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US PRO National Championships
By Staff
Date: 9/1/2007
US PRO National Championships

US PRO National Championships
Teams Previews; Kelly Benefit Strategies, Health Net, Toyota/United Pro, Navigators and USA Pro National Notes

Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast Gear Up For USPRO Trifecta
USPRO Criterium Winners Chase Down Time Trial and Road Race Titles, September 1-2

Fast on the tracks of becoming the only first year team ever to win the USPRO Criterium Championship at Downers Grove, the Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast squad gear up to chase down USPRO Time Trial and Road Race titles next week with a roster that sees the much anticipated return of TT and Road Race specialist Reid Mumford.

Mumford, who spent much of the season sidelined with a Tibial Plateau injury sustained in training in April tested his form at Superweek and the Tour de Toona, but now faces the USPRO clock with a full and clean bill of health. “Reid’s definitely back on form and we’re glad to see it,” says performance director Jonas Carney. “Plus I think he’s got the fire inside to really make something happen. I know from personal experience when you’ve been out for a while with injury, you come back very focused and more aggressive than ever.”

Mumford also joins the USPRO Road Race lineup for Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast, racing September 2, along with Dan Bowman and Jonny Sundt, both of whom have seen some of the best racing of their careers in the team’s first season. Bowman, 25, took second overall GC at the Tour of Virginia in April and has remained a strong member of the lineup throughout the season.

Sundt, has rapidly become the team’s most committed break chaser and a critical strategist on road and criterium circuits. Both athletes were among the seven-rider train that strung out the USPRO Criterium Championship peloton from 20km out to give teammate Martin Gilbert the win at Downers Grove.

“We’re hoping we can carry the incredible momentum of Downers Grove into the time trial and road race for the trifecta win,” says John Kelly, title sponsor and president Kelly Benefit Strategies. “While we’re realistic and know that the field is going to highly competitive, our athletes have never been healthier and more focused on winning.”

Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast USPRO Rosters:
Time Trial:
Reid Mumford

Road Race:
Dan Bowman
Jonny Sundt
Reid Mumford

The Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast team is managed out of Minneapolis by Circuit Global Sport Management.

About Kelly Benefit Strategies ( is a group insurance broker and consultant that specialize in healthcare, and is a division of Kelly & Associates Insurance Group, Inc, headquartered in Hunt Valley, Maryland. KBS serves thousands of employers ranging in size from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies and is committed to bringing its customers affordable group benefits through innovative benefit design, management, and administration.
About Medifast ( Medifast (NYSE: MED) is the leading easy-to-use, clinically proven meal replacement program. Medifast has been recommended by thousands of physicians and used by over one million customers. Its programs have been proven effective through studies by researchers from major university teaching hospitals. The company sells its products and programs direct to consumer via the web and national call centers as well as through its national network of physicians and clinics, and Take Shape for Life program. Medifast was incorporated in 1980 and is headquartered in Owings Mills, Maryland.
About Circuit Global Sports Management ( Minneapolis-based CGSM facilitates strategic alliances between corporate partners and professional cycling initiatives. Previous high-profile clients include Cadillac, Red Bull, Panasonic, DKNY, Dollar Rent a Car, Jeep, Timberland, and the State of Minnesota.

The Navigators Insurance Cycling Team at USA Nats
Back in the United States, the team prepares for the National Championships with Phil Zajicek and Bernard van Ulden riding the time trial on Saturday, September 1st, and on Sunday, being joined in the road race by Matt Cooke, David Rodriguez, Kyle Wamsley and Matt Wolf.

Health Net Presented by Maxxis looking to add
another national champion's jersey.

Kirk O'Bee
Two weeks ago, Kirk O'Bee of the Health Net Pro Cycling Team Presented by Maxxis won his second career national criterium championship, earning the right to wear the stars and stripes jersey during criteriums for the next 12 months. This weekend, he'll be one of the team's top riders going after the road race national championship in Greenville, S.C.

O'Bee will headline a nine-man squad contesting the 110-mile race Sunday. The course will be the same as last year's, including the climb up the challenging Paris Mountain. However, there will only be four assaults of the vaunted hill this year, instead of five, with additional circuits in Greenville to open the race.

"This is a tough, selective course," notes Health Net/Maxxis directeur sportif Jeff Corbett. "Paris Mountain definitely determines the race." Corbett also noted that the strength of the field, which for the second year in the 23-year history of the USPro Championship will be all American, also will play a key role in how the race plays out.

"Domestically, there are a lot more strong pros riding this year," he said. "But you also have guys like George (Hincapie, Discovery) and Levi (Leipheimer, Discovery) back again this year. They really set the tone for the race last year." Hincapie, a resident of Greenville in the off-season, will be motivated to defend his 2006 national championship in his adopted home town. But a host of domestic pros will be just as motivated.

In addition to O'Bee, Health Net pby Maxxis will look to the trio of Frank Pipp, Shawn Milne and Jeff Louder to contest for the jersey. Louder in particular is well suited for the hilly course.

They will be supported by Matt Crane, John Murphy, Roman Kilun, Doug Ollerenshaw (also well-suited to the course) and team captain Tim Johnson.

Matt Crane will be the team's lone representative contesting the time trial national championship on Saturday.

The Health Net Pro Cycling Team Presented by Maxxis for the USPro Championship:
Matt Crane
Tim Johnson
Roman Kilun
Jeff Louder
Shawn Milne
John Murphy
Kirk O'Bee
Doug Ollerenshaw
Frank Pipp

Toyota-United Roster For Greenville Loaded With Talent
The Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team will put three riders on the start line of Sunday’s USA Cycling Pro Championship road race who finished in the top 12 of last year’s race in Greenville, S.C.

That trio is among a total of four riders from Toyota-United who will compete over the two days of championships: Chris Baldwin will ride the time trial Saturday, then join Justin England, Burke Swindlehurst and Chris Wherry in Sunday’s road race.

Swindlehurst finished fourth in the road race last year, one of only nine racers who actually crossed the finish line. Another 22 were given pro-rated finish times for a total of 31 finishers of more than 100 starters.

At 110 miles (177 km), the road race is slightly shorter than last year’s version. The riders will climb Paris Mountain four times instead of five times. Also new for 2007 will be three starting circuits that will be in addition to the three finishing circuits.

Toyota-United Team Director Harm Jansen said the team’s approach will be a little different than other races it has contested this year because Toyota-United will not enjoy strength in numbers. Wherry, ninth place a year ago and the national road champion in 2005, said he would like nothing more than to don the stars-and-stripes jersey again.

“That was such an awesome year to have that jersey and go through that experience,” Wherry said. “Winning this race is going to be a goal of mine from now until to the end of my career.”

Jansen agrees Wherry is on good form. “Chris has been looking super strong these last few weeks,” Jansen said. “He knows better than anyone else how to go about preparing to be there in the end.”

In the time trial, Baldwin aims to earn what would be his first win of the year. He has finished second nine times – including three runner-up finishes at National Race Calendar stage races – and has 19 podium finishes overall.

Last year, he was leading at the final time check, only to crash in a tight right-hand corner and lose the race by 32 seconds to David Zabriskie (CSC). The corner is not part of this year’s course.

Swindlehurst: Key To Race Is Climb Up Paris Mountain
Few knew what to expect last year when the USA Cycling Pro Championship race was moved to Greenville, S.C. But it didn’t take long to figure it out, said Toyota-United’s Burke Swindlehurst.

“Right from the get-go the first time up the Paris Mountain climb, it was apparent the race was going to be really hard,” Swindlehurst said. “Immediately, there was a group of 20 guys that went over the top of the climb and it was that same group that re-appeared at the top every time. By the third lap, you saw who was going to be there for the finish.”

Swindlehurst said the climb, which takes about 10 minutes, is unique to a circuit race. “Usually in a circuit race, you’ll hit a climb and it’s only three to five minutes in length,” he said. Swindlehurst said teammate Chris Wherry has to be considered a favorite to win. “He’s got enough horsepower to finish it off.”

Races Only Open To Americans
The USA Cycling Pro Championships are only open to United States citizens with valid UCI racing licenses. Formerly known as the “USPRO Championships,” the winner of the time trial and the road race becomes the national time trial or road race champion and earns the right to wear a stars-and-stripes jersey in that discipline for an entire year.

This is the second year the event has been held in Greenville, S.C. Prior to 2006, the championship road race was held in Philadelphia. The time trial was not contested prior to 2006.

Fred Rodriguez is the only three-time road race champion.

USA Pro Cycling Championships At A Glance
Location: Greenville, S.C.
Official Website:
Live Web Coverage: and 

Saturday, Sept. 1 -  11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
USA Cycling Professional Individual Time Trial Championship presented by The Cliffs
18.7 miles (30.1 km) time trial from The Cliffs at Mountain Park to The Cliffs Valley soccer fields.

Sunday, Sept. 2 | 1-5 p.m.
USA Cycling Professional Road Race Championship

110 miles (177 km) in Downtown Greenville
(Three start circuits of 3.76 miles (6.1 km) each, followed by four full laps of 21.85 miles (35.2 km) each and three finishing circuits of 3.76 miles (6.1 km) each. Start and finish circuits are the same. The full laps include the climb up Paris Mountain.

Past US National Road Race Champions
Year / Champion / Team
2006 George Hincapie Discovery Channel
2005 Chris Wherry Health Net/Maxxis
2004 Fred Rodriguez Acqua & Sapone
2003 Mark McCormack Saturn
2002 Chann McRae U.S. Postal Service
2001 Fred Rodriguez Domo-Farm Frites
2000 Fred Rodriguez Mapei-Quick·Step
1999 Marty Jemison U.S. Postal Service
1998 George Hincapie U.S. Postal Service
1997 Bart Bowen Saturn
1996 Eddy Gragus U.S. Postal Service
1995 Norman Alvis Saturn
1994 Steve Hegg Chevrolet-LA Sheriffs
1993 Lance Armstrong Motorola
1992 Bart Bowen Subaru-Montgomery
1991 Davis Phinney 7-Eleven Cycling Team
1990 Kurt Stockton Am. Commerce Nat. Bank
1989 Greg Oravetz Coors Light
1988 Ron Kiefel 7-Eleven Cycling Team
1987 Tom Schuler 7-Eleven Cycling Team
1986 Thomas Prehn Schwinn-Icy Hot
1985 Eric Heiden 7-Eleven Cycling Team

2006 USA Cycling Championship Time Trial Results
Distance: 20 miles (32.4 km) - 54 competitors
1. Dave Zabriskie (CSC) 41:49.69 (46.48 kph)
2. Chris Baldwin (Toyota-United) at :31.87
3. Jason McCartney (Discovery Channel) :52.30

4. Mike Friedman (TIAA-Cref) 1:08.46
5. Bernard Vanulden (Navigators Ins.) 1:25.37
6. Danny Pate (TIAA-Cref) 1:29.07
7. Tom Abb Zirbel (Priority Health) 1:29.58
8. Jeff Louder (Health Net/Maxxis) 1:37.62
9. Chris Wherry (Toyota-United) 1:47.98
10. Mike Creed (TIAA-Cref) 2:12.87
11. Daniel Ramsey (Sucessfullliving) 2:13.13
12. Phil Zajicek (Navigators Ins.) 2:17.34
13. Zak Grabowski (Colavita-Sutter Home) 2:20.19
14. Scott Moninger (Health Net/Maxxis) 2:24.39
15. Ben Jacques-Maynes (Kodak/Sierra Nev.) 2:29.71
16. Todd Herriott (Colavita-Sutter Home) 2:33.86
17. Craig Lewis (TIAA-Cref) 2.38.58
18. Josh Thornton (Toyota-United) 2:41.03
19. Thad Dulin (Nerac/ 2:44.21
20. Blake Caldwell (TIAA-Cref) 2:48.96

2006 USA Cycling Championship Road Race Results
Distance: 120 miles (193.1 km) - 31 finishers
1 Georgie Hincapie (Discovery Channel) 4.47.15
2. Levi Leipheimer (Gerolsteiner) at :16
3. Danny Pate (TIAA-Cref) 1:20

4. Burke Swindlehurst (Navigators Ins.) 1:25
5. Chris Wherry (Toyota-United) 1:38
6. Andrew Bajadali (Jelly Belly) 1:49
7. Ben Jacques-Maynes (Kodak-Sierra Nev.) 2:39
8. Phil Zajicek (Navigators Ins.) 2:39
9. Blake Caldwell (TIAA-Cref) 2:51
10. William Frischkorn (TIAA-Cref) 9:15
11. Justin England (Toyota-United) 9:30
12. Todd Herriott (Colavita-Sutter Home) 10:46
13. Bernard Vanulden (Navigators Ins.) 12:39
14. Shawn Milne (Navigators Ins.) 13:08
15. Peter Stetina (Team TIAA-Cref) 13:09
16. Matt Shriver (Targetraining) 13:09
17. Neil Shirley (Jittery Joe’s) 13:10
18. Bryan Smith (TIAA-Cref) 13:11
19. Curtis Gunn ( 13:12
20. Craig Lewis (Team TIAA-CREF) 13:13

Toyota-United Closes Out NRC Season Monday
The last of 43 events on the National Race Calendar circuit takes place Monday in Atlanta.
The Atlanta 100K Classic begins at 7:15 a.m., just minutes before thousands of runners participate in “America’s Greatest 10K.”

The course for the race is rather unconventional, with rolling hills and power climbs that lead to a fast downhill finish. Last year’s winner, Jeff Hopkins (Jittery Joe’s Cycling Team) crossed the finish line going nearly 50 mph.

Following Sunday’s USA Cycling Championship road race in Greenville, S.C., Toyota-United will bus to Atlanta for Monday’s race.

Toyota-United will field a team of 10 riders for the race: Chris Baldwin, Heath Blackgrove, Ivan Dominguez, Justin England, Jose Manuel “Chepe” Garcia, Bobby Lea, Ivan Stevic, Sean Sullivan, Burke Swindlehurst and Chris Wherry.

NRC Standings
In the NRC team standings, Toyota-United stands second to three-time defending champion Health Net presented by Maxxis.
Dominguez has won more races – six – than any other men’s rider on the NRC circuit. In addition to him, five other Toyota-United riders (Stevic, Blackgrove, Garcia, Lea and Wherry) have won criteriums this season.

About Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.: Toyota established operations in the United States in 1957 and currently operates 10 manufacturing plants, including one under construction. There are more than 1,400 Toyota, Lexus and Scion dealerships in the U.S. that sell more than two million vehicles a year. Toyota directly employs more than 32,000 people in the U.S. and its investment here is currently valued at more than $13 billion, including sales and manufacturing operations, research and development, financial services and design.

About United Pro Cycling Team, L.L.C.: Based in Newport Beach, California, a wholly-owned subsidiary of United Cycling, L.L.C, United Pro Cycling Team is owned and operated by Sean Tucker. Comprised of some of the top cycling talent in the country, it is positioned to be the premier cycling team in America. In addition to its racing team, United Cycling, L.L.C, wholly owns and operates United Bicycles, L.L.C. The team has also designated the United Cycling Foundation, Inc., as its designated charity, committed to raise awareness and funds for American causes including homelessness and the environment.

Additional Toyota-United Sponsors: In 2007, the Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team is exclusively sponsored by: Bicycling Magazine, Bontrager, Champion System, Fuji Bicycles, Shimano, SockGuy, Tifosi Optics and United Bicycles, in addition to title sponsor Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.


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