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What are the top amatuer teams in the USA????(10 posts)

What are the top amatuer teams in the USA????pp_mcgee
Oct 24, 2003 11:00 PM
What are the best amatuer teams in the USA right now? Who winsa all the local races in your area? Can they compete at NRC races? I think Broadmark Capital takes the cake this year. But what about Athletes by Design, GS Mengoni, Big Shark, Go-Mart/W Virginia, ISCorp, Gran Performance??? What do you think, if you were a top amateur who would you race for (or who do you ride for)?
Snow Valley (NM)Sadlebred
Oct 25, 2003 7:40 PM
you have to give a lot of credit to Snow Valley -- they havebill
Oct 27, 2003 1:59 PM
kicked a fair amount of honest-to-goodness pro butt from time to time, and they consistently rank in the top of the amateur elite ranks wherever they compete (including boasting the elite men's US RR champion, Mike Voigt, named in VeloNews as the top unsigned amateur, and who is, if I may throw in a brush with greatness, a former member of my club who still rides with us from time to time).
ABD ( Athletes by Design)MR_GRUMPY
Oct 27, 2003 8:03 AM
Men's team cleaned up locally, and did great at Superweek.
Women's team ...ditto, and did well nationally, beating many Pro teams. Ended up 39th and 59th in the NRC standings.
Good article in CyclingNews.

http://www.cyclingnews.com/riders/2003/interviews/?id=tillotson_benjamin03
Pipp and Dierking, former GDVC riders... nmAsiago
Oct 28, 2003 9:09 AM
Yes, thanksMR_GRUMPY
Oct 28, 2003 12:45 PM
Because of the crash in American Pro teams, it looks like Pipp will be back again next year. My guess is that he will move up to a Pro team in 2005. If Dierking keeps getting better, he may move up also.
Quite the 1 - 2Asiago
Oct 28, 2003 2:14 PM
They were quite a duo this year. Dierking just motored on the front and set up Pipp and his 1700W+ sprint... This combo was apparently quite lucrative this season. Though they were a tad put off sharing it with their "teammates."

I would imagine if these two would just lay off the booze they'd both move up quickly...

Asiago
Midwest? What about Brian Smith and John Devine?pp_mcgee
Oct 28, 2003 8:00 PM
yes, laying off the booze would be good for those boys. Pipp could probably maintian it a little better, but Frankie could probabyl focus a bit more. He's been on the cusp of breaking through for a few years. It's too bad that Brian Smith and John Devine, in all their ISCorp glory, are going to come along and steal all the midwest glory in the coming years. Well, them and Bergman. And Megan Monroe may eclipse Tillotson in the coming years.

But really, can any of those team compete with Broadmark?? This team sends riders to every NRC race and has top finishes at many. Including Collegiate road champ, Doug Ollerenshaw and 19 year old canadian phenom Cam Evans, who won a stage at the International/Toona. They were in every break at Elties this year, although they ended up a bit off at the line. But they still places riders in 5th and 7th.

I agree that Snow Valley and ABD are god teams, though. I'm just wondering what else is out there... Thanks for the input.
In NRC racesQ-Pro
Nov 1, 2003 9:48 PM
Snow Valley finished tenth overall for the season. Not bad for an amateur team going up against the pros and all the new "pro" teams that surfaced this year.

Mathis Bros - Jason Waddell and Steve Cate - out of OK, hold their own in NRC races that they enter, finishing 18th overall. Waddell is a pretty good sprinter and Steve's just a brute.

Aerospace finished in the rankings ahead of Broadmark also.
Aerospace did had a good year..pp_mcgee
Nov 9, 2003 6:52 PM
Aerospace had a good year, no doubt. Elite National Crit Champ, right? Isn't that team aspiring to become a Div 3 Pro team in coming years??