Webcor Builders is stepping up its involvement in cycling by becoming the presenting sponsor of the inaugural San Jose Classic Road Criterium, one of the four major components of the San Jose Classic. The Classic is a three-day domestic professional, amateur and community cycling event to be held May 16-18, 2008.
Webcor already sponsors a succesful women's professional cycling team, including members Christine Thorburn, Katheryn Curi, Amber Rais, Rachel Heal, Helen Kelly, Mara Abbott, Laura Yoisten, and Beverley Harper. Abbott took home three nationals titles - Under 23 time trial, Under 23 and Elite road race titles - during the American national championships in Seven Springs, Pennsylvania last week.
Andy Ball, President and CEO of WebCor Builders, said this is an opportunity to increase his company's support of cycling and give back to the community.
Spread over a spring weekend, the San Jose Classic will include domestic professional and amateur road, mountain bike, and BMX races and community health and cycling events. Organizers predict the event will draw over 2,000 cyclists, 25,000 spectators, and 50 exhibitors. San Jose hopes to build on its cycling community. It now boasts 38,000 bike commuters and is home to one of only 19 American velodromes.