Sponsors renew with USAC

Ten of USA Cycling's sponsors have renewed their support for the organisation. Specialized, Shimano, SRM, Continental Tire, Clif Bar, Training Peaks, Defeet, Excel Sports, Park Tools Co. and Pedro's will all continue to contribute equipment and - in some cases - financial support to the body's programs.

"We're grateful for the continued support of our longtime sponsors," said USA Cycling chief executive office Gerard Bisceglia. "The level of both loyalty and support they have shown over the years has been tremendous and are important to the continued growth and success of American cycling."

Specialized returns as the official bicycle, helmet, optical, shoe and apparel sponsor of all of USA Cycling's under-23 programs, and will financial support for these teams through the 2008 Beijing Olympic Summer Games.

For more than 15 years, Shimano has provided bicycle components to the U.S. National Team, the USAC Under-23 program, the NORBA national mountain bike series and national championship events. in 2006, Shimano will financially support the NORBA Series, as well as provides neutral support at select events.

Pedro's, Excel Sports and Park Tools provide support for the mechganics who look after all of the USA Cycling teams. Park Tool supplies tools and workstands; Excel Sports provides mail order products and Pedro's supplies lubricants to the U.S. national team.

Cycling Peaks and Training Peaks join USA Cycling as software sponsors for a third year in a row.

Clif Bar has extended its previous sponsorship of the women's program to include the provision of products for the track and Under-23 programs.

Defeet has arranged to provide socks and undershirts for the Under-23 programs.

Continental Tire, a long-time supporter of USA Cycling programs, will provide tires for the track program.

SRM has agreed to continue providing power meters for USA Cycling teams.

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