Professional Cycling Team Visit Dallas DNA Forms for 2016
Top Women’s Cycling Teams Merge, Partner with Orbea and Seek UCI Status
Dallas, TX (September 21, 2015) – FCS and K4 Racing are joining forces to create a new women’s cycling team for the 2016-2017 seasons.
A merger of the USA Cycling Domestic Elite squads Visit Dallas Cycling p/b Noise4Good and DNA Cycling p/b K4, the new team will race under the name Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling. The team, which has partnered with Orbea, is seeking a UCI license to uplevel its considerable talent and gain invites to the best races in North America. Combined, the racers from both teams collected over 50 podiums places in 2015.
“K4 Racing and FCS share similar values and, more often than not, steps on the podium,” said Alex Kim, general manager of K4 Racing. “Our riders are talented, personable and dynamic and we’re excited to showcase their talent on a bigger stage.”
“Our two organizations, each fielding independent women’s teams, have grown in a similar fashion – we look forward with excitement to this merger as we continue contribute to and participate in the growth of women’s professional bike racing,” said Lee Whaley, Co-Chairman of FCS.
Orbea, which sponsored Cofidis and Visit Dallas in 2015, will take an active role in building the new team, including providing technical support and equipment.
“We are pleased to continue our investment in women’s racing with our partnership in this new team. Visit Dallas DNA will embody the fighting spirit of Orbea,” said General Director of Orbea in North America, Gonzalo Salazar.
Highlights from Visit Dallas and DNA Cycling in 2015
Visit Dallas Cycling p/b Noise4Good
● Amber Neben wins San Dimas Stage Race
● General classification team win at Redlands Classic
● Stage podium at USA Pro Challenge
DNA Cycling p/b K4
● Tiffany Pezzulo wins overall in the USA CRITS Championship Series; team earns third place overall
● Podium places and leader jerseys in stages at the Tour of the Gila and the USA Pro Challenge
In 2016 the team will focus on North American UCI, NRC and NCC races.
ABOUT THE PARTNERS
FCS (Foundation for the Cultivation of Sport) is the managing entity of the Visit Dallas Cycling team and was formed in December 2004 by current Co-Chairman, Doug Clark. The team’s two primary objectives are to Foster Sport and to Develop Cycling as a Sport, operating as a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization. In addition to the highly competitive Domestic Elite team which races on the UCI, NRC, and NCC circuit, FCS has a Texas-based regional squad, providing options to women who want to ride competitively, from the first-time rider up to the seasoned Cat 1-2 racer. FCS’s backbone recreational club sponsors group rides and clinics within the Dallas community. The primary beneficiary is Children’s Medical & Research Charities of America (CMRCA) in conjunction with the Children’s Red Balloon Ride & Run, which attracts in excess of 20,000 participants each year. www.fcscycling.com
K4 Racing LLC owns and manages the DNA Cycling women’s cycling teams. The partnership was founded in 2012 by Alex Kim, Catherine Fegan-Kim, Kemi King, and Paxton Guymon as a vehicle to promote women’s cycling through competition. With its partner, DNACYCLING, K4 Racing built the team into a Domestic Elite powerhouse racing throughout North America and select international UCI races. By 2015, K4 Racing expanded its management to include two additional squads, a regional Category 1-2 Women’s Team (DNA 801), and a Women’s Masters Team (DNA Masters). www.k4racing.com
Visit Dallas and the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau’s goal is to market Dallas as the ideal convention and visitor destination to the regional, national, and international marketplace and to favorably impact the Dallas economy through meetings and tourism. The Dallas metro area is the leading business and financial center in the Southwest, offering visitors an unparalleled array of amenities including more than 75,000 hotel rooms, flexible meeting space, moderate climate, service-oriented staff, and two major airports with more domestic nonstop flights than any other U.S. City. Dallas is the ninth-largest city in the US and part of the fourth-largest metropolitan area, it is the top visitor destination in Texas and the only one in the southwest to host five major professional sports leagues. www.visitdallas.com
DNACYCLING designs and manufactures custom kits for teams and professional quality cyclewear for the everyday rider. DNACYCLING embodies all that is cycling, embracing tradition, style and performance. Each custom piece is produced with the highest quality and handcrafted with Italian flair and a sense for dressing up well. Whether riding on dirt or asphalt, DNACYCLING is dedicated to all those losing themselves in the ride. Functionality, simplicity, and flair. www.dnacycling.com
Founded in 1840, in the Basque region of northern Spain, Orbea is a premium manufacturer of road, mountain, and triathlon bicycles at the forefront of bicycle design and technology. Now celebrating its 175th anniversary, Orbea has introduced its most comprehensive bike range to date. The company’s fighting spirit is realized through its sponsorship of the world’s top athletes including Samuel Sanchez (Gold in Olympics), Perico Delgado (Victory in the Vuelta a Espana), and Catharine Pendrel (MTB World Championship Title). www.orbea.com
MEDIA CONTACT – Alex Kim, +1 (801) 503-9064, email@example.com