After its best season as the No. 1 team in the NRC, the
BISSELL Pro Cycling Team is bringing back its core roster for 2012 and will be adding U23
powerhouses Chris Barton and Carter Jones. The team will continue its fifth season with BISSELL
Homecare Inc. as title sponsor. Additionally, Glen Mitchell will return as team manager and Omer
Kem as team director.
BISSELL will have strong leadership with the experience of team captains, Chris Baldwin, Frank Pipp,
Jeremy Vennell and Ben Jacques-Maynes. USPRO Criterium Champion, Eric Young, will return to
BISSELL and will lead the charge of young returning riders including Chase Pinkham, Andrew
Dahlheim, Patrick Bevin, and Andy Baker. The team will continue to combine seasoned veterans and
developing riders to achieve great results.
Chris Barton is coming to BISSELL after three years with BMC. Bartonís race experience is extensive
and includes European races such as the Giro de Italia, as well as top 10 finishes at U.S. races such
as Tour of Utah and Cascade Classic. Most recently, he supported Cadel Evans at the USA Pro
Cycling Challenge. Bartonís ability in time trials and climbing will certainly add to the teamís strengths.
As a member of the USA Cycling Development Program, Carter Jones is recognized as one of the
most promising cyclists in the country. He comes to BISSELL from one of the top development teams
in the world, Trek-Livestrong, and was recently selected to represent the USA in the World Road
Championships U23 Time Trial. Jones also placed 4th in the 2011 Elite Nationals Time Trial and
exceeds in climbing races such as Cascade Classic where he was consistently a threat to the GC.
Looking Back at the 2011 Season
BISSELL was the only continental team in the U.S. to receive race invites to the three major tours
including the Amgen Tour of California, Tour of Utah and USA Pro Cycling Challenge. BISSELL
continued to show that they can race against the best in the world with Baldwin finishing as the top
domestic rider at the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. Earlier in the season at the Amgen Tour of
California, Jeremy Vennell rode an outstanding time trial to finish 8th for the stage as the fastest
Frank Pipp had a consistently strong year, winning the Joe Martin Stage Race and finishing 5th in the
individual NRC rankings. Pipp also had a 5th place finish in the final stage of the USA Pro Cycling
Challenge and a very close second place to close out the season at the Univest Grand Prix. Pippís
final result helped solidify BISSELLís placement as the best team in the NRC.
Team co-captain, Ben Jacques-Maynes, has had a tough season battling injury. He had an
outstanding early season with a 2nd place at Redlands Classic and was a threat in the opening
stages of the Amgen Tour of California where he was consistently in breakaways. A crash in stage 5
resulted in a broken collarbone. BJM was plagued from the crash throughout the season with two
surgeries and a related bone infection. Ben looks to return to top form in 2012.
BISSELL will again target the NRC and the top UCI races in the US. Director Omer Kem says, ďwith a
smaller and deeper roster, BISSELL will be capable of really jelling as a team in 2012. Captains Pipp,
Baldwin, Vennell, and BJM will be capable of leading the team at any kind of race.Ē