Monday, July 16, 2012

Whole Athlete-Specialized Team Wraps Up Nationals Camp with Win at Missoula XCT

After four weeks of travel and racing that included a Junior National Championship Title, a World Cup victory and literally dozens of podium appearances, the Whole Athlete-Specialized Cycling Team's summer race camp comes to a close with solid performances at the Missoula ProXCT.

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Casey Williams earns his second Junior XCT win of the 2012 season.

Casey Williams earned his second Junior XCT victory of the season with an impressive ride in Missoula amid a strong 23-rider field, while newly crowned 15/16 National Champ Marcus Segedin honored the title with a solid 4th place in the Junior 15-18 combined race.

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Marcus Segedin rides to a strong 4th place finish.

The Missoula XCT marked the fourth consecutive race weekend for the team and the final stop of the Team's 2012 Nationals Race Camp. Check out the video recap >>

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Click image or here to view the video recap of the team's 2012 Nationals Camp.

Meanwhile, on the road side of racing the U23s have been ripping it up as they head into their target event of the season this Friday, the Cascade Stage Race. Cody Tapley and Coach Charlie Schneider each recently took wins in the Apple Pie Criterium and Colavita Grand Prix, as Nick Newcomb and Alex Yeh come off a slew of top finishes this Spring, aiming for the podium at Cascade.

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Cody Tapley on his way to winning the Apple Pie Criterium.

Stay tuned for more exciting team news...

Monday, July 9, 2012

National Champions, Seventeen Podium Places Punctuate Team's Success at the 2012 US MTB National Championships

The Whole Athlete-Specialized Cycling Team made a strong impression on the 2012 US Mountain Bike Cross Country National Championships, earning the Junior 15/16 National Title, seventeen podium placings and 25 top-10 finishes

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Podium finishers on Day 1: Zach Valdez, Casey Williams, Tony Smith, Lucas Newcomb, Kate Courtney, Marcus Segedin and Josie Nordrum.

Marcus Segedin earned his biggest result of the year, winning the Junior 15/16 National Title. Sean Bennett, Ben Spurr and Silas Blunk took 6th, 7th and 8th on the challenging course.

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Marcus Segedin shows the determination that won him the Junior 15/16 title.

Lucas Newcomb rode a superb race in the extremely competitive, over 60 rider-strong Junior 17/18 field to take 2nd place behind multiple World Cup podium finisher and Whole Athlete-Specialized alum Keegan Swenson. Casey Williams took the final podium spot in 5th place. Jacob Albrecht and Shane Skelton rounded out the top-10 in 6th and 9th.

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Lucas Newcomb rides to the silver medal in the extremely competitive Junior 17/18 race.

In the Junior Women's 17/18 race, a crash and resulting mechanical cost Kate Courtney the win, but she battled back valiantly to take a strong 3rd place, followed closely behind by Josie Nordrum in 4th, Mackinzie Stanley in 7th and Sarah Ogden in 9th. 

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Kate Courtney leads teammates Josie Nordrum and Mackinzie Stanley on the start lap of the Junior 17/18 Women's race.

The Whole Athlete-Specialized U23s were equally impressive, with Zach Valdez and Tony Smith both earning hard fought finishes in 4th and 5th, amid a World Cup-level podium.

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Zach Valdez digs deep in the U23 race.

Following the impressive performances in cross country on the first day, the Juniors went to work on day 3 in the Short Track and Super-D races with Casey Williams landing two more podiums with 3rd in both events, while Mackinzie Stanley took 3rd and Silas Blunk 9th in their respective Super-D races.

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Junior 15-18 Short Track Cross Country podium: Casey Williams 3rd.

Even the coaches and mentors showed they came prepared as Helene Drumm took the Short Track Women's Cat 1 title, Team Director Dario Fredrick earned his 4th consecutive Cat 1 40-44 cross country title, Victoria Yoham took 2nd in both women's 19-24 cross country and super-D, while Matt McCourtney landed on the podium in his first XC Nationals in 5th.

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Junior 15/16 XC podium: Marcus Segedin 1st.

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Junior 17/18 XC podium: Lucas Newcomb: 2nd, Casey Williams: 5th.

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Junior Women 17/18 XC podium: Kate Courtney 3rd, Josie Nordrum 4th.

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U23 XC podium: Zach Valdez 4th, Tony Smith 5th.

Whole Athlete-Specialized 2012 National MTB Championships Top-10 Results

Day 1:
Cross Country
Marcus Segedin
Junior Men 15/16 1st
Lucas Newcomb
Junior Men 17/18 2nd

Kate Courtney Junior Women 17/18 3rd
Josie Nordrum Junior Women 17/18 4th
Zach Valdez U23 4th
Tony Smith U23 5th
Casey Williams Junior Men 17/18 5th
Jacob Albrecht Junior Men 17/18 6th
Sean Bennett Junior Men 15/16 6th
Mackinzie Stanley Junior Women 17/18 7th
Ben Spurr
Junior Men 15/16 7th
Silas Blunk Junior Men 15/16 8th
Shane Skelton Junior Men 17/18 9th
Sarah Ogden Junior Women 17/18 9th

Short Track

Helene Drumm
Cat 1 Women 1st

Day 2:
Cross Country
Dario Fredrick Cat 1 40-44 1st
Victoria Yoham Cat 1 Women 19-24 2nd
Helene Drumm Cat 1 Women 40-44 3rd
Matt McCourtney
Cat 1 30-34 5th

Day 3:
Short Track
Casey Williams Junior Men 15-18 3rd
Jacob Albrecht Junior Men 15-18 6th


Victoria Yoham Women 19-29 2nd
Casey Williams Junior Men 3rd
Mackinzie Stanley Junior Women 3rd
Helene Drumm Women 40-49 5th
Silas Blunk Junior Men 9th

The season is far from over for Whole Athlete-Specialized as racing continues this coming weekend at the ProXCT in Missoula, MT. Stay tuned for more exciting team news...

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Whole Athlete-Specialized Team Ready for MTB National Championships

The Whole Athlete-Specialized Cycling Team heads into the 2012 US Mountain Bike National Championships this Friday with motivation and confidence.

Fourteen Junior and U23 team riders will contest the cross country event, including Windham Junior World Cup winner and two-time Junior 15/16 National Champ Kate Courtney, 2011 Junior 15/16 Champ and top-5 Windham World Cup finisher Lucas Newcomb, and U23 Pro standout Zach Valdez.

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Kate Courtney wins the Windham World Cup.

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Lucas Newcomb rides to a top-5 World Cup finish.

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Zach Valdez has five pro wins and a ProXCT podium finish in 2012.

Whole Athlete-Specialized 2012 National Championship XC Team

Check out the schedule of events and course details here, and stay tuned for more exciting news from Sun Valley, ID!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

WORLD CUP WIN! Courtney victorious in Windham, Newcomb 5th, Williams 10th. Teammates follow suit with 5 wins at the Galena Grinder XC

After knocking on the door with two World Cup top-10s in her last three races, Kate Courtney lands squarely on the top step of the podium, taking a well-deserved victory at the Windham World Cup.

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Kate Courtney wins the Windham World Cup.

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Courtney in action.

Meanwhile in the Junior Men's race, Lucas Newcomb took an impressive 5th place in only his second World Cup, while Casey Williams earned his best international finish yet with 10th. 

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Lucas Newcomb rides to a top-5 World Cup finish.

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Casey Williams with a top-10 World Cup ride.

While Whole Athlete-Specialized Juniors were making waves in Windham, the rest of the team was putting the final touches onto their form for Nationals at the Galena Grinder XC. The team took five wins and nine podium finishes, including Zach Valdez taking a convincing Pro win, and Marcus Segedin and Josie Nordrum earning the top Junior honors.

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Zach Valdez takes his 5th Pro win of the 2012 season.

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Marcus Segedin 1st, Sean Bennett 3rd, Silas Blunk 4th.

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Junior Girls Sweep: Josie Nordrum, Mackinzie Stanley and Sarah Ogden.
Check out all the team's top-10 results here.

Next up, the US National Championships in Sun Valley, ID this weekend. Stay tuned for more exciting news!