National Development Program posting strong results in Europe
USA Cycling's National Development Program continued its European road race season last weekend, fielding U23 riders at the Triptyques des Mont et Chateaux from April 1-3 and the Col san Martino on April 3.
Ian Boswell (Bend, Ore./Hot Tubes Development Cycling) 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), Rob Squire (Sandy, Utah/Chipotle Development) and Larry Warbasse (Traverse City, Mich./BMC Racing).
Heading into the race, USA Cycling U23 Program Director Marcello Albasini was looking for improved technique.
“This is what I want to see,” Albasini said. “I don’t care really about results now, but more about learning and finding self confidence. They rode aggressively.”
USA Cycling was well represented throughout the three-day stage race as Craddock won the time trial stage and Warbasse placed third. Eastman finished fourth in a road stage later that same day. Overall, USA Cycling finished fourth as a team bolstered by Eastman's ninth-place finish in the general classification.
For complete results of the Triptyques des Mont et Chateaux, click here.
USA Cycling also sent five riders to the Col san Martino in Italy on April 3. The course traversed a climb of approximately 7,000 feet. USA Cycling was represented by 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 I) and Nathan Wilson (Boulder, Colo./Univ. of Colo./California Giant).
Among teams from Slovenia, Russia, Hungary, Australia, Austria and Switzerland, Putt and Wilson paced the American group with Putt finishing with the main group.
USA Cycling is holding 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 late April.
Attending the camp are:
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)
Earlier today, the riders went for a road ride at 7 a.m., followed by a track ride and a workout in the gym in the afternoon.
After the first day of the camp, USA Cycling Sprint Program Director Jamie Staff said, "Day 1 went really well. The weather was awesome, and made for great morale. It was also good to see plenty of young kids on the track before and after us. The San Diego track has been a popular track for many years and so it was good to see it still going strong."
USA Cycling will field the following group of six U23 men's riders for the Tour of Flanders:
Nathan Brown (Covington, Tenn./Trek-Livestrong) Lawson Craddock (Houston, Texas/Trek-Livestrong) Ryan Eastman (Petaluma, Calif./Trek-Livestrong) Gavin Mannion (Dedham, Mass./Trek-Livestrong) Carson Miller (Bend, Ore./Jelly Belly) Rob Squire (Sandy Utah/Chipotle Development)
Additionally, USA Cycling will have U23 representation at the Trofeo Edil in Italy, Castello and Cote Picardie in France.
The following U23 women riders will partake in the Van Lauwerszee tot Dollard tou from April 7-10:
About USA Cycling’s National Development Programs One of USA Cycling’s dual missions is to achieve sustained success in international cycling competition. To that end, USA Cycling maintains development programs for all disciplines of competitive cycling, including men’s and women’s U25 and junior road; mountain bike; track (endurance and sprint) and BMX development programs. These programs provide a structured pathway to the top tier of the sport through athlete development that begins with Junior racing series, Regional Development Camps and racing and moves through to international competition. For more about USA Cycling’s Athlete Development Programs, click here.
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