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by Shane Stokes
October 5, 2018
MontanaCrossCamp has released its 2017 rider selections for two July camps to again be held at the foot of the Continental Divide in Helena, Montana. This summer marks the seventh consecutive men’s camp and a first women’s camp. Drawing on top talent from across the United States, MontanaCrossCamp serves as a key starting point for strong developmental riders with both domestic and European aspirations. Geoff Proctor, long-time national team coach and manager and UCI Cyclocross Commission member, runs the camps.
The women’s camp, held July 10-15, boasts an array of coaches including seven-time U.S. world championship team member and Cannondale Cyclocrossworld.com professional Kaitlin Antonneau. Among the riders attending is talented 22-year-old Laurel Rathbun (Clement) from Colorado.
The men’s camp, held July 24-29, features 22 athletes who are performing at the top of their age groups. This year, the camp has expanded to include four U23 riders to provide a continuum for riders who got their start with the camp during their junior years. Among the riders attending are five-time junior national champion Gage Hecht (Alpha Bicycle-Vista Subaru) and 2017 national U23 champion Lance Haidet (Clement).
Assisting again at both camps will be guest coach Chris McGovern (frame builder, national team coach, and private coach for Cycleution Coaching Services), guest rider Tobin Ortenblad (Santa Cruz Factory Racing Cyclocross Team), and Montana cycling fixture Scott Herzig.
MontanaCrossCamp utilizes the campus of Carroll College in Helena, two cyclocross-specific courses in the area, and endless gravel roads nestled in the northern tier of the Rocky Mountains. The camp’s days are packed with four formal sessions: early morning conditioning training; late morning cyclocross-specific training; afternoon endurance gravel rides; and evening classroom sessions.