Posted by Editor on 02/17/06
Mark Walters in Tour of California
Robyn Snyder Walters has let us know that Mark Walters is a late addition to the Navigators squad for the Tour of California (starting Sunday).
After Mark's solid performance at Tour de Langkawi, he has been put into the Tour of California for the Navigator's Insurance Pro Cycling Team (replacing Oleg Grishke). I noticed that the current start list has not yet been updated - please let Canadian readers know of this change.
Mike Jones Joins Mad March Racing Camps
Marin Bikes, manufacturer of performance bicycles, announced today its signing and support of Mad March Racing Camps. As partners and principals of Mad March Racing, Shaums March and Mike Jones will exclusively conduct Downhill and Free Ride camps and compete on Marin bikes this upcoming season. Mad March Racing has teamed up with Marin to promote mountain biking in a new way throughout North America, sharing their passion, knowledge and skills with riders of all levels.
With a renewed commitment to develop performance full suspension systems, the partnership with Mad March Racing will creatively promote the QUAD XLT line to resorts, Bicycle dealers and most importantly, riders interested in improving their skills. March and Jones will be riding Quake models, a suspension system that operates on Marin's QUAD-LINK design. Developed in conjunction with Fox DHX rear shocks, the suspension can be set up firmly for big hits and jumping, or supple for maximum traction, making it the ideal Free Ride bike.
As one of the most recognizable figures in the Downhill scene, Shaums March successfully founded Mad March Racing as the only all professionally instructed Free Ride and Downhill instruction camp. In addition to his outgoing personality and friendly demeanor, March has had a long career highlighted by being named the fastest North American at the 2003 World Championships, a 2nd place overall in the BC cup series in 2004, finishing 4th at the Red Bull Rampage in 2002, and the first African American to ever win a NORBA national. "We're excited to work with a company that recognizes the value of Mad March Racing camps," said March, "and the new Quake is the perfect resort bike for our program."
Jones agreed that, "Marin's energy behind our camps will enable us to reach more people who are interested in becoming better riders. We hope to promote Marin with the same kind of enthusiasm and commitment they have shown to us." Jones has raced and ridden mountain bikes for over 15 years throughout North America. In this time, he has been a fixture in the Canadian riding scene and has represented Canada five times on the National Team as well as being the National Downhill Champion three times and BC Champion numerous times. He has also been the host of the internationally aired Ride Guide TV show for the past three years and looks forward to riding, teaching and competing on a Marin this upcoming season.
March and Jones will be present for the debut the new QUAD XLT, Marin's innovative Free Ride platform, at the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey. For more information on how to participate in an upcoming Mad March Racing camp, please go to www.madmarchracing.com or www.mikejones.ca.
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