With a few days until the start of the 2017-18 cyclocross season Donnelly Sports is proud to announce its powerhouse professional cyclocross team. Returning to the squad are U-23 National Champion Lance Haidet, U-23 standout Laurel Rathbun and perennial favorite Jamey Driscoll who earned a silver medal at last year’s National Championships in Hartford, CT.
Although the Donnelly name may seem new to the circuit, it was the management group behind the highly successful Raleigh-Clement racing teams. In four years, Donn Kellogg, team owner and manager, has built a reputable and highly successful program that solidified itself as one of the dominant cyclocross teams on the domestic scene. The Donnelly Team will continue this tradition for the 2017-18 season competing on the race-proven PDX, MXP, LAS and BOS tubular tires. “Donnelly Sports has been through some huge changes this year and our commitment to the sport will not waiver,” stated Kellogg. “Cyclocross is the roots of this company. We are committed to supporting the racing community to the best of our ability.”
Donnelly is proud to welcome Pivot Cycles to its group of loyal sponsors. The team will be racing aboard the competition-ready Vault frame. This versatile bike is the perfect tool for chasing cyclocross podiums on the weekend and for training on gravel roads and trails during the week. “Like Donnelly, our commitment to superior design and cutting edge technology never ends,” said Rachel Byus, Pivot Athlete Coordinator. “We are confident the Vault will help the Donnelly team be at its best on race day and build upon its years of success.”
Veteran rider and new father Jamey Driscoll has been with Donnelly for several years and shows no signs of slowing down. He will be gunning for the top podium spot at many UCI races around the country and looking to best his silver medal performance at the National Championship last season. “I’m more focused and driven than I have ever been. My summer preparation has gone very well and I am really looking forward to the season,” said Driscoll. “I’ve been racing for quite some time now, but my motivation to win is as high as it’s ever been.”
U-23 National Champion Lance Haidet returns to the team with big ambitions. After his break through season, Lance is poised to give the best riders in the country a fierce battle every time he pins on a number. “ Winning the National Championship last year was an amazing experience. One I’ll never forget,” said Haidet. “However, being the best young rider in the U.S. is not main goal. I want to be one of the fastest riders in the country, regardless of age.”
Due to a season ending injury Laurel Rathbun was not able to reach her goals last year, but after a summer of recovery and training, she is ready to go. Rathbun is a senior at Marian University in Indianapolis and is a top collegiate cyclist in track, cyclocross and road. She looks to make waves with the fastest cyclocross women in the U.S and earn trip back to the World Championships. “I’m finally healthy and ready to race. It was tough to sit on the sidelines last year, but these things happen,” stated Rathbun. “I’m as ready as I have ever been for a race season to start.”
The team will be racing aboard the race-ready Pivot Vault equipped with the Full Speed Ahead K-Force WE electronic groupset. Donnelly tubulars will be glued to Vision carbon fiber wheels. Pivot Vaults will also be outfitted with Stages power meters, Lizard Skin bar tape, K-Edge accessories and Prologo saddles.
The team will also be wearing Castelli custom apparel, Giro helmets and SockGuy socks. Asend Nutrition, co-founded by team rider Jamey Driscoll will keep the team fueled for the season.
Donnelly Professional Cycling Team Sponsors
Rochester Cyclocross – Rochester, NY
Jingle Cross World Cup – Iowa City, IO
CrossVegas – Las Vegas, NV
Trek CXC World Cup – Waterloo, WI
KMC CrossFest – Thompson, CT
West Sacramento Grand Prix – Sacramento, CA
Charm City Cross – Baltimore, MD
US Open of Cyclocross – Boulder, CO
Derby City Cup – Louisville, KY
Pan Am Championships - Louisville, KY
Major Taylor CX – Indianapolis, IN
CXLA – Los Angeles, CA
Ruts N Guts CX – Broken Arrow, OK
USA National Championships – Reno, NV
UCI World Championships – Valkenburg-Limburg, NED