303 project, the Boulder, Colorado-based professional road cycling team, has signed riders Griffin and Cullen Easter, Isaiah Newkirk and Eric Brunner for the 2019 season, it was today announced by team owner and manager, Nicholas Greeff.
Griffin Easter, 27, hails from Claremont, CA and is entering his second season with 303 project. In 2018, he was one of the team’s most successful all-around riders and produced positive results in all race types and conditions. He grabbed a victory in the Benton Park Classic, finished second in both the Tour de Lafayette and Tour de Francis Park, finished first in Stage 3b of the Tour of Beauce, second in Stage 5 of the Redlands Bicycle Classic, sixth in overall general classification of the Redlands Bicycle Classic and sixth in that race’s second stage. Griffin’s unrelenting passion and determination received special recognition when he was named Most Aggressive Rider of Stage 2 of the 2018 Tour of Utah. This up-and-coming young rider will be a force in U.S. road racing this year, including his expected participation in the U.S. Pro Road Championship in June (Knoxville, TN).
Cullen Easter, 31, from Claremont, CA displayed his potential as a climbing threat, when he spent four days wearing the top climber’s jersey during the 2018 Redlands Bicycle Classic. He also rode to an impressive fourth-place finish in Stage 2 of the 2018 Tour of the Gila. Cullen’s penchant for helping others is evident in his work as a nurse and the work he puts in on the road for his cycling teammates. His contributions to the success of the 303 project cannot be overstated.
Isaiah Newkirk, 28 from Niwot, CO, made his presence felt in nearly every race for 303 project last year, his first as a professional. His most significant impact was made during the 2018 Tour of the Gila. In that race he impressed the peloton and onlookers by finishing seventh overall in general classification, with seventh-place finishes in Stages one and three and a ninth-place finish in Stage 5. His ability to outperform more experienced pros on the road bodes well for his future and the potential of 303 project to have a major impact on U.S. pro road cycling in 2019 and beyond.
Eric Brunner, just 20, and a hometown favorite hailing from Boulder, is an accomplished young cyclocross rider who is transitioning nicely to road racing. If his road results mirror his cyclocross success, this young rider has a very bright future ahead of him. After capturing a USA Cycling cyclocross national championship in the Collegiate Club division in Reno, NV in January of 2018, Eric again found himself on the podium when last week (December 16), he finished third in the Men’s Under 23 cyclocross national championship race in Louisville, KY. Brunner is expected to race a complete road schedule for 303 project in 2019, when he looks to improve upon his successful but limited action of last road season that saw him finish second during Saint Francis (Cry Baby Hill)/Tulsa Tough.
303 project Owner and Manager, Nicholas Greeff had this to say about the signings: “I’m extremely pleased to have secured the services of Griffin, Cullen, Isaiah and Eric for the 2019 season. Each of these cyclists bring complimentary skills to 303 project, as well as a passion and a love for cycling. I anticipate that each one of them will play a significant role in our on-the-bike and off-the-bike success. Through their commitment to 303 project, in particular, and cycling, in general, our efforts to succeed on the road and raise awareness of healthy living through bicycle riding are sure to be fruitful.”
303 project will begin preparing for the 2019 race season in early February 2019, when it hosts its annual rider training camp and team orientation program in California’s Bay Area. Media interested in attending the camp are asked to please contact Nicholas Greeff (Nicholas@303project.com)
303 project is an UCI Continental Professional Cycling team based in Boulder, Colorado, which competes in races across North America. The team is comprised of 14 riders ranging in ages 19-39. In addition to road cycling, the team competes in track cycling, mountain biking, cyclocross, and fat tire racing. 303 project seeks to connect people to cycling, the simple joy of riding, and the positive impact bicycles have on our communities and our environment.
303 Project enjoys the support of our corporate partners Peet’s Coffee, KIND, Cuore of Switzerland, TIME, 4iiii, FSA, Northweek, Roval, Shimano, Science in Sport, Training Peaks
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