Competitive Cyclist Racing Team Sets Roster For 2012

2011 NRC men's individual champ Mancebo and directeur sportif Fraser return for second season

Francisco Mancebo
Francisco Mancebo
  • Francisco Mancebo
    Francisco Mancebo
    Francisco Mancebo
    Francisco Mancebo
  • Cesar Grajales
    Cesar Grajales
    Cesar Grajales
    Cesar Grajales
  • Tommy Nankervis
    Tommy Nankervis
    Tommy Nankervis
    Tommy Nankervis
  • Cole House
    Cole House
    Cole House
    Cole House
  • Thomas Rabou
    Thomas Rabou
    Thomas Rabou
    Thomas Rabou
  • Ian Burnett
    Ian Burnett
    Ian Burnett
    Ian Burnett
  • Nate King
    Nate King
    Nate King
    Nate King
  • David Williams
    David Williams
    David Williams
    David Williams
  • Phil Grenfell
    Phil Grenfell
    Phil Grenfell
    Phil Grenfell
  • Taylor Shelden
    Taylor Shelden
    Taylor Shelden
    Taylor Shelden
  • Gord Frasier
    Gord Frasier
    Gord Frasier
    Gord Frasier
  • Jason Kriel
    Jason Kriel
    Jason Kriel
    Jason Kriel

PARK CITY, Utah – After a successful inaugural season last year racing as RealCyclist.com Pro Cycling Team, the 2012 Competitive Cyclist Racing Team is poised and focused to pick up where they left off. The squad, which returns Team captain Francisco “Paco” Mancebo, directeur sportif Gord Fraser and a handful of talented riders from last year, welcomes a crew of new teammates for the 2012 season.

Spanish climbing specialist and all-around competitor, Mancebo, will captain the Team once again in 2012. Last year, Mancebo finished the season on top of the National Racing Calendar (NRC) men’s individual standings with 822 points, winning five General Classifications. Mancebo helped the Team take fifth place overall in the final NRC standings. Joining Mancebo from last year’s Team are: Cesar Grajales, Cole House, Tommy Nankervis, Thomas Rabou and Ian Burnett. Seven new riders are coming on board for 2012, each bringing unique talents strategically selected to bolster the Team’s overall success. The UCI Continental pro cycling team will compete in NRC events in North America.

The Competitive Cyclist Racing Team will be directed by the winningest North American road cyclist in recent history, Gord Fraser, and managed by Dahlonega, Ga.-based On The Rivet Management.

“Building off our season last year and the return – and addition – of key riders, we’ll hopefully turn 2012 into a successful, competitive campaign,” said Fraser. “This season will see every domestic team vastly improved due to excellent world tour-caliber riders on the market. It will be exciting to see how we stack up.”

“We have greatly improved our stage race team,” he said. “Paco Mancebo, Thomas Rabou and Cesar Grajales will give us continuity from last year, while Max Jenkins and Chad Beyer will augment our climbing strength. Our biggest weakness last year was our jersey defense. Improving this will be TT standouts Mike Olheiser, David Williams and Taylor Shelden. Our speed department had its moments last year, but I'm hoping for improvement from Cole House, Tommy Nankervis and a highly touted Philip Grenfell. Ian Burnett returns to continue his development. He was an intent listener and productive worker last year. Utah boy Nate King is a strong prospect in the TT category.”

Competitive Cyclist Racing Team 2012 Roster:

Francisco “Paco” Mancebo Pérez, March 9, 1976. Hometown, Madrid, Spain. Resides: El Tiemblo, Avila, Spain. Pro since: 1998. Career Highlights:  1st overall 2011 USA Cycling NRC Men's Individual Standings; 1st overall BMC Cascade Cycling Classic (2011); 1st overall, Redlands Bicycle Classic (2011); 1st overall, Sea Otter Classic (2011), 1st overall, SRAM Tour of the Gila (2011); 1st overall, Tour de Beauce (2011); 3rd, Prologue, Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah (2011); 1st, Spanish Marathon MTB Championship (2010, 2009); 2nd overall, Tour of Utah (2010); 1st, Stage 1, Amgen Tour of California (2009); 1st overall, Tour of Utah (2009); 1st overall, Vuelta a Asturias (2009); 2nd overall, Cascade Classic (2009).

Cesar Grajales, May 6, 1973. Hometown: Manizales, Caldas, Colombia. Resides: Atlanta, Ga. Pro since: 1997. Career Highlights: 1st, Stage 1 and Stage 3, BMC Cascade Cycling Classic (2011); 3rd overall, Joe Martin Stage Race (2011); 3rd, Stage 4, Sea Otter Classic (2011); 11th overall, Sea Otter Classic presented by SRAM (2011); 13th overall, Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah (2011); Winner, King of the Mountain classification, TD Bank Philadelphia International Cycling Classic (2010); 3rd, stage 1, Tour of the Gila (2010); 2nd, San Dimas Road Race (2010); 9th overall, Tour of Utah (2010); Brasstown Bald Mountain winner, Stage 6, Tour de Georgia (2004).

Cole House, February 5, 1988. Hometown: Oneida, Wis. Resides: Oneida, Wis. Pro since: 2009. Career Highlights: 1st, Stage 1 and 5th overall, Sea Otter Classic presented by SRAM (2011); 2nd, San Dimas Stage Race road race (2011); 6th, San Dimas Stage Race criterium (2011); 1st, Tucson Bicycle Classic circuit race and road race (2011); 1st, Foothills Classic Road Race (2011); 1st, Redlands Bicycle Classic Road Race (2011); 3rd, Stage 10, Tour of America’s Dairyland (2011); 1st, Valley of the Sun Criterium (2010); 1st, Witnall Park road race, Superweek (2010); 4th, Merced Criterium (2010); 1st, Grand Prix Waregem, first American to win a Belgian race (2009); 7th, U-23 Tour of Flanders (2008).

Tommy Nankervis, January 21, 1983. Hometown: Melbourne, Australia. Resides: Salt Lake City, Utah. Pro since: 2005. Career Highlights: 1st, Georgia Championship Series SB&T Road Race (2011); 1st, Stage 2, Tour de Delta; 1st, Esplechin Kermesse in Belgium (2010); 1st, Kemmel Kermesse in Belgium (2010); 1st, La Pitgamoise GP in France (2010); Oceania Road Race Champion (2009); Best Young Rider classification winner for stage 1, Tour de Georgia (2007). 

Thomas Rabou, December 12, 1983. Hometown: Schijndel, Netherlands. Resides: Loosbroek, Netherlands. Pro since: 2006. Career Highlights: 8th, Sea Otter Classic circuit race (2011); 22nd overall, Tour de Beauce (2011); winner, King of the Mountain classification, Amgen Tour of California (2010); 4th, stage 6, Tour of Qinghai Lake; 2nd, stage 5, Mountains Classification, Circuito Montanes (2009); 3rd, stage 3, Tour d'Alsace (2009). 

Ian Burnett, December 9, 1986. Hometown: Durango, Colo. Resides: Durango, Colo. Pro since: 2010. Career Highlights: 1st, Specialized Criterium, Durango, Colo. (2011); 10th, Joe Martin Stage Race ITT (2011); 12th, USA Cycling Pro Road Race Championship (2011); Top 20, Sea Otter Classic Criterium (2011); 6th, International Cycling Classic (2010); 6th, USA Cycling Elite Track Nationals (2010); 2nd, USA Cycling Collegiate Track National Championship (2009).  

Chad Beyer, August 15, 1986. Hometown: Kansas City, Mo. Resides: Tucson, Ariz. Pro since: 2009. Career Highlights: Competed for U.S. at Under-23 world road championships (2008); 1st, Pro-Am race at Tour of the Battenkill (2009); 5th overall, SRAM Tour of the Gila (2009); 1st, Sprint classification and 2nd, King of the Mountain classification at Tour de Romandie (2010).

Phil Grenfell, April 7, 1989. Hometown: Taree, NSW, Australia. Resides: Glebe (Sydney), NSW. Pro since: 2012. Career Highlights: 1st, Stage 8 Tour of Tasmania (2011); 1st Stage 2 Tour of Gippsland (2011); 1st Stage 13 Tour of the Murray River (2011); 1st Bathurst (Australia) Criterium (2011); 1st, Cyclenation Sydney criterium series (2011); 4th, Under-23 National Criterium Championship (2011); 2nd, NSW National Road Series (2010).

Max Jenkins, December 5, 1986. Hometown: Novosibirsk, Russia. Resides: Citrus Heights, Calif. Pro since: 2009. Career Highlights: 11th, Stage 6 Tour of Utah (2011); 3rd Stage Five, Gila Monster Road Race (2010); 1st, King of the Mountain classification at Tour de Liege (2009); 1st, U.S. Under-23 National road race (2007).

Nate King, September 3, 1987. Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah. Resides: Salt Lake City, Utah. Pro since: 2011. Career Highlights: 1st, Bike for Kids Utah Stage Race TT (2011); 1st, Cat 3 TT SRAM Tour of the Gila (2011); 2nd, Cat 3 Stage Race SRAM Tour of the Gila (2011); 6th, Sanpete Classic Road Race (2011); 4th, Utah State Road Race Championship (2011); 1st, Tour of Utah Amateur Criterium (2010).

Mike Olheiser, January 23, 1975. Hometown: Forest Lake, Minn. Resides: Huntsville, Ala. Pro since: 2012. Career Highlights: 1st, UCI Masters TT World Champion, 35-39 (2011); 1st, Masters TT National Champion and Masters Criterium National Champion, 35-39 (2011); 1st, Stage 3, Mount Hood Cycling Classic (2011); 1st, Masters RR National Champion and Masters TT National Champion, 25-39 (2010).

Taylor Shelden, March 31, 1987. Hometown: Breckenridge, Colo. Resides: Boulder, Colo. Pro since: 2011. Career Highlights: 9th, Stage 6 Tour de Beauce (2011); 14th, USA Cycling Pro TT Championship (2011); 7th, Oredigger Classic TT (2010); 2nd, Cascade Cycling Classic road race (2009); 3rd, USA Cycling Elite U23 National Championships ITT (2009); 7th USA Cycling Collegiate National Track Championships (2008).

David Williams, June 19, 1988. Hometown: Grand Rapids, Mich. Resides: Grand Rapids, Mich. Pro since: 2010. Career Highlights: 1st, Le Tour de Mont Pleasant prologue (2011); 3rd, Stage 7 Tour of America’s Dairyland (2011); 10th, USA Cycling Pro Time Trial Championship (2011); 1st, USA Cycling Collegiate Track Nationals, Team Pursuit (2010); 2nd, USA Cycling Collegiate Track Nationals, Time Trial (2010); 3rd, U23 USA TT National Championships, Time Trial (2010); 1st, Collegiate Track Nationals Men’s Points Race, Overall Omnium (2009).

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