The US cycling circuit has a new addition. Inertia Racing Technology (iRT Wheels) has announced the creation of Team iRT Racing, a men’s continental cycling team based out of Southern California. The new team features a competitive roster with athletes from both the United States and Mexico. Directed by Haldane Morris, iRT Racing will be competing nationally, as well as select international races starting in 2015.
“We have assembled a youthful roster, with both up-and-coming young stars and some younger seasoned veterans,” stated Morris. “Our goal is to take this youthful base and develop them into a seasoned team by through the opportunities of competing at International races in Europe, Asia and South America and big races in the United States, such as the US Pro Road Championships, Cascade Cycling Classic, Gila and many others. We have very optimistic expectations of them and expect to be very competitive.”
Backed by a veteran support staff, the mission of Team iRT Racing is to bring back to the pureness of the sport and the development of the athletes. “Our plans are to develop this team with the ideals of the pureness of sportsmanship and the sport of cycling, “ says iRT Racing co-owner Ray Asante. “By creating a cohesive environment between athletes and sponsors, we can together build a program that will be a great experience for not only the spectators and the team, but the sport as well.”
Team sponsors include: TRP Brakes, Kuat Racks, Pactimo, GQ-6, K-Edge, Panaracer, Xpedo, Mobile Edge, Ritte Bicycles, Arundel , BSX Athletics, Velo Saddles, CarbonPro Sports, Zuca, Shimano, PFC Nutrition, KOR Water, Minoura, Pedalers Fork, Cruz Bar, SPF Addict, Doc’s Skincare, Crossfit Ganbatte, Endevr, Pandana, Tifosi Optics, Kask Helmets, Eurowerx, and Sallys Smart.
With the focus on the entire experience for both athlete and sponsor, iRT Racing is also joining forces with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, bringing a philanthropic voice to the race season. With the selection of the research being done by Dr. Anat Erdreich-Epstein MD,PhD, iRT Racing is racing in support of research on children’s cancerous brain tumors. “As parents ourselves, we hope to never have to live that nightmare with our own children that some families are facing now,” says iRT Racing co-owner Lynn Perrando. “By supporting the research being done, we hope to minimize the number of children in the future that have to endure this terrible illness.”
iRT Racing Mens Pro Cycling Team 2015
Lead by General Manager/Team Director, Haldane Morris, previous director of the Yahoo! Cycling Team and Rock Racing Pro Cycling Team.
Assistant Director Tony Cruz, former Olympian and former Pro cyclist with US Postal Service and BMC Pro Cycling Team.
Erick Slack (USA) – 2nd Place US Road National Championship, 2014
Coulton Hartrich (USA) – 2nd Place Pro Men GC San Dimas Stage Race, 2014
Eder Frayre (Mexico) – 2nd Mexican National Road Championships, 2014
Walton Brush (USA) – 3rd Place US Road National Championship, 2014
Sam Bassetti (USA) – 9th Place Joe Martin GC 2014
Cory Greenberg (USA) – Wore Yellow Jersey , Vuelta Mazatlan, 2014
Rene Corella (Mexico) – Former U23 Mexican National Road Champion
Eamon Lucas (USA) – 1st Place 2013 San Rafael Criterium
Chris Stastny (USA) – Stage Winner at Mount Hood Stage Race 2011
Head Mechanic: Marco Sainz
Head Soigneur : Paige DeVilbiss
Team Photographer: Kristy Morrow