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.
* 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.