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September 24, 2013
U.S. Juniors Josey Weik and Gavin Haley to represent Red Zone Cycling in European Race Tour
Chicago, IL – Midwest Juniors Josey Weik (Duluth, MN) and Gavin Haley (Louisville, KY) are two of the best up-and-coming cyclocross racers in the United States. They have consistently placed well in regional races, and Nationals. They attended the USAC invite-only summer cross camp for the last two years in Montana, and Josey attended the most recent EuroCrossCamp in Belgium.
As they’ve gained experience, these budding juniors quickly recognized that racing against the best makes you faster, and have been repeatedly told by knowledgeable people in the sport that they need to be racing in Europe. So along with the support of their parents, coaches, team and several generous sponsors, they are making it happen!
Red Zone Cycling was founded and is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky. Red Zone Cycling has been named USAC Junior Club of the year multiple times – and they have organized a program of fall racing in the epicenter of cyclocross for the boys in Europe. The idea behind this project is to give young Americans as much high level competition exposure as possible. The schedule for Josey and Gavin is still in the works but the target races have been identified:
- September: Regional races in respective locales
- October 06: Providence Cyclocross Festival USA
- October 20: UCI World Cup #1 Valkenburg NED
- October 27: Superprestige Ruddervoorde BEL
- November 01: Bpost Bank Trofee Koppenbergcross BEL
- November 03: Superprestige Zonhoven BEL
- November 10: Superprestige Hamme-Zogge BEL
- November 11: Jaarmarktcross Niel BEL
- November 16: Bpost Bank Trofee Hasselt BEL
- November 17: Superprestige Gavere BEL
This block of racing will be a new and exciting adventure for U.S. Junior Cyclocross. It is possible that no U.S. Junior Team has done this type of campaign outside of EuroCrossCamp. Upon returning to the states, the boys will take a short break to compete in their respective State Championships before preparing for EuroCrossCamp, Nationals, and hopefully the World Championships.
… And they are off to a great start, trading wins in the Men’s 2/3 at the Trek Cyclocross Collective Cup this past weekend in Waterloo, Wisconsin!
Sponsors on board to generously support Josey and Gavin in this endeavor are Intelligentsia Coffee, Focus Bikes, HED Cycling, Challenge Tires, Lazer Helmets, Enzo’s Cycling Products, and APEX Physical Therapy – without whom this rite of passage would not be possible.
Josey Weik (L) & Gavin Haley (R) racing at 2013 Trek Cyclocross Collective Cup / Photo: Gary Smits
Get updates and follow their journey –
Josey: http://joseyweik.blogspot.com/ and @bikerboy_weiker (Twitter)
Gavin: http://gavinthaley.blogspot.com/ and @Hoppin_Haley (Twitter)
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