Rockaway, NJ, February 02, 2010 --(PR.com)-- Team Bulldog, a New Jersey based mountain biking team, in cooperation with its title sponsor Cycle Craft, today announced the launch of a junior mountain bike and cyclocross racing program for riders between the ages 10 and 19. The goal of Team Bulldog's Under 19 (“U19”) program is to develop the next generation of mountain bike and cyclocross racers in New Jersey.

Team Bulldog U19 is open to young men and women who have a desire to expand their skills, endurance and mental fortitude through mountain bike and cyclocross racing. “We hope to impart to these juniors our core beliefs in sportsmanship, dedication, and camaraderie, as well as success through hard work, having fun, and giving it your best,” says Team President and Pro Mountain Bike Racer Brian Lariviere. “With many western states already offering high-school mountain biking teams and leagues, we believe this a great time to introduce a competitive junior mountain biking and cyclocross program in the northeast. The response has been phenomenal. Despite the freezing temperatures we have already signed up eight juniors for our first season as a U19 squad,” reflects U19 Team Manager and USA Cycling Certified Coach Tom Kruse.

“The great thing about mountain biking is that it allows individuals to excel and achieve at their own level while participating in a group activity that encourages self reliance, hard work, and sportsmanship. At a mountain bike race nobody sits on the bench,” notes Team Bulldog racer and Ages 15+ Team Coordinator Noah Meineke. Prior race experience is not required, but riders must commit to regular team rides beginning in the spring and enter at least four races per year. For further information about the team, please visit www.teambulldog.com/u19.

About Team Bulldog: Team Bulldog is more than just a racing team. In the past 19 years the team has grown from a group of junior racers to a well-established team that includes men and women of all ages and abilities, Category 3 (Beginner) through Pro. With more than 30 members on our current roster, Team Bulldog jerseys are a fixture at most NJ/NY area mountain bike races. Team Bulldog takes great pride in its commitment to the sport of mountain biking, the environment, and the community. Each year the team sponsors two mountain bike and two cyclocross races, and team members volunteer hundreds of hours of trail maintenance annually. To find out more, visit www.teambulldog.com.

About CycleCraft: CycleCraft Inc. is a well-known NJ bicycle retailer, with locations in Parsippany and Long Valley. With a 40-year history of putting the customer first, Cycle Craft’s team of professional sales consultants, fit specialists, mechanics and certified coaches are ready to support every aspect of your cycling lifestyle. For further information, please visit www.cyclecraft.com.