The Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team heads into this weekend's USA Cycling Pro Championships with two former national champions who will be gunning for another stars & stripes jersey. Chris Baldwin, a two-time US National Time Trial champion (2003, 2005) and Chris Wherry, the 2005 US PRO champion, will lead the team in this year's championship event.
Chris Baldwin will ride the time trial Saturday, then join Justin England, Burke Swindlehurst and Chris Wherry in Sunday's road race. Wherry, ninth place a year ago and the national road champion in 2005, said he would like nothing more than to don the stars-and-stripes jersey again.
"That was such an awesome year to have that jersey and go through that experience," Wherry said. "Winning this race is going to be a goal of mine from now until to the end of my career."
In the time trial, Baldwin aims to earn what would be his first win of the year. In last year's championship time trial, he suffered a heartbreaking loss to David Zabriskie when he crashed in a tight right-hand corner after leading at the final time check. Subsequently dubbed "Baldwin's corner", the turn has been removed from this year's course.