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Fort Collins boasts new team

US national amateur endurance mountain bike champion Brad Cole, 2007 collegiate national criterium champion Phil Mann, the National Collegiate Criterium Champion and Colorado state time trial champion Patrick McGlynn will head up Team Legacy Energy, a Fort Collins-based team that is emphasizing a drug-free approach to racing.

The newly formed grassroots team was formed with two goals in mind: first, to develop young, talented riders into seasoned, veteran riders who will one day go professional and second, to achieve this first goal without using performance enhancing drugs. The team will partner with Colorado State University to create a health profile of each rider that is monitored throughout the season, much like is done by many professional teams.

Team Director Andy Clark picked Fort Collins as the team's base for its bike friendly environs. The team intends to act as the cycling ambassador for Fort Collins as it travels the countryside from race to race. Part of its activities will including hosting monthly easy-going community rides to teach group riding skills and meet the locals.

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