KNIGHT COMPOSITES ADDS GRAND TOUR CHAMPION TO ITS TALENT ROSTER
Knight Composites proudly announces the addition of Grand Tour Champion and road racing icon, Chris Horner, to its leadership team as Partner and Road Brand Champion
Carbon wheel innovator, Knight Composites, has created quite a spin in the cycling world since hitting the asphalt in late 2014, and the team is dead set on continuing their competitively disruptive upheaval of the carbon wheel category in 2016 and beyond with the addition of Grand Tour Champion Chris Horner as Partner and Road Brand Champion.
“Thanks to our extremely talented and dedicated team of supplier partners, distribution partners, independent bicycle dealers and athletes, our launch and acceptance by the industry and cyclists alike has been a tremendous success. Adding a phenomenal cycling champion and advocate like Chris Horner to our team is a massive win and will surely put the industry on notice – we’re here to win,” said Knight CEO Beverly Lucas.
In addition to continuing his career in professional cycling, Chis will assume the role of lead Road Brand Champion for Knight, responsible for road testing and helping to establish partnerships with clubs, teams and other global cycling partners wanting to align themselves with Knight’s claims of being the fastest, safest and best performing wheels on the planet. At his home in Bend, Oregon, Chris Horner had this to say about joining Knight: “As a long-time professional cyclist, I’ve had the opportunity to ride practically all of the wheels on the market. After spending a season on Knight with my teammates at Safeway-Airgas and putting their wheels to the test for thousands of miles, I can honestly say we chose the right partner! In terms of speed, responsiveness, stability, and overall performance – they’ve nailed it, and there’s no other brand I’d rather be riding. I’m a pretty simple guy – I want to work with people I trust and respect, and I want to use the very best gear out there. Joining Knight, a global company with roots in Bend, Oregon; is a great fit for me as I continue my career in professional cycling.”
Jim Pfeil, Knight President, said this about the Horner announcement: “I’ve been blessed to have worked with Chris for a large part of his cycling career. Having him join the Knight Family is a perfect fit and gives us even more validation and confirmation that we’ve truly created something special here at Knight.” Pfeil went on to say, “Chris is a world class athlete, a true champion, and an all-around great guy. He will help us in a big way to continue to bring the very best products to cyclists around the globe. As a well-respected cycling veteran and the only American Grand Tour Champion still riding in the peloton, Chris could have gone to any of our competitors to support his Safeway-Airgas squad last year. But after several weeks of testing, we were honored that he wanted his team to ride Knight, and it’s been a very effective partnership that will continue with the 2016 season.”
About Chris Horner
Entering his 22nd year of racing, Chris Horner has been a staple of American professional cycling since 1995. Aside from many wins in the USA, his palmarès include competing in 7 Tour de France’s, the Giro d’Italia and 4 Vuelta a España, where he won the overall in 2013. Chris lives with wife Megan in the mountains of Bend, Oregon, USA. For more information, visit www.chrishornerracing.com
Attached photograph of Chris Horner winning the 2013 Vuelta a España under unlimited rights license to Knight Composites. © 2013 - Graham Watson.
About Knight Composites
Knight Composites was conceived in the summer of 2013 by bicycle industry veterans Jim Pfeil, Beverly Lucas and Kevin Quan, with the goal of producing a faster wheel than was currently available on the market. Working alongside the University of Toronto Institute of Aerospace Studies, their efforts have resulted in a new generation of super-fast, stealth-wheel designs that have taken construction and safety standards to a whole new level, all of which is underwritten by a manufacturing team enlisting brains, engineering, technology, and personality from all over the world. Their current clincher models include the world’s fastest wheel in their 95mm depth, the fastest in its class in the 65mm, and an all-round climbing/racing/training wheel having similar aerodynamic properties in the 35mm.
Enjoying the Off Season
Chris has been enjoying the 2015 off season, spending time with family and friends while staying fit with cross training and some time on the bike. Happy holidays and enjoy the winter!