STAGE 17 RACING ANNOUNCES INAUGURAL 2012 CYCLING TEAM
America West Natural Hazard Disclosures to serve as team’s co-title sponsor
LAKE FOREST, Calif. (March 19, 2012) – Stage 17 Racing p/b America West Natural Hazard Disclosures, a U23 cycling team owned and operated by STAGE17.ORG, has announced its inaugural 2012 squad and team supporters. America West Natural Hazard Disclosures, a leading provider of natural hazard disclosures, will serve as the co-title sponsor. The team has its sights set on the upcoming Redlands Bicycle Classic.
Stage 17 Racing p/b America West Natural Hazard Disclosures is a team for male cyclists under the age of 23 competing at an elite level in the United States. The team is focused on fostering clean, mature athletes prepared to become the next crop of elite America cycling champions. Stage 17 Racing is owned and operated by STAGE17.ORG, a nonprofit organization created by Michael Roecklein using cycling as a vehicle for promoting a healthy lifestyle and heightened self-esteem in adolescents.
Stage 17 Racing p/b America West Natural Hazard Disclosures made its debut in February at Valley of the Sun Stage Race. From there, the team headed to the Merco Cycling Classic earning three top 15 finishes and a top five finish at the 120-mile Almond Blossom Road Race. Last weekend, the team earned a first place finish at the San Dimas Stage Race road race and a top ten finish at the criterium race.
“We could not be more excited to watch what will unfold this season after spending only a few months with our talented young riders,” said Michael Roecklein, team director, Stage 17 Racing. “The common themes expressed throughout training camp were community and teamwork, which extends past our U23 team to being mentors to our Junior program Major Motion Development.”
Stage 17 Racing p/b America West Natural Hazard Disclosures was recently accepted to participate in the Redlands Cycling Classic, one of America’s longest running bicycle stage races, a great honor for a first year team. In addition to the prestigious Redlands Cycling Classic, Stage 17 Racing will also participate in, but not limited to, Tour of America’s Dairyland, Sea Otter Classic, Tour of the Gila, BMC Cascade Cycling Classic and USA Cycling National U23 Championships.
The 2012 roster includes Alexander Vaughn-Ruiz, Andrew Sjogren, Ben Bertiger, Bryan Larsen, Danny Katz, Steve Larsen and Tosh Clements. The team will also feature many guest riders in order to expand the opportunities the team can provide riders.
Co-title sponsor America West Natural Hazard Disclosures develops products that are designed to assist all parties in a real estate transaction by communicating statutorily required (and ancillary) disclosureinformation quickly and economically. Its state-of-the-art technology, expertise in cartography, financial strength and nearly 100 years of combined real estate experience make it uniquely qualified to assist with due diligence needs.
In addition to America West Natural Hazard Disclosures, Stage 17 Racing is also proud to be partnered with the following sponsors: TIME, a technological and performance leader of carbon fiber bicycles frames and pedals; iRT Wheels, formed in 2010 with the goal of reinventing the riding experiences of everyone from world-class athletes to the casual rider; Pactimo, providers of high quality custom cycling apparel in five weeks or less; Swiftwick, innovator in designing and producing the best active wear products on the planet; as well as LAS Helmets; 22 Days Nutrition; Podium Legs; Superfeet; Bike Pure; DC Shoes; VeloShine; American Flooring; Bellflower Auto Square Collision and Gibson Law Group.
“We’ve got a wonderful group of sponsors lending their support to the team and we look forward to representing them well in 2012,” added Roecklein. “We wouldn’t be where we are today without them.”
Stage 17 Racing
Stage 17 Racing began over countless hours of conversation on training rides amongst a tight knit group of friends who share a passion for cycling. The talks became focused on creating a place where young athletes can be groomed to become professional adults in environments free of negative influences. Thus the ideals and goals of Stage 17 Racing were set.