JACKSONVILLE, NC — For the first time in its thirty year history, the governing body for triathlon in the United States, USA Triathlon, will be offering athletes free cross country bicycle transport to the San Diego World Triathlon Series and Global Club Challenge. The race weekend is host to the final qualifying event for the 2012 London Olympic triathlon team. The athletes’ bikes will be hauled 2,735 miles in a 53’ semi-trailer starting in DC, stopping in Colorado to add additional bikes, and then arriving in San Diego for the May 12th event. A North Carolina bicycle company has been deeply involved in this project to make it a reality.

Jack Kane Custom Racing Bicycles, a custom road and triathlon bicycle company in Jacksonville, NC and its Brand Marketing Manager, Zane Schweer, have been the consultants on this cross-country transport of almost 100 fully assembled bikes, “It’s been a very exciting project to be a part of. It has never been done before. It’s an honor.” says Schweer. “Being responsible for 100 athletes’ bikes and holding their ability to race in our hands is an adrenaline rush.”

The details for the logistics have been enormous. The goal is to keep the bikes assembled, reducing the risks of breaks that occur during airline travel and stresses associated with bike assembly. “These bikes will be painstakingly loaded into and then transported by a 53’ foot semi-trailer. Keeping the bikes safe and secure is our number one priority.” Schweer stressed. “We turned to Apex Packaging to help us with the project. They have been an amazing company to work with, supplying us with cardboard, bubble wrap, and the necessary materials to keep these bikes protected.”

The athletes’ bikes are in extremely good hands because the driver happens to be a competitive triathlete himself. Siphiwe Baleka of Fitness Trucking, travels across the country as a professional driver, while maintaining the strict training schedule of an elite athlete. As a result of his focus, he is a top performing triathlete and Masters swimming champion.

All in all, over two hundred man hours have gone into this project from numerous companies.

People are encouraged to follow them along on this inaugural trip starting May 6 through May 16. There are multiple ways to follow via social media (see below). They’re going to make it as interactive as possible as they cross the country. Castle Hayne Elementary school of Wilmington, NC is even sending along a few Flat Stanley geography paper dolls for Schweer to take his picture with during the trip. This will give the students an introduction to triathlons and truck travel, while showing the American landscape.

There are a couple of ways to follow the trip:

Offical Blog:
Jack Kane Bicycles Twitter:
Jack Kane Facebook:
Jack Kane Blog:
Endurance Films Blog:


Apex Packaging Products:
Fitness Trucking:
Jack Kane Custom Racing Bicycles:
USA Triathlon:

For more information, contact: Brand Marketing Manager, Zane Schweer
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A Castle Hayne Elementary School Flat Stanley