Zipp Neutral Support Partner for Amgen Tour of California
Partnership Between SRAM, Speedplay, Specialized and Zipp Creates Official Support Team
LOS ANGELES (April 26, 2010) - The SRAM Neutral Race Support (NRS) team will be the official neutral support partner of the 2010 Amgen Tour of California AEG, presenter of the professional cycling road race set for May 16-23, announced today. The team, which will combine their expertise to provide world-class neutral race support for all the cyclists participating in the race, was created out of a partnership that includes Speedplay, Specialized, Zipp and SRAM.
About the Amgen Tour of California
The largest cycling event in America, the 2010 Amgen Tour of California is a Tour de France-style cycling road race, presented by AEG, that challenges the world's top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding course through the state from May 16-23.
SRAM was founded in 1987 in Chicago, IL, with the component that redefined bicycle gear shifting, Grip Shift. Since then SRAM has continued to deliver innovation to cyclists around the globe through its SRAM, Rockshox, Avid, Truvativ, and Zipp brands. With the 2006 global release of SRAM Force and Rival, SRAM componentry entered the professional road racing ranks at its highest level. Today, led by its flagship SRAM RED road component group, SRAM delivers best-in-class ergonomics, weight, efficiency, materials, and is the choice of the World's best athletes and teams. International teams racing SRAM RED in 2010 include Team RadioShack, Team Saxo Bank, Team Astana, and the Cervelo Test Team.
About Zipp Speed Weaponry
Zipp Speed Weaponry was founded in 1988 with the sole mission of making athletes faster on their bikes. Over the course of the last twenty years, Zipp has done exactly that, by drawing on its core competencies of design engineering, composites knowledge, and wind tunnel development. It is these competencies that have allowed Zipp to deliver a series of firsts in the cycling industry. From the first carbon disc wheel to the first carbon crank to the first wheel to achieve negative drag in the wind tunnel. These firsts have helped Zipp athletes to become champions in the toughest races in the world, on the fiercest roads in the world, from the cobbled roads of Belgium to the Queen K in Kona. Zipp Wheels are handmade in Speedway, IN USA. www.zipp.com.
Specialized Bicycles was founded in 1974 by riders, for riders. Headquartered in Morgan Hill, Calif., with global distribution, the company focuses on making everyone's time on a bike better by delivering functional and technically advanced equipment that provides a performance benefit.
Speedplay focuses on making the world's best pedal systems. By embracing a nontraditional approach to product development, the company produces an exceptional line of pedals which are reflective of the shared passion cyclists have for the sport. Through partnerships with the sport's top professional teams and by incorporating feedback from the most demanding riders in the world, after thousands of miles, under the harshest conditions, Speedplay creates the pedals that have helped cyclists around the world win the Tour de France, the Giro d'Italia, the Olympics, the World Road and Time Trial Championships, Paris-Roubaix and the Hawaii Ironman World Championship. Even with this in mind, Speedplay's ultimate goal is to satisfy the daily demands of all riders.