Optum Pro Cycling presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies, one of North America’s top-ranked UCI continental pro cycling teams, will partner in 2014 with Diamondback Bicycles, one of North America’s most well-known and respected cycling brands. Unique in professional cycling, the Optum Team consists of one professional men’s and one professional women’s squad.
Both Optum teams in 2014 will race all the major pro cycling races in the U.S. and Canada on Diamondback’s Podium Equipe, the brand’s top-tier racing machine.
“Diamondback has made a significant commitment to our program and is working very closely with our staff and athletes to deliver the most competitive racing machines available,” said Men’s Performance Director Jonas Carney. “Diamondback’s willingness to support us, and to collaborate in the areas that will help our riders get the most out of their racing, will be a major asset in 2014. ”
Women’s Performance Manager Kevin Field said the fact that Diamondback’s designers are integrating directly with the team speaks to its commitment to road cycling.
“Knowing that our riders’ feedback is going directly into new designs, prototypes and frame improvements makes us feel very confident in the bikes and vested in the relationship,” Field said. “It’s a true partnership.”