First, it’s huge. This will easily take up an entire page on my blog. Makes me look slack, since not only did I not have to put any effort into it, but it’s hundreds of words more than my usual posts. Second, while I’m excited about Interbike, I’m not sure I need to publish every press release they send me. There’s a decent chance that someone who reads my blog has enough interest in cycling that they already read this last Friday, when it came out. So why did I publish it? Because I read the part where a donation will be made to Bikes Belong, and I think that any time a company supports programs like this, they deserve some recognition.
So here it is:ATHENS, Georgia and LAS VEGAS – September 14, 2007 – Swagger, LLC today announced details of the Bicycling Magazine Industry Cup, scheduled for Thursday night, September 27 at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas. The event is part of the World Criterium Championship, the final race in the 10-city 2007 USA Crits Championship Series.The Bicycling Magazine Industry Cup is presented by and held in conjunction with Interbike, the annual bicycle trade show, which runs from September 24-28, 2007 in Las Vegas.
The inaugural Bicycling Magazine Industry Cup allows show attendees from all sides of the business end of cycling to compete for prizes on the same 1k course as the USA Crits professional series finale, which serpentines through the Mandalay Bay resort guaranteeing large numbers of spectators for the event.
Some of the industry luminaries registered to participate are Steve Hegg, Ned Overend, Dory Selinger and Wayne Stetina. Hegg was a two-time Olympic medalist at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California where he won a gold medal in the men’s 4000m individual pursuit and a silver medal in the 4000m team pursuit. Overend is a Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) World Mountain Biking Champion, XTERRA World Champion and a United States Bicycling Hall of Famer. Selinger is the 2005 United States Track National Champion and a Paralympics medalist. Stetina is a former multiple-time United States Road Champion and a current member of the United States Bicycling Hall of Fame.“Sponsoring the Industry Cup gives Bicycling the perfect opportunity to rally alongside our clients in an event that will give everyone an energizing break from the Interbike show floor,” says Bicycling VP/Publishing Director Chris Lambiase.
During the race, primes from Planet Bike, Kinetic Trainers and Rock & Republic will be offered.
Pacific Cycle (Schwinn) and the Saris Cycling Group (CycleOps), have joined forces to create the SchwycleOps team. They have issued a “bragging rights” challenge to all willing to take them on. Jeff Frehner, President / CEO of Pacific Cycle, and Chris Fortune, CEO of Saris Cycling Group, are offering a challenge purse of $2,500 to be donated to Bikes Belong in the company names of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd-place finishers. $1,500, will be donated under the 1st-place finisher’s company name; $750 under the 2nd-place finisher’s company name; and $250 will be awarded under the 1st, 2nd and 3rd-place finisher’s company names, respectively. Frehner and Fortune are also providing a prime prize, an award-winning 2.4 Wireless PowerTap from CycleOps Power.
“We are truly excited to have industry heavy hitters such as Pacific and Saris Cycling Group step up their involvement in the Industry Cup event and support cycling at the front of the class,” said Ravi Rajcoomar, managing partner of Swagger, the country’s leading producer of criterium racing and organizer of the Vegas crits. “I wonder if there are any other industry players willing to put their money where their mouths are … because talk is cheap!” Others, apparently, have heard the challenge and are ready to answer it.
“We’re going to Vegas to do two things; shoot dice and drop SchwycleOps.” said Planet Bike product manager, Erik Olson. “And I figure we’ll be tired of dice by Wednesday, so there’ll only be one thing left to do come Thursday night.”
Planet Bike will make a $5000 donation in the company name of the last rider to cross the line (DNF and pulled riders don’t count) to the Thunderhead Alliance. The DFL rider will also walk away with a Planet Bike Alias HID lighting system and other swag.
Race winner jerseys are to be awarded in the Industry Cup in the following five categories: