Posted by Editoress on 12/20/02
Gears Racing Institute Announces 2003 Road Team
Courtesy Gears Racing
Mr. Mark S. Bonham, Chairman, and Mr. Kevin Wallace, President, of the Gears Racing Institute ("GRI") are today very pleased to announce the Gears Racing Road Team for the year 2003.
The GRI is focusing its Road team efforts in 2003 on the mentorship and development philosophy by pairing promising Espoir athletes with experienced senior cyclists.
Returning to the team will be Provincial Espoir Road Race Champion ('02) Peter Sanowar, Provincial Espoir ITT Silver Medalist ('02) Warren Tilbrook, Chris Isaac, 9th GC Tour of SE Ohio ('02), and Michael Moore, Provincial Pursuit and ITT medalist ('02).
Joining the team in 2003 will be Dan Maggiacomo and Dan Lefebvre. These two veterans of the road will join Michael Moore in providing positive team leadership and instituting a mentoring process to the Espoir racers.
Dan Maggiacomo is returning to Canada after a year's absence to attend teacher's college in Australia. Dan will provide a strong leadership role and add some depth to the climbing abilities displayed by both Warren Tilbrook and Chris Isaac. Dan is a seasoned veteran of the road competing for a number of years with the Jet Fuel/Sympatico team.
Dan Lefebvre is returning to racing after a 10 year absence to be part of a program that will benefit from his leadership and racing experience. Dan has enjoyed great success in his cycling career as evidenced from his multiple Canadian National Championships.
Alongside these athletes will be the tandem duo of Craig deVeer and Richard Marsolais. In 2002, Craig and Richard met with great success: 1st, Paris - Ancaster Enduro; 2nd, National Time Trail Championships; 2nd, National Pursuit Championships; and National Kilo Champions. They are looking to build on this success in 2003 as they work toward inclusion in the national team for the Paralympics in Greece in 2004.
"We are very excited about the Gears Road Team in 2003", stated Kevin Wallace. "It is our belief that focusing on the talents of select Espoir racers by matching them with seasoned and experienced riders like Dan Maggiocomo, Dan Lefebvre, and Michael Moore will enable those young riders to fully develop into some of Canada's best road athletes."
Gears Racing is proud to be sponsored by Shimano Canada, Specialized Bicycles, Sugoi and Bonham & Co. Inc. As part of the development program, team members participate in a training camp held in the spring in Phoenix, Arizona as well as several team-specific training events. As an example, this year the GRI is pleased to announce the addition of Marnie McBean, a 3-time Olympic Gold Medal winner in the sport of rowing, to the management team. Marnie will provide specific training and counseling on the development of a positive winning mindset that is necessary to excel at the highest levels of competition.
The Gears Racing Road Team will be competing in events provincially and nationally within Canada, as well as select US and international events.
Gears will continue its support of the Mississauga Bicycle Racing Club, whose primary focus is competitive road racing.
The Gears Racing Institute is a specialist, non-profit foundation created to identify and develop world-class competitive mountain bikers for Canada. For more information on the team, visit www.gearsracing.com
For further information: Mr. Kevin Wallace, GRI, (905) 271-2400.
Kevin Wallace, President
Ira Kargel, Vice-President
Ron Vanderleeuw, Team Captain/Head Mechanic
Ryan Hindmarsh, Training/Development Manager
Marnie McBean, Training/Development Manager
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