Clif Bar has recently announced that it will be the title sponsor of the American cycling association development cyclo-cross team for riders aged between 13 and 22. Now in it's fourth season, the development cyclo-cross team builds on the solid foundation built by the former TIAA-Cref/Clif Bar team, and meshes nicely with the large ACA Mudskippers team of 8-12 year olds.
The team of 17 will be lead this year by Brady Kappius a two time worlds team member and Daniel Summerhill the 2007 junior worlds silver medallist Joining Kappius and Summerhill will be three 13-15 year olds, many rookie cross racers, and returning veterans Taylor Lane, Andrew Barker, Jim Lennon, and Taylor Phinney.
The team will compete in a full schedule of Colorado races, as well as the US gran prix series and nationals. Daniel Summerhill will be focusing on a more extensive schedule that will see him start the season at Cross Vegas this Wednesday, and include several other high-profile UCI events.
The team will be featuring a new green look to correspond to the team's pioneering sustainable cycling mission, with plenty of green on the uniforms and green Salsa Chili con Crosso bikes. The team aims to increase awareness as well as educate and inspire the cycling community about sustainable cycling. The team's mission is to not only help these young cross racers become successful athletes, competing at the highest level in the US and Europe - but to help them develop into well-rounded, exceptional leaders ready to make a difference in the cycling community and their own communities.