New England, CCB International will launch its pro team in 2017 with a financial model built on charitable donations. The team hopes to function on less than $100,000 this year, and it will raise the lion’s share of its funding through donations, small gear sponsorships, and revenue from its own regional races.
None of the 15 riders on the team receives a salary; instead, they are reimbursed for race entries, and receive support while at the events. The team is built solely around U23 riders who attend college, graduate school, or some other form of education.
“All of our guys are students — most of them are enrolled in a traditional brick-and-mortar school,” said Tim Mitchell, director of the team. “Some of these guys have no idea how fast they actually are.”
Mitchell said CCB also sought out talented riders from regional New England amateur squads. John Harris, who finished ninth in USA Cycling’s elite national road race, won multiple New England regional road races in 2016.
A few CCB riders already have experience in the professional and international ranks. Cameron Beard and Petrov competed in the 2016 UCI cyclocross junior world championships. Dickey spent 2016 racing for the Astellas Continental team, and Mead-VanCort raced for team Lupus.
Mitchell said the team will target one-day events and stage races on the east coast, such as the Philadelphia International Classic, the Winston-Salem Classic, and the Reading 120. The team will also compete in events in Europe and Asia.
Team CCB International 2017 Pro Team Roster
Cameron Beard, Bend, Oregon
Spencer Petrov, Mason, Ohio
Ansel Dickey, Woodstock, Vermont
Jonah Mead-VanCort, Ithaca, New York
Patrick Collins, Shrewsbury, Massachusetts
Noah Granigan, Cape May Courthouse, New Jersey
Nate Morse, Cohasset, Massachusetts
Cooper Willsey, Hinesburg, Vermont
Cory Small, Boxborough, Massachusetts
John Harris, Ledyard, Connecticut
Jake Sitler, Wrightsville, Pennsylvania
Antti Sizko, Soderkulla, Finland
Ian Clarke, Killington, Vermont
Wyatt Goral, Andover, New Jersey
Joshua Anderson, Topsfield, Massachusetts