C3 racer Arley Kemmerer at Kings CX. © Kent Baumgardt
After winning the 2013 Mid Atlantic Cyclocross (MAC) Team Series, C3-Twenty20 Cycling Co. team riders went on to continue their development and dominance in individual competitions nation-wide. The highlight came this past July when team Elite cyclocrosser Arley Kemmerer took home the 2013 Senior Women’s Cat 1 Cross-Country MTB National Championship Jersey.
“Snagging my first-ever national championship jersey in mountain biking this year meant a lot to me, and I’m really looking forward to riding that momentum into the ’cross season,” explained Kemmerer. She also finished just off of the podium in 4th place in the Women’s Cat 1 National Short Track Cross-Country MTB National competition, 10th place in the 2013 Women’s Elite Cyclocross National Championships, and won the entire 2013 MAC Elite Women’s Cyclocross Series.
In addition to Kemmerer, the C3-Twenty20 Cycling Co. team will also feature some new Elite Women riders in the 2014 season, notably Elite rider Frances Morrison (Easthampton, MA), and U19 rider Bailey Semian (Mertztown, PA), who’s coming off of 2013 wins at the USA Junior Track Nationals, as well as the New Jersey Individual Time Trial Championship, and top five finishes in both the Junior and Collegiate Cyclocross National Championships. When asked about the new additions to the team’s Women’s roster, Kemmerer shared, “I’m excited about this coming season. Our expansion into New England with the addition of Frances shows our growth on the women’s side, which is always great to see.” Morrison and Semian will join Kemmerer and other notable team Women’s Elite riders Kat Wulfkuhle, Amy Breyla, and Jen Tillman.
On the Men’s side, Greg Wittwer (Richmond, VA) joins the Elite roster coming off of a sixth place finish at the 2013 USA Cyclocross National Championships amongst Masters 30-34. The team returns Team Director and Elite Master Kris Auer (Baltimore, MD), Elite rider Steven Cummings (Pittsburgh, PA) who finished 10th in his age group at the 2013 USA Cyclocross National Championships and third in the MAC Series, as well as Espoir Sam O’Keefe who took home eighth place in the 2013 U23 USA Cyclocross National Championships.
Beyond the Elite team riders, C3-Twenty20 Cycling Co. also develops riders of all levels, lead by Team Director (and longtime ’cross scene staple), Kris Auer. “This is going to be another exciting year for our team. Our riders had some great results this past year and the new additions to our roster continue to raise our competitiveness through the East Coast,” said Auer, who coaches with the Athlete Development Group. In addition to directing the team, Auer also leads weekly training rides throughout the year, culminating every August with free cyclocross clinics in the appropriately named (Helen) Wyman Park located in the heart of Baltimore City, playfully renamed for repeat Charm City Cross Women’s Elite Winner, Helen Wyman. With the ultimate goal of growing the sport, clinics are open to anyone who wants to learn the basics, brush up their skills, or try out cyclocross for the first time.