Rock Racing will be racing on Shimano-equipped carbon Kestrel RT900 bicycles and a new time trial machine during the 2009 season.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with one of the most exciting teams in pro cycling,” said Karen Bliss, marketing director at New Jersey-based Advanced Sports, Inc. (ASI), the parent company for Kestrel. “We have built great relationships with many of Rock Racing’s riders through our other brands’ sponsorships, and I’m happy they will get the opportunity to race on our bikes in 2009.”
The team rode DeRosa and Fuji in 2008 (Fuji is also an ASI brand), and is involved with developing a new time trial bike with Kestrel, according to brand manager Steven Harad.
“Rider input at this stage is paramount to the success of our new TT project,” Harad said. “I look forward to working closely with Rock’s time trial experts to fine-tune our new super bike.” Scheduled for release in mid-summer, the yet-to-be named bike has already tested exceedingly well in the wind tunnel, according to Harad.
Current U.S. Pro road champion Tyler Hamilton, who tested the Kestrel road bike the team will be riding, said, “The road bike handles perfectly – it’s got an incredible strength to weight ratio. I’m really impressed.”
Rock Racing will make its 2009 racing debut at the Tour of California on February 14 in Sacramento. The team roster includes: Victor Hugo Pena Grisales (Columbia), Enrique Gutierrez (Spain), Francisco Mancebo (Spain), Freddy Rodriguez (USA), Tyler Hamilton (USA), David Vitoria (Switzerland), Oscar Sevilla (Spain), and Aaron Kemps (Australia).