The Air National Guard, Coast Guard and Navy will be represented
By Press Release
DANBURY, CT – (May 9, 2004) The Tour of Connecticut is proud to announce the addition of the US Armed Forces Cycling Team to their roster.
“The team is racing now with a focus on preparation to compete at the U.S. Elite Nationals and Olympic Team selection race in June,” said Debra Ponzio, Manager, U.S. Armed Forces Cycling. “Following this, six of the men will be chosen to represent the United States at our International Military World Championships, July 1-5 in Slovakia.”
The team represents a cross-section of the United States as well as rank within the Armed Forces. For the TOC, Ponzio chose riders based on each soldier’s tour of duty and preparedness for race week. Their team director will be Air Force Master Sergeant Lee Slater. Racing in the TOC will be:
Lieutenant Commander George Ganoung
Stationed: CG Operations Systems Ctr, Martinsburg, WV — Hometown: Tombstone, AZ
Coast Guard, Information Technology Eng & Mgmt – Branch Chief
Ensign Peter Penzell
Stationed: U.S. Naval Academy Annapolis MD — Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Navy, Exercise Physiology Technician
Petty Officer First Class Steven Mlujeak
Stationed: Air Station Detroit, MI — Hometown: Traverse City, MI
Coast Guard, Avionics Maintenance Technician
Senior Airman Sean Cahill
Stationed: Milford, MA — Hometown: Melrose, MA
Air National Guard, Telephone Cable Splicing Technician “Our athletes are military professionals first and don’t have the privilege of full-time cycling,” continued Ponzio. “We are proud of their accomplishments and their ability to compete at this level.” “It’s a testament to their dedication, focus and self-discipline; important characteristics and skills that transfer easily from their military lives to their efforts on the bike.”
Ponzio has great pride in her team. “The teamwork needed to succeed in the military is similar to the teamwork necessary for a successful cycling team.” “We have a great group of athletes who are outstanding ambassadors for the Armed Forces and the United States.”
Cycling fans are encouraged to bring American flags and cheer on the U.S. Armed Forces Team as well as the international field of professional riders representing the globe.
The Tour of Connecticut will be televised on Connecticut’s UPN station WCTX & ABC’s WTNH. It will also be webcast internationally on ARIA TV SPORTS an internet-based channel that delivers high quality sports programming across the net: www.ariatv.com. The final stage of the TOC, the Housatonic Classic, will be broadcast live on WLAD-AM80 Radio.
The race is presented by North West Connecticut Convention and Visitors Bureau, Land Rover, the Housatonic Valley Sports Organizing Committee, Council of Elected Officials and Economic Development Partnership and Mavic.
The Tour of Connecticut is produced by Sparta Cycling of New York City. Sparta Cycling, Inc. is one of America’s top cycling event promoters that designs and implements world-class cycling events based on strong community involvement. Sparta properties include the Tour of Connecticut, the Housatonic Valley Classic and the Univest Grand Prix. ###
For more information, visit: www.tourofct.com www.housatonicvalleyclassic.com www.spartacycling.com