Thursday, July 14, 2011

Whole Athlete-Specialized Team Takes on MTB National Championships with Full Squad of Juniors and U23s

In only its third year, the Whole Athlete-Specialized Cycling Team brings a full squad of young riders to the Mountain Bike National Championships in Sun Valley, Idaho. With multiple National Titles on the line, a 17-rider team of Juniors and U23s will contest the Cross Country, Short Track and Super-D events throughout the weekend.

Kate Courtney earns the 2010 Cat 1 15/16 National Title

Two current Junior National Champions are returning to defend their titles in Kate Courtney and Keegan Swenson. Both riders are fresh off strong race performances in the last two weeks, with Courtney winning both the Peavine Challenge and Downieville XC, and Swenson taking top-5 finishes in both North American World Cups in Mont Sainte Anne and Windham, NY.

Swenson looks to repeat his 2010 National Title, this time in the 17/18 field

The team comes to Nationals well prepared after a three-week high altitude training camp. Eight Cat 1 Junior Men (six 17/18 and two 15/16 riders), five Cat 1 Junior Women (three 17/18 and two 15/16 riders) and four U23s will line up for a shot at the title starting tomorrow.

Whole Athlete-Specialized National Championship Team

U23 Men
Zach Valdez
Will Curtis
Will Patterson
Riley Predum

Junior Men 17/18
Keegan Swenson
Tony Smith
Max Houtzager
Taylor Smith
Eliel Anttila
Bobby Zidek

Junior Men 15/16
Lucas Newcomb
Jonny Kaufman

Junior Women 17/18
Sofia Hamilton
Mackinzie Stanley
Victoria Yoham

Junior Women 15/16
Kate Courtney
Josie Nordrum

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