National Development Team, women gather for camp in Utah

 

National Development Team member Scott Stewart discusses bike fit with Dr. Max Testa and Dr. Eric Heiden.

Murray, Utah (January 17, 2008)—USA Cycling announced today the 33 athletes named to the 2008 USA Cycling National Development Team – 23 of whom have gathered in suburban Salt Lake City for the squad’s annual training and testing camp at The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital (TOSH).
 
Several women who are part of USA Cycling’s Women’s National Team program have joined the young men to participate in several medical, physiological and fitness testing activities and instructional seminars throughout the week.
 
USA Cycling National Development Team athletes that are participating in the camp at TOSH include: Brad Armstrong (Burleson, Texas), Chris Barton (Ojai, Calif.), Chad Beyer (Anthem, Ariz.), Benjamin Bradshaw (Winchester, Calif.), Matthew Brandt (Sheboygan, Wis.), Austin Carroll (Orange, Calif.), Guy East (Indianapolis, Ind.), Caleb Fairly (Amarillo, Texas), Nolan Froese (Colombia, Mo.), Cole House (Oneida, Wis.), Max Jenkins (Berkeley, Calif.), Carter Jones (Maplewood, N.J.), Joseph Kukolla (Indianapolis, Ind.), Julian Kyer (Lyons, Colo.), Christopher Monteleone (Winston-Salem, N.C.), Christian Parrett (Macon, Ga.), Eric Riggs (Antelope, Calif.), Bjorn Selander (Hudson, Wis.), Taylor Shelden (Breckenridge, Colo.), Kevin Soller (Breckenridge, Colo.), Scott Stewart (Oxford, Mich.), David Talbot (Signal Mountain, Tenn.) and Tejay Van Garderen (Fort Collins, Colo.).
 

A lab technician analyzes test data along with one of the USA Cycling National Development Team athletes.

Women’s National Team members Katharine Carroll (Sausalito, Calif.), Alison Powers (Boulder, Colo.), Christina Ruiter (Bend, Ore.) and Carmen McNellis (Durango, Colo.) are also participating in the camp.

Athletes named to the National Development Team roster but absent from the training camp are Thomas Peterson (Boulder, Colo.), Kirk Carlsen (Sandown, N.H.), Daniel Holloway (Morgan Hill, Calif.), Peter Stetina (Boulder, Colo.), Andrew Cornelison (Carlisle, Iowa), Peter Salon (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Walker Savidge (Frisco, Colo.), Benjamin King (North Garden, Va.), Daniel Summerhill (Centennial, Colo.) and Grant Van Horn (Bakersfield, Colo.).    
 
 For the second consecutive year, internationally-renowned sports medicine researcher Dr. Massimo Testa and five-time Olympic gold medalist and orthopedic surgeon Dr. Eric Heiden are overseeing the examinations and baseline medical evaluations which include EKG tests, blood tests, and analysis of anaerobic capacity and lactate levels. National Development Team and Women’s National Team members are also undergoing comprehensive bike fit analysis and attending presentations on various subjects including nutrition, sports psychology and anti-doping. Together, USA Cycling and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) are providing the athletes with the latest information on prohibited substances, rules and regulations, testing procedures, athletes’ rights and the latest efforts to combat doping in the sport of competitive cycling.
 

USA Cycling National Development Team Director Noel Dejonckheere discusses testing procedures with Dr. Max Testa.

Athletes are also being educated on the use of Training Peaks, a training management software program and one of the teams’ suppliers. Another team supplier, eSoles, is also on hand to fit athletes with custom insoles.
 
The annual training camp, which features some of the top young American cyclists, is an important step in the ongoing identification, evaluation and development of future professional athletes and world-class bike racers. Along with USA Cycling coaches, program directors and support staff, the principals, staff and resources available to National Team athletes at TOSH play a vital role in the future success of American cyclists.
 
“Max and Eric know so much and we continuously rely on their expertise to provide us with insight into the things we can’t necessarily see and predict with these riders,” explained Noel Dejonckheere, USA Cycling’s National Development Team Director who runs the Belgium-based American U23 program. “We want to get these riders in here as young as possible and stay consistent so we can gauge their performance and improvement from year to year. Ideally, the progress these young athletes make are what we are trying to measure with these scientific activities.”
 
Throughout the 2008 cycling season, the 33 athletes that are currently part of USA Cycling’s National Development Team will represent the U.S. around the world at various world-class and national-level U23 and elite competitions. The consistent exposure to a competitive racing environment in Western Europe is a key factor in the development of these riders. 
 
 

Women's National Team members in attendance: Chrissy Ruiter, Alison Powers, Carmen McNellis and Katharine Carroll.

The training camp runs through Saturday, Jan. 19.
 
“It’s great to get everyone together under one roof and take care of early season needs all at the same time,” said Jenkins, a first-year Development Team rider and reigning U23 national road race champion. “As far as the testing goes, I’ve never been exposed to anything so comprehensive in my life. You get to address any issues you may have and the data we gather here helps develop my training plan according to my strengths and weaknesses.”
 
USA Cycling’s National Development Team will kick off its 2008 race campaign with the M&M Engineering Tour of Belize, Feb. 13-17 where Armstrong, Barton, Beyer, East, House, Riggs, Selander and Stewart will compete in the 2.2-ranked five-day stage race on the UCI America Tour.
 
Following the Tour of Belize, the same eight athletes – along with Fairly, Holloway, Cornelison and Salon – will head to its base in Izegem, Belgium where they’ll prepare for their European season-opener in Belgium, the single-day Brussel-Opwijk.
 
After Brussel-Opwijk, the team will head towards warmer temperatures for a two-week training camp at the villa in Lucca, Italy which serves as the home base of USA Cycling’s Women’s National Team program.
 
 

The 2008 USA Cycling National Development Team.

After a successful 2007 Women’s National Team campaign in Europe that saw several first-time winners on international soil, the opening of its Tuscany-based headquarters and many breakthrough performances, American women are preparing for another season abroad.
 
“I didn’t realize until I got here and experienced everything that is available to us in these few days – the EKG, the blood work, bike fitting – the magnitude of the opportunity that is being offered,” said Carroll, a new addition to the program early last year before winning a stage of the Tour Cycliste Féminin International Ardèche in September. “The whole experience has gotten me pumped up and ready to train and show that we deserve the opportunity to be here. Every year I’ve been on the bike I’ve gotten better and better, and an activity like this gives us the opportunity to collect and analyze the data behind our performance, to show how much I’ve improved and where I need to get better.”
 
The Women's National Team will begin its season Down Under with the Geelong Tour in Australia, Feb. 21-22, the first round of the 2008 UCI Women's Road World Cup series, also in Geelong, on Feb. 24 and the Women's Tour of New Zealand, Feb. 27 - Mar. 2.
 
“If you look at the success Americans have had in the discipline of women’s road cycling over the course of the last several years, it’s evident that this program is extremely effective”, said Jim Miller, USA Cycling’s Director of Endurance programs who works closely with Women’s National Team riders. “Last year was really a breakthrough year for a lot of American women with promising competitive performances and several trips to the podium in Europe. The national team program has already developed world champions and Olympians and there is currently a strong base of future champions competing today who can achieve a higher level of success with the right training, instruction and exposure to world-class racing. Our base in Italy, talent identification camps and testing camps like these continue to be instrumental and effective programs for American women.” 
   
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