Visit Dallas Cycling Debuts New Cycling Team
Orbea continues as the technical sponsor for the team’s equipment.
The Foundation for the Cultivation of Sport (FCS) is pleased to announce new co-title sponsors and exciting roster changes for the 2015 season. The Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau (Dallas CVB) has made a three-year commitment to support the ladies of FCS, and the team will kick off the partnership at a launch party and team ride in Dallas Feb. 6-9. The new team name, Visit Dallas Cycling, highlights Dallas’ commitment to wellness and its growing reputation as an active, outdoor city.
“We’re thrilled to support the women’s riding community with the creation of Visit Dallas Cycling,” said Dallas CVB President Phillip Jones, a fitness enthusiast and triathlete. “Dallas is full of great green space and bike trails, and I can’t wait to cheer the riders on as they represent the city.”
The nine-person 2015 team is led by returning rider and former Time Trial World Champion Amber Neben. Also returning are Anna Sanders, Mia Manganello and Rachel Byus. Adding international flair to the roster, current Brazilian National Champion Flavia Oliveira and former multi-time Irish National Champion Olivia Dillion have joined the team. Anna Grace Christiansen and Kathryn Hunter, who were guest riders in 2014, are also now permanent team members. Beth Ann Orton joins the team after coming off of a strong cyclocross season culminating at the US National Championships.
Doug Clark and Lee Whaley will continue to serve as co-chairmen of Visit Dallas Cycling p/b Noise4Good, while Rachel Byus returns to manage the team and Scott Warren returns as the Sports Director.
“Each rider on this team is an accomplished racer. I look forward to seeing the team race together. With great teamwork we’ll be competitive in any race we enter,” said Scott Warren.
The team’s first race of the season will be in Phoenix, Arizona, at The Valley of the Sun Stage Race. The team will race throughout the year concentrating on USA Cycling’s National Racing Calendar.
In addition to the Dallas CVB, Noise4Good will be a co-sponsor for the 2015 race season. Mr. Restore is a returning as a key sponsor along with Orbea Bicycles. Orbea continues as the technical sponsor for the team’s equipment, bringing along its alliances with Full Speed Ahead, Vision, Kenda, Prologo, Speedplay and Jagwire.
JL Velo, a California-based company, is coming on board as the new clothing sponsor. Other new sponsors include Fusion Whole Body Recovery, which will provide pre-and post-race care for the riders, and Danner Boots. Returning supporters are Wilkins Finston Friedman Law Group, Big Wag Pet Grooming, Skratch Labs, Arundel, Chamois Butt’r and Oakley.
About Visit Dallas
The Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau’s goal is to market Dallas as the ideal convention and visitor destination to the regional, national and international marketplace and to favorably impact the Dallas economy through meetings and tourism. The Dallas metro area is the leading business and financial center in the Southwest, offering visitors an unparalleled array of amenities such as more than 75,000 hotel rooms, flexible meeting space, moderate climate, service-oriented staff, and a central location with two major airports with more domestic nonstop flights than any other U.S. city. As the ninth-largest U.S. city, and part of the fourth-largest metropolitan area in the nation, Dallas provides the best shopping in the Southwest and an arts district made up of 20 square blocks of artistic and cultural destinations, with five cultural venues designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architects. The Dallas metropolitan area is the top visitor destination in Texas and the only in the Southwest to host teams representing five major professional sports leagues.
Noise4Good platform is a “one to many” engagement model whereby passionate music artists, supporters and nonprofit organizations (NPOs) all connect in support of cause driven campaigns for the greater good. More specifically, N4G is a Software as a Service (SaaS) company fundraising platform that will enable NPOs to connect to new donors via campaigns that are supported by thousands of music artists and their fans as well as other collaborative NPOs. Targeting a launch date in Q1 2015, the platform will be positioned as the first fundraising site to fuse multiple audiences (music artists, NPOs, and fans/supporters) together under one single proprietary system to support causes for the greater good.
About FCS Cycling
FCS Cycling operates under FCS Team Inc. as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The team is registered with USA Cycling as a Domestic Elite Team comprised of U.S. and International female racers competing at State, National, and International levels. The core discipline is road cycling with a limited cyclocross and track program. As a sister team to the Domestic Elite Team FCS also has a regional team. The regional team presents an option to women who are first time racers, up to the seasoned Cat 1 or 2 racer, who want to ride competitively. The team is made up of women from various demographics, ages, and careers.
2015 Visit Dallas Cycling p/b Noise4Good roster:
Amber Neben (USA) Lake Forest, CA
Flavia Oliviera (BRA) Littleton, CO
Olivia Dillon (IRL) Fairfax, CA
Anna Sanders (USA) Phoenix, AZ
Anna Grace Christiansen (USA) Portland, OR
Mia Manganello (USA) Albuquerque, NM
Kathryn Hunter (USA) Austin, TX
Beth Ann Orton (USA) Portland, OR
Rachel Byus (USA) Phoenix, AZ