Summit Bike Club is proud to present the 2018 Pivot – Competitive Cyclist Team. Since 2015 Summit’s elite program has been known as the Competitive Cyclist MTB Team, and now heading into the program’s fourth season, we are grateful to continue our relationship with Competitive Cyclist while bringing Pivot Cycles on as a presenting sponsor. The roster of elite development athletes will consist of seven U23s and eight juniors. With athletes from Utah, Texas and Colorado, the Pivot – Competitive Cyclist athletes will also participate with regional Summit programs in their respective states.
“The Pivot Competitive Cyclist Team provides a great platform for me to progress as a rider and race at an elite level. ”Rylan Schadegg - U23
Athletes involved with the elite development program will learn communication skills, build a strong work ethic, and have to follow through with additional responsibilities. Cycling is not everything, and we expect our athletes to become well rounded adults through experiences on the team, as well as attain a college degree while pursuing their cycling goals.
Alongside coaches and support staff from Summit’s regional programs, the Pivot – Competitive Cyclist Team will be bringing on Olympian Eric Heiden as the team’s sports medicine advisor to help with testing and provide other resources.
In addition to Pivot Cycles (Tempe, AZ) and Competitive Cyclist (Park City, UT), the team is excited to work with some amazing brands, with many located in Utah. Clothing for the elite program, and all Summit Bike Club programs, will be provided by HyperThreads (Ogden, UT) with helmets and glasses from POC (Park City, UT).
Team LES, Mach 4, and Mach 429SL frames from Pivot will be built with drivetrains supported by an impressive industry newcomer Box Components (Anaheim, CA) with cranksets, power-meters, and chainrings from ROTOR (Salt Lake City, UT). Custom black-label wheelsets from Reynolds Cycling (Sandy, UT) will be outfitted with some of the finest rubber from Vittoria Tires (Oklahoma City, OK). To finalize the builds, FOX will outfit the suspension, with Pivot bars, stems, and posts topped with ESI Grips and Selle Italia saddles.
All riders on the U23 side of the team were involved with the program in 2017, and will be lead by 3rd year U23s Jacob Sacket and Ellen Campbell. Jacob (Troy, TX) is an original member of the team going into his fourth season, while Ellen (Durango, CO) will be joining again for her second season. Joining them are Rachel Anders (Sandy, UT) and Rylan Schadegg (Logan, UT) as second year U23s, and an incoming group of first years Sienna Leger Redel (Park City, UT), Nic Jenkins (Colorado Springs, CO), and Bradyn Lange (Austin, TX).
A new designation for the U23 squad will be a team registration with the UCI to enable all athletes the opportunity to be entered into World Cup events. Not only will athletes be able to enter the races, it allows for better planning for a hectic race calendar. You will be able to follow the U23 riders at Pro XCTs (including Summit’s own Soldier Hollow Pro XCT on May 5-6) Albstat, Novemesto, and Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cups, and various other local to international events.
The junior side of the team consists of eight Cat 1 riders in either the 15-16 or 17-18 age groups. Lead by Ezra Smith (Breckenridge, CO) and Colton Sacket (Troy, TX) in their final year in the junior ranks, the juniors roster has Nationals as their top goal and will be competing at Pro XCTs with camps in Canada and potentially Europe. Joining Ezra and Colton are Brennon Peterson (Salt Lake City, UT), Mila Leger Redel (Park City, UT), and Morgan Hales (Salt Lake City, UT) as first year 17-18s. The 15-16 squad will feature only first years with James Cessna (Salt Lake City, UT), Elly Peterson (Salt Lake City, UT), and Lasse Konecny (Breckenridge, CO).
About Summit Bike Club
Summit Bike Club is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that strives to provide a high level educational experience for athletes of all ages. With various regional programs in Utah, Texas and Colorado, the Pivot-Competitve Cyclist Team is just one of many effort the organization is taking to provide a complete developmental process for athletes as young as 6 through their college years. Our mission is to educate athletes on the skills, safety, and sportsmanship within the sport of cycling. While having values of integrity, respect, perseverance, leadership and accountability.
To become an athlete on the elite program, a rider must first apply. The application process typically begins in August and is open for two weeks. Current Summit Bike Club members receive extra considerations for roster openings.