Two-consecutive NAG No.1 title holderDAKOTA SENGER(Oregon) will be highlighted in next weeks’ edition ofSports Illustrated – in their traditional FACES IN THE CROWD section. After having a stellar year in 2007 – with a NAG No.1 title and UCi World Championship, Dakota’s chance to defend it in 2008 blew up when a slip of the pedals while doing sprints busted up his ankle really bad. But he didn’t let it ruin his year, and wound up returning in July to begin a late-year charge back to the top of ABA age group standings.

Thanks to a whole lot of consistency and a Grands victory in 12x, Dakota was able to defend his No.1 plate and end the year on a high note.

To catch a sneak peak at Dakota’s SPORTS ILLUSTRATED Faces in the Crowd feature – click here: