US National Champion Mary McConneloug and teammate Michael Broderick will continue managing their custom-tailored 2009 race program racing under the name Team Kenda-Seven-NoTubes.
"Kenda Tires has stood with us through a vast transition from our pure grassroots to the program that we have come into today," said McConneloug, who represented the US at the Olympic Games in Beijing, China, last summer. "Mike and I are thrilled to be signing an unprecedented second four-year contract with Kenda that will see us through the 2012 season." The two have spent many years travelling the globe and racing at an elite level.
Kenda has also given its support to the US national mountain bike scene. It is backing the US Kenda Cup, a series of races on the East and West Coast throughout 2009.
While American bicycle manufacturer Seven Cycles is a familiar sponsor for the two Americans, No Tubes is new to the title sponsorship role. "We have a long history of working alongside NoTubes and it is a great honor to have them with us as a core supporter."
"We are happy to be able to develop a program with companies that are so well equipped to offer us the tools we need for ultimate race performance," said McConneloug. She and Broderick will focus on an international competition schedule including the World Cups, World Championships, Continental Championships and domestic races throughout Europe and other places abroad.
On the domestic side, the team will defend McConneloug's national title at the US National Championships as well as attend several races in the ProXCT and Kenda Cups.