After enjoying the most successful season ever by a domestic professional cycling team, Health Net and Momentum Sports Group have reached a three-year agreement to continue sponsorship of the Health Net Pro Cycling Team.
The three-year sponsorship deal includes two guaranteed years, with a pre-set option for a third year; the extension will put Health Net nearly two-thirds of the way through a 10-year sponsorship plan. The turbulence as professional cycling has seen in recent times, with sponsors coming and going, Health Net rider and team leader Mike Sayers sees the new deal as nothing but positive. "It's a big sign of commitment from a sponsor that's been good to cycling the last few years, and in particular, to the team's riders." Sayers said.
Another member of that core of veterans, Scott Moninger, echoed Sayers' thoughts. "It sends a great message that Health Net is committed as a sponsor for the long-term," he said. "At the same time, the riders are just as committed to Health Net, and I think the results for the 2005 season demonstrate that." Moninger, a 15-year pro who has seen his share of teams - and careers - end due to loss of sponsorship, added that, "It's nice to know that I'll be able to leave the sport with the team intact for up and coming riders like Mike Jones and Doug Ollerenshaw."
Maxxis will continue as presenting sponsor, with the complete schedule of technical sponsors remaining on board.