Shot in Marin County, CA at our first winter bear camp for the 2013 season – this video is a quick snapshot of who we are and what we’re up to. It features interviews from Spence Peterson, Alex Howard and Avery Morin. We hope you enjoy it.
*PHOTOS BY BEAR TEAM RIDER TIM AIKEN
California-based BEAR DEVELOPMENT TEAM is announcing a newly formed partnership with TREK BICYCLES today. BEAR Team Riders will race TREK MADONES on the road and TREK SUPERFLYS on the trail in 2013.
BEAR more than doubled the size of its roster for 2013 adding new Team Riders to its Women’s and Men’s Development Cycling Teams. Many Team Riders are racing both road and mountain bikes next season.
BEAR Team Riders will receive local support from a network of TREK retailers throughout California. These TREK retailers include: City Cycle in Corte Madera, Epicenter in Santa Cruz, Palo Alto Bicycles in Palo Alto and Trek Concept Store in Santa Rosa.
When asked about this newly formed partnership, City Cycle Owner Cory Farrer shared the following: “We are very impressed with the work Stu has done with Bear Development Team and are excited to have the team racing on Trek bicycles this year. We intend to throw our full support behind the success of these young racers and hope it will be a long partnership.”
Team Director JULIA VIOLICH commented: “I look forward to forging a strong relationship with TREK, a long time leader in cycling technology and community outreach. I am confident the team will reinforce brand awareness of the Wisconsin-based company here on the West Coast.”
BEAR Team Rider IAN STOWE has been winning on a TREK CRONUS CX bike this cyclocross season. When asked about the bike, he had this to say: “CRONUS is crazy light. Plus the power just seems to find its way through the bike really efficiently. The traction is just there. There is so much technology in this bike. Best of all, it looks cool, especially this matte finish paint job.”
BEAR’s road team has been training on TREK MADONES for a month now and the feedback from team riders has been very clear: stoke level is high.
BEAR Founder Stu Bone added: “The non-profit foundation that funds this team is moving to develop a platform of ongoing youth skills clinics like those our Team Riders put together on a one-off basis for younger riders in 2012. We hope to build this partnership with TREK and its retailers so that we can offer these youth skills clinics on a larger scale in 2013 and onward.”
Bone continued: “I’m also very happy to see our racing teams on TREK MADONE and SUPERFLY. These bikes are designed and built in the USA (6 and 7 series Madones). They are as aerodynamic, efficient, stiff, light and responsive as anything we’ve ever ridden. Lastly, our network of local TREK retailers: EPICENTER, CITY CYCLE, PALO ALTO BICYCLES and TREK STORE SANTA ROSA are offering meaningful local support to BEAR team riders. BEAR feels a strong sense of gratitude to TREK and its retail partners for this high level of support to our Team Riders. Look for good things, fun things from TREK and BEAR this coming season.”
For additional information contact: Stu Bone and Julia Violich – http://beardevteam.com/contact-3/
Mill Valley CX practice with Spence Peterson, Skyler Taylor, Alex Howard, Ian Stowe.
Cyclingnews.com featured an article on Julia Violich’s involvement with the team as well as the creation of our Women’s Development Team yesterday.
For immediate release:
24, September 2012
Marin County, CA – BEAR DEVELOPMENT TEAM is proud to announce that Julia Violich has joined the team. Violich joins Stu Bone, in partnership, at the helm of the BEAR program.
In describing his new partner, Bone says: “Julia has a massively successful track record as a racer and a coach. Most importantly, she’s great with the kids. Spend any amount of time with her and the girls she coaches and you’ll see that there is a real connection there. She’s a mentor and friend to them. She inspires me in that way. She’s also been my friend for over 10 years. We’re humbled and honored by her willingness to invest her time, expertise, experience and relationships into this program. BEAR team riders will benefit greatly from her leadership. I’m stoked to have such a fun, dynamic, experienced, positive, connected and resourceful partner. The only question now is what are we going to re-name BRO CAMP in 2013?”
Violich has been riding bikes for 18+ years. She raced professionally in the US and in Europe. Most of her professional racing was in the endurance discipline. A wife and mother of two, she now races in the expert masters category. A three-time masters US National Champion, she also placed 2nd at the World Championships in her age category in 2008. She will be heading to South Africa in 2013 hoping to claim her world championship title.
When asked about her move to BEAR, Violich had this to say: “I am very excited to join forces with Stu Bone and co-direct the Bear Development Group. I think we have a very solid development model to employ. Not only will these kids progress as riders, but also as individuals. Stu and I bring complimentary strengths to the team. I see our partnership as a very positive influence in Junior Development, not just in California, but nation wide.”
Violich is dedicated to training and coaching juniors. She coached the Redwood High School MTB team for the past 12 years. She also coached the Branson High School Team for 2 years. Recently she was the Assistant Director for the Whole Athlete Specialized Development Team coaching juniors at the Elite Level. She is also the finance director and one of the founders of the Twenty12 professional women’s development team. Violich was a member of the Marin County Bicycle Coalition Board of Directors for 6 years and is currently on their Board of Advisors. She serves on the USA Cycling Development Foundation Board.
BEAR DEVELOPMENT TEAM IS A WOMEN’S AND MEN’S DEVELOPMENT CYCLING TEAM BASED IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA. FOUNDED IN 2012 BY STU BONE AND 10 TEAM RIDERS, BEARS REACHED THE PODIUM AT BOTH ROAD AND MOUNTAIN BIKE NATIONALS IN ITS INAGURAL SEASON. 2013 TEAM RIDERS SHARE 6 DIFFERENT CALIFORNIA STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS BETWEEN THEM. THE TEAM MAINTAINS A FOCUS ON FUN, AWARENESS OF OTHER AND PERSONAL GROWTH DRIVEN BY VALUES AND GOALS.