Its been a long time coming…waiting, er one of the two?! I have been waiting to make my announcement until I received my kits, I wanted to do a really fun photo shoot in my back yard so I could feel like a super model, but alas, we're all busy and unfortunately I didn't receive my kit until this last week and I did my own photo shoot with my I-phone, a mirror, and a really messy room (because as someone asked "did you try on every piece of clothing?" yes…I did). I am pleased to announce my new team! I have been seeing press release after press release from lots of people creating their own teams, and I kept going back and forth on wether I should write up a press release, but then I remembered who I am. I'm Courtenay, I enjoy blogging, and I'm personal, I want my readers and fans to feel a personal connection to me and a personal blog entry is just what I'm going to do. So to further a-do let me introduce you to my new team/sponsors, GE Capital/American Classic. A little back history.
What do you do when you're a relatively new rider who doesn't have many connections in the cycling world, but yet you can consistently finish with top results at domestic UCI races. You start searching and looking. I sent my resume out to a few places, and I heard nothing, so I was left to my own devices. I've been working towards this goal since February. The first thing was to look for a title and presenting sponsor, after all, racing at the top level requires a lot of financial sponsorship. Once I found a title sponsor, I knew I would be in need of more sponsors and then ultimately find the best product to race!
I'm proud to announce GE Capital as my title sponsor and I can't wait to represent American Classic Wheels, leaders of the tubeless technology as a supporting sponsor. I will be riding their Carbon Tubulars with only the best tubular tires out there, Clement! I'm so excited to partner up with Clement and race and train on their tires. I LOVE them, and I can't imagine racing any other tires out there, seriously, they are the best. Clement has a large line up of cyclocross, mountain, road and gravel tires, and I have ridden almost all of them, and they always leave me smiling.
Now I realize, I can't just roll my wheels around with out a frame. I will be ripping around the race course on my Rock Lobster custom frames, American Classic wheels, Clement tires and I can't forget the powerful stopping ability of my RevoX Carbon TRP brakes. WD40 Bike will keep my bikes squeaky clean all season along with some supported mechanic and pit help of Chris Bondus (heaven sent)! Squadra clothing will keep me comfortable, cool when necessary and warm when needed, while training and racing. Clif will fuel my hunger for all things tasty and recovery purposes. KASK helmets will keep my head safe in a stylish manner. Thanks to Fi'zik my bum and feet will be the comfiest they have ever been during racing and training (saddles and shoes). Thanks to the stickiness of Lizard Skins bar tape, my hands will never slip off my bars in the muddiest of conditions. Spy Optics will keep my eyes protected on the sunniest of days and muddiest of courses. Last but not least, my heart goes out to one of my favorite local businesses Barlean's, makers of the worlds freshest organic oils (Flax, Fish, coconut, + more).
Stay tuned for future partnerships!