Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Team Press Release

For those of you who havent seen the press release about the 2010 TORQ Performance team, here it is! This was sent out to press midway through March.

In just under 7 days time, that well known nutrition brand TORQ will be unleashing an exciting line up of talented riders ready to take on the might of international and national competition. For 2010 TORQ have raised the bar and have registered 4 pro riders with the UCI to enable them to compete at the highest levels. These select riders are Anthony O’Boyle, who is currently racing and training in Australia and first signs are that he’s already upped his game and 2010 should see him take huge strides on the international field. Next up is Tim Dunford, an experienced elite rider with years of consistent results, he hopes that 2010 with be his springboard to greater achievements. Ben Thomas is an up and coming elite rider who has showed remarkable application and already, notable pre season results are coming in thick and fast and finally Australian rider Andy Blair completes the pro line up. Blair has been a member of the Australian National Squad for many years and has many world cups to his name. Along side this uber elite TORQ squad will also be 6 other talented riders who we will watch develop and undoubtedly dominate their respective races as the year unfolds.

The creation of this has only been possible firstly with the backing of TORQ boss Matt Hart, who thoroughly embraces the new team structure says "TORQ’s Performance Mountain Bike Team is a heavily sponsored professional outfit and the objective is simple. To unite some of the countries most accomplished Mountain Bike racers into a team with unrivalled strength in depth and to set an example to everyone involved in the sport that high-end performances are achieved in symbiosis with generosity of spirit, courtesy and integrity."

As a long term supporter of grass roots mountain biking in the UK, Hart is now undoubtedly proud to be part of this big step forward for the TORQ team. Through the hard work of dedicated team manager Rob Barker the team has attracted an impressive portfolio of sponsorship that will enable them to quite literally ‘reach for the stars!’ The partnership with Kona remains strong and for this year the team will be using a customized version of the new the Kona Kilauea, the company’s first step into the carbon market. SRAM have stepped in to provide flagship XX group sets to dress the bikes, which will be topped with Rock Shox World Cup Sids to deliver a knockout machine that weighs in under an impressive 20lbs. While a whole host of other top quality sponsors fit the team out to help them on their way to achieve their aims.

Barker commented on the new TORQ outlook:
“ We will see TORQ step into the world arena with our heads held high. With a full season of both international and domestic races, TORQ aims to be a force to reckoned with at many major events and being fortunate enough to have strong army of sponsors our aim is to promote their amazing products as well as race our hearts out aiming for that top step. We will be competing at the British Mountain Bike Race Series, where we hope to dominate the Team relay event as well as perform outstandingly across all levels as well as target World Cups and many more domestic endurance team based events”

Ben Gaby marketing manager of Kona explained their involvement once again with TORQ:
'Kona Bicycles are delighted to be working with the TORQ racing team again for the 2010 season. We believe the team has the correct balance of focus and approachability, with some exceptional athletes that can tackle the diverse 2010 events calendar. The team will be riding the brand new Kona Kilauea carbon race hardtails, developed for the rigours of top mountain bike racing.

Team Line up 2010:
Andy Blair - Elite
Anthony O Boyle - Elite
Ben Thomas - Elite
Nick Collins - Elite
Sion O Boyle - Elite
Tim Dunford - Elite
Lee Craigie - Elite Woman
James Lister - Endurance
Mateusz Wielgos - Expert
Lydia Gould - Endurance

Sponsor line up:
TORQ - Nutrition
SRAM – Group sets
Rock Shox - Forks
Avid - Brakes
MET - Helmets
Kona - Framesets
Ritchey – handlebars /stems /seatposts
Super star components – Hub & Headsets
Alex Rims - Rims
Sapin - spokes
Exposure - Lights
Fizik - Saddles
Juice lubes
Lake - shoes
Jagwire - cables
Schwalbe - Tyres
Crank Bros - Pedals
Bike Box Alan – Bike boxes
Nomad Bike Washers
Stans no tubes – Tyre Sealant
Cycleops Powertaps and Trainers – Training aids
Fibrax - brakepads
Champion system – Performance clothing
Maxgear – eyewear/compression clothing/tools

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