Sakonnet Technology has announced its 2008 rider line-up. The New York City team will have 10 riders for its fifth year as an Under 25 Development team. Two big names from last season will be leading the team: Canadian U23 stand-out Gavi Epstein (22) and Guy East (21), a member of the U23 U.S. National Team.
New riders joining the squad managed by Basil Moutsopoulos are current Trinidadian Elite Road National Champion Adam Alexander (23), multi-time Dominican Junior National Champion Daniel Estevez (19), U.S. U23 National Team member Ryan Bauman (21), 2007 U.S. U23 Criterium Nationals bronze medalist Jacob Keough (21) along with his Junior National Team member brother Nicholas Keough (19), podium finishers at last year's U.S. Junior Nationals Cheyne Hoag (19) & Travis Burandt (19), and one of the most promising young talents coming out of New England, Dylan O'Sullivan (20).
The team had a break-out season in 2007 with thirty wins and a number of top performances, including multiple top ten finishes at U.S. & Canadian U23 Road Nationals, a podium at U.S. Elite Track Nationals in the Madison and a top ten finish at the Univest Grand Prix UCI 1.2 event. Crowning a successful season, team rider David Guttenplan signed a professional contract with the Time Professional Development Team for 2008.
Sakonnet Technology and One Equity Partners will return as title and secondary sponsors. Additionally, Foundation Cycling Charity Ltd has committed to sponsoring the team. "Foundation is very excited to add Sakonnet U25 Cycling Team to the roster of supported causes," said Ric Wolf, spokesperson for the charity and local amateur cycling team. Foundation Cycling Charity Ltd. is a non-profit 501c entity that has raised over a million dollars to support Juvenile Diabetes Research, Alzheimer Research and Transportation Alternatives.