GT Bicycles today announced it will recruit 35 mountain bike racers nationwide for its new grassroots mountain bike program: the GT Dirt Coalition. Each member will race and represent GT Bicycles and the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) at a minimum of six mountain bike races during the 2009 season.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Amateurs are the unsung heroes of mountain bike racing,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Jenni Cathcart, Director of Marketing for GT Bicycles. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The GT Dirt Coalition rewards their competitive spirit and commitment to cyclingÃ¢â‚¬Â
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Each GT Dirt Coalition member will receive a high-end race machine: GTÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s iconic Zaskar Pro hardtail ($3499.99) with GT signature triple triangle frame design or the Marathon Pro ($4299.99), GTÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s lightweight full suspension bike utilizing GTÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Independent Drivetrain suspension system. Both models feature a monocoque carbon fiber frame and XT components. Members also receive a 10×10 Dirt Coalition tent, two race kits and GT swag. The sponsorship package is valued at $4,200-$5000.
GT Dirt Coalition members will be selected based upon their leadership in the cycling community, involvement in advocacy, local bike shop affiliations, proposed 2009 race schedule and past race results. If you think youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got what it takes to be a GT Dirt Coalition member, please fill out the application at http://amgteams.activecm.net/Page66.aspx between January 23 and February 5, 2009.
One note: Any rider who gets paid to race or holds a professional cycling license is not eligible for the Dirt Coalition. And sorry, but all racers must be 18 or older.
About GT Bicycles
Built on its race-proven performance products, GT Bicycles has been designing technologically advanced bikes in the road, mountain and BMX categories since 1973. For more information about GT Bicycles, please visit www.gtbicycles.com. GT Bicycles is part of the Cannondale Sports Group Division of Dorel Industries (TSX: DII.B, DII.A).
IMBA creates, enhances and preserves great trail opportunities for mountain bikers worldwide. Since 1988, IMBA has been bringing out the best in mountain biking by encouraging low-impact riding, volunteer trailwork participation, cooperation among different trail user groups, and innovative, sustainable trail management solutions.
IMBA’s worldwide network includes more than 32,000 individual members, and 700 affiliated clubs. Our principal programs include the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew, National Mountain Bike Patrol, IMBA Trailbuilding Schools, National Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day, IMBA Epic Rides , IMBA Trail Solutions Program and a variety of educational efforts.