Oakland, CA – The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team announced today, December 29, 2011, that NEILPRYDE has signed on as the official bike sponsor of the U.S. based pro continental team for 2012. The Team will unveil the new 2012 racing bikes during the Team’s training camp in Rancho Mirage, CA (Palm Springs area) January 11-13, 2012.
NEILPRYDE has been involved in top-level athlete sponsorship since the 1970s focusing to date on its windsurfing products, acquiring more than 40 World Championship titles. Known for producing race-winning equipment, Mr. Neil Pryde, the founder of Neil Pryde Limited (established 1970), noted that his company’s product development and technical innovation through constant testing in the most demanding conditions has always been the focus of the research and development program.
Mr. Pryde said, “The NEILPRYDE line of bikes was established in 2010 in collaboration with BMW Group Designworks USA as its design partner. It was designed with racing in mind and we are very proud to be the official frame and fork sponsor of the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team. Our partnership with the Team allows us to further refine the award-winning NEILPRYDE Diablo and Alize by incorporating pro level Team riders into our integrated R&D process working with our in-house engineers, and this collaboration will certainly drive the development of exciting new models such as the Bayamo-Plus and Bura-SL.”
Commenting on the bikes the Team will ride this season, Directeur Sportif, Mike Tamayo, said, “Our athletes will be riding the Diablo model of the NEILPRYDE line, their carbon flagship. The carbon frame is a perfect match for the various terrains that Team UnitedHealthcare will have to tackle in 2012. The Diablo offers stiffness for acceleration while remaining lightweight. More exciting will be the Exoskeleton technology (proprietary to NEILPRYDE) that improves the lateral stiffness; in turn making it an amazing cornering machine.”
Speaking about the partnership between NEILPRYDE and the Team, Michael Pryde, the division manager at NEILPRYDE Bikes Division, stated, “The core values of the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team and its management company Momentum Sports Group LLC are closely aligned with ours and we look forward to many years of collaboration with racing at the highest level throughout the US, Europe and new cycling markets in Asia.”
Gregory Raifman, UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team’s Chairman & CEO, stated, “We are pleased to be working with NEILPRYDE and we look forward to a very solid year together. We are confident Neil Pryde Limited will be a great partner, meet our riders’ needs and help our organization continue to grow in the right direction.”
The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team presentation is slated for Thursday, January 12, 2012 at Rancho Las Palmas Resort in Rancho Mirage, California and will close out the Team’s training camp. Thereafter, the Team will head to Argentina to kick off its 2012 campaign at the Tour de San Luis (January 23 – 29), before heading to Spain for the Volta ao Algarve (February 15 – 19), and then on to Malaysia’s Tour of Langkawi (February 24 – March 4). The early season racing calendar will see the Team in Europe, North and South America and Asia before returning stateside for its first U.S. race, the Tampa Twilight Criterium (March 31).
For UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team
VP Communications & Events
Momentum Sports Group, LLC
Owner and Operator of the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team
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About Momentum Sports Group LLC
Based in Oakland, California, the Momentum Sports Group, LLC is an organization dedicated to the growth and management of sports and entertainment assets worldwide. Momentum Sports Group, LLC, owns and operates one of the most successful professional cycling teams in the sport, the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team. The Team raced as “Health Net Pro Cycling Team Presented by Maxxis” from 2003-2008, and raced as the “OUCH! Pro Cycling Team Presented by Maxxis” in 2009. In 2010, UnitedHealthcare assumed title sponsorship of the Team and the Team raced as the “UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team Presented by Maxxis.” In 2011, the Team raced as the “UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team” and will continue to do so for the 2012 season.
UnitedHealthcare provides a full spectrum of consumer-oriented health benefit plans and services to individuals, public sector employers and businesses of all sizes, including more than half of the Fortune 100 companies. The company organizes access to quality, affordable health care services on behalf of approximately 25 million individual consumers, contracting directly with more than 650,000 physicians and care professionals and 5,000 hospitals to offer them broad, convenient access to services nationwide. UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company.
About NEILPRYDE Bikes
NeilPryde, the leader in marine and action sports markets best known for their high-performance kitesurfing and windsurfing equipment, took a valiant step into a new industry segment in 2010, launching a range of high-performance road bikes. Two cutting-edge models, Alize and Diablo, were developed drawing on the company’s extensive knowledge of composite materials and aerodynamics, and vast experience in “Elegantly Engineering” high-performance action sports products. BMW Group DesignworksUSA were commissioned as a design partner for its global reputation in engineering premium designs for the most diverse industries from automotive and aircrafts to yachts and trains. In addition, the studio offered vast experience in translating distinct brand values into compelling design solutions, demonstrated in the Alize road bike and Diablo high-performance bike.