Safeway Corporation, based in Pleasanton, California, one of the largest Grocers in the US, and Atlanta based GA Communications, Safeway’s advertising partner since 1995, have announced a new Elite Masters Cycling Team for the 2005 season.
Safeway/GA Communications Cycling, based in the SF Bay Area, is one of two sponsored teams affiliated with the VSRT, a long standing club in the East Bay. Leading the team are 2004 NCNCA Best All-around Rider, Robert Pasco, 2004 NCNCA Masters Criterium Champion, Jeff Poulsen, and Dan Martin, a former Canadian and US National Rowing Champion. Martin spent most of the 2004 season concentrating on rowing, attempting to gain a spot on the Olympic team, and only began to focus on cycling in September, scoring two wins at the end of the season.
They are joined by Ron Reade, who won the Sea Otter Road Race last season, and a diverse group of accomplished riders with many wins to their credit including Copperopolis and San Ardo Road Races, and the Fremont and ICCC Criteriums.
The team will concentrate their efforts in Northern California/Nevada, but plan to attend a few out-of-state races including The Mt Hood Cycling Classic (OR), La Vuelta de Bisbee (AZ) and The US Masters Nationals (UT).
The team will ride 2005 Giant TCR Composite bicycles, wear Giro Atmos helmets and use PowerBar sports nutritional products. Willow Glen Bicycle Shop of San Jose will provide mechanical support.
For the full team roster, please click here.