Scott Tedro, owner of Sho-Air International (owners of the US Cup and Team Sho-Air / Cannondale, and title sponsor of NICA), declared that the company will create a fund to assist all 35 USAC-selected competitors for the 2013 Mountain Bike World Championships to be held in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Sho-Air will provide a check for $100 of assistance to each rider representative making the trip to South Africa. All that will be required to receive the sponsorship check will be to send Sho-Air an email declaring participation ([email protected]), and to follow @TEAMSHOAIR, @TheUSCup and @ScottTedro on twitter. All emails must be received on or prior to August 25.
During the mountain bike radio show of August 8, reigning cross country national champion Steven Ettinger relayed to Tedro that Marc Gullickson, USAC Mountain Bike Programs Director, had claimed that due to budgetary constraints, USAC was only able to provide very limited assistance in his World Championships bid and, most likely, little or no support for the other 34-nominated racers.
Sho-Air, an out-of-industry sponsor, has pledged this support and assistance out of concern for the sport and in recognition of the riders’ accomplishment. In addition, he appeals to the cycling industry to come to the aid of these world-class athletes representing the USA on behalf of USAC by matching Sho-Air’s donation and raising adequate funding to cover USAC’s shortfall.
Above Photo – L-Rt – R. Scott Tedro, motocrosser Eric Bostrom and Ty Kady at the Sho-Air/Cannondale Team launch last November.