Portland, Oregon - This year Team Rubicon-ORBEA hopes to bring even more awareness of the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF) to the US cycling peloton. Gone from years past is the orange and blue color which Rubicon-ORBEA has been known for. New for 2008, the team will be sporting yellow and black team kits with the "Benefiting the Lance Armstrong Foundation" logo proudly displayed center front and back of the team jersey.

Team Rubicon-ORBEA

"Our goal is to inspire people who have been affected in any way by cancer to take control, face it head on, take no prisoners and reach out to others for support," said team co-founder and director Norrene Godfrey, who lost both her parents to cancer. "As a cycling team, we hope to visit as many hospitals as we can handing out as many yellow wristbands as we can, to encourage those individuals to keep fighting, and let them know they're not alone."

Rubicon Jerseys

Team Rubicon-ORBEA is made up of 13 riders, with 7 under the age of 23. The 6 older riders will mentor the younger riders on and off the bike. Last year, two of the team's riders moved up in the pro-ranks, signing contracts with Slipstream-Chipotle U23 squad and the Jelly Belly Pro Cycling team. "Where really excited to see Aaron and Kirk move up into the pro-division," said Norrene, "we hope to lose more riders this year to the pro squads."

Leading the team this year will be returning veteran Logan Hunn, 21 of New Zealand and Brad Payne, 22 from Australia, also returning is sprint specialist Dean Tracy, 22 from Oregon. New to the team are Carson Miller, 19 from Oregon, Josh Bartlett, 23 from New Hampshire, Shaun Morris, 21 from Australia and Roman van Uden,19 from New Zealand. The over the age of 24 riders who will guide the young lads are, Norrene Godfrey, team co-founder and director, Darien Curl, team co-founder, David Godfrey, director of sportif, Heather VanValkenburg sprint specialist, Chauncey Curl and Jamie Mikami -all from the Portland, Oregon area.

"This team has some of the best sponsors in the industry," said Norrene, "because not only do our sponsors support our team, they also create avenues in which to donate money to the Lance Armstrong Foundation." Nike, long term partner of Team Rubicon-ORBEA has created a LIVESTRONG collection which people can purchase at LIVESTRONG.com or wearyellow.com where 100% of Nike's profit goes directly to the LAF foundation to help fight cancer.

ORBEA, who has been the teams long time partner and supporter will be stepping up into the title sponsorship role this year. "We would not be here today if it wasn't for the continued support from all the crew over at ORBEA" said Norrene, "ORBEA is with us every step of the way encourage us to keep helping others through the sport of cycling. Rubicon will have the unique opportunity to ride the 2009 ORCA. Rubicon-ORBEA's primary sponsors include, NIKE, SRAM, United Finance, Hammer Nutrition, Bontrager and Laurelwood Brewery. The team's other sponsors, whom we are very grateful to have on board are, Oakley, Russ Auto, Giro, Park Tools, Schwalbe Tires, Ez-Up Tent and Yakima racks.

The boys in yellow have a busy NRC and event calendar, with the goal of visiting at least one children's hospital per every NRC event we attend (If you're reading this and you would like the Rubicon guys to show up at your hospital or event, please send an email to [email protected], we will do the best we can to make it happen).

Team Schedule -
• Willamette Stage Race
• Sea Otter
• Team Rollout Party

• Joe Martin Stage Race
• Livestrong Day, Little Rock Arkansas & Arkansas' Children's hospital
• Mt. Hood Cycling Classic
• LIvestrong Day, Portland Oregon

• PDX LIVESTRONG Challenge training ride
• NRC Events to come for month of June
• LIVESTRONG Challenge Portland Oregon

• Cascade Cycling Classic
• Gastown Criertium
• Giro Di Burnaby
• Tour De White Rock
• Wells Fargo Twilight Criteirum

• U23 National Championships
• Portland Healthnet Twilight Criterium
• Tour of Utah

Each year the team raises funds for the Lance Armstrong Foundation and each year the team gives away it's spot in the Portland LIVESTRONG Challenge to a cancer survivor. If you would like to nominate someone or want to nominate yourself, tell us your story, we want to hear it! Send an email to [email protected], type in the subject line - Nomination for PDX LIVESTRONG Challenge.