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Cares and Howes leading Clif Bar development team

Under 23 cross country Champion Colin Cares (Kenda-Tomac-Hayes)

Under 23 cross country Champion Colin Cares (Kenda-Tomac-Hayes) (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/

The Clif Bar Development Cyclo-Cross Team is set to begin its sixth season this month, and it's looking to build not only on its past racing success but to continue to raise awareness about important environmental issues. First-year elite racer Colin Cares, who is also the US National Under 23 cross country mountain bike champion, will team up with veteran Under 23 racer Alex Howes to lead the squad. Howes has been with the program since its first year in 2004.

The team has several returning and first-year under 23 riders, and many promising juniors ranging from 14- to 18-years-old. Racers will focus on the US Gran Prix Series, Boulder Racing Series, New England Championship Series, Bay Area Super Prestige Series, and the New York State Series - before ending the season with the US Nationals.

Among several climate awareness initiatives, the team will measure its carbon footprint, track it and work on ways to reduce it; partner with to bring consumers and companies together in the fight against global climate change; support the United Nations Climate Change Conference happening in Copenhagen, Denmark, at the same time as US Nationals; and lend support to, which is working to reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to 350 ppm.

2009-2010 Clif Bar Development Team

Colin Cares

Under 23
Andrew Barker
Alex Howes
Cody Cox
Conor Mullervy
Kevin Mullervy
Mitchell Hoke
Russell Finsterwald

Bjorn Fox
Curtis White
Danny Hiller
David Kessler
Nate Morse
Robin Eckmann
Yannick Eckmann
Zack Gould
Zane Godby

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