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Junior Team

Higher Gear Junior Juniors Gearhead Racing Vernon Hills Joe Pepe Sullivan Lewis Simon

About the Team


There may be more competitive teams out there. Like other Higher Gear teams, our Junior Team is made up of a group of great individuals who have a passion for cycling and who have an interest in folding new friends into the sport we love. We happen to enjoy winning. (Who doesn’t?) But that’s not what we’re about. We’re about growing up in cycling – as cyclists, as cycling enthusiasts and as friends. Join us to have fun and to challenge yourself.


We want to grow. We need a feminine touch. If you’re between 10 and 18, complete the form below to join in the fun. Even if you’re not interested in racing, come out and join our Friday Night Junior Ride, our weekly group ride, for a fun evening with us. Talk your mom and dad into racing with Higher Gear’s adult team or riding in our group rides.



Junior Gearheads

Joe Sullivan Pepe Higher Gear Gearhead cyclocross CCC Chicago CupJoe Sullivan – “Pepe”

Racing Age: 16
Disciplines: Road (Category 4), Cyclocross (Category 5)
2013 Season: 15 Road Races, 4 Road Podiums, 1 Road Win, 6 Cyclocross Races, 1 Cyclocross Podium, 1 Cyclocross Win
Goals: 15 upgrade points achieved for Road.

Bio: He wants to win. Racing since age 12, Joe has picked up experience along the way, leading him to his Road category upgrade this year.
Meet Junior rider Joe “Pepe” Sullivan >>


Sam Henner Higher Gear Gearhead Junior JuniorsSam Henner – “Plain Gu is the Best Flavor”

Racing Age: 14
Disciplines: Road (Category 5)
2013 Season: No Results
Goals: Achieve a podium finish.

Bio: Sam has been riding for a few years, and has decided to join racing under the Higher Gear name. He is ambitious to begin racing this summer,


Lewis Simon Higher Gear Junior Juniors Gearhead Racing Vernon HillsLewis Simon – “I’m Supposed to Pull?”

Racing Age: 15
Disciplines: Road (Category 5)
2013 Season: 1 Road Race, 1 Road Podiums, 1 Road Win.
Goals: Achieve a criterium win.

Bio: He first began racing in 2011, and upon finding Pepe, joined Higher Gear for the next 2 years. He is back for 2014 with a thirst for another win.


Gerard Sullivan Higher Gear Gearhead Junior JuniorsGerard Sullivan – “Big G”

Age: 18
Disciplines: Century Riding
2013 Season: 1 Century.
Goals: 1000 miles by the end of summer, a ‘Gran Fondo’ every summer month.

Bio: Gerard began riding in 2012 in training for the Wrigley Field Road Tour. He completed the ride in 2013 as well, and now takes his 2014 year to close up his junior years by making himself faster.


Group Rides

If you’re interested in learning how to ride on the road or in meeting other junior riders in the area, join our Junior Team for a no-drop ride, Friday evenings. Rides for 2014 will begin June 13th. Visit our Events & Rides page for more details.


2014 Results

Gapers Block Crits – 3/31/14
Men’s 4/5 – 36th Joe Sullivan

Lincoln Park Criterium
Men’s 4/5 – 43rd Joe Sullivan
Check out Joe’s race report >>

Monsters of the Midway Criterium
Junior’s 15-18 – 5th Joe Sullivan
Check out Joe’s race report >>


Monsters of Midway Criterium Crit Joe Sullivan Pepe Higher Gear Gearhead bike bicycle race racing



Stay tuned for more race reports! Stay tuned to this page and to Higher Gear’s Facebook page for updates. Sign up to stay connected with Higher Gear’s weekly newsletter.


Upcoming Races

5/24/14 – Milwaukee Mile Criterium
5/31/14 – Glencoe Grand Prix
6/7/14-6/8/14 – Tour of Galena


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