Team World Bicycle Relief-Siren endurance mountain bike team forms
By BikeRadar | Tuesday, January 20, 2009 8.00pm
World Bicycle Relief-Siren riders Brad Majors (front) and Todd Carpenter (rear) come in for a quick pit stop en route to Top 10 finishes at the U.S. 24 Hour Solo National Championships in Wausau, Wisconsin, August 3, 2008. Chris Strout
Siren Bicycles, a boutique bicycle frame builder focused on the endurance mountain bike market, has partnered with Chicago-based World Bicycle Relief to field Team World Bicycle Relief-Siren for the 2009 season.
World Bicycle Relief was founded in 2005 by SRAM Corporation and Trek Bicycle in response to the December 2004 tsunami that swept the Indian Ocean.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the work of World Bicycle Relief,” said Siren Bicycles founder Brendan Collier. “Siren is all about seeing the bicycle as a sustainable mode of transportation, and World Bicycle Relief is dedicated to providing bicycles in support of healthcare, education and economic opportunity.”
Collier also announced the relocation of Siren Bicycles to Tucson, Arizona. The location in central Tucson offers space for design and fabrication of both production and custom/semi-custom mountain bike frames, in addition to an upcoming “city bike” project focused on an affordable and sustainable bike design for urban use.
The World Bicycle Relief-Siren team will be aboard production softail Song SL bicycles, riding to raise awareness of World Bicycle Relief’s programs and mission.
The partnership with World Bicycle Relief is part of the organization’s grassroots campaign, in which athletes and teams support its work by serving as ambassadors.
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“Teams like World Bicycle Relief-Siren are out there every day, on the roads and trails, raising awareness,” according to Katie Bolling, head of the Grassroots program. “Using our logo on their jersey and with our educational materials, individuals and teams can speak knowledgably about our work in underdeveloped regions of the world.”
The team consists of Pro endurance racers Dan Brennan, Todd Carpenter, Brad Majors and Chris Strout, and amateurs Craig DeAmbrose and Stephen Janes. Between them, the riders have scored several top results in recent seasons, including a podium and several top-10s in the 24-Hour National Championships; national and regional wins in 12- and 24-hour events; and strong finishes in National Ultra-Endurance (NUE) races. Strout is communication manager for World Bicycle Relief.
For 2009, the team will open the season at the 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo, near Tucson, and will go on to contest national and regional races including select NUE events and the 24 Hour National Points Series.
For more information, visit www.worldbicyclerelief.org.
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