Stirling cat 4 racer Owen Philipson has announced sponsorship deals for the 2010 season and beyond.
Owen’s deal with headwear supplier Garmin-Slipstream was ‘wearing out’, and a new deal was quickly agreed with Craig Hardie of Hardie Bikes, Cairneyhill. Below Owen is seen sporting the new headwear at the launch in his garden in Stirling.
Owen seeks to build lasting relationships with local, national and international sponsors, and at the launch he made another exclusive announcement. For 2010 his jersey sponsor will be Stirling Bike Club–Flying Fox Bikes. Unlike the Hardie Bikes deal, Owen will be paying for the privelige of wearing the Flying Fox logo, but some side benefits have been mooted (free coffee and a discount in the shop in Alva).
Owen also receives assistance from Bike-Pure for wristbands and headset spacers. A reciprocal deal made in 2009 continues into 2010, which saw Owen supply photography to the anti-doping campaigner.
Owen is planning a moderate schedule for the 2010 season in Scotland, balancing training and racing around family commitments. He said: “I’m targeting the Super6 B races and one or two other cat 3/4 races. The cat 4 Lothian Flyer is also a race I feel I can do well in.” He is in confident mood after stepping up a level to train with the Stirling Bike Club ‘fast guys’. “If I can learn to hold my position at the front of a race, there’s no reason I should aim to win one. It’s a lofty ambition but you’ve got to aim high.”
International exposure is also guaranteed for sponsors with one week of riding in the Pyrenées scheduled for July. Sponsors will also benefit from leveraging the local market with occasional family trips to the park, swimming pool and swings.
Above Owen is seen training for the 2010 season, on a tacx turbo donated by generous clubmate/benefactor Paul A. Sponsorship opportunities are still available for shoes – Owen made the mistake of buying black shoes in 2008 and is pictured commiting the ultimate black shoe/white sock style sin.