Lately I have been putting press releases on the blog – I would prefer to write my own pieces or at least edit the most interesting information and provide commentary, but while struggling for time, a ready-made article is sometimes too handy not to run with.
Endura’s newest sponsorship venture is particularly interesting in that GB U23 / Academy riders Grant Ferguson and Kenta Gallagher are part of the team. Many people back home have an idea of how good these two are but in the bigger international racing picture, they are very much starting out in their careers and getting top level racing experience.
So we will watch their development with interest.
Endura is proud to announce that the Scottish bikewear and accessories provider is the official cycle clothing sponsor of Superior Brentjens MTB Racing Team for 2013 and 2014. The 10 rider strong team will be managed by Bart Brentjens, founder of the Brentjens MTB Racing team and the first Olympic gold medal winner in the history of XC mountain biking as an Olympic discipline at the Olympic Games in Atlanta 1996.
As the team’s exclusive clothing sponsor, Endura will provide the team with their custom-made team kit as well as with all other cycle clothing that the riders wear for racing as well as for training.
“We are delighted to be part of the Superior Brentjens MTB Racing Team for 2013 and 2014. We have had such a successful product development process for our road clothing over the past 4 years through Endura Racing [now Team NetApp-Endura for 2013 and 2014] that it made perfect sense to replicate this system for MTB with a team of equivalent standing and we think we have found that with Bart and the Superior Brentjens MTB Racing Team. We’ll be working closely with the riders on our XC clothing to compliment the inputs from Oli Beckingsale and Tracy Moseley. Having an additional 10 riders to work with, especially ones of such high calibre, is something that our product development team are really excited about, and it’s even more special for us to be supporting and working with Grant Ferguson and Kenta Gallagher as your Scottish talents on the team”, says Jim McFarlane, founder and Managing Director of Endura.
The team will be racing on an International level; the racing schedule for 2013 and 2014 including the UCI Worldcup series XCO & XCE, the National Championships, the European Championships, the World Championships, the National Series, and Cape Epic.
The team riders for 2013 are Marek Konwa (POL), Jeroen Boelen (NED), Hans Becking (NED), Grant Ferguson (UK), Kenta Gallagher (UK), Anne Terpstra (NED), Jiri Novak (CZE), Yana Belomoyna (UKR), and Paul Rodenbach (SA).
Bart Brentjens’ team was formerly known as Milka Superior MTB Racing Team. After a successful cooperation in 2012, Superior has reinforced the sponsoring agreement for 2013. With Milka falling away as main sponsor, the official name for the UCI Trade Team in 2013 will be “Superior Brentjens MTB Racing Team”. Also, the team logo has been re-styled accordingly.