The USA Cycling National Development Mountain Bike Team grabbed both first and second place at the Wittnauer mountain bike race in Rennen, Germany on May 10.
U.S. team member Tad Elliott won the race, while his teammate Robbie Squire finished second.
The National Development team members also raced the Racer Bikes Cup/Swiss National Series #3 in Solothurn, Switzerland, where Elliott finished 27th and Squire 30th in the top-level European race series.
Six U23 cross country racers are experiencing European mountain bike racing for the first time as a part of the first of three USA Cycling European Mountain Bike Development Race Camps scheduled for this summer. Included are Mitchell Hoke, Tristan Cowie, Kevin Cane, Stephan Ettinger, Trevor Downing and Colin Osborn.
The 10 Americans are currently set to contest the following races:
- May 17 – Heubach Budesliga XCO, Germany
- May 23 – Buhlertaler Hill Climb, Germany
- May 24 – Solingen MTB RennenXC, Germany
The U23 and junior cross-country camps are based in Kirchzarten, Germany, each running for a three-week period. The second and third camps, scheduled for May 28 – June 15 and June 18 – July 6, will be open to both U23 and junior 17-18 riders.