New Year, New Faces, New Energy
Though it’s been a few weeks since you heard from us, the team has been busy in preparations for 2015. To be honest we’re still on the high from the 2014 season. New teammates with our grassroots riders brought depth to the team and along the way a few solid results:
*Seamus Powell – Super D National Champion
*Ryan Berliner – Super D National Champion
*Tyler Berliner – Super D National Champion
*Amy Alton – Cat 1 Women XC National Champion
*Wendi Sebastian – 1st place Pro/Open Women NJ State Champ
*Jon Lombardo – 3rd place Pro/Open Men NJ State Champ
*Ryan Hilaman – 2nd place Cat 1 Men Md State Champ
*Seamus Powell – 1st place overall Pro Men POC ESC Enduro Series
*Seamus Powell – 2nd place overall Pro Men POC ESC Super D Series
*Brian Scolforo – 1st place overall Pro Men ESC New England DH Series
*Brian Scolforo – 2nd place overall Pro Men ESC DH Atlantic Cup Series
*Amy Alton – 1st place overall Pro Women POC ESC Super D Series
*Wendi Sebastian – H2H Race Series Overall Winner Pro/Elite Women
*Jess Nankman – 1st place Mid-Atlantic Super Series Women Endurance
*Joel Nankman – 2nd place Mid-Atlantic Super Series Men Endurance
*Andy Brooks – 4th place overall Mid-Atlantic Super Series Pro/Cat 1 Men Open
*April Nabholz – 4th place overall Mid-Atlantic Super Series Pro/Cat 1 Women Open
*Seamus Powell – 1st place Pro Men Killington Challenge
*Jordan Kahlenberg – 2014 Tidewater Challenge Trifecta Overall Winner
*Joel and Jess Nankman – 1st place Co-ed Duo Tran-Sylvania Epic
*Abbey Grimmer – 1st place Pro/Open Women Jamis H2H Series Bulldog Romp
*Abbey Grimmer – 1st place Pro/Open Women Jamis H2H Series Spring Cleaning
*David Flaten – 3rd place Iron Cross
*Ryan Fawley – 3rd place Jamis H2H XC MTB Series Final
*Lester Brown – 3rd place overall Pro/Open Charlottesville Off-road Omnium
*Jamie Yoder – 1st place Women Open WVMBA Big Bear Ultra Light
*Jamie Yoder – 2nd place Women Duo Bakers Dozen
*April Nabholz – 1st place Women U40 Fair Hill Challenge (spring)
*Amy Alton – 1st place Women 40+ Fair Hill Challenge (spring)
*Jess Nankman – 2nd place Women Open Endurance Iron Hill Challenge
*Jess Nankman – 2nd place Women Open Endurance Greenbrier Challenge
*Jamie and Amy – 2nd place Women Open Duo 6 Hrs Brady’s Run
*Amy Alton – 1st place Sport Women Dominion Riverrock Thule Urban Assault MTB Race
*Wendi Sebastian – upgrade to Pro XC
*April Naholz – upgrade to Pro XC and CX
*Lester Brown – upgrade to Cat 1
1. We want to say congratulations and welcome to the newest members of the Giant Northeast Family:
Dillon Van Wart (NJ) – Dillon is a young up-and-coming rider who this past season won the Jamis/H2H XC race series. He will be focusing on Enduro in 2015.
Dustin Kapustiak (PA) – Many of you may already know Dustin as the Events Coordinator at Bear Creek Mountain Resort, responsible for putting on some of the best XC races in the Mid-Atlantic region. He will be focusing on Enduro in 2015.
Garett Nolan (PA) – Garett is a up-and-coming Jr XC racer making the leap to Cat 1 for 2015.
Hunter Resek (VT) – Hunter splits his time racing XC and CX, and is currently attending Mars Hill University in NC. When on break, he’ll be ripping it up in New England for the team.
Ian Gielar (NH) – Ian is a first-year pro, currently attending the Rochester Institute of Technology where he is the president of the cycling club. He is focusing on XC.
Josh Chu (VT) – Josh is the youngest member of the team, with some impressive results this past season. He also ski races and brings the experience to his cycling. Josh will be focusing on XC in 2015.
Lisa Most (PA) – Lisa won the Mid-Atlantic Super Series Cat 1 40+ overall title this past season, and brings 15 years of bicycle racing experience to the team. She splits her focus between XC and CX.
Mason Hopkins (VA) – Mason is a multi-time VA State champion in Road, Cyclocross, and Mountain Bike XC. She has been riding with returning team member Lester Brown, and giving him a run for his money. She will be focusing on XC for the team in 2015.
Mike McBride (MA) – Mike is the father of Collin McBride, our resident Jr DH Ripper. He’ll be joining the team in an official manner for 2015, focusing on DH.
Wylie Picotte (VT) – Wylie is attending Montana State University in Bozeman. Having previously split his time between Enduro and XC, he will be more focused on Enduro in 2015.
These fresh faces will be joining the following returning riders:
Lester Brown (VA)
Ryan Hilaman (MD)
Jonathan Lombardo (NJ)
Collin McBride (MA)
April Nabholz (PA)
Jessica Nankman (PA)
Joel Nankman (PA)
Jake Possinger (PA)
Michael Romanowski (NJ)
Wendi Sebastian (NJ)
Jamie Yoder (PA)
Ryan Berliner (VT)
Tyler Berliner (VT)
Brian Scolforo (MA)
Abbey Alexiades (Currently South America)
Ryan Fawley (PA)
Jordan Kahlenberg (MD)
Jed Schober (PA)
We also want to send best wishes to Seamus Powell, Andy Brooks and Amy Alton who are pursuing new racing ventures for 2015. Seamus is transfering to our family at Giant Factory Off-Road Team after an amazing year. Thank you all for helping to create the culture that is Giant Northeast.
2. We want to commend one of our own. Our team and riders would be lost without locals shops and sales reps who keep us rolling on the best equipment in the industry. This week Giant was in agreement and awarded Michael DeLano (mid-atlantic sales rep) the 2014 Giant Account Executive of the Year! This honor not only reflects his ability to sell product but his commitment to #RideLife. Michael currently resides in Richmond, VA., home to two of our riders. Before landing in RVA he lived in Buffalo, NY and owned a bicycle shop so he is no stranger to the Northeast and cycling. Michael also dabbles in the homebrewing game and is currently a part owner in Ardent Craft Ales located in Richmond. Make sure to swing by on your next trip to VA and enjoy the growing craft brew and cycling scene in the city. Congratulations to Michael and thank you for your service to the mid-atlantic and northeast.
3. Kudos to those who helped us along the way. Sponsors and partners of any program play a crucial role in the success or development of said entity. We are no exception to this truth and need to take a moment to thanks our sponsors:
Here’s to an amazing year ahead!