29 July 2014
For Immediate Release
Sacramento, Calif., JULY 29, 2014 – American cyclocross sensation Cody Kaiser announced today that he will be attacking the 2014/15 racing season with a fresh outlook and an equally fresh program.
Kaiser recently closed the book on a highly successful Junior and U23 career. Notably bookended by a National Championship in 2009 and most recently, at the 2014 National Championships while en route to a bronze medal, Kaiser demonstrated a show-stopping stair-hop technique that not only amazed spectators but also has since gone on to garner over 300K views on YouTube.
Having spent the off-season racing mountain bikes with the Muscle Milk – Specialized team to stay in shape and keep things fun, Kaiser was also busy at work behind the scenes putting together a one-man program made up of hand-selected supporters perfectly suited to making sure Cody enters his first season as an Elite racer with all the right tools for the job and a big-block motor firing on all eight cylinders. Most prominently new for this season is Kaiser’s title partner, longtime cycling supporter and local Northern California vintner, LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards.
“As a multi-generational family winery focused on sustainability, from winegrowing to encouraging an active lifestyle, we’re excited to expand our support of cycling by partnering with Cody “The Kid” Kaiser. Cody’s fierce competiveness is only matched by his humility and we think that’s a good mix. A cycling enthusiast myself, it has been a great experience to watch my family develop a strong connection to the cycling community and sharing a glass with athletes and spectators alike. We look forward to celebrating the partnership between Cody and LangeTwins.”
-Joe Lange, LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards.
LangeTwins has hosted numerous ‘cross races at their winery annually which always take the top honor for courses in Kaiser’s local Sacramento CX Series.
“The LangeTwins family has been a staple in the ‘cross community since 2009. Watching what Joe [Lange] had done with their Masters road program, I knew it was the perfect opportunity to help grow the brand in both the California Scene and on the National level. I’ve always loved racing on their property, even having my hand at course design each year out there. Now being able to fully represent the brand, I couldn’t be happier.” – Cody
Continuing a long relationship with Specialized Bicycles, Cody will again be racing aboard his weapon of choice, the S-Works CruX. And continuing with the Specialized story, Kaiser will also be using all Body Geometry products including Saddles, Shoes, shoe inserts and gloves, as well as S-Works helmets.
Sean Estes from Specialized had this to say about Kaiser, “Cody is such a phenomenal talent – there are very few riders who have not only the fitness but also the handling skills and deep bag of tricks. Let alone the person he is off the track. ” Estes went on to say, “It was a no-brainer to continue the relationship, we have been partners for years and at this point it’s really become more of a family thing than anything else. Cody has put together a great program and we are super excited to be a part of it.”
Kaiser had this to say about continuing with Specialized, “Specialized has always been the leader of innovation in the industry and the entire family down in Morgan Hill has supported me so much over the years. I am stoked to be able to continue with them and having deep roots in Northern California, I really like the idea that we put together a completely NorCal-based program.”
Carrying on the theme of maintaining relationships with existing long-term sponsors, Kaiser reached out to SRAM and Zipp for their support and like Specialized, they too were quick to jump on board.
“I have always been a fan of SRAM since back in the day with Gripshift. When the first Force road groupset came out, I was so pumped to finally have SRAM on the road. SRAM is a brand that has been at the forefront of innovation, from Hydraulic brakes on cross bikes to the new CX-1, they are always pushing the envelope.” Kaiser said.
Kaiser’s bikes will feature the newly introduced Force CX-1 groupset equipped with Hydro R disc brakes and will also feature the benchmark Zipp 303 Firecrest Disc – considered by many to be the most high-performance and bulletproof wheels available.
“I’ve put the 303 Firecrest through the paces and they’ve always performed flawlessly. From the toughest races throughout Europe to Riding up stairs and hoping barriers, they never disappoint.” –Cody
“We’re proud to be continuing our relationship with Cody this coming CX season. Among Cody’s varied and valuable attributes is his strength in both pacing our products, and translating that critical ride and tech experience to our tech group.”
-Alex Wassmann, Director of SRAM Road Sports
About LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards: For five generations, the LangeTwins family has been a sustainable grower in the Lodi Appellation of California. In 2006, LangeTwins opened a winery just 90 miles east of the San Francisco Bay Area to showcase their passion for growing quality wine grapes and creating great wines. Today, LangeTwins farms over 8,500 acres in both the Lodi and Clarksburg Appellations and handcrafts a wide-range of wine brands. The family is committed to sustainable winegrowing, restoration projects and using renewable energy. For more information visit the Lange Twins Web Site.
About Specialized: Specialized Bicycle Components was founded in 1974 by riders for riders. Based in Northern California, we focus on the rider’s need for functional and technically advanced products that provide a performance benefit. Specialized Web Site
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