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Ambitious Season Ahead for Junior Development Team

The Whole Athlete Junior Development Team out of California is grooming the future of MTB racing in North America.

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By Singletrack.com

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Ten riders from the Whole Athlete Junior Development Team will compete at the international level in the final mountain bike World Cup in Windham, New York at the end of August.

The Whole Athlete Junior Development Team recently kicked off its 2010 season with a two-day training camp in Marin County, California. The team is made up of 20 junior and U23 riders  who preparaing for what promises to be an ambitious third year for the squad, according to team founder and head coach Dario Fredrick.

By registering as a UCI trade team in 2010, the team is also providing the opportunity for ten riders to compete at the international level in the final mountain bike World Cup in Windham, New York at the end of August.

With a roster that includes proven talent like John Bennett, 2009 NorCal High School MTB League Varsity Champion; Will Curtis and Davis Bentley, both of whom participated in USA Cycling European MTB Race Camps last summer; Nick Newcomb, 2009 California Junior State Road Champion; as well as rising talents like Victoria Yoham, the Whole Athlete team is looking to build on a highly successful 2009 season.

Team members will compete at the Fontana and Sea Otter ProXCTs, followed by a Lake Tahoe/Colorado altitude training camp in July, which includes the Colorado Springs ProXCT and USA Cyclings Mountain Bike cross-country National Championships.

Fredrick, himself the current 40-44 XC MTB US Champion, said working with the Whole Athlete juniors is a constant source of inspiration.

“We have some very talented individuals on our team, riders who have the potential to become successful professional cyclists if given the right tools and opportunities,” Fredrick said. “These kids are the future of mountain bike racing in North America…”

While companies like Specialized Bicycle Components or the local Elemental Herbs support the Whole Athlete Development Team travel, entry fees, and operational expenses are all funded by individual donations to the non-profit Velo Development Foundation, a 501(c)(3) corporation.

Learn more about the Whole Athlete Junior Development Team.