The FIM is delighted to announce the appointment of German bicycle company UNIVEGA as the sponsor of the newly introduced Women's Trial Rookie of the Year award. This fresh initiative is designed to encourage young Women riders to take part in the FIM Women's Trial World Championship, and is a project that the FIM has been working on with ex FIM Women's Trial World Champion Iris Kramer who has now joined the series as an advisor as part of the FIM Trial Commission.
UNIVEGA is no stranger to the Trial community and already has association with the likes of Iris Kramer, Laia Sanz, Adam Raga and Jeroni Fajardo as part of their sponsorship programme. However this time rather than direct athlete support of established riders, UNIVEGA wanted to offer a different type of opportunity to those who are new to top level sport and in particular, new to the FIM Women's Trial World Championship.
Following discussions between the two parties, the FIM and UNIVEGA arrived at a new award, titled the Women's Trial Rookie of the Year. This will be open to riders under the age of twenty three years and who are a new comer to the FIM Women's Trial World Championship. The winner of this award will be the best placed eligible rider in the final standings of the FIM Women's Trial World Championship.
The presentation of this award, which will be a bicycle kindly donated by UNIVEGA, will be made after the last round of the Women's series in Myslenice, Poland as part of the FIM Trial des Nations opening ceremony. Round three of the 2010 FIM Women's Trial World Championship will take place in Poland on Friday 10th September.
Mr Uwe Reinkemeier-Lay, Director of Univega commented. "I am really pleased to be the sponsor of this new award and collaborate with the FIM to develop Women's Trial and promote young riders. I am a Trial fan and my company has sponsored for many years great Trial champions such as Iris Kramer, Laia Sanz, Adam Raga and Jeroni Fajardo. There is a real connection between Trial and MTB, as a lot of Trial riders are practicing their sport on a bicycle."
Olivier Godallier, FIM Marketing and Communications Director said “The FIM launched the Women’s Ride campaign a few months ago to promote the participation of women in our sport and with the same aim, we are delighted to launch this new award for new comers in Women’s Trial and help young riders to attend our championships.”
More information about UNIVEGA can be found at www.univega.com