Posted by Editoress on 06/25/04
Marie Helene Premont signs with Rocky Mountain Business Objects
Courtesy Lesley Tomlinson Director of Sponsorship and Media Communication
Rocky Mountain Bicycles announced June 25 2004, the addition of Canadian National Mountain Bike Champion Marie Helene Premont to the star studded Pro Roster for the Rocky Mountain Business Objects Mountain Bike Team.
Marie Helene will make this change immediately, and debut in the colors of her new team in front of her home crowd of Quebec at the Mont St Anne World Cup on June 27 2004.
Premont has ridden for Oryx Bicycles for most of her career. Expressing immense gratitude to that company for their years of support on the National scene, Marie explained the reason for her move. "I understand how important it is to have professional support to do my best at the Major International races , expressed Marie-Helene, "the support people with the Rocky Mountain Business Objects Team understand what I need to help me achieve my goals and they have the program to help. I also have the benefit of Alison Sydor as a team mate. Alison has incredible experience, having been to the Olympic Games 3 times".
Marie-Helene of Chateau Richer ,Quebec is one of 3 women vying for the 2 remaining spots of 3, for the Olympic Team going to Athens in August 2004. Premont's new team mate, Alison Sydor, has been pre-selected based on the merit of her Silver Medal performance at the 2003 XC World Championships in Lugano, Switzerland. Premont recently had a 2nd Place finish at the Fort William World Cup in Scotland on June 5 2004. Fort William was one of 5 races designated by the Canadian Cycling Association, to be an Olympic selection race. The Mont St Anne and Calgary World Cups are the final 2 selection races.
Currently in 5th place over all in the 2004 World Cup Series standings and following a 5th place finish at the 2003 XC World Championships, National Champion Premont is looking to be in a good position to secure one of the remaining 2 spots and is taking very good form to race in front of the home crowd in Quebec.
"We are thrilled to have Marie Helene riding Rocky Mountain Bicycles "said Rocky Mountain Bicycles General Manager Jean Poisson, "It is a great opportunity for us to showcase our quality bicycles and assist in her career."
David Swanson, VP Human Resources of the global software company, Business Objects added, "Our company embraces the concept of following your Passion. As with all our mountain bike team athletes, Marie Helene will be a wonderful ambassador for our message on the world stage."
Marie-Helene Premont joins cross country team mates, 1996 Olympic silver medal winner Alison Sydor, Olympians Andreas Hestler and Lesley Tomlinson. National team members Max Plaxton, Gretchen Reeves, and Karl Platt. Also Free ride icons Wade Simmons, Richie Schley and Thomas Vanderham. Team tech manager is Keith Yip
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