Team SmartStop has had quite a year so far, competing in UCI races, the Redlands Bicycle Classic, the Novant Health Invitational Criterium, the Belmont Criterium, the Charlotte criterium, the Tour of the Gila, and the US National Road Championship- to name a few. They have participated in many challenging races this year, but have seen great success. Not only have they accomplished a smooth transition from a criterium-focused team to a road-focused team; they also gave a scare to the best criterium team in the US [United HealthCare team] at the Charlotte criterium and pulled out a win at the US Road National Championship under grueling conditions. Those successes have given them a spot in the 2014 US Pro Cycling Challenge – a first for the team since its inception in 2007. “It was a big goal at the start of the year and I didn’t know if we could pull it off but luckily the boys really stepped up and proved that they deserved to be there and we look forward to proving that in the race as well and proving that we should be a worthy consideration every time” stated Michael Creed, the Director of Team SmartStop.
Hydration is such an important aspect of having a successful race, and Polar Bottle has been able to supply the team with water bottles to keep them hydrated. Fifth place finisher at the US Road National Championship, Julian Kyer, stated, “Hydration is the number one reason why we were successful. We knew each time we reached down to our bottles they were going to be cool”.
Today the team is made up of fifteen riders who come from various backgrounds but share the same common passion for cycling. Polar Bottle has been the water bottle sponsor for Team SmartStop since 2013 and is excited to announce their continued support for this team and their presence in the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. Polar Bottle is also the official water bottle sponsor of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge for the third year. For more information on Team SmartStop visit their website at www.teamsmartstop.com.