There is no lack of bad blood between Sho-Air owner and team founder Scott Tedro and USA Cycling. Earlier this year his US Cup series broke ties with USAC over its mandate that riders follow UCI rules banning them from participating in non-USAC races like the Leadville Trail 100 and the BC Bike Race.
But now, as final preparations are being made for the World Championships in South Africa later this month, Tedro has come to the support of American racers, despite his own team’s Jeremiah Bishop not earning an automatic berth or submitting a nomination for a discretionary pick.
Last week Sho-Air International, Tedros freight company, announced it was setting up a fund to assist all 35 representatives selected by USAC. It will provide a check for $100 to each rider. Due to budget constraints, USAC is able to provide travel assistance to Mountain Bike Program Director Marc Gullickson and little to none to the 35 athletes.
Sho-Air welcomes mountain bike fans and industry members to contribute to the fund with any dollar amount they can to help showcase American talent on the world stage.
Created on August 9, the fund has already raised $19,207 at the time of this post.