Saturday, February 22, 2014

Stark Velo 2014 Sponsors Announced

With the long winter slowly grinding to a finish, Stark Velo team members are preparing for the 2014 racing season. Recently, a team meeting was held at Gateway Conference and Event Center in Green, Ohio. ( Subway Headquarters ) This year’s race schedule and changes were discussed, and old friendships were renewed. New team mates and new sponsors were introduced. The new team kit design was previewed with much enthusiasm. Sizing and order placement is forthcoming.

Stark Velo appreciates all our sponsors and their desire to support local, grassroots bicycle racing. Several loyal sponsors return, while others join our team for the first time. We look forward to representing all theirs brands throughout the year.

Stark Velo is fueled by Subway. They are our oldest sponsor and are always willing to assist with our events and meetings. Because of Subway, every race that Stark Velo promotes, from Ohio Series events to The Chapel Series has food catered by them for every racer or volunteer. The local Subway’s are operated by J & K Enterprises, owned by the Nonnamaker family. With many locations throughout Stark and Summit counties, a healthy alternative to other fast food restaurants is always a short distance away. Eat fresh, eat Subway!

The Nonnamaker family is also involved in sports car racing, competing in the Continental Tire Series, part of the IMSA organization. Family patriarch Joe, and son’s Wayne and Will (SCBC member) are drivers of the Team Sahlen #42 and #43 Porsche Caymans. Check out Team Sahlen on Facebook and make sure you click the “Like” box.

Rudy Project continues to support our team, and manufacture high quality helmets and sunglasses. Made in Italy, their helmets are light, stylish, and protective. They have many styles of glasses and goggles for cyclists, skiers, and shooters. If you need prescription lenses, a RX program is available. Stark Velo riders wear the Windmax helmet, the same one that Peter Sagan of the Cannondale professional cycling team wears. Available at their website is the gear deal, which is a great deal. Buy a pair of sunglasses, and get a free helmet and many other items.

Kenda tire returns as the official tire of Stark Velo. Kenda is a manufacture of tires for many different uses. Be it automotive, motorcycle, bicycle, or even wheelchair, Kenda has a tire for the need. Their bicycle tires are light and durable, many with their “Iron Cloak” protection against flats. Kenda is an active sponsor to many amateur Continental U.S teams, and also sponsors the Cannondale team in Europe. Look for their bright green jerseys at the front of the pack.

Subaru continues their sponsorship through Park Subaru, and the Park Auto Group. Located on Arlington Road in Green, Ohio, the Park Auto Group campus includes locations for Subaru, Mazda, Honda, and Acura. Subaru automobiles are favorites of those with an active lifestyle, with most vehicles available with AWD. Attend any cycling event and look in the parking lots. Notice the amount of Subaru’s, and the many different styles and models. On a national level, Subaru sponsors both professional and amateur cycling teams. Stark Velo is proud to represent the Park Subaru brand.

Eddy’s Bike Shop is new this year as Stark Velo’s team shop. They have been a supporter of cycling events in North East Ohio for well over 30 years. Their flagship store in Stow is the largest shop and showroom in the state. Three other Eddy’s locations are within easy driving distance to Montrose, North Olmstead, and Willoughby Hills. Eddy’s carries full lines of Trek, Specialized, Cannondale, Electra, Terra Trike, and CoMotion tandems. Eddy’s has a fitting service, so that you can ride comfortably and efficiently on your new bike. A well stocked accessory department and highly trained sales and service staff await your visit.

Udderly Smooth Chamois Cream is also new this year. This and their other products are produced in nearby Salem, Ohio. Used to protect against chaffing, Udderly Smooth Chamois Cream has been tested and reviewed many times. Google this product, and read for yourself the high praise, and positive results after long rides. Udderly Smooth provides better protection at a lower price than their competitors.

We welcome Dominic Fonte as a new sponsor of Stark Velo. Dominic is a resident of North Canton, and a very successful real estate agent with Cutler Realty. Dominic has over 26 years of experience, and has helped over 1,200 families with buying or selling their home. Several Stark Velo members are familiar with his expertise and knowledge of the local real estate market. Either buying or selling, Dominic will work hard for you and provide the service you expect from a top quality real estate agent.

Veolgoat LLC also comes on board this year. Velogoat is owned by team member Marshall Leininger, and is involved with bicycle races and events throughout Ohio. Velogoat controls everything from promotion, registration, hosting the event, to posting final results. Participants look forward to a Velogoat event, knowing everything will run smooth and on time. Look for many cycling events, including the HOF Senior Olympic Games, hosted by Velogoat in 2014.

Dave Jolin was ranked second in the final National Ultra Endurance Mountain Bike Series Masters 55+ class for 2013. Dave is not only a successful mountain bike racer, but also a successful Nationwide Insurance agent in Bellville, Ohio. Thru Dave, we are happy to include Nationwide Insurance as a new Stark Velo sponor. Based in Columbus, Ohio, they have a regional facility near downtown Canton. Nationwide offers insurance policies for auto, boat, motorcycle, and life. Financial investments services are also available. Dave makes regular visits to Stark County and the North East Ohio area and would be very willing to assist you with your insurance or financial needs. We are glad to have Dave as a Stark Velo team mate, and Nationwide on our side.

The Stark Velo website is a work in progress, and new information is being added. Please log on to for continued information on the upcoming 2014 season. Links to all our sponsors are provided at the bottom of our site. Please visit their websites to see how these Stark Velo Cycling Team sponsors can benefit you.