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Team Clif Bar Blog
Aug 31, 2006
Going strong

We know you’re wondering what all of CLIF BAR’s sponsored athletes are up to these days. Well, wonder no more. Go ahead and grab a nice brisk bottle of Cran-Razz Electrolyte, and sit back with a little recap from the Team. Ahh, sounds quite refreshing, really…

Track Cyclist Erin Mirabella received the Jack Kelly Fair Play Award in May. Mirabella returned the bronze medal awarded for her 4th place performance in Athens 2004—due to her competitor’s initial positive test for an illegal substance. When the Court of Arbitration for Sport later overturned this ruling, Mirabella’s willingness to return the medal in the interests of fair play attained Olympic recognition through this award.

Triathlete Becky Lavelle continues her ramp 5 age, taking 1st at Escape from Alcatraz, St. Anthony’s Triathlon and just recently at Vineman Half Ironman.    

Cyclist Fast Freddie Rodriguez had a rough Tour de France, crashing out of the race with an injured wrist. Prior to the TdF Freddie was riding well—he zoomed away with the points jersey in the Tour of Georgia and dropped off a signed jersey for us to hang on the wall. Freddie’s now preparing to race the Tour of Spain and the World Championships in September. We’ll see Freddie at the Clif Booth during Interbike where he’ll be sampling his Fast Freddie Coffee and signing Shot-logo’d coffee mugs.

TIAA-CREF Cycling Team’s Brad Huff won the 1st and 2nd stage of the Tour de Normandie. At the 2006 U23 US National Championship Road Race in Seven Springs, PA Craig Lewis worked with teammate Tom Peterson to bridge up to the winning break.  From there Craig soloed in to victory. Back in 2004 Craig was nearly killed when he was hit by a vehicle during the Tour of Georgia.  He suffered two collapsed lungs and almost 40 busted bones. Winning the U23 National Championship Road Race marks a truly amazing comeback for the 21-year-old rider.
Skier Chris Davenport is on a mission to ski all the mountains over 14,000 feet in Colorado. His goal is to ski all 54 peaks, and be the first to ski them all in one season (a feat which was previously completed in 14 years.) So far, 45 down, 9 to go. Check out his updates and accounts of the peaks journal.

In November ’06, Matt Fritzinger, coach and founder of the NorCal High School Mountain Bike League received the Jefferson Award for encouraging athletic development in his students.

Having graced our media center with his Aussie charm back in May, Triathlete Chris McCormack wasted no time in claiming 3 consecutive 1st place Ironman wins: the Ford Ironman 70.3 Honolulu, 70.3 UK ½ and Roth Ironman, Germany. Not to say his way was paved by any means. Arriving in the UK on race day to find his bike stolen, he had to race on a borrowed bike that was far too small, and in road (not time trial) set-up.  His fourth Roth IM win was achieved despite a flat tire.  

Having just completed their 21 peaks in 21 days expedition in Bolivia’s Cordillera Real, the  Benegas Brothers wasted no time in setting off on another epic journey. This time aiming at the North Ridge of Latok 1 in Pakistan. This is their 3rd attempt. Dispatches can be found on The North Face website.

Comeback time!  Just ten months after giving birth to her first child (Tyson), Lori Bowden proved she can be a mom and an Ironman Champion with a remarkable 2nd place finish at Ironman Austria.

Mary McConneloug placed 2nd in the Sea Otter Classic back in April, as well as placing 5th in World Cup #1 and Top American Finisher in this race. Earlier in the season, she took 1st in the Ultimate Dirt Challenge in Rincon, Puerto Rico.

And lastly, here’s a nice podium shot from Fast Freddie’s race at Georgia.


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