Hometown: Annandale, New Jersey
Residence: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
After 15 seasons on the domestic racing scene, Jonas Carney, 34, is
uniquely qualified for the responsibilities of developing Kodakgallery.com/Sierra
Nevada's race schedule, managing the team on the road, and executing
its race day strategy.
Having retired at the end of the 2004 season, Jonas says that, "After
a year away from racing, the chance to join Kodakgallery.com/Sierra
Nevada was the right opportunity at the right time."
His racing career began at the tender age of 8 on the Lehigh Valley
Velodrome in Trexlertown, Pennsylvania. By the time his junior career
drew to a close, Jonas had won eight national championships, recorded
two top-five finishes at the world championships, and was a member
of a juniors team affiliated with the 7-11 pro team, the first American
outfit to compete in the Tour de France.
In his first year as a senior, 1990, Jonas began a 2-year stint with
the Subaru-Montgomery team, before switching to the Coors Light team
in 1992. Jonas also raced for Saturn (1994), Shaklee (1996-2000),
and Prime Alliance (2001-2003). Racing with Jelly Belly in 2004, Jonas
retired as the USPRO Criterium Champion, a title that he won twice
as a pro.
Having thus been a member of some of domestic cycling's legendary
teams, Jonas hopes to apply his vast experience to the young Kodakgallery.com/Sierra
"I'm looking forward to challenging our riders to race like a
team," he says, "and collectively exceed their potential.
I've been on teams that have raced that way and I know that this team
has what it takes."
Jonas lives with his girlfriend, Justina, and their two Siberian huskies
in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In his spare time, he snowboards, plays the
drums, and is starting a band.