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I have asked each of the supported riders to pen a bit of
text about themselves in order that the sponsors and friends
of the team be better familiarized with the program at large.
Ours is really less of a program and more of a family, a troupe,
if you will. We are blessed each year to have such a cohesive
group of dedicated athletes who can call each other friends
the entire season. I believe the success of our group is not
so much due to the wins and results; we have the best people
making up the best team, and it shows at every venue we
descend upon. Justin Spinelli is one of those reasons. In his words:
My name is Justin Spinelli. I was born in Portland,Oregon on 8/31/79.
I moved to New Hampshire at the age of four and grew up in Nashua,
New Hampshire. My interest in bicycles grew at the age of 13 and by
the spring of 1993 I saved up enough money to buy my first real bike -
a Cannondale M400 mountain bike that coat $399.99. I rode just for
the fun of it until 1997 when I entered my first mountain bike race and
won. Working at Goodales Bike Shop after school and during the summers
I was able to afford myself entry fees and equipment with plenty of time
off on the weekends to race. In the summer of 1998 I was receiving enough
support from NECSA/Richard Sachs to race full time and stay off my feet
in the afternoons. This move proved to be a goodone because the extra bit
of support and rest sent me right to the top of the U-23's in the Tour de Toona
stage race and landed my a spot on the US National Team and later that fall
I was the first NorthAmerican finisher at the U-23 World Championship Road
Race in Valkenburg, Holland. After racing stagiere for Team Mercury in 1999,
I signed my first Pro contract in 2000 with Team Farm Frites at the age of 20.
Two weeks later I was racing in the Tour of Italywith the likes of Marco Pantani
and Mario Cipollini. My potential landed me an even bigger Pro contract with
Saeco in 2001, and my results that season kept me there through 2002. After
disagreeing with the European Pro cycling mentality, I returned to the states
and had alackluster year at Team Navigators in 2003. After 2003 I said enough
was enough and left cycling to pursue my education in Industial Design. It only
took me about two months and I was pedaling a bike again, and by the summer
of 2004 I was going to the local MTBraces just for fun. That fall Richard Sachs
went out of his way to give me a shot on his Cyclocross Team. After coming a
close second to National Champion Mark McCormack in my first race back, I
was right back at it and very happy to be racing again. The following season
saw my return to the road racing as an amateur for Target Training. In 2006
I returned as a Pro for Team Nerac/OLP and just won my first Professional
Road Race at the Hills of Housatonic yesterday. I am already looking forward
to racing cyclocross for Team Richard Sachs as it is perhaps my favorite t
hing in the world to do.
Justin has been an RS rider since the late 90s and he is still young
at age 26. He has travelled the world racing for the US National Team
as well as various Euro squads as described above. He is in his third
season back in the peloton after taking that need break from racing so
much during the U23 years. We are all pleased that his comeback is
going superbly and look forward to many, many podium spots from
Justin once September rolls around.
Thanks for reading!
Thank you for your interest and support.
The Richard Sachs Cyclocross Team is sponsored by
RGM Watches and Rex Chiu as well as by Cane Creek,
Crank Brothers, JB Custom Paint, Oval Concepts,
Challenge Tires, VergeSport, SelleSan Marco, Rudy Project,
Pacenti Cycle Design, The Wheatmarket, and Nelly's Deli.
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