We're really happy to be involved with the iRT Pro Cycling Team for 2015. They're a great group of guys racing to support the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. See them at Domestic Pro calender events in the USA, Asia and South America.
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Pasadena, CA (December 18, 2014) – – The US cycling circuit has a new addition. Inertia Racing Technology (iRT Wheels) has announced the creation of Team iRT Racing, a men’s continental cycling team based out of Southern California. The new team features a competitive roster with athletes from both the United States and Mexico. Directed by Haldane Morris, iRT Racing will be competing nationally, as well as select international races starting in 2015.
“We have assembled a youthful roster, with both up-and-coming young stars and some younger seasoned veterans,” stated Morris. “Our goal is to take this youthful base and develop them into a seasoned team by through the opportunities of competing at International races in Europe, Asia and South America and big races in the United States, such as the US Pro Road Championships, Cascade Cycling Classic, Gila and many others. We have very optimistic expectations of them and expect to be very competitive.”
Backed by a veteran support staff, the mission of Team iRT Racing is to bring back to the pureness of the sport and the development of the athletes. “Our plans are to develop this team with the ideals of the pureness of sportsmanship and the sport of cycling, “ says iRT Racing co-owner Ray Asante. “By creating a cohesive environment between athletes and sponsors, we can together build a program that will be a great experience for not only the spectators and the team, but the sport as well.”
Team sponsors include: Kuat, Pactimo, GQ-6, K-Edge, Panaracer, Xpedo, Mobile Edge, Ritte Bicycles, Arundel , BSX Athletics, Velo Saddles, CarbonPro Sports, Zuca, Shimano, PFC Nutrition, KOR Water, Minoura, Pedalers Fork, Cruz Bar, SPF Addict, Doc’s Skincare, Crossfit Ganbatte, Endevr, Pandana, Tifosi Optics and Sallys Smart.
With the focus on the entire experience for both athlete and sponsor, iRT Racing is also joining forces with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, bringing a philanthropic voice to the race season. With the selection of the research being done by Dr. Anat Erdreich-Epstein MD,PhD, iRT Racing is racing in support of research on children’s cancerous brain tumors. “As parents ourselves, we hope to never have to live that nightmare with our own children that some families are facing now,” says iRT Racing co-owner Lynn Perrando. “By supporting the research being done, we hope to minimize the number of children in the future that have to endure this terrible illness.”
iRT Racing Mens Pro Cycling Team 2015
Lead by General Manager/Team Director, Haldane Morris, previous director of the Yahoo! Cycling Team and Rock Racing Pro Cycling Team.
Assistant Director Tony Cruz, former Olympian and former Pro cyclist with US Postal Service and BMC Pro Cycling Team,.
Head Mechanic Marco Sainz, Head Soigneur , Paige DeVilbiss, Team Photographer Kristy Morrow.
Erick Slack (USA) - 2nd Place US Road National Championship, 2014
Coulton Hartrich (USA) - 2nd Place Pro Men GC San Dimas Stage Race, 2014
Eder Frayre (Mexico) – 2nd Mexican National Road Championships, 2014
Walton Brush (USA) - 3rd Place US Road National Championship, 2014
Sam Bassetti (USA) – 9th Place Joe Martin GC 2014
Cory Greenberg (USA) – Wore Yellow Jersey , Vuelta Mazatlan, 2014
Rene Corella (Mexico) – Former U23 Mexican National Road Champion
Eamon Lucas (USA) - 1st Place 2013 San Rafael Criterium
Chris Stastny (USA) - Stage Winner at Mount Hood Stage Race 2011
We took some GoPros to a photoshoot with Ritte Sponsored Athlete Ivan Dominguez. We got some footage of Ivan and POC+Ritte rider Dan Green descending Latigo Canyon in Malibu California and Ivan showed off his high-speed side-saddle technique.
1) What inspired you to start Bike Central?
Monte, an ace mechanic, was moving back to the area, Mark was looking to make some changes in his life, and I had a plumbing and heating business with a beautiful but unused showroom (people don’t really care what their water heater looks like, they just want hot water). I've been riding bikes since the '70s and had toyed with the idea of opening a shop for years. So, we emptied the showroom of all the plumbing and heating equipment and filled it with bicycles. We figured if things didn’t work out we could liquidate the inventory with not much lost. Four years later, and I'm spending more and more time playing with bikes and less time unclogging toilets.
2) What are some of the ways that Bike Central interacts and connects
with the local riding and racing scene? We religiously hold a Tuesday night community ride. People meet at the shop, go for a ride, and finish back at BC for a potluck style meal. We also put on Frosty Cross, Northwest Iowa’s only USA Cycling sanctioned cyclocross race, and in 2014 we’re putting together a cyclocross team to compete in the region.
3) What drew you to working with Ritte Cycles as a brand you sell? Before we even had a shop my oldest son saw the Ritte cycles gladiator ad in Road magazine. They seemed to embody the fun, carefree attitude we've always associated with cycling. It was a no brainer when we opened, we had to carry Ritte.
4) Who's your pick for this years Tour de France? Froome.
5) What do you think the cycling community could use more of in 5 words or
less? Equal men's and women's payouts.
6) Do you have a favorite local ride? RAGBRAI. There's nothing else like it in the world.
7) Best CX hand-up you've ever received? I always love a cold Keystone Light. I don't know how they make it so good and sell it so cheap.
8) What are some unique services or features of Bike Central?
Where else can you get a Crossberg and a new garbage disposal? Joking aside, Monte’s bike fit expertise gives us a leg up in the region and offering a brand like Ritte in small town Iowa is a huge source of pride for us.