About the Elite Development Team
The Elite Development Team was created in 2007 by Lehigh Valley Cycling Club, Inc. as a means of providing talented junior cyclists with all the tools necessary to excel to the top of their chosen discipline of cycling as individuals and team players.
Supported by our sponsors and LVCC, Inc., the Elite Development Team includes a roster of up to ten riders racing age 16-18 that have been identified by athletic potential [based on physical test results, mental strength, and competitive results from 2015] as the next potential crop of professional, Olympic, or otherwise world-class cyclists. These cyclists are given the opportunity to race against some of the best junior talent across the globe while receiving support from a variety of individuals who play a key role in their development.
A dedicated staff of Team Director, club coaches, mechanics, and other valuable personnel work year round to give these young athletes the best chance at success in the grueling and competitive sport of cycling.
Elite Development Team Qualifications
- Physical Capacity
- Mental Capacity
- Local Community Service
- Club Community Service
- Race Participation
Two former Young Medalists are professionals racing domestically: Robin Carpenter for Holowesko/Citadel and Micah Engle for Gateway/Harley-Davidson/Trek.
Several Young Medalists have gone on to elite development teams, currently Chris Meacham rides for Palmetto State Medical Elite, and Dakota Schaeffer rides for CS Velo Elite, out of Philadelphia.
Many Young Medalists have raced in college, currently, Alec Ratzell (Penn State), Zach Lyons (West Virginia), and Evelyn Korbich (Bucknell). Wes Kline, Kyle Penny, Marcello Cesario, and Elspeth Huyett continue to race locally.
2017 Young Medalists Elite Development Team & Hometown
Austin Banks - Mountain Top, PA
Joseph Clay - Upper Darby, PA
Nate Moser - Barto, PA
Stephen Ponzer - Washington Crossing, PA
William Walton - Allentown, PA
Andrew Wiedwald - Kingston PA