The CLIF Pro Team
CLIF Pro Team By The Numbers
As Clif Bar’s co-owners, Gary Erickson and Kit Crawford watched their young daughter Lydia play on a beach while on vacation in 2001, they wondered what the future would hold for her as a woman and an athlete. Ignited by this moment, the idea of a professional, all-women’s biking team founded on the principles of creating opportunities for women in sports while advocating for equal pay, prize money and support for female athletes, was born.
The original team of five women — sponsored by LUNA — turned its first pedal in competition in the spring of 2002 and quickly left its mark on the international racing scene, winning its first race at the annual Sea Otter Classic, along with two U.S. National Championships and the coveted UCI World Cup cross-country title in that first season.
After 15 years of success, the CLIF Pro Team (Formerly known as the Luna Pro Team or Team Luna Chix) continues to dominate the women's mountain bike scene. Today, the team is comprised of eight athletes including established stars Katerina Nash (CZE), a five time Olympian and the only member of the original team still competing, along with current World Cup champion, two-time World Champion and Olympic bronze medalist, Catharine Pendrel(CAN). They are joined by three-time Olympian, Eva Lechner (ITA), and two-time U.S. Olympian Lea Davison, a new addition to the team for 2017.
Looking to the future, the CLIF Pro Team’s younger riders range in age from 18 to 24 years old and are led by Maghalie Rochette of Canada, who had a breakthrough cyclo-cross season in 2016/17, claiming the Canadian National Championship and placing fifth in the UCI World Championships. 2012 Junior World Champion, Andrea Waldis of Switzerland returns for another season, along with current U.S. Collegiate National Champion Hannah-Rae Finchamp, and four-time U.S. Junior Champion, Haley Batten.
As the team enters its 16th season, the original commitment to supporting women in sports remains as strong as ever, as does Clif Bar’s commitment to the program until at least the year 2020.