The kids are alright. The Trek/LIVESTRONG U23 Team swept the tops of the podiums this weekend at the US Cycling Professional Championships, winning both the road and time trial races aboard American-made Trek OCLV carbon bikes. The country’s most prestigious road race included a field of seasoned competitors, but the vaunted field gave way to fresh-faced, Ben King (USA). King soloed away from the field aboard his team-issue, Waterloo, WI-made Madone 6.9 and held off the competition for 40 miles, finishing a full 1:34 ahead of second place. King, who later announced that he will continue his promising career riding Trek with Team RadioShack in 2011, stated that “To come from the US, be the US champ, and do it on a US-made bike, it’s something I’ll never forget. It is so rewarding to continue working with the same company that brought me this far and will help smooth the transition to the pro peloton.”
Climbing to the top step of the Time Trial podium by the narrowest of margins was Trek/LIVESTRONG rider, Taylor Phinney (USA), who squeaked by Team RadioShack’s Levi Leipheimer (USA). While the fellow countrymen both rode domestic-born Treks to their impressive finishes, Phinney powered through to secure victory by 14 hundredths of a second. Phinney reflected on edging the time trial powerhouse, “I was just happy to be up there and even close to where Levi is time trialing because he is one of the best in the world.”
King and Phinney’s US Pro Road and Time Trial Championships cap an impressive season from the Trek-sponsored Trek/LIVESTRONG Team, which also boasted victories in the U23 Road and Criterium championship (King, USA), the U23 European Individual Time Trial championship (Dowsett, GBR), Individual Pursuit UCI Track World Championship (Phinney, USA), Olympia’s Tour (Phinney, USA) and the U23 Paris-Roubaix (Phinney, USA).