US Paralympics names Creed new Cycling Head Coach

The former pro cyclist will help prepare Team USA for the 2016 Para-Cycling Track World Championships in March. 18 Nov 2015
Michael Creed of U.S.A., riding for Rock Racing, competes in the Stage 5 time trial of the AMGEN Tour of California on February 22, 2008 in Solvang, California.
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By US Paralympics

“I’m excited to learn as much as I can and hopefully give back as much knowledge as I gain.”

US Paralympics has named Michael Creed as the head coach of the US Paralympics Cycling National Team. Creed brings a wealth of experience as both an athlete and coach at the international level to the programme.

Creed is coming to the US Paralympics Cycling Team in a fitting time. With the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games less than a year out, he is expected to spur the continued success of the team that is currently ranked as the top in the world.

He will ready the team for their next major competition – the UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships in Montichiari, Italy, in March 2016.

“I can’t describe how excited and happy I am to take on this role,” said Creed. “I’m excited to learn as much as I can and hopefully give back as much knowledge as I gain. I want to thank the USOC [United States Olympic Committee] and Ian Lawless for their faith, and I hope to pay it back tenfold.”

As an athlete from 1999-2013, Creed’s resume includes 25 titles across road and track Championships as a junior, elite and pro rider. He raced in Europe with several pro teams, including Saeco, US Postal, Prime Alliance and Discovery. He returned stateside to race domestically and retired in 2013 due to injuries.

In 2014, Creed took over as director of Smartstop, a US-based UCI Continental Pro cycling team. In 18 months, he guided the team to multiple victories, including the USA Pro Road Race National title and the UCI America’s Tour title, becoming one the most respected Director Sportifs in the domestic peloton.

“Mike is well known for his achievements as an athlete and for his more recent success directing athletes in the domestic pro cycling peloton,” said Lawless, high performance director, US Paralympics Cycling. “He brings with him a unique combination of talents, which is exactly what our programme needs. It will be exciting to see what he can accomplish with his fresh perspective and passion for cycling. We are looking forward to seeing our current and future athletes benefit from his expertise.”