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by Mark Zalewski
November 17, 2016
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As previously reported, former pro-turned-director Mike Creed will be heading up a new American U23 development team, Aevolo, in 2017. He elaborated on the new programme and admitted that he thought his days of directing were done when his previous pro road team folded.
Former pro cyclist and Smartstop team director Mike Creed was the coach of the USA Paralympic team in Rio.
“I walked away from pro cycling pretty bitter and thought that it would be my last time leading,” Creed said. “When we started talking it became clear that [Aevolo] was about development. We weren’t going to try to be this amazing NRC team and get ahead of ourselves by traveling to races we can’t afford and then have it all crumble down. Their plan made sense, we were talking about the stuff that I really valued in cycling.”
For its first season Creed said the team will focus on smaller UCI stage races, such as New Mexico’s Tour of the Gila, Oregon’s Cascade Classic, and Canada’s Tour de Beauce — all of this as a lead up to the Tour of Utah, which will be the pinnacle of the season for the development team. “Utah is a race we can prepare for — the WorldTour guys don’t always have that luxury,” Creed said. “We’ll also do U23 and pro national championships.”
He worked in 2016 as the coach of the U.S. Paralympic Cycling team for the Rio Games, but was not retained for what he said was his management style.
“It was like no, this is the way I operate with able-bodied athletes, and I’ve been told this whole time when you come into [Paralympics] that everybody is the same. There’s no difference between para- and able-bodied. You talk the same. There’s no pandering. And that’s how I played it, and I still play it.”
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