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     2017 Jelly Belly Cycling Team presented by MAXXIS

Our riders eat their share of Jelly Belly jelly beans and give away lots of samples to the fans they meet at races and on their training rides. Their favorite Jelly Belly flavors span the range of Official Flavors from Watermelon to Very Cherry to Blueberry, but most agree their favorite Sport Beans flavors are Green Apple and Berry.

Jelly Belly, the longest-running pro cycling team in North America, will return for its 18th season, having re-signed with its title sponsor for 2017.

Returning riders include powerhouses Jacob Rathe, Taylor Shelden, Angus Morton, Ben Wolfe, climbers Jordan Cheyne and Josh Berry and sprinters Ulises Castillo and Michael Sheehan. Returning stateside this year after several successful international racing seasons is Serghei Tvetcov, former Romanian Road and reigning Time Trial National Champion. Sean Bennett, a promising U-23 all-rounder, will also join Jelly Belly this year.  

Jelly Belly plans to race numerous NRC events in the U.S. including The Redlands Bicycle Classic and hopes to earn invitations to the Amgen Tour of California, the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, the Tours of Colorado and the Commonwealth (in Virginia) and the Tour of Alberta.

For race results and the most current team news, check out jellybellycycling.com.


New in 2017:

Sean Bennett

Personal Info:
  • Age: 22
  • Height: 5’10” 
  • Weight: 150 lbs  
  • Strengths: All Around 
  • Favorite Jelly Belly® flavor: Blueberry
  • Favorite Sport Beans® flavor: Extreme Cherry
2016 Results:
  • 1st Suisun Harbor Criterium
  • 1st Patterson Pass Road Race
  • 2nd Stage 3 Tour de Bretagne Mountains Classification
  • 2nd Dunnigan Hills Road Race
  • 4th Stage 1 ZLM-Roompot Tour TTT
  • 4th GC University Road Race
  • 12th Volta ao Alentejo Youth Classification
  • 12th Chico Road Race
  • 14th Cascade Cycling Classic Road Race
  • 15th US Road Nationals U23 Time Trial
  • 18th Cascade Cycling Classic Road Race

"It never gets easier, you just get faster." -Greg LeMond

Keegan Swirbul

Personal Info:
  • Age: 21
  • Height: 6’2” 
  • Weight: 140 lbs  
  • Strengths: Climbing 
  • Favorite Jelly Belly® flavor: Very Cherry
  • Favorite Sport Beans® flavor: Extreme Cherry
2016 Highlights:
Injured 2016 season

"Take chances."

Serghei Tvetcov

Personal Info:
  • Age: 28
  • Height: 5’10”
  • Weight: 150 lbs
  • Strengths: All Around
  • Favorite Jelly Belly® flavor: Coconut
  • Favorite Sport Beans® flavor: Green Apple
2016 Results:
  • 1st Romanian National Time Trial Championships
  • 3rd Stage 3 Sibiu Cycling Tour
  • 3rd Romanian National Road Race Championships
  • 5th Stage 12 Tour of Qinghai Lake
  • 5th GC Tour of Bihor
  • 7th Stage 1 Tour of Bihor
  • 8th Stage 1 Tour de San Luis
  • 9th Stage 3 Tour of Qinghai Lake
  • 9th Stage 1 Giro del Trentino
  • 9th Stage 1 La Mediterraneenne

"Follow your dream, the dream can become reality."

  Returning Riders:

Joshua Berry

Personal Info:
  • Age: 26
  • Height: 6’1” 
  • Weight: 155 lbs
  • Strengths: Sprints, Breakaways
  • Favorite Jelly Belly® flavor: Watermelon
  • Favorite Sport Beans® flavor: Berry
2016 Results:
  • 1st Santa Catalina Omnium Road Race
  • 5th Santa Catalina Omnium Criterium
  • 7th GC Gran Prix Cycliste de Saguenay
  • 7th Boulevard Road Race
  • 8th Stage 1 Grand Prix Cycliste de Saguenay
  • 10th Stage 3 Tour de Beauce
  • 14th Stage 4 Gran Prix Cycliste de Saguenay

“A wreck is as hard as you make it.” –Greg Randolph

Ulises Castillo

Personal Info:
  • Age: 25
  • Height: 6'
  • Weight: 161 lbs  
  • Strengths:  Sprinting
  • Favorite Jelly Belly® flavor: Chili Mango
  • Favorite Sport Beans® flavor: Pomegranate
2016 Results:
  • 1st GC Tour de Murrieta
  • 1st Redlands Bicycle Classic Criterium
  • 1st Temecula Grand Prix Criterium
  • 1st Sea Otter Classic Road Race
  • 1st Sea Otter Classic Criterium
  • 1st Castaic Road Race
  • 1st Chuck Pontius Omnium
  • 1st Vlees Huis Ronde Road Race
  • 1st Tour de Murrieta Omnium
  • 2nd LA Circuit Race
  • 2nd Redland Bicycle Classic Road Race
  • 2nd Oklahoma City Pro-Am Classic Criterium
  • 3rd St. Francis Tulsa Tough Omnium
  • 3rd Stage 2 San Dimas Stage Race
  • 3rd Tour de Murrieta Road Race
  • 4th Cascade Cycling Classic Criterium
  • 5th Mexican National Road Race Championships
  • 6th Stage 1 Tour of Utah
  • 6th North Star Grand Prix Criterium
  • 6th North Star Grand Prix Road Race
  • 8th Stage 3 Tour of Alberta
  • 9th GC Redlands Bicycle Classic
  • 10th Cascade Cycling Classic Road Race
  • 12th Stage 2 Tour of Utah

“The success of life is not always to win, but never to lose heart.”

Jordan Cheyne

Personal Info:
  • Age: 25
  • Height: 5’11” 
  • Weight: 135 lbs  
  • Strengths:  Time Trials, Climbing 
  • Favorite Jelly Belly® flavor: Coconut
  • Favorite Sport Beans® flavor: Extreme Cherry
2016 Results:
  • 2nd Stage 2 Tucson Bicycle Classic
  • 2nd GC Tucson Bicycle Classic
  • 2nd Boulevard Road Race
  • 4th Tucson Bicycle Classic Time Trial
  • 8th Canadian National Time Trial Championships
  • 10th Stage 3 Tour de Beauce

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined.” -Henry David Thoreau

Angus Morton

Personal Info:
  • Age: 28
  • Height: 5’11”
  • Weight: 160 lbs
  • Strengths: All-Around
  • Favorite Jelly Belly® flavor: Pina Colada
  • Favorite Sport Beans® flavor: Green Apple
2016 Results:
  • 2nd Stage 2 Gand Prix Cycliste de Saguenay
  • 4th Stage 4 Tour de Beauce
  • 4th Tucson Bicycle Classic Road Race
  • 5th GC Tucson Bicycle Classic
  • 6th Tour de Murrietta Time Trial
  • 6th Cascade Cycling Classic Road Race
  • 7th Tucson Bicycle Classic Time Trial
  • 8th Stage 1 Tour of Alberta
  • 8th GC Tour de Beauce
  • 10th GC Tour of Alberta
  • 16th Cascade Cycling Classic Time Trial
  • 17th Redlands Bicycle Classic Time Trial

“Always, always, always drink from the fountain of youth.”

Jacob Rathe

​Personal Info:
  • Age: 26
  • Height: 6'1''
  • Weight: 165 lbs
  • Strengths: Sprints, Breakaways
  • Favorite Jelly Belly® flavor: Watermelon
  • Favorite Sport Beans® flavor: Orange
2016 Results:
  • 1st Montinore Road Race
  • 1st Tour of Walla Walla Stage Race
  • 2nd Stage 3 Cascade Cycling Classic
  • 2nd Tucson Bicycle Classic Circuit Race
  • 3rd Tucson Bicycle Classic Road Race
  • 3rd Stage 3 San Dimas Stage Race
  • 4th GC Tucson Bicycle Classic
  • 4th Stage 3 Tour de Beauce
  • 4th Stage 1 Redlands Bicycle Classic
  • 5th Philadelphia International Cycling Classic
  • 5th Stage 4 Grand Prix Cycliste de Saguenay
  • 6th Winston Salem Cycling Classic
  • 7th Stage 2 Grand Prix Cycliste de Saguenay
  • 8th Tour de Murrieta Time Trial
  • 8th Stage 4 Tour of Utah
  • 9th Tour de Murrieta Road Race
  • 11th Stage 2 Tour of Utah

“So many of our dreams seem impossible, then improbable, then inevitable.” -Christopher Reeve

Mike Sheehan

Personal Info:
  • Age: 25
  • Height: 6'2"
  • Weight: 160 lbs
  • Strengths: Sprinting, Breakaways
  • Favorite Jelly Belly® flavor: Sour Apple
  • Favorite Sport Beans® flavor: Berry
2016 Results:
  • 1st Chappell Hill Bank Classic Road Race
  • 1st University Oaks Criterium
  • 3rd Sea Otter Classic Circuit Race
  • 6th St. Francis Tulsa Tough Criterium
  • 7th GC Tucson Bicyle Classic
  • 7th Sea Otter Classic Criterium
  • 10th Stage 4 Redlands Bicycle Classic

“Some days you’re the hammer, some days you’re the nail. Keep hammering!”

Taylor Shelden

Personal Info:
  • Age: 30
  • Height: 6’
  • Weight: 152 lbs
  • Strengths: Time Trials, Breakaways
  • Favorite Jelly Belly® flavor: Licorice
  • Favorite Sport Beans® flavor: Lemon Lime
2016 Results:
  • 1st Cascade Cycling Classic King of the Mountain Classification
  • 1st Tour of Murrieta Time Trial
  • 2nd Stage 1 Cascade Cycling Classic
  • 3rd GC Tucson Bicycle Classic
  • 7th GC Redlands Bicycle Classic
  • 7th GC Cascade Cycling Classic
  • 8th Boulevard Road Race
  • 10th US National Road Race Championships
  • 12th US National Time Trial Championships
  • 12th Stage 5 Tour de Beauce

"I wanna go fast!"

Ben Wolfe

Personal Info:
  • Age: 23
  • Height: 6'4"
  • Weight: 185 lbs
  • Strengths: Time Trials, Breakaways
  • Favorite Jelly Belly® flavor: Very Cherry
  • Favorite Sport Beans® flavor: Extreme Watermelon
2016 Results:
  • 1st Stage 3 Tour of Murrieta
  • 1st Quabbin Road Race
  • 2nd New Haven Grand Prix
  • 3rd GC Tour of Murrieta
  • 3rd Tour of Murrieta Time Trial
  • 3rd Boulevard Road Race
  • 3rd Tucson Bicycle Classic Time Trial
  • 4th Stage 1 North Star Grand Prix
  • 6th Purgatory Road Race
  • 7th US National Time Trial Championships

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