Well, we are back from Vegas. Stay tuned all week for some unique perspectives.
I'll start today with a little cross news. Cross Vegas was probably my favorite event of the long and tiring week. It was a great venue with LOTS of people. It's been a while since I've personally been excited about racing. This race made me wish I was racing again. It was just awesome. The speeds that these guys were going was unreal. Cross rules.
I also was pretty excited to support Salsa's newest racer, Danny Summerhill, and our new team. Salsa is now the official bike sponsor of the Clif Bar Junior Development Team. That means we have a world silver medalist riding and racing Salsa. The team's bike of choice is our Chili Con Crosso. Here's a pic of Danny coming through the start/finish on the final bell lap.
Also, since I'm still tired and can't write anymore words, I've posted the official team press release.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
New Look, Same Development and Sustainable Cycling Mission for CLIF BAR Team
Boulder, CO - September 25, 2007 - CLIF BAR is pleased to announce it's title sponsorship of the American Cycling Association's development cyclo-cross team for ages 13-22. Now in it's fourth season, the CLIF BAR Development Cyclo-Cross Team builds on the solid foundation built by the former TIAA-CREF/CLIF BAR team, and meshes nicely with the large ACA Mudskippers team of 8-12 year olds.
The team will be featuring a new green look to correspond to the team's pioneering sustainable cycling mission, with plenty of green on the uniforms and green Salsa Chili con Crosso bikes. Thanks to inspiration and support from CLIF BAR, Pedro's, and many other sponsors, the team is stepping up it's commitment to sustainable team operations and also increasing it's ability to educate and inspire the cycling community about sustainable cycling.
Now seventeen riders strong, the CLIF BAR Development team will be led by team captains Brady Kappius (2-time Worlds team member) and Daniel Summerhill (2007 Junior Worlds silver medalist). Joining Kappius and Summerhill - who took 1st and 3rd in an early Colorado race - will be three
13-15 year olds, many rookie cross racers, and returning veterans Taylor Lane, Andrew Barker, Jim Lennon, and Taylor Phinney.
The team will be competing in a full schedule of Colorado races, as well as the US Gran Prix Series and Nationals. Daniel Summerhill will be focusing on a more extensive schedule that will see him start the season at Cross Vegas this Wednesday, and include several other high-profile UCI events.
The team's mission is to not only help these young cross racers become successful athletes, competing at the highest level in the US and Europe - but to help them develop into well-rounded, exceptional leaders ready to make a difference in the cycling community and their own communities.
Please visit the team website, www.sustainablecycling.com, for complete information about the team, it's sponsors, and the sustainable cycling mission. Stay tuned for exciting news about upcoming sustainable cycling projects being developed by the CLIF BAR Development Cyclo-Cross Team.
CLIF BAR Development Cyclo-Cross Team
4725 16th St. #104
Boulder, CO 80304
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Growing up as a Minnesota farm boy, I developed an appreciation and love for land and open space. This appreciation has fostered two passions, cycling and photography. Both of these passions provide freedom, encourage me to explore and foster creativity. More importantly though, my journey with a bike and a camera reminds me that the world is big and I am small.