June 13th, 2012 by Don Walker

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky–The Don Walker Cycles Racing Team of Louisville, Kentucky, is delighted to announce an expanded 13-rider lineup for the 2012/13 cyclo-cross season.

Team president, JC Breslin said, “I feel very fortunate and am excited to be a part of this racing program. Our roster is full of amazing people that are exceptional racers. Special thanks must go to Don Walker, who not only has provided frames but who also has been a driving force behind the team, and also to Shimano along with the other great sponsors who are backing our racing efforts. I look forward to seeing everyone at the Ohio Valley CX Series events!”

Title sponsor, Don Walker said, “I couldn’t be happier right now! I am totally amazed at the depth and quality of our roster and sponsors. JC has done a great job in gathering these talented racers and the team has impressed me with landing some awesome sponsors. I cannot wait for ‘cross season to get here!”

The team’s star riders include US Hall of Famer Erin Hartwell, and current Elite Men’s competitor, Gian Dalle of Seattle, who competes primarily in the Pacific Northwest Series. Dalle and will fly to the Midwest for the 3 Days of Cincinnati and Derby City Gran Prix. Dalle, 24, who is in his second full season with the team, said, “I’m excited to see this team progress the way it has in such a short time. The support I’ve received has been second to none and what else can I say about racing on a bike made by one of the best builders in America? Its a dream come true.”

The team roster is:   JC Breslin Single Speed and Masters 35+, Blaine Heppner Single Speed and Masters 35+, Tim Brown Cat 3, Kirk Grynwald Masters 35+, Dan Delph Masters 35+, Scott Whitehair Masters 35+, Don Walker Masters 45+, Bill Meek Cat 4, Teri Meek Elite Women, Nathan Roberson Single Speed, Elite Men and Masters 35+, Johnathan Freter U23 Men, Gian Dalle Elite Men and making his Cross debut, Erin Hartwell Masters 35+.

The entire team will ride and race on Don Walker Cycles frames, which will be debuting Acel tubing made by Cycle Design of Connecticut, forks by Ritchey Logic, bars, stems, posts and clamps by LH Thomson, tires by Continental, and Shimano will provide the new Ultegra Cyclo-Cross Groups as well as wheels to round out these high performance ‘cross bikes. The teams legs will be kept warm and shiny courtesy of Mad Alchemy, and apparel is provided by Tex Market. Other sponsors of the team include Zip Express Courier Service, Norton Sports Health, and United Healthcare.

The two year-old team has grown from 5 to 13 riders, primarily Masters category competitors, but also with representation in Elite Women, U23 as well as Dalle in Elite Men. Season highlights include the Ohio Valley CX Series and the Masters Cyclo Cross World Championships, held In Louisville in January 2013.

Media Contact: JC Breslin jc at donwalkercycles dot com

About Don Walker Cycles Racing; Don Walker Cycles Racing (formerly known as Rio Blanco Racing) is a cyclo-cross team founded in 2011 by the experienced bicycle frame builder and founder of the North American Handmade Bicycle Show, Don Walker. Based in Louisville, Kentucky, the team provides equipment and racing support for cyclists across a wide range of ages and abilities.