The Marin-based Whole Athlete-Specialized Cycling Team has just been handed one of its most important wins to date, as “Mountain Bike Club of the Year” for 2011. The award was given by USA Cycling, the national governing body for competitive cycling in the US.
As one of the top junior development programs in the country, team Whole Athlete-Specialized provides coaching, training support, bike fitting, nutritional counseling, sport psychology, and skills training to top-level athletes, including two of Marin’s Junior National Champion athletes, Lucas Newcomb and Kate Courtney.
Newcomb, 16 of Nicasio, Calif., is the reining boys’ 15/16 Junior National XC Champion, his first national title in bike racing. Courtney, 16 of Kentfield, Calif., is the current girls’ 15/16 Junior National XC Champion for the second straight year.
2011 has proven to be an exceptional year for Whole Athlete-Specialized, claiming 71 victories and seven national titles overall. And in its three years as a team, it has always qualified riders to the US World Championship Teams.
“It’s truly an honor to be recognized as Mountain Bike Club of the Year, and even more so to have the opportunity to work with such dedicated young athletes, sharing in their collective development and success.” says Team Founder / Director, Dario Fredrick.
The Whole Athlete-Specialized Cycling Team forges on as they enter the 2012 season with a full roster of aspiring young cyclists, taking on a National-level race schedule.