California Giant is a family-owned operation based in Watsonville, California. The company is designed to control every aspect of berry production to ensure a year-round supply of superior quality strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries. California Giant is driven by concerns for the environment, food safety, quality, service and the community
“California Giant has a stated interest in health and fitness. They demonstrate this value through their on-going partnership with the cycling community. They are the driving force behind my Pretty in Pink fundraising efforts in the month of October to benefit a local breast cancer non-profit. They practice environmentally-friendly initiatives in the fields and in the office, and their berries are the perfect addition to my post-ride recovery smoothie. I’m excited to embark on my sixth season with a team backed by a company I truly admire.”
TIBCO Software Inc. provides infrastructure for companies to use on-premise or as a part of cloud computing environments. The TIBCO platform provides customers the ability to capture the right information, at the right time and act on it preemptively for a competitive advantage.
“Team TIBCO is fortunate to have a title sponsor that has supported the team for eight years. Having such a long-standing partner is rare. The ongoing partnership speaks to TIBCO’s dedication to the goals of this team. They support an expanded race calendar that includes racing in Europe and across the United States to allow the women on this team to chase their dreams of representing their country at the Olympics and Worlds. I’m proud to have closed out my career with such a loyal partner to women’s cycling.”
Specialized delivers a full, uncompromising range of products designed for females with an option for every women who rides. The bikes and equipment created by Specialized Women are focused and driven by the real needs and wants of female cyclists.
“I’m lucky to have enjoyed a six year partnership with Specialized that has spanned road, ‘cross and mountain biking. The company is truly dedicated to women’s specific products. They innovate, design and engineer products dictated by their understanding of the unique needs of female cyclists. The bike I ride, the shoes I wear and the helmet on my head are not watered down versions of products created for my male counterparts. Specialized designs these products just for women like me.”
SRAM is devoted to incremental enhancements, perpetual improvements and revolutionary innovation. Continuous advancements result in a constantly redefined ‘ultimate ride’ that gets better with each tweak, refinement and leap ahead.
“For the 2013/14 ‘cross season, I will be using SRAM RED 22. That’s right, 22 is for 22 gears. There’s really nothing more I could ask for from SRAM. They provide reliable and durable products that stand the test of time and impact in the muddy, sandy and cold conditions of ‘cross. Never having to worry about my equipment allows me to focus my energy on all the other things that demand my attention on race day.
“SRAM has recently launched their new hydraulic road disc brakes. Having the incredible stopping power that the HRD brakes provide is what I am most excited about for the upcoming season. No longer will I question whether my brakes will work, even in the sloppiest conditions. These brakes are dialed.”
Zipp Speed Weaponry is a manufacturing company located in Indianapolis, Indiana committed to serving a select group of elite companies and athletes within the cycling and wheelchair competition community. Zipp meets customer needs for high performance and superlative quality components through innovative design and manufacturing using the best material and technology available. Zipp is part of the SRAM group.
“The Zipp 303 Firecrest disc-brake wheels are lightweight, durable and fast. They are a tried and true wheel for serious ‘cross riders. The combination of these wheels with the HRD brakes means taking high speed into sketchy turns, tight ruts or steep drops is never an issue because the braking power is tremendous.”
Light and Motion has been in the light business for over 20 years. The company specializes in lights intended for cyclists of all kinds with product categories that include performance, multi-sport and commuting. Light & Motion designs and builds every product in Monterey, California.
“Light and Motion are innovators in the world of lights. They are constantly pushing the bar and forcing other brands to set higher standards. They tell it like it is. Light and Motion lights might be more expensive than other brands but that’s because they sell what they promise – 1200 lumens is 1200 lumens and maybe even more. But what I like most about Light and Motion are the people behind the product. Every time I walk into the office I am greeted with warm smiles and I can feel the good vibe.”
Born in Sweden in 1942, Thule has grown organically and through acquisitions to become a truly global brand. The company designs and creates a wide assortment of products with a focus on solving the problem of how to bring equipment with you when using a car (roof racks, bike and water sport carriers, roof boxes, etc.). Case Logic became a part of the Thule Group in 2007 resulting in a full range of Thule branded luggage, bags and cases.
“Cyclocross is a gear heavy sport. The amount that I need to pack for a single 40-minute race is a bit mind-boggling. Thule provides durable, functional and beautifully designed bags to perfectly fit my every need. I have a backpack that goes with me wherever I travel, a generously sized rolling duffel that accommodates a three-week multi-destination trip and a carry on sized bag that fits exactly what I need for a quick weekend trip.”
Grease Monkey Wipes uses a natural citrus formula to safely clean grease, grime, oil, lubricants, adhesives, ink and much more. The pre-moistened wipes are ideal for cleaning mobiles messes associated with biking, boating, driving, fishing, hunting and camping. The Austin based company was founded in 2008 with the goal of providing innovative cleaning products for the active lifestyle.
“I had to pack my bike the other day, and it was pretty dirty. Instead of having to hose it down, I was able to give my bike a quick clean with a few swipes from a handful of wipes. The little packages are perfect for sticking in a saddle bag. I never have to ride away with dirty fingers after a tire change. While I definitely appreciate the product, I also appreciate the people behind it. Owner Tim Stansbury is incredibly supportive. He emails me after almost every race. It’s clear that they don’t want to partner with athletes simply to have them push the product. Grease Monkey Wipes looks to foster relationships with the athletes they support.”
Modify Watches are interchangeable watches with mix-and-match faces and straps. Design a watch that allows you to make a statement — whether (quiet) or LOUD. Modify Watches is proud of their thriving online community that they engage with regularly to decide what designs to produce next. The fun extends beyond the color combinations at offer. Modify names each combination in a tribute to pop culture, movie references and old-timey facts.
“I receive a lot of compliments on my Modify watches. Whenever someone makes a comment, I stop to explain how Modify makes many different color straps and faces that are made for mixing and matching. The versatility makes wearing this watch easy with anything, anytime. Modify is another company that I want to support because of the people behind the product. Aaron and Ayo are cool guys who have a flair for fun and fashion. Who else uses the email holler(at)modifywatches.com?!”