Cannondale bikes will continue to be a part of the pro peloton for some time to come with EF Education-NIPPO. The bike brand and WorldTour team (known as EF Pro Cycling last season), which have worked together since 2015, announced today their renewed partnership, lasting into 2023.
Committing to a longterm contract, on top of the already well established relationship between the team and Cannondale, allows the two to continue to develop and refine race bikes. “What really sets us apart is the way we work together on all the details around the bikes, particularly new ones,” said Andreas Klier, the team’s head of technical operations and its commercial manager. “The doors are open on both sides, and in an elite performance environment, this is very important.”
In the six years since Cannondale started working with the team, the brand has come a long way, reimagining the SuperSix EVO as an all around race bike with aero features, and revamping the SystemSix as a super fast aero bike.
The relationship also affords a unique opportunity to Cannondale among WorldTour team bike suppliers to develop gravel and mountain bikes in addition to road bikes thanks to the team’s “alternative race calendar,” where riders participate in gravel and mountain bike races and events outside the traditional realm of a road racing team.
The partnership is about more than just winning road races and making better bikes, though. “We want to work with Cannondale to highlight the beauty of the elite level but also make the sport more accessible everywhere, said EF Education-NIPPO CEO Jonathan Vaughters. “We want more people riding bikes with smiles on their faces.”
That’s no empty statement. Cannondale and the team have been putting their money where their mouths are by working to start cycling clubs at Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Tribal Colleges and Universities.
“Our ambitions to build a larger community in cycling are in line with the spirit of EF Pro Cycling,” said Jonathan Geran, director of sports marketing for Cannondale. “We’re all working toward the same common goals – be the world’s favorite team, race with character and heart, and shift perceptions of what people think about bicycles, professional cycling and its riders.”