Following a successful 2008 season, the Topeak-Ergon Team is expanding its North American program for 2009. The team is adding four new racers to the current roster of Dave Wiens and Jeff Kerkove.
Sonya Looney of Boulder, Colorado, will bring her technical savvy and power to several formats of racing. Her goals for 2009 include top finishes at the Leadville 100, US Marathon National Championships, and cross-country races in the Mountain States Cup Series. Looney will also head up "Women Only Group Rides" and get her hands dirty in IMBA organized events.
Hailing from Japan, but living in Denver, Colorado, Yuki Saito came to the US to further his college education and development on the bike. Known as an endurance racer and a specialist on power and technical courses, Saito clocked a strong finish at the 2008 Leadville 100 and a solo win at the 12 Hours of Snowmass. He has proven himself as an up and comer in the long distance format and will race cross-country, marathon, and endurance races across the Mountain West.
As previously announcedCyclingnews' diarists Eddie & Namrita O'Dea, of Atlanta, Georgia, will also be joining the squad.