Stages Cycling announce 2016 Partnership with USA Cycling
Stages® now official sponsor and product supplier of both power meters and indoor stationary cycling bikes to USA Cycling
Stages Cycling is pleased to announce a new partnership with USA Cycling for the 2016 season. This partnership marks a milestone in Stages history as the young but storied brand becomes the official power meter and indoor bike sponsor of the US National Cycling federation.
“Stages Cycling will make Stages Power meters and SC Series indoor cycling bikes available to USA Cycling athletes when competing, and will play an integral role in USAC’s developmental programs and the USA Cycling Team on the road and track,” said Jim Miller, USA Cycling Vice President of Athletics. “Stages will directly support all five disciplines, including our newly-crowned world champion women’s pursuit team, as they aspire to greatness in Rio de Janeiro.”
The Stages Power meter and the Stages SC3 indoor bike—which features the same Stages Power meter technologies produced for outdoor riders— is now the official indoor stationary cycling bike of USA Cycling and the USA Cycling Team.
While Stages’ official supplier role comes with the added responsibility of special projects for Team USA in this Olympic year, the basis for the relationship between the two organizations was founded in 2013.
That year, Stages committed to supplying meters to USAC’s Talent ID Camp program. This is an important development feeder program that identifies future American cycling champions. Prior to Stages involvement, USAC wasn’t able to offer use of power meters and their insightful metrics to these junior riders, and the coaches tasked with finding the next generation of elite cyclists in the US.
“The consistent measurement of rider power, and the ease of use of the meters were key factors in our desire to partner with Stages,” said USAC’s Miller. “Stages Cycling Power meters and bicycles will be integral tools for all our disciplines and our Talent ID Camps”.
Stages support of USAC’s Talent ID Camps has continued annually, and 2016 marks the fourth year of Stages Cycling support for these camps.
In 2014 Stages took on support of USAC’s European Development program, another step on the journey to becoming an official sponsor and supplier to the federation.
Stages Cycling’s relationship with USA Cycling is rooted in the passion for cycling fostered by the Stages staff. Many are long standing USAC members and even USAC crowned elite and masters’ national champions.
“We are very excited to increase our support of USA Cycling and their efforts to develop and grow cycling in the US at all levels,” said Pat Warner, VP of Stages Cycling, a seven-time combined USAC elite and masters national champion on the track. “Personally, though, I’m most proud of the work we’re doing to provide the best technology to juniors and developing cyclists who are aspiring to be the next great American cyclists. And, of course, we’re also very excited and proud to be a small part of helping to prepare America’s best for the Rio Games.”