Jelly Belly Cycling signs Lachlan Morton and Gavin Mannion and re-signs title sponsor for 16th season
Jelly Belly, the longest-running pro cycling team in the American peloton, will return for its 16th season, having re-signed with its title sponsor for 2015.
Former U.S. national champion Freddie Rodriguez will conclude his career with Jelly Belly in 2015, while the team will add a number of new, young riders to its roster as well.
Coming in with WorldTour experience at Garmin-Sharp, Australian Lachlan Morton, will add depth to Jelly Belly for next year’s stage races. Lachlan’s brother, Angus, will also be joining the team, along with other new additions including, Gavin Mannion, Joshua Berry, Nicolae Tanovichii, and Alex Braico.
Returning riders to Jelly Belly include Jacob Rathe, Jonathan Freter, Steve Fischer, Sean Mazich, and Andrew Sjogren.
Jelly Belly plans to race numerous NRC events in the U.S. and hopes to earn invitations to the Amgen Tour of California, the USA Pro Challenge, the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, and the Tour of Alberta.
With a new crop of riders on the team, team director Danny Van Haute expressed his ambitions for the upcoming season.
“With veterans leading the way and gifted young riders eager to produce results, Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis is on the verge of what should be one of our strongest seasons yet,” said Van Haute. “I’m excited to see what this talented group of guys can show the cycling world.”
Maxxis will return next year as a presenting sponsor for the team, while several new companies have signed on for 2015: Full Speed Ahead bicycle components and bottle cages, apparel sponsor Squadra, Microshift drivetrain, and Doc’s Skincare chamois cream and natural skin products. The team welcomes back returning sponsors as well: Bicycle sponsor Argon 18, Speedplay pedals, saddle sponsor ISM, Rudy Project helmets and eyewear, WD-40 Bike, Inno Advanced Car Racks, CatEye bicycle electronics, and Kurt Kinetic trainers.