Team Honors Outstanding Riders, New Sponsors

Big D held it’s holiday party on December 11th at Moe’s Southwest Grill in West Shawnee. Despite the frigid temperatures and the howling wind, we had a great turnout. Rob King brought kit samples for everyone to try on, and we got a glimpse of the new jersey design, emblazoned with logos from our sponsors, old and new.

Joining our existing sponsors; Sequal, CCN, Bike Source, Whale Spout Car Wash, Country Club Cafe, Moe’s, Structureflex and Sign-A-Rama, are seven new sponsors for 2011. They are: Bolle Eyewear, Chamois Butt’r, Dan Ruettimann Photography, Price Chopper, The Coffman Group, Swanson’s Dog Park, and Honey Milk.

Ron and Chip try on new shades from Bolle

Big D also honored several riders for their outstanding accomplishments in 2010. Team members voted in each category, and here are the winners:

The Yellow Jersey winner this year was Donovan Hottman.

Donovan “Hot Wheels” Hottman, Most Valuable Rider

Honored for his outstanding ability as a sprinter (Green Jersey) was Shawn Knight.

Sprint specialist Shawn Knight

And for his dramatic improvement over the course of the season (White Jersey) was Dan Turner.

Dan Turner, most improved rider

Two other riders received awards for their superlative skills. Antoine Winkelmolen was recognized as best team rider, and Casey Coffman got a shout out for his incredible endurance.

Congratulations to all the award winners. You’ve given your teammates inspiration and something to shoot for next year. Also a big thanks and welcome to all of our sponsors. We are proud to represent all of you.

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