Litespeed – the brand of road, mountain and adventure bikes manufactured by Tennessee-based American Bicycle Group (ABG) – has partnered with the Chattanooga Bicycle Club as title sponsor for the 29th Annual 3 State 3 Mountain Challenge on 7 May 2016 in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
The ride, which will be called the Litespeed Bicycles 3 State 3 Mountain Challenge, supports the Paralyzed Veterans Racing Team.
As part of the sponsorship, Litespeed will donate its popular and versatile T5 titanium frame to the winner of the King of the Mountain (KOM) competition. The KOM crown will be awarded to the person with the best overall climbing time for Burkhalter Mountain., which is considered one of the most challenging ascents for cyclists in the southeast United States.
“It’s a privilege to support an enduring event like the 3 State 3 Mountain Challenge and even more of a privilege to support our veterans who have given so much to our country,” said Peter Hurley, ABG CEO.
“This is also a hometown event for us, which makes it even more special as Litespeed celebrates its 30th year of making some of the best bicycles in the world right here in Chattanooga.”
The Litespeed Bicycles 3 State 3 Mountain Challenge has three course options to match all levels of riders: the Full Century Ride (104 miles, three states, three mountains); Metric Century (64 miles, one mountain, two states); and the 25 Mile Route Option (no mountains, two states).
“We are extremely pleased that Litespeed has included the title sponsorship of our event as part of its 30th anniversary celebrations,” said Martin Penny, President of the Chattanooga Bicycle Club. “They are a great hometown partner who supports our biking community. And, I envy the Century course rider who wins the KOM competition, he or she will have a great titanium frame in the T5.”
Based in Chattanooga, Tennessee, American Bicycle Group manufactures high performance bikes under two brands: Litespeed (road, mountain and adventure bikes) and Quintana Roo (triathlon-specific bikes).
Litespeed’s titanium technology makes it a leading manufacturer of cold-worked, cycling-specific tubesets in the world, which led to a partnership with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to fabricate the wheels’ framework of the Mars Land Rover.
Quintana Roo is billed as the only company in the world entirely devoted to triathlon bikes and its PRfive model was recently designated as LAVA magazine’s Editor’s Pick Gear-of-the-Year for Bike Technology, an award Quintana Roo also won in 2015 with the PRsix.