Tuesday, March 04, 2008

From: Rite Aid Pro Cycling Website

Rite Aid Pro Cycling presented by Shebell & Shebell And Fuji Bikes...Like A Family

3 March 2008 Wayne, Pennsylvania, February 29, 2008 – The Rite Aid Pro Cycling sponsored by Shebell & Shebell and Fuji Bicycles today announced an agreement which will have the team riding Fuji frames and forks for the 2008 and 2009 seasons. “We are excited about having one of the most innovative bike companies in the world as our partner,” says Jamie Davis, Managing Director of the team. “The commitment of Fuji to excellence in everything they do, from research to manufacturing, parallels our own goals as a team. We both want to be the best in all that we do. Their knowledge of high tech frame materials and manufacturing techniques is extremely impressive as is their eagerness to use our squad to provide feedback for design refinements for future product offerings.” The team will be riding the Fuji Team Issue frameset, a full monocoque carbon C7 race- purposed frame with some of the riders on the SL-1, a super light frameset made of C10 carbon that weighs only 890 grams. For time trials, the riders will use Fuji’s Aloha. “We are very proud to be associated with this team, especially since they are based very close to our corporate headquarters and feature a good number of local riders that we have watched develop over the years,” said Fuji’s Director of Marketing Karen Bliss. “We’re happy to be able to support them as Pennsylvania’s premier pro team.” Rite Aid Pro Cycling presented by Shebell & Shebell embark on their third year under the Rite Aid banner with a new presenting sponsor and another exciting international roster - five returning veterans and six new young rising talents. The team finished the 2007 season with 17 wins, 38 podiums and was the 8th ranked UCI America Tour team, 2nd of all of the US teams. About Fuji Bikes The Fuji Bicycles brand is owned and operated by Advanced Sports, Inc. (ASI), a privately held corporation headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with distributors in over forty countries. Operating in the U.S. through the Independent Bicycle Dealer network, ASI markets a full line of high performance bicycles including road, mountain, women’s, comfort, BMX and recreational bicycles under the Fuji, Kestrel and SE Bikes brands.