Monday, February 24, 2014

Three Podiums in Two States Kicks Off Season for Whole Athlete/Specialized Team

Jacob Albrecht
Jacob Albrecht takes the win at the Snelling Road Race.

Three Whole Athletes kicked off their race seasons this weekend, each landing squarely on the podium. Jacob Albrecht's transition to the road is going as smoothly as freshly paved tarmac, with a convincing win at the Snelling Road Race. 

Sean Bennett
Sean Bennett on his way to victory at the NorCal #1 in Monterey.

And on the dirt, Sean Bennett showed that he's ready for the ProXCT series start next weekend in Texas by winning the Varsity NorCal High School Race opener in Monterey on Saturday.

Neilson Powless
Neilson Powless on the VOS final podium.

Splitting his time between the road with NCCF/Specialized Juniors and the dirt with Whole Athlete/Specialized, Neilson Powless showed he's ready for a big season ahead with an impressive 2nd place overall on GC at the Valley of the Sun Stage Race in Tempe, AZ.

Sean Bennett
Sean Bennett with the NorCal Varsity leaders jersey.

Jacob Albrecht
Jacob Albrecht with a well-deserved victory.

Next stop, the Mellow Johnny's Classic ProXCT in Texas.
Stay tuned for more exciting news!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Whole Athlete/Specialized Unveils 2014 Team with Training Camp in Northern California

Twelve athletes, six states, one be their best.

Whole Athlete/Specialized Cycling Team
The 2014 Whole Athlete/Specialized Cycling Team

Twelve young athletes from around the country joined together at the Whole Athlete Performance Center in Northern California to kickoff the Whole Athlete/Specialized Cycling Team's 2014 season. The riders were treated to three days of great riding, sponsor introductions, product demos, organic food, yoga, and much more...

Entering its sixth season, the Whole Athlete/Specialized Team sets out with an impressive lineup and ambitious schedule. The intrepid Junior/U23 development program, which includes two current and three former national champions, will target the US National Championships, the ProXCT series, select UCI Junior Series races and World Cups, and the World Championships. 

Whole Athlete/Specialized

Honored as USAC's Mountain Bike Club of the Year for the third year running, and a Center of Excellence, the 2014 team lineup includes seven returning members and five new riders. U23s Casey Williams, Cypress Gorry, and Jacob Albrecht return to take that next step as young professionals, while 2013 Junior World Championship Team members Sean Bennett and Neilson Powless are joined by Silas Blunk and Zach Peterson to round out the Junior 17/18s. National Champ Christopher Blevins joins Cole Avery in the Junior 15/16s, as 14-year-old Junior Michael Mace comes aboard as the team's youngest rider. Standouts Haley Batten and Veda Gerasimek, both National Champions, comprise the Junior women 15/16s. 

Jacob Albrecht
Team veteran Jacob Albrecht gears up for a combined season of road and MTB racing.

Junior 15/16 National Champ, Christopher Blevins hits the feed zone halfway through the team's big climbing day.

Keeping bodies limber and aligned with yoga. 

Ryan Chondrashoff
SRAM's Ryan Chrondrashoff explains the ins and outs of proper suspension setup and tuning.

Specialized's 2014 MTB lineup is nothing short of amazing.

Precision bike fitting keeps body and machine functioning well together.

Dedication, Integrity, and...

Whole Athlete/Specialized Cycling Team

2014 Whole Athlete/Specialized Cycling Team

Sean Bennett - 18
Neilson Powless - 18
Silas Blunk - 18
Zach Peterson - 17
Christopher Blevins - 16
Haley Batten - 16
Cole Avery - 15
Veda Gerasimek - 15
Michael Mace - 14

Casey Williams - 20
Cypress Gorry - 20
Jacob Albrecht - 20