BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Lees-McRae Director of Cycling Tim Hall is pleased to announce the signing of four cyclists for the 2014-15 academic season, the team announced Monday afternoon.
Joining the LMC family will be Phil Kmetz, Justin Parrillo, Timothy Tirado and Michael Zanetti.
“We are thrilled to sign these four new riders, and we welcome them to our program at Lees-McRae. It’s a mixture of professional level experience on the mountain bike mixed with up-and-comers in the sport,” praised Hall. “We welcome all abilities and each one will make a positive impact on our program.”
Phil Kmetz – Keene, N.H.
Kmetz is a pro rider that’s focusing on gravity events on the mountain bike. The Keene, N.H., native is a former USA Junior National Championship in dual slalom. He is a two-time winner of the Battle of Hellion and has finished third, twice, at the ProGRT events.
“I am especially excited at what Phil and Michael will bring to our mountain bike team. Both are proven professionals and will be key riders throughout the fall season. I expect they’ll thrive on our campus and hone their skills even sharper on our local trails.”
Justin Parrillo – Warwick, R.I.
Parrillo will focus on road bike. He’s newer to the sport with multiple top-10 finishes in Category 5 and is on his way to Category 4.
Timothy Tirado – Bellaire, Texas
Tirado will focus on road bike. He finished second at the Oak Ridge Velo Classic and Coldspring Classic Road Race. The Bellaire, Texas, native claimed third at the Houston Grand Criterium and fourth at the Tour of Houston.
Michael Zanetti – Santa Rosa, Calif.
Zanetti is an elite level competitor in multiple disciplines. He is a pro on the mountain bike and gravity while sporting an Elite Category 1 status on the cyclcross. The Santa Rosa, Calif., native claimed an overall victory at the 2013 Keyesville Classic event. He finished 17th in the 2013 Bonelli Park Pro XCT in San Dimas, Calif.
“Coach PJ Noto and I are still focusing a lot of time on recruiting more cyclists for the upcoming fall,” said Hall. “We are awaiting a response from a few more key riders who stand to make an immediate impact, but we also continue to get new inquiries weekly.”
“I am especially looking forward to attending the California State High School Mountain Bike Championship in May. I will be meeting key leaders of NICA as well as many coaches, parents, and riders. After that Coach Noto and I will also attend junior road nationals as well as junior mountain bike nationals,” said Hall. “For those unable to visit our campus, we highly encourage anyone interested in Lees-McRae or collegiate cycling in general to visit and meet with us during those times.”
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