Cal Giant/Specialized presented their 2011-12 Cyclocross team to a very enthusiastic crowd of fans and friends at Spokesman Bicycles in Santa Cruz. Team Director Anthony Gallino introduced each rider.
The 2011-12 team will be Cody Kaiser (El Dorado Hills, CA), Meredith Miller (Fort Collins, CO), Justin Robinson (Santa Cruz, CA), Teal Stetson-Lee (Durango, CO), and Nick Weighall (Mill Creek, WA).
Todd Wells (Durango, CO), Max Plaxton (Victoria, BC), and Leah Davidson (Jericho, VT) will be racing four to six races with the team. These riders will be focusing their season on prepping for the mountain bike races in the 2012 Olympic Games.
Miller, the 2009 US Road Champion, finished 3rd at the 2010 US National Cyclocross Championships. When asked if she will continue to race in both road and cyclocross Miller replied, “I am already definitely concentrating more on cross. I started road a little bit later and finished a little bit earlier this season, which gave me a slight break. I’ll probably do that more next year.”
The riders shared their favorite places to race in the US:
Cody Kaiser – “Portland. The thing with Portland is that the fans are into the race and you have a 20 piece drum band out there. The drum line before the start gets you pumped up. The spectators are there to watch you race.”
Meredith Miller – “Bend.”
Justin Robinson – “I like racing in Portland a lot but I love racing at home when my kids are there. It’s pretty awesome to have your kids yelling for you.
Teal Stetson-Lee – “Honestly I am not sure. I am still getting introduced to all of the national venues. Probably last year’s Fort Collins was my favorite. I love racing in Colorado. It was pretty nasty out there and I loved it. I love the mud.”
Nick Weighall – “I like Portland and Bend but for the spectators I think San Francisco is the best. There is guy in a gorilla outfit running beside you. That is the first place I pulled dollar bills out of a beer can. That was huge for me. I made $16 that race. For me that was amazing.”
The 2011 team will compete in USGP and select UCI races in both the United States and Europe. Throughout the upcoming Cross season team members will also be selected to compete in regional events in California, Washington, Colorado and the New England area.