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Where to begin? My “Top Story” is about Floyd Landis, he is retiring! But I’m sure he won’t disappear, mixed feeling about Floyd and they way he has conducted himself. Then there is the Sports Illustrated article on Lance, you can read that and make up your own mind. Tour Down Under & Argentina for race results, more on Contador, team news and all the other EuroTrash you expect on a Thursday.

“Top Story”
Floyd Landis retires
Non-Tour winning liar, turned whistle blower; Floyd Landis has officially retired from cycle sport. It’s been a strange few years for Floyd since he won the Tour de France in 2006; he was stripped of his title due to a skewed testosterone ratio, during the race he was allowed to take cortisone for a hip joint problem. He maintained his innocence for two years and then let the dam burst with his allegations against just about everyone. After his hip surgery and suspension he raced again with some success, but not like before. In 2010 he entered his “tell all” faze, the US Postal team being the main aim of his wrath, blood transfusions, EPO, HGH etc. There is much more I could write about Floyd Landis, some of it not very nice, I’m sure you all know as much as I do about the man. Could this be the last quote from him: “I’m relatively sure this sport cannot be fixed, but that’s not my job, that’s not my fight.”

Personally I have mixed feelings about Floyd Landis, he brought back my joy and excitement for the Tour de France on the stage of his epic recovery of the yellow jersey…then it proved to be nothing, a falsehood. Since then he has done some stupid things and maybe some very brave things, but if he had come clean earlier then he would be leaving cycling with some credibility.

I could have gone for the latest Lance accusations in Sports Illustrated, but I think we should wait and see the full version? You can read it here.

Santos Tour Down Under 2011
The Tour Down Under is the first UCI ProTeam event of the year and has 6 stages based around the Adelaide.
Stage 1: Matt Goss of HTC-Highroad took the first win from ex-team mate Andre Greipel (Omega Pharma-Lotto) and new RadioShack signing Robbie McEwen in third. There had been an early break of five riders with Parget (Ag2r), Clarke (Astana), Docker (UniSA), Minguez & Izaguirre (Euskaltel), they were pulled back in time for the sprint for Goss to take the stage an overall after 138 kilometres from Mawson Lakes to Angaston.
Stage 2: Ben Swift (Sky) took a crash marred finish from Robbie McEwen (RadioShack), this put McEwen in the leader’s jersey. Many of the top sprinters either crashed or were slowed in the last kilometres, HTC’s Goss and Cavendish came down, Cavendish requiring stitches for a bad wound.
Stage 3: Rabobank’s Michael Mathews won stage 3 to Stirling and Matt Goss took the overall back after 129 kilometres. It was another sprint finish and the young Mathews beat Andre Greipel and Goss to the line.

Tour de San Luis 2011
The seven day stage race in Argentina has been growing in stature over the years and now is a UCI 2.1 event.
Stage 1: Roberto Ferrari (Androni-Giocattoli) outsprinted the field to be the first leader after 166 kilometres from San Luis to Justo Daract.
Stage 2: Jose Serpa (Androni Giocattoli) won on the top of the summit finish at Mirador Del Potrero and took the overall lead from Eros Capecchi (Liquigas-Cannondale) at 4 seconds and Xavier Tondo (Movistar) at 10 seconds.
Stage 3: Another stage win for Roberto Ferrari and the Androni-Giocattoli team, Jose Serpa held the overall after today’s stage of 163 kilometres to Villa Mercedes.

Geox-TMC unlikely for Tour
In Mondays Spanish sports paper AS it was reported that the team of Carlos Sastre and Denis Menchov will not be at the start of this year’s Tour de France as their place is not guaranteed even though they have a Tour winner with Sastre (2008) and Giro (2009) and Vuelta (2005 & 2007) winner; Menchov. The queue of ProContinental team who want to ride is very long and of course the Tour wants French riders and/or French teams and there are only four “wild card” places available. Ag2r is the only French team that will start its home stage race; there are five other French teams that will be bidding for those last places.

Pedersen says; no Contador for Tour!
UCI board member; Peder Pedersen told Danish TV station TV2 that he expects Alberto Contador to receive a two year ban and commented “I do not think he will race the Tour de France this summer.” This seems a bit premature seeing as the Spanish Federation has not made any decision yet. Contador’s team; Saxo Bank are obviously annoyed with these comments, their spokesman Anders Damgaard spoke to Danish sports channel sporten.tv2 saying: “To be quite honest, I think it is an unfortunate comment to make at this time. The case is not closed and it remains with the Spanish cycling federation, and as long as any decree is outstanding, we think the parties should refrain completely from commenting on it.” Innocent till found guilty?

Riis to stay with Skoda cars
The Saxo Bank-SunGard team may or may not have the world’s No. 1 stage race rider at the Tour de France this year, but he will be driving a Skoda car, either an Octavia or a Superbe model. Riis is very pleased to carry on his partnership with the car company and said “the cars give us everything we are looking for in a team car.”

Matt White to Cycling Australia
Garmin DS; Matt White will be taking over from Neil Stephens as Professional men’s road co-ordinator. He will carry on working with Garmin at the same time as making the plans for Australian riders for the World Championships, Olympics and Commonwealth Games.

Neil Stephens to GreenEDGE Cycling
Ex-Pro and DS; Neil Stephens will be working for the next proposed big team to come out of Australia. The team is said to be made up of 75% Australian riders and will have a working budget of between 10 and 16 million Euros. The team will be based in Varese in Northern Italy and will include a woman’s team. Shayne Bannan is the main man behind the concept and hopes to be part of the UCI ProTeam’s in 2012.

Radio’s or Not radio’s?
The Association of Professional Cycling Teams has written to the UCI stating its opposition to the UCI’s plans to stop the use of two-way radios in all races. The ProTeam’s and ProConti teams voted unanimously against the radio ban for a few different reasons, safety being one of them.

Challenge Mallorca 2011
The Challenge Mallorca follows its usual plan of five separate races, but with an overall prise at the end. The riders can start each stage even if they don’t finish the previous stage, but they don’t count towards the overall. Day 1 is a circuit race of 116 kilometres at the sea front in Palma on the 6th of February. Day 2 is a flat stage of 172 kilometres out and back from Cala Millor. Day 3 is 166 kilometres with a couple of climbs including the Coll de Puigmajor. Day 4 is another flat day from/to Deia for 143 kilometres of flat after lumpy start. On the last day the riders have 158 kilometres of hard roads from Magaluf to Palmanova with five categorised climbs.
Leopard-Trek,
HTC-Highroad,
RadioShack, Quick-Step,
Garmin-Cervelo,
Euskaltel-Euskadi,
Movistar,
Katusha,
Omega Pharma-Lotto,
Rabobank,
Caja Rural,
Skil-Shimano,
Andalucia-Caja Granada,
Geox-TMC,
NetApp,
Cofidis,
Orbea,
2016-Burgos Castilly y Leon,
Price,
Spanish National Track Team,
German National Track Team.

Belgian Cyclo-cross team for the Worlds
The Belgian team for the World Cyclo-cross Championships is as you would expect quite strong, probably the strongest team there. The championships are in the German town of St. Wendel are on the 30th of January, the Belgian team is made up of the top seven Belgian riders on the UCI rankings.
The Belgian World’s Cyclo-cross team
Niels Albert,
Sven Nys,
Kevin Pauwels,
Tom Meeusen,
Bart Wellens,
Bart Aernouts,
Klaas Vantornout.

Maxgear Take Revolution Championship in Style
The January edition of Revolution 32 saw a sold-out National Cycling Centre enjoy a night of packed track racing as the Revolution championship heated up.

Early birds were treated to an exciting National Madison Championships, which featured a mixture of experienced pros on the world stage, and rising stars aiming to give the established riders a run for their money.

And it was the young pair of Peter Kennaugh and Luke Rowe who took the overall victory, ahead of the Jon Mould/Tom Moses pairing and Alex Dowsett and Tom Murray.

The Velodrome quickly filled up come 7pm, and the crowd showed their appreciation to the teams as they were introduced. Ed Clancy and Andy Tennant made a welcome come back to the series, riding for their new team Rapha Condor Sharp. Back also was Craig MacLean after a flu virus.

Some big name sprinters have also been hit by the flu, with Teun Mulder, Yondi Schmidt and Giddeon Massie all having to pull out shortly before the start. Craig MacLean proved he was well rested, beating Pete Mitchell to go into the final. His other finalist was Ross Edgar who took the semi-final win over Roy van den Berg. Edgar eventually proved he was too strong for MacLean, winning two of the final heats to take the Revolution sprint.

The Elite Endurance riders, many of which were well and truly warmed up from the earlier Madison Championships had the treat of the Team Elimination as their first race. Revolution Allstars, Le Col, Manchester City Council and Rapha Condor Sharp were all out in the early stages, before Maxgear exited thereafter, leaving Team Sky and CHEP to fight it out. The formidable Team Sky, aided by new signing Alex Dowsett, took the overall victory.

The DHL Future Stars has been fantastic to follow throughout the Revolution season, with Revolution 32 the final chance to settle the season-long score. Chris Latham cleaned up in all the Future Stars Boys’ events, except for the Madison earlier in the day. But his dominance wasn’t enough to feature in the top of the overall standings.

This season has been toughly contested between Emily Kay and Amy Roberts in the girls’ rankings. But when it mattered, Kay stamped her authority on the evening taking all but one of the races throughout the evening, with Roberts taking the 6 Lap Dash.

The 1km Madison Time Trial, a firm favourite with the fans, was won by Ed Clancy and Andrew Tennant in 57.144, who were aiming to take the men in black, Rapha Condor Sharp, off the Revolution bottom spot.

The Team Points race saw a fierce battle between the Le Col and Team Sky teams, both wanting to take the victory for Revolution 32 with an eye on the best end-of-season finishing position. Le Col took the first sprint, while Team Sky took the second and third sprints. Manchester City Council broke up the rhythm a little, before the teams changed over and the second riders joined in.

Revolution Allstars then proved dominant, taking the first two sprints of the second half. Le Col led for most of the second part of the race, but Sky took the penultimate sprint with Alex Dowsett then taking off the front, with the deafening crowd cheering him on. Dowsett’s final performance ensured that himself and Team Sky’s Tom Murray and Pete Kennaugh took the race overall.

The Revolution Keirin was taken by another promising sprinter, David Daniell. He fought off some stiff competition, but ultimately must have appreciated the absence of Keirin Olympic Silver medallist Ross Edgar in the race.

The Australian Pursuit was only on its second outing at the Revolution series, but has already become a firm favourite with the crowd who were tonight really embracing the spectacle. Luke Rowe started quickly and the Madison Champion was on fire, eventually beating Stephen Burke and Leigh Howard in the face-off.

The Scratch Race was fairly well-controlled in the first half, but a well-timed attack from Dean Downing soon changed that. He kicked things off and a group of three broke away, joined by Team Sky’s Peter Kennaugh. With 11 laps to go, they were caught and Tom Murray fancied his changes and made an attack. In the end Luke Rowe took the final charge for the Revolution Allstars, beating Mark Christian and Claudio Imhof.

Last on the agenda was the Team Sprint, which saw Ross Edgar (winner of the Revolution sprint) lead Pete Mitchell and Philip Hindes. They were against sprint runner up Craig MacLean, youngster Kian Emadi and Roy van den Berg. Edgar’s men were on top in 46.089 over MacLean’s team time of 46.990.

Maxgear Racing were awarded the Team Prize after their dominant performances throughout the season. Their young squad were consistent throughout and were aptly rewarded with the Revolution Season Championship.

In the Future Stars competition, Emily Kay (Motorpoint-Marshalls Pasta) took the overall girl’s competition, she’ll be one to watch in the future and her dominance throughout the series has shone through. Sam Lowe (Team Sky) in a similairly dominant factor, won the boy’s series overall.

The Revolution will return in October 2011. Keep tuned to cyclingrevolution.com for more information.
STANDINGS
Maxgear Racing – 34 pts
Team Sky – 33 pts
Le Col – 30 pts
Motorpoint-Marshalls Pasta – 23 pts
Revolution Allstars – 19 pts
Chep UK – 18 pts
Manchester City Council – 14 pts
Rapha Condor Sharp – 9 pts.

Primal Wear Signs on as Gold Sponsor of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association
More than $300,000 worth of custom cycling jerseys to be provided to high school racers over three-year sponsorship
Primal Wear, a leading designer and manufacturer of branded and custom technical cycling apparel, today announced it will be a Gold Sponsor of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA), the nation’s governing body for high school mountain bike racing.

Primal will provide more than $300,000 worth of custom cycling jerseys as Berkeley, Calif.-based NICA seeks to expand its program from six leagues to 11 over the next three years.

“As we work toward expanding mountain bike racing among grades 9-12 across America, having Primal top-quality jerseys displaying our message is a huge asset,” said Gary Boulanger, who oversees communications and league development for NICA. “Primal’s long history in the industry providing technical cycling apparel, combined with their strong design and marketing sense, will go a long way in helping us support young athletes and grow the sport.”

Primal will provide NICA and its teams 5,200 jerseys each year for the next three years. A major part of the support is working with each of the league’s individual teams developing jersey designs they are proud to race in, and managing production and delivery as the league grows. Primal will also design and provide the leader’s jerseys for the leagues race series.

“NICA’s amazing student-athletes represent the future of competitive mountain biking and we are honored to help them as they work toward their racing goals,” said Dave Edwards, Primal Wear founder and CEO. “We hope our contribution will help expand youth racing across the country.”

In addition to supplying jerseys for youth racers, Primal Wear will also collaborate with NICA in research and development for new products aimed at better serving young riders.

For more information about the National Interscholastic Cycling Association, go to www.nationalmtb.org and for more information on Primal Wear, go to www.primalwear.com.

About National Interscholastic Cycling Association
The National Interscholastic Cycling Association is a Berkeley, Calif.-based non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and governing mountain bike racing for students across the country in grades 9-12. Launched in 2009, the organization now oversees racing leagues in Northern and Southern California as well as in Colorado, Texas, Washington and Minnesota. More information can be found at www.nationalmtb.org or by calling 510.524.5464.

About Primal Wear
Primal Wear, founded in 1992 by avid cyclists, manufactures highly technical and authentic cycling apparel and some of the most recognizable jerseys in the world. Primal (www.primalwear.com) has stayed true to its grassroots culture while steadily growing its customer base by providing branded and custom clothing to hundreds of thousands of cyclists every year from around the globe. As a company of die-hard cyclists committed to improving the sport, and designers dedicated to innovation and creativity, Primal keeps in touch with the soul of the sport and its business.

The Latest Italian Job
With the New Year well underway, many of you will be preparing your dream bike for next season, before you finalise anything take a look at an online seller who may just help you decide on something a little less obvious.

Continuing its search for the very best of Italian bikes, Grupetto Italia are about to launch their 2011 portfolio with a host of past legends and a couple of new names to watch out for next year. The new collection contains the much anticipated return of ROSSIN the famous name behind some of the best Pro teams of the 1980’s and that decades biggest technology advancements as well as the iconic PANTANI range with both names offering bikes designed from entry level through to Elite level racing. New for 2011 Grupetto are also proud to introduce i-style into the UK a co-ordinated range of ‘italian made’ clothing that enables you to migrate easily through all riding environments and conditions without having to re-invest in new pieces each time the weather changes.

With their website now live, Grupetto’s entire collection is now easily accessable for people who want bikes that not only perform in the highest echelons but also have the inherant quality and style of Italian made bikes. The rich racing heritage of the brands combined with the latin instinct to have the very latest equipment and technology makes for a rich mix that will reward any cycling enthusiast. ‘New kids on the Piazza’ are ABICI a retro inspired selection of town bikes and urban clothing beautifully “crafted” near Parma, alongside Gianni PISTIDDA a brilliant new frame designer who is fast establishing himself as one of the best custom carbon builders in Italy. Covering opposite ends of the bike spectrum, (and budgets) the two manufacturers are never the less tied together by a commitment to brilliant performance with beautiful looks. Recent Pistidda commissions have come from Mr. Mark Weber of F1 fame, (who wanted a Red Bull branded machine for racing & training) and Maro Engel so we think his engineering pedigree has had a nice stamp of approval from the world of motor sport a place that even cycling finds itself ‘borrowing’ technological advancements from occasionally.

Grupetto’s Nick O’Brien says “we are delighted to be working alongside such high quality brands, both with the established names like Rossin and Pantani with whom we grew up knowing how good they are, as well as names like Pistidda who we feel make some of the best racing frames available or ABICI who perfectly illustrate the simple joy to be had from riding a great looking bike.”

The Grupetto portfolio has been carefully put together to reflect their passion for the finest Italy has to offer and is based on providing customers with real input and advice when choosing the right bike for their cycling needs. Nick adds “we’ve found that many of our clients have been looking for clear advice and support, when setting out to select the bike for them. They know that they want something more than average, both in looks and performance, but have struggled to find it from some of the more obvious makes”. Grupetto’s aim is to keep offering the best cycling solutions available but always provided with the style and panache that only true Italian bikes have.

Launching our collection last year was a real success for Grupetto, and the plan for 2011 is to return ROSSIN, (the originator of low profile technology and disc wheels in the early 80s) to its rightful position as a leading name in cycling. And also to spread the word for PANTANI bikes – the 2011 Bike Project range is designed and built by the same people who were behind the frames that Pantani rode in his break through professional years so the quality is inherant. Both brands have a Palmarйs that Cav would be proud of including for Rossin wins at Milan-San Remo and Paris Roubaix. The current range builds on their unique historys with the ‘Rossin Ghibli’ paying tribute to the bike of the same name that had such success in the 80’s with riders like Hennie Kuiper and Roger De Vlaeminck, still packed full of advanced technology, they are, you’ll be glad to know, subtler in their paintjobs than back then. Talking of great styling Pantani’s flagship model is the Phibra Two with a curved top tube that screams speed, even when standing still the ergonomic frame looks like its effortlessly cutting through a head wind.

Another Rossin model that Grupetto is very excited about for the new year is ‘the Marathon’ building on their pioneering spirit with a fantastic interpretation of the fixie principle – combining retro good looks with MTB and Cross components for one of the classiest looking urban bikes you’ll find. Its going to make your commute a joy and a weekend Espresso stop a must for all cafй racers.

Grupetto have gathered together some of the most exciting names to come out of Italy, carefully selected to support their principle of providing top quality design alongside beautiful appearances available at the best price. So if you are looking for bikes and apparel that’s going to stand out from the crowd for all the right reasons in the performance and style departments it’s well worth visiting their new website at www.grupettoitalia.co.ukwww.grupettoitalia.co.uk or www.rossinbikes.co.uk.www.rossinbikes.co.uk

To find out more about these or any other Grupetto Italia related products please call Nick O’Brien direct on 01494 432 984.

Champion System forms new Pro Cycling team
Champion System, a leader in custom technical apparel, is proud to announce the debut of a new professional cycling team. The team is registered as a UCI Continental Team in Hong Kong.

The 16 member team consists of riders from six different nations (Hong Kong, Estonia, Germany, Austria, Australia and Switzerland). The captain of the team is cycling veteran Jaan Kirsipuu, a former stage winner in the Tour de France as well as a former wearer of both the overall yellow leader jersey as well as the green sprint leader jersey. In 1998 and 1999 he was the number one ranked professional cyclist based on his total UCI victories. With a lightning fast sprint, even at the age 41, this seasoned pro will not only be counted on to win races but also as a mentor to the younger riders. In 2010 the Estonian sprinter was 3rd at the National Road Championships. In addition, Jaan appeared on the podium in prestigious stage races such as the Tour of China and the Tour of Thailand.

One of the primary goals of the team is to allow Asia’s top cyclists to compete in Europe at the highest level of the sport. Until now opportunities for Asian racers to compete in Europe have been rare. Team Champion System will now pave the way.

The team will be competing on Champion System frames, a new division of Champion System. Scott Kaylin, co-founder of Champion System, stated “We opted against any of the title sponsorship offers we received and instead decided to form a new company to produce Champion System frames. All the profits will go towards maintaining and growing our own pro team and hopefully additional Champion System teams. This puts us in a position of not worrying about finding sponsors every few years to keep the team going.”

The team will make their racing debut at Tour de Langkawi, January 23-February 1.

Team Raleigh Launch 2011
Team Raleigh’s new rider line up and sponsors for the coming season were launched to the public and press at the London Bike Show on Saturday 15th January.

Hosting the event was Eurosport commentator Anthony McCrossan, who opened his presentation with a brief history of Raleigh’s prolific cycling past which was significant as only a few hours prior came the news that the famous TI Raleigh manager Peter Post had passed away at the age of 77.

David Moakes Product & Marketing Director for Raleigh UK was introduced on stage by Anthony to give the gathered audience an insight into the team’s plans and ambitions for the future, followed by the riders dressed in their smart leisure clothing sporting the Team Raleigh and Skoda logos, Anthony introduced each rider individually giving a brief bio of their achievements and asking them about the race program and their expectations for the year ahead.

Expanded to 12 riders the new look squad includes 9 new riders from 5 countries an indication of Raleigh’s first steps to an International squad. New UK rider signings include Matt Jones who has returned after 2 years in France with 6 wins, Matt Cronshaw from Rapha nicknamed ‘MC’, Matt Kipling and neo pro Matt Gee. Cronshaw commented ‘Signing for Raleigh has given me so much motivation to move on and gain results for the team, with the motivation hopefully we can take Raleigh and myself onto bigger and better things’.

Representing the US is Phil Mooney who in his own words is a lone win specialist, sprinter Ryan Parnes and adding some fire power is self proclaimed diesel engine Jamie Sparling from Canada. A chance encounter at the Tour of the Pyrennes brought climber Gael LeBellec into the squad and criterium specialist Jeroen Janssen joins from Cherie and Eddie’s Kuota team of 2010. Ryan says ‘I am absolutely thrilled to be here, from what I have seen so far it’s a really impressive peloton. All I want to do for Team Raleigh is win races, no question. We have strong finishers and wicked strong team with a lot of weapons. If I could get across the finish line first that would be great, but I’m willing to turn myself inside out to make sure it’s a Raleigh rider’.

Retained from the 2010 line up is Richard Handley a young rider who grew in strength last season, climbing specialist Dan Fleeman and finally Tour Series sprint sensation Liam Holohan. Liam’s achievements saw the Raleigh name broadcast across all of our TVs during May and June 2010

Managers Cherie Pridham and Eddie White were asked ‘This is a big team, pretty exciting in terms of the riders selected, You have a really strong squad of riders, who do you think will be the surprise packages?’

Cherie ‘It really couldn’t be more exciting for us as managers and the riders. The team we have put together is going to be one of the most competitive in the UK.

Eddie ‘The surprise packages will be coming from the whole team, everyone of the riders is a winner in his own right. If I had the choice I would choose this team every time, I wouldn’t swap any of the guys. We’ve put together a team that will be the envy of the cycling world’.

Marketing Manager Geoff Giddings spoke about the sponsors and equipment giving an insight into the new team bike and praising the support from the industry especially equipment suppliers Michelin, Shimano, San Marco, ITM, and Ritchey. MOA Sports are the official clothing supplier and were present at the launch along with representatives from Carnac and the team’s major sponsor Skoda who have supplied top of the range Superb estates for the coming season. The riders will also be using Uvex helmets and glasses and sports nutrition from High 5 all of which are distributed by Raleigh
2011 Rider Line Up:
Liam Holohan
Richard Handley
Dan Fleeman
Matt Cronshaw
Matt Kipling
Gaлl Le Bellec
Matt Jones
Matt Gee
Jeroen Janssen
Ryan Parnes
Phil Mooney
Jamie Sparling

Sponsors
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SKODA
MOA
MICHELIN
HIGH FIVE
UVEX
ITM
SELLE SAN MARCO
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MOTOREX
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SKS
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Fremont Bank Cycling Team Announces 2011 Rosters
Three District Champions, Top Women & Young Riders Make Program Unique

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. January 18, 2011—What began last fall as Team Leadout has become the Fremont Bank Cycling Team, an elite level development program with a unique combination of goals. Reigning District Road Race Champion, Susannah Breen, and bike industry veteran, Mark Deterline, recognized a void in Northern California bike racing. During their tenure as elite squad managers within their former cycling club, Breen and Deterline decided that more emphasis should be placed on developing female and male riders in their late teens, 20’s and 30’s.

“We realized that most area teams focused on Masters cycling—riders 35 or older,” says Breen. “To support young talented riders—especially women—we felt it was important for us to diversify our team to include riders ages 18 to 34.”

Andy Mastorakis, President of Fremont Bank and a Masters racer himself, has been involved in bike team sponsorship for several years. “Part of Fremont Bank’s charter is to contribute in many different ways to our community. We wholeheartedly support our local cycling program and appreciate Mark and Susannah’s vision,” adds Mastorakis.

Part of the team’s initial fall rosters included Collin Samaan and Menso De Jong, both of whom have turned pro with the newly formed Wonderful Pistachios Professional Cycling Team. Deterline emphasized that watching riders leave his and Breen’s program to join professional or semi-pro squads is the ultimate goal. “Of course it’s bittersweet to see teammates go, especially since they were instrumental in building this program and because we’re all good friends. But that’s the whole point,” he clarified.
Fremont Bank Cycling Team 2011 Rosters:

PRO/1/2 WOMEN
Amy Chandos, Beth Newell, Susannah Breen, Tanja Meyer Tamguney, Annie Malouin, Cody Graf, Catherine R-Goodkin

PRO/1/2 MEN
Aaron Snovel, Todd Stone, Julian Martinez, Michael Jasinski, Mark Marquez, Brad Ahrens, Rob Scheffler, Ryan MacDonald, Adam Ross, Peter Graf, Alex Blease, Nick Oliver, Andrew Kennedy, Mark Deterline

DEVELOPMENT RIDERS
Christina Yglesias, Anthony Lopipero, William Myers, Ashley Norris Gruber, Tanya Davis, Francesca Barsamian, Mara Rieden, John Constas

TRIATHLETES
Tillman Johnson, Matt Jennings

TEAM COACH
Chris McGovern

TEAM BIKE FITTER
Paul Kundrat

Fremont Bank Cycling Team 2011 Sponsors:
Fremont Bank, OSIsoft, PJMB Commercial, Rainmaker Fund, Shyness.com, LIV Organic, Leadout Marketing & Creative, Rudy Project, Selle SMP | Albabici, CycleOps, Fits by Paul, ENVE Composites, Cycleution, Capo Custom Apparel, K-Edge | AceCo Sport Group, LightSpeed Labs, SKINS USA, Trek Bicycle Corporation, DeFeet International, Base Performance Nutrition, Speedplay, Personal Best Products, KT Tape, Sharp Bicycle Lafayette, CA

About Fremont Bank
Fremont Bank (www.fremontbank.com) is the leading full-service community bank in Northern California. Founded in 1964, Fremont Bank is one of the oldest independent family owned and managed banks in the region and focuses on personalized service for individuals and businesses. It serves communities through 19 branches and seven additional ATMs throughout the Greater Bay Area. Exceptional client service is the cornerstone of Fremont Bank’s business. Accommodation of customer needs in a friendly, personal atmosphere characterizes the Bank’s culture.
About Fremont Bank Cycling Team

The riders and volunteer management of Fremont Bank Cycling Team strive to excel at the sport of cycling while exemplifying the tenets of teamwork and sportsmanship. The team also seeks to establish positive relations within the cycling and broader communities while serving as ambassadors of its valued sponsors. To follow the team’s activities and race results as well as learn how to support its efforts, visit the team Facebook page (Fremont Bank Cycling Team), receive updates via Twitter (www.twitter.com/TeamFremontBank) and read the men’s and women’s blogs at: (https://teamleadout.wordpress.com, https://teamleadout.blogspot.com).


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