Handsling Bikes is now the official bike supplier of Chaney Windows and Doors Cycling Team (CWD), a track and cycling collective based in Colorado, America.
CWD is headed up by 8-time US National Track champion and US National Record Holder, John Croom (below), who's gunning for the Paris Olympics in 2024.
CWD Race Schedule
CWD is competing in international elite competition across cycling disciplines, racing the Handsling CEXevo in gravel races, the A1R0evo on the road and the TR3evo on the track.
The team’s season is already underway with Lance Abshire picking up a superb podium in the gruelling Rouge Roubaix gravel race riding his Handsling CEXevo (see pic below).
We can't wait to see the team in action at events like the UCI Track Cycling Nations Cup, the National Madison and Omnium Championships and much more on gravel and road.
Shared Vision to Support Juniors
When we first spoke to John, who is also a team owner, we were blown away by his personal story and vision for the team.
John shares Handsling’s long-term goal of supporting promising juniors as they battle to reach the highest level.
Currently, if you’re not making it into the world tour straight out of the junior ranks, it's hard to find a home where you can develop your skills. The main hurdle is budget.
To overcome this, CWD is running free junior development camps to help close the gap from junior to elite cycling. They're also starting a scholarship fund to raise money for two junior athletes (one female, one male) for Junior Track Cycling Worlds 2022. The scholarship will be $4,000 per athlete to help cover the various costs of travel, equipment and taking part.
Promoting Body Diversity in Cycling
John’s journey to elite cycling is also intriguing. He started off in American Football and wrestling. Weighing in at about 305lbs, he didn't exactly have the typical cycling build.
Undeterred, he started cycling in 2014 and the weight began to come off. Just three years later, he won his first US National Championship and would go on to win multiple National Championships, a Pan American Games, and secure a US National Record in the Team Pursuit.
John is pushing a ‘body positive’ message, where a rider's natural build and body shape isn’t a factor for team selection.
We're thrilled to be working side-by-side with John and the team. It's very exciting for us to see our frames being built up in the US, then taking prestigious races by storm.
Stay tuned for more race results and exclusive content with the team.