Devo Wrap: BMX Evolution Camp wraps in Chula Vista
Some of the riders line up for a simulated race at the second Evolution Camp at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. (Photo by James Herrera)With the road riders taking a short break between racing blocks, the USA Cycling National Development Program (NDP) focused on the second BMX Evolution Camp at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., from March 17-24.
A premier group of 16 BMX athletes assembled to participate in the camp under the guidance of USA Cycling High Performance Director of Sprint Jamie Staff, National BMX Coach James Herrera, and developmental coaches Jeff Glynn and Kenth Fallen.
The camp was a combination of training, testing, and learning, and all athletes enjoyed breakthrough performances. The riders participated in performance-based testing on the London-replica Supercross track, along with various exercises in the gym.
Kenth Fallen offering Jared Garcia some coaching advice. (Photo by James Herrera)"I'm excited to see the next generation of BMX athletes step up their game on all fronts. They're learning the attention to detail and professionalism required to succeed at the international level of competition. Receiving feedback from a four-time world champion and Olympic gold medalist, in Jamie Staff, is an invaluable experience for these athletes. I have no doubts that we're grooming the next crop of Olympic medalists," Herrera said after the camp.
Check out a huge photo gallery of pictures taken by Herrera during the camp.
Below is a list of the riders who participated in the camp:
Josh Banuelos (Medford, Ore.)
Connor Fields (Henderson, Nev./Chase BMX)
Sean Gaian (Santee, Calif./GT Bicycles)
Jared Garcia (Victorville, Calif.)
Austin Hiatt (Fresno, Calif./AnarchyBMX.com)
Collin Hudson (Longmont, Colo./Crupi-Leatt)
Nick Koehler (Tustin, Calif./GT Bicycles)
Jordan Miranda (Bakersfield, Calif./GT Bicycles)
Justin Posey (Winston Salem, N.C./Dan's Competition)
Zack Van Kammen (Lake Elsinore, Calif.)
Alden Volle (Penryn, Calif./Dan's Competition)
Tyler Whitfield (Rockford, Ill./Factory Ssquared)
Carlie Ferree (Quartz Hill, Calif./Haro-Rockstar)
Danielle George (Palmdale, Calif./Supercross BMX-CA)
Arielle Martin (Spanaway, Wash./Intense-VSI)
Shealen Reno (Plano, Texas/Hyper Bicycles)
U23 Men's Road
The U23 men's road season begins with a pair of races in Europe. From March 29-31, the following group of six men are slated to contest Le Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux in Belgium:
Nate Brown (Covington, Tenn./Bontrager Cycling Team)
Lawson Craddock (Austin, Texas/Bontrager Cycling Team)
Greg Daniel (Englewood, Colo./Bontrager Cycling Team)
Ryan Eastman (Petaluma, Calif./Bontrager Cycling Team)
Gavin Mannion (Dedham, Mass./Bontrager Cycling Team)
Tanner Putt (Park City, Utah/Bontrager Cycling Team)
From March 30-31, the following group of six men will toe the line at the Boucle de l'Artois in France:
Alex Darville (Santa Barbara, Calif./Bontrager Cycling Team)
Daniel Eaton (Mesa, Ariz./Gateway Harley-Davidson)
Eamon Lucas (Pebble Beach, Calif./California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized)
Connor O'Leary (Salt Lake City, Utah/Bontrager Cycling Team)
Justin Mauch (Sterling, Va./Kelly Benefit Strategies-LSV)
Nate Wilson (Elk Grove, Calif./Bontrager Cycling Team)
The second block of the women's road program begins with a pair of races this weekend. The following group of six women are slated to contest Ronde van Vlaanderen in Belgium on March 31 before competing in the Grand Prix des Dottignies in the Netherlands on April 1:
Lauren Hall (Dolores, Colo./Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)
Janel Holcomb (San Diego, Calif./Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)
Emily Kachorek (Sacramento, Calif./Vanderkitten)
Kristin McGrath (Boise, Idaho/Exergy TWENTY16)
Kendall Ryan (Ventura, Calif./Team Jeep South Africa)
Ruth Winder (Lafayette, Calif./Vanderkitten)
The juniors men's road program begins on Thursday when the following six riders are slated to contest Ster van Zuid Limburg in Belgium from March 28-31:
Miguel Bryon (Miami, Fla./DCM Cycling Team)
Jordan Cullen (Hudson, Wis./Slipstream-Craddock Junior Development Team)
Justin Oien (Escondido, Calif./MRI Endurance Elite Juniors)
Tyler Schwartz (Newport Beach, Calif./VRC-Get Crackin')
Seth Veenbaas (Chino Hills, Calif./MRI Endurance Elite Juniors)
Curtis White (Delanson, N.Y./Hot Tubes Development Cycling Team, Inc.)
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