Tuesday, September 11, 2018

After a Decade of Excellence, the Team Ends on the Highest Note

All good things must come to an end, and as Whole Athlete completes its ten-year sponsorship of the country's top mountain bike development program, the team leaves behind a legacy of excellence and success. Underscoring the program's decade-long mission, Whole Athlete Team alumni reached the pinnacle of the sport this past weekend as Kate Courtney won the Elite World Championship title while Christopher Blevins took silver in the U23 race!

Kate Courtney
Kate Courtney flourished in the Whole Athlete Development Program, competing for four years with the team (ages 15-18). (photo: PB Creative)

Christopher Blevins
Christopher Blevins found continuous success with Whole Athlete as he prepared for the next level. (photo: PB Creative)

What began in 2008 with the goal of bridging the gap between NICA high school racing and the world-level of the sport within a philosophy of dedication, integrity, and fun, ends with 26 Junior and U23 National Titles and 28 Junior/U23 athletes named to US World Championship Teams over its rich ten-year history.

Whole Athlete riders lead out the 2017 STXC National Championships in Snowshoe. (photo: PB Creative)
And while the team has experienced unparalleled national and international success over the years, the Whole Athlete Development Program's legacy lives on through its alumni, many of whom have graduated to the highest levels of the sport - including newly crowned World Champion Kate Courtney, U23 silver medalist Christopher Blevins, Neilson Powless, Sean Bennett, Haley Batten, and Keegan Swenson, just to name a few.

Neilson Powless
Neilson Powless got his first taste of international success with the Whole Athlete Program. (photo: Whole Athlete)

Undoubtedly, the success of the Whole Athlete Development program could not have been possible without the tremendous support of its partners and donors, including longtime co-title and presenting sponsors Specialized Bicycle Components and DNA Cycling. It's truly been a team effort, and we are deeply grateful to all who have supported our mission over the years.

Cypress Gorry
Two-time U23 winner, Cypress Gorry, leads the pack at National Championships in Mammoth. (photo: PB Creative)

And although its sponsorship of the team may be coming to an end, Whole Athlete forges ahead as one of the country's top coaching organizations. From its performance center base in Northern California, the company will shift its team sponsorship focus to cycling camps for teens and adults in 2019. Teen mountain bike camps in particular will continue with much of what the Junior/U23 team approach provided young athletes - opportunities to learn and grow through Whole Athlete's holistic approach.

Savilia Blunk
2018 U23 National Champion Savilia Blunk at the Bear Mountain Canada Cup. (photo: Jay Wallace)

Kelsey Urban
Kelsey Urban takes the National title in the 2016 STXC. (photo: Whole Athlete)

Anders Johnson
Two-time fat bike National Champion Anders Johnson at the Colorado Springs ProXCT. (photo: PB Creative)

Kevin Vermaerke
2017 XC National Champ Kevin Vermaerke. (photo: PB Creative)

Casey Williams
Multiple National Champ Haley Batten at the Bonelli ProXCT. (photo: PB Creative)

Christopher Blevins
Quinn Simmons earns his first of several National Titles in 2016 at Mammoth Mountain. (photo: Kenny Wehn)

Dropping the rock garden at Nationals in Snowshoe, WV. (photo: Kenny Wehn)

It's been an amazing journey and we wish the best for all the Whole Athlete Team alumni, whether it be in cycling or otherwise. What an adventure...Thank you for a fantastic decade!

A non-profit Junior / U23 development program, the Whole Athlete p/b DNA Team's mission has been to invest in the future of our youth and the sport of cycling by developing young athletes at the national and international levels with dedication, integrity, and fun.

Our mission has been enabled by coaches, mentors, volunteers, and donors of the Velo Development Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

The 2018 Whole Athlete p/b DNA Team is a non-profit program of the the Velo Development Foundation, generously supported by Whole Athlete, DNA Cycling, Specialized Bicycle Components, Quarq Powermeters, Rock Tape, ProBar, Oakley, Tam Bikes, All Good Products, DZ Nuts, Crank Brothers Pedals, Enduro Bearings, ESI Grips, Bungalow Munch Organic Granola, and Mellow Motors.

WA Team Sponsors