|Team Name: Rock Racing |
Team Website: www.rockracing.com
2009 Roster: 16 riders
Bikes Used: Kestrel Bicycles
2008 HighlightsRiders took first overall in the Tour of Qinghai Lake and Redlands Bicycle Classic. Team includes national champions in the Road Race, Criterium and U23 Criterium categories. Forty-five victories overall.
About Rock RacingRock Racing had a very successful season in 2008, winning 45 races and four national titles, while putting a rider in the top-three overall 106 times. Every month brought a highlight for the second-year squad that is sponsored by internationally renown lifestyle brand Rock & Republic and owned by CEO and Creative Director Michael Ball.
The team heads into 2009 with confidence, as they posted many notable results in 2008. Santiago Botero won the Redlands Bicycle Classic and led a 1-2-3-4 finish in the prologue of the Vuelta a Colombia in May. Oscar Sevilla won the second leg of the Triple Crown of Cycling in June at the Commerce Bank Reading Classic, and Tyler Hamilton captured the Tour of Qinghai Lake in July. Three riders captured national titles: Rahsaan Bahati (Criterium), Justin Williams (Under 23 Criterium) and Hamilton (Road Race); and Rock Racing captured the team pursuit at the National Junior Track Championships to close out the season.
In 2009, the Rock Racing team is under the direction of Rudy Pevenage, one of the most experienced director sportifs that cycling has produced in the past 20 years. The former Belgian bicycle racer built a dynasty with the Telekom/T-Mobile squads and guided Jan Ullrich to victory at the 1997 Tour de France.