2007 Team rosters
Team Clifbar Midwest
With the 2007 cycling season on the near horizon, Team Clif Bar Midwest is proud to announce the roster and sponsor lineup that will carry the elite, Chicago-based program into its second year. On the heels of a successful introductory season, Team Clif Bar Midwest will again center its attention on the highly-competitive road cycling circuit in the central Midwest. The program will also continue to uphold and expand the community and environmental initiatives inspired by its title sponsor, Clif Bar & Co., including park clean-up events and a campaign to offset vehicle-emissions with wind energy.
The squad's roster will include 11 athletes, all of whom hail from Chicagoland. New for 2007, Team Clif Bar Midwest will field competitors at the USCF Category 2 level, while still maintaining a deep roster of Category 3 athletes. Headlining the list of returning riders is Chicago's Andy Daley, winner of the 2006 Parkside Fall Fling Category 1/2/3 Criterium, as well as the 2006 Grayslake and Downers Grove Category 3 Criteriums. Also making the jump to Category 2 is Matt Welch, winner of the 2006 Elgin Cycling Classic Category 3 Criterium and runner-up at the Grayslake event. Joining Daley and Welch at the Category 2 level are new additions Brady Gibney and Cesar Correa, both of whom rode under the Endeavor flag in 2006.
Seven Category 3 riders will roll to the start line for Team Clif Bar Midwest this spring, including newcomer Jason Knauff, who raced for several seasons with the Boston-based Essex Velo Club. Among the Category 3 returnees to the Clif Bar lineup is 18-year-old Matt Novak, presently a freshman at the University of Arizona. Novak captured the 2006 Illinois Junior State Championships in both the road race and criterium before chalking up another state title at the Arizona U-23 Time Trial Championship. Also returning are Brian Boyle, a senior at Colorado College and the winner of Chicago's 2006 Sherman Park Category 3/4 Criterium, and Jason Mindeman, runner-up at the Monsters of the Midway and UW-Whitewater (Wis.) Criterium races. Rounding out the ranks in Category 3 are Julian Baumgartner, manager of the team's website and creative affairs, Clif Bar liaison Joel Feinberg and managing director Eric Goodwin.