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2012/08/29 Optum p/b KBS Team Announces Roster For Inaugural Year of Cyclocross Program
Optum Pro Cycling presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies announced today their final roster for the upcoming cyclocross season; it is the team’s inaugural year in the unique and rapidly growing discipline, and a mix of experience and up-and-coming talent will hit the mud for Optum p/b KBS this fall.National Racing Calendar (NRC) champion Carmen Small, Jade Wilcoxson, and Optum p/b KBS newcomer Amanda Miller will tackle the grueling US circuit for the women and will be joined by Tristan Schouten, Jesse Anthony, Alex Candelario, and Mike Sherer for the men. Performance Manager Eric Wohlberg will direct both teams this fall.
“Cyclocross is a rapidly growing, fan-friendly, and intense brand of cycling,” said Wohlberg. “It will be great for the thousands of fans on the US circuit to have the Optum p/b KBS team to cheer for. Our rosters should be highly competitive at every race they enter.”
Headlining the team for the men will be Tristan Schouten of Plymouth, WI. Schouten is a regular in the top five on the US Grand Prix cyclocross circuit and has previously represented the US at the World Championships and Pan-Am Games. He brings 16 years of experience to the team and has his sights set on a podium at the US National Championship this season, taking place for the second consecutive year in Madison, his home state’s capitol city.
“We are very pleased to bring Tristan to the Optum p/b KBS family,” said Wohlberg. “He clearly has the pedigree to bring home results and will be a fine ambassador for all of our partners at some of America’s premier ‘cross races.”
Unable to resist the pull of a discipline he mastered as a junior, Jesse Anthony will return to the mud for a limited schedule. The 2-time U23 USGP Champion, 7-time National Champion and 4-time World Team member made a tough decision last year to focus all of his energy into developing as a road rider, but looks forward to returning to a sport he is still passionate about.
“As of last fall, I limited my cyclocross racing in order to focus on the road, but I will always be a ‘crosser at heart,” said Anthony. “Racing in the dirt is just too much fun to give up forever. I’m extremely pleased that our team has launched a ‘cross program, and the opportunity to race the circuit in the orange and black was too good to pass up.”
Rounding out the men’s team will be Candelario, who has been racing and raising money on the ‘cross circuit in recent years under the World Bicycle Relief flag, and Sherer, who is a four-time state champion in Indiana and Illinois.
2012/2013 Optum p/b KBS Cyclocross Team:
Eric Wohlberg – Cross Manager
Daimeon Shanks – Cross Mechanic