CXmas Junior Fund
Thank you to the cycling community–near and far–for your support of our CXmas Junior Fund, which annually awards travel scholarships to Oregon Juniors who compete at the US Cyclocross National Championships.
Powered by Bowen raised money in 2012 with the Future Cross cyclocross race and our second annual CXmas Party in December.
Four Oregon Juniors received travel stipends from the CXmas Junior Fund, as well as additional money donated by the Oregon Bicycle Racing Association (OBRA).
Despite challenging conditions, all four finished well in their respective races. Congratulations!
The 2012 CXmas Junior Fund Recipients
Thirteen-year-old Donovan Birky has been bicycle racing since he was very young. Now an eighth grader at Cascade Middle School, Donovan races for the Bend Endurance Academy, and upgraded from the 10-12 age group, where was consistent top finisher, to the 13-14 this year, where he routinely places top five.
• Favorite subject: Language Arts
• Races road, mountain and cyclocross
• Won the 2012 Psychocross Series for ages 13-14
• 2nd 2012 OBRA State CX Championships ages 13-14
• 1st 2011 OBRA State CX Championships ages 10-12
• 1st 2011 Oregon Junior Cyclocross Series
“I really appreciate the effort that the people at Powered by Bowen made to raise all of this money for us,” says Donovan. “It is hard financially for my racing currently, so I am very thankful and very excited to race in Wisconsin this year!”
Like all of our recipients, Lance Haidet is accustomed to a place on the podium, and more often than not, it’s the top step. Lance, who is a ninth grader at Summit High School, races on the Bend Memorial Clinic Total Care Racing Team and for Foundry Cycles. Like Donovan, Lance moved into a new age group this year and races in the Men’s 15-16.
- Favorite subject: Math
- 1st 2012 Oregon Junior Cyclocross Series Men 15-16
- 1st 2012 Oregon High School Cyclocross Series
- 1st 2012 USGP of Cyclocross in Bend, Day One
- 1st 2011 USGP of Cyclocross in Bend, Days One and Two
“I really appreciate all of the time and hard work the Powered By Bowen staff and volunteers put in to help Oregon kids like me have the experience of traveling to Cyclocross Nationals in Madison,” says Lance. “I feel honored to have such a supportive community.”
Gabrielle Lehnert is a sixth grader at Eugene’s Cal Young Middle School, and says the highlights for her this year were racing in the mud at PIR, competing with the Women C’s at Halloween Cross Crusades in Bend, and going to the races with her dad, Alex.
- 1st 2012 OBRA State CX Championships Women 10-12
- 1st 2012 Oregon Junior Cyclocross Series
- 1st 2012 Psychocross Series
- Eight wins in 2012
“I am so excited and can hardly believe it!!!” says Gabrielle of her CXmas Junior Fund award. “After winning the state race this year, I really wanted to go to nationals but we couldn’t go because it was too expensive. This money has allowed me to go.”
Fifteen-year-old Sam Rosenberg is a tenth grader at Churchill High School in Eugene where he races for the Hutch’s/Co-Motion cycling team. In addition to racing cyclocross, Sam also races mountain and road, including grueling stage races like the Baker City Classic, which he raced with the Cat 3 Men. In October, Sam was invited to attend a USA Cycling Talent Identification Camp, and while there, won a criterium against other top juniors.
- Favorite subject: Math
- 2nd 2012 Oregon Junior Cyclocross Series Men 15-16
- 1st 2012 Cross Crusades Series Unicycle
- 3rd Cross Crusades Series Junior Men
- 1st 2011 Cross Crusades Series Junior Men
- 4th 2011 National Road Race Junior Men 13-14
“I very much appreciate the support of the CXmas Junior Fund,” says Sam. “It is an honor to be recognized for my hard work and effort, and to receive such generous support, as I race for a top placing at nationals. This stipend really helps offset the big expense to my family for traveling across the country to race. Thanks to Powered by Bowen and everyone who donated to the CXmas Fund.”
About the CXmas Junior Fund:
Powered by Bowen created its non-profit CXmas Junior Fund in 2011 to help raise money for Junior cyclocross racers. The CXmas Junior Fund awards travel scholarships annually to junior cyclists who are attending the US National Cyclocross Championships.
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