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Professional Mountain Bike Team

CLIF Pro Team

The CLIF Pro Team was founded in 2001 on the principles of creating opportunities for women in sports, and to advocate for equal pay, prize money, and support of female athletes.

CLIF originally created a team that inspired women to get on bikes. As we enter a renaissance in cycling, we are embracing our “Born on the Bike” heritage and adventurous spirt by continuing with a female-led team but with a more inclusive male and female roster.

The team of highly accomplished athletes competes in elite domestic and international mountain bike, gravel and cyclo-cross events and consistently resides at the top of their game with Olympic medals, World Championships and World Cup titles to its credit.

Learn more about our sponsors on our sponsorship page.

CLIF Pro Team by the Numbers


Individual World Cup Race Wins


Olympic Medals


National Championship Titles

The Epiphany

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.

* LUNA® is Clif Bar's Women's brand and was the Team's title sponsor from 2002 – 2016. Four current staff members and one athlete have been with the program since its inception in 2001.