Elite Team Wattie Ink and Company Team Hit Squad Become Part of the QR Family of Teams
Chattanooga, TN (June 4, 2019) – Quintana Roo (QR) and performance apparel company Wattie Ink today announced they have formed a partnership to provide team members of Wattie Ink’s Elite Team and the Wattie Ink company team Hit Squad with exclusive offers on QR’s PRseries bikes.
When asked about the partnership, Peter Hurley, CEO, American Bicycle Group/Quintana Roo, and Sean “Wattie” Watkins, founder of Wattie Ink, concurred that “this is a natural partnership and one we expect to grow in the future.”
“Quintana Roo is a legend in the industry,” Watkins continued. “It’s a venerable company that continues to innovate, refusing to rest on the work they’ve already accomplished. This is the type of company we want on our team.”
Elite Team Wattie Ink was first launched in 2010 and is made up of a group of 120 hand-selected individuals considered to be some of the best age group triathletes in the United States. The Team’s mission is to train hard, race harder, and be the best possible representative of itself and the team’s sponsors. It is the testing ground for Wattie Ink’s look, ideas and brand. The team has continued to grow over the years with more than 4,000 applications annually and is becoming a fixture at events and seen on podiums all over the world.
The Hit Squad was founded in 2016 with a focus on creating a community of triathletes that fosters performance, happiness and pride. The community promotes and strengthens the sport of triathlon; it trains and races in Wattie Ink gear, and it provides support to teammates in training and racing. Hit Squad triathletes push each other to be their best. Team membership is through an annual application to Wattie Ink.
The bond and interconnectivity between the teams is facilitated by longtime member Tu Tran, who was named Director of Team Programs in April 2019. “We are excited about the relationship with Quintana Roo,” said Tran. “They have accomplished amazing things for the sport and industry. Together we want to impact the athletes by developing a richer experience in the sport. We are all better together.”
The Wattie Ink partnership joins the family of QR’s other elite team and pro triathlete partnerships.
About American Bicycle Group
Based in Chattanooga, Tennessee, American Bicycle Group (ABG) manufactures leading-edge, high performance bikes and wetsuits under the Quintana Roo (QR) brand; Ocoee carbon all-road, gravel and mountain bikes; and the Litespeed brand, titanium road, and mountain bikes. QR was launched in 1987 to build the first triathlon-specific bike. In 2017, ABG invested in an expanded manufacturing facility with a paint and assembly line for its QR and Litespeed bikes, allowing athletes to custom build a bike. Demand was high and the line was expanded in 2018. In 2019, ABG launched its Ocoee brand bikes and QR entered into a partnership with HED Cycling to add the Vanquish 6 GP wheelset to its PR disc tri bike lines. Athletes can order from their local dealer or order online direct, customizing his/her bike to precisely fit the look, feel and performance desired. All bikes shipped in the continental United States are sent fully assembled, directly to the buyer’s door in the QR ProBox. quintanarootri.com/, ocoeebikes.com/ and litespeed.com
About Wattie ink
Wattie Ink was founded by Sean Watkins (a.k.a. “Wattie”) who saw a place for apparel that departed from the standard offerings, a style Watkins saw riding skateboards in backyard pools, or grinning out from the faces of album covers and sleeve tattoos. In 2009, he decided it was time to develop such a style, leaving a steady job with Triathlete Magazine to create a new brand: Wattie Ink. Today, Wattie Ink has more than a dozen triathlon and cycling design collections for men and women with on- and off-course pieces. It also creates custom pieces and kits for teams and clubs. All Wattie Ink apparel is made from specifically-sourced Italian fabrics and chamois, and is handcrafted in Wattie Ink’s own factory in San Diego, CA. www.wattieink.com