The VMG Racing Team appeared in the 2007 Redlands Bicycle Classic in its debut in the NRC. The U23 trade team is in its second year under the sponsorship of VMG with eighteen riders that share their season's schedule between VMG Racing and the US national under-23 team. VMG stands for Velocity Made Good, a mathematical equation behind the company that suggests 'smart speed' is more important than 'absolute speed'. Cyclingnews' reporter Kirsten Robbins spoke with directeur sportif Chann McRae after the race to find out how fast the riders are progressing.
VMG is the sponsor of both the VMG Racing Team and the USA Cycling National Development Team. The two teams are separate entities that provide development opportunities for young aspiring cyclists in the US. One of VMG Racing's (Bahamas) company objectives listed in their mission statement is to, "support and build on the aspirations and talents of promising athletes and compete successfully at the highest level of competition."
Mark Holowesko, Chairman and CEO of VMG, is an avid cyclist and triathlete who began sponsoring and managing athletes and teams in a variety of sports in 2004. By 2006, his VMG Racing had become as one of world's youngest Continental teams; taking on American riders between the ages of 18 and 23. For 2007 though, VMG decided to remain an amateur team and focus its goals on helping young riders develop to the level of receiving ProTour contracts by the age of 24.
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