Champion System Presents 2013 Team
The Champion System professional cycling team on Friday got its 2013 season underway with a team launch taking place in Carson, California.
A 22-rider roster was revealed featuring five current national champions from Canada, China, Ireland, Japan and South Korea. In all, the second-year squad has riders from 14 different countries, making it one of the most international-flavored teams in professional cycling.
"In our inaugural season last year, we accomplished our goal of making the dream of having the first Asian-based pro cycling team a reality," Champion System General Manager Ed Beamon told Roadcycling.com during the presentation event.
"Our 2013 team is more mature and we have raised the bar in terms of our expectations of the riders and our goals. Each rider has been hand-picked not only for his ability to perform on the bike, but also for his ability to adapt to our multi-cultural roster."
The national champions on the team are Ryan Roth (Canada, road); Chan Jae Jang (South Korea, road); Ryota Nishizono (Japan, time trial); Matt Brammeier (Ireland, road); and Gang Xu (China, road).
Scott Kaylin, one of the founders of Champion System, said the China-registered team will certainly build on a successful inaugural season that saw it win five races as it competed on several continents.
"Our passion for cycling is what started Champion System and that same passion led to the creation of the Champion System Pro Cycling Team," Kaylin explained.
"From that first moment, we knew our team was creating history and there could only be one Asian pro cycling team that could lay claim to being the first. In a short time, the team has already showcased our company and brand to a worldwide audience. Now we're aiming for higher goals in 2013.