Scott Tedro and Sho-Air International Keep Pressure on USA Cycling and Prepare for Showdown at Whiskey 50
One of America's top mountain bike racing supporters, director of several national-level events, and title sponsor of the top US race team, Scott Tedro has vowed to keep the pressure on USA Cycling in regards to their enforcement of UCI rule 1.2.019.
Tedro's disappointment with recent negotiations and a lack of action from USA Cycling has led to a looming showdown at the upcoming Whiskey 50 in Prescott, Arizona. Whiskey 50 is America's most lucrative mountain bike race with a prize purse of $40,000. A favorite of many pro riders both for the exciting race atmosphere and high payout the Whiskey 50 is unsanctioned through USA Cycling and therefore on the list of races forbidden to USAC licensed professionals.
Read Tedro's full press release below.
Press Release - Sho-Air
International, "Top Tiered” NICA sponsor, Principle sponsor of a half dozen
independent club teams with membership exceeding 1,000, primary sponsor of the
US Cup, as well as the title sponsor of the Sho-Air / Cannondale Factory North
America mountain bike
race team, announced today that a full roster of riders
Sho-Air / Cannondale are being sent to participate at the Whiskey 50. This
action is in spite of the current mandate from the UCI and USA Cycling
regarding rule 1.2.019 that forbids UCI license holders from participation in
roster for the Whiskey 50 includes current Pro XCT
series leader Jeremiah
Bishop, 2012 Pro XCT/Pro UET Champion
and two time defending Whiskey 50
champion Monique "Pua”
Mata, along with NUE 100 opener winner Alex Grant and
former Master World Champion Tinker Juarez.
Sho-Air/Cannondale squad is the first to make a public statement and stand
against the current mandate regarding rule 1.2.019 handed down Friday April 5th
by UCI president Pat McQuaid.
Company President and CEO, R. Scott Tedro had this to say about his decision to
send team riders to the Whiskey 50 in spite of potential action by USAC. "We
have had hundreds of phone calls, e-mails and Facebook posts regarding this
issue by fans, friends and fellow riders stating their discontent and asking
for help. We have always done our best to support USAC by permitting, and
inscripting our events in the past and may continue in the future, as well as
given countless hours of our time in assisting them in the promotion of the
sport. Our proven and continued support of Cycling at all levels and activates from Mountain Biking, Road Cycling to Sponsorship and
Promotion speaks for itself as to our commitment to the industry and its fans.
spent countless hours trying to negotiate a solution for all parties involved
regarding this issue to no avail. The time has come to take a stand and lead by
example, as this issue will affect us all, not only the Professional rider, but
the Master and Junior amateur rider as well, that just want to race their bikes
and have fun. We also are supporting the promoter’s right to choose not to
sanction with USA Cycling. Freedom of choice is a right that must be protected.
supporting Todd Sadow and Epic Rides and will attend his event, the Whiskey 50,
in full force. We do not recognize the UCI or USAC’s authority to take away
unalienable rights of liberty when it comes to a riders desire to compete against
his or her peers whether it be to earn a living as is the case for a
Professional, or to experience the joys of competing for fun while pursuing a
healthy lifestyle as an amateur. We challenge the UCI and USAC to fine our
riders for representing their team, sponsors and fans by participating in the
Whiskey 50. Any negative action taken towards our team or riders will be met
with an immediate and appropriate response.”
Director Ty Kady welcomes the opportunity to take a stand.
pushing Scott for several years to really make USAC stand up for mountain
bikers and the sport here in the US. This is a perfect opportunity for USAC to
support all their licensed members by giving the UCI pushback on a rule that
clearly doesn’t work with the US model of mountain biking. However they have
yet to make a stand against the UCI. As the promoter of two Pro XCT and two PRO
UET events in 2013, what’s even more grievous is USAC offers no overall prize
money for their Pro XCT or Pro UET series champion, even though they claim them
to be the "premier” US Mountain bike series. They offer no financial support
for promoters, who actually do host a UCI event on their behalf, yet now they
want to tell racers when and where and for whom they can race their bikes? That
doesn’t sit well with me, especially when it’s obvious they are doing nothing to
bolster their own series so riders can try and earn income.