GT Bicycles is recruiting 35 mountain bike racers across the US for its new grassroots program: the GT Dirt Coalition. Each member will race and represent GT Bicycles and the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) at a minimum of six mountain bike races during the 2009 season.
"Amateurs are the unsung heroes of mountain bike racing," said Jenni Cathcart, Director of Marketing for GT Bicycles. "The GT Dirt Coalition rewards their competitive spirit and commitment to cycling."
Each GT Dirt Coalition member will receive a high-end race machine: GT's Zaskar Pro hardtail (US$3,499.99) with its signature triple triangle frame design or the Marathon Pro ($4299.99), GT's lightweight full suspension bike utilizing its Independent Drivetrain suspension system. Both models feature a monocoque carbon fiber frame and XT components. Members will also receive a 10x10 Dirt Coalition tent, two race kits and GT swag. The total sponsorship package is valued at $4,200-$5000.
Dirt Coalition members will be selected based upon their leadership in the cycling community, involvement in advocacy, local bike shop affiliations, proposed 2009 race schedule and past race results. Applications are being accepted between January 23 and February 5 at http://amgteams.activecm.net/Page66.aspx. Riders who are under 18, paid to race or hold a professional license are not eligible.