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MTB News and Notes: USAC announces U23 MTB team

USA Cycling has announced the formation of its U23 national mountain bike team. The program is an effort to develop top American espoir mountain bike athletes. The ultimate goal of the new U23 team is to generate gold medal finishes at world championships, the Pan American Games, and the Olympics. “By providing valuable coaching and preparation resources, and exposure to top domestic and international competition,” said team director Matt Cramer, “we hope to nurture the development of these athletes to help them become top international competitors.” Team members were selected through

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USA Cycling has announced the formation of its U23 national mountain bike team. The program is an effort to develop top American espoir mountain bike athletes. The ultimate goal of the new U23 team is to generate gold medal finishes at world championships, the Pan American Games, and the Olympics.

“By providing valuable coaching and preparation resources, and exposure to top domestic and international competition,” said team director Matt Cramer, “we hope to nurture the development of these athletes to help them become top international competitors.”

Team members were selected through regional and national road and mountain bike events, USA Cycling regional and national development camps, and domestic and international results. After a competitive selection process, four riders were chosen to take part in the project’s first season: John Devine, Alan Obye, Sam Schultz, and Nick Waite.

Devine, from Dixon, Illinois, placed fourth in the 2003 overall junior NORBA rankings. He finished first at Big Bear, second at Snowshoe, and first at Mount Snow. The 18-year-old was a member of the 2003 world road championship team, and the 2002 and 2003 world’s mountain-bike team.

Schultz, also a member of the 2003 world’s mountain-bike team, came in second in the 2003 NORBA rankings for juniors. The 18-year-old from Missoula, Montana placed second at Mount Snow, Schweitzer Mountain, and the National finals in Durango.

Obye was 19th in the 2003 elite cross-country NORBA rankings. The 21-year-old Vermont native was also a member of the 2 world’s mountain bike team, and the 2001, ’02 and ’03 cyclo-cross world’s teams.

Waite of Davis, West Virginia was 15th in the 2003 elite NORBA rankings and finished 54th at the 2003 World Cup finals in Kaprun, Austria.

The team’s first training camp ran from January 4-11 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. The squad’s racing schedule begins in March when the team will make its first appearance at the NORBA National Series opener in Waco, Texas. Also on the agenda for 2004 are the Pan American Championships in April and the world championships in September. The squad will also race in Europe with the U23 national road team.

“Our goal is to bridge the gap between our emerging talent and the top tier of the international professional circuit,” said USAC director of athletics Steve Johnson.

The project is being made possible through the assistance and support of several sponsors. Specialized will provide road and mountain bike frames, tires, helmets, shoes, gloves, saddles, and water bottle cages. Voler will outfit the team with clothing. Shimano will supply road and mountain components. Manitou will equip the squad with suspension forks, while FSA furnishes bars, stems, seat posts, and headsets.