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Whole Athlete-Specialized Team wins award

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Kate Courtney on her way to winning

Kate Courtney on her way to winning
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The Whole Athlete-Specialized Cycling Team

The Whole Athlete-Specialized Cycling Team
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Podium finishers from the Whole Athlete-Specialized Cycling Team at US Mountain Bike Nationals

Podium finishers from the Whole Athlete-Specialized Cycling Team at US Mountain Bike Nationals
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Max Houtzager

Max Houtzager
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Lucas Newcomb and Kate Courtney

Lucas Newcomb and Kate Courtney
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Keegan Swenson

Keegan Swenson
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Kate Courtney wins the junior women's 15-16 cross country national championship

Kate Courtney wins the junior women's 15-16 cross country national championship
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Dario Fredrick and Will Curtis

Dario Fredrick and Will Curtis
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Whole Athlete-Specialized Cycling Team coaches Julia Violich, Dario Fredrick and Helene Drumm

Whole Athlete-Specialized Cycling Team coaches Julia Violich, Dario Fredrick and Helene Drumm
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The Marin, California-based Whole Athlete-Specialized Cycling Team was handed one of its most important wins to date. It was named "Mountain Bike Club of the Year" for 2011 by USA Cycling.

As one of the top junior development programs in the United States, team Whole Athlete-Specialized provides coaching, training support, bike fitting, nutritional counseling, sport psychology, and skills training to top-level athletes, including two of Marin's junior national champions: Lucas Newcomb and Kate Courtney.

Newcomb, 16, of Nicasio, California, is the reining junior men's 15-16 cross country national champion after earning his first national title. Courtney, 16, of Kentfield, California, is the current junior women's 15-16 cross country junior national champion for the second straight year.

2011 has proven to be an exceptional year for Whole Athlete-Specialized, which claimed 71 victories and seven national titles overall. And in its three years as a team, it has always qualified riders to the US world championship teams.

"It's truly an honor to be recognized as 'Mountain Bike Club of the Year', and even more so to have the opportunity to work with such dedicated young athletes, sharing in their collective development and success," said Team Founder and Director Dario Fredrick.

The Whole Athlete-Specialized Cycling Team forges on with plans for a national-level race schedule again in 2012.

For more information on the team, visit wholeathletecyclingteam.blogspot.com.