Please support these brands and businesses that support the sport!
Pastaria and executive Chef Gerard Craft are ardent supporters of cycling. A talented cyclist himself, Chef Craft each year participates in the Chef Cycle event in California AND provided the best post-ride meal in the history of cycling at our Vino Fondo Gran Fondo. We encourage cyclists of all stripes to support the local food scene that supports the sport- and carb up!
Renaissance Financial has been a long time supporter of local and regional cycling. Partner David Obedin, in addition to being a former member of the US Junior National Team, is a seasoned cyclist who gives back to the sport. Renaissance Financial has been a strategic partner for Big Shark for over two decades and we strongly recommend their services.
Companion Baking is much more than a baking company. With cafes, custom baking programs, service to the region's finest restaurants and grocery, Companion has emegred as a leader in their industry providing excellence in both product and production. Companion has provided meals and nutrition to the Vino Fondo Gran Fondo, Gateway Cup Professional Races, and numerous charity cycling events.
Goodyear Tires have brought their expertise at manufactuing tires for, literally, every application to the performance road, gravel, and pavement categories of bicycle tire. Their contribution of their Eagle F1 Supersport and Eagle F1 tires to our team has provided a competitive advantage- great corning, better braking performance, and lower rolling resistance for all of our riders.
TSG Realty has long been the biggest supporter of cycling regionally. Mike Staenberg and TSG Realty- have sponsored many of the teams in the region and nationally- and we are proud to represent the company that has made a huge commitment to recreational and competitive cycling. TSG has refurbished the Penrose Park Velodrome, sponsored the Gateway Cup and the Tour of Missouri and helped numerous athletes realize their athletic dreams.
Wolff and Taylor, PC
Certified Public Accountants, Wolf and Taylor, PC have supported cycling, much like many of our sponsors for many years. Larry Wolff and Sarah Taylor support the endurance community. In addition to being cyclists themselves, they give back by sponsoring the Gateway Cup, Clayton Half Marathon, and the St. Louis Track Club Frostbite Series. We support businesses that support the cycling and athletic community- and strongly recommend their accounting practice.
RPM Care Care
RPM Car Care has been a huge supporter of the local cycling scene, providing SAG vehicles for many local charity rides, pace vehicles for criteriums, and keeping the fleet of Big Shark's event vehicles running smoothly. Owner, Rudi Cavataio, like many team sponsors is a very strong cyclist himself and gives back to his passion for equipment and performance. Check them out at their location on Manchester Road!
Apple Tree Occupational Therapy
Apple Tree Pediatric Occupational Therapy provides revolutionary occupational therapy treatments for children with special needs (autism, sensory processing disorders, ADHD, learning disabilities, developmental delays and more). It empowers parents with knowledge, training, and tools that bring peace of mind. And the kids love it!
We are proud to be supported by local brewing company UCBC. Urban Chestnut has committed themselves to making great beers, creating great community spaces, and to supporting St. Louis cycling culture. As the 'official' beer sponsor for The Gateway Cup and title sponsor for the Grove Criterium, they have established themselves as a great cycling-friendly brand.
St. Louis Tattoo Company
St. Louis Tattoo Company strives to be the premier body art studio in St. Louis. They opened in November of 2009 in Chesterfield, the first shop of its kind in West St. Louis County. They pride themselves on being clean, friendly, and accommodating. They are proud of their sterile, state of the art studio and would love for you to come check them out. Whether you want a basic piercing or an advanced modification, a quick tiny cute tattoo, a giant backpiece, or a huge realistic portrait, St. Louis Tattoo Company has top-notch artists and piercers on staff to assist you 7 days a week.
Heather Johnson/Dielman Sothebys Realty
Heather Johnson, a proud St. Louis native, got a head start in the real estate industry as a curious kid. Her earliest experience came at the age of 7, when she would knock on neighbors' doors in Harbor Point, Michigan, asking for tours of their homes. No one ever turned her down. Today, she still tours neighbors' homes; although these days, it is as the No. 4 agent at Dielmann Sotheby's International Realty, having sold in 12 zip codes last year.
Johnson's strength as an agent is evidenced in her 96% list-to-sale ratio as well as her pattern of doubling her business from year to year. Real estate can be a competitive environment and her clients can be confident that they have an advocate working passionately on their behalf. Her active listening and intuitive abilities unite to successfully negotiate for her client's best interest. Heather has been a triathlete for fifteen years. She knows what it is like to set your mind to a goal, prepare for positive outcomes, and do what it takes to reach those finish lines. Real estate transactions can be complicated, but a tenacious and positive attitude on the part of the Realtor can ensure a deal reaches the finish line. She acknowledges that buying or selling a home is likely a person's most important purchase they will make in their lives. Heather takes this very seriously and works closely with her clients to communicate every step of the way in order to execute a smooth sale process.
Christy Hager Dentistry
Christy Hager DDS has sponsored the Pastaria-Big Shark Racing team for several teams. Located across the street from Big Shark's Big Bend location, Christy Hager is both an accomplished triathlete, gravel racer, road racer, team member, and sponsor. Smiles are local!
Nelson and Nelson, PC
Nelson and Nelson PC- Dave and Bob Nelson have been sponsoring the Pastaria-Big Shark Racing team for many years. Dave has successfully represented many local cyclists who have suffered personal injuries while training and racing and is very familiar with the risks and rewards of being a competitive cyclist. We hope our team members and customers never will need their services, but they do, we strongly recommend a consultation.
Hogan Trucking and Rental
Hogan Trucking and the Hogan Family have supported many of the teams and events in the St. Louis area for many years. As title sponsors for the Hogan Cycling Team, The St. Luke's Hospital Tour de Wellness, and the largest fundraising team at the Gateway Bike MS event, Carl and Trey Hogan love cycling. Hogan Trucking supports most of Big Shark's largest events with complimentary truck rental and they are an invaluable asset to the local cycling community.
Fitz's Root Beer and Bottling Company
Fitz's Root Beer and Bottling Company is a St. Louis Favorite. This local St. Louis craft soda micro-brewery. They bottle all 19 of their uniquely delicious flavors on their vintage bottling line on the floor of their restaurant in the historic Delmar Loop. In 2018, they opened their second location in South County. Stop by one of their restaurants to enjoy tasty food, gigantic Root Beer floats, old-fashioned sodas, and a great, family-friendly dining experience.