Wednesday, March 18, 2009

2009 Team Expansion Announcement

The 2009 Team Press Release:

2009 Expansion! March 21st, 2009 Posted by Bart Topic: News

Salt Lake City, UT – (March 18, 2009) – Building on the success of the 2008 season, the MonaVie-Cannondale Cycling Team announces powerhouse additions to the team roster and a rigorous event schedule to focus on “epic racing around the world.”

MonaVie-Cannondale welcomes the following new riders in 2009: current US Short Track and Marathon National Champion Jeremiah Bishop, two-time US Collegiate National Champion and former ITU Winter Triathlon World Champion Benjamin Sontag, and Utah-based rider Alex Grant. In addition, Burke Swindlehurst (of the Bissell Pro Cycling Team) will be crossing over from road racing on a part-time basis.

“Joining the MonaVie-Cannondale Team presents an opportunity to focus on my favorite form of racing — epic racing — and meet the challenges of the world’s toughest mountain ranges and top international competitors,” says Bishop. “It’s an opportunity I couldn’t resist! I’m proud to join MonaVie-Cannondale and look forward to a fun season with all the great riders on the team.” Bishop also plans to compete in the US Pro Cross Country Tour and select events of the Kenda Cup East series.

Returning to MonaVie-Cannondale are the legendary David “Tinker” Juarez, Bart Gillespie, Susan Butler, Mitchell Petersen, Bryan Alders and Leana Gerrard. Complete rider bios can be viewed at

In their efforts to conquer the world’s epic races, MonaVie-Cannondale athletes will rely on MonaVie ( to support their bodies’ antioxidant needs. Introduced in January 2005, MonaVie develops and markets scientifically formulated, premium quality products, specifically for person-to-person distribution. Developed with a philosophy of Balance-Variety-Moderation, MonaVie brand products deliver phytonutrients and antioxidants to promote and maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. For more information about MonaVie brand products or how to join the MonaVie family, call 1-866-217-8455, or visit

Epic mountain bike racing is a torture test for the body, mind and bicycle. The team’s weapon of choice will be the MonaVie-Cannondale Team Scalpel equipped with Kenda Tires, No Tubes ZTR Olympic Wheels, Crank Brothers Pedals and Scrub Component Rotors. For better performance strategies, the team will rely on the science of Kinetic trainers, Wobble Naught Fitting Solutions and the visual expertise of Myo-Facts/Dartfish.

With the team now boasting nine professional riders, MonaVie-Cannondale racers will compete in epic events around the world, including the Absa Cape Epic, BC Bike Race, Intermontane Challenge, Brek Epic, La Ruta de los Conquistadors, and the Sabie Experience. The team will also attend select US Cup and NUE100 events.

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