Posted by Editoress on 01/30/10
Team SPIDERTECH powered by PLANET ENERGY - Launches into the future
Ray and Karen Arbesman hosted a stellar TEAM SPIDERTECH powered by PLANET ENERGY launch at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto Thursday evening.
The media conference MC'd by 3 time Olympic medallist Curt Harnett was followed by a cocktail reception and VIP dinner which drew out many of Canada's influential corporate cycling backers to support Canada's sole professional road team.
During the evening's dinner the Arbesmans honoured Steve Bauer's cycling career where his final Yellow Jersey of the 1990 Tour de France raised $23,500 dollars for the team, on auction.
“It's about time that something fantastic like this event happens for our sport in Canada” remarked Andrew Randell commenting on the team's outstanding evening celebration.
American newcomer Lucas Euser stated that “This night confirms that this team is destined for greatness. It shows that all of Canada can get behind this project”.
Steve Bauer, director of Team Spidertech announced confidently during the media conference that “we believe we can take this endeavour to the top of our sport, the Tour de France”.
It is certainly a unique Canadian corporate partnership that has given Team Spidertech the opportunity to enter into the bigger leagues of professional road cycling. PLANET ENERGY with CATALYST CAPITAL GROUP inc. began the initiative as co-sponsors, two years ago.
Today Bauer and his partner Josee Larocque have added additional thrust to the team's budget with sponsorship support from well known companies SAPUTO, BLACKBERRY, IBERVILLE DEVELOPMENTS and for 2010, title sponsor SPIDERTECH take on the lead role.
The 2010 rider roster is comprised of 13 Canadians and two international riders.
“We have to provide the opportunity for our own athletes” (Canadian). This is a great time for road cycling and the time is now for cycling in Canada to reach the big leagues” says Bauer. The UCI Continental Team Spidertech powered by Planet Energy will begin its season soon in the Vuelta Cuba February 9 to 21. The Team big race season objectives are to compete in the Tour of California in May and have its riders ready for the Pro Tour events in Quebec and Montreal, September 10 and 12 respectively.
Mark Batty (Can)
Guillaume Boivin (Can)
Éric Boily (Can)
Martin Gilbert (Can)
Keven Lacombe (Can)
Bruno Langlois (Can)
François Parisien (Can)
Andrew Randell (Can)
Ryan Roth (Can)
Charly Vives (Can)
David Boily (Can)
Stephane Cossette (Can)
Flavio De Luna (Mex)
Lucas Euser (USA)
Simon Lambert-Lemay (Can)
Director Sportif – Steve Bauer
Manager – Josée Larocque
Head Mechanic – Rick Barrow
Soigneur – Jonathan Adams
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