Following on its rejuvenation and success in 2010, the amateur squad out of California, CalGiant will be fielding 9 under-23 riders, or espoirs, in 2011.
California Giant Berry Farms, one of the nation’s largest grower-shippers of fresh berries, has sponsored a cycling team for ten years and is proud of the significant growth of this program with regard to rider successes and fan loyalty over the years. The company is also committed to the programs continued success and contributing to the health of American consumers by providing an abundant, healthy & delicious product. California Giant believes in programs like cycling and other organizations that send positive messages about the importance of combining diet and exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle.
The 2010 Cal Giant Cycling Team saw Andrew Talansky win the US National U23 TT Championship and Steve Reaney the US Elite Criterium Championship, throw in a few NRC Stage wins or podiums and over 70 podium placing’s. The 2010 squad was named VeloNews “Amateur Team of the Year” and Andrew Talansky “Elite Rider of the Year”
For 2011, the team will promote the future of American cycling, fielding 9 U-23 riders and focusing on the development of young talent in America. “We are excited about the young talent we have signed for the 2011 season. We’ve had great success getting kids to the next level, kids like Lucas Euser, Max Jenkins and Andrew Talansky.” stated Anthony Gallino, Team Director.
Teaming up with Specialized, the California Giant Cycling team will be riding the Tarmac SL3 and S-Works Shiv. For 2011 the team will be wearing Specialized S-Works BG shoes and saddles and taking advance of BG Fit technology to optimize their position on the bike. “Supporting the California Giant Berry farm’s team allows Specialized to get links into top amateur athletes and top races all over the country. With a focus on developing young talent and supporting established racers – the Cal Giant team has a tremendous reach for Specialized. With a top notch program focused on developing National Champions year after year – the California Giant team has built on success year over year” says Ian Dewar, USA Partnership Manager for Specialized.
These Bikes will be powered by SRAM drive trains and ZIPP wheel sets. SQUADRA returns as official clothing sponsor. Other key team sponsors include Oakley Sunglasses, Clif Bar, Showers Pass, and Base Performance Nutrition.
The 2011 team roster
- Jared Barrileaux- Petaluma, CA
- John Bennett-San Luis Obispo, CA**
- Tyler Brandt- Berkeley, CA**
- Evan Huffman- Elk Grove, CA**
- John Hunt- Fairfax, CA
- Eamon Lucas- Pacific Grove, CA**
- James Mattis- Mountain View, CA
- Keith Miller- Los Gatos, CA
- Jesse Moore- Sacramento, CA
- Ozzie Olmos- San Luis Obispo, CA
- Sam Pickman- San Jose, CA
- Steve Reaney-San Jose, CA
- Chris Stastny-Vacaville, CA**
- Benny Swedberg- Kent, WA**
- Peter Taylor- Walnut Creek, CA**
- Brandon Trafton- Fresno, CA**
- Nathan Wilson-Boulder, CO**
** Denotes Under 23
The team comes together in January in Watsonville California for a training camp and to finalize the race programs for the individual riders. Team members will have the opportunity to tour California Giant corporate offices and meet the staff. Ultimately, between training and racing, team members serve as spokespersons for the company and the products they produce.