Giant to sponsor British RAAM team
By Mark Appleton | Wednesday, April 23, 2008 5.02pm
The United Eight team at John O'Groats United Eight
Giant UK has recently announced its equipment sponsorship support of the United Eight racing team which will compete in the fabled Race Across America (RAAM) later this year.
Formed in summer 2007, the eight person team will be taking on its toughest challenge to date thisJune, when it embarks on the 3,000 mile, non-stop coast-to-coast American odyssey. The race travels west to east across the continent, taking in fifteen states and climbing the equivalent of nearly four MountEverests. The United Eight have committed to completing the challenge in just seven days.
Team member Owen Slot said: "When the United Eight embarked on this gargantuan challenge, we knew our priority was top range bikes. We were obviously overjoyed when Giant offered to help us. All of us have ridden at various levels before, but not on models as classy, efficient and fast as the Giant TCR C 0.”
Riding for the children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent, The United Eight comprises:
Alex Waters aged 21, a British racing driver who has fought cancer;
Chrissi Dietsche, 29, a German physiotherapist, and former professional snowboarder;
Giles Dalrymple, 26, a British environmental engineer;
Jonny Wates, 40, an entrepreneur in renewable energy;
Owen Slot, 40 chief sports reporter for The Times;
Steve Young, 39, a British ex-soldier and personal trainer/therapist to the team;
Tony Mitchell, 48, a sports teacher and British 400m and 400 hurdles champion in the 45-50 age group;
Wynton Faure, 30, a South African who works in the aviation business.
The United Eight team is hoping to raise over £60,000 for the children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent. In a recent weekend they did the John O’Groats to Lands End ride – but purely as a training exercise.
The United Eight team will the Race Across America on 11 June. To pledge a donation to the CLIC Sargent children’s cancer charity please click on www.justgiving.com/united8, or for more details on the United Eight team, www.united8.org.
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