June 18, 2009; Conshohocken, PA, USA: Zipp Speed Weaponry of Speedway, Indiana announced today that it will continue in its role as title sponsor of the Zipp OVCX Cyclocross Series through the 2009 season. The Zipp OVCX Series encompasses the tri-state region of Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky; an area that series officials have noted is larger than Italy. The announcement marks the third consecutive year that Zipp has sponsored the fastest growing series in America’s fastest growing cycling discipline. “We feel it’s important to sponsor this race series when it’s in our own back yard,” says Zipp Marketing Manager Andy Paskins, who could barely contain his Hoosier pride when he noted that the Tour’s 2009 schedule expansion comes largely as the result of additional races in Indiana. Clearly there is a collegial inter-state rivalry brewing in the OVCX that is beginning to resemble Middle America’s other great Autumn passion – college football.
Zipp is also using their sponsorship of the OVCX Tour as a marketing platform to launch their new 303-Cyclocross wheelset. According to Paskins, the 303-Cyclocross is the first wheelset that Zipp has built specifically for ‘cross. Of course, any wheel optimized for cyclocross will also be a weapon of choice for the cobbles of the Spring Classics. In this year’s classics, the 303-Cyclocross wheelset was put to the test by Cervélo TestTeam, Saxo Bank and Garmin-Slipstream. Cervélo TestTeam’s Thor Hushvold rode his new 303-Cyclocross wheels to victory in the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (formerly Het Volk) and also used them to finish on the podium of Paris-Roubaix earlier this year. As part of their commitment to the OVCX, Zipp is offering a brand new set of 303-Cyclocross wheels as the grand prize of OVCX’s traditional season-ending “hardcore” raffle that is open to anyone, amateur or pro, who competes in at least 10 Zipp OVCX events in 2009. More information on the new Zipp 303-Cyclocross wheelset is available at www.zipp.com.
The 2009 Zipp OVCX Tour consists of the following 15 races:
Sept 20 OVCX Opener: Kings CX – Deerfield Township, Ohio
Oct 4 OVCX 2: Tour de Louisville
Cincinnati International Cyclocross Festival:
Oct 9 OVCX 3: Darkhorse Cyclo-Stampede UCI – Devou Park, Covington, KY
Oct 10 OVCX 4: Java Johnny’s UCI – Middletown, OH
Oct 11 OVCX 5: BioWheels/United Dairy Farmers UCI Harbin Park – Fairfield, OH
Oct 18 OVCX 6: DRT Consulting Cross – Bloomington, IN
Oct 24 OVCX 7: Papa John’s Derby City USGP #1 – Louisville, KY
Oct 25 OVCX 8: Papa John’s Derby City USGP #2 – Louisville, KY
Nov 1 OVCX 9: Gun Club – Cincinnati, OH
Nov 8 OVCX 10: Promotion Cross – Lexington, KY
Nov 15 OVCX 11: Infirmary Mound/Cap City Cross – Columbus, OH
Nov 21 OVCX 12: Southeastway Cross – Indy weekend #1- Indianapolis, IN
Nov 22 OVCX 13: Brookside Cross Cup Indiana State Championships – Indy weekend
#2 – Indianapolis, IN
Nov 29 OVCX 14: Buckingham Financial John Bryan State Park Ohio State Champs – Yellow Springs, OH
Dec 6 OVCX Finale/Storm the Greens Kentucky State Champs – Louisville, KY
More information on the Zipp OVCX Cyclocross Tour, America’s Fastest Growing Cycling Series, can be found at www.ovcx.com.