Cory Williams announced he will switch allegiances in 2024, moving from L39ION of Los Angeles to the Miami Blazers. Dominating criterium races for over a decade, Cory Williams, 30, is the younger brother of Justin Williams, and the two co-founded L39ION in 2018 to promote diversity and inclusion while expanding opportunities to race as professionals.
The duo are behind Williams Racing Development, which founded the Miami Blazers in 2021 and spawned the Austin Aviators in 2023 as a co-ed team based in Texas. After five seasons with L39ION racing in tandem with his brother, the younger Williams confirmed the move on social media the last week of December.
“It’s with a mix of emotions that I share I’ll be leaving L39ION of Los Angeles next year. The journey has been nothing short of amazing,” Williams wrote on social media.
“To my teammates these last 5 years have been the best years of my career to date! Our dedication to making the sport more inclusive and a safe place to be yourself was inspiring to say the least and I will cherish every race we won together.
“While my role may change, my love for legion will stay the same! Our goal at Williams Racing Development is to create an electric involvement and to bring you the best entertainment! And we can’t wait to put on a show for you all.”
Cory Williams began the 2024 season with the Miami Blazers racing in Belize on January 1, where he finished second in the Krem New Year’s Day Cycling Classic.
Born in Los Angeles, Cory Williams now represents Belize in international events, winning the national road race championship this past summer and taking top 10s in the road race and ITT of the Caribbean Road Championships. He also won a road stage at the Redland Bicycle Classic and 12 other podiums in one-day races.
The Blazers are in their fourth year as a US domestic elite squad with a focus on criterium and one-day events. In 2023, the Blazers notched key UCI victories from riders winning individual time trial championships for their home nations, Joshua Kelly for Barbados and Oscar Quiroz for Belize. Brandon Feehery added a US title at the elite men’s amateur criterium championship.
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