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Whole Athlete-Specialized kicks off 2011 with winter training camp

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The Whole Athlete-Specialized mountain bike team

The Whole Athlete-Specialized mountain bike team
(Image credit: Rob Evans - Off the Back Photo)
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The Whole Athlete-Specialized Under 23 road team

The Whole Athlete-Specialized Under 23 road team
(Image credit: Veronika Lenzi)
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Under 23 athletes on the Whole Athlete-Specialized team

Under 23 athletes on the Whole Athlete-Specialized team
(Image credit: Veronika Lenzi)
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The 2011 Whole Athlete-Specialized team

The 2011 Whole Athlete-Specialized team
(Image credit: Veronika Lenzi)
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Taylor Smith, Will Curtis and Lucas Newcomb (all Whole Athlete-Specialized)

Taylor Smith, Will Curtis and Lucas Newcomb (all Whole Athlete-Specialized)
(Image credit: Veronika Lenzi)
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Sven Beer (Whole Athlete-Specialized)

Sven Beer (Whole Athlete-Specialized)
(Image credit: Veronika Lenzi)
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The Whole Athlete-Specialized team trains on the road together.

The Whole Athlete-Specialized team trains on the road together.
(Image credit: Veronika Lenzi)
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Mackinzie Stanley and Josie Nordrum on the front

Mackinzie Stanley and Josie Nordrum on the front
(Image credit: Veronika Lenzi)
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The Whole Athlete-Specialized ladies

The Whole Athlete-Specialized ladies
(Image credit: Veronika Lenzi)
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Whole Athlete-Specialized juniors

Whole Athlete-Specialized juniors
(Image credit: Veronika Lenzi)
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Jonny Kaufman (Whole Athlete-Specialized)

Jonny Kaufman (Whole Athlete-Specialized)
(Image credit: Veronika Lenzi)
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The Whole Athlete-Specialized team for 2011

The Whole Athlete-Specialized team for 2011
(Image credit: Veronika Lenzi)
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Whole Athlete-Specialized for 2011

Whole Athlete-Specialized for 2011
(Image credit: Veronika Lenzi)
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Double paceline time for the Whole Athlete-Specialized team

Double paceline time for the Whole Athlete-Specialized team
(Image credit: Veronika Lenzi)
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Bobby Zidek, Eliel Anttile, and Sven Beer (Whole Athlete-Specialized)

Bobby Zidek, Eliel Anttile, and Sven Beer (Whole Athlete-Specialized)
(Image credit: Veronika Lenzi)
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Business time

Business time
(Image credit: Veronika Lenzi)
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Tacos for dinner

Tacos for dinner
(Image credit: Veronika Lenzi)
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Whole Athlete-Specialized racers get ready for yoga

Whole Athlete-Specialized racers get ready for yoga
(Image credit: Rob Evans - Off the Back Photo)
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Yoga time for the Whole Athlete-Specialized team

Yoga time for the Whole Athlete-Specialized team
(Image credit: Veronika Lenzi)
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Riley Predum (Whole Athlete-Specialized)

Riley Predum (Whole Athlete-Specialized)
(Image credit: Rob Evans - Off the Back Photo)
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Taylor Smith (Whole Athlete-Specialized)

Taylor Smith (Whole Athlete-Specialized)
(Image credit: Rob Evans)
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Kate Courtney and Nick Kinney (Whole Athlete-Specialized)

Kate Courtney and Nick Kinney (Whole Athlete-Specialized)
(Image credit: Rob Evans - Off the Back Photo)
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Whole Athlete-Specialized women

Whole Athlete-Specialized women
(Image credit: Rob Evans - Off the Back Photo)
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Dario Fredrick and Will Curtis (Whole Athlete-Specialized)

Dario Fredrick and Will Curtis (Whole Athlete-Specialized)
(Image credit: Rob Evans - Off the Back Photo)

The Whole Athlete-Specialized Cycling Team held its first team training camp of 2011 at the Whole Athlete Performance Center in Marin County, California this weekend.

True to the company's holistic philosophy, the team not only enjoyed road and mountain bike riding on the bucolic back roads and scenic slopes of the famed Mt. Tamapais, but also practiced yoga each day, were treated to organic meals and participated in an array of presentations and workshops from sponsors, docs and supporters.

From Team Sport Psychologist Dr. Joan Steidinger leading the young athletes in finding their "power zone", to kinesiology taping expert and Team Chiropractor Dr. Sara LeMarch showing the kids how to prevent and treat common injuries, the junior and under 23 riders were treated like professionals.

For the 2011 season, the team will focus on the US Pro XCT series and National Championships, with the additional goal of again qualifying riders to the world championship team. In 2010, four juniors from the team represented the US in Mont Sainte Anne.

Junior and Under 23 cross country racers comprise the bulk of the team, with a small contingent of Under 23 road-focused athletes as well. The young athletes range in age from 14-19, including current US National Champions, Kate Courtney (cross country), Keegan Swenson (cross country) and Zach Valdez (24-hour).

Guided by their philosophy of "dedication, integrity and fun", the Whole Athlete-Specialized Development Team is a non-profit funded program providing young cyclists avenues to the higher levels of the sport.

2011 Whole Athlete - Specialized Team

Junior men - cross country
Tony Smith (17/18)
Max Houtzager (17/18)
Keegan Swenson (17/18)
Bobby Zidek (17/18)
Sven Beer (17/18)
Taylor Smith (17/18)
Eliel Anttila (17/18)
Johnny Kaufmann (15/16)
Lucas Newcomb (15/16)

Junior women - cross country
Sofia Hamilton (17/18)
Victoria Yoham (17/18)
Kate Courtney (15/16)
MacKinzie Stanley (15/16)
Josie Nordrum (15/16)

Under 23 men - cross country
Will Curtis
Zach Valdez
Riley Predum
Will Patterson

Under 23 men - road
Nick Newcomb
Alec Kassin
Nick Kinney
Cody Tapley