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Smartville, Calif. (December 8, 2005) - With both Kodak EasyShare Gallery
and Sierra Nevada extending their co-title sponsorship of the Kodakgallery.com/Sierra
Nevada Pro Cycling Team into the 2006 season, Principal Sports Management
Group LLC has finalized the team's 12-rider roster for the coming season.
Six team members will return from the 2005 campaign, along with six newcomers including three first-year professionals.
Veteran climber and former Canadian National Champion, Dominique
Perras and Ben Jacques-Maynes, a former collegiate
national champion and overall winner at the Nature Valley Grand Prix in
2004, headline the returning riders.
They are accompanied by Pete Lopinto, a solid support rider
and criterium specialist, Dan Schmatz, a veteran sprinter
with a strong leadership presence, Jackson Stewart, another
sprinter who looks to continue improving to his climbing and overall riding,
and Scott Zwizanski, who placed 2nd overall at the Bermuda
Grand Prix in September 2005.
New to Kodakgallery.com/Sierra Nevada are Kiwi sprinter Jason Allen,
who joined McGuire-Langdale during the 2005 season, Jesse Anthony,
winner of six U.S. cyclocross championships in the junior and U-23 ranks,
Skyler Bishop, who made his pro debut with Health Net in
2003, Mike Dietrich, a standout on the highly regarded
Fiordifrutta amateur team, Martin Gilbert, a stage winner
at the Tour du Beauce in August 2005, and David Robinson,
who makes the jump from the TIAA-CREF development team.
Kodakgallery.com/Sierra Nevada Operations Manager, Kurt Stockton commented, "We've brought back six guys that have been a good fit for our program and who ride well together. Of the new riders, we think that Jason [Allen] and Martin [Gilbert] will turn into excellent finishers, and Jesse [Anthony], Mike [Dietrich], Skyler [Bishop] and David [Robinson] will give us more depth in all kinds of events."
The team's racing manager, Robin Zellner added, "Next season looks like it will be more balanced among the teams in North America, and these twelve guys will be competitive in every race we enter."
Keeping a close watch on both the team's athletic performance and its marketing visibility in those races will, of course, be its co-title sponsors - Kodak EasyShare Gallery and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
"This year, we saw the benefits of working with the Kodakgallery.com/Sierra Nevada professional cycling team to create a stronger program that put both our brands in front of a larger audience. We're excited about continuing and growing the team for 2006," said David Rich, vice president of Marketing, Kodak Imaging Network, Inc.
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. President Ken Grossman added, "The team's management and athletes have done an excellent job of representing both Kodak EasyShare Gallery and Sierra Nevada, and we'll be stepping up our efforts to promote our sponsorship next season."
Zellner added, "Having this kind of continuity with our title sponsors really validates the hard work that we've put into building our program. We're looking forward to next season."
The team's equipment sponsors will be announced in the coming weeks.
The 2006 Kodakgallery.com/Sierra Nevada Pro Cycling Team:
ALLEN, Jason / August 17, 1981 / Blenheim, New Zealand
ANTHONY, Jesse / June 12, 1985 / Beverly, MA
BISHOP, Skyler / May 23, 1983 / Del Mar, CA
DIETRICH, Mike / May 29, 1981 / Tucson, AZ
GILBERT, Martin / October 30, 1982 / Chateauguay, Quebec
JACQUES-MAYNES, Ben / September 22, 1978 / San Jose, CA
LOPINTO, Pete / September 1, 1980 / Boulder, CO
PERRAS, Dominique / February 11, 1974 / St-Lambert, Quebec
ROBINSON, David / December 21, 1983 / Bend, OR
SCHMATZ, Dan / May 21, 1974 / Longmont, CO
STEWART, Jackson / June 30, 1980 / Los Gatos, CA
ZWIZANSKI, Scott / May 29, 1977 / Downington, PA
STOCKTON, Kurt / Operations Manager / Smartville, CA
ZELLNER, Robin / Racing Manager / Larkspur, CA
FUSCO, Joanne / Soigneur / Bellevue, WA
KADIS, Josh / Marketing Manager / San Francisco, CA