Anybody who cycles (or drives) down Highway 1 in Monterey County, California has seen the California Giant Berry Farms billboards that prominently feature a cyclist from their California Giant amateur cycling team.
California Giant has sponsored a cycling team in Santa Cruz County for eight years now, and local cyclists appreciate the support of this corporate sponsor in many local cycling events.
The 2008 cycling season proved to be very successful for the California Giant Cycling Team with two national champions and over 70 podium appearances, and ultimately named by Velo News as the top amateur team in the U.S. The success resulted in three key team members moving up to professional teams in 2009. Andy Jacques-Maynes to Bissell Pro Cycling, Ken Hanson to Team Type 1, and Max Jenkins moved to the Danish team Glud & Marstrand Horsens.
For the 2009 season, Jared Barrilleaux from Jittery Joes, Justin England from Toyota-United joined the team, with Adam Switters from Rock Racing joining California Giant's new Under-23 development squad.
California Giant Cycling Team 2009 roster
Jared Barrilleaux- Santa Rosa, CA Patrick Briggs- Oakland, CA Dirk Copeland- Oakland, CA Tyler Dibble- Oakland, CA Justin England- Boulder, CO John Hunt- Fairfax, CA Chris Lieto- Danville, CA James Mattis- Mountain View, CA Keith Miller- Los Gatos, CA Jesse Moore- Sacramento, CA Ozzie Olmos- San Luis Obispo, CA Steve Reaney- San Jose, CA Mark Santurbane- San Luis Obispo, CA Adam Switters*- Davis, CA Mike Telega- Dana Point, CA
U-23 Development Squad
Nick Agate* -Berkeley, CA Julian Martinez*- Santa Cruz, CA Chance Noble*- Camarillo, CA Reid Pletcher*- Sun Valley, ID