midwestern pride!!!!!

 jason mccartney on his custom teesdale cross bike.

jason rockin some cyclocross on his steel tom teesdale cross bike.

reposted from velonews.

Jason McCartney isn’t done with Europe yet. The
34-year-old Iowan has penned a two-year deal with Team
CSC that will keep him on cycling’s biggest stages
through the 2009 season.

The contract news comes after a successful fall
campaign that saw McCartney win a stage at the Vuelta
a España in a dramatic attacking victory that finally
put his name in the headlines after working diligently
in the background for others.

The victory came just in time as Discovery Channel was
folding at the end of this season and riders were
scrambling to find jobs.

McCartney was linked to a move to the new-look
Slipstream/Chipotle team, but opted for an offer from
Team CSC. The team announced McCartney’s imminent
arrival in a press release Wednesday.

“I’ve always been drawn to Team CSC’s way of doing
things and everyone in the peloton is aware that it’s
an extremely well organized team. I’m very much a team
player myself and look forward to becoming a part of
Team CSC,” McCartney said in a team statement. “It’s a
very international team and I think I’ll fit in well
with my future colleagues. As far as my role on the
team goes, I first of all see myself as being able to
help in the stage races and at the same time maybe
make some results of my own if the opportunity should
come along.”

McCartney made the leap from the domestic peloton to
the European stage after his successful 2004 season.
He signed on with Discovery Channel in 2005 and
quickly made a spot for himself on the team as a hard
worker.

He finished all three grand tour starts in Europe
(Giro 2005-06; Vuelta 2007) and claimed third on the
podium this year at the Tour of California. A loyal
worker, McCartney took advantage of the time trials to
show his strengths, posting consistent top 10 results
in TT races in Europe.

“I love working for others. I’m happy being a
domestique, but I like to take chances for myself when
I can,” McCartney told VeloNews earlier this year.
“The problem at Discovery is that we usually have a
big GC leader at every race we go to, so I don’t get
very many chances to even get into breakaways.”

McCartney’s arrival at Team CSC helps ensure an
American presence on the international squad following
the departures of Dave Zabriskie and Christian Vande
Velde to Slipstream. Veteran Bobby Julich is expected
to stay with Team CSC for the 2008 season.

Team CSC boss Bjarne Riis said he had his eye on
McCartney for some time now.

“Jason’s profile fits perfectly with the team. He has
a lot of experience as a rider and he’ll be a major
asset to us in the big stage races. He’s already
impressed with his results this year and it’s no big
secret that we’ve had our eye on him for quite some
time now,” Riis said. “Apart from being an all-round
rider he also has a personality, which would fit in
really well with the rest of the team. We consider a
number of different factors when recruiting and in
Jason’s case I think it’s safe to say we’ve made the
right decision on all levels.”

a little off topic from my humble world of being a frame builder in the pacific northwest but i have to be proud to have grown up racing and riding with jason and a handful of other gifted cyclists in iowa city. i wouldn’t be who i am today if it weren’t for all those years racing, wrenching and riding as a snotty nosed youth.

it is raining today and i am looking forward to a long day in the shop with coffee and files.

cheers.

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