(July 9, 2014) -- The USA Cycling National Development Program (NDP) pedaled on this weekend as eight Juniors Mountain Bike Development Camp riders took to the hills of western Europe, while Korina Huizar (Roseville, Calif./Vanderkitten) challenged two kermesses in Belgium July 6-7 for the women’s development road team.
JUNIORS MOUNTAIN BIKE DEVELOPMENT CAMP
Crelan Cup UCI MTB
The eight-man 2014 Mountain Bike Development Race Camp team. (photo by Jason Jablonski)
The eight-man Juniors Mountain Bike Development Camp team kicked off the July 3-13 Mountain Bike Development Race Camp with the Crelan Cup UCI MTB race on July 5 in Belgium, where the team was met with rain, roots and lots of challenging terrain. Carson Beckett (Benton, Ky./Wood-N-Wave) led the way for the Americans, placing 10th in 1:12:01, just 4 minutes, 23 seconds off Belgian winner Wout Alleman. Garrett Gerchar (Boulder, Colo./Boulder Junior Cycling-Tokyo Joe’s Jr.) took 11th in 1:12:48, Landen Beckner (Helena, Mont./USA Cycling) placed 12th in 1:13:23, Cole Paton (Cashmere, Wash.) finished 14th in 1:14:15, Alec Pasquelina (Alamo, Calif.) crossed 16th in 1:15:03, Daniel Johnson (Laguna Hills, Calif./Blackstar Racing) took 17th in 1:15:24 and Steffen Anderson (Soquel, Calif./Santa Cruz Development Team) placed 20th in 1:17:48, giving the U.S. seven top-20 finishes. Soren Anderson (Soquel, Calif./Santa Cruz Development Team) finished 22nd in 1:19:57.
Landgraaf UCI MTB
On July 6, the team moved on to the Netherlands for the Landgraaf UCI MTB race, where the rain was traded for humidity and the Americans cracked the top 10 for the second-straight day. Beckner’s 1:30:02 finish was good enough for 10th, trailing winner Milan Vader’s (NED) time of 1:22:32 by 7 minutes, 29 seconds. Paton came in 13th in 1:31:10, Johnson took 18th in 1:15:38, Gerchar placed 23rd in 1:18:46, Soren Anderson finished 24th in 1:18:57 and Pasqualina crossed 29th in 1:26:55. Beckett and Steffen Andersen also competed at the Landgraaf UCI MTB.
Huizar represented the women’s development road team at the Beveren-Wass and Watervliet July 6 and July 7, respectively. She was greeted with bad weather, but was able to dig deep for a 17th-place result at the Beveren-Waas. Huizar climbed back in the saddle the next day at the Watervliet, a 90km kermesse in the Belgian countryside made up of narrow roads and windy conditions. After spending some time around the top five, Huizar ultimately finished the race 42nd.
It is not just cycling for the Mountain Bike Development Race Camp. The riders took a cooking clinic in their spare time. (photo by Andrew Hawkes)
The Mountain Bike Development Race Camp concludes with the International Bundesliga in Schopp, Germany, on July 13, where all eight camp riders will return to action.
Amy Charity (Steamboat Springs, Colo.), Lauren DeCrescenzo (Boulder, Colo./DNA Cycling), Heather Fischer (Boulder, Colo./K4 Racing-DNA Cycling p/b K4), Abigail Mickey (Aspen, Colo./TWENTY16 Pro Cycling), Kendall Ryan (Ventura, Calif./Team TIBCO II) and Brianna Walle (Portland, Ore./Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) will race the Tour de Feminin July 10-13 in the Czech Republic.
Huizar will compete at the Moerzeke kermesse in Belgium on July 12 for the women’s development road team.
MORE ABOUT THE USA CYCLING NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
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