U.S. Team Canyon-Shimano moves to UCI Continental Status for 2017
The Utah registered team looking ahead to racing Internationally next year
They join CCB Velotooler and the Aevolo Development team who recently announced moving up to Continental licenses from next season.
The team started in 1994 domestically and moved up to national level in 2009 with solid results.
Francison Mancebo rode for the team during the 2010 Tour of Utah and finished behind Levi Leipheimer.
Team owner Mike Pratt decided it was time to go to the Continental level after several successful seasons at national level.
"With the team's current momentum, it seemed like the right time to do this," Pratt said. "I want to do my part to grow this sport in the US. I could not be happier with our squad this year, both our returning riders and our impressive new guys."
The team has brought on Chad Beyer from the old Lupus Racing team, Rob Squire from Holowesko-Citadel, Cory Greenberg from Cylance-Incycle and Australian Chris Winn from Satalyst Verve Racing Team.
Returning riders include Cortlan Brown, Michael Burleigh, Steve Fisher, Kaler Marshall and Eric Slack as Alan Schmitz returns as director.
Beyer scored many top 10 finishes in recent season at the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic, Tour of the Gila, Winston-Salem Classic and the US Ro Road race.
Squire finished ninth at the Tour of Utah this year, took the mountains jersey at the Tour de Beauce and was 5th in the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic
Greenberg won the River Parks Criterium and its infamous multiple ascents of Cry Baby Hill at Tulsa Tough in 2016.
Satalyst Verve competed in the US as a guest rider with several teams Winn having spent part of the year with an Australian Continental team
"Chris joined us periodically last year and was a great addition," the team said in its announcement. "This year we decided to make it official. Chris brings his tireless work ethic, great knowledge of the sport and constant upbeat personality to cap off a very exciting roster for 2017."
The team is sponsored by Canyon Bicycles chain in the Salt Lake City area, and component manufacturer Shimano.
The team will ride Scott Bicycles in 2017 while contesting USA Cycling's Pro Road Tour as well as a handful of international events.
Canyon Bicycles-Shimano 2017 Roster