USA Cycling names Center of Excellence recipients for 2010

Now-MS Society alumni include a number of notable athletes.
Now-MS Society alumni include a number of notable athletes.
Colorado Springs, Colo. (February 9, 2011) — USA Cycling recognized eight teams through the USA Cycling Development Foundation’s Centers of Excellence program for 2010. Winners were chosen based on organizational criteria and performance results in developing junior and U23 athletes. Two new organizations, which were previously unrecognized by the Centers of Excellence program, made it onto the list: the NOW-MS Society team and the Sho-Air/Rock'n Road Junior Team.
 
NOW-MS Society (Los Angeles, Calif.) alumni include a number of notable athletes such as 2008 Olympian Michael Blatchford, Jelly Belly’s Sergio Hernandez, and Team Exergy’s Eric Barlevav. In 2010 Now-MS had several national champions, including Will Chesebro, national champ in the team sprint at the Para Track National Championships; Danny Heeley, 2010 National Champ in the Madison; and Christine Barron, 2010 Women's 17-18 500-meter time trial national champion.
 
The Sho-Air/Rock'n Road Junior Cycling Team (Irvine, Calif.) sports a roster of 31 juniors for the 2011 spring racing schedule, while seven adult members work behind the scenes to support the team’s racing and training activities.
 
The Sho-Air Junior Cycling Team boasts 31 riders for 2011.
The Sho-Air Junior Cycling Team boasts 31 riders for 2011.
Joining Sho-Air/Rock'n Road and Now-MS Society are two junior programs which continue to grow their programs: Boulder Junior Cycling, formerly known as Boulder Devo, and the All-Sport Team Swift.
 
Boulder Junior Cycling (Boulder, Colo.), or BJC, is recognized for the second year in a row and boasts a U-15 and U-19 team for their junior cycling development racing and training activities. The U-15 program is designed for youth ages 12-15 years old and/or in 6th-9th grades. The U-19 program, which is also known as the Tokyo Joe’s Junior Development Team, is for youth ages 14-18 years old and/or in 8th-12th grades who are currently racing Cat 1 or 2. All BJC programs include USA Cycling certified coaches to advance skills and performance for national and international competition.
 
All Sport — Team Swift (Fulton, Calif.) is one of the original recipients of the Center of Excellence, a well known program with a very specific goal: Team Swift is dedicated to sustaining a structure that develops riders to qualify for the USA Cycling National Development Programs. Their strategy is to train for and race a very specific schedule regionally and nationally.

Young Medalists of the Lehigh Valley Cycling Club (Lehigh, Pa.) is another Center of Excellence recipient, boasting a roster of 32 juniors for the 2011 season. The club’s race schedule includes a variety of races, many of which can qualify its riders for USA Cycling’s National Talent ID Camp.
 
Also recognized this year are Peanut Butter & Company 2012 (San Anselmo, Calif.), Rad Racing (Olympia, Wash.), and Team Specialized Juniors (Palo Alto, Calif.).
 
Funded by the USA Cycling Development Foundation, cash grants for Center of Excellence recognition are awarded to programs that meet specific structural requirements with the potential and ability to develop athletes into international-level competitors, and have consistently produced national results and coordinated with USA Cycling’s National Development Program participation. Since the program’s inception eight years ago, USA Cycling has distributed over $160,000 to grass-roots development programs thanks to the generous donations to the USA Cycling Development Foundation.
 
USA Cycling recognizes the outstanding work of all of these Centers of Excellence as they continue to grow the model of athlete development in cycling and contribute to the elevated levels of competition and growth of the sport in the United States.
 
About the USA Cycling Development Foundation
Created in 2000 to support the future of American cycling, the USA Cycling Development Foundation (USACDF) raises money to drive American athlete development programs in cycling. As the non-profit fundraising arm of the national governing body, the USACDF receives no federal funding or subsidies and operates solely through private donations from individuals, corporations, and other foundations. The money raised by the Foundation funds programs for juniors, U23 and other future Olympic athletes in all disciplines of competitive cycling. For more information about the USA Cycling Development Foundation, visit www.usacdf.org.


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