Slipstream Sports LLC Announces 2008 Team
Team grows in talent and funding as Chipotle Mexican Grill increases sponsorship
as presenting sponsor. Team unviels "Get in the Slipstream" 2008 jersey design
Slipstream Continues Mission to Promote Ethical
Sporting and Invites Fans To “Get In The Slipstream” with a Contest to Design
the Official 2008 Team Jersey
Slipstream Sports LLC and its chief venture, the Slipstream/Chipotle
Professional Cycling Team, is poised for a big year. The powerhouse, dedicated
to promoting ethical sporting and developing the next generation of cycling
champions, today unveiled it’s highly-anticipated 2008 team roster, announced
that it has signed Chipotle Mexican Grill as a co-title sponsor, and plans for a
world-wide competition to design the 2008 team jersey.
The 2008 Team Slipstream/Chipotle Roster:
Christian Vande Velde
One more member of the team will be selected after the USA National weekend
Slipstream Sports, in partnership with the Agency for Cycling Ethics (ACE),
created the most aggressive anti-doping program in the professional sports world
in 2007. All athletes on the 2008 Slipstream/Chipotle Team will voluntarily
participate in this program and will be tested over 1,200 times during 2008.
This is more than 20 times the number of tests that most professional cyclists
are subject to annually through the sports’ governing body, Union Cycliste
“We are poised for an outstanding year and are excited to have grown our
relationship with Chipotle,” said Doug Ellis, Slipstream Sports’ Chairman and
majority owner. “This is hands-down the strongest group of riders we have ever
had. We are continuing to compete at higher levels and in 2008, you will see us
at bigger races – hopefully the biggest. But the goal of our team remains the
same: to re-establish cycling's credibility, re-gain the trust of fans around
the world, and re-kindle the hope of fair sport.”
Slipstream Sports LLC continues to seek a primary title sponsor for the team.
Chipotle Signs on as Presenting Sponsor, Increases
Recognizing Slipstream’s commitment to re-establishing integrity into
professional cycling, Chipotle considerably increased its two-year-old
sponsorship with the team, signing on as presenting sponsor as the team pursues
its goal of going to the Tour de France in 2008.
About seven years ago, Chipotle launched a vision it calls “Food With
Integrity,” and started an incremental revolution aimed at finding better
alternatives for every ingredients it uses. That commitment has lead the
national chain of burrito restaurants to serve more naturally raised meat (meat
coming from animals that are raised in a humane way, never given antibiotics or
added hormones, and fed a pure vegetarian diet) than any other restaurant in the
“Better food comes from farms that emphasize care over the use of chemicals.
Unfortunately, producing food this way has become the exception rather than the
rule,” said Chipotle Marketing Director Jim Adams. “We’ve taken bold steps to
change that, just like Slipstream has taken bold steps to change the world of
professional cycling for the better.”
“Get in the Slipstream”
Contest Lets Fans Enter for a Chance to Design the Official 2008
For the first time in cycling history, a fan will design a professional team
jersey. Slipstream’s “Get in the Slipstream” contest will allow fans to submit
design ideas for the official 2008 Team Slipstream/Chipotle jersey. The winning
design will become the official team jersey, worn by the team in and out of
competition for the entire 2008 season. The winner will also receive a full team
kit and jersey autographed by the team members. More info below.
Fans can submit design ideas from August 31 –
September 15, 2007 on the Slipstream Sports Web site (www.slipstreamsports.com).
Contestants will only need to incorporate orange and blue argyle, as well as
logos for Chipotle, Felt and Slipstream Sports. These logos and other relevant
information can also be found on
A panel of judges, including Doug Ellis and Jonathan Vaughters, will select
the top 5 jersey designs on September 21, 2007 and the public will then be
invited to vote for the winning jersey.
Team Slipstream/Chipotle will compete in a full slate of international races
throughout the spring and summer, including the Amgen Tour of California, Tour
of Georgia and are poised to compete in Paris-Nice, Criterium International,
Philly Week (Lancaster, Reading and Philadelphia), Dauphine Libere, USPRO
Criterium, USPRO Road Race, Tour of Missouri, and, hopefully, the Tour de
About Slipstream Sports
Founded in 2005, Slipstream Sports LLC is a highly progressive sports management
company dedicated solely to promoting the ethical growth of American cycling.
About Team Slipstream/Chipotle: Owned and
managed by Slipstream Sports, a sports marketing and development company, Team
Slipstream is dedicated to promoting ethical sporting and developing the next
generation of cycling champions, features some of the country’s top cyclists. In
2007, Team Slipstream partnered with Agency for Cycling Ethics (ACE), to create
the most progressive anti-doping system in the professional sports world. Each
of the team's 23 riders will be voluntarily tested 1200 times throughout the
season; 20 times the number of tests that most professional cyclists are subject
Team Slipstream will be competing in a full schedule of professional cycling
races in the U.S. and Europe throughout 2007. Additional information is
available at www.slipstreamsports.com.
About Chipotle: Chipotle Mexican Grill
(NYSE: CMG and CMG.B) offers a focused menu of burritos, tacos, burrito bowls (a
burrito without the tortilla) and salads made from fresh, high-quality raw
ingredients, prepared using classic cooking methods and served in a distinctive
atmosphere. Through our vision of Food With Integrity, Chipotle is seeking
better food not only from using fresh ingredients, but ingredients that are
sustainably grown and naturally raised with respect for the animals, the land,
and the farmers who produce the food. Chipotle opened its first restaurant in
1993 and currently operates more than 640 restaurants. For more information,
"Get in the Slipstream" Contest Lets Fans Enter for
a Chance to Design the Official 2008 Slipstream/Chipotle Jersey
For the first time in cycling history, a fan will design a professional
team jersey. Slipstream's "Get in the Slipstream" contest will allow fans to
submit design ideas for the official 2008 Team Slipstream/Chipotle jersey. The
winning design will become the official team jersey, worn by the team in and out
of competition for the entire 2008 season. The winner will also receive a full
team kit and jersey autographed by the team members. A panel of judges,
including Doug Ellis and Jonathan Vaughters, will select the top 5 jersey
designs on September 21, 2007, and the public will then be invited to vote for
the winning jersey.
It is fun and easy to compete!!
Download the fan design toolkit here and then submit the form below, along
with a .jpg, .gif, or .png version of your jersey design to be entered into our
jersey design contest. Image files should be no larger than 2MB. If your design
is chosen as the winner, we will contact you to coordinate getting a
high-resolution version of the design. Here are a few more rules to help you get
- The design must contain at least one of the following pantone colors:
Blue: 279 Orange: 144.
- The design must incorporate the Slipstream argyle pattern as displayed on
our website. Argyle is defined as a pattern containing diamonds in a diagonal
- All designs must feature the Slipstream logo at least 12 X 4 inches with
the Chipotle logo and the Felt logo at least 8 X 5 inches on the jersey. Logos
are included in the toolkit.
- The design must fill the shape provided on the PDF or AI template;
templates are included in the toolkit
- No other shape or size may be used.
All entries are due no later than 3:00pm New York time on September 15, 2007.
Please be sure to read the
The winner will be announced at Interbike.