Monday, May 23, 2016

Blevins Shines in Albstadt

The Albstadt World Cup hosted one of the the biggest Junior UCI Series races this past weekend in Germany, and Christopher Blevins stepped up to the challenge with an impressive victory for Team USA. Just a week after narrowly missing the win at the French Cup in Ussel by only 15 seconds, Blevins was determined to hit the top step of the podium. Blevins' win in Albstadt and 2nd place in Ussel come on the heels of his overall victory at the Course de la Paix Juniors road stage race in the Czech Republic earlier this month. It's been quite a May of European racing for the young up-and-comer.

Christopher Blevins
Blevins on fire in Europe this Spring.

Also performing well at the French Cup in Ussel was Kelsey Urban with a solid top-10 finish, while back on US soil Carson Beckett and Anders Johnson both took XC victories as well. Beckett earned top honors at the White Lightning XC Pro race in Kentucky, as Johnson swept all three stages of the Junior MTB Dev Tech in Utah.

Kelsey Urban
Urban grabs a top-10 in Europe.

Carson Beckett
Beckett earns his 2nd win as a neo-pro.

Anders Johnson
Johnson has four wins so far in 2016.

Check out all the team's top-10 results here.

Stay tuned for more exciting news!

Monday, May 9, 2016

Whole Athletes Soar at Home and Abroad

Christopher Blevins continues to shine this season with a huge victory at the Course de la Paix Juniors road stage race in the Czech Republic. Racing for Team USA, Blevins rode a consistently strong and tactically savvy race to take home the win in the prestigious UCI Nation's Cup event, also qualifying him to the 2016 Road World Championship Team.

Christopher Blevins
Blevins wins the Peace Race. (photo: PatRESS.cz)

Meanwhile back in the US, Quinn Simmons and Anders Johnson led the charge on the dirt this weekend with impressive podium finishes in each of their events. Simmons took the win in a four-person Junior relay team at the 12-Hours of Mesa Verde in Colorado, while Johnson was the top Junior with 2nd overall in the Pro/Elite Soldier Mountain XC in Utah. 

Quinn Simmons
Simmons having a breakout Spring.

Anders Johnson
Johnson on the Pro/Elite podium.

Check out all the team's top-10 results here.

Next up for the Whole Athlete/Specialized riders is the USAC Spring European Race Camp, in which Christopher Blevins, Jason Rowton, and Kelsey Urban will go up against some of the world's best Juniors at the French Cup in Ussel and the UCI World Cup in Albstadt, Germany over the next two weekends.

Stay tuned for more exciting news!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Whole Athlete/Specialized Goes Big at Bonelli

Bonelli Park hosted the third round of the ProXCT and second US Junior UCI cross country this past weekend. Graced by Spring rain and world-class competition, the event treated riders to challenging conditions and top notch racing...and the Whole Athlete/Specialized Team came ready to play. Six top-3 finishes, including two wins capped off a fantastic race camp for the team. 

Christopher Blevins
Blevins attacks the Pro Short Track. (photo: Simmons)

Anders Johnson
Johnson wins the Junior Short Track with late race solo attack. (photo: PB Creative)

In as many weeks, Christopher Blevins won his second Junior UCI cross country, followed by an impressive 2nd place finish in a very deep Pro men's short track race. Meanwhile, Anders Johnson took a bold solo victory in the Junior short track event.

Christopher Blevins
Blevins has three Junior XC wins and three top-3 Pro STXC finishes (photo: PB Creative).

Kelsey Urban showed excellent Spring form with her third top-3 Junior 17/18 finish in three consecutive XC races.

Kelsey Urban
Urban is no stranger to the Junior Women's podium (photo: PB Creative).

14-year-old Quinn Simmons had a breakout weekend, with a strong 2nd place in the hotly contested Junior 15/16 XC, then set up his teammate's victory in the short track with the penultimate attack.

Quinn Simmons
Simmons on the attack in the Junior STXC (photo: Wehn).

In his first year as a 17/18 Junior, Jason Rowton had yet another solid and consistent pair of races with 11th in the international Junior UCI XC and 3rd in the Junior short track. 

Jason Rowton
Rowton has shown impressive progress all Spring (photo: PB Creative).

Carson Beckett faced his first Pro UCI HC event as a U23 and moved from a 61st starting call up to 30th by the end of a wet, muddy, internationally competitive race. He followed the XC with a strong 11th place finish in the talent-deep Pro short track on Sunday. 

Carson Beckett
Determination on the face of Carson Beckett in the Pro Cross Country race. (photo: Wehn)

Carson Beckett
Beckett graceful in the muddy conditions (photo: PB Creative).

Chris Blevins
(photo: Simmons)

Check out all the team's top-10 results here.
Stay tuned for more exciting news!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Phenomenal Fontana for Whole Athlete/Specialized

The second stop of the ProXCT series and first US Junior UCI event for 2016 in Fontana, CA saw the Whole Athlete/Specialized Team come away with six podium finishes among nine top-10 results. Christopher Blevins went two for two with the win in the Junior UCI cross country amid a highly competitive international field. Anders Johnson and Jason Rowton both hit the top-10 as well, earning critical UCI points toward their international rankings. Kelsey Urban followed suit in the Junior Women's UCI race with a strong 2nd place finish, while at only 14 years of age, Quinn Simmons landed on the Junior 15/16 podium in 3rd.

In the short track races on Sunday, Blevins followed his win the week prior with another impressive result in the Pro field with 3rd. Rowton and Simmons landed on the Junior podium in 2nd and 5th followed by Johnson in 6th, while Urban finished out a solid weekend with a top-10 in the Pro Women's race.

Christopher Blevins
Blevins on his way to victory in the Junior UCI XC. (photo: PB Creative)

Kelsey Urban
Urban with yet another podium finish in the Junior Women's UCI Race. (photo: PB Creative)

Anders Johnson
Johnson had strong rides in both the Junior XC and STXC.(photo: PB Creative)

Jason Rowton
Rowton on track in the Junior UCI race. (photo: PB Creative)

Quinn Simmons
Simmons hits the podium in both the cross country and short track races. (photo: PB Creative)

Christopher Blevins
Blevins in the Pro short track breakaway group on his way to a podium finish.

Next up for the Whole Athlete / Specialized Team:
04/09/16 Bonelli Park ProXCT (Junior UCI)
Stay tuned for more exciting news!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Blevins Unbeatable as Whole Athlete / Specialized Lands Five Podium Finishes

Christopher Blevins led the charge at the Bonelli ProXCT #1 this weekend with a solo win in the Junior 17/18 Cross Country, followed by an impressive sprint victory in the Pro Short Track on Sunday. 

Christopher Blevins
Blevins wins the Pro Short Track the day before his 18th birthday. (photo: PB Creative)

Jason Rowton joined Blevins on Saturday's XC podium in 4th, a result that was nothing short of amazing after being airlifted to the hospital from a severe crash only three weeks prior. Teammate Anders Johnson also rode well, narrowly missing the podium in 6th. 

Jason Rowton
Rowton on his way to a podium finish in his first-ever Junior 17/18 race. (photo: PB Creative)

Anders Johnson
Johnson kicks off his season with a strong ride in the Junior XC. (photo: PB Creative)

And kicking off their seasons with pure podium performances, Kelsey Urban took 2nd in the Junior Women 15-18, while Quinn Simmons was also 2nd in his first-ever Junior 15/16 race. 

Kelsey Urban
Urban on her way to a podium finish in the Junior Women's Race. (photo: PB Creative)

Quinn Simmons
At only 14, Simmons has a bright future ahead. (photo: PB Creative)

Christopher Blevins
Resplendent in stars and stripes, Blevins takes victory in the Junior 17/18 XC. (photo: PB Creative)

Next up for the Whole Athlete/Specialized Team:

04/02/16 Fontana ProXCT (Junior UCI)
04/09/16 Bonelli Park ProXCT (Junior UCI)

Stay tuned for more exciting news!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

2016 Whole Athlete/Specialized Team Presented at Season Kickoff Camp

Entering its eighth season, the 2016 Whole Athlete/Specialized Team was presented at the Whole Athlete Performance Center in Northern California this week. Seven riders from five states across the US came together for a team training camp filled with epic riding, functional strength testing, yoga, sponsor education, and much more. The camp concludes this weekend with the Bonelli ProXCT, the first national-level race of the year. 

Whole Athlete / Specialized Team
The 2016 Team: Christopher Blevins (Junior 18), Anders Johnson (Junior 18), Carson Beckett (U23), Kelsey Urban (Junior 18), Quinn Simmons (Junior 15), Jason Rowton (Junior 17), Cypress Gorry (U23).

The 2016 roster includes U23 Cross Country National Champion Cypress Gorry, Junior 17/18 National Champion Christopher Blevins, 2015 World Championship Team members Carson Beckett, Kelsey Urban, and Anders Johnson (recently crowned Fat Bike National Champ), and joined by new members Jason Rowton and Quinn Simmons

Whole Athlete / Specialized Team 

The team's accomplishments over the past seven seasons include 17 Junior and U23 National Titles, 21 athletes named to US World Championship Teams, and 14 top-10 World Cup & World Championship finishes. 

Whole Athlete / Specialized Team 

For 2016, the riders have their sights squarely set on the World Championships in the Czech Republic in late-June. Also targeted are the Marathon National Championships in early-June and the Cross Country National Championships in July.

The season starts in full swing this weekend with the first round of the 2016 ProXCT at Bonelli Park.

Upcoming Team Events:
03/12/16 Bonelli Park ProXCT
04/02/16 Fontana ProXCT (Junior UCI)
04/09/16 Bonelli Park ProXCT (Junior UCI)

Stay tuned for more exciting news...

Monday, February 29, 2016

Johnson Repeats as Junior Fat Bike National Champion

Whole Athlete/Specialized's Anders Johnson kicked off the team's 2016 season with a victory at the Junior Fat Bike National Championships in Utah this weekend. The win marks Johnson's second title in two years.

Anders Johnson
Johnson's successful title defense was earned with the fastest amateur time of the day.

Johnson will join the rest of the Whole Athlete/Specialized riders in Northern California next week as they come together for their 2016 season kickoff camp and team presentation. 

Anders Johnson
The 2016 Fat Bike National Championships Podium.

Stay tuned for more exciting news!