USA Cycling's National Development program performing well all over the world

USA Cycling's National Development Program's men's and women's teams competed in several races in Europe and held a camp in southern California, last week.

ROAD

Tanner Putt (Roswell, Ga./Team Type 1) led a group of five USA Cycling U23 riders in the Trofeo Edil in Collechi, Italy. Putt attacked the field and bridged with four other riders to a group of nine leaders. Those 14 riders held the lead until ultimately being caught on the last lap. Eamon Franck (Pacific Grove, Calif./California Giant) also performed well before a flat tire ended his day two laps short of completing the race. The Trofeo Edil consisted of seven laps of a 12.6 kilometer course and four laps around a 16 kilometer loop, totaling 150 kilometers.

The complete list of five American riders is below:

Eamon Franck (Pacific Grove, Calif./California Giant)
Nate Geoffrion (Petaluma, Calif./Firefighters Cycling Association)
Marshall Opel (Whitefish, Mont./Team Hammer Nutrition)
Tanner Putt (Roswell, Ga./Team Type 1)
Nate Wilson (Boulder, Colo./Univ. of Colo./California Giant)

Lawson Craddock (Houston, Texas/Trek-Livestrong) led a group of six USA Cycling U23 riders in the U23 Tour of Flanders, one of the top espoir races in the world. Craddock placed 11th while Ryan Eastman (Petlauma, Calif./All Sport-Team Swift) finished 23rd and Rob Squire (Sandy, Utah/Chipotle Development Team) was 36th. The course in Belgium included 17 climbs and spanned a total of 172.1 kilometers. This result has the U.S. team in sixth place for the 2011 Nation's Cup.

Below is the list of six American riders who rode in the U23 Tour of Flanders:

Nathan Brown (Covington, Tenn./Trek-Livestrong)
Lawson Craddock (Houston, Texas/Trek-Livestrong),
Ryan Eastman (Petaluma, Calif./All Sport-Team Swift)
Gavin Mannion (Dedham, Mass./Trek-Livestrong)
Carson Miller (Bend, Ore./Jelly Belly p/b Kenda)
Rob Squire (Sandy, Utah/Chipotle Development)

For complete results for the U23 Tour of Flanders, click here.

Kristin McGrath (Durango, Colo/Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12) and Tayler Wiles (Murray, Utah/Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12) placed 42nd and 54th, respectively in the Van Lauwerszee tot Dollard tou from April 7-10. Jackie Crowell (Maitland, Fla./Colavita Racing) placed 69th and Alison Tetrick Starnes (Mill Valley, Calif./Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12/Team TIBCO II) rounded out the U.S. finishers at 80th. For complete results of the Van Lauwerszee tot Dollard tou, click here.

Below is the list of six women who competed in the Van Lauwerszee tot Dollard tou:

Jackie Crowell (Maitland, Fla./Colavita Racing)
Kristin McGrath (Durango, Colo./Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12)
Lindsay Myers (Paradise, Calif./Chico Corsa Cycling)
Jessica Prinner (South Elgin, Ill./ABD Cycle Club)
Alison Tetrick Starnes (Mill Valley, Calif./Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12/Team TIBCO II)
Tayler Wiles (Murray, Utah/Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12)

McGrath and Wiles paced the American women, finishing 42nd and 54th, respectively. Crowell placed 69th and Starnes rounded out the U.S. finishers at 80th. For complete results of the Van Lauwerszee tot Dollard tou, click here.

TRACK

USA Cycling held a camp at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., from April 4-8. The camp offers junior and elite road and track riders a training session in advance of the Pan Am Championships in Colombia in early May.

The following riders participated in the camp:

Men
Michael Blatchford (Cypress, Calif./Project 2012)
Phillip Elbaz (Miami Beach, Fla.)
Ryan Gadow (Dublin, Calif./San Jose Bicycle Club)
Alex Horvet (West Hills, Calif./L.A. County Bicycle Coalition)
Andy Lakatosh (Trexlertown, Pa./Pure Energy Cycling-ProAirHFA)
Kevin Mansker (Long Beach, Calif./Rubicon Cycling)
Giddeon Massie (Cypress, Calif./Bike Religion)
TJ Mathieson (Redondo Beach, Calif./Momentum Coaching Group p/b Atomic)
Njisane Phillip (Trinidad & Tobago) (Miramar, Fla.)

Women
Liz Carlson (Jim Thorpe, Pa./Classic Cycling Essentials)
Tela Crane (Seattle, Wash./Lake Washington Velo)
Jen Featheringill (Portland, Ore./Bike Central)
Dana Feiss (Telford, Pa./CPT/Home Depot Center Team)
Alissa Maglaty (Piedmont, Calif./Early Bird Women's Developmental Cycling Team)
Tara McCormick (Long Beach, Calif./Team TIBCO II)
Jen Valente (San Diego, Calif./G S Adams Avenue Bicycles)
Cristin Walker (Houston, Texas/Momentum Coaching Group p/b Atomic)
Autumn Wentworth (Atlanta, Ga./Peachtree Bikes)

The riders participated in early morning rides, road rides, track rides, workout sessions in the gym and some educational video sessions from the World Championships in Apeldoorn.

BMX

USA Cycling BMX Development Program athlete Corben Sharrah (Tucson, Ariz./GT Bicycles) won the opening round of the BMX Supercross World Cup on Saturday in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. The 19-year-old Sharrah got the hole shot in the final and never lost control of the race, powering all the way to his first Supercross win. For more on this race, click here.

DEVELOPMENT CAMPS

All riders interested in petitioning for a spot at one of the European mountain bike race camps, please be aware that the deadline for the first and second camps is Monday, April 18.

The camps offer high-level European race experience for the best young mountain bike racers.

For more information about the camps, please click here.

COMING UP

USA Cycling will field the following group of six U23 men's riders for the Cote Picardie on Wednesday, April 13:

Ian Boswell (Bend, Ore./Hot Tubes Development Team)
Nathan Brown (Covington, Tenn./Trek-Livestrong)
Lawson Craddock (Houston, Texas/Trek-Livestrong)
Carter Jones (Boulder, Colo./Trek-Livestrong)
Carson Miller (Bend, Ore./Jelly Belly)
Rob Squire (Sandy Utah/Chipotle Development)

There will also be a group of five riders contesting the ZLM Tour on Saturday, April 16 in the Netherlands:

Lawson Craddock (Houston, Texas/Trek-Livestrong)
Ryan Eastman (Petaluma, Calif./All Sport-Team Swift)
Eamon Franck (Pacific Grove, Calif./California Giant)
Nate Geoffrion (Petaluma, Calif./Firefighters Cycling Association)
Nate Wilson (Boulder, Colo./Univ. of Colo./California Giant)

USA Cycling will send the following six riders to compete in the Liege Bastogne Liege on April 16 in Belgium:

Ian Boswell (Bend, Ore./Hot Tubes Development Team)
Nathan Brown (Covington, Tenn./Trek-Livestrong)
Carter Jones (Boulder, Colo./Trek-Livestrong)
Gavin Mannion (Dedham, Mass./Trek-Livestrong)
Carson Miller (Bend, Ore./Jelly Belly)
Rob Squire (Sandy Utah/Chipotle Development)

Photo: Five riders participated in the Trofeo Edil in Collechio, Italy last week. (Photo courtesy of Gus Carrillo)

Ryan Eastman was one of six riders from USA Cycling's U23 program participating in the U23 Tour of Flanders, last week. (Photo courtesy of Mario Varrewaere)

Jen Valente tunes her bike up during last week's camp in Chula Vista, Calif. (Photo courtesy of Liz Carlson)

Corben Sharrah won the opening round of the BMX Supercross World Cup in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, last weekend. (Photo courtesy of Jerry Landrum)

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