When the members of the TIAA-CREF/ CLIF BAR Cyclo-Cross Team rolled to the start line in Gloucester, MA for the opening round of the 2006 Crank Brothers US Gran Prix of Cyclo-Cross Series, they not only began the third season for the national-level development program, but also set off on a pioneering environmental sustainability mission.
The American Cycling Association’s Junior and Under-23 cyclo-cross development program took inspiration from CLIF BAR’s sustainability commitment. The team will participate in CLIF BAR’s 'Start Global Cooling' campaign, where the team’s carbon footprint from the season’s travel miles will be offset by the purchase of wind energy credits. The team will also with Boulder-based Eco-Cycle to become a 'zero waste' operation: During team events in Boulder and when traveling to races, the team will be recycling and composting as much of its waste as possible. In addition, the team will support local and organic food sources:
The team kicked off the season in Gloucester, MA. Headlining the team’s development effort were three juniors who turned in outstanding performances. In the 15-16 age group, new team member Andrew Barker rode aggressively and notched two 3rd place finishes. Cyclo-cross rookie Jim Lennon finished up his second cyclo-cross race ever in 4th place on Saturday, and then Sunday, Lennon and teammate Daniel Summerhill (defending Junior National Champ) put the USGP on notice that the junior field will continue to feature some of the most exciting racing of the series. The two used impressive teamwork to form two of the three-man lead group, and Summerhill helped Lennon sprint to his first USGP win and the Series leader’s jersey.
Andrew Barker (15) Golden, CO
Stu Gillespie (24) Boulder, CO
Alex Howes (18) Boulder, CO
Brady Kappius (19) Golden, CO
Jim Lennon (17) Centennial, CO
Taylor Phinney (17) Boulder, CO
Peter Stetina (19) Boulder, CO
Daniel Summerhill (17) Centennial, CO (2005 USGP and Jr National Champion)
Tejay van Garderen (18) Fort Collins, CO
Troy Wells (23) Durango, CO (2005 U23 National Champion)
Ben Turner, team manager
John Verheul, team coach and assistant manager
Daimeon Shanks, mechanic
Nick Legan, mechanic
Reed McCalvin, soigneur
Rob Wuebker, sustainability consultant
Jason Kawakami, team chef
For more information, visit www.eurocrossers.blogspot.com.