Georgia Cities to Host Camp and Events
for 5-hour ENERGY presented by
Kenda Racing Team
Southern Cross Race on Feb. 16; Team Presentation on Feb. 22 Allow Fans to Connect with Pro Cycling Team
The top professional men's cycling team in the U.S. from last year is headed to the summer bicycling mecca of the north Georgia mountains for its winter training camp and sponsor symposium next month. From February 16-22, 2013, the 5-hour ENERGY® presented by Kenda Racing Team will head to the hilly terrain of Dahlonega, Georgia to test equipment and to work on fitness. The week will include wind tunnel testing and Southern Cross cyclo-cross event in Dahlonega, as well as a Team Presentation in Atlanta.
Dahlonega is the headquarters for On The Rivet Management, which owns and operates the UCI Continental cycling team. The last two seasons, On The Rivet-owned teams have won more than 60 races, including the 2012 team championship on USA Cycling's National Racing Calendar (NRC). The February training camp and sponsor symposium offers a full week for all athletes, support staff and sponsors to work side by side and prepare for the upcoming season, which begins March 22-25 at the Redlands Bicycle Classic in Redlands, California.
"This training camp is unique because the riders are coming together for the first time. We have a home-field advantage in and around Dahlonega since On The Rivet is based here," said Directeur Sportif Frankie Andreu, a 12-year pro rider himself who is in his fourth year as team director. "It's exciting to have the guys out on the road with new Hincapie team kits and Devinci bikes. We use this time to meet our sponsors and refine all the equipment for individual riders, but we also find it as important to mesh as a team, and start building a strategy for the season."
The team will spend eight days in Georgia to adjust and refine new equipment, such as the carbon road bicycles by Devinci Cycles. This is the first UCI Continental professional road cycling team to be sponsored by Devinci, using Leo SL and Leo T2 frames. Each bike will be loaded with FSA cock pit, Vision wheels, Kenda tires and microSHIFT drive train. Bold red, yellow and white team kits, created by Hincapie Sportswear, replicate the same colors used by title sponsor 5-hour ENERGY.
Two days of camp will include mobile wind tunnel testing with Speed Tunnel. This is the first wind tunnel that is designed exclusively for cyclists, offers yaw angle, produces industry standard 30 miles-per-hour wind speeds, and can be set up at any location. Speed Tunnel training sessions will be videotaped and available to watch on the team web site.
Team camp will kick off Saturday, February 16 with Francisco "Paco" Mancebo of Spain and Max Jenkins of USA participating in the 50-mile Southern Cross event at Monteluce Winery in Dahlonega. In addition to being the first endurance cyclo-cross race in the Southeast, Southern Cross is the first race of the 2013 American UltraCross Championship Series. Mancebo is a two-time winner (2009-10) of the Spanish Mountain Bike Marathon Championship and Jenkins won three cyclo-cross races in Sacramento, Calif. this winter. All members of the 5-hour ENERGY team who are not racing will host a finish line celebration for spectators and cyclo-cross participants for the conclusion of the race. The event expects more than 400 riders for this endurance event, which begins at 10 a.m. at the Winery.
At the end of an intense week of training, the Team will host a Team Presentation Gala on Friday, February 22. This event will be hosted by the new Monday Night Brewing, an Atlanta-based craft brewery which opened earlier this month near Atlantic Station. Cycling fans are invited from 7-9:00 p.m. to try the new craft beers and meet the pro athletes and staff of the 5-hour ENERGY presented by Kenda Racing Team. Admission to the event ($15 in advance, $20 at the door) includes a private brewery tour, beer tasting and souvenir glass. Proceeds from the event will be donated to Atlanta Bicycle Coalition by the 5-hour ENERGY team. To pre-purchase your tickets, visit www.ontherivetmanagement.com/tix.html.
5-hour ENERGY® presented by Kenda Racing Team
The new 5-hour ENERGY presented by Kenda Racing Team will be led by two-time NRC Individual Champion Mancebo. He captured G.C. wins at the Cascade Cycling Classic and the Joe Martin Stage Race last year. Most recently he was named "Men's Stage Racer of the Year" by VELO magazine in its January 2013 annual awards issue. The roster includes nine other top road cyclists from the U.S., including Nathan English (Champion at 2011 Mt. Hood Cycling Classic), Jim Stemper (5th at 2012 US Pro Road Race Championship), and Shawn Milne (Winner of Sprint Jersey at 2012 Joe Martin Stage Race).
- Francisco Paco Mancebo, 36, from Madrid, Spain. Resides in El Tiemblo, Avila, Spain. Pro since 1998.
- Taylor Shelden, 25, from Breckenridge, CO. Resides in Louisville, CO. Pro since 2010.
- David Williams, 25, from Grand Rapids, MI. Resides in Grand Rapids, MI. Pro since 2010.
- Max Jenkins, 26, from Novosibirsk, Russia. Resides in Citrus Heights, CA. Pro since 2009,
- Shawn Milne, 31, from Beverly, MA. Resides in Beverly, MA. Pro since 2005.
- Bobby Sweeting, 25, from Sarasota, FL. Resides in Asheville, NC. Pro since 2006.
- Jim Stemper, 27, from Wauwatosa, WI. Resides in Jackson, WY. Pro since 2010.
- Nate English, 29, from Berkeley, CA. Resides in Berkeley, CA. Pro since 2009.
- Gregg Brandt, 26, from Winona, MN. Resides in Winona, MN. Pro since 2010.
- Christian Parrett, 23, from Gainesville, FL. Resides in Macon, GA. Pro since 2010.
Follow the team in 2013
Twitter: @otrmgt; @5hourEnergyTeam
Facebook: ontherivetllc; 5-hour-Energy-presented-by-Kenda-Racing-Team Web: ontherivetmanagement.com
Southern Cross - 55nine.com/SouthernXcourse and www.facebook.com/SouthernCrossRace
Monday Night Brewing - mondaynightbrewing.com/about/
Dahlonega - Dahlonega.org
Speed Tunnel - speedtunnel.net
About On The Rivet Management
On The Rivet Management is based in Dahlonega, Ga. The company has more than 30 years of experience with brand management and sporting events, under the direction of partners Jason Kriel, Josh Saint and Chad Thompson. Corporate Partners for 2013 include 5-Hour ENERGY, KENDA Tires, Devinci Bikes, SeaSucker, Vision Wheels, Full Speed Ahead (FSA), Hincapie Sportswear, Catlike, microSHIFT, Look Pedals, Fizik, Smith Optics, Chamois Butt'r, Cushe Shoes, Jagwire, Mazza Wines, Bonk Breaker, CarboRocket, Arundel, Topeak, K-Edge, Yelo Velo, GoPro, Banjo Brothers, Sockguy and Speed Tunnel. All corporate partnership programs and marketing support are administered by On The Rivet Management. Team information is available on Facebook (5-hour-Energy-presented-by-Kenda-Racing-Team), Twitter (otrmgt) and Web (www.ontherivetmanagement.com).
About 5-Hour Energy®
5-hour ENERGY® is a liquid energy shot that provides a feeling of energy and alertness that lasts for hours. It contains a blend of B-vitamins and amino acids, zero sugar, four calories, caffeine comparable to a cup of the leading premium coffee. It is available at retail outlets in the United States and Canada as well as throughout the U.K., Ireland, Spain and the Netherlands. Visit the company online at www.5hourenergy.com, on Facebook at 5HourEnergyShot.