Friday, September 6, 2013

Cyclist Youmans makes U.S. junior team for worlds

Road cycling in Italy

     Sara Youmans, 17, of Ketchum is one of three Junior Women selected to the USA Cycling National Road Cycling Team set to compete at the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Road World Championships at Toscana, Italy Sept. 22-29.

     USA Cycling, based in Colorado Springs, Colo., announced on Tuesday, Sept. 3 the 29 riders that will represent this country in Italy. Youmans, riding for Stranamanti Cycling/Keller Rohrback Cycling, is one of three Junior Women who were chosen as discretionary picks.

     The others are Kelly Catlin of Arden Hills, Minn. and Hanna Swan, 17, of Alpine, Ca.

     Youmans is currently the only Category 1 Junior Woman racer in the nation. She has been cycling competitively since she was 11, when she joined the Sun Summit Cycling Team of the Wood River Valley.

     She has won 15 state championships in all three road cycling disciplines—road, time trial and criterium—in both Idaho and Washington. She also has won a national time trial championship.

     Youmans is one of three Idaho cyclists to make the team. One of seven Junior Men is William Barta, 17, of Boise and the Boise Young Rider Development squad (BYRDS). He earned the Best Young Rider recognition at the Tour de l'Abitibi in Canada in July to earn a discretionary selection.

     Here is the U.S. Team:

     Elite Men: Chris Horner(San Diego, Calif./Team RadioShack Leopard Trek); Alex Howes(Boulder, Colo./Garmin-Sharp); Taylor Phinney (Boulder, Colo./BMC Racing Team); Freddie Rodriguez (Berkeley, Calif./Jelly Belly Cycling); Peter Stetina (Santa Rosa, Calif/Garmin-Sharp); Andrew Talansky (Napa, Calif./Garmin-Sharp); and Tejay van Garderen (Boulder, Colo./BMC Racing Team).

     Elite Women: Mara Abbott(Boulder, Colo./Exergy TWENTY16);Megan Gaurnier(Mountain View, Calif./Rabobank-Liv-Giant); Kristin McGrath (Boise, Idaho/Exergy TWENTY16); Shelley Olds (Gilroy, Calif./Team TIBCO-To the Top); Carmen Small (Durango, Colo./Specialized-lululemon); Evelyn Stevens (Dennis, Mass./Specialized-lululemon); and Jade Wilcoxson (Talent, Ore./Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies).

     U23 Men: Nathan Brown (Covington, Tenn./Bontrager Cycling Team); Lawson Craddock (Austin, Texas/Bontrager Cycling Team) – competing in road race and time trial; Tanner Putt (Park City, Utah/Bontrager Cycling Team); Nathan Wilson (Elk Grove, Calif./Bontrager Cycling Team); and
Gavin Mannion (Dedham, Mass/Bontrager Cycling Team).

     Junior Men: William Barta (Boise, Idaho/BYRDS (Boise Young Rider Dev Squad); Miguel Bryon (Miami, Fla./DCM Cycling Team); Geoffrey Curran (Tustin, Calif./Get Crackin’-VRC); Michael Dessau (Boulder, Colo./Slipstream-Craddock Junior Development); Zeke Mostov (San Francisco, Calif./ Slipstream-Craddock Junior Development); Justin Oien (Escondido, Calif./MRI Endurance Elite Juniors); and Logan Owen (Bremerton, Wash./California Giant Cycling).

     Junior Women: Kelly Catlin (Arden Hills, Minn./Gopher Wheelmen); Hanna Swan (Alpine, Calif./Strive Racing); and Sara Youmans (Ketchum, Idaho/Stranamanti Cycling - Keller Rohrback Cycling).

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