Tour de France Challenge Team Replaces Rider One Week Before Start of Charity Ride

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Staff and sponsor support are critical to team success.

Destination Cycling today announced that it has replaced one of its Tour de France Challenge team riders due to illness. With just one week until the team begins their 2,241-mile charity ride along the 2005 Tour de France route, American rider Marc Lanoue has been replaced by Belgian Franky Van Haesebroucke, former professional cyclist.

Led by former U.S. Olympian and cancer survivor, Kevin Mahaney, the Tour de France Challenge team will ride the entire distance of this year's Tour route to raise money for the Tyler Hamilton and Lance Armstrong Foundations. As organizers of the Tour de France Challenge 2005 (TDFC), Destination Cycling will ensure that the 43-year old Mahaney has the necessary support to complete what many people deem the most grueling bike race in the world.

"Most of the tour companies offer one set program," said Joe Tonon, Destination Cycling's Co-Founder. "What we're doing is modeling what the pro teams do." Tonon has hand picked his team of eight riders, one coach, one mechanic, three trainers, and one doctor, with a single objective – to support Mahaney successfully through all 21 stages. "Every team member is different," Tonon explained. "We have what we call our 'diesel engines' that can sit at the front of a pack and ride all day at 24 miles an hour, and we have skinny little guys who can climb all day long."

During July, the team will ride the route the day before the professional peloton. Similar to professional cycling teams with its roles and organization, Kevin Mahaney and his team will face the same daily challenges as the pros during the Tour: possible illness, equipment malfunction, unforeseen weather, and adverse road conditions.

“Losing Marc Lanoue from our team is unfortunate,” Tonon said. “His loss due to illness is an example of how difficult it is for athletes of this caliber to sustain training at this level for an event of the Tour's magnitude, especially when training is not your full-time job (like the pros). We hope for a quick recovery and that he will be able to join us mid-July.”

To ensure the best possible conditions for the riders during July, Tonon will rely on his experienced team staff and generous product support from leading companies in the bike retailing industry. “From wheels and tires to sports nutrition, the need for cutting-edge products is critical to the team's success,” said Walter Driscoll, Destination Cycling's Co-Founder. “Embarking on a professional level athletic challenge requires products used by the pros.”

Zipp Wheels will be providing the TDFC team with ZIPP 303 Clincher wheel sets. “Zipp is a proud sponsor of not only professional cycling teams Phonak and CSC but also multiple sclerosis and the Tyler Hamilton Foundation. It is just as important, if not more, to ride everyday with passion for a cause, as it is to ride an event like the Tour de France,” said Andy Ording, Zipp's President. “When regular athletes like Kevin ride on their ZIPP wheels, we make certain that they get everything the pros do. We want them to experience the same joy of riding fast with comfort and control.”

Hutchinson Tires will join Zipp in “rolling” support for the event. “We are pleased to provide the TDFC team with our new Team Series Tour de France tires,” said Adam Micklin, Hutchinson Tires' North America Manager, Two Wheel Division. “This tire uses a special compound mix which makes it fast and allows for the perfect grip in turns on both dry and wet surfaces. This type of compound and technology is available exclusively through Hutchinson and will deliver a significant technical advantage to Kevin and his team.”

While riding the roads of France, the TDFC team will be drinking ACCELERADE for hydration and post-ride they will use EnduroxR4 for recovery. “Regardless of your skill level, an extraordinary endurance challenge like the Tour de France requires extraordinary endurance products to fuel your rides optimally,” said Matt Vecchione, Brand Manager. "We are thrilled that Kevin Mahaney and his teammates are regular users of our ACCELERADE sports drink and EnduroxR4 performance recovery drink products. We are proud to support them on this epic ride.”

Additional event sponsors include Bell Sports, Clif Bar, Kryptonite, OGIO, Pedro's, Smith Optics, Speedplay Pedals, The Olympia Companies, and Destination Cycling.

Besides underwriting all trip expenses, Kevin personally has donated to the TDFC, $1 per kilometer cycled. Destination Cycling is matching Kevin's donation. Net proceeds raised from the TDFC will be contributed to the Tyler Hamilton and Lance Armstrong Foundations. Individual supporters are encouraged to donate to the TDFC online at http://www.active.com/donate/tdfchallenge2005.

About Destination Cycling

Destination Cycling creates active lifestyle vacations specializing in performance, lifestyle, charity, and custom itineraries. Building on its founders' expertise in European race-oriented cycling vacations, it offers journeys that blend cycling, local traditions, culinary delights, and wellness into unforgettable experiences. For more information, visit http://www.destinationcycling.com.

About the Tyler Hamilton Foundation

The Tyler Hamilton Foundation's (THF) mission is to provide opportunity and access for individuals affected by multiple sclerosis and aspiring young athletes with a passion for cycling. For more information, visit http://www.tylerhamiltonfoundation.org.

About the Lance Armstrong Foundation

The Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF) believes that in your battle with cancer, unity is strength, knowledge is power, and attitude is everything. From the moment of diagnosis, we provide the practical information and tools you need to live strong. For more information, visit http://www.laf.org and http://www.LIVESTRONG.org.

About ACCELERADE

ACCELERADE is the first sports drink that provides rapid hydration plus the added benefits of all natural protein to re-energize muscles during exercise and help muscles recover faster after exercise. To learn more about ACCELERADE, visit http://www.accelerade.com.

About Endurox® R4®

Endurox R4 Recovery Drink contains the patented 4 to 1 ratio of carbohydrate to protein to speed muscle glycogen replenishment and rebuild muscle protein after exercise, antioxidants to reduce post-exercise muscle damage, and glutamine to help reduce muscle stress. To learn more about Endurox R4, visit http://www.enduroxr4.com.

About Hutchinson Tires

Founded in 1853 by an American named Hiram Hutchinson, Hutchinson Tires is the leader in true tire technologies. It is the first company to make a folding bead tire, to add a puncture protection layer underneath the tread, to use silica in tires, and to produce a UST Tubeless mountain bike tire in folding beads. During its history, Hutchinson has sponsored many former internationally renowned pro cyclists including Jacques Anquetil and Bernard Hinault. More recently, Hutchinson is proud to be the first company to win six Tour de France victories with Lance Armstrong and the US Postal Team. To learn more about Hutchinson Tires, visit http://www.hutchinsontires.com.

About Zipp Speed Weaponry

ZIPP Speed Weaponry is a World Class supplier of high-performance racing wheels including the ZIPP 303. It joins the ZIPP 202, 404, 808, 909, and 999 lines of Carbon wheels and Discs as part of the most complete line of light, fast, and durable wheels on the planet. Based on the great Tubular and Clincher rim lines, the wheels are made better by including the best and smoothest bearings available worldwide. The line is further enhanced by the ZIPP 300 Carbon Cranks, ZIPP 145 Full Carbon Stem, and the ZIPP Contour Carbon Handlebar. To learn more about ZIPP Speed Weaponry, visit http://www.zipp.com.

For More Information Contact:

Erin Berard, Marketing Director, Destination Cycling

Phone: 1-877-698-2712 Toll-free

Email: pr@destinationcycling.com

Web: http://www.destinationcycling.com/tdfchallenge2005

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