The dcDevo program represents a new vision for regional U19 elite cycling in the Mid-Atlantic region.
The goal is to offer a focused, sustainable organization dedicated to supporting a nationally recognized U19 racing program founded on teamwork, professionalism, and holistic personal development for young men and women.
We seek to create one of the top U19 programs in the country to compete in national and international races against the best teams. Ultimately, the objective is to place riders in the professional ranks and produce a World Tour rider from the region by 2028.
The team builds on the success of the DC Velo development team and will be managed by the DC Velo organization. The team’s riders are among the top-ranked in the country and in 2019 won the national road race championship for 15-16 boys. The team will be supported by Total Civil Construction p/b Battley Harley-Davidson, one of the top amateur elite teams in the United States. It is sponsored by DC Velo, Total Civil Construction, and Conte’s Bike Shop.
By drawing on the depth of racing experience and talent in this area, the program aims to address the high barriers to entry for young riders who seek to compete on a national stage. Local cycling clubs generally cannot marshal the resources or combine the talent to support a team that can travel nationally and compete successfully at the highest level. The dcDevo program seeks to overcome these barriers by drawing on the best of the participating teams and sponsors to create a well-supported program. We hope to inspire the local racing community including participants, rider families, sponsors, supporters, U19 riders, and fans.
The team will be directed by Justin Mauch (Marc Pro Cycling Team), with support from Justin Bowes of the Miller School Endurance Team.
Alex, 17 years old and a senior at Yorktown High School in Virginia is ranked in the top ten in the United States among riders 17 and under.
In 2019, Alex was the top American finisher in the Appalachian Gap Road Race, the queen stage of the iconic Green Mountain Stage Race (GMSR) in Vermont. GMSR is one of the premier junior road races in the United States and the Appalachian Gap stage is one of the hardest one-day junior races in the country. Alex delivered that ride only weeks after a car hit him on a training ride and broke his collarbone, which forced him to miss road race nationals.
Alex is also an elite cyclocross racer, who got his start in racing with the National Capital Velo Club junior program.
Gerard is 17 years old and a senior at Parkland High School in Allentown, PA. He began his cycling career at the Valley Preferred Cycling Center in nearby Trexlertown at the age of seven. Over the years, Gerard has earned ten national medals, six on the track and four on the road, and would like to build on that success in the coming years.
In 2018, Gerard was selected to represent the Talent ID East Team at the Junior Tour of Ireland. He also raced the Junior Tour again this year. Gerard hopes to return to Europe in 2020. He received his category two upgrade on his 16th birthday, which was really exciting. Recently, he raced to a fourth place finish in the criterium at GMSR.
Luca is 16 years old and a junior at the Miller School of Albemarle, in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he rides for the Miller Endurance Team.
Luca is the reigning junior 15-16 road race champion and finished top ten in the criterium at U.S. Road Nationals in Hagerstown, MD.
As a 13-14-year-old, he finished in the top five at nationals in the time trial and top ten in all disciplines. He is also one of the top mountain bike racers in the Virginia NICA series and the VAHS mountain bike series.
Luca joined the team from the Rock Creek Velo junior program.
Christopher is 15 years old and a sophomore at the Miller School of Albemarle, in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he rides for the Miller Endurance Team.
Christopher is ranked second in USA Cycling for riders 16 and under and fifth for riders 17 and under. He achieved those rankings by finishing among the top elite men in the hardest road races in the region and winning the road race at the Tour of Page Valley in Virginia. He is also one of the top mountain bike racers in the VA NICA and VAHS series and has finished among the top men at epic gravel races such as Monster Cross and the Gravel Race Up Spruce Knob.
In 2020, Christopher would like to win a big elite men’s race or top junior race in the United States or abroad. His goal is to be selected for the U.S National Team at some point in his junior career. Christopher started racing with the Rock Creek Velo junior program.
Asher is 15 years old and a sophomore at Good Counsel High School in Olney, Maryland where he is a lifelong honor roll student.
Asher is one of the top junior cyclocross riders in the country, recently winning the category 1/2/3 men’s race at Go Cross in Roanoke, Virginia, placing second in the men’s 2/3 races both days at Charm City, and winning the men’s 2/3 races both days at DCCX.
He has also won multiple criteriums on the road, is a top climber, and has the potential to post major results in 2020. He was selected as a JAM Grant recipient from Jeremy Power’s JAM Fund junior development program.
Asher started racing with the Rock Creek Velo junior program.
Grant is 15 years old and a sophomore at Emmaus High School in Macungie, Pennsylvania. Grant is a two-time junior national champion on the track, winning the omnium even back-to-back in 2018 and 2019.
He holds the national record (with his teammates) for the 15-16 junior pursuit race. Grant is one of the fastest junior sprinters in the country, with podium finishes at 2018 road nationals in the road race and criterium. He was selected as the youngest member of the inaugural USA Cycling Olympic Development Track Endurance Program in the fall of 2018 and will continue on the ODP program in 2020. Grant joins the team from the T-Town Elite junior program.