Austin’s AG Cycling management group this week announced a new men’s squad, HealthCoach/ConexTrain Cycling, in addition to their women’s elite team, HealthCoach-travelgirl Cycling. HealthCoach has signed on as title sponsor for both teams through 2010.
The men's team will be racing the 2007 National Racing Calendar (NRC) and other national criterium, road and time-trial events. For 2007, the team team has secured Dave Wenger, 2005 Texas Cup winner, and Phil Wikoff, 2006 Texas Cup winner and seventh-place finisher at the U.S. Cycling Federation’s (USCF) National Championship Men's Elite Race in Downers Grove, Ill. Negotiations are underway for the team’s third key rider.
According to Tim Pletcher, AG Cycling’s executive director, the organisation will see significant program growth in 2008. "Amateur and professional cycling in the United States has seen consistent growth in terms of participation numbers and lifestyle popularity, despite highly visible issues on the European ProTour. Our teams and athletes will play a great role in outreach for the sport and sponsor." Pletcher noted that AG Cycling’s athletes will be held to the highest standards for conduct and sporting participation.