Jonathan Vaughters (born June 10, 1973 in Denver) is a former American professional racing cyclist and current directeur sportif.
Jonathan Vaughters got involved in cycling in the 1980s, racing in the Red Zinger Mini Classics
youth cycling series in Colorado. His first professional team in Europe was the Spanish
team Santa Clara
, which according to Vaughters was a very conservative team with hostile management who even made his bike "disappear" in order to discourage him from continuing. He then moved to the Comptel
team, and later with the U.S. Postal Service cycling team
where he helped Lance Armstrong
win his first Tour de France
. He then moved to the French team Crédit Agricole
Vaughters was a specialist climber and was touted as a Stage race specialist. He won the Mont Ventoux stage of the Dauphiné Libéré in 1999 and 2000, and held the record for the fastest ascent until it was broken by Iban Mayo in 2004.
Vaughters also holds the Cycle To The Sun record time of 2:38 for climbing Haleakala volcano on Maui, Hawaii.
He joined Crédit Agricole at the time when Chris Boardman was riding for them, and the two became roommates. Despite his climbing prowess, he had bad luck in the Tour de France and never finished the race. He was injured in a crash in 2000 and had to retire from the race due to a bee sting in 2001.
He retired from racing in 2002, citing a desire to spend more time with his family.
He is currently the CEO of Slipstream Sports and directeur sportif of the UCI Professional Continental Team Garmin-Chipotle presented by H30
, formerly the UCI Continental squad Team TIAA-CREF