Champion System Announces Title Sponsorship of Pro Cycling Team in US

 

Champion System Announces Title Sponsorship of Pro Cycling Team in US

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Champion System – Stan’s NoTubes will focus on USA criterium racing

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK (December 6, 2013) – Champion System, a worldwide leader in custom technical apparel officially announces the title sponsorship of the Champion System – Stan’s
NoTubes Pro Team. Champion System – Stan’s NoTubes (CS-SNT) is a domestic professional cycling team based in New York City. The team specializes in criterium racing, with its 2014 focus on the National Criterium Calendar (NCC) and USA Crits, in addition to several one-day races on the National Racing Calendar (NRC) and some international race opportunities.

”We are very honored and excited at the opportunity to step up to the UCI level for 2014. Champion System and Stan’s NoTubes are two of the most innovative companies in the cycling industry, so to have them as partners truly elevates our program”, said Igor Volshteyn, one of the team owners.

“We have carefully selected a roster for next year that we are confident will deliver the results our sponsors seek and establish us as one of the leading criterium teams in the US,” added Mitchell Jacaruso, also one of the team owners.

Champion System will supply complete training and racing apparel to the team, as well as test a variety of new products with the team for feedback and product development. Champion System has been a sponsor of the team since it began in 2012 and its sponsorship of the team shows its commitment to fostering cycling in the USA.

“We are proud to see the Champion System – Stan’s NoTubes take the leap to become a UCI registered professional team,” said Charlie Issendorf, VP of Champion System. “From humble beginnings as a local New York City based amateur team, they have continued to raise the bar each year. They have been instrumental in providing valuable feedback to improve our products.”

Issac Howe is one of the premier riders to join the roster in 2014. Howe joins the 2014 CS-SNT roster from SmartStop/Mtn Khakis.

“Champsys Stan’s NoTubes has always been an impressively run team. It was apparent on the teams

inception that it had to potential to become a really strong force in the US cycling scene, not just because of the riders wearing the jerseys but also because of the people who are backing the team,” said Howe. “I am more than thrilled to be a part of this team, and I am equally as excited to spend another year wearing Champion System clothing. The summer skin suits are one of a kind and have become a staple for racing in the summer heat.”

CS-SNT was founded two years ago as a development program in the Northeast. During its first year, the team finished 3rd overall at USA Crits, achieved a podium at USA Elite National Championships and had numerous regional wins. In 2013 the team took a large step forwards, achieving numerous UCI/NRC podium appearances and a win at Athens Twilight. The team also finished 3rd overall in USA Crits and 4th overall in the NCC as the top amateur team.

“I am really happy that I will be wearing Champion System clothing again in 2014. I have raced on a lot of different clothing in my career and Champion System is by far the nicest stuff I have trained and raced in.,” said Conor Mullervy, a multi-year rider for the team. “I am really excited to get the opportunity to race back at the professional level. I could not think of a better team to do it with.”

For 2014, CS-SNT has stepped up to the pro ranks as a UCI Continental team and will compete head- to-head against the top professional teams in the country.

“As presenting sponsor for the third consecutive year, we’ve enjoyed a great relationship with the ChampSys team and are excited to support them as they advance the scope of their program,” said Cindy Koziatek of Stan’s NoTubes. “It’s a pleasure to share their vision as they jump into the UCI camp.”

“I am very excited to work closely again with Champion System in 2014 and give input of product design to make us even faster. Champion System is a company that loves their athletes and likes to hear what your thinking and I love having that sponsor/athlete relationship,” said Kevin Mullervy.

CS-SNT Professional Team Roster

Andrés Alzate Escobar (Columbia) Michael Chauner (West Chester, PA) Gavriel Epstein (Englewood, NJ/Canada) Isaac Howe (Concord, NH)
Adam Leibovitz (Indianapolis, IN)
Ariel Mendez-Peñate (San Rafael, CA) Conor Mullervy (Boulder, CO)
Kevin Mullervy (Boulder, CO)
Allan Rego (Tiverton, RI)

Champion System Prepares For Final Races

Champion System Prepares For Final Races

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Biao Liu is part of the Champion System Pro Cycling Team’s seven-man roster for the Tour of Hainan.
(Photo courtesy of Tour of Qinghai Lake.)

 

Hong Kong, SAR – The Champion System Pro Cycling Team will close out its season with a pair of one-day races in Japan this weekend, followed by the nine-day Tour of Hainan in China, which begins Sunday.

 

Champion System General Manager Ed Beamon said sprinter Matthias Friedemann headlines a five-man roster for Saturday’s Japan Cup Criterium around downtown Utsunomiya. Friedemann was runner-up at stages of the Tour de Beauce in June and 4 Jours de Dunkerque in May.

 

The Japan Cup continues on Sunday with the 151.3-kilometer Japan Cup Cycle Road Race through Utsunomiya Forest Park. The 14.1-km course features a steep, 185-meter climb which Beamon said suits American climber Chad Beyer.

 

“The circuit race is pretty hard,” Beamon said. “I think Chad is our best guy on that circuit, but we will also try to have as good of a showing as possible for Ryoto Nishizono, who is riding pretty well.”

 

Tour of Hainan

The parcours for this year’s Tour of Hainan lends itself to the sprinters, Beamon said, so he selected a roster that can hunt for stage wins, but still can handle the climbing.

 

“It’s not a pure climbers race; there are always a lot of sprinting stages,” Beamon said. “We will look for Mart Ojavee and Fabian Schnaidt to go for some stage wins.”

 

Beamon said several stages would be decisive – particularly Stage 7, which includes a climb to the city of Wuzhishan.

 

“There are three or four stages that have climbs that might create some selections, which I’m hoping Pengda Jiao can be fast enough to sprint out of,” Beamon said.

 

Rounding out the seven-man roster are Chinese riders Gang Xu and Biao Liu, plus American Chris Butler and Gregory Gazvoda of Slovenia. Butler is one of the team’s core climbers and finished seventh overall at last year’s edition.

 

“Butler is motivated for this race, but I just don’t know if this year’s edition will be selective enough for him,” Beamon said.

 

Champion System Pro Cycling Team Roster Japan Cup (Oct. 19-20):

Chad Beyer (USA), Matt Brammeier (IRL), Matthias Friedemann (GER), Craig Lewis (USA), Ryota Nishizono (JPN).

 

Sport Director: Ed Beamon (USA).

 

Champion System Pro Cycling Team Roster Tour of Hainan (Oct. 20-28):

Chris Butler (USA), Gregor Gazvoda (SLO), Pengda Jiao (CHN), Biao Liu (CHN), Mart Ojavee (EST), Fabian Schnaidt (GER), Gang Xu (CHN).

 

Sport Director: Ed Beamon (USA).

Champion System Bringing Sprinters to Alberta

 

Champion System Bringing Sprinters to Alberta

Champion System Bringing Sprinters to Alberta

Champion System Bringing Sprinters to Alberta

 

Hong Kong, SAR – The Champion System Pro Cycling Team heads to the inaugural Tour of Alberta with a speed-oriented roster for the Canadian race that begins Tuesday.

 

Champion System General Manager Ed Beamon said he selected an aggressive, sprinters squad, including current Canadian national road champion, Zach Bell, and 2012 Canadian national road champion, Ryan Roth, because the parcours should be one for the sprinters.

 

“We’ve changed the roster up a bit from our other North American races and look to concentrate on a more speed-oriented race in Alberta,” Beamon said. “We have confidence that if the stages come down to field sprints, we have a fast lineup plus the added incentive of showcasing Champion System’s Canadian national champion kit.”

 

The six-day stage race begins with a 7.3-kilometer prologue through the streets of downtown Edmonton. Beamon said he is looking to Bell – who scored three top 10 finishes, including a stage win on Stage 6 at the Tour de Korea in June – for the opening race.

 

“The prologue and other potential sprint opportunities should allow Zach to feature his track-honed speed,” Beamon said. “We’ll be looking for him to set a good time in the prologue and for Roth to hunt stage wins with his aggressive riding style.”

 

Bell, who started competing in cycling in Alberta, said he is excited to race in the Canadian national jersey in front of his home province.

 

“It will be a huge honor and I am excited to fly the colors and create some excitement,” he said. “With a little luck, I think I can do some good things for the team in this event.”

 

The Canadians will be joined by Americans Chad Beyer, Chris Butler and Craig Lewis, all climbers who recently finished the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah and the USA Pro Challenge in August. Rounding out the eight-man roster are New Zealander Clinton Avery, German Matthias Friedemann and Hong Kong-native Fu Shiu Cheung, who signed on as a stagiaire in August.

 

While the course profiles suggest a sprinter’s race, Roth said Champion System’s dynamic squad would allow it to respond to different scenarios on the road.

 

“I think we’ll have all our bases covered depending on how the race develops,” Roth said. “Our team is looking strong with Zach and Matthias being our quickest riders. Clinton is always super strong and reliable and if the weather gets rough, he’ll be at home.”

 

Champion System Pro Cycling Team Tour of Alberta (Sept. 3-8):

Zach Bell (CAN), Clinton Avery (NZL), Chad Beyer (USA), Chris Butler (USA), Fu Shiu Cheung (HKG), Matthias Friedemann (GER), Craig Lewis (USA), Ryan Roth (CAN).

 

Sport Director: Ed Beamon (USA).

Champion System Taking Determined Squad to Colorado

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Champion System Taking Determined Squad to Colorado

Champion System Taking Determined Squad to Colorado
Aspen, Colo – The Champion System Pro Cycling Team is sending an experienced roster of climbers to vie for the overall title of the seven-day USA Pro Challenge that rolls out Monday in Aspen.

Asia’s only pro continental team will look to Americans Chad Beyer, Chris Butler and Craig Lewis for results in the 967-kilometer race, which features more than 16,017 meters of climbing. Butler finished in the top 20 at the race last year and was 12th overall last week at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah. Beyer finished eighth on Stage 2 in Utah, while Lewis earned the most aggressive rider jersey on Stage 4 after launching a solo attack from a five-man breakaway.

“Lewis will be motivated to perform well in his adopted home state,” Champion System General Manager Ed Beamon said. “I expect him to rise to the occasion.”

Butler, who hails from Greenville, S.C., said that last year he translated racing in Utah into better form in Colorado and expects to do the same this year. The fourth-year professional said his knowledge of decisive stages, including Thursday’s 165.6-km race with nearly 3,550 meters of climbing and a summit finish in Beaver Creek, and Friday’s 16.1-km individual time trial around Vail, should help him improve on last year’s results.

“My body responds well to racing and I am definitely at another level after Utah,” Butler said. “The slightly uphill time trial in place of a flat city time trial and a familiar course around Beaver Creek may actually bode better for me this year. If I could get a top 10, that would be fantastic.”

At the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, stagiaire Gregory Brenes had an impressive debut with a sixth-place finish on Stage 3 and seventh on Stage 4. Beamon said he is eager to see how the 25-year old performs in the Colorado Rockies.

“Brenes has shown good form and I think Colorado will suit him well,” Beamon said. “I expect to see him and Beyer contesting stages.”

Taipei rider Chun Kai Feng will make his U.S. debut at the race. In June, the first-year professional had three top 10 finishes at the Tour de Korea, including runner-up on Stage 2. Beamon said he brought in Feng to add depth to the roster.

“I expect Feng’s aggressive style to pay dividends as the race opens up,” Beamon said.

Champion System Pro Cycling Team USA Pro Challenge Roster (Aug. 19-25):
Chad Beyer (USA), Gregory Brenes (CRC), Chris Butler (USA), Fu Shiu Cheung (HKG), Chun Kai Feng (TPE), Craig Lewis (USA), Ryota Nishizono (JPN), Gang Xu (CHN).

Sport Directors: Ed Beamon (USA), Chris Wherry (USA).

Dion Smith Joins Champion System Roster For London

 

 

Champion System Roster For London Includes New Face

Champion System Roster For London Includes New Face

Hong Kong, SAR – The Champion System Pro Cycling Team’s roster for Sunday’s inaugural Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic includes two national road champions and stagiaire Dion Smith.

 

The 20-year-old Smith – who was fourth at the Tour de Delta in July and sixth at the Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic in June while racing for Team Predator Carbon Repair – lines up at the one-day race for the first time as a stagiaire.

 

“I am excited to be joining Champion System for the race,” Smith said. “It will be a good race opener to start my next few months of racing in Europe with the team and I am eager to see how I hold up against some of the best riders in the world.”

 

Champion System General Manager Ed Beamon said he is anxious to see how the New Zealander performs in the European races.

 

“This is a course that will favor his aggressive style,” Beamon said. “I know he is excited and motivated for his first race with the team and he will bring a lot of energy to the start.”

 

Beamon said he is sending a versatile roster with the aim of creating opportunities however the challenging course plays out. Joining Smith in the lineup is four-time Irish national road champion Matt Brammeier and Canadian national road champion Zach Bell.

 

“Brammeier is especially motivated to perform well here and Bell gives us some good speed for the finish,” Beamon said. “I think we have some strong lead-out men for him if it comes down to a bunch kick.”

 

The 220-kilometer race starts in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, passes through all 12 London boroughs and crosses the hills around Surrey before finishing on The Mall in central London.

 

“It’s very exciting to have the team competing in one of the most beautiful and historic cities in the world,” Beamon said. “Champion System has a strong presence in the UK, so it’s an added bonus to be able to represent our sponsor in a country that continues to show tremendous enthusiasm for the sport.”

 

Champion System Pro Cycling Team Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic Roster:

Clinton Avery (NZL), Zach Bell (CAN), Matt Brammeier (IRL), Matthias Friedemann (GER), Mart Ojavee (EST), Dion Smith (NZL).

 

Most Aggressive Jersey

Most Aggressive Jersey

Most Aggressive Jersey

by Kevin Mullervy (Champion Systems p/b Stans NoTubes)

I always have loved the Andersen Banducci Twilight Criterium and I love coming to Boise every year. Boise is like an adopted home away from home for me. I lived here for a summer racing and traveling, and my previous team was based out of Boise, so I have a lot of friends that live here. After Elite Nationals my brother Conor (AKA Ginger 2) and I decided to come straight here to relax and see friends.

Last night was a little bit different then previous years. It was not over 100 degrees at the start, but still hot for sure, and a smaller field then normal for a USA Crits race. After missing last weekend’s USA Crit’s vent due to nationals I dropped quite a bit in the overall, so I wanted to snag some more points if possible.

From the gun it was fast and a lot of attacks went up the road, but nothing too serious. Being a smaller team with a small squad we had to spend our bullets wisely. I waited until the halfway mark to make my move and tried to go on the attack. I ended being off the front a lot, picking up primes and taking the pressure off my team to do any work. At times I was solo, and then I was with a few other guys, then again by myself. In the end, I got caught with 8 to go by the blue train of UHC. I hopped back in to try to help my teammates, but they were already in great position.

Going into the last lap my day was done and it was up to the other guys to finish it off. There was a crash in the last corner.  Two UHC guys crashed but UHC still managed to take the win. Conor was able to grab 6th and Gavi 13th

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Even though we are a small team we defiantly made our presence known. We were in all the serious moves and I was able to grab the most aggressive jersey again, so at least I got awarded something for suffering off the front all night!

Champion System’s Bell Wins Canadian Road Title

Champion System's Bell Wins Canadian Road Title

Champion System’s Bell Wins Canadian Road Title

Champion System’s Bell Wins Canadian Road Title

Saint-Georges, Quebec, Canada – Zach Bell of the Champion System Pro Cycling Team captured his first Canadian national road title Saturday by out-sprinting six other survivors from an original 12-man breakaway that escaped early in the 180-kilometer race.

 

Bell said he knew if the race came down to a sprint, chances were good he would earn his third victory of the season and the biggest of his seven-year professional career.

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Tour de Beauce

Chris Butler (Champion Systems)

Chris Butler (Champion Systems)

 

by Chris Butler (Champion Systems)

Tour de Beauce may be one of the smaller races on our schedule, but it always provides some of the best racing with plenty of opportunities to animate.  The first few stages were all about staying safe and healthy in the rain, no easy task as plenty of riders succumbed to early crashes and sickness.  My big goal was the stage 3 mountaintop finish.  The plan was to have the team allow the race to be as hard as possible and then keep the break in check to hopefully give me an opportunity for the stage win.  The team was great, and my American teammates (Craig and Chad) made sure to cover the GC guys to give me the easiest ride possible.  A dangerous, ten-man break got away and we could not let it drift too far out, so the team pulled it back and let a more suitable break go up the road to make for an easier catch in the final kilometers of the stage.

My plan going into the 5k climb was to cover the surges and attack as much as I could during the first 3k to dwindle the group down. Then, once we got through the brief “downhill” sections, to ride the last 2k flat out where it was more consistent.  Even though the stage winner sat on me and used me as a launching pad to win the stage, I ended up 4th.  I had to ride to put time into the strong time trialists that would for sure take time out of me the following day.

After the time trial, I was sitting 7th in GC,  and still in 7th after the stage 5 circuit in Quebec City, which was fine because that venue is not my favorite type of race format, with 1-min power hills, technical turns, and rain.

The last day would not be status quo; you either moved up or moved back.  The team worked well for me and kept the gap close, but I never fully committed to getting across to the break.  I either hesitated too much or did not make my own opportunity.  This is the first less-than-HC race I have done in about a year, and in those races I have been bred to conserve and follow to get good results, but in this race you really had to get your hands dirty and race your bike if you wanted a result, so I consequently drifted down to 10th as some people jumped me on GC.

All in all, I still had decent results and was happy to stay safe and healthy.  I learned a lot from this race and the form is good coming out of the race with no major issues.  Next time I just need to think less and react more…or just drink more coffee.

 

Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic

Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic

Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic

by Ryan Roth (Champion Systems)

We raced the “new” Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic for the first time yesterday.  With a slightly altered course and the finish line atop the Manayunk Wall, there was much speculation as to how these changes would affect the race. Our team had a plan to be active early on and to have representation in any significant moves, but without depleting ourselves too much for the difficult finale. Hopefully, we could place 2 or more of our guys in a breakaway to play their hands for the win.

The race was quick from the start with numerous groups trying to get away. Eventually, as often happens in Philly, a large split occurred that put some panic into the field behind. I was not up there.  Heading into the wall with the help of some teammates, I was well positioned for a tough acceleration that ripped apart the field. While I ground my way up the steepest section of the climb, seeing my heart rate hit the 190s, I still took note of who looked good and who was suffering. When the dust had settled, a front group of around 60-70 was left to take on the second half of the race.

With such a large group no one really wanted to commit to driving the pace and the inevitable attacks started. My teammate Mathias covered a good group and I tried to follow the next one across. We were soon pulled back, but Chad Beyer had better luck and bridged the gap giving us 2 out of approximately 20. The gap rose to 2 minutes until various teams started to chase. NetApp, Bissel, Jelly Belly, and UHC contributed as the break crumbled and only the strongest were left in front. Chad from our team was still there and things looked good for us. However, the fierce battle for position the last time into the wall swept them up with only a few kilometers remaining.

I started the climb around 10th place. Unfortunately, my legs could not help me improve on that. The other Champion System rider left in the field was Gregor Gazvoda, wh,o despite starting the the climb way back, blasted to a solid 5th place finish. In the end, I didn’t quite meet my goal, but I’m left with motivation and excitement for next year’s race.

 

Jang Takes King of the Mountains Jersey in Japan

 

Jang Takes King of the Mountains Jersey in Japan

Jang Takes King of the Mountains Jersey in Japan

Jang Takes King of the Mountains Jersey in Japan

Mino, Japan – Champion System Pro Cycling Team’s

 

At the finish, Chan Jae Jang had traded his South Korean national road champion jersey for the red jersey of king of the mountains. (Champion System Pro Cycling Team photo.)

Chan Jae Jang took the lead in the king of the mountains classification after featuring in a breakaway on Tuesday’s Stage 2 of the Tour of Japan while teammate Adiq Othman notched a top 10 finish.

 

Champion System Assistant Director Franky Van Haesebroucke said he asked his riders to approach the 160.7-kilometer race on a seven-lap circuit course like a one-day race, not a stage race.

 

The day started with various breakaway attempts, but it was Champion System’s Jang and Ji Min Jung (Team KSPO) that finally escaped on the initial summit of the only categorized climb on the circuit. The duo eventually gained a nine-and-a-half minute lead with Jang cresting first each time over the climb.

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