Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Vermaerke Victorious in Utah as Urban Scores a Euro Podium

Following a strong 2nd place in the Sea Otter XC just a couple weeks prior, Kevin Vermaerke scored his first win of the season at the Utah Dev Tech ProXCT in Soldier Hollow. A UCI race for Juniors, the Utah event was an important opportunity for Vermaerke to earn points toward his international ranking as he targets the World Championships at the end of the season.

Kevin Vermaerke
Vermaerke shows his technical prowess on his way to taking the win. (photo: PB Creative)

Meanwhile over in Europe, Kelsey Urban earned her top result of the season thus far with 3rd place at the Women's U23 MTB Grand Prix in Obertraun, Austria. On a technical, wet course, Urban experienced an ideal tune-up for the upcoming first two rounds of the World Cup over the next two weekends.

Kelsey Urban
Urban is joined by Whole Athlete Development Team alumna Haley Batten on the U23 podium.

And back on the West Coast, Anders Johnson landed on his first Pro podium at the Santa Ynez Kenda Cup XC with 2nd place. Johnson continues to build toward the U23 National Championships this summer.

Anders Johnson
Johnson focused as he rides to a podium XC finish.

A few other notable top-10s for the team include Jason Rowton's 7th place at the Sea Otter Classic XC and Quinn Simmons with 9th and 4th respectively in the Pro-open Squawker Classic Criterium and Road Race respectively.

Anders Johnson
Rowton charges to a top-10 at the always highly competitive Sea Otter XC.

Anders Johnson
At only 16, Simmons is already competitive in local Pro criteriums and road races.

Next up for Whole Athlete p/b DNA:

05/21: Mont Tremblant Junior UCI - Québec, Canada
05/21: U23 World Cup #1 - Nove Mesto na Morave, Czech Republic

05/27: Baie-Saint-Paul Junior UCI - Québec, Canada
05/27: Iron Horse Classic Road Race - Durango, CO
05/27: U23 World Cup #2 - Albstadt, Germany
05/28: Iron Horse Classic XC - Durango, CO
06/10: Missoula PROXCT - Missoula, MT
Stay tuned for more exciting news!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Whole Athlete p/b DNA Opens 2017 Season with Resounding Race Camp

The first two stops on the ProXCT in Southern California provided the setting for the Whole Athlete p/b DNA Team's season-opening race camp. True to form, the team lived, trained and raced together, taking advantage of the warm weather and two weekends of high-level competition to jump-start their racing season.

Whole Athlete p/b DNA
2017 Whole Athlete p/b DNA Team

Kicking things off at the Fontana XC, Quinn Simmons underscored his winter training and showed that his podium at the Ski Mountaineering World Championships in February was no fluke as he took a convincing win in the Junior 15/16 XC race. Meanwhile, overcoming bad luck at the start, Kevin Vermaerke worked his way through nearly the entire Junior 17/18 field to earn a well-deserved 2nd place in the XC.

Quinn Simmons
Simmons with a double-win break out start to the season. (photo: PB Creative)

The Bonelli ProXCT the following weekend served up another opportunity and Simmons took full advantage by taking his second Junior 15/16 XC win in two weeks. The STXC race the following day saw very competitive racing among the Juniors, with Vermaerke and Jason Rowton landing on the podium in 2nd and 3rd respectively, with Simmons close behind in 6th.

Kevin Vermaerke
Vermaerke shines in his first year as a 17/18 Junior. (photo: PB Creative)

Jason Rowton
Rowton building on his 2016 season success. (photo: PB Creative)

Next up for Whole Athlete p/b DNA:

04/23: Sea Otter Classic - Monterey, CA
05/21: Mont Tremblant Junior UCI - Québec, Canada

05/27: Baie-Saint-Paul Junior UCI - Québec, Canada
Stay tuned for more exciting news!

Monday, February 20, 2017

The Whole Athlete p/b DNA 2017 Team

Whole Athlete presented by DNA Cycling

Entering its ninth season, the Whole Athlete Team is one of the longest-standing Junior/ U23 MTB development programs in the U.S. What started as a program for dedicated high school kids to experience national level competition has evolved into a world-class development team. Over an eight-year span the team has helped some of the brightest talent in the U.S. take that next step in cycling, while experiencing worldwide success along the way. Notable accomplishments include:
  • 20 Junior and U23 U.S. National Titles
  • 23 athletes named to U.S. World Championship Teams
  • 17 top-10 World Cup & World Championship finishes
The team's success is built upon the bedrock of it's donors, sponsors, and of the entire cycling community. And for 2017, longtime clothing provider DNA Cycling steps up as presenting sponsor. The team is grateful for the support! Together, Whole Athlete, DNA Cycling, and all the sponsoring partners look to build on past achievements with a roster of impressive young athletes. 2017 promises to be yet another memorable season.

Whole Athlete p/b DNA 2017 Team

Anders Johnson - U23
Anders Johnson

Johnson joined the Whole Athlete Team in the winter of 2014, and promptly won the inaugural US Junior Fat Bike National Championships in his home state of Utah. He went on to repeat his title again the following year, also landing on XC National Championships podiums no fewer than three times over the two-year span. Johnson was also named to the 2015 US World Championship Team after a stellar summer Junior campaign.

2017 will see Johnson take that next big step as he moves up to the U23/ Pro level. Focused on gaining valuable experience in the ProXCT, his major target will be the U23 National Championships in West Virginia. 


Kelsey Urban - U23
Kelsey Urban

Urban has been rising within the Whole Athlete program since 2014, having earned National Championship podiums five times since then. She has been named to the US World Championship Team in both of her Junior 17/18 seasons, and in Urban's final Junior season she earned the Women's Cat 1 2016 Short Track National Title.

For 2017, Urban takes the Pro-leap as a U23, tackling the Elite Women's field in the ProXCT series. Her main goals include the U23 National Championships and selection for U23 World Cups.

 
Jason Rowton - Junior 18
Jason Rowton

Rowton enters his second Junior year in the Whole Athlete program, looking to build on his experience both at the national and international levels. After racing with the National Team in Europe in the Spring of 2016, Rowton is keen to continue his growth as an international competitor.

Rowton has his sights set on the 2017 Junior National Championships and World Championship Team selection. He will focus on gaining valuable points at UCI Junior Series races both in the US and abroad to maximize success in international competition.

 
Kevin Vermaerke - Junior 17
Kevin Vermaerke

Vermaerke joins the Whole Athlete program this season after winning the 2016 Junior 15/16 XC National Title, and gaining valuable experience in European road races. Now 17, he will be splitting his time between road and MTB XC racing in both the US and abroad.

Vermaerke's targets include road and XC Junior National Championships and the XC World Championships. He will gain as much international experience as possible this season prior to his final year as a Junior 17/18.

 
Quinn Simmons - Junior 16
Quinn Simmons

Simmons heads into his second season with Whole Athlete after winning the Junior 15-18 Short Track National Title in 2016, and gaining key experience in international competition. Simmons will continue to build his experience in XC and dabble in road racing as well. And if that weren't enough to fill his plate, Simmons will be representing the U.S. at the Ski Mountaineering World Championships later this month.

2017 goals for Simmons include the XC National Championships in West Virginia in July, and gaining experience on the road prior to his final two seasons as a Junior 17/18.

Next up for Whole Athlete p/b DNA:

03/04: Bear Mountain Canada Cup - Junior UCI Series - Victoria, BC
03/11: Specialized Cactus Cup - Fountain Hills, AZ

04/01: Fontana ProXCT - Fontana, CA
04/08: Bonelli ProXCT - Junior UCI Series - San Dimas, CA
Stay tuned for more exciting news!

A non-profit Junior / U23 development program, the Whole Athlete p/b DNA Team's mission is to invest in the future of our youth and the sport of cycling by developing young athletes at the national and international levels with dedication, integrity, and fun. Our mission is enabled by coaches, mentors, volunteers, and donors of the Velo Development Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.


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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Whole Athlete/Specialized Team Wins Four 2016 National Championship Titles!

In the thin air of Mammoth Mountain for the second straight year, the US Cross Country National Championships would once again crown the fittest of champions. And Whole Athlete/Specialized came prepared for the 8000+ ft. elevation, as the team earned an impressive four National Titles among seven podium finishes.

Cypress Gorry
Gorry is the two-time U23 XC National Champion. (photo: PB Creative)

Even with a wheel change on his second of five laps, Cypress Gorry won his second consecutive Under-23 Title. He followed his XC win with a solid 6th place in the Pro Short Track the following day.

Christopher Blevins
Blevins wins his second Junior 17/18 XC Title. (photo: PB Creative)

Just two weeks after his 4th place ride at the World Championships, Christopher Blevins successfully defended his Junior 17/18 Title. The win marks seven consecutive XC National Titles for Blevins since age 12.

STXC
The hotly contested Junior Men's 15-18 Short Track begins.

15-year-old Quinn Simmons stunned the Junior 15-18 Short Track with a late race attack, holding off the charging field for two full laps to take the win. His Short Track victory followed a bronze medal ride the day prior in the Junior 15/16 XC.

Quinn Simmons
Simmons is the Junior STXC Champion. (photo: PB Creative)

Kelsey Urban and Haley Batten (Luna) rode away from the rest of the women's Cat 1 Short Track field with just a few laps remaining, only to battle for the win in a two-up, headwind sprint. Urban prevailed as she took her first National Title. Her win came just 24 hours after finishing in 4th in the XC the day prior.

Kelsey Urban
Urban is the Women's Cat 1 STXC National Champ. (photo: PB Creative)

Anders Johnson showed once again that he excels at high elevation, landing squarely on the podium in both the XC and STXC with the bronze and silver medal.

Anders Johnson
Johnson peaking for Nationals - when it counts. (photo: PB Creative)

Cypress Gorry
Gorry's season is just getting going as he prepares for the Mont Sainte Anne U23 World Cup. (photo: Bill Freeman)

Junior 17/18
Junior 17/18 XC Podium. (photo: Kenny Wehn)

U23
Under-23 XC Podium.

STXC Women
Cat 1 Women 17+ STXC Podium. (photo: Kenny Wehn)

STXC Junior
Junior 15-18 STXC Podium

2016 Top-10 National Championship Results:


Cypress Gorry - U23 XC 1st
Christopher Blevins - Junior 17/18 XC 1st
Quinn Simmons - Junior 15-18 STXC 1st
Kelsey Urban - Cat 1 Women 17+ STXC 1st
Anders Johnson - Junior 15-18 STXC 2nd
Anders Johnson - Junior 17/18 XC 3rd
Quinn Simmons - Junior 15/16 XC 3rd
Kelsey Urban - Junior 17/18 Women XC 4th
Cypress Gorry - Pro STXC 6th
Jason Rowton - Junior 17/18 XC 7th
Jason Rowton - Junior 15-18 STXC 7th


Next up for Whole Athlete/Specialized:

07/30: Boston Rebellion ProXCT - Walpole, MA
08/06: U23 World Cup #8 - Mont Sainte Anne, Quebec
08/13: Windham ProXCT - Windham, NY


Stay tuned for more exciting news!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Blevins Shines at MTB World Championships

In the battle for the Junior XC World Championship title, Christopher Blevins came away with an impressive and hard fought 4th place finish. The stellar ride from the 18-year-old on a highly technical course in the Czech Republic is the top Junior men's result for the US since Walker Ferguson won the title back in 2000. The last US Juniors to hit the top-10 were in fact former Whole Athlete/Specialized riders Neilson Powless with 8th place in 2014 and Kate Courtney with 6th in 2013. A bright future awaits these talented young athletes.

Christopher Blevins
Blevins comes through the technical "rock n roll" rock garden.

world championships
Nearly 100 Junior men from all over the world came to the Czech Republic to compete.


Held in a stadium built for the biathlon world championships in 2013,
fans showed up in the tens of thousands throughout each day of the MTB Worlds event.

Christopher Blevins
Blevins warming up on rollers in the "box", the staging area for start line call ups.


The massive race production provided excellent viewing options on the multiple big screens around the course.

Next up for the Whole Athlete/Specialized:

07/15: US Cross Country National Championships - Mammoth, CA
07/16: US Short Track National Championships - Mammoth, CA

07/30: Boston Rebellion ProXCT - Walpole, MA
08/06: U23 World Cup #8 - Mont Sainte Anne, Quebec
08/13: Windham ProXCT - Windham, NY

Stay tuned for more exciting news!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Gorry Victorious at Angel Fire ProXCT

Taking his first elite victory in the ProXCT series, Under-23 National Champion Cypress Gorry earned top honors at the high elevation Chile Challenge in Angel Fire, NM this weekend. The win comes on the heels of a podium finish at the Missoula ProXCT and with just three weeks until the National Championships in Mammoth, CA.

Cypress Gorry
Gorry flies through thin air on his way to victory. (photo: PB Creative)

Adding to a successful day of cross country for the Whole Athlete/Specialized Team, Anders Johnson battled to the podium with 3rd in the UCI Junior race, while Quinn Simmons earned 4th in the highly competitive Junior 15/16 field. Gorry and Johnson then capped off the weekend with with 6th and 10th in the Pro Short Track on Sunday.

Anders Johnson
Johnson continued his build toward Nationals with yet another strong performance. (photo: PB Creative)

Quinn Simmons
Simmons excels at the high elevation of Angel Fire. (photo: PB Creative)

Cypress Gorry
Gorry wins the Chile Challenge ProXCT, his second ProXCT podium in two weeks. (photo: PB Creative)

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

Next up for the Whole Athlete / Specialized:

07/01: World Championships XCO - Nove Mesto, Czech Republic
07/15: US Cross Country National Championships - Mammoth, CA
07/16: US Short Track National Championships - Mammoth, CA

Stay tuned for more exciting news!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Masterful Missoula for Blevins, Gorry and the Whole Athlete/Specialized Team

With less than two weeks to the World Championships, Christopher Blevins underscored his UCI World number 1 ranking with a convincing win in the Missoula Junior UCI World Series XC.

Christopher Blevins
Blevins primed for Worlds. (photo: PB Creative)

And kicking off his mid-season start with a bang, U23 National Champion Cypress Gorry reveled in Missoula's climbing-intensive course with an impressive 5th place in the UCI HC Pro cross country race. Gorry followed his XC performance with another podium finish on Sunday, riding to 4th in the Pro Short Track, joined by Carson Beckett with a strong 6th place.

Cypress Gorry
Gorry ramping up to defend his U23 title at Nationals in a few weeks. (photo: PB Creative)

Cypress Gorry, Carson Beckett
Gorry and Beckett charging the short track. (photo: PB Creative)

In the UCI Junior Women's race, Kelsey Urban landed squarely on the podium in 4th, topping off her form for the upcoming World Championships in the Czech Republic. Meanwhile, Jason Rowton and Anders Johnson each earned top-10 finishes in the highly competitive UCI Junior Men's XC event on Saturday, and again in the Pro Short Track on Sunday, completing a solid weekend of racing for the two Junior racers.
 
Kelsey Urban
Urban ready to do battle at the World Championships. (photo: PB Creative)

Jason Rowton, Anders Johnson
Rowton and Johnson earned top-10 finishes in both the Junior XC and Pro STXC. (photo: PB Creative)

Christopher Blevins
Blevins tops the Junior UCI XC podium.

Cypress Gorry
Gorry on the Pro Men's XC podium.

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

Next up for the Whole Athlete / Specialized:

06/25: Chili Challenge ProXCT / Junior UCI XC - Angel Fire, NM
06/26: Chili Challenge Short Track - Angel Fire, NM
07/01: World Championships XCO - Nove Mesto, Czech Republic
07/15: US Cross Country National Championships - Mammoth, CA
07/16: US Short Track National Championships - Mammoth, CA

Stay tuned for more exciting news!