Ritchey WCS Handlebar, Stem and Seat Posts Carry Health Net presented by Maxxis to First Place at the Nature Valley Grand Prix


Ritchey WCS cockpits also help secure second place,
overall team honors and 13 podium finishes


San Carlos, Calif. - In his third overall stage race win within six weeks, Health Net Pro Cycling Team Presented by Maxxis rider, Rory Sutherland rode a near perfect race to clinch the Nature Valley Grand Prix title while he and his teammates rode Ritchey WCS 4Axis stems, WCS carbon seat posts, WCS handlebars, the Hammerhead Carbon TT bar and the newest, carbon prototype drop style TT base bar.

Close behind were teammates John Murphy who finished second place and Kirk O'Bee who captured a number of podium finishes throughout the five day stage race.

Minnesota's Nature Valley Grand Prix (June 11-15, 2008) route tests riders with its more than 200-mile, six stage course which includes technical criteriums, blazing time trials, grueling climbs and this year, strong winds and downpour. The very first stage was neutralized due to extreme weather conditions.

As a high level performance team, Health Net presented by Maxxis has been on Ritchey WCS cockpits for the past five years. Ritchey's dependable and high-performance products allow Health Net presented by Maxxis to focus on racing and winning.

Ritchey WCS products have carried countless riders to Olympic, World Cup and World Championship victories. Utilizing the most innovative designs, materials and technologies, the WCS (World Championship Series) level product line has truly earned its strips.

Health Net presented by Maxxis will race next at the Manhattan Beach Grand Prix in Manhattan Beach, Calif., June 29, 2008.

About Ritchey Sponsorships
Founded on Tom Ritchey's own passion of riding and racing, for almost 30 years Ritchey Design has been dedicated to supporting profession and grassroots cycling teams across the globe. On the International level, Ritchey partners with Saunier Duval Scott Pro Cycling Team and Lampre Fondital Pro Cycling Team. In the US Professional circuit, Ritchey partners with HealthNet Powered by Maxxis and Jelly Belly Pro Cycling. In the women's professional field, Ritchey partners with Team TIBCO, Team ValueAct Capital, PROMAN Paradigm, Team Cheerwine and Team Advil-ChapStick. On the Grassroots level, Ritchey supports over 160 teams across the United States and Canada. For inquiries regarding Ritchey sponsorship please visit www.ritcheylogic.com.