The Hincapie Sportswear Development Cycling Team Announces 2014 Roster

 

 

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The Hincapie Sportswear Development Cycling Team Announces 2014 Roster

 

 

The Hincapie Sportswear Development Cycling Team Announces 2014 Roster

2013 Highlights include U23 National Criterium Championship, 2nd in NRC Standings

 

Greenville, S.C. (December 18, 2013)— The Hincapie Sportswear Development Cycling Team is pleased to announce its 2014 professional roster with the return of two-time U23 National Criterium Champion Ty Magner, and Joey Rosskopf, who finished second in 2013 NRC standings.

 

Under the guidance of Chief Sports Director Thomas Craven, in 2013 the team stepped up its race program yet proved competitive in nearly every domestic and international race it entered. Notable results included:

 

• National Championships: 1st U23 Criterium Championship, time trial silver medal

• NRC Standings: 2nd overall

• Tour de Beauce: time trial win

• Tour of Utah: Best Young Rider’s jersey after finishing 3rd on stage 1

• Fleche du Sud: Stage win, 1st Team Classification, 3rd General Classification

• Paris Arras: 1st General Classification, 1st Team Classification

• Cascade Cycling Classic: Criterium win, and 1st and 2nd on final stage. 2nd General Classification

• Joe Martin Stage Race: Team podium sweep, stage 3

• Puivelde Kermis win by Robin Carpenter

 

Consistency from start to finish was a defining aspect of the 2013 campaign.

 

“It’s hard to pick one or two highlights from 2013 because we achieved significant results through the entire season, and at both national and international levels,” said Thomas Craven. “Winning another national championship and finishing second in the NRC standings sets the bar high for 2014, and gives our riders the confidence to know they can compete at the top levels of the sport.”

 

The Hincapie Sportswear Development Cycling Team is registered with USA Cycling as a UCI Continental Team, and a commitment by Rich and George Hincapie and Mark Holowesko to support cycling’s next generation. For 2014 the team welcomes the arrival of bike sponsor Felt, which is providing FC framesets for road races and criteriums, and the DA1 for time trials.

 

“We are thrilled to be working with the Hincapie Sportswear Development Cycling Team and look forward to an exciting North American racing presence with them,” says Doug Martin, Felt’s Sports Marketing Director. “Working with and developing emerging talent is something Felt has always thrived on, and with the Hincapie development program we have an opportunity to get behind something very special. This team fits right into what Felt has always stood for and we are really looking forward to 2014 together.”

 

The 2014 roster includes returning riders Alder Martz, Ty Magner, Joey Rosskopf, Joe Lewis, Oscar Clark, Robin Carpenter and Thomas Wrona. New to the team are Charlie Hough, Jake King, Toms Skujins, Alexander Ray, Dionne Smith, Miguel Bryon and Joe Schmalz.

 

Fleetwood RV and Freightliner have joined the team as official vehicle partners, which will be unveiled at the team’s Greenville training camp, February 16-23. There, the team will race the Greenville Spring Training Series to warm up for its first major objective, the Redlands Cycling Classic.

 

The Hincapie Sportswear Development CyclingTeam is sponsored by Hincapie Sportswear, Mark Holowesko, Felt Bicycles, Giro helmets, Smith Optics, Lake Cycling, K3 Holders, Osymetric USA, Michelin, ZEVLIN, Finish Line USA, Thule, Cytomax, Bonk Breaker, Intelligentsia Coffee, Viva Raw, Carmichael Training Systems, Normatec, Trigger Point, Eastside Chiropractic, GoSoap Sports Detergent and ParkTool.

 

 

For more information visit http://www.HincapieRacing.com/. Follow the team at Facebook.com/HincapieRacing and Twitter.com/HincapieDevo.

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Cascade Cycling Classic

Cascade Cycling Classic

Cascade Cycling Classic

by Ty Magner (Hincapie Development)

The Cascade Cycling Classic is one of our favorite races of the year. We knew we had a good shot, with our man Joey Rosskopf, to take the overall win, and grab some stage wins along the way.

The prologue went well, with Joey and I both placing in the top ten and putting me in the best young rider’s jersey. Stage 1 is an incredible stage over McKenzie Pass that runs through fields of lava rock. A pretty straightforward stage with an early break, Kenda riding the front, and basically the race starting on the finishing climb. Joey did well to finish not too far off Gaimon in 8th and Oscar put in a solid ride in the front group. The next day in the Prineville Time Trial, Joey put in a great effort to jump over most of the GC favorites and move up into 4th overall, only 20 seconds down on the new race leader from BMC Devo.

The Cascade Cycling Classic loves its mountaintop finishes, and the 3rd stage up Mt. Bachelor is no different. Stage 3 was a bit more exciting, with a massive split (including Joey) going up the road. Unfortunately, Kenda and BMC sensed their race slipping away and flailed for about an hour to bring it back. In the end, we set Joey up on the climb and he put in an impressive ride for 4th on the stage.

Stage 4 is the always-exciting criterium. Having done this course multiple times before, and me being in the stars and stripes, we were motivated to take the win. No serious breaks got away and we could tell with about 15 to go it was going to be a field sprint. Optum hit the front with about 10 to go and I had Robin Carpenter, Oscar Clark, Joey, and Joe Lewis in front of me ready to make the move. Coming into the last lap we could tell Optum was imploding and our horse, Robin, hit the front and ripped it so fast no one could move on the back stretch. I was on Joey’s wheel, who followed Lewis and Clark to the front.  He dropped me off 5th wheel in the last corner. It’s probably 400 meters out of the last corner and I decided to jump everyone with around 300 to go. I was able to take the win. The team was incredible and it felt great to bring it home for Hincapie Sportswear.

Cascade Cycling Classic

Cascade Cycling Classic

With winning a stage the pressure was off, but we were very motivated for the Aubrey Butte Circuit Race. It’s a very hard course that suits us perfectly, and we figured if we could get Rosskopf the win he would probably win the overall as well. Robin made the all-day break, and gave us the freedom of sitting back and waiting until the last lap to make a move. Luckily, Andy Baker and Ben Zawacki kept shoving bottles down our throats and ice socks down our jerseys, keeping us cool and hydrated the entire race, which was huge. On the last lap the break was being brought back, and the pace the last time up the KOM shattered the field so that there was only 25 of us left at the front. Thinking it was coming down to a sprint Oscar Clark and Joe Lewis began setting a tough tempo on the front to discourage any late moves. Paco Mancebo had other plans and put in one final dig for the overall with 3k to go. Oscar immediately hopped on his wheel and the gap was established. Joey noticed the lull in the field and hopped right across, catching the whole field by surprise. The 3 of them worked well together to the finish. Joey and Oscar were able to finish the day in 1st and 2nd. Joe Lewis gave me a perfect leadout to take the field sprint for 5th. With Joey’s 10-second time bonus he was able to move up to 2nd overall, only 6 seconds out of 1st. Big congrats to Serghei Tvetcov and Jelly Belly for great rides all week!

Cascade, as always, didn’t disappoint, and we are pumped to come away with some results and form before the Tour of Utah. Thanks to all our sponsors and staff who make these trips possible! Couldnt do it without you guys.

Recap-Prologue at the Cascade Cycling Classic

Prologue at the Cascade Cycling Classic

Prologue at the Cascade Cycling Classic

The 2013 Cascade Cycling Classic stage race began tonight with the Prologue, which created a few surprises. The 109 rider women’s field began at 6 PM on the  counter clockwise 2.5 mile circuit. The course featured a fast downhill start with less than 200 feet of elevation gain to the finish.  Defending champ, Alison Powers, of NOW and Novartis for MS, was the last to start and delivered the fastest time of the day, being the only woman to go under 5 minutes. Her winning time of 4:53 was quite impressive and definitely let the rest of the women know that she is ready to defend her title. Shelley Olds, of Team TIBCO, put in a strong ride to place second. Laura Brown, of Team Colavita-Fine Cooking, rounded out the top three. The best young rider was another TIBCO  rider,  Jasmin Glaesser.Alison Powers
The men’s prologue began immediately after the conclusion of the woman’s race, and with 201 riders, there couldn’t be any delay. Robert Sweeting of 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda began 58th and set a scorching time of 4:28. Sweeting had to wait over an hour before the final ten riders were on the course. With the likes of Zirbel, of Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies,  defending champ Mancebo, of 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda,  and Philip Gimon of Bissel Pro Cycling,  it was a long wait. However, these top riders couldn’t come close to the time that Sweeting posted.  Timothy Rugg, of Kelly Benefit Strategies, started the prologue 8th and apparently didn’t fancy his chances for the podium because as he was running back down to the finish, putting his jersey back on saying, “I already went home!” Rugg took 2nd, while Sergei  Tvetcov , of Jelly Belly p/b Kenda,  put in a strong ride for 3rd place. Best young rider was Ty Magner, of Hincapie Sportswear. It was a strong performance for the 22 year old rider, as the men’s field is stacked with strong U23’s.Robert Sweeting
The Cascade Cycling Classic began with some impressive riding and a few surprises. Tomorrows stage promises to produce more great racing and more surprises.
- Travis Dixon

 

Philly Cycling Classic

Philly Cycling Classic

Philly Cycling Classic

By Joey Rosskopf (Hincapie Development)

Conservation was the name of the game for Sunday’s Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic. With such a hard two-minute effort required for the finish atop Manyunk Wall, we figured the race would be a game of “who could save the most energy while also staying in contention for the win.” On top of that, there was also the leg-zapping heat to contend with. Referencing a feature that our team cars have, director Thomas Craven instructed us to keep our bodies in “eco mode” for as long as possible before flipping the switch to “sport mode” sometime around the final two laps.

The race proceeded with constant fireworks from every team, and our man Oscar Clark found himself in the most threatening and longest lasting break of the day. Somewhere around lap five or six, this move left the field piece by piece and ended up as a group of around 25 off the front gaining a maximum advantage of 2’15”. According to Oscar, there was constant infighting and attacking amongst such a big group of escapees. That group’s noncooperation definitely worked to the advantage of the field by shedding many members of the break without actually keeping the pace of the lead group too high.

As Champion System, NetApp, and eventually UHC took turns doing what they could to bring the break back, the rest of us Hincapie Devo boys did what we could to stay cool and hydrated. It took all of us swapping off going back to the car for bottles and ice socks to keep our bikes and bodies stocked with what we needed. During this middle lull in the race I also had a little time to look around and smile at the immense amount of support on display from the Manayunk community. There’s nothing I like more as a cyclist than getting to race past thousands of sweaty-faced, beer-laden spectators hanging over the barriers and screaming at the top of their lungs. When the community gets excited about a race, I get excited about a race.

As all but a persistent handful of the original breakaway riders were finally brought back coming into one to go, it was time to quit laughing with the spectators and focus on the job at hand. Sport mode engaged. Joe Lewis and I spent the remainder of the last lap fixated on the pleasantly shaped, if disturbingly salt caked, backsides of local boy Robin Carpenter and Oscar (who had dropped back from the break). Those two rode through cramps and exhaustion to make sure Joe and I were delivered to the base of the wall in good position.

With the final escapees got gobbled up inside the last 5km, Joe and I hit the last three corners with nothing left to do but put our heads down and get up that hill as fast as we could. Contrary to what I had experienced every other lap, I don’t remember hearing or seeing much of anything during this final, sprinting assault of the wall. Too much hurt. I ended up third across the line, with Joe hanging on for tenth place. I was happy to be able to claw my way to a podium appearance, and even happier to see my former teammate and best bud Kiel Reijnen smoke us all to take the win.

Apart from the always incredible Hincapie Devo staff that we get to travel with, the Carpenter family (of our rider Robin Carpenter) is especially responsible for our success this weekend. Living a block from the start/finish, we were provided the luxury of skipping all the pre-race traffic mayhem and laying in the cool shady grass until mere minutes before our start. Not to mention John’s incredible cooking and Julie’s hospitality! I’m not sure they knew exactly what they were getting into when they agreed to house us 8 boys for the weekend, but 50 pounds of dirty laundry and hundreds of farts later, the house was still standing… And I guess that’s all you can really ask for after the boomtrain rolls through.

Philly Cycling Classic

Philly Cycling Classic

Philly Cycling Classic

by Joe Lewis (Hincapie Sportswear Development)

After a little hiatus from racing after getting sick from my (very successful) Europe trip, I was super excited about the Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic; even more so as I hadn’t done a one-day ‘classic’ style race since Aussie Nationals in January. With a team that had blown the cobwebs out at US Nationals, and 8 star accommodations a street back from the infamous Manunyunk Wall (thanks to the Carpenters), we were ready to rip it.

Race day came and it was hot.  This was the first race of the year that my Giro Air Attack would stay in my bag in favour of my cooler (but not as aero) Aeon.  The plan was to cover moves, be represented without using too much energy and see who had the legs at the finish. Robin Carpenter is a local at this race and was greeted with the biggest cheer of the entire day when he was called to the start line, having just rolled out his front door and up the street to begin one of the biggest races of the year.

The climb was no-doubt going to be the decisive point of the race.  With people nervous to be up front every lap, it was going to be the end of many people’s race.

Small groups got away and were brought back until the third time up the climb when a larger group of 20 got away. The peloton raced into the climb the next time and another group of 50 got across to that group and left the rest behind. We had Joey Rosskopf, Oscar Clark, Robin Carpenter, Andy Baker, and me represented. Alder Martz had sadly suffered a mechanical and was unable to get back to us.

The group continued to attack each other until a group with Oscar got away. They attacked each other some more, and, little by little, that group started filtering back to us. Groups of 3 or 4 were being caught by the peloton led by the team of eventual winner Kiel Reijnen (UHC). With two kilometres to go, the remnants of the break were caught and it was going to be a sprint up the hill. Robin took me to the front and I managed to squeeze in around 4th wheel into the last corner.

Kiel accelerated with Optum’s Jesse Anthony and I did too.  I could not hold the speed that they were going and I started to blow when the road really kicked up. I limped home to finish 10th. Joey rode a much smarter sprint and didn’t go all out at the bottom, choosing to conserve and sprint closer to the top.

My disappointment of missing a potential podium or top 5 was short lived when I got to the top to find Joey had finished in 3rd! Another great result for us. Another great weekend away with an awesome crew of people.  Another experience that reminds me why I love this sport so very much.

Thanks, as always, to our amazing sponsors and staff.

 

Joe Martin Stage Race by Joe Lewis

 

Joe Lewis (Hincapie Development)

Joe Lewis (Hincapie Development)

Joe Martin Stage Race

by Joe Lewis (Hincapie Development)

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With Redlands under our belt, as well as a good weekend in Charlotte, everyone was motivated for Joe Martin. Everyone was starting to figure everyone else out and we knew that all we needed to do was ride well as a team and we could win.

 

Time Trial

Joey Roskoff was always going to be our GC contender for the race, and sure enough he finished 7th in the TT, a 2.5-mile, uphill time trial. I came in 25th, which for me in an uphill TT (my weakest discipline by far) was a great result. Oscar Clark finished in 28th to set up the foundations for our team GC win.

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Presbyterian Invitational Crit by Joe Lewis

Presbyterian Invitational Crit  by Joe Lewis (Hincapie)

Presbyterian Invitational Crit
by Joe Lewis (Hincapie)

Presbyterian Invitational Crit

by Joe Lewis (Hincapie)

 

In my opinion, our results at the Presby Crit didn’t reflect how well we rode. My Hincapie development teammates and I lined up for the Presbyterian Hospital Criterium in downtown Charlotte with a motivated squad including two locals in Blair Turner and Alder Martz. George and Rich Hincapie had come up to watch us, so we were all motivated to perform.

 

The initial plan was to follow moves, avoid anything without UnitedHealthcare in it, and lead me out if it came down to a sprint.

 

The first half of the race was super fast until a break of 12 got away midway through the race and we had 3 guys in it: Oscar Clark, Alder Martz, and me.

 

It was rolling smoothly and looked to be the winning move until it became obvious that UHC didn’t want it to succeed. Oscar and Alder rode hard to try and force the gap back out, but by that time there were too many people that had decided that the break was doomed and we were coming back fast.

 

Rather than sit on and sprint, I decided to attack to see if I could sneak away in a small group, but I ended up on my own. I quickly established a significant gap and had a good chance at the win. I held the lead until two laps to go when I was pulled back by a strong, well-drilled UHC who went on to get 1-2 in the race.

 

We ended up 11th, 14th, and 15th  (Oscar Clark, Alder Martz, and Ben Zawacki), which was slightly disappointing considering we never missed a move. It wasn’t all bad though, we got a lot of exposure and were the only team to really animate the race rather than just trying to fight to be on the rear wheel of the UHC train.  Next time I might be able to hold them off!!

 

Massive thanks to the organizers of the race, Chad for commentating and revving the crowd up for me, all the other teams, all our team sponsors, my teammates, George, Rich, and the rest of the Hincapie crew for coming to support.
But mostly, thanks to the city of Charlotte and the screaming crowd that lined the course. I always finish these twilight crits buzzing from the amazing atmosphere.

 

Redlands Classic by Ty Magner (Hincapie)

 

Redlands Classic  by Ty Magner (Hincapie)

Redlands Classic by Ty Magner (Hincapie)

 

Redlands Classic

by Ty Magner

 

Time Trial

We had some good prep for the TT, getting to pre-ride the course a few days before and get everything dialed in to rally the twisty course. We knew Joey could pull out a good result, and the rest of us just wanted give 100% and see where we ended up. To no one’s surprise, our Osymetric USA chainrings and BMC Time Machine whips helped Joey grab 4th–only a few seconds off the podium–with 4 more of us in the top 30.

 

Road Race

With Joey in the top 5 on GC, we were looking to protect/save him a bit more for the later when the race would start to heat up with GC contenders. Joey was riding like a man possessed and found himself in the move of the day halfway through the stage.  We all thought that was it, but Optum and a few other teams led a pretty impressive chase the fourth time up the climb and about 30 of us joined Joey.  He went off the front AGAIN with a Kenda rider and 2 Jamis guys. But it seemed destined for the race to come back together for the last time up the climb, where Mancebo was itching to launch. Sure enough, Joey and his breakaway companions were caught and Mancebo was able to slip away over the top with some Jamis riders and Matt Cooke. Oscar Clarke and Robin Carpenter made sure Joey was able to crest the climb with the leaders so as not to lose anymore time.  It was an aggressive day for the team, and I think it showed that we were here to race and help Joey get on the podium.

 

Criterium

Being the U23 national crit champ, I had some pressure to snag a result, and the team was willing to lay it out there for the finish. We knew Jamis was the team to beat, but we felt like we could roll the boomtrain over the top with 1 to go and maybe give me a good shot. The race was pretty straightforward, no real breaks or splits, and with 5 to go I found Joe Lewis and Robin Carpenter for the finale. With 1 to go, I was on Haedo’s wheel when teammate Joe Lewis came flying around to jump the Jamis train inside of the 1st corner. Joe was able to hold it all the way to the left sweeper, when Amaran sprinted around with Haedo and Huff tucked in behind.  Joe created a small gap that allowed me to sneak in behind Huff going into the final corners. Things were looking great for a podium until I did one of the most rookie maneuvers one can do with electric shifting: I pressed the wrong button. Yep, thousands of times I’ve pressed my incredible Shimano shifters correctly, but the one time I didn’t came at a pretty bad time. That being said, I freaked out and continued to press the wrong button and the sprint was over. It was pretty frustrating, but the team took away even more confidence that we have the talent and the speed to be competitive on the national stage. Bring on sunset!

 

Circuit Race

Sunset is the stage on everyone’s mind all week, and for good reason. You basically start out going uphill for the first 8 miles on the way to the circuits.  Then the circuit is a tough 12 laps with half of it being uphill, and a tight downhill through the gorgeous neighborhoods of Redlands. The goal was to put a few guys in the earlier moves and let Joey do his thing later on in the race with the big guns. The team did a great job being represented early on, being a part of several key selections. I was doing my best to do the Florida Fade up the hill to be a bit more fresh in case of a field sprint. The race was going as planned until we realized the group up front was steadily growing and was up to 30 riders with all the GC contenders except Joey. Oscar Clarke and I went to the front on the climb and steadily rode the field back up to the break.  When I say “we,” I mean I sprinted the steep part and Oscar “LT” Clarke handled the rest. With the field back together we told Joey to just be attentive and watch Mancebo the final 3 times up the climb. Easier said than done. Paco attacked at the base with 2 to go and there was no way anyone was going with him. At that point, Joey, Oscar, Joe Lewis, and I were still in the main field with Optum putting in a ferocious chase back into downtown Redlands, but not making a dent in Mancebo’s lead. Mancebo hit the circuits with 30 seconds–which meant he sealed the overall–and the race switched from Optum saving overall to Jamis looking for the stage win with Haedo. All 4 of us were together with a lap to go, when LT hit it to get us in position for the sprint. Everyone was pretty gassed in the sprint, and Haedo easily won the field sprint for 2nd, with me coming in 4th.  Mancebo stayed way the entire time for an incredible ride. Joe held on for 7th, LT 11th, and Joey secured his 7th overall. All in all, it was a great weekend for the Hincapie Sportswear development team coming away with 3rd on team GC and confidence heading into future races. Can’t thank our staff and sponsors enough for the support.  Couldn’t do it with out you guys! Best in the biz.

More on Redlands Here

Ty Magner (Hincapie) in “The Conversation”

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Ty Magner and his team will be at the Redlands Bicycle Classic. Hincapie Development Team is full of future potential super stars. Ty Magner won the U23 National Criterium Championship in 2012 and has already notched a pro in win in his belt at the Tour of China. He is on his way to great things in the sport of cycling.

Birth Date: May 3, 1991
Height: 5’8″
Weight: 155 lbs
Hometown: Griffin, GA
Current Residence: Athens, GA
Twitter: @Ty_Magner

Career Highlights:

  • 1st – U23 Criterium Nationals
  • 1st – Stage 6 Tour Of China, representing USA in the Olympic Test Event in London

Goals:
Continue to grow as a rider, and be the best teammate I can be.

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Video-Bahamas Training Camp-Hincapie Development Team

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Hincapie Sportswear Development Team Announces

2013 Professional UCI Continental Team

 

Greenville, S.C. (January 25, 2013)— The Hincapie Sportswear Development Team has announced its roster for 2013 including returning National Criterium Champion Ty Magner and Chief Sports Director Thomas Craven.

 

2012, the team’s first at the professional level, yielded impressive results including the U23 National Criterium Championship, a silver medal at the U23 National Road Championship, two stage wins at the Tour of China, overall win at the Crossroads Classic, Best Young Rider at the Nature Valley Gran Prix and a podium at the Cascade Cycling Classic. For 2013 the team aims to build on this past season’s successes.

 

“2012 was a very successful campaign highlighted by Ty Magner winning a national championship and a stage at the Tour of China, and Larry Warbasse being signed to the BMC Racing Team,” said Chief Sports Director Thomas Craven.  “For 2013 we’ll build on this success racing in the US, Europe and top US events.”

 

The Hincapie Sportswear Development Team is registered with USA Cycling as a UCI Continental Team, and the result of commitments by Hincapie Sportswear and Holowesko Partners to support cycling’s next generation.

 

“Cycling has a great future, but getting there requires constant investment and support of young cyclists,” said Mark Holowesko.  “As a result, I’m pleased to continue sponsoring the Hincapie Sportswear Development Team. This opportunity allows me to support talented young cyclists and be involved with the Hincapie family, which has a long and rich history in the sport.  I look forward to the 2013 program and working to help Rich, George and their incredible group of cyclists and staff on the team.”

 

The 2013 roster includes returning riders Alder Martz, Ty Magner and Blair Turner. New to the squad are Andy Baker, Ben Hill, Joe Lewis, Joey Rosskopf, Oscar Clark, Robin Carpenter, Thomas Wrona and Ben Zawacki,

 

The team is sponsored by Hincapie Sportswear, Mark Holowesko, Carmichael Training Systems, BMC, Giro, Hed. Oakley, Lake Cycling, Park Tools, Speed Tunnel, Finish Line, Bonk Breaker, Muscle Milk, Viva Raw, K3, Cytomax, SRM, Osymetric USA, Thule, DZ Nuts, Trigger Point Performance Therapy, Ryeka Sport, SpiderTech, Stio, Contour and SuperiorLite.

 

In January riders will come together for a training camp in the Bahamas on January 15th.  A longer camp will follow in Greenville February 7-17 when the team will also be racing in the Greenville Spring Training Series.