After a successful inaugural season,, Blue Competition Cycles, Rolf Prima Wheels and Hincapie Sportswear return with National and Grassroots Teams for the 2011/12 cyclocross racing season.

Mercer Island, Washington — With a strong roster of returning and new racers and the solid support from sponsors, Blue Competition Cycles, Rolf Prima Wheels and Hincapie Sportswear, p/b Blue’s National and Grassroots level teams are back for another year of cyclocross racing success.

The Professional Team Roster for the 2011/12 race season will include returning racers Tristan Schouten (WI), Eric Emsky (CO), Nathan Bannerman (WA) and Louie Fountain (ID) and new additions Donald Reeb (OR), Samantha Schneider (WI), Skylar Schneider (WI) and Alyssa Severn (WI). In addition to vast racing experience, these riders have an impressive list of wins including numerous top ten finishes, seventh overall in the USGP series, Top Ten at US Cyclocross Nationals Elite, U23 and Single Speed, Top Ten Collegiate Nationals, and several National Junior and U23 Championship Road titles.

With one season under their belt, the team’s sponsors are excited to be back for more in the ever-growing world of cyclocross racing. As Rich Hincapie, of Hincapie Sportswear, puts it, “We love the enthusiasm for ’cross that the team has. They love racing their bikes and they always ride hard. We are proud to be part of a program that’s active in the sport and is helping cyclocross grow.”

Hincapie’s sentiment is seconded by Chance Regina, of Blue Competition Cycles, who had this to say, “Cyclocross is growing … it is a significant part of the Blue brand, especially as it pertains to establishing ourselves in more than just the road or tri market. The team has a tremendous grassroots appeal which lets us reach even non-traditional cyclocross market.”

“We are really excited to be able to return with our National and Grassroots Teams for the 2011 cyclocross season,” states owner Erik Viafore. “We have a great group of pros that we are honored to support and an enthusiastic Grassroots Team built on camaraderie and true love of this growing sport. If you see the big red ‘CX’ out there on our kits, come by and say hello.”

Of particular interest to cyclocross fanatics will be the new 38CX cross wheels from Rolf Prima, which were developed after testing and input from Tristan Schouten. Schouten rode prototypes of the 38CX to a Top Ten finish at last year’s US Cyclocross Nationals. Brian Roddy, owner of Rolf Prima, said, “We normally aren’t looking forward to the wet weather in the Northwest but with the p/b Blue Competition & Rolf Prima back in action starting at Starcrossed, we’re looking forward to seeing the guys tear it up on their Rolf Prima wheels.”

The Professional Team will be racing on The Blue Norcross SL a virtual lugged T-800 high modulus carbon frameset weighing in at a feathery 1000g (MD). The Blue Norcross line features include BB30, tapered headtubes and beefy carbon forks making for a stiff and powerful ride. Rolf Prima will be putting the team on their new 38CX, a 1235g tubular wheel set that was designed just for cross with its reinforced rim and spoke count of 16/16.. Rolf Prima’s proprietary 38mm carbon rim offers superior lateral and torsional stiffness for all the power you can put into it while the fiberglass impregnated brake sidewalls improve braking and durability. From Roddy: “The team has been training on our ECX and VCX alloy tubular models and using them for raceday as well. Designed with a wide and deep rim section, it is a great go-to option for training and racing.”