Julian Kyer Signs Professional Contract with Bissell
juwi solar’s Julian Kyer Wins Two National Championships,
Signs Professional Contract with Bissell
Championships Cap Winning Season for Boulder-Based Elite Amateur Team
BOULDER, Colo. August 4, 2012. juwi solar rider Julian Kyer will join Bissell’s UCI Continental Team after winning two national championships at the USA Elite Road Championships in Augusta, Georgia. Kyer is the third juwi solar rider to receive a professional contract in the team’s 3-year history.
As a result of Kyer’s double win in the time trial and road race, and a second place in the prologue at the Redlands Bicycle Classic earlier in the year, Kyer was invited to join Bissell’s professional UCI Continental Team, which will ride the Tour of Utah August 7-12 and the USA Pro Cycling Challenge August 20-26.
Kyer credits sponsor juwi solar and his teammates for the support he’s needed this year for his outstanding performance. “The support has been amazing. juwi’s gone above and beyond my expectations. I’m proud of everyone on this team. Everyone has stood on the podium and had results this year. For a small Colorado team, it’s really incredible.”
Kyer’s pro contract caps a successful season for the Boulder-based elite amateur team, which includes a unique mix of riders who range in age from 18 to 35. Altogether, the team has amassed more than 25 podium placements in national, regional and local races. juwi solar also sponsors a successful master’s team.
Another juwi rider Jesse Goodrich, 21, is currently racing in Europe after a second selection by USA Cycling’s U23 National Development Team after strong results with juwi, including a fourth place in the criterium at the U23 Road Championships in Augusta. Goodrich, who also hopes to join the pro ranks, credits juwi for much of his success. “They’ve been behind me since I started to race at the elite level,” he said. “The opportunity to train and race with the professionals and former professionals has been invaluable. My juwi teammates have really demonstrated what it takes – and what it means – to be a professional cyclist.”
In addition to Kyer and Goodrich, the 2012 team includes:
- Veteran road and mountain bike racer, Scott Tietzel, 28, who was first in the Cherry Creek Time Trial series, second in the Morgul Bismarck time trial and third in the Morgul Bismarck omnium.
- Team manager and experienced racer and former triathlete Greg Krause, 35, second in the Iron Horse Criterium and fourth in the time trial.
- Ian Holt, 30, an U.S. Air Force Captain and member of its Air Force World Class Athlete Program, who placed first in the Bound Brook Cycling Classic (New Jersey), second place in the Wheels of Thunder Criterium and seventh place in the USA Cycling’s National Elite Road Race.
- Jeff Perrin, 18, first place in the Mt. Hood Criterium and fifth place in the Mt. Hood road race, second place in the Morgul Bismarck omnium and first place in the Boulder Orthopedics Prospect Criterium after a fifth place at USA Cycling’s Collegiate National Road Championships earlier in the year.
- Mac Cassin, 21, state track champion in Individual and Team pursuit, who was first in the Tall Grass Stage Race GC (Kansas), winning all three road disciplines. Cassin was also first at the Cowboy Time Trial and Cobb Lake Circuit Race and had top 20 finishes in the time trial and road race at USA Cycling’s National Road Championships.
According to Krause, the team has been successful at identifying and developing the right talent. “juwi solar has established a winning formula that is unique to elite amateur teams. We select riders based not just on past results but on their drive, potential and ability to ride as part of a team. Our older team members have been able to help mentor and develop our younger riders – and our younger riders have supported more experienced riders in key races. As a result, we’ve had a successful season – and are very proud to send another team member to the pro ranks.”