EXPO Racing’s Junior Team Headed to Nationals

MILWAUKEE, WI – JUNE 30, 2010 – Riders from EXPO Racing’s junior mountain bike team have once again qualified to attend the USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships in Granby, Colorado, July 15th – 18th. Twelve team members, ages 10 to 18 are making the trip, hoping to earn a spot on the national podium. The weekend-long event determines the US Mountain Bike Champions in Junior Age Classes, Junior Category 1, Category 1 Age Classes, and U23.

EXPO Racing will be arriving at the National Championship in top form following a great showing at the Subaru Cup Midwest Regional Championships on June 26th and 27th at Mt. Morris, WI. Three EXPO Racing riders, Myles Beach, Andrew Schmidt and Emily Shull placed first in their divisions, earning the title of Midwest X-Country Champion. Additionally, EXPO Racing swept the podium in the Cat 2 Super D event for Men 18 and Under, with riders Myles Beach, Nate Labecki and Mitchell Bogardus placing first, second and third respectively. In his second year of competition, EXPO Racing’s newest and youngest rider, 10-year old Andrew Schmidt, captured 2nd overall in the Cat 3 Super D for Men 18 and under. 17-year old Cat 1 racer, Kyle Warras placed an impressive 5th in his event.

This will be the EXPO Racing junior team’s third showing at a national event, having previously attended the USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships in 2009 and the Mount Snow Mountain Bike Nationals in 2008. Since those events, the number of riders and the caliber of the riders on the team has greatly increased. Team Director Constantine Peters commented, “it’s all about getting junior-level riders more involved in the sport. The enthusiasm they generate is contagious. And that’s what we need, more kids being enthused about getting out and riding bikes.”

Peters and his wife Christie Peters, both teachers, spent weeks planning the logistics for transporting, lodging and feeding 12 kids plus their bikes and gear. The team will leave July 1st, allowing riders to acclimate to the altitude before race day.

Representing EXPO Racing at the National’s this year are:

  • • Nathan Labecki, age 16 from Milwaukee, WI
  • • Kyle Warras, age 17 from Waukesha, WI
  • • Theodore Peters, age 18 from Hartford, WI
  • • Mitchell Bogardus, age 16 from Kenosha, WI
  • • Gage Rodriguez, age 16 from Kenosha, WI
  • • Myles Beach, age 16 from Larsen, WI
  • • Andrew Schmidt, age 10 from Edgerton, WI
  • • Jordan Watkins, age 14 from Marshfield, WI
  • • Brandon Watkins, age 16 from Marshfield, WI
  • • Elizabeth Shull, age 16 from Libertyville, IL
  • • Emily Shull, age 15 from Libertyville, IL
  • • Ryan O’Connell, age 16 from Oak Forest, IL
  • EXPO Racing is sponsored in part by Ergon, Trek, Cliff, Oakley and Endura.

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