Where is your team based?
New York City.
Which sport do you compete in?
How many members are on the team?
Brief Team History:
Our leader and mentor, Dave Sean Jordan was taken from us by a brain tumor in 2012, and in addition to the pain his loving family was forced to endure, the entire New York City bike racing community was also sent a vicious blow. We all mourned the man who had far-reaching impact on our personal and cycling lives. As a team founded by our leader, with our leader’s name, built on the foundation of his coaching expertise, we faced the daunting question of what next?
A couple of months after Dave’s passing, his wife, Aytul, and our team’s general manager, Lance Leener, sat down over a cup of coffee and discussed what she wanted to do with the team. From her point of view, there wasn’t a choice; we simply had to continue. They quickly agreed that the team’s objectives would be to uphold the ideals and values that mattered most to Dave: teamwork, esprit de corps, and the love of competition. But without Dave, coaching would no longer serve as the driver of our team. Moving forward, we were going to be all about the racing. As a result, we had to change our name. Instead of CRCA/Dave Jordan Coaching, we evolved into CRCA/Dave Jordan Racing.
Incumbent on all teams, is the necessity to strike the right balance of personality and shared vision for the future. To honor Dave’s intense competitive drive, we started by securing our Elite Team with existing team members, which includes former national champions and masters champions. Dave Jordan was always committed to the development and growth of women in the sport as well. As such, we would be comprised of a Development Team, the Elite Team, and the Women’s Team.
Licensed USCF coach and Elite Team member Alan Buday, who also possesses considerable talent on the track, road, and in cyclocross, offered to provide the coaching. This is foundational for us. Dave Jordan believed in the code. Anybody who has trained under Dave’s tutelage knows that there’s a right and a wrong way to ride and race. As with the team honoring his legacy, Alan has continued the process of grooming riders into racers by providing weekly team training sessions in Central Park and longer rides outside the city on weekends. These sessions also have helped us build unity and while often physically demanding, have been a great deal of fun and richly rewarding.
As we approach the 2015 season without our leader, friend and mentor, we are confident that his vision remains solid. His family, led by his sister and brother, Tenley and Eric Jordan, have continued their commitment to the team as we have grown and increased the number of sponsors. We are now a 35-member team with many local and regional wins across all racing categories, have an active team website, and are a presence in social media.
With the support of our partners such as Amrita, we look forward to continuing to achieve great things in the future.
What are some recent exciting achievements the team has made?
2014 was incredibly successful for DJR – we dominated the local cycling scene with overall series wins in The R&A Cycles Series, Spring Bicycle Racing Series, Lucarelli & Castaldi Cup, I Will Foundation Tuesday Night Series and took individual wins and podiums at the Tour De Fort Lee, Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic, Tour of Battenkill, CCAP CT Cycling Festival, and the CRCA Women’s Series. We also boast the NY State 35+ Crit Champion, the NY State 45+ State runner up, and the CRCA Women’s Time Trial Champion.
What sets this team apart from others?
We train and race to honor the memory of one of New York’s racing legends.
General Training outline:
Team training Wednesdays in Central Park. Weekend team rides over the GWB.
Key Events in 2015:
Grant’s Tomb Criterium – NY
Tour of the Battenkill – NY
SRAM Tour of the Gila – NM
USA CRITS Speedweek – SC
Wilmington Grand Prix – DE
Tour of Somerville – NJ
Killington Stage Race – VT
Bear Mountain Spring Classic – NY
Dave Jordan Central Park Classic – NY
Base Camp Intl. p/b Verizon Wireless – NJ
Connecticut Stage Race – CT
Harlem Skyscraper Classic – NY
Air Force Cycling Classic – VA
Giro de Cielo – NJ
Fitchburg Longsjo Classic – MA
Tour de Toona – PA
Tour of the Catskills – NY
Chris Thater Memorial – NY
Liberty Criterium – NJ
Danbury Criterium – CT
Green Mountain Stage Race – VT
Univest Grand Prix – PA
TD Bank Boston Mayor’s Cup – MA
Portsmouth Criterium – NH
Cross Vegas – NV (Cyclocross)
USA Masters National Championships – OR
CapCrit p/b WCSA – DC
CENTRAL PARK: MANHATTAN, NY
Both our Elite and Amateur Racers compete in the CRCA series from March through September.
PROSPECT PARK: BROOKLYN, NY
We are well represented in the Elite and Amateur fields competing for the Lucarelli & Castaldi Cup.
FLOYD BENNETT FIELD: BROOKLYN, NY
From March until August team members battle the wind and motivated local pelotons.
What is the best way to follow your team online?
Facebook: CRCA/Dave Jordan Racing
Do any of your members follow a strict nutrition plan? If so, what?
The team uses Enduropack supplements.
Are any members plant-based? If so, why did they make the dietary change?
Yes, we have one. She believes it helps her recovery time without sacrificing other living and breathing creatures.