Monday, December 05, 2005

Off to Europe!

photo of Troy Wells courtesy of Jonathan McElvery

With a successful US race season wrapping up and the all-important national championships looming in early December, four members of the TIAA-CREF/Clif Bar cyclocross team have been selected to join US national cyclocross coach Geoff Proctor at his prestigious Euro Camp III. The riders are Alex Howes and Danny Summerhill as juniors, along with Brady Kappius and Troy Wells in the U23 ranks.

Based in Belgium and running from December 22 until January 5, the camp is intended to give the top tier of US 'cross racers the chance to compete against the world's best in the heartland of cross during the holiday rush of 'cross racing. Each rider will be able to race up to seven times at World Cup, Superprestige, and GVA Series events, with most riders attending the camp going on to compete at the world championships in Zeddam, The Netherlands on January 28-29. backs TIAA-CREF/Clif Bar European Cyclo-Cross Fundraiser, the leading online bicycle race/event registration website has announced the creation of a page dedicated to raising funds for the four TIAA-CREF/Clif Bar Cyclo-Cross Team riders who will be extending their season past the traditional end of cross racing in the US.

This fundraiser is a necessary source of financial assistance for these top young racers. Participation in the Euro Camp requires that they pay their own expenses - for travel and the support they receive in Belgium. US Worlds Team members (except for the National Champion) must pay for their entire trip package as well. is donating the service fees from pledges made via this page, so 100% of all donations will go directly to the riders.

For more information or to donate and help these riders on their way to Europe please follow the link below.

For more information on the TIAA-CREF/Clif Bar Cyclo-Cross Team go to

TIAA-CREF/Clif Bar Team Members (National)

Alex Howes (Junior)
Tejay van Garderen (Junior)
Walker Savidge (Junior)
Danny Summerhill (Junior)
Brady Kappius (U23)
Zak Grabowski (U23)
Peter Stetina (U23)
Troy Wells (U23)
Zach Taylor (U23)
Ian MacGregor (U23)
David Robinson (Elite)
Stuart Gillespie (Elite)
Colby Pearce (Elite)
Dan Bowman (Elite)
Bryan Smith (Elite)
Will Frischkorn (Elite)
Hartley (Elite)


Ben Turner – Team director, sponsorship coordinator, team coach,
Elite racer
Brandon Dwight – Team manager, Elite racer
Nick Legan – Team mechanic
John Verheul
– Team coach, assistant manager, Masters 35+ racer
Reed McCalvin – Team soigneur
Kevin Reichlin – Team chiropractor
Marc Gullickson – Team PR/Communication manager, sponsor liaison

2005 Team TIAA-CREF/CLIF BAR Cyclo-Cross Team Sponsors

TIAA-CREF (Fortune 80 financial services company)
CLIF BAR (the Natural Performance Enhancer – energy food/drinks)
Javelin (Primitivo cross frames)
Hincapie (race clothing)
SWIX (base layers and outerwear)
ACA (American Cycling Association)
Curve (socks) (cross-specific parts)
Crank Brothers (pedals)
Fi’zi:k (saddles, bar tape)
FSA (parts)
Challenge (tires)
Shimano (parts, shoes)
Giro (helmets)
Oakley (eyewear)
Pedro’s (bike care)
Sixtufit (muscle care)
Alpha Q (forks)
Mavic (wheels)

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