Stalin started racing for DJR in 2014. Our lead elite racer, he was the 2015 Lucarelli & Castaldi Cup Champion; he finished 3rd at the 2015 Tour of Somerville Cycling Classic, and took to the podium again for a 2nd at the 2015 Dave Jordan Central Park Classic. In 2016 he put together a brilliant season, repeating as Lucarelli & Castaldi Cup Champion, and also claiming both the Overall Competition and the Sprint Competition for the I WILL FOUNDATION FBF Tuesday Night Racing series. On the national level he placed 6th in the AFA Cycling Classic Crystal Cup Criterium and 6th in the Dominican Republic Elite National Championships. Stalin was awarded the prestigious 2016 Jim Boyd Cup, the highest individual honor given by the CRCA.
Tony has been an integral part of DJR since the early days of the team. Over his impressive 30-year career he has raced internationally, winning national championships in Jamaica, and he is a former US National Road Champion. He placed fourth in the 2013 Masters US National Road Championship and claimed the 2013 New York State Criterium Championship. In 2016 he placed 2nd in the USA Cycling Masters Criterium National Championship.
Jason bolstered our elite team when he joined at the beginning of 2015. He comes to DJR with experience racing in international events such as the Vuelta Independence Nacional Republica Dominicana. He provides expert and consistent support throughout the race, bringing his team mates to the line in podium position.
Jesus Martinez joins DJR in 2018 as a Cat 2 racer. He got his start in bike racing through BMX and MTB - but we think Road is his strongest suit. We look forward to seeing him become a Cat 1 and adding depth to Dave Jordan Racing team.
Alan is Team Director of Rider Development for DJR. He is a USA Cycling Level 2 Cycling Coach and Certified Skills Instructor. He is also an accomplished Cat 2 racer in road, track, and cyclocross, with several top ten finishes in Pro 1/2 and masters events. Alan's wife, Sandy, is Team Senior Administrator, and their mighty Yorkie, Rocky, is our secret weapon.
Lynn is a three-time Antigua and Barbuda National Champion with a depth of international racing experience. His positioning and fast, dynamic sprint style earns him results such as the 2014 Masters New York State Criterium Championship. In 2016 he was the Antigua and Barbuda National Road Champion and the Castelli NY Cycling Series Sprint Competition Winner.
A racer who can relied upon to bury himself to chase down a break, and then recover to finish high enough to defend his Master's Leader's jersey? Jose is the man. He joined his son Jason on our Elite team in 2017, and has made a massive immediate impact in the P1/2 field.
Ray is a Cat 1 with possibly more experience than the entire rest of the peloton combined. A pivotal and popular figure in the NYC racing scene, he's the guy you can guarantee to be smiling on the start line. Don't let that fool you. Ray has the ability to rip the legs off us all. Dave Jordan Racing is proud to have him on the roster.
Much of the success of our elite team since 2013 can be attributed to Franklin's unselfish support for his team mates in every race. He is the ultimate workhorse, utilizing his power and race smarts to set up the team for top results. In addition, he consistently pays off with individual results such as claiming the overall KOM jersey in the 2014 Lucarelli & Castaldi Cup series.
Pedro joins us with a load of experience behind him. He's a savvy racer, who can be relied on the work for the team and has been putting in the miles this year in our quest for leaders jerseys in the big races. He has raced for W.S United and Echelon Cycles in the past, and we're proud to have him wearing our colors now.
Now in his third season with DJR Adam has turned his knack for crossing the line first into an upgrade to Cat 2. His wins include Floyd Bennett Field, Rockleigh Crit and Branchbrook and he has landed on the podium at Rockland Lake. He also proved tough to beat in stage races, taking 2nd M4/5 GC at the Giro del Cielo and 6th M4/5 GC at the Green Mountain Stage Race. In addition to road racing, he also competed for Team USA at the 2016 ITU Triathlon World Championships in Cozumel, Mexico.
Mim upgraded to Cat 2 after her second season racing, and has steadily added more wins and podiums to her palmeres. Her speciality is hard sprint finishes, and she spent 2017 challenging herself in the P1/2 field at big races such as the Tour of America's Dairyland and Somerville. In the tri-state area, in 2017 she had wins at Branchbrook, 2nd at Orchard Beach, and shown consistency in the Central Park open races, with 3rd in both the Dave Jordan Classic and Lou Maltese Memorial, and a 4th at Mengoni.
Maria joined DJR in 2013 and steadily adds to her achievements on the bike. Her career highlights include 6th GC for the Green Mountain Stage Race, 6th GC in the Killington Stage Race, 2nd W 45+ in the New York State Criterium Championships, 2nd at the 2018 Metro Showdown and 3rd W 3/4 in the Tour of the Hilltowns. There aren't many racers tougher than Maria, and after some time off recovering from injury mid-2017, she returned as strong as ever for the final races of the season. She’s primed for a great season in 2018.
2017 held good things for Shara. She kicked it off with a top ten finish at Grant’s Tomb Crit and a 3rd place finish in the first Central Park race of the CRCA Women’s Development Series. Never looking back, she went on to take the top step at the Lime Rock Grand Prix and gained experience in the P1/2/3 field in big races such as Somerville. Her season culminated with wins in the final two Women’s Development Series races, finishing the season in the Cat 3 Series Leader’s Jersey.
Merissa burst onto the NYC race scene in 2017, upgrading from Cat 5 into Cat 3 in just one season. Making the move from the O.C to the East Coast, she swapped distance running and soccer for bike racing and hasn't looked back. In her first season, Merissa has found her place at the top of the podium, with wins in Central Park, Giro del Cielo (Crit and 2nd in GC), and Tour de Millersburg (Crit, Road Race 2nd in TT and winning the GC). She's got a powerful engine, and can't be counted out in a bunch sprint.
Kristen Faulkner joined DJR mid-2017 and finished her first season of racing as a Cat 4. She blasted into 2018 with wins in Central Park, and taking the Omnium at the Woodstock Women’s Grand Prix to quickly upgrade to Cat 3. Prior to cycling, Kristen was a varsity rower in college and rowed for Junior National Team at World's in 2010. She's a powerhouse - with a seemingly unstoppable engine and an explosive, long sprint. We're excited that she is off the water and on the road with DJR.
Bryna is our all-rounder, racking up top results in a variety of racing formats. As in her first season racing, she took 2nd W4 RR in the Tour de Millersburg Stage Race, and 4th W4 at the New Jersey State Criterium Championships. She's never far from the podium in Central Park, taking the win on the W98th finish of the CRCA Women's Development Series, and earning enough points to be the runner-up in the Cat 4 Series Leader jersey despite taking the summer off racing to tour around europe on her bike in 2017. She started 2018 with a bang, winning the NYS Criterium Championship at Grants Tomb and now moves into Cat 3, where we know she'll continue to be successful.
Sarah hit the her first season racing with gale force. Her palmeres include an impressive solo breakaway win in the CRCA Women's Development Series and a 5th in the mountains at the CRCA Bear Mountain Classic. At the Giro del Cielo she took 3rd W4 General Classification after placing 2nd in the TT, 3rd in the Crit, and 5th in the RR. After some time off the bike welcoming her daughter Margo into the world in early 2017, she returned for the final two races of the season and then started 2018 in fine form - with two podiums already in Central Park and a well deserved upgrade to Cat 3. She wasted no time in her new category - racing her way into the Cat 3 NYS Road Race jersey at Bear Mountain.
Kristi brings experience and drive to the DJR Cat 3 from her many years of racing in the CRCA. Her love for rolling circuit races became apparent at the 2016 New Jersey State Crit Championships, where she came in 9th W1/2/3, while helping to secure four other top ten placings for her teammates in the same race. At the 2017 Limerock Grand Prix, she handily won the Master's women's title. We sit up and listen when Kristi talks race strategy.
Lize caught the eye of our team in her first ever race, winning the CRCA Women's Clinic, and it soon became apparent DJR was the place for her. She grew up in Sydney, and after relocating to the US to study at Harvard, she made the move to NYC where she joins the growing Aussie contingent on the team.
She's represented New South Wales, Australia and Harvard (where she was teammate of fellow DJR Kristen) in rowing and competed at NCAA's. Wasting no time after pulling on the Orange and Black, she's spent a lot of time of the podium - walking away with the overall GC win at Giro del Cielo.
Sasha is spreading the DJR ladies firepower to Massachusetts after dominating the NYC scene. She's a powerful sprinter who also consistently makes the selection when a break goes, and has multiple wins in Central Park, podiums in Giro del Cielo and an 8th in the P1/2/3 GC at Tour de Millersburg. Our "Queen of Limerock," Sasha took back to back wins at the Limerock Grand Prix in 2015 and 2016, and can always be counted on to lay it all on the line for the team. We're looking forward to joining her for some out of state races now as she continues her studies in MA.
Elena joined DJR in 2014 and gets stronger every race. In 2016 her top-ten in the RR at the Giro del Cielo helped power the DJ W4 team to a first in the GC. She describes the challenge of cycling as a meditation in motion, and brings an abundance of positive energy to the team.
If you happen to be riding anywhere near our team when we see Ruth in the park you'll be treated to a chorus of "Good Morning Ruth" ringing out from the peloton. Ruth is our good luck charm, the symbol of what joy on a bike is - and when she's not riding loops of Central Park she is an accomplished children's book author. You can see her work here: http://hruthkarpes.com/blog/
The brains behind our website, MaryLynne became a member of DJR in 2013 after racing in the CRCA. She's a terrific climber, and her attacking style of racing in the park inspires the team.
Our second out of state racer, Caitlin is based in Colorado after an impressive first season of racing with DJR. She comes to bike racing after a background in triathlon of 12 years. Caitlin slotted straight into the DJR Ladies lineup - drilling the front break at Orchard Beach to land on the podium in 2nd, before taking 3rd in challenging conditions at Bear Mountain. Since moving to Colorado, she's embraced the mountains, and her 1st in the TT, 3rd in the RR and 2nd in the Crit gave her the overall GC win at the Steamboat Springs Stage Race.
During 2018 Caitlin will be training and racing locally in Colorado with ALP Cycles Racing, and returning to DJR as a guest racer where possible throughout the season.
Cat 3 Men
Cat 3 Men
As one of the three Aussies on the team, Matt's made a name for himself as a consistently solid performer. In 2015 he won the hotly-contested overall sprint title in the Lucarelli & Castaldi Series. In 2016 he earned a much-deserved upgrade with a 4th in the Dave Jordan Central Park Classic, 2nd in the M4 Masters Killington Stage Race, and an additional flock of top tens, including a victory in CRCA Club Race #6, B Field.
Val burst onto the scene in late 2014 and hasn’t looked back – establishing himself as both a sprinter and breakaway threat. His 2016 highlights include wins at The Army Spring Classic and The Branchbrook Park Series. He also secured the Overall Sprint Green Jersey at the Killington Stage Race.
We are excited to have John back in the DJR kit after a break of several years. He started racing in 1990 and raced with several teams, even forming his own team before he went on to race with Dave Jordan from 2009-2013. He has great stories to tell about both competing with Dave and racing for him over the years.
Julius's win at Orchard Beach Crit in 2015 was just the start of his love affair with crit racing. He built on this with top tens at Rockleigh, Giro Del Cielo, White Plains, and Floyd Bennett Field. In his third season for DJR he gained top-ten results at The Nutmeg State State Games Classic Crit and the Rockleigh Crit Series, not to mention a 1st at the Cherry Blossom Challenge. Now upgraded to Cat 3, he'll be targeting even more results in his new field.
Matt raced way back in the day (early-mid '90s), took a 10+ year hiatus, and returns now to share the joy of it all with a great team, adding experience and firepower to the DJR lineup. And firepower he needed to score a 4th M4/5 on a rainy day at the 2016 CRCA Bear Mountain Classic. He went on to podium at the Tokeneke Classic Road Race, taking 3rd M4 Masters. His 2018 results include a 2nd in Central Park after a long breakaway, and with this he moves into our Cat 3 squad.
When Nathaniel joined DJR in 2013 and returned to the road, it was the long-awaited next chapter in the racing career he began in the '80s. He has been an integral part of the team's success at Floyd Bennett Field. He placed in the top-ten 4 times, including 3rd place for a well-earned podium spot, and his tendency for top ten finishes earned him the nickname Top Ten Tan. His move into Cat 3 in 2018 is testament to his consistency.
An Aussie whose racing career spans a decade and both the USA with DJR and the UK with Kingston Wheelers, Paul’s another one of our climbing specialists. You’ll find him in all the mountainous races, or making the most of hilly upstate New York. In 2015 he took seventh place in the Bear Mountain Classic and in 2016 he gained altitude considerably, racing the Haute Route Pyranees, climbing 20,000+m over seven consecutive stages.
Raphael consistently found the top ten on his way through Cat 5 in 2017, earning his upgrade into Cat 4 and a spot on the team in the process. He is a lifelong cyclist, supported by his wife and brand new son, and we're thrilled he'll unleashing his incredible power while wearing our kit.
2017 was Mike's first full racing season, which was made all the better by being part of the team. Highlights of the season included a win, supported by his team mates through freezing and wet conditions, at the Bear Mountain Classic (M40+), and joining team mates Ian and Slossy in the top 10 of the general classification at the Killington Stage Race (M34+). He's looking forward to another great year of racing with the team in 2018.
Taylor was born and raised in Tallahassee, Florida, and fell in love with road cycling while studying business in college, taking long rides through the farmlands of central Florida. After business school, he moved to Boston to study music, and discovered what riding uphill really meant (Great Blue Hill repeats, anyone?). Now residing on the Upper West Side he gets faster and faster - winning in Central Park and hitting the podium in Prospect Park already since joining DJR.
2018 will be Santiago's 8th season as a DJ. He brings a legendary abundance of energy, positivity, and the ability to inflict pain on other cyclists when driving the pace on the front of the bunch. In 2016 he inflicted pain in the mountains (the real mountains) racing the Haute Route Pyrenees, climbing 20,000+m over seven consecutive stages with teammate Paul.
Brook connected with his now DJ teammates while riding in Dutchess County, where he lives. After a short foray into triathlons, he has settled in to race on his bike and will be working in the pack to put himself and his teammates in position for the win. He closed out his Cat 5 career with a commanding win in Central Park, and adds solid power to our Cat 4 squad.
Mart bought a bike in 2014 on a suggestion that he add triathlon to his running. After riding a few laps in Central Park, he never put on his running shoes again. Career highlights include 2nd M4/5 in the Rockleigh Criterium, and solid results at Branchbrook.
Brett's a longtime DJR member, and the cornerstone of our Men's team. He's a classy and powerful sprinter, with top ten results at Bethel and both Central Park and Prospect Park. His consistency at Floyd Bennett Field in 2017 earned him 3rd in the overall Master's Leaders Series. He joined the team for one reason: Dave.
Greg represents DJR on Staten Island. He's a seasoned racer and a longtime member of DJR, with wins in the Lucarelli & Castaldi cup, and multiple top tens in both crits, circuit races, and road races.
Rob is happy as long as the road is pointing up, and has been an integral part of DJR since 2009. After skipping a large part of the 2017 season to ride up (and down) mountains in the Alps, he aims to return during the 2018 season, focusing on hilly races, such as the Capital Road Race in Albany. Off the bike he’s a successful music and audio producer.
An adrenaline junkie at heart, Peter began cycling seriously in 2012 and has since completed a two-hundred mile charity ride across Massachusetts for cancer research annually. Donald comes to DJR to race competitively in the 2018 season. While not on the bike, Peter helps better reputation, communicate, and ensure good work gets recognized.
Mark was enthralled by cycling from an early age, mesmerized by riders such as Bernard Hinault and Marco Pantani. He was born and raised in Liverpool, England. Mark moved to New York in 1999 to continue his career as a graphic designer, now with over 20 years of branding experience. He has applied his creative vision and artful hand to some of the world's most recognized companies and brands around the globe, such as Diageo, PepsiCo, Tiger Woods, Reebok, Muhammed Ali, Daimler Chrysler, Reebok, The Australian Rugby Union, and Specialized Bicycle Components.