The Hagens Berman law firm announced it's commitment to the sport of cycling through the sponsorship of an elite cyclo-cross program. The team will contest the entire US Gran Prix of Cyclo-cross calendar along with select Northwest cyclo-cross events. Hagens Berman has been making inroads into cycling sponsorship with the co-title sponsorship of the elite road program Broadmark Capital/Hagens Berman this year. "We have had a tremendous amount of success and satisfaction with our sponsorship of the Broadmark road cycling program and wanted to take it to the next level and get involved in one of the most exciting types of bike racing there is," states Steve Berman.
The Hagens Berman Elite Cyclo-cross program will consist of Jonny Sundt, Morgan Schmitt, and Dan Neyens. Jonnny Sundt, 32, has been a fixture on the national and Northwest cyclo-cross scene for the past ten years taking key wins at several UCI level events and the 2002 Star Crossed Cyclo-cross race. Morgan Schmitt, 21, is the up-and-coming powerhouse on the team with a 4th place at the 2005 U23 Cyclo-cross Nationals. Morgan has also had a breakout year on the road with winning multiple Washington State Championships and the Best Young Rider Competition at The Tour De Nez. Dan Neyens is also another young rider to watch as he comes to the team as the youngest member. He brings several podium finishes across the nation and was a member of the US World Cyclo-cross Championship team this past year.