Autographed by some of Team Columbia’s highest-ranking stars in the professional cycling world and serious contenders in the both European Classics and the Tour de France—including George Hincapie, Mark Cavendish, and Michael (aka Mick”) Rogers—three 2008 Tour de France Team Jerseys have just been released for special auction to raise much-needed support for the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure.
Generously donated by Columbia Sportswear and Sandra Voorhees (Portland Tour de Cure committee), these one-of-a-kind autographed team jerseys being auctioned by BicyclingHub.com are destined to become instant collectors’ item for any passionate cycling fan. Team roster of authentic signatures include George Hincapie, Mark Cavendish, Mick Rogers, Kim Kerchen, Bernhard Eisel, Marcus Burghardt, Gerald Ciolek, Adam Hansen, Thomas Lövkvist, Kanstantsin Siutso and other pros that helped usher in a successful debut year at the 2008 Tour de France.
The dramatic showing of teamwork, determination and panache from Team Columbia through the 2008, 2009 and 2010 Tours de France have won over a large array of new and newly excited cycling fans, and while taking professional cycling in the United States to a new level. Led by American entrepreneur Bob Stapleton with the intent that “common goals and unity of action are the essence of team success,” they have quickly emerged as one of the world’s most winning teams, dominating podiums across the globe while being ranked for two consecutive years as 2008 and 2009 Team of the Year by industry experts. The organization focuses on “providing the athletes with the right attitude, the best tools and continuous support to achieve their goals and the goals of the team.”
Now fans can capture some of the race day action at the 2008 Tour de France with these one-of-a-kind autographed team jerseys from some of today’s great cycling legends while teaming up in the fight against diabetes. All the proceeds from this special online auction will benefit the American Diabetes Association's Portland Tour de Cure on July 31, 2010. Starting from the Hillsboro Stadium, the scenic ride offers cyclists of all abilities an opportunity to enjoy the rolling hills of the Willamette Valley. Tour de Cure is a series of fundraising cycling events held in 43 states nationwide to support the ADA's mission prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information about the event, visit: tour.diabetes.org .