WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - What began last fall as Team Leadout has become the Fremont Bank Cycling Team, an elite level development program with a unique combination of goals. Reigning District Road Race Champion, Susannah Breen, and bike industry veteran, Mark Deterline, recognized a void in Northern California bike racing. During their tenure as elite squad managers within their former cycling club, Breen and Deterline decided that more emphasis should be placed on developing female and male riders in their late teens, 20's and 30's.
"We realized that most area teams focused on Masters cycling-riders 35 or older," says Breen. "To support young talented riders-especially women-we felt it was important for us to diversify our team to include riders ages 18 to 34."
Andy Mastorakis, President of Fremont Bank and a Masters racer himself, has been involved in bike team sponsorship for several years. "Part of Fremont Bank's charter is to contribute in many different ways to our community. We wholeheartedly support our local cycling program and appreciate Mark and Susannah's vision," adds Mastorakis.
Part of the team's initial fall rosters included Collin Samaan and Menso De Jong, both of whom have turned pro with the newly formed Wonderful Pistachios Professional Cycling Team. Deterline emphasized that watching riders leave his and Breen's program to join professional or semi-pro squads is the ultimate goal. "Of course it's bittersweet to see teammates go, especially since they were instrumental in building this program and because we're all good friends. But that's the whole point," he clarified.
Fremont Bank Cycling Team 2011 Rosters:
Tanja Meyer Tamguney
Ashley Norris Gruber
TEAM BIKE FITTER
Fremont Bank Cycling Team 2011 Sponsors:
Leadout Marketing & Creative
Selle SMP | Albabici
Fits by Paul
Capo Custom Apparel
K-Edge | AceCo Sport Group
Trek Bicycle Corporation
Base Performance Nutrition
Personal Best Products
Sharp Bicycle Lafayette, CA