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Thursday, 02 February 2006

chris.wherryChris Wherry

flag_us_sml.gifCountry: United States

Height: 6’2"

Weight: 162 lbs.

Date of Birth: 07/18/1973

Place of Birth: Boulder, CO

Residence: Durango, CO

Pro Since: 1997

As team co-captain for the 2006 and 2007 seasons, Wherry’s maturity and ability to act as liaison between team management and the riders has enabled the team to stay connected and loyal in order to produce the desired “team effect”.  Although Wherry has battled illness’ both seasons, Wherry remains a solid contributor both in terms of helping the team win races and playing a support role when it’s not his day.  In 2006, Wherry ended the year with seven total first place finishes, including winning Stage 1 and the overall at the Cascade Cycling Classic and two stages at the inaugural Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah and four podium placings in 2007.

This year marks Wherry’s 11th as a professional and his intensity, mental toughness and tenacious work ethic make him one of the most dangerous cyclists – and respected – riders in the peloton. In 2002, Wherry won the Saturn Cycling Classic, an epic 138-mile race through the Colorado Rockies from Boulder to Breckenridge, only three days after losing his father to leukemia. The pinnacle of his career however, came in 2005, when he became USPRO Road Champion, a monumental win that catapulted him to the elite levels of the sport.

Introduced to cycling by his parents, who took him to watch the Coors Classic in his hometown of Boulder, Colo., more than 20 years ago, Wherry was hooked on the sport from the first day and started racing full time right out of high school. He is an all-round rider who enjoys long, hard, and highly tactical races like the Philadelphia International Championships, and is among a rare group of riders who possess speed, endurance and climbing strength.

As diverse as his riding skills are his training methods; Wherry believes there is more to staying fit than just pedaling it on the pavement. It’s not uncommon for him to include four- or five-hour trail rides on a mountain bike into his regimen. When he’s not cycling, Wherry still likes to be outdoors – hiking, camping, snowboarding, and fly fishing or chasing his new love – surfing.

Team History
2006 – Present - Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team
2004 - 2005 - Health Net presented by Maxxis
2003 - Navigators Insurance
2002 - Mercury
2001 - Mercury-Viatel
1997 - 2000 - Saturn Professional Cycling Team

2008 Results
1st, Iron Horse Criterium
3rd, Tour of the Gila Stage 3
6th, Cascade Cycling Classic Stage 2
6th, Tour of Utah Stage 5
8th, Mt. Hood Cycling Classic Stage 6
8th, Tulsa Tough Brady Village Criterium

2007 Results
1st, Iron Horse Bicycle Classic Criterium
2nd Overall, Iron Horse Bicycle Classic Omnium
2nd, Team Time Trial, Tour de ‘Toona
3rd, Stage 3, Redlands Bicycle Classic
4th Overall, Redlands Bicycle Classic
4th Overall, International Tour de ‘Toona

2006 Highlights
1st Overall, Cascade Classic
1st, Stage 1, Cascade Classic
1st, Stage 2, Tour of Utah
1st, Stage 3, Tour of Utah
1st, Stage 3, Tour De Nez
1st, Melon City Criterium
1st, Burlington Road Race
2nd, Snake Alley Criterium
3rd, Stage 1, Parker Mainstreet Omnium

1st, Wachovia USPRO Cycling Championship
1st Overall, Redlands Bicycle Classic
1st, Stage 1 ITT, Redlands Bicycle Classic
1st, Stage 3, International Tour de Toona
2nd, Stage 2, Redlands Bicycle Classic
2nd, Stage 1 ITT, San Dimas Stage Race

2005 (Continued)
2nd, Prologue, Sea Otter Classic
2nd, Stage 1, Sea Otter Classic
3rd, Points Competition, Sea Otter Classic
3rd Overall, Vuelta Sonora Arizona Stage Race
4th Overall, San Dimas Stage Race
4th, Stage 1, Cascade Classic
5th, National Time Trial Championship

1st, Stage 2, Boulder Stage Race
1st, Colorado State Criterium Championship
1st, Bannock Criterium
2nd, Stage 4, Tour of Connecticut
2nd, Koppenberg Circuit Race
2nd, Stazio Criterium, Round 1
3rd Overall, Pomona Valley Stage Race
3rd, Stage 1, Estes Park Challenge
3rd, Stage 3, Boulder Stage Race
4th, Stage 4, Estes Park Challenge
4th Overall, Boulder Stage Race
4th, Coal Miner's Classic, CO
5th Overall, Tour of Connecticut
6th, National Time Trial Championships

Other Notable Results 
2003 - 1st, Iron Horse Classic Criterium
2002 - 1st, Saturn Cycling Classic
2002 - 1st, Tour of the Gila, New Mexico 
2002 - 1st, Valley of the Sun Stage Race
1991 - 2nd, Junior World Championships
2002 - 2nd, First Union Lancaster Invitational
2001 - 3rd, Tour de Lankawi, Malaysia
2001 - 4th, Tour de Limosain
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 27 August 2008 )
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