Curtis White raced to second place, after an impressive second in Europe. Junior Men 17-18, 2013 Cyclocross National Championship. © Meg McMahon
Stu Thorne, Director of the Cannondale prepared by CyclocrossWorld.com professional cyclocross team, announced the addition of the young, talented Curtis White to the squad today. After White’s second place at Nationals in the 17-18 category and an 11th place at Worlds, it was no surprise that the racer got picked up by Cannondale-CyclocrossWorld for the upcoming season.
A staple of Geoff Proctor’s EuroCrossCamp as well as a mainstay in the New England racing scene, the 18-year-old (racing age 19 for the upcoming season) will be joining the roster of Ryan Trebon, Tim Johnson and Kaitlin Antonneau for his first season racing in the elite/U23 category.
After a successful campaign at the 2013 National Championships in Madison, Wisconsin and the 2013 World Championships in Louisville, Kentucky, where White finished secondand 11th, respectively, Thorne approached White with an opportunity to race both domestically and internationally for the Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld.com team in the upcoming season.
When asked how the decision to race with Thorne’s team was reached, White said, “I was actually approached by a Belgian squad looking for a four-year, European-based commitment last season. I sought advice from my current Hot Tubes team director, Toby Stanton, Stu Thorne, and a few others and I decided by the National Championships that the timing wasn’t right to pursue something like that. When Stu reached out to me after the World Championships, things just sort of took off.”
White is no stranger to winning races and podium finishes. During his last seven years as a Junior competitor, White won 37 races and never finished below fifth place at a National Championship. When asked about his goals and expectations for his first season with Thorne’s squad, White said, “I’m not a big fan of talking about podiums, top tens, this place or that place. My goal is to compete at the highest level I can, continuing to develop as I go.”
“I plan to hit the New England racing circuit hard and I am targeting a number of the U23 World Cups,” White continued. “The big goals for me will continue to be the National Championships and World Championships.”
White added that he is looking forward to racing on this team, with his new teammates, adding, “This is the best run, most well-supported, highest profile professional cyclocross team in the US. That says it all! The team’s knowledge and experience in the sport is invaluable for me as a resource and I hope to learn as much as they are willing to teach.”