Team Rubicon, based in Portland, Oregon, USA, will be sporting a new name and a new look for 2006, as it has signed a partnership agreement with new sports performance drink Gleukos of Portland, Oregon. Gleukos' support for the 2006 season will provide the team with the ability to travel to NRC events, to raise awareness of the LAF and to develop its young squad into the next generation of professional athletes.
"We are really excited about the upcoming season and the opportunities it will bring to our team and sponsors," team director Norrene Godfrey said. "The support we have received from our existing and new sponsors has been overwhelming and we are looking forward to another electrifying year of Rubicon racing."
To date, Rubicon has raised over $41,000 for the Lance Armstrong Foundation and has graduadated four riders to the US professional ranks. Returning U23 development riders for the 2006 season will be Scott Allen (NZ), Walker Starr (US), Dean Tracy (US), and Aaron Tuckerman (NZ). New U23 members for 2006 include Steven Beardsley (US) and three additional spots, which will be filled in the coming months.
A complete team roaster and more information can be found on the team's website at www.trubicon.org