Former BMC Racing professional Jackson Stewart will take the reighns of the USA Cycling Women’s National Development Program. According to a statement issued by the USAC, the former Redlands Classic stage winner and domestique will head the Lucca, Italy-based program through his J. Stew, Inc. management company.
“I’m looking forward to working on the other end of professional cycling,” said Stewart. “I have worked with some great people as a rider and am hoping to use what I’ve learned from them in my new position.”
The U.S. women’s team is coming off one of its strongest season ever. Mara Abbott won two stages and the overall at the Giro Donne and a stage at the Tour de l’Aude in national team colors. Shelley Evans took the final stage of the Giro, as well as the overall at the Tour of New Zealand.
Former director Manel Lacambra left the program earlier this year to join Abbott and Evans’ new trade team, Diadora-Pasta Zara-Manhattan.
Director of Athletics Jim Miller ran the women’s program for eight years and will oversee Stewart. “Our women’s development program is among the top national team programs in the World. Our expectation going forward is to continue providing the same opportunities for American women to experience and learn the demands of the European peloton,” he said. “That vision requires sound leadership, and Jackson has the necessary knowledge and experiences to lead this program into the future.”
In addition to his Redlands stage win, Stewart frequented long breakaways and started Paris-Roubaix with BMC in 2009 and 2010. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from San Jose State University.