Monday, March 14, 2016

Blevins Unbeatable as Whole Athlete / Specialized Lands Five Podium Finishes

Christopher Blevins led the charge at the Bonelli ProXCT #1 this weekend with a solo win in the Junior 17/18 Cross Country, followed by an impressive sprint victory in the Pro Short Track on Sunday. 

Christopher Blevins
Blevins wins the Pro Short Track the day before his 18th birthday. (photo: PB Creative)

Jason Rowton joined Blevins on Saturday's XC podium in 4th, a result that was nothing short of amazing after being airlifted to the hospital from a severe crash only three weeks prior. Teammate Anders Johnson also rode well, narrowly missing the podium in 6th. 

Jason Rowton
Rowton on his way to a podium finish in his first-ever Junior 17/18 race. (photo: PB Creative)

Anders Johnson
Johnson kicks off his season with a strong ride in the Junior XC. (photo: PB Creative)

And kicking off their seasons with pure podium performances, Kelsey Urban took 2nd in the Junior Women 15-18, while Quinn Simmons was also 2nd in his first-ever Junior 15/16 race. 

Kelsey Urban
Urban on her way to a podium finish in the Junior Women's Race. (photo: PB Creative)

Quinn Simmons
At only 14, Simmons has a bright future ahead. (photo: PB Creative)

Christopher Blevins
Resplendent in stars and stripes, Blevins takes victory in the Junior 17/18 XC. (photo: PB Creative)

Next up for the Whole Athlete/Specialized Team:

04/02/16 Fontana ProXCT (Junior UCI)
04/09/16 Bonelli Park ProXCT (Junior UCI)

Stay tuned for more exciting news!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

2016 Whole Athlete/Specialized Team Presented at Season Kickoff Camp

Entering its eighth season, the 2016 Whole Athlete/Specialized Team was presented at the Whole Athlete Performance Center in Northern California this week. Seven riders from five states across the US came together for a team training camp filled with epic riding, functional strength testing, yoga, sponsor education, and much more. The camp concludes this weekend with the Bonelli ProXCT, the first national-level race of the year. 

Whole Athlete / Specialized Team
The 2016 Team: Christopher Blevins (Junior 18), Anders Johnson (Junior 18), Carson Beckett (U23), Kelsey Urban (Junior 18), Quinn Simmons (Junior 15), Jason Rowton (Junior 17), Cypress Gorry (U23).

The 2016 roster includes U23 Cross Country National Champion Cypress Gorry, Junior 17/18 National Champion Christopher Blevins, 2015 World Championship Team members Carson Beckett, Kelsey Urban, and Anders Johnson (recently crowned Fat Bike National Champ), and joined by new members Jason Rowton and Quinn Simmons

Whole Athlete / Specialized Team 

The team's accomplishments over the past seven seasons include 17 Junior and U23 National Titles, 21 athletes named to US World Championship Teams, and 14 top-10 World Cup & World Championship finishes. 

Whole Athlete / Specialized Team 

For 2016, the riders have their sights squarely set on the World Championships in the Czech Republic in late-June. Also targeted are the Marathon National Championships in early-June and the Cross Country National Championships in July.

The season starts in full swing this weekend with the first round of the 2016 ProXCT at Bonelli Park.

Upcoming Team Events:
03/12/16 Bonelli Park ProXCT
04/02/16 Fontana ProXCT (Junior UCI)
04/09/16 Bonelli Park ProXCT (Junior UCI)

Stay tuned for more exciting news...