Johnny O’Mara Joins Team Sho-Air/Rock N’ Road Cyclery 2007

In their quest to assemble an elite level, amateur mountain bike racing team, Sho-Air International’s Scott Tedro and Rock N’ Road Cyclery’s Matt Ford have added Johnny O’Mara and Ty Kady to the lineup for 2007. Sho-Air and Rock N’ Road Cyclery will launch an all-out assault on multiple racing fronts, including individual and team endurance events for both single speed and geared bikes. The almost complete team, full of multiple age groups and racing disciplines, will be outfitted with Specialized S-Work Epic suspension frames or S-Works hardtails.

Through off-season negotiations, Tedro brought on board Johnny O’Mara and Ty Kady to the team’s already strong roster. Kady and O’Mara will lead the team’s cross-country effort, along with National Mountain Bike Series round #1 semipro cross-country winner and team manager Manual Prado. Rock N’ Road Cyclery has been O’Mara’s home shop for several years, and both he and Kady teamed up for Rock N’ Road in 2005.

O’Mara, a three-time U.S. National Master’s Champion will be team captain, bringing with him years of elite level racing experience. The O’Show also adds longtime cosponsors Oakley, Cytomax, ESI grips and Serfas saddles to the team’s 2007 campaign.

Ty Kady returns for his sophomore year as a semipro cross-country racer. Kady is coming off a strong rookie season, with a near win at this year’s Sea Otter Classic and Southridge National opener. Kady finished out the year by placing 3rd at the U.S. National Championship to go along with a slew of wins throughout the season.

Creating Team Sho-Air was a no-brainer for Scott. After experiencing the benefits of cycling firsthand and becoming enthralled with eco-centric cyclists, Scott found himself in the need to support, encourage and invite individuals to the sport that saved his life. Tedro’s inspirational story is featured in this month’s print issue of Mountain Bike Action (December 2006).

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With its three Orange County locations, and the launch of its all new Specialized Concept store in Anaheim Hills, Rock N’ Road Cyclery will act as the team’s headquarters for the 2007 racing season. Rock N’ Road’s founding owner Matt Ford has formed a partnership with Tedro and Team Sho-Air to support the team with bikes and clothing. Ford is no stranger to winning and giving 110%, and is himself a seven-times and reigning USCF Time Trial Champion. Ford also competes in 500-mile-plus, ultra-endurance events as well.

Tedro has assembled a 20 person team to take on all facets of mountain bike racing. Three-time La Ruta Women Champion Louis Kobin has just signed on for next year. Adding to the female Sho-Air contingent is accomplished adventure racer Bernice Pierson, who will be including endurance mountain biking to her busy calendar. Norba Series Super D Champion (Exp 45-49) and all around good guy Bill Scott returns for another year. Twenty-four hour solo specialist Mario Correa joins the team as well. Correa just recently won the Hurkey Creek 24 Hour of Adrenaline men’s solo race.

Norcal’s 2005 Vision Quest single speed champ John “Fuzzy” Mylne will be back for another season, along with Jason First, Justin Rosen and Terry Best. Additionally, former AFP Velo Sport stars Brad and Todd Stephenson will be flying Sho-Air/Rock N’ Road kits as they dish a double whammy attack on the pro single speed division this year.

Team Sho-Air/Rock N’ Road Cyclery gives a shot in the arm of “grassroots” mountain biking with its huge out-of-the-industry support. Both Tedro and Ford hope to instigate a paradigm shift in the way outside sponsors look at us. There is still room left to add one more rider to this eclectic mix of mountain bike persoonalities. Will it be you?

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