Ted King will retire from pro cycling after 2015

The 32-year-old American will close out seven-year stint in European pro peloton at the end of this season, will remain involved in sport

Ted King announced that this season will be his final as a professional cyclist on Tuesday. The 32-year old Cannondale-Garmin rider started his European career in 2009, and this year, his seventh European professional season, will be his last.

“I’ll forever love this sport and consider myself grateful to have earned such an international career,” King said. After racing domestically for three years with Bissell, King made the leap to Europe with the Cervélo Test Team in 2009 before joining Cannondale-Liquigas in 2011.

During his professional career, Ted raced in the sport’s biggest events including the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia, UCI world championships, and monuments such as Paris-Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders.

King says he will forever cherish experiences like his first time on the Roubaix velodrome, his first grand tour, his first victory, and his first world championships representing the United States. “I can picture each of these vividly, and that’s something I’ll value forever,” he added

“And I’m grateful to spend my last pro season on an American team with Cannondale-Garmin. Across the board I’m extremely happy here — my teammates, the directors, sponsors, camaraderie, and obviously the fans are all greater than I could have expected. It may seem like an odd contrast to decide to retire now when things are at such a high, but I’m ready to tackle a new phase. That being said, I’m more inspired to thrive in the peloton than ever before and finish the season in the greatest way possible.”

While leaving the professional ranks at the end of the current season, King plans to remain actively involved in cycling.

“Though I’m stepping away from pro racing at the end of the season, I still love riding my bike and will continue to do plenty of that.” said King. “Where early season meant the spring classics I’ll now look for a classic adventure with the bike very much at its center. Additionally, I’ll be even more involved with the Krempels King of the Road Challenge and similar social, environmental, health, and causes related to the bike.”

King will also turn his attention to UnTapped, the maple syrup sports nutrition company he co-founded in 2014.