Atlanta – Team Type 1 will register as a UCI Continental team for the 2010 season, CEO and Founder Phil Southerland announced on the eve of the Greenville Hospital System USA Cycling Professional Championship weekend.
“Thanks to our great sponsors and partners, we now have a clearer picture of our long-term program,” Southerland said. “We head into next season with the intention of going after Pro Continental status in 2011.”
In 2009, Team Type 1 was one of 13 Continental teams licensed through USA Cycling and the International Cycling Union (UCI). Only one U.S.-based squad was registered as a Pro Continental team.
The Team Type 1 men’s professional team, which was founded in 2008 following a pair of amateur victories at the Race Across America (RAAM) in 2006 and 2007, has achieved 98 victories and 215 podium finishes. Co-founder Joe Eldridge and Southerland are two of four riders on the squad who have Type 1 diabetes.
Earlier this week, Team Type 1 announced it will bring its management services in-house for the 2010 season, separating from Wauwatosa, Wis.-based Team Sports, Inc. The team’s new headquarters and service course will be based in Atlanta.
Southerland said uncertainty over the future of a newly enforced rule prohibiting ProTour and Pro Continental teams from participating in non-UCI sanctioned events made the decision to retain Continental status an easier one.
“This is the best move for our organization,” he said. “We are still fully committed to getting a rider who has Type 1 diabetes to the Tour de France by 2012. With great management and staff, we will be able to run a Pro Continental-type team without the significant financial investment that goes with competing on the next level.”
Team Type 1’s primary sponsors this year are Apidra® and Lantus® insulins (manufactured by sanofi-aventis), the FreeStyle Navigator® Continuous Monitoring System by Abbott Diabetes Care, Insulet’s OmniPod Insulin Management System, Dex4 – makers of rapid-acting glucose and VSP Vision Care, the nation’s largest eyecare provider.