Education Through Athletics – The primary focus of the organization is developing our U23 riders, supported by the CCB Cycling Education Foundation, Inc 501(c)(3) non-profit, which requires all of these riders to be pursuing a post-secondary education of some type while part of our program. Education Through Athletics is not limited to balancing classes and bike racing; the bike racing itself, the camaraderie the travel, the exposure to different cultures, places, people, and customs are all an educational experience on their own. In a world where globalization is increasing at a dramatic rate, where having a sense of your “place in the world” will be exceptionally important, and where sport is often the common ground upon which relationships are formed, the importance of education through athletics cannot be overestimated.
In 2019 we are again joined by Foundation Cycling club, another 501(c)(3) organization with a great history out of the New York City area who have been instrumental in supporting financially disadvantaged riders from the US, as well as Central and South America, who would otherwise not have the opportunity to pursue cycling at the highest levels.
2019 also sees a shift in the team structure, with a smaller, more focused roster, and the addition of a full gravel racing calendar to our already-comprehensive road racing calendar. Cannondale has joined us as a major sponsor, and this will prove valuable given their track record of success at the highest levels of road racing, and even within the relatively young discipline of gravel cycling.