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Former pro and longtime coach Chris Carmichael is handing over the reins of Carmichael Training Systems, Inc. (CTS) to Jeff Pierce, who comes from USA Cycling where he was director of elite athletics for four years.
The two have a long shared history together; they were teammates on the 7-Eleven Pro Cycling Team, and in 1986 they were the two riders sent back to guide Alex Steida to the finish during the ill-fated team time trial at the squad’s first-ever Tour de France.
In 1987, Pierce won the 25th stage of the 1987 Tour de France. During his career, he competed in seven Grand Tours. Both he and Carmichael have been inducted into the United States Bicycling Hall of Fame.
Carmichael founded CTS 22 years ago and will stay on as “founder, chairman, and chief endurance officer,” while Pierce will take over the official CEO role.
“As a bike racer and coach, I know when it’s time to pull off and let fresh legs take over,” Carmichael said. “CTS is my life’s work and supports thousands of athletes, along with more than 60 coaches and staff. So, it was important for me to find a leader who can take the company forward as technologies and the coaching industry change.
“Jeff brings fresh and data-driven ideas for business development, and a strong record for organizational leadership and delivering […]