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 blueberries are the perfect addition to my post-ride recovery smoothie.”
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 seven 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.”
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 race a Specialized road bike, ‘cross bike and mountain bike. 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.
“I subject SRAM to a whole slew of conditions. I race in the mud, sand and dust. No matter what, my bike runs smoothly. The mental game is huge in ‘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.”
PBM Coaching is a professional level endurance coaching company specializing in cycling coaching along with triathlon coaching and running coaching. The team, founded by Kurt Perham, is based in the Northeast USA, and works with motivated cyclists, triathletes and runners of all levels throughout around the world.
My coach, Kurt, is both the Founder and Head Coach of PBM Coaching. His endurance sports career spans nearly 25 years during which he raced at a high level in cycling, triathlon and nordic skiing. Kurt has worked with athletes of all abilities, from first timers to IM World Champions, while he continues to race and train at a high level as a Masters athlete.
“Back in October I started working with Kurt because of his expertise and background in cyclocross, which is now my focus in cycling. Even before we officially started our working relationship, Kurt was watching live streaming of my ‘cross races to give me feedback, encouragement and advice.
Once we were both on board, he dove right in to creating the best program to help me continue my upward trajectory towards reaching my full potential in ‘cross. With the 2013 World Championships right around the corner, I am confident that Kurt will keep me on the right track to obtain big success in the 2012-13 season. ”
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.
“Simply put, 303s are bomb proof. They take a beating and never let me down.”
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 sent me to the National Bike Summit in Washington DC last year. I learned a lot and walked away with renewed desire to get involved with cycling advocacy. This is a company that not only talks the good talk about cycling safety but also actively puts their money where their mouth is.”
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.”
The folks at Breakaway ride bikes. They also make tshirts. About riding bikes. It’s a vicious cycle. Breakaway is all about being inspired to ride bikes just a little bit better today than yesterday.
“Kacha Azema was the mastermind behind the ‘Pretty in Mud’ design I debuted in September 2011. When I proposed our partnership and explained what I wanted to do with tee-shirt sales, he immediately jumped on board. I was blown away by the reception my idea received and the amount of time and talent devoted to the project. I’m looking forward to working with Kacha, now at Breakaway, on round two.”
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 have gotten a lot of compliments on my watch. Whenever someone makes a comment, I stop and explain how Modify makes so many different color bands and faces. The mix and match makes wearing this watch easy. I can pair it with anything.”