Team Slipstream/Chipotle's riders will again ride Felt Bicycles in 2008 after the pair announced the renewal of their agreement overnight. The Professional Continental squad, including its development programs, will receive Felt's support in 2008, with the Professional Continental riders expected to use Felt's DA, F1, F1 Sprint and Z1 frames and forks.
"We are thrilled to be secure with Felt going forward," said team director Jonathan Vaughters. "Their products, capabilities and attention to detail are first class. Their designers have already begun working with our staff and riders to insure everything is in place, beginning with our opening '08 event. Clearly, they are as excited as we are and we are fortunate to have such a great partner."
The 2008 team bike graphics will compliment its new '08 clothing kit and include the distinctive argyle design. Slipstream recently held a competition in which the public could design then vote on the team's 2008 kit.
Slipstream has bolstered its roster for 2008, with the addition of ProTour riders Dave Zabriskie (USA), Christian Vande Velde (USA), Tom Danielson (USA), David Millar (GBr), Magnus Backstedt (Swe) and Julian Dean (NZl) expected to bolster its chances of being called up for big races. In addition to its Spring Classics aspirations, the squad is hoping to be included at the Tour de France, after inheriting the top American squad mantle following the closure of ProTour outfit Discovery Channel this season.
"We are simply delighted to be a part of this program," said Felt president Bill Duehring. "Felt is buzzing with enthusiasm as Jonathan and his team embark on this next step in their journey as a pro team. To say we are excited to be a part of this would be a gross understatement."
The squad, which is currently holding its first team camp with the 2008 lineup, will be officially presented on Wednesday, at the Boulder Theatre in Boulder Colorado.