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Virgin Blue Swaps Wings for Wheels with Elite Cycling Team Sponsorship


Virgin Blue Airlines will this evening unveil its newest corporate sponsored team, The Virgin Blue Elite Cycling Squad, at a special event at the Audi showroom in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane.


Virgin Blue staff and Chief Executive, Brett Godfrey, will join members of the 18 strong squad and other sponsors tonight to celebrate the new partnership.


Brett Godfrey said, “As a keen cyclist, but far from elite, I’m very excited about the new partnership and we look forward to cheering them on in their quest for victory in the up and coming Australian racing program.”


Chris White, Director Pegasus Racing Pty Ltd, said, “Having Virgin Blue as a major sponsor gives us the necessary backing to achieve our objectives of winning the National Road Cycling Series.


“With the support and assistance of Virgin Blue we have been able to assemble a squad capable of winning the major Australian road cycling races.  There are a tremendous amount of similarities when comparing ourselves with Virgin Blue, we both have objectives that rely heavily on team work in executing strategies that will lead to the attainment of our objectives.


“We look forward to 2008 as the commencement of a long and fruitful association,” Chris White finished.


As part of the new sponsorship the squad will be outfitted in newly designed racing kits featuring the Virgin Blue Green Globe logo, which will be revealed at the event tonight.


Based in Brisbane, the Virgin Blue Elite Cycling Squad consists of 13 male and five female team members aged between 15 and 40.


With a full 2008 cycling schedule ahead of them, in the coming months the team will be racing in Perth, Tasmania and Queensland before heading to the USA to race in 17 races loosely called ‘Super Week’. Throughout August to December the Squad will be racing in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland before focusing their efforts on the National Championships in January 2009.


The squad is also sponsored by Wilson HTM investment advisers, BDO Kendalls chartered accountants, Hewlett Packard, River City Cycles, Audi, Cervelo, Zipp and Triple Play clothing.


MEDIA NOTE: Media are welcome to attend tonight’s unveiling at the Audi showroom in Fortitude Valley from 6-8pm. Please contact Amanda Bolger on 0402 137 071 for further details.


ABOUT VIRGIN BLUE: Multi award winning airline Virgin Blue and international carriers Pacific Blue and Polynesian Blue currently operate a fleet of  60 modern Boeing 737 and Embraer E-Jet aircraft flying to 24 Australian and eight international destinations including New Zealand, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu and the Cook Islands.  Virgin Blue was the first airline in the world to launch a Government-certified carbon offset program, where Guests can offset the carbon emissions from their flights. Virgin Blue Group has also announced plans to launch Australia's newest international airline, V Australia, set to commence flights between Australia and the USA from late 2008, subject to regulatory approvals.