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Volvo-Cannondale Increases Program for an Outstanding 2002 Season


Waukesha, Wis. (January 22, 2002) – Validating its firm commitment to mountain biking and fielding the best professional mountain bike team on the planet, Volvo-Cannondale Cycling today announced that it will be showcasing an outstanding world-class mountain bike racing team that will focus on UCI World Cup, NORBA NCS and other high-level events for the 2002 season.
The roster consisting entirely of returning athletes from the successful 2001 campaign includes Anne-Caroline Chausson (World Champion – DH and Dual), Tinker Juarez (U.S. National 24 Hour Solo Champion), as well as Christoph Sauser (Winner – WC XC #4), Cedric Gracia, Kashi Leuchs and Lance Trappe.
In a year that has seen many changes in the cycling industry, including team cutbacks, the Volvo-Cannondale Team also announced new additions and exciting changes to the organization. The paramount change for 2002 is the elevation of the Volvo-Cannondale Professional Mountain Bike Racing Team to a fully encompassing cycling program with a new name, Volvo-Cannondale Cycling.
The team will have an expanded focus on ALL levels of mountain biking with U.S. and European grassroots festival participation and 24-hour racing at events such as Roc D’Azur, Sea Otter Classic, 24 Hours of Adrenaline and 24 Hours of Moab.
"As a team, Volvo-Cannondale Cycling is firmly committed to racing and winning in addition to providing our sponsors with the best marketing value possible," said new team manager, Eric Wallace. "We will continue to work hard to provide the highest level of support, best staff and finest sponsors in the industry to continue to win at the UCI World Cup, NORBA NCS and World Championship levels."
An important addition to VCC, premiering in 2002 will be expanded community outreach and an extensive consumer focused Volvo test drive and Cannondale demo program. This means that riders, racers and frankly – anybody can come to the races, visit participating Volvo dealerships or Cannondale bike shops and take a spin in or on some of the same cars, bikes and equipment that the Volvo-Cannondale professional athletes utilize to win all over the world.
The Volvo-Cannondale Cycling program hits the single-track in early March with training camp in sunny Sedona, Arizona at the Hilton Sedona Resort (www.hiltonsedona.com).

Training camp will include many aspects of training as the athletes are educated about their new team equipment, corporate and marketing policies of the sponsors and interactions with the media. Most importantly, the athletes are issued their new Cannondale team issue bicycles: the Scalpel, Gemini and Jeckyl along with their brand new race clothing and other products.

The team will also be reintroduced to all of the "behind the scenes" offerings that are unique to VCC, such as, revolutionary cycling specific massage and body therapy techniques practiced by the team soigneurs and Osteopath. Team mechanics and technicians will also work extensively with each of the athletes to ensure proper fit and correct equipment set-up.
After camp, the team will head to early season events with stops at the Redlands Classic and the Sea Otter Classic and will then continue on to UCI World Cup, NORBA NCS and other high-level events all over the world.
2002 Volvo-Cannondale Cycling

Christoph Sauser (Switzerland) – Cross Country

Kashi Leuchs (New Zealand) – Cross Country

Tinker Juarez (USA) – Cross Country and 24 Hour

Anne-Caroline Chausson (France) – Downhill, Dual Slalom and FourX

Cedric Gracia (France) – Downhill, Dual Slalom and FourX

Lance Trappe (USA) - Trials


Team Director: Tom Schuler

Team Manager: Eric Wallace

Head Soigneur/NORBA Team Manager: Stephanie Graham

Head Mechanic: Mike Napieralski

Downhill Technician: Doug Dalton


Title Sponsors:

Volvo – Team Vehicles

Cannondale – Team Bicycles

Bicycle Equipment:

Shimano – Shifters, Deraileurs, Chains and Downhill Cranks

Mavic – Wheel Systems

Fizik – Saddles

Hutchinson – Tires

Pedro’s – Lubes, Grease and Bicycle Cleaning Supplies

Park Tools – Tools

ODI – Grips

THE Fenders – Fenders

Cat Eye – Cycling Computers

Magura – Disc Brakes

Innovations In Cycling – Air Canister Inflation Systems

Thule – Bicycle Roof Racks

Fox Shocks – Downhill Rear Suspension

DT Swiss Inc. – Spokes

Athlete Soft Equipment:

Cannondale – Competition Clothing

Peak Performance – Active and Casual Wear

Bell Helmets – Helmets

Azonic – Gloves

Golden Ratio Woodworks – Massage Tables

Biotone – Massage Products

Brave Soldier – Skin and Wound Care

Champion Nutrition – Nutritional Supplements and Energy Drink

Cat Eye – Heart Rate Monitors

GU – Energy Gel

Oakley – Eye Wear


Web site: www.teamsportsinc.com

Contact Information

Al Krueger, PR Director

Volvo-Cannondale Cycling




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