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Originally published: 2014-04-21 15:14:13
Last modified: 2014-04-21 15:14:13

Lees-McRae cycling team finds four recruits

by Staff Reports

BANNER ELK -- 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 Lees-McRae program 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. He 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. 

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. He finished 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 cyclocross.

Zanetti  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 P.J. Noto and I are still focusing a lot of time on recruiting more cyclists for the upcoming fall," Hall said.  "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."