Team Rock Racing to start with eight riders at 2008 Tour of California
Tyler Hamilton, Santiago Botero, Oscar Sevilla and Mario Cipollini headline team roster. Team owner Michael Ball announces need for riders' union to protect individual rights.
business,? Ball said. ?With a union comes security. That means athletes who make mistakes aren?t outed ? and the investors and sponsors aren?t out. Control for the sport has to come from within: a rider?s union and in each team organization. That?s how it is in other sports.?
Rock Racing?s effort to make a difference in cycling extends to its ?Rock the Cure? philanthropic division of Rock & Republic. Exemplifying the way corporations should give back, Ball has created specialty items from each collection, everything from shoes to denim, to directly support Rock the Cure. One hundred percent of the profits generated from these specialty items directly benefits deserving charities.
?For me, it?s fighting the good fight and doing what is righteous,? Ball said. ? It?s showing you can make a good product and give it away. Outreach to inner city kids is important to me. I?m the perfect example of someone who got the second chance.?
During the Tour of California, Rock the Cure will make a donation of $20,000 dollars on behalf of Rock Racing to benefit underprivileged children and after-school programs in cities along the Tour. Add a zero at the end of that amount and it would really rock.