Bianchi, the iconic Italian brand, recently introduced a new collection of runners and mentors called Bianchi R&D Collective. The R&D Collective, which stands for Race and Develop, is a collection of elite-level athletes representing multiple cycling disciplines, all brought together by Bianchi to share their passions for racing and growing the sport of cycling. The set of six privateers covers the full spectrum of ages, geographies and racing experience, with the primary focus of the program being gravel racing. From an 18-year-old Texas high school student to a 51-year-old New England cyclocross legend, they all share a passion to compete at the highest level, but also have a common bond and desire to inspire and develop. other athletes in all things cycling.
“Bianchi is deeply invested in the future of our sport, its athletes and the wider cycling community,” mentioned pat husCEO of Bianchi USA. “We selected athletes to join our mission based on their accomplishments on the bike, but more importantly based on their story and what they do to make a difference in cycling.”
The team roster includes three world-class coaches who currently coach and train over two hundred athletes across the country in all areas of cycling. Another Athlete runs Colorado’s largest Bianchi dealership and works every day to grow and grow the sport. Yet another uses her influence and various platforms to recruit and inspire other women to share her passion for running. Finally, the youngest rider on the team is an aspiring athlete who is developing and becoming a serious influencer in his own right with his peers in high school and throughout his home state of Texas.
Other Italian brands join Bianchi in supporting the collective – Castelli Cycling, Kask Helmets, Koo Eyewear, fi’zi:k Saddles and Shoes and Crank Brothers. The entire collective will be racing throughout the weekend at the Sea Otter Classic at Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, CA. Race schedules for each athlete vary and are specifically targeted at major regional races as well as other major national events such as the Belgian Waffle Rides, Unbound Gravel, Steamboat Gravel and Big Sugar.
These athletes make up the Bianchi R&D Collective:
Adam Myerson – New England cyclocross legend Adam is one of our “developers”. In addition to numerous road, crit and cyclocross national championships and Pan American championships, Adam has years of experience as a trainer and event manager with his Cycle-Smart program.
Brian McCulloch – Another “developer”, Brian brings a long and successful road racing career with him to teach and motivate his athletes at Big Wheel Coaching. Brian is a former winner of the Belgian Waffle Ride and his racing knowledge is matched only by his desire to get the best out of others.
Bjorn Selander – Yet another coach, Bjørn is a former World Tour rider with plenty of road and cross experience to pass on to the next generation. Bjørn trains members of Minnesota Junior Cycling and will focus on gravel and cyclocross.
Jake Peterson – While he is 27 years old, Jake can be considered one of our “development” runners who will rely on the experience of his senior teammates. Jake runs the C3 Bike Shop, one of Bianchi’s premier retailers on the Colorado front end. Look for Jake to take advantage of this opportunity to compete in more prestigious races and longer distances.
Whitney Post – Winner of the Sea Otter Gravel Race last year and overall winner of the BWR Triple Crown of Gravel, Whitney juggles his professional career with his passion for racing. Although a recent convert to cycling, Whitney brings an enthusiasm and level of energy that is hard to top.
Wesley Hase – Our youngest member, Wesley represents the next generation of cycling hopefuls. He may still be in high school, but Wesley is already thinking about passing on his passion for cycling to younger and less fortunate people. Wesley has added gravel racing to his NICA and TMBRA xc races.
The R&D collective was showcased at the 2022 Sea Otter Classic where the entire team raced together for the first time across multiple disciplines. Whitney Post earned a hard-fought 2nd place in the Open Pro Gravel race.
Bianchi is one of the most historic and prestigious bicycle brands in the world. Over 135 years old, the company began in Milan in 1885 with Edoardo Bianchi, and today embodies the best that Italy has to offer the world – design, innovation and technology. Bianchi USA is part of the Grimaldi Industri Group and FIVE Bianchi and has distribution and sales in over 50 countries worldwide. Grimaldi Industri is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, and is the parent company of the Grimaldi Industri AB group with over 1100 employees worldwide.