LOS ANGELES – January 25, 2008: Wheelbuilder is proud to announce it has entered its second season as the official sponsor of the UCLA Cycling Team. They have enjoyed a close relationship with the team over the 2006-07 season and look forward to continuing to help the team develop into a Regional and National Championship contender in the coming years.
Members of the UCLA Cycling Team are full-time UCLA students who are competitive cyclocross, mountain, road, and track cyclists with the goal of winning races. They are as serious about their academics as they are about cycling. UCLA is consistently rated among the top 25 best national schools for academics, and the Bruins lead the nation with 100 NCAA team championships and 121 total national championships.
With world champions and Olympic athletes relying on Wheelbuilder’s wheels and state of the art engineering, teaming up with UCLA was a natural partnership. Last year, Rich Sawiris, founder of Wheelbuilder, supported the UCLA team by building wheels, rebuilding crashed wheels, supplying race-day wheels, and providing mechanical support throughout the collegiate racing season. This year, a collaborative sponsorship between the Saris Cycling Group and Wheelbuilder will allow the UCLA students to train and race on Saris’ CycleOps PowerTaps built into Wheelbuilder wheels.
Wheelbuilder is focused on custom-built bicycle wheels and wheel related products for all cycling disciplines. Our goal is to provide extremely high quality products and services through superior process and quality control. Founded by an engineer and cycling enthusiast, Wheelbuilder’s unique process is the result of extensive engineering research and structural testing emphasizing carbon wheel failure modes. Wheelbuilder is located in Southern California, www.wheelbuilder.com, (626) 442-4444.