In the fall, professional cycling teams put the finishing touches on their roster for the next year. This roster is not confined to the athletes. They must also decide on the support staff, sponsors and suppliers. There is a lot of negotiating going on.
Each year, we at Park Tool look to work with the best teams in the world
. Because of the quality of our product and our experience in the industry, we are usually successful. 2012 is no exception.
When BMC’s Cadel Evans donned the yellow jersey in Paris this year, it marked the 12th year out of the last 13 that the winner of the Tour de France emerged from a team where Park Tool was the official tool supplier. We will be the official tools of the BMC Team again in 2012.
Park Tool has had a great relationship with the Radio Shack Team and their Head Mechanic Julien DeVriese who is a staunch Park Tool supporter. Radio Shack will be using Park Tool products again next season.
2012 will mark our second season with the Garmin Transitions team. They have a terrific organization and their Lead Mechanic Geoff Brown has worked with us for many years on the staff of several teams.
Last year was also our first with Team Sky. They had terrible luck at the tour but still managed to win a stage and influence the race. We are excited about the prospect of another year working with them.
We also invest in women’s cycling and we support many of the world’s top women’s teams, including Tibco, PB&Co and the new Kelly Benefits team.
We are proud of the relationships we have been able to forge over the years with some of the world’s best bicycle mechanics. Our commitment to racing provides another avenue to test our mettle. (And metal.)