Travis Livermon selected for Cyclocross World Championship team

USA Cycling has selected Maxxis-Shimano’s Travis Livermon to compete at the 2017 UCI Cyclocross World Championships in Bieles, Luxembourg on January 28-29.

The selection marks Livermon’s second time racing for the United States at the world championships.

“Last year in Zolder, Belgium was my first time racing worlds,” Livermon said. “Although I have raced many world cup events, I have never raced in Luxembourg. Like last year, I’ll go over to Europe a week early to race the final world cup in Hoogerheide. I’m excited to keep racing these final three weeks in the world’s most elite races.”

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Anthony nabs sixth place at USA Cyclo-cross National Championships

HARTFORD, Conn. – Crystal Anthony took home sixth place for Maxxis-Shimano at the USA Cyclo-cross National Championships in Hartford, Connecticut last Sunday. After bursting off the start line in third position, the New England native battled with Courtenay McFadden (American Classic/Zones) while enjoying a race in front of a home crowd.

“I was happy with a solid sixth place and had a ton of fun racing in the snow in front of so many friends and family,” Anthony said. “The New England cheering squad was amazing.”

Anthony said she was excited to discover that snow and freezing temperatures would dominate the weekend weather.

“I train in this kind of weather all the time and am most comfortable in tough conditions like this,” Anthony said. “It was the kind of course that you had to focus every single second. At any point you could hit an icy rut and take a tumble.”

Katie Compton (KFC Racing) won the pro women’s race, her 13th championship victory at USA Cyclo-cross nationals.

Anthony’s Maxxis- Shimano teammates, Danny Summerhill and Travis Livermon, did not fare as well on the testing course. Despite slotting into third after a good start, Summerhill suffered a crash that took him out of the race that was eventually won by Stephen Hyde (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld). Livermon also had a run of unfortunate mishaps forcing him to abandon.

“The course was a blast to ride but very tricky to get through at full speed,” Livermon said. “There were a lot of out of control moments. Bad luck and weather conditions didn’t play in our favor and I was eventually overwhelmed by the bad luck and pulled the plug on the race.”

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Team Maxxis-Shimano excel at Ruts n’ Guts UCI event

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. – Danny Summerhill and Travis Livermon narrowly missed the top step of the podium this past weekend at Ruts N’ Guts with Summerhill claiming second place on Saturday and Livermon grabbing the same result the next day

Summerhill, fresh off a three-week break, said he was completely surprised by his result.

“Prior to the race, I had didn’t think I could crack the top ten, but somehow after the first lap I found myself off the front by about 20 seconds. That lasted for all but the last two laps,” Summerhill said. “It came down to tactics, luck and some guts, but unfortunately heading in the last corner, luck was not totally on my side.”

“I’m still in shock and pleased with second although after putting in the work for the whole race, a win would’ve felt much better,” he added.

Tobin Ortenblad (Santa Cruz Factory Racing) took the win while Maxxis-Shimano’s Livermon picked up a solid fifth place.

Despite being new to Ruts N’ Guts, Crystal Anthony held her own in the UCI women’s event. Anthony claimed fifth place on Saturday after a crash set her back a few crucial positions.

“The course was fun to race, with several choose-your-own-adventure creek crossings and twisty technical sections,” she said. “There was a pretty cool up and downhill sand pit and a few power grass sections.”

Katie Compton went off the front from the start on Saturday, with Anthony making the lead chase group. A strong acceleration on the final lap saw her finish in fifth.

Sunday’s C2 race belonged to Livermon, who crushed the competition to finish a close second behind Ortenblad.

“I felt like I had better legs than everyone in the front group, but just couldn’t get separation,” Livermon said. “I led the last few laps and could tell I had everyone on the ropes but Tobin was able to come around me with a couple turns to go and that was it. I’m happy with the result, but frustrated to miss out on the win by so little.”

In the women’s event, Compton rode away again while Anthony had a back and forth battle with Becca Fahringer, Katie Antonneau and Sunny Gilbert before a few unfortunate crashes had her chasing hard and left her in sixth place.

“The bikes worked great and the support was awesome as always,” Anthony said. “I’m looking forward to getting back on my game next weekend in Asheville.”

Next weekend, the racing heads back east for North Carolina Grand Prix in Hendersonville, N.C. Having lost last year to his Summerville, Livermon hopes that he’ll see the top step of the podium in 2016.

“Being from NC and having many friends in the Asheville area makes this feel like a hometown race,” Livermon says. “I’ve been second the past four times I’ve raced it really eats at me that I’ve never won. I’m working hard to try and make sure this is finally the year.”

With Summerhill and Anthony both hoping to repeat their 2015 wins in Hendersonville, this event could turn into a fantastic success for the Maxxis-Shimano squad and a great way to lead into the USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships in Hartford Connecticut once the calendar clicks over into 2017 a few weeks later.

Team impresses at Trek CXC Cup

WATERLOO, Wisc. – The Maxxis-Shimano team continued to produce consistent results at the Trek CXC Cup in Waterloo, Wisconsin this past weekend. Travis Livermon, Danny Summerhill and Crystal Anthony all placed within the top 20, mixing it up with some of the best cyclocross riders in the world.

Livermon claimed 15th place in Saturday’s C2 race and Summerhill finished in 17thplace after a challenging first lap. French rider Steve Chainel (Cross Team By G4) was the day’s winner.
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“I was much more comfortable racing this weekend,” Livermon said. “Sunday went much smoother for me, but the field was even stronger since several top guys sat out the first race.”

On Sunday, Livermon and Summerhill both finished in the top 20, taking 16th and 18th place, respectively. World champion Wout Van Aert (Crelan-Vastgoedservice Cycling) was the winner of the C1 race.

“In general it was a solid weekend, no mechanicals or flats, but hard and hot,” Summerhill said. “We’re going to keep building from this race forward throughout the season. There were a lot of good European riders at this race, which made it more competitive than usual. They’re here for the Vegas World Cup then Jingle Cross World Cup, so I hope to see more podiums once it gets back to be a mostly American field. That being said, every race we give it our all.”

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In the pro women’s field, Anthony delivered another solid weekend of top 10 results for Maxxis-Shimano, taking an impressive sixth place on Saturday. Katie Compton (Trek Factory Racing) was the winner. Anthony said she thought the course, featuring new woods sections with tricky off cambers and tough run ups, played to her strengths.


“My legs are starting to come around, but I still feel I’m building up the speed,” Anthony said. “My results have been very consistent which is encouraging. I’m just hoping to find that last bit of speed as the season goes along. I felt strong both days, but Sunday I missed a pedal at the start and had to fight back from pretty far back in the field.”

Despite her start line misfortune, Anthony still finished a respectable seventh place out of a talented and stacked field that saw Kaitlin Antonneau (Cannondale Cyclocrossworld) come out on top.

After a long weekend of racing, it’s not a Maxxis-Shimano cross weekend without stopping at Red Robin for burgers, frozen custard and some decompressing time. Summerhill said the riders and mechanics have inadvertently created a new tradition, which all started at the Rochester Cup.
“Little did we know that we’d really look forward to going to this place after racing,” Summerhill said. “We’re going to have to find one after every race we go to now.”

Next on schedule for Maxxis-Shimano is the famed UCI World Cup Cliff Bar Cross Vegas. The event will be celebrating its 10th anniversary when the riders roll out on the 21st of September. Featuring aggressive racing and all the flair you’d expect from a race held in Las Vegas, this event is one of the most anticipated of the season by fans and competitors.

Introducing the 2016/17 Maxxis-Shimano Cyclocross team

Season kicks off this weekend in Rochester, New York

Momentum Sports Group, LLC is proud to announce its 2016/17 Maxxis-Shimano cyclocross team, featuring three of the most talented, competitive and versatile riders on the U.S. scene. Returning to the team is seasoned cross racer Danny Summerhill, who will join new additions Crystal Anthony and Travis Livermon for a full calendar of racing kicking off this weekend in New York.

Looking ahead to the season, the Maxxis-Shimano trio is staring down a truly tough and diverse calendar. Racing kicks off as the dying embers of summer give way to mid-September with the Rochester Cyclocross event in upstate New York onSeptember 10th and 11th. New for the UCI event in 2016 will be a shift in venue to the Gennesse Valley Park – an 800+ acre locale featuring some “rolling pastoral fields.” 3490 meters long, the race features a tricky Belgian staircase right before the finish.

“This is always a hard race on the nerves, being the first race of the year.” says Livermon. “It’s a new venue this year so that adds even more uncertainty plus they are forecasting hot weather and possibly a muddy course.”

From there the action shifts to Waterloo, WI for the Trek CXC Cup where last year Anthony took the top step of the podium after dominating the day’s racing.

“I got a gap on the first lap through one of the technical sections,” Anthony said. “I just attacked from there before I really knew what I was doing. I had 15 seconds and thought that was worth going for it and just tried to ride my race. It worked out well!”

The famed UCI World Cup event that is Cliff Bar Cross Vegas will be celebrating its 10th anniversary when the riders roll out on the 21st of September.  Featuring aggressive racing and all the flair you’d expect from a race held in Las Vegas, this event is one of the most anticipated of the season by fans and competitors like veteran Summerhill.

“Cross Vegas is going to be one of the hardest race of the season, as it has been in all the years past. The course is basically like riding through wet concrete and totally zaps your legs of power and energy. The race is a World Cup again this year and that also adds a bit of excitement because it brings so many more European racers to America.”

Following all the glitzy desert action, the cyclocross community will see a near 20-degree dip in temperatures when they arrive in Iowa City, Iowa a few days later for the Jingle Cross World Cup event.

October starts off with KMC CrossFest in Thompson, Connecticut on a larger stage than the event has seen in previous years. Taking cues from both Belgium’s Circuit Zolder and the beloved Sea Otter race held on the Laguna Seca raceway, KMC is expanding significantly with a move to the Thompson Motor Speedway for 2016. Charm City Cross in Baltimore, and the CRAFT SPORTSWEAR Grand Prix of Gloucester follow.

“(Gloucester) is another iconic race in the U.S.,” says Livermon. “It may seem crazy but I’m hoping for rain this year. It’s been dry and dusty every time I’ve raced it and those conditions are very hard to deal with. But either way, I’m looking forward to spending time at the awesome venue.”

The Pan American Continental Cyclocross Championships in Covington, Kentucky and Cincinnati Kings Cross in Mason, OH close out the month of October and then without much time for respite, the riders head into Louisville for the Derby City Cup on the 5th and 6th of November.

“One of my favorite races of the season is the Louisville weekend…probably because I’ve raced there so many years in a row.” says Summerhill. “I pretty much have a second family that I can count on anytime I’m in Kentucky. It has one of the most fun race atmospheres to (experience) and I wouldn’t miss it for anything.”

Racing shifts further west at the beginning of December for the Ruts ‘n Guts event in Broken Arrow, OK and then heads back east for North Carolina Grand Prix in Hendersonville, NC. Having lost last year to his future teammate Summerville, Travis Livermon hopes that he’ll see the top step of the podium in 2016.

“Being from NC and having many friends in the Asheville area makes this feel like a hometown race,” Livermon says. “I’ve been second the past four times I’ve raced it, and it really eats at me that I’ve never won. I’m working hard to try and make sure this is finally the year. Having Danny as my teammate makes that a bit more tricky though!”

With Summerhill and Anthony both hoping to repeat their 2015 wins in Hendersonville, this event could turn into a fantastic success for the Maxxis-Shimano squad and a great way to lead into the USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships in Hartford Connecticut once the calendar clicks over into 2017 a few weeks later.

“I’m psyched to have Nationals in New England and close to home,” Massachusetts native Anthony says. “New England is a powerhouse for cyclocross in terms of producing strong riders and (generating) huge local participation. I can’t wait to see what they put together.”

That anticipation is the type sentiment that the Maxxis-Shimano squad will be sure to carry with them to each one of the start lines that they roll up to during the coming season.

Of course, none of this would be possible without the invaluable support of our sponsors. Co-title sponsor Maxxis will once again be returning to support the team for the 2016/17 season. Sharing the co-title is Shimano, providing the team with state-of-the-art components, wheels and shoes. The team is riding on Parlee Chebacco frames equipped with PRO saddles, seat posts, handlebars and bar tape, stems and accessories. Smith is outfitting the riders with Overtake helmets and both race and casual optics. A new sponsor for this season is custom cycling apparel company Jakroo and Feedback Sports, providing mechanic work stands and Omnium trainers. Other returning sponsors include sock suppliers Swiftwick, Kogel Bearings, kinesiology tape company Rocktape and last but not least, UnitedHealthcare.

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Danny Summerhill

Speeding down the wet and treacherous final descent of the 2016 Reading 120, Danny Summerhill knew he had it in him to make a huge last minute attack despite having already crashed twice on the day. The Colorado native is known to excel in those sorts of sketchy conditions and his skills resulted in a notable victory for his UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team.

Travis Livermon

Travis Livermon

It’s easy to think of a young Travis Livermon plowing through the swampy terrain of Eastern North Carolina when you see him in the thick of a modern day cyclocross event. The former Single-Speed Mountain Bike National Champion and current member of the Astellas Professional Cycling Road team has a passion for cycling that clearly spans many disciplines within the sport.

Crystal Anthony

Crystal Anthony

Middle school teacher by day, cyclocross warrior once the bell rings. That’s what life is like for Crystal Anthony who joins the Maxxis-Shimano cyclocross team for the 2016/17 season.

2016/17 Race Calendar

· Rochester Cyclocross  – Rochester, NY  – September 10-11
· Trek CXC Cup  – Waterloo, WI  – September 17-18
· Cliff Bar Cross Vegas UCI World Cup  – Las Vegas, NV  – September 21
· Jingle Cross  – Iowa City, IA  – September 23 and 25
· Jingle Cross UCI World Cup  – Iowa City, IA  – September 24
· KMC Cyclocross Festival  – Providence, RI  – October 1-2
· Charm City Cross  – Baltimore, MD  – October 8-9
· CRAFT Grand Prix of Gloucester  – Gloucester, MA  – October 15-16
· Pan American Continental Cyclocross Championships – Covington, KY – October 29
· Cincinnati Kings Cross  – Mason, OH  – October 30
· Derby City Cup  – Louisville, KY  – November 5-6
· Ruts ‘n Guts  – Broken Arrow, OK  – December 3-4
· North Carolina Grand Prix  – Hendersonville, NC  – December 10-11
· USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships  – Hartford, CT  – January 8

Double Wins for Danny Summerhill at North Carolina GP of Cyclocross

The North Carolina Grand Prix of Cyclocross spanned two days over the past weekend in Hendersonville, NC. Revealing his great form coming into nationals, Danny Summerhill of the Maxxis Shimano Cyclocross Team won both days of the event after some tactical and hard fought racing.

In what proved to be dry conditions in North Carolina, the fast and open course at Jackson Park created unusual dynamics for cyclocross racing in the US. With little to break up the field, the front of the Elite Men’s race stayed together on Day 1. With both Yannick Eckmann and Summerhill representing Team Maxxis Shimano, the riders had a distinct advantage. As experienced road-racers in their own right, Summerhill and Eckmann worked strongly to control the moves and set Danny up for a strong finish, “Travis Liverman was a fierce competitor today. Without the help of Yannick, it would have been more difficult to come away with the win”
Danny Summerhill sprinted from the lead group to take the win, with Eckmann also sprinting to a very strong 4th place finish.

The second day of racing followed a similar playbook to the first, albeit with tired riders. For Summerhill, it was again a race of patience, “There was so much back and forth in the last lap. I thought I’d lost the race so many times in the last few corners, but I had just enough horsepower to overcome Liverman once again for the win.” The dual victories are testament to Summerhill’s combined road racing knowledge with smooth technical riding. He was once again helped onto the top step of the podium by teammate Eckmann, who rounded out the weekend’s racing with 5th place on Sunday.

“Hendersonville was a fun weekend for the whole team. The riders and mechanics are really clicking at this point in the season, and that made for smooth sailing both days” –  Danny Summerhill

The Elite Women’s race followed a similar story both days. The strong lead group got away early, and made Erica Zaveta chase for most of the race, “I was riding the technical parts well and able to put down good power, but I missed the lead group on both Saturday and Sunday” Stuck in no-man’s land, Zaveta worked hard alone for a strong 4th place on Saturday, and a fifth place on Sunday.


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For the riders of the Maxxis Shimano Cyclocross team, attention is now turning to Elite Cyclocross Nationals. With just over a month to go, the opportunity for the team to race in North Carolina was useful, as nationals will be held just down the road in Asheville.

Summerhill, with dual goals of cyclocross nationals and the road season in 2016 is currently putting in the miles to gain fitness, “It’s easy to train hard right now with the focus on nationals coming up. I’m really committed to doing well in Asheville, and I hope it sets me up well for the rest of the season”.

Zaveta is also in the middle of a hard bout of training, “My training load has been high but even so I can feel the power coming around.” As a local of North Carolina, the chance to race on home turf at a National Championship is an added incentive for Zaveta, ” Living in Brevard, only 40 minutes from the national course doesn’t hurt either!”

 

Danny Summerhill Wins US Open of Cyclocross, Day 2

Summerhill proves form leading up to Pan-Am Championships with 2nd place on day 1, followed by Victory in Boulder

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Danny Summerhill turned the tables on his opposition on day 2 of the US Open of Cyclocross in Boulder, CO., this weekend. After a close-fought 2nd place result on Saturday, Summerhill took control on Sunday and rode at the front of the race to earn a confident win at Valmont Bike Park.

Lining up on the front row of the UCI C2-ranked event, Summerhill quickly took the lead and set a pace that few could match. On a course that tested technical skills and strength equally, Summerhill stayed at the front of the race, content to choose his own lines and make the pack follow.

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With two laps to go, the lead pack had been reduced to just four riders; the Raleigh-Clement duo of Jamey Driscoll, winner of day 1, and Fernando Paez, along with Allen Krughoff of the Noosa CX team. Not wanting the race to come to a bunch sprint, Summerhill upped the pace on the front. Driscoll was the only rider to follow. Coming into the last lap, Summerhill went to the front again, “I felt confident that if I could get through the stairs first there was almost no way Driscoll could come around by the finish, just due to the technical decent and corners leading into the finish.” Summerhill’s tactics paid off with a resounding win in front of a large crowd of spectators.

Summerhill was happy but exhausted after his win on home turf in Colorado, “It definitely took its toll on me by the end of Sunday, spending that much time at the front, but I think it was really a tactical decision towards the finish. It gave me the jump on Jamie. The day earlier I had a touch of bad luck a couple corners before the finish so it was nice to get some redemption today and also in a race I’ve finished 2nd at so many times!”

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In the women’s race, both Cari Higgins and Erica Zaveta had a weekend tinged with bad luck and crashes, but still had positive things to say about the experience and weekend of tough racing. “It was awesome racing in Boulder with so many friends on the sidelines,” said Higgins, a Colorado resident with many fans and friends in the area. There are plenty of people pleasantly surprised to see Higgins on the dirt following her success on the track and road, “I’m looking forward to learning more through this season and getting better on the technical sections.”
The USA Cycling Pro Cyclocross calendar continues on October 31st with the Cincy After Dark race in Mason, OH., followed by the Pan-American Cyclocross Championships in Covington, KY., on November 1st.

Press Release: Maxxis-Shimano Pro Cyclocross Team

Oakland, CA. – Momentum Sports Group, owners and operators of the successful UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team, will take their vast experience in team management into the cyclocross arena for the

2015/2016 season with the launch of the Maxxis-Shimano Professional Cyclocross Team. Focusing on a complete schedule of marquee North American races, the team will debut where the cycling industry, media, and retail partners converge each year: Las Vegas, Nevada’s Cross Vegas (UCI World Cup) event, in conjunction with the 2015 Interbike trade show.

Racing for the Maxxis-Shimano Pro Cyclocross Team will be Danny Summerhill, Luke Keough, Erica Zaveta, and Cari Higgins. A selfless teammate on the road for his UnitedHealthcare Blue Train brothers, Danny Summerhill brings tremendous bike handling skills and a long list of impressive results to the new cyclocross program, including a U23 national championship title and multiple UCI victories in 2014 (Derby Cup day 1 & 2, Cincy3 Harbin Park). Perhaps best known as a track racer and lead out specialist for the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team, Cari Higgins brings a strong work ethic and a powerful sprint to the Maxxis-Shimano Cyclocross Team. Erica Zaveta joins the squad from BMW p/b Happy Tooth road cycling team and Amy D Foundation cyclocross team, where she turned heads with a breakthrough 2014-2015 season, consistently improving her results throughout her first professional season and taking a major UCI victory at the 2014 Gateway Cross Cup.

 

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Luke Keough comes from a cyclocross dynasty in the New England states, where he has amassed numerous victories (5x Cyclesmart Intl Winner) and a loyal following within the cyclocross community. Now located in Colorado Springs and known as a dangerous sprinter and tactician for the UnitedHealthcare Blue Train, look for Luke to bring high-speed finesse to the program, thanks to his background in BMX and ten years of cyclocross racing experience. The team will be managed by Rachel Heal, experienced sporting director of the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team.

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Momentum Sports Group has assembled category-leading partners to provide the talented roster with the best possible equipment to battle the demanding conditions and courses throughout the season. The riders will train and race on handmade cyclocross-specific frames from world-famous, top-quality frame builder, Parlee Cycles. The Z-Zero XD frames will be outfitted with Shimano Di2 electronic drivetrains, hydraulic disc braking systems and wheel sets, wrapped in various top-notch tire options covering every course and condition from global tire supplier, Maxxis. “Maxxis is very excited to partner with Momentum Sports Group to form this new team and reconfirm our commitment to the exciting sport of Cyclocross. We look forward to working with the team to advance our Cyclocross tire offerings, leading to the development of some exciting new offerings over the course of the next couple of seasons. It will be great to put our tires to the test in the highest level Cyclocross events in the United States” said Duncan McGuire, Sales & Sponsorship Coordinator of Maxxis’ Bicycle Division. Shimano Marketing Manager Dustin Brady commented, “With Momentum Sports Group’s proven development and management capabilities in professional road racing, we are excited to see what the future holds for this team and look forward to being a part of it. More than anything, we are fans of all aspects of cycling and we are excited to see what our support combined with the management of the Momentum Sports Group can do to help Danny, Luke, Cari and Erica realize their goals as individuals and as a team.”

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To keep the bikes running smoothly, Kogel Bearings will supply high-quality bottom brackets built to withstand the abuse of cyclocross. Always focused on performance, the team will track their efforts with the industry’s most accurate and comprehensive on-bike data system: Pioneer Power Meters, Cycle Computers, and CycloSphere software programs. PRO Components will complete the bike with handlebars, stems, saddles, and seat posts.

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Ground-breaking optics and helmet manufacturer SMITH will protect the riders from the elements and injury with Arena optics and the aerodynamic, yet highly protective, Overtake helmet. The rider’s bodies will be outfitted with high-performance clothing from Pearl Izumi and Swiftwick socks. “We are very excited to see Momentum Sports Group take on a new challenge and bring their professionalism to another side of the sport, bringing on a strong squad with a ton of potential,” commented Mallory Burda, Bike Promotions Manager at SMITH.

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Team owner Thierry Attias commented, “At Momentum Sports Group, we’re always looking for ways to grow within the sport of cycling and create value for our partners. We feel that Cyclocross in the United States is in a place of healthy growth and expansion right now, and we are excited to become a part of that. When we make a forward step, we like to do so with a solid foundation; with the right partners in place, a sound plan, and the right athletes on board to make an impact on the sport and serve as ambassadors for this organization and the partners that stand behind us. We’ve achieved that with the Maxxis-Shimano Pro Cyclocross Team.”