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Russ Hay’s/Accent Inns 2013 Cycling Team Announced

March 18, 2013

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The Russ Hay’s/Accent Inns Cycling Team, powered by Pacific Cycling Centre, has a brand new look and an impressive team roster for the 2013 Cycling Season.

At a media conference on Saturday, The Russ Hay’s/Accent Inns Cycling Team elite riders Luke Koolman and Hilary Wille revealed the new look, which comes courtesy of their Vancouver based clothing sponsor, Sugoi Clothing.

The team will also be racing on the new 2013 Specialized Tarmac, Venge, Amira, and Shiv models. “We are so fortunate to be partnered with Specialized again this year,” Said General Manager, Jon Watkin, “Their bikes are on the cutting edge of technology and are used by the top professional teams in the world. For them to support us at the grass roots level shows their commitment to helping grow the sport at all levels.”

The team will be under very familiar management starting with team president; Mike Clermont who is also owner of Russ Hay’s the Bicycle Shop. The Team will also be guided by local cycling promoter Jon Watkin, along with the experienced hands of David Strasser as Athlete Director.

“It’s a very exciting time for the Russ Hay’s Accent Inns Cycling Team,” said Strasser. “We’ve got Jeff Werner and Hilary Wille who are sure to be major contenders this year at the Westhills Classic - Provincial Cycling Championships here in Victoria in June, and Luke Koolman making his first step up to the elite ranks which is very exciting for him and all of us. It should be a vintage year for BC Cycling in terms of the depth of talent with any of our riders capable of pulling a race win this year.”

Already, the team has racked up some early season race victories as a result of strong team-work: Elite Men riders Cid Martinez and Luke Koolman won key races in Vancouver earlier this month. In addition, Jeff Werner finished 3rd  in an early Spring race that included professional cyclists such as Sebastian Salas, Marsh Cooper, and Olympian Zach Bell. Local riders Curtis Dearden and Hilary Wille won their kick-off races for the Victoria Cycling League series held weekly in the Greater Victoria Area.

The team’s next major outing will be the Escape Velocity Stage Race in located in Langley BC on March 30/31 in addition to the Victoria Cycling Series Race #3 at Latoria on March 31.

The Accent Inns Russ Hay’s Cycling Team is one of BC’s top trade cycling teams with emphasis on the development of BC’s top young male and female cyclists. The team will compete in the top races in Western Canada and the United States Pacific Northwest. Visit www.russhaysracing.com for more information.

Team Roster


Mike Clermont – Team President (Victoria, BC)
Jon Watkin – General Manager (Victoria, BC)
David Strasser – Athlete Director (Victoria, BC)

2013 Development Roster

Alex Amiri (Victoria, BC)
Jordan Duncan (Comox, BC)
Evan Carey (Victoria, BC)
Andrew Grant (Courtenay, BC)
Hillery Willie (Victoria, BC)

2013 Elite Men's Roster

Raph Lalumiere (Victoria, BC)
Emile de Rosnay (Victoria, BC)
Tom Malcynski (Victoria, BC)
Jeff Werner (Vancouver, BC)
Cid Martinez (Vancouver, BC)
David Strasser (Victoria, BC)
Curtis Dearden (Victoria, BC)
Mike Rothengatter (Coquitlam, BC)
Steven Grandy (Victoria, BC)
Lukas Koolman (Victoria, BC)

2013 Elite Women's Roster

Nik Vogler (Victoria, BC)
Hilary Wille (Victoria, BC)
Haley Warkentin (Steinbach, MB)


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