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The Company Behind Electric Blue Tape Worn By Athletes At The London Olympics

Have you noticed many athletes participating in the 2012 London Olympics wearing funky tape on their bodies? The tape comes in different colors, from electric blue to hot pink, but while the array of colors are produced with fashion in mind, the tape was created for a different purpose – to allow athletes to compete at a world class level, despite aches and pains …

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SpiderTech athlete Li Na reaches Finals at 2011 French Open

Na makes tennis history be reaching second consecutive major final in 2011

June 3, 2011

Team SpiderTech, Canada's first professional cycling team to achieve UCI Professional Continental statusTennis superstar Li Na knocked off former World No. 1 ranked Maria Sharapova in straight sets at Roland Garros in the semifinals to advance to her second consecutive major final – the first Chinese player to ever do so.

Na, the tournament No. 6 seed ended Sharpova’s chance for the title in straight sets, 6-4 and 7-5 in their semifinal match. Na will now take on defending French Open champion Francesca Schiavone, who is riding a 13-match winning streak at Roland Garros.

In January, Na also made history when she became the first Chinese woman to reach the final of the Australian Open.
The soft clay courts the French Open is known for puts additional strain on the players bodies than a traditional hard surface, the 2011 tournament has seen several players withdraw from competition due to injury from both the woman’s and men’s draws.

"SpiderTech kinesiology therapy tape products provide me the comfort and support that I need to perform my best on the court. SpiderTech’s superior materials and adhesives give a better feel, last longer and retain the physical integrity that I need to keep playing harder, longer," said Na who has been wearing a knee spider for the entire tournament on the clay courts.

"To see the global success Li Na has achieved in 2011 is very motivating for the team at SpiderTech," said Bill Payne, VP Marketing SpiderTech. "We appreciate Li’s commitment to our brand as we continue to build SpiderTech globally, professional athletes like Li Na play an important role in our growth. Li Na represents our vision to bridge Eastern and Western healing and preventive philosophies."

After an opening round match against Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic that went 3 sets, Na cruised to victory in straight sets against Silvia Soler-Espinosa of Spain. Sorana Cirstea of Romania and Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th rounds respectively.

The final match is slated for June 4 and is broadcasted on ESPN and TSN in North America.

About SpiderTech
SpiderTech is the Canadian developer and world leader of pre-cut and ready to apply kinesiology taping solutions. SpiderTech is committed to excellence and innovation in the management of pain and myofascial dysfunction through the use of specialized elastic tape applications. SpiderTech's focus is on the development and manufacturing of products and therapy protocols that meet the demands of today's health care clinician and therapist. SpiderTech is also the title sponsor of Canada’s first Professional Continental Cycling Team.

 

SpiderTech Signs Li Na to Health and Wellness Program

Toronto, Ontario - January 28, 2011

SpiderTech is excited to announce the signing of Chinese tennis champion Li Na to its Health and Wellness Team. Na made history when she advanced to the finals of the Australian Open, the first woman in Chinese history to progress this far. In her journey to tennis' top tier, Na joins the likes of Houston Rockets center Yao Ming and Olympic hurdler Liu Xiang in global athletic acclaim for China.

"We are thrilled about the opportunity to partner with Li Na," stated SpiderTech Founder, Ray Arebesman. "Her commitment to our brand further cements SpiderTech as the leader in kinesiology tapes. We believe she wholly represents our vision to bridge Eastern and Western healing and preventive philosophies."

Na's alignment with the SpiderTech brand is ideally timed. The company aims to release a consumer version of its medical kinesiology tape later this year. This product introduction is aimed at providing consumer and recreational athletes with the natural pain release tape application professionals already use.

Tennis Li Na

Na will face Kim Clijsters of Belgium in tonight's match. Regardless of the outcome, today is sure to go down in history as a proud day for China, Na and Na's family, friends and sponsors. Continued Arebesman, "In her continued pursuit of athletic excellence, Li has made everyone at SpiderTech incredibly proud. We offer her our overwhelming support as she moves onto tonight’s match."

About SpiderTech
SpiderTech is the Canadian developer and world leader of pre-cut and ready to apply kinesiology taping solutions. SpiderTech is committed to excellence and innovation in the management of pain and myofascial dysfunction through the use of specialized elastic tape applications. SpiderTech's focus is on the development and manufacturing of products and therapy protocols that meet the demands of today's health care clinician and therapist.

Bill Payne
Vice President Marketing

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SpiderTech Launches in Japan - Nitto Denko Brings SpiderTech to Kinesiology Tape's Original Market

December 14, 2010

Guillaume BoivinNitto Denko Corporation of Osaka, Japan, co-developers and manufacturers of the World’s original kinesiology tape, announced that they have launched a full range of SpiderTech Pre-Cut, Ready-to-Apply products within their home market, bringing SpiderTech’s innovations back to the market that launched this method of therapy over 20 years ago.

Nitto stated that as the major supplier of Kinesiology Tape products and solutions in Japan via their NITREAT product line, SpiderTech products and education offers a dramatically enhanced usability, delivering a viable and scientifically advanced therapy to health care professionals and athletes who see the traditional method of kinesiology tape use as difficult and inconsistent.

Nitto Denko and SpiderTech have already collaborated on transferring the SpiderTech Education program to the Japanese market, identifying and training practice leaders for the 2011 SpiderTech Japan Education program. Sales for SpiderTech in Japan are expected to reach 300 million Yen in 2011.

"We’re very pleased to add Japan to the growing list of Global Partners for SpiderTech," added Michael Greenberg, President of SpiderTech Inc. "It is particularly exciting to see our tape material provider, the leading global provider of kinesiology tape products, embrace SpiderTech as the product and therapeutic methodology to leverage further growth in their home market."

To view Nitto Denko’s press release, visit: www.nitto.com/dpage/143.html

Japan Nitto Denko

To review Nitto’s SpiderTech Japan site, visit:www.ntmed.co.jp/taping/products/spider/index.html

About SpiderTech
SpiderTech is the developer and world leader of pre-cut and ready to apply kinesiology taping applications in a single piece. SpiderTech is committed to excellence and innovation in the management of pain and myofascial dysfunction through the use of specialized elastic tape applications. SpiderTech's focus is on the development and manufacturing of products and therapy protocols that meet the demands of today's health care clinician and therapist.

About Nitto Medical Corporation
Nitto Medical Corporation, one of Nitto Denko Group’s major medical-related sales & marketing companies, optimally meets customers’ needs with its extensive healthcare offerings, including a comprehensive variety of adhesive tapes for the medical and athletic fields, in addition to cultured ginseng products, all are designed to support people and assist with a more comfortable and healthy life. Learn more at www.ntmed.co.jp/english.

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A World's First - Guillaume Boivin Ex-Aequo for Bronze at the World Championships in Melbourne, Australia

October 6, 2010

Guillaume BoivinCanada's Guillaume Boivin wins a very unique, shared bronze medal at the UCI U23 (under age of 23 year old) road World Cycling Championships in Melbourne (Geelong), Australia.

The aggressive 159 kilometre race was constantly on the go from start to finish. Ben King, most recently crowned United-States of America Champion of the elite road race, led the race solo for more than half the race. Once King was reeled by the accelerated pace of the peloton, the lead of the race constantly changed. Most attacks were solo attempts, or 2 to 3 men, without any good size groups forming
and therefore the time gaps remained tight in the final laps. During the last lap
Tony Gallopin (France) constantly one of the most aggressive riders made the best attempt to go solo to the finish but was ultimately caught within the final 2km.

A mass sprint of 45 riders came to the uphill charge to the finish line. Michael Matthews of Australia emerged clearly in front to take the win and the coveted Rainbow Jersey of U23 World Champion. The Silver medal was won by John Degenkolb (Germany) and Guillaume Boivin and Taylor Phinney in a dead heat tie for third. A UCI official 3rd place Bronze medal for both men. It's a unique.

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Calling in from Geelong after the race, David Boily of Team Canada said: "It was not a traditional World's race. The teams were more conservative and our team (Canada) played less aggression and more strategic. We are proud to have the medal and a place on the podium pour l'équipe."

"Before the race began we knew Guillaume had a chance to win," Steve Bauer commented from St. Catharines at 4:00 in the morning, having watched the race live on the Internet. Guillaume was charging hard from behind to the line to take the tie with Phinney. "I am sure he will be reviewing this last kilometre in his mind until next years Worlds."
Team SpiderTech powered by Planer Energy is extremely happy of both Guillaume and David's race today.
As well team is proud to announce the sign of Guillaume Boivin with the team for the next two years and build our talented Canadian team into the future.

Team SpiderTech is currently registering for a division 2 licence - Professional Continental status, at the UCI for 2011 season.

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Raising the bar on bike racing - Canadian team hopes to make jump to world-class ranks

August 27, 2010
By PAT HICKEY, The Gazette

Steve Bauer has a vision for Canadian cycling. Canadian team hopes to make jump to world-class ranksAll he needs to realize that vision is a dozen world-class cyclists and $15 million.

Bauer has taken the first steps toward achieving his goal with the creation of the SpiderTech powered by Planet Energy cycling team.

Steve Bauer

"We're the only UCI Continental team based in Canada and we're hoping to make the jump to the Continental Professional level next year."

The team recently posted strong results in Europe and some members on the team will have an opportunity to measure themselves against the world's best when the UCI Pro Tour visits Quebec next month. Bauer's team will join with some of Canada's top road racers on the Canadian national team for races in Quebec on Sept. 10 and two days later in Montreal.

"We're encouraged by the results we had in three races in Europe and I think our riders will be competitive," Bauer said.

Guillaume Boivin finished second in a one-day race in Bochum, Germany. The only downside was two of the team's best riders were injured and won't be able to compete here next month. Bauer had hoped to have more than three of his riders on the Canadian team, but Martin Gilbert is out with a bruised knee and Andrew Rendell has a fractured femur.

Bauer knows a little something about international cycling. He wore the yellow jersey through five stages of the Tour de France in 1988 and finished fourth overall, and held the yellow jersey for nine stages in 1990. He also won a silver medal in the road race at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

Bauer noted Canada has done well on the international stage despite the fact "we're a non-cycling nation."

Canada has a reigning world champion in Tara Whitten in the women's omnium and points races; a top-10 finish in the Tour de France from Ryder Hesjedal and two of the top mountain bikers in the world in Catherine Pendrel and Helene Premont.

"I was very impressed with Ryder's results because he was very aggressive and he moved up to seventh place. When we get results like this, it serves as an example for youngsters and encourages them to get involved," Bauer. said. "We need more cycling clubs and more exposure for the sport. Having two Pro Tour races in Canada can only help the sport."

The Pro Tour is generally confined to Europe, but veteran promoter Serge Arsenault has negotiated a multi-year contract to hold two races in Quebec. Under UCI rules, all the top teams must be represented in the two races.

There are a handful of Canadians who compete regularly on the Pro Tour. Hesjedal and Svein Tuft will race here with Garmin-Transitions, while Michael Barry is part of Team Sky. Boucherville native Dominique Rollin, who regularly competes with the Swissbased Cervelo Test Team, will be part of the Canadian team for next month's races.

Bauer and SpiderTech, which produces high-tech taping systems for athletes, hooked up last year. The team's former sponsor, Planet Energy, stayed on and he also has support from companies like Saputo and BlackBerry maker Research in Motion.

The goal is to provide Canadian riders an opportunity to compete at the highest possible level and that means moving up to the Continental Pro level and, eventually, the Pro Tour level. That means finding more sponsors and more money. Bauer said the Spider-Tech team has a budget in the $3.5-million range, which is modest by international standards. Radio Shack, which is Lance Armstrong's, spends about $15 million.

Armstrong, incidentally, won't be competing in either of the Quebec races, but the seven-time Tour de France winner will participate in two fundraising activities to benefit the Cedars Cancer Institute. On Sept. 11, he will join cyclists in Mont Tremblant for the third annual Tour de Lance. He also will attend the race in Montreal and have breakfast with members of the Cedars Club des Leaders.

© Copyright (c) The Montreal Gazette

Read more: http://www.montrealgazette.com/sports/Raising+bike+racing/3448913/story.html#ixzz0xqPTAQr3

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Top Athletes Are Using SpiderTech's™ Pre-Cut Kinesiology Tape To Enhance Healing of Sports Injuries and Promote Faster Recovery
The "Night Train" Bobsled Team, New York Jets Quarterback Mark Sanchez, and The Most Winning Team in Pro Cycling Are All Fans of a Product That Has Gained Recognition in the Sports World

Toronto, Canada - August 17, 2010

When Amber Neben, one of North America's top women riders and a veteran of international competitive bicycle racing, suffered a multiple strains in her leg muscles during the Tour of Flanders, she had to spend numerous weeks away from competition in order to rehabilitate. The good news? Her recovery rate was faster than expected, a fact she ascribes in part to her use of pre-cut kinesiology tape provided by SpiderTech™. Remarkably, she was back in form at the PAN AM Mexico, where she took second during the time trials.

Neben is one of a large number of professional and Olympic athletes who are recognizing the benefits that SpiderTech's precut kinesiology tape brings to the playing field. Athletes from football to cycling to Olympic bobsledding and every sport in between are realizing that SpiderTech is an important tool in their training and competing tool kits.
Neben, in her VeloNews Diary, notes that SpiderTech has become one of her key tools in addressing physical issues "before they become a problem, or as I move through them."

SpiderTech is the leading provider of specialized Kinesiology taping products that naturally reduce pain and restore strength and mobility to injured and sore muscles. The company's innovative pre-cut spiders come in 16 different shapes used most often by professionally trained therapists, and are used for injuries and discomfort effecting the knee, lower back, neck and shoulder.

Besides Neben, other athletes who have used Spiders to help them get ahead of their game include:

  • HTC-Columbia, the most winning team in pro cycling that is ranked #1 by Eurosport is bringing the SpiderTech advantage to their winning formula by adding the line of SpiderTech Kinesiology taping products into their outstanding therapy/support program. As an Official Supplier of Team HTC-Columbia for 2010, SpiderTech will supply HTC-Columbia men's and women's professional cycling teams with a complete line of SpiderTech Kinesiology precut taping products, as well as provide training and on-going support to the doctors and therapy staff of HTC-Columbia.
  • The World Champion USA1 4-man Bobsled team, which won the Olympic Gold Medal at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, brought SpiderTech, sponsor and supplier to the team, along for the ride.
  • Dotsie Bausch was covered with Spiders when she rode to a new world record as part of the USA women's track team pursuit at the recent Pan American Championships on May 12th. Supported by SpiderTech's Lower Back, Hip and Upper Knee Spiders, Bausch earned the gold medal with teammates Sarah Hammer and Lauren Tamayo in the three-kilometer track cycling event held in Aguascalientes, Mexico. The Americans covered the distance in an astounding 3:19:569, which shattered the previous record by nearly two seconds set by the New Zealand team last March 25 (3:21:552). Bausch & Company is the first women's team pursuit unit ever to eclipse the 3:20 mark.
  • Numerous NFL, NHL, MLB and NBA teams, as well as Mixed Martial Arts competitors utilize SpiderTech for training and on game day.

The athletes who use SpiderTech for sports injuries and exercise recovery have praised the product extensively. At age 37, Bausch attributes part of her success and longevity to the use of SpiderTech products. "I absolutely owe part of my Pan American gold medal and world record to the people at SpiderTech. I use the tape to train, race, and especially for recovery. The Lymphatic Spider has become an integral part of my recovery routine after hard days at the track, and since I am no spring chicken, recovery is always a battle. The Lower Back, Hip and Postural Spiders became a huge part of my training regimen as I prepared for the record-breaking ride in Mexico. I could not have done my part to achieve this goal without SpiderTech by my side."

While highly utilized by top professionals, SpiderTech's PreCut Spiders can benefit athletes at nearly every level; aches, pains and injuries from training and racing impact amateurs and elites alike.

For more information, visit Facebook.com/SpiderTechTaping, www.SpiderTech.co.za or inquire with your chiropractor, physical therapist or other healthcare provide.

About SpiderTech™
SpiderTech provides specialized Kinesiology taping products that naturally reduce pain and restore strength and mobility to injured and sore muscles. The Toronto-based company has reinvented the use of Kinesiology tape with innovative pre-cut Spiders, a natural, easy-to-use, drug-free advanced therapeutic product.

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SpiderTech helped Bausch on world record ride
Member of USA women's team pursuit trio earns gold while setting new mark at the Pan American Championships

SpiderTech helped Bausch on world record ride Toronto, Ontario: Dotsie Bausch’s body was covered with Spiders when she rode to a new world record as part of the USA women’s team pursuit at the recent Pan American Championships (May 12th).  Supported by SpiderTech’s Lower Back, Hip and Upper Knee Spiders, Bausch earned the gold medal with teammates Sarah Hammer and Lauren Tamayo in the three-kilometer track cycling event held in Aguascalientes, Mexico.  The Americans covered the distance in an astounding 3:19:569, which shattered the previous record by nearly two seconds set by the New Zealand team last March 25th (3:21:552).  Bausch & Company is the first women’s team pursuit unit ever to eclipse the 3:20 mark.

"Women's team pursuit in the U.S. has developed at a faster rate than we ever could have imagined.  The support that USA Cycling has given us has been huge. To take ten seconds off of our Cali, Columbia World Cup qualifying time inside of six months shows our true potential in this event.  We are ecstatic," said Bausch, a six-time National Champion and two-time Pan American Championships gold medal winner.

At age 37, Bausch attributes part of her success and longevity to the use of SpiderTech products. "I absolutely owe part of my Pan American gold medal and world record to the people at SpiderTech.  I use the tape to train, race, and especially for recovery.  The Lymphatic Spider has become an integral part of my recovery routine after hard days at the track, and since I am no spring chicken, recovery is always a battle.  The Lower Back, Hip and Postural Spiders became a huge part of my training regimen as I prepared for the record-breaking ride in Mexico.  I could not have done my part to achieve this goal without SpiderTech by my side."

A veteran road cyclist who began riding the track in 2007, Bausch helped establish the world record time that year riding the team pursuit with Hammer and Jennie Reed. Although she enjoyed a fresh challenge, it wasn’t until it was announced last winter that the women’s team pursuit would be an Olympic event at the 2012 London Games that Bausch, Hammer and Tamayo, along with the support of USA Cycling, committed to pursuing an Olympic medal.

"I am intensely passionate about the event (team pursuit).  It is poetry in motion. After 10 years of racing professionally on the road, I began to feel a bit bored and slightly burned out.  I love training and racing for this event.  It has everything: technicality, elements of high anaerobic fitness with aerobic base, intensity like nothing on the road, and it requires complete perfection of execution to ride the best time.  That's my favorite part: the immense pressure to ride perfectly.  You can mess up on the road a few times, or many times - a pedal stroke here and there - but in the team pursuit, every mistake costs you one-tenth of a second or more, which could easily be the difference between first and second (place)."

Bausch enjoys the camaraderie of teaming with Hammer, a four-time world champion, and Tamayo and is grateful for the support USA Cycling has given them.  "They (USA Cycling) have backed us the whole way and have held training camps for us to work together every month prior to major events.  The three of us have fun together.  We really like being with each other and we work very hard when we train.  We leave every camp completely blown, but we get stronger each time."

The Irvine, California resident has been racing as a member of the U.S. National Team since 2002 and has traveled the world competing for her country and on several professional trade teams.  Through her travels over the past year or so since she began using SpiderTech, Bausch has discovered another benefit to using the product.  "SpiderTech is not only for training and racing at my best, but also for traveling on long flights across the globe.  When I sit for long hours when traveling, my lower back and IT bands get very tight.  The Lower Back and Hip Spiders keep me loose and the blood flow uninterrupted. I arrive at my destination feeling ready to ride and train the first day, instead of spending two or three days trying get rid of ‘airplane legs.’"

With more than a decade of racing her bike at the professional level and in international competition, Bausch knows that injuries are part of sports.  She has successfully utilized SpiderTech to overcome physical setbacks. "SpiderTech’s Hip Spider has been instrumental in my healing from sciatica.  Nothing worked before Spider Tape to help keep the pain at bay while I healed.  I always had pain and since I always train hard, I lived on Ibuprophen, which had me very concerned for the health of my liver. SpiderTech makes it so I can take care of my body inside and out."

Hoping to mine Olympic hardware in London with her teammates, Bausch will likely retire afterwards, thus she’s interested in helping introduce the next generation of potential female team pursuit riders to the track.  "The future of U.S. women's team pursuit has massive potential.  We need a group of women to begin learning the track for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.  USA Cycling is holding a few informational forums at this year's road nationals in Bend, Oregon and I will come up to answer questions about the team pursuit.  I am very motivated to see the next wave of youngsters learn team pursuit so they can crush it in 2016."

About SpiderTech
Referred to as "the magic tape" and "the legal advantage," SpiderTech is sixteen precut, ready-to-apply taping applications designed to support muscles, improve blood and lymphatic circulation, alleviate pain, correct joint problems, and speed healing and recovery.  Designed by Dr. Kevin Jardine, a chiropractor and advisor to professional, collegiate and elite athletes who participate in cycling, running, triathlon, football, baseball, hockey, soccer and volleyball, SpiderTech has revolutionized the methodologies of kinesiology taping, which for the first time provide a standardization of treatment in clinical use.  The pioneering SpiderTech applications meet the needs of rehabilitative professionals by providing a synergistic influence on pain reduction, performance enhancement and prevention of injury, the triad of which is referred to as "3P" - Pain, Performance and Prevention.  SpiderTech, which is also available in rolls of Nitto-Denko-developed kinesiology tape under the brand name SpiderTape in the North American marketplace (NAFTA zone), is fabricated from high-grade cotton material with 100% acrylic, hypoallergenic adhesive.  Distributed by SpiderTech, Inc., which was formed as a division of the Toronto, Ontario-based NUCAP Industries, Inc., SpiderTech and SpiderTape are made of the original kinesiology tape that was engineered by Nitto-Denko of Japan to mimic the thickness, weight and elasticity of human skin.  The tape is water-resistant and breathable, and can be worn for up to five days. SpiderTech is a proud sponsor of Canada’s only UCI continental cycling team, Team SpiderTech powered by Planet Energy, and the 2010 gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic Bobsled and Skeleton team.

Additional information is available at www.spidertech.co.za.

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Team SpiderTech powered by Planet Energy confirm their place while glimpsing the future
at the Amgen Tour of California

Team nets four top 10s, Euser marks return by finishing 18th GC

Dr. Kevin Jardine (left) and Darin Dunnagan presented SpiderTech to NFL team doctors at the NFL Combine. Inset: SpiderTech is shown being used.Thousand Oaks, CA: The future looks bright for Team SpiderTech powered by Planet Energy, which completed its inaugural trek around the Golden State yesterday at the Amgen Tour of California, the most prestigious bicycle race in the United States.  The team’s top General Classification rider was Napa, California native Lucas Euser, who placed eighteenth overall in the race won by Australian Michael Rogers (HTC-Columbia).  Three other riders – David Boily, Bruno Langois and Andrew Randell – from Canada’s only UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) continental team finished the eight-day, 1280-kilometer race that began in Nevada City on May 16th and ended in Thousand Oaks.  En route, Team SpiderTech powered by Planet Energy placed riders in the top 10 in the first four stages of the
California race.

"We came to race and we did from the start," said team director Steve Bauer.  "We put riders in the breaks and really raced.  We didn’t just go along for the ride.  Sure, we hit the wall in Stage 6 (the brutal Queen’s stage saw nearly forty riders drop out or miss the time cut, including Team SpiderTech’s Eric Boily, Guillaume Boivin, Martin Gilbert and Francois Parisien), but part of that was because we raced aggressively from the start.  We held nothing back and proved that we belonged in this race.

"I think we also got a glimpse of the future this week and we’re very pleased.  Guillaume scored two top 10 finishes and he will turn twenty-one on Tuesday (May 25).  David is another young rider to watch.  He turned twenty last month.  Give him another couple of years to develop and gain experience, and he’ll be right up there.  It’s great to see Lucas back after all that he’s been through.  He’s worked really hard and we haven’t seen the best of him yet as he’s only at around ninety-percent of his ability.  This is an exciting young team that is only going to get stronger, especially after racing with the world’s best in events like the Tour of California."

Euser started the race almost one year to the day that his career, and perhaps even his life, nearly ended after colliding with a car while training in Gerona, Spain.  Euser shattered his knee and endured a nearly year-long rehabilitative process before returning to competition.  Several months before he was contacted about joining the team, he experienced great results while using SpiderTech’s revolutionary pre-cut kinesiology taping applications during his recovery.

Team SpiderTech powered by Planet Energy is a gifted squad of Canadian Olympians and national champions that are all capable of winning races.  Thus far this season, eight different riders have netted the team’s twelve UCI wins.  The team’s next major goals come in June at the TD Bank Philadelphia International Cycling Championship (June 6) and on Canadian turf at the UCI Individual Time Trial in Gatineau, Quebec (June 12) where Parisien and Ryan Roth will represent the team, and at the Tour de Beauce (June 15-20).  Additional information is available at www.cyclesportmanagement.com.

Since 2006, the Amgen Tour of California has blossomed into one of the most important races on the international calendar.  Sixteen professional teams were invited to compete from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland, and the U.S.  Participants included many of the biggest stars in cycling, including seven-time Tour de France victor Lance Armstrong, his RadioShack teammate Levi Leipheimer, Tom Boonen (Quick Step), Mark Cavendish (HTC-Columbia), Saxo Bank’s Andy Schleck and Fabian Cancellara, and David Zabriskie (Garmin-Transitions).  Information is available at www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.

Team SpiderTech powered by Planet Energy scored top 10 finishes in the following stages:

Stage 1: Boivin - 7th
Stage 2: Parisien - 6th
Stage 3: Parisien - 9th
Stage 4: Boivin - 10th

About SpiderTech
Referred to as "the magic tape" and "the legal advantage," SpiderTech is sixteen precut, ready-to-apply taping applications designed to support muscles, improve blood and lymphatic circulation, alleviate pain, correct joint problems, and speed healing and recovery.  Designed by Dr. Kevin Jardine, a chiropractor and advisor to professional, collegiate and elite athletes who participate in cycling, running, triathlon, football, baseball, hockey, soccer and volleyball, SpiderTech has revolutionized the methodologies of kinesiology taping, which for the first time provide a standardization of treatment in clinical use.  The pioneering SpiderTech applications meet the needs of rehabilitative professionals by providing a synergistic influence on pain reduction, performance enhancement and prevention of injury, the triad of which is referred to as "3P" – Pain, Performance and Prevention.  SpiderTech, which is also available in rolls of Nitto-Denko-developed kinesiology tape under the brand name SpiderTape in the North American marketplace (NAFTA zone), is fabricated from high-grade cotton material with 100% acrylic, hypoallergenic adhesive.  Distributed by SpiderTech, Inc., which was formed as a division of the Toronto, Ontario-based NUCAP Industries, Inc., SpiderTech and SpiderTape are made of the original kinesiology tape that was engineered by Nitto-Denko of Japan to mimic the thickness, weight and elasticity of human skin.  The tape is water-resistant and breathable, and can be worn for up to five days.  Additional information is available at www.spidertech.co.za.

About Cycle Sport Management Inc.
The St. Catharines, Ontario-based Cycle Sport Management Inc. owns, manages and directs Team SpiderTech powered by Planet Energy.  The team, Canada’s only UCI continental squad, was formed three years ago by Steve Bauer and Josee Larocque with the lofty goals of being the first Canadian team to compete in the Tour de France and to become Canada’s first ProTour squad.  Bauer, a stage winner and former wearer of the race leader’s yellow jersey in the Tour de France and an Olympic silver medalist, directs the outfit and Larocque manages.

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Team SpiderTech at the Tour of California

http://www.cyclingnews.com/features/spidertech-p-b-planet-energy-step-up-in-california

Team SpiderTech at the Tour of California

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Millie Tanner Keeps On Growing with SpiderTech Millie Tanner Keeps On Growing with SpiderTech

Young cycling phenomenon, Millie Tanner, keeps racking up more and more impressive results, winning the 10-12 year old State Time Trial event this weekend in Lancaster, California. Millie is a big fan of the SpiderTech Full Knee Spider, using it to control "growth pain".

Millie posted an impressive time of 17:45 for 6 miles in winning the State Championship in her class.

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Amber Neben Gets Back on Track
Rips 2nd Place at PAN AM Mexico Time Trial

Amber Neben, one of North America’s top women riders and a veteran of international competitive bicycle racing, got back into form at the recent PAM AM MexicoAmber Neben, one of North America’s top women riders and a veteran of international competitive bicycle racing, got back into form at the recent PAM AM Mexico event by taking second during the event’s time trails.

Amber had incurred a grade-2 strain in multiple leg muscles during the Tour of Flanders and had to spend multiple weeks outside of competition to rehab – something no elite athlete likes to endure. Luckily, Amber made a rapid recovery and return, thanks in part to her use of SpiderTech within her regime.  Amber, in her VeloNews Diary, notes that SpiderTech has become one of her key tools in addressing physical issues "before they become a problem, or as I move through them".

To read Amber’s VeloNews Diary and hear how she addressed her recovery, click here.

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Team SpiderTech powered by Planet Energy announce lineup for the Amgen
Tour of California

Canadian team looking to mine stage wins in their debut in America’s biggest bike race

Dr. Kevin Jardine (left) and Darin Dunnagan presented SpiderTech to NFL team doctors at the NFL Combine. Inset: SpiderTech is shown being used.St. Catharines, Ontario: Hoping to snare stage wins in their web, Team SpiderTech powered by Planet Energy has unveiled the eight-man roster that will represent Canada’s only UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) continental squad at the 2010 Amgen Tour of California, which gets underway Sunday (May 16) in Nevada City and finishes May 23rd in Thousand Oaks. The first Canadian team ever to compete in America’s most prestigious road cycling race that features a host of the sport’s top riders will be comprised of (Canadian unless otherwise noted) Martin Gilbert, Francois Parisien, Lucas Euser (USA), David Boily, Guillaume Boivin, Andrew Randell, Bruno Langlois, and Eric Boily.

"Team SpiderTech are ready to engage in battle in North America’s premier stage race. We have worked hard to be here and are excited to challenge the best teams in the world. The goal to achieve excellent results will put additional pressure on our current roster since two of our top riders, Keven Lacombe (mononucleosis) and Ryan Roth (bruised patella), are experiencing health problems and are unavailable to race. However, we are certainly not the only team to have riders sitting out on the sidelines. I know our men will rise to the occasion by racing with focus, intensity and heart. We’ll be looking for opportunities to create some surprises throughout the week," said team director Steve Bauer.

Three-time Amgen Tour of California champion Levi Leipheimer will be back to defend his crown with the support of his RadioShack teammate, seven-time Tour de France victor Lance Armstrong. Other stars illuminating the marquee include Tom Boonen (Quick Step), Mark Cavendish (HTC-Columbia), Saxo Bank’s Andy Schleck and Fabian Cancellara, and Heinrich Haussler (Cervelo TestTeam).

The eight-day, 1280-kilometre Amgen Tour of California has blossomed into one of the most important races on the international calendar comprised of sixteen professional teams from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland, and the U.S. Previously held in February, the fifth edition of the race makes its May debut, which enables the route visiting sixteen host cities showcasing the Golden State’s scenic and historic areas to include treks through the high mountains in the Sierras and the first-ever mountaintop finish in Big Bear Lake.

Team SpiderTech powered by Planet Energy is a gifted young squad of Canadian Olympians and national champions that are all capable of winning races. Thus far this season, eight different riders have netted the team’s twelve UCI wins, including a pair of stage victories at last month’s Vuelta Telmex, which ranks the team fifth in 2010 UCI wins. Last September, Gilbert burst through the peloton to become the only rider not from a ProTour team to win a stage at America’s other Grand Tour, the Tour of Missouri. Additional information is available at
www.cyclesportmanagement.com.

For further information about the Amgen Tour of California, please visit www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.

About SpiderTech
Referred to as "the magic tape" and "the legal advantage," SpiderTech is sixteen precut, ready-to-apply taping applications designed to support muscles, improve blood and lymphatic circulation, alleviate pain, correct joint problems, and speed healing and recovery. Designed by Dr. Kevin Jardine, a chiropractor and advisor to professional, collegiate and elite athletes who participate in cycling, running, triathlon, football, baseball, hockey, soccer and volleyball, SpiderTech has revolutionized the methodologies of kinesiology taping, which for the first time provide a standardization of treatment in clinical use. The pioneering SpiderTech applications meet the needs of rehabilitative professionals by providing a synergistic influence on pain reduction, performance enhancement and prevention of injury, the triad of which is referred to as "3P" – Pain, Performance and Prevention. SpiderTech, which is also available in rolls of Nitto-Denko-developed kinesiology tape under the brand name SpiderTape in the North American marketplace (NAFTA zone), is fabricated from high-grade cotton material with 100% acrylic, hypoallergenic adhesive. Distributed by SpiderTech, Inc., which was formed as a division of the Toronto, Ontario-based NUCAP Industries, Inc., SpiderTech and SpiderTape are made of the original kinesiology tape that was engineered by Nitto-Denko of Japan to mimic the thickness, weight and elasticity of human skin. The tape is water-resistant and breathable, and can be worn for up to five days. SpiderTech is a proud sponsor of Canada’s only UCI continental cycling team, Team SpiderTech powered by Planet Energy. Additional information is available at www.spidertech.co.za.

About Cycle Sport Management Inc.
The St. Catharines, Ontario-based Cycle Sport Management Inc. owns, manages and directs Team SpiderTech powered by Planet Energy. The team, Canada’s only UCI continental squad, was formed three years ago by Steve Bauer and Josee Larocque with the lofty goals of being the first Canadian team to compete in the Tour de France and to become Canada’s first ProTour squad. Bauer, a stage winner and former wearer of the race leader’s yellow jersey in the Tour de France and an Olympic silver medalist, directs the outfit and Larocque manages.

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Local chiropractor makes presentation at NFL Combine

By Matt Lindberg
Daily Press Writer

Dr. Kevin Jardine (left) and Darin Dunnagan presented SpiderTech to NFL team doctors at the NFL Combine. Inset: SpiderTech is shown being used.MONTROSE – If NFL insiders never heard of Montrose before, then one local put the town on the map for them at this year’s NFL Combine. Darin Dunnagan, a local chiropractor and assistant football coach at Montrose High School, attended the Combine in Indianapolis over the weekend to help Dr. Kevin Jardine demonstrate his SpiderTech invention, impressing several NFL team doctors.

The Combine is a six-day annual event in which draft prospects participate in a series of activities to give NFL team owners, coaches and others a better look at players they could draft. It ended Tuesday.

SpiderTech is a pre-cut, packaged stretchy tape designed to quickly heal injuries and improve athletic performance. Rather than immobilize a limb or other body parts by wrapping it with cloth bandages, SpiderTech allows continued movement and flexibility. The stimulation caused by the tape reduces inflammation and discomfort, and it facilitates blood flow to speed healing.  

Dunnagan, the only certified SpiderTech instructor and therapist in Colorado, has used the product on several Montrose High athletes, including state wrestling champ Jordan Passehl, basketball star Hanna Bowden and baseball/football player Glayden Berry.

They’re in good company. Indianapolis Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney wore SpiderTech while playing in last month’s Spider Bowl, and New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez used it throughout the past NFL season.

"I think it’s cool for athletes or people here (in Montrose) who use it to see it’s the same thing pro athletes are using", Dunnagan said. "It has been exciting for me to use SpidertTech on some of our local athletes and see them do well. Jordan (Passehl) used it and won a state wrestling championship. Hanna (Bowden) and Glayden (Berry) used it and have gone out and played great games. That’s exiting to me."

Dunnagan and Jardine became friends after the coach e-mailed the inventor last year, asking to learn more about SpiderTech. Now the two travel the world, demonstrating the product, a health aid that Dunnagan "loves". 

"It’s a constant therapy," he said, "It provides support and allows someone to have a range of motion, instead of being completely held back by a sling. Nine NFL teams now use the product, but doctors for other NFL teams at the Combine said they will start using it too". NBA, MLB and Mixed Martial Arts athletes also use SpiderTech".

Dunnagan said he and Jardine established several good contacts on their trip. But they couldn’t deal directly with the athletes because the "media circus" made it impossible to get near the field.

Now the U.S. Bobsled Team, which recently won the gold medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, has expressed interest in SpiderTech, and Jardine has invited Dunnagan to help him demonstrate the product to that team.

Dunnagan said the team will take him on a bobsled test run. The date has not been set. As for the Combine, he said Wednesday, "It was exiting to go out and talk about something I know and love and take it to the next level."

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Putting on the Stripes to Ease Pain

April 27, 2010

Source: The Wall Street Journal
By Laura Johannes

Bright-colored strips of tape in odd patterns are increasingly being seen on professional and recreational athletes. Kinesiology tape can help take pressure off overused muscles, reduce swelling and alleviate pain from injuries, say companies that sell it. Scientific evidence is mixed, but clinicians say it seems to work - at least in the short term.

Kinesiology taping, developed in the 1970s by Japanese chiropractor Kenzo Kase, came to the U.S. in the mid-1990s. Now, a number of companies are competing with the tape created by Dr. Kase, called Kinesio Tex Tape. While the tape is sold by Kinesio Holding Co. only to clinicians, such as physical therapists and chiropractors, some of the newer brands are being marketed to consumers, with application instructions included on the package and on Web videos. (Kinesio Holding is an Albuquerque, N.M., company owned by Dr. Kase's daughter, Tomoko Kase.)

Unlike standard athletic taping, which often involves wrapping a joint for support and compression, kinesiology tape is placed in a variety of patterns depending on the injury, says Graceann Forrester, a Cortland, N.Y., physical therapist who instructs clinicians on how to use the tape. It is pulled to differing degrees of tension to create the desired effect and is typically worn for two to five days, unlike standard tape, which is used mainly during an activity.

Kinesiology tape can be used to pull back a shoulder that is hunching forward, Ms. Forrester says. Or to reduce swelling in a joint, tape can be used to pull up the skin and create an area of low pressure where fluid can move and drain, she says. Some clinicians believe the tape provides stimulation to skin cells that affects pain pathways - similar to rubbing a spot that hurts.

Tape can be applied along the length of a tired muscle for support. "It allows the muscles to go on vacation for a day or two so they come back healed," says Gainesville, Va., physical therapist Holly Moriarty, a member of the Lumos medical advisory board who was offered stock options, but hasn't decided to accept them.

Lumos, a Provo, Utah, company that began selling its KT Tape last year in major sporting-goods stores, offers a perforated and precut version to make it easier to use. Other new market entrants include Toronto's Nucap Medical Inc., which sells its SpiderTech brand to clinicians in a variety of pre-cut patterns, and RockTape Inc., of Los Gatos, Calif., which is marketing its tape to consumers as an enhancer of athletic performance.

RockTape so far hasn't published any evidence of its performance-enhancing claim, and clinicians are skeptical. Other companies' claims of reduction of pain and swelling are backed up by athlete experiences but the scientific literature remains inconclusive.

"There's no evidence of a long-term or medium-term clinically significant effect," says George Theodore, Massachusetts General Hospital surgeon and team physician for the Boston Red Sox, However, he says, kinesiology taping "is not harmful and over the short term it can have a beneficial effect" on pain and range of motion. It isn't clear if the effect is psychological, he adds.

Some trainers swear by it.Clay Sniteman, physical therapist and trainer for Association of Tennis Professionals, says he uses KT Tape during breaks in matches. "The athlete feels better immediately," says Mr. Sniteman, who says he gets no compensation from Lumos. "When that happens multiple times, there is something to it."

Two recent studies on Kinesio Tex showed some short-term effect. A study of 42 patients with shoulder pain, published in 2008 in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, found that range of motion improved immediately after application of kinesiology tape, compared with a sham taping using no tension. But the study found no significant difference in pain or overall disability scores.

Last year, a study on 41 patients with whiplash after car accidents found statistically significant pain relief and improvements in range of motion with kinesiology taping compared with a sham tape. The effects were seen immediately and continued a day later. In the paper, published last year in the same journal, the Spanish-led research team said the changes were so small they "may not be clinically meaningful." Kinesio Holding, which didn't fund either study, says a limitation of the shoulder study is that the kinesiology taping wasn't customized to each patient's injury.

Even if taping does work in the hands of a trained clinician, it isn't clear it will work when used by consumers. Taping can sometimes cause skin rashes, which can be minimized by not overstretching the ends, clinicians say. Baby oil can be used to remove any sticky residue.

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Team SpiderTech Powers Further Up the UCI America Tour Rankings
with Wins 11 and 12 in Mexico

April 26, 2010

Team SpiderTech Powers Further Up the UCI Continental Rankings withTeam SpiderTech continued its 2010 assault on UCI America Tour standings, as François Parisien & Flavio De Luna both won stage 2 and 5 at the Vuelta Mexico Telmex last week.  Their wins, plus the 3rd and 4th placing, and the 2nd and 3rd placing in U23 Classification are strong representations of Team SpiderTech's continuing growth as a team.

"The team is evolving, both as individual athletes and as a team", stated Team Director Steve Bauer. "While we could always be farther along the path that we have defined for our team, I’m very pleased with the progress that we’ve made so far in 2010 - and I expect even more growth and success during the rest of year."

The Vuelta Mexico Telmex is Team SpiderTech's 7th race of the 2010 season, with the team on target to compete in over 20 events this year.

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SpiderTech's Parisien takes Stage 2 at Vuelta Mexico TelMex

April 21, 2010

SpiderTech's Parisien takes Stage 2 at Vuelta Mexico TelMexFrancois Parisien (Spidertech-Planet Energy) powered away from a four-man breakaway in the final 300 meters of stage 2 at the Vuelta Mexico Telmex Monday to take his first UCI win of 2010. Parisien dropped his break companions, who included new overall leader Francisco Mancebo (Rock Racing) and Valeriy Kobzarenko (Team Type 1), on the upper reaches of the steep finish ramp in the town of Xalapa.

Stage 2 was the first in a series of mostly uphill days for riders as the eight-day race climbs from sea level along the Gulf of Mexico to Mexico City. Monday’s 108-kilometer stage climbed from the coastal town of Veracruz to Xalapa, an increase of nearly 1300 meters, largely gained over the final 50 kilometers.

With a compact general classification, the peloton was not interested in allowing an early breakaway to escape over the largely flat highways in the early going. As the group reached the lower reaches of the day's late climbs, the Rock duo of Mancebo and Oscar Sevilla lit the fuse, hurling attacks at the thinning field.

When the peloton covered a Mancebo-led move with approximately 45k remaining, the Spaniard doubled up, getting the gap that would eventually balloon to nearly three minutes.

"As soon as the peloton came back, Mancebo re-attacked and took off with (Colombian Edwin Arnulfo of the Pride of America Boyaca team) and Kobzarenko," said Parisien. "These guys were gaining time really fast and I reacted right away from the peloton and was the only guy that was able to bridge across."

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SpiderTech Rides the Night Train to Olympic Gold

March 1, 2010

SpiderTech Rides the Night Train to Olympic GoldThe Night Train, the World Champion USA1 4-man Bobsled team, steamed to new heights this weekend, taking the Olympic Gold Medal at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, bringing SpiderTech, sponsor and supplier to the team, along for the ride.

The Night Train crew entered the finals with a lead of 0.40 seconds in a sport measured to the hundredth of a second.  Holcomb and his team powered off the blocks in 4.77 seconds and slid across the finish with the fastest time of the third heat, 51.19 seconds, to maintain their lead going into the final run.

"It was anxiousness," said Mesler about the wait between heats.  "We were dying to do it ‘cause we knew it was there.  We knew it was going to happen, so we just wanted to get it over with."

Team Holcomb pushed off the block in 4.76 seconds for a run of 51.52 seconds, third best of the final heat, and was greeted by a deafening roar from the stands as their named appeared at the top of the standings.  The Night Train team threw their hands into the air in celebration before greeting family and friends with hugs by the side of the track.

"It’s a real case of mixed emotions", said Bill Payne, VP Marketing for SpiderTech, a Toronto-based company. "We’re ecstatic for this team, our team, to win this gold medal in Vancouver, and we’re looking forward to working with them in 2011, to help where we can in keeping them on the podium next year."

USBSF and NUCAP signed a two-year arrangement, and Payne added that his team of physicians look forward to working with the U.S. bobsled and skeleton athletes during critical off season training.

"This is more than a sponsorship," said USBSF CEO Darrin Steele. "We are integrating NUCAP Medical's technology and insight into sports performance beginning with the run- up and through the Vancouver Games. With the type of training our athletes do, NUCAP's medical breakthroughs will undoubtedly create a competitive advantage both on the field and in recuperation."

SpiderTech is known for patented "pre-cut kinesiology tape applications" that provide advanced therapeutic and competitive support for all level of athletes, from Olympic-class to armchair.  Kinesiology tape was made famous by American and Olympic gold medalist Keri Walsh when she wore it for an ailing shoulder during the 2008 Beijing Games.  SpiderTech advances that technology by pre-engineering the designs and therapeutic methodology for their use.  SpiderTech has found its way onto athletes in many sports, aiding athletes in healing as well as support during competition.

U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton teams, with a phenomenal 2010 season topped by an outstanding Olympic games, are now looking at climbing higher in the 2011 season. The SpiderTech product will be used by all athletes needing support on and off the field of play, and NUCAP doctors are working with federation doctors on various applications.

About NUCAP Medical
NUCAP MEDICAL (www.nucapmedical.com), formed last year as a division of the Toronto, Ontario-based NUCAP Industries, Inc. (www.nucap.com), is focused on the creation of inventive and effective functional medical products designed to address pain management and myofascial dysfunction through the use of specialized elastic tape applications known as SpiderTech, which is offered in sixteen ready-to-apply taping solutions known as Spiders and in rolls of Nitto-Denko-developed kinesiology tape under the brand name SpiderTape in the North American marketplace (NAFTA zone).  The SpiderTech line of products was created by Dr. Kevin Jardine, a chiropractor and advisor to numerous professional cyclists, runners, triathletes, volleyball players and sports teams.  Distributed by NUCAP, SpiderTech and SpiderTape are made of the original kinesiology tape that was engineered by Nitto-Denko of Japan to mimic the thickness, weight and elasticity of human skin.  Through clinical feedback from therapists and patients, and driven by a passionate commitment to excellence and innovation, SpiderTech is the pioneer in pre-engineered kinesiology taping solutions.

About the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation
The United States Bobsled and Skeleton Federation, based in Lake Placid, N.Y., is the national governing body for the sports of bobsled and skeleton in the United States. The USBSF would like to thank its sponsors, suppliers and contributors for their support: Allianz Life, Under Armour, Vilter Manufacturing, Kampgrounds of America, 776 Original Marketing, KBC Helmets, Luminox Watch Company, NUCAP Medical, EDAS/Ripxx and Ferris Mfg. Corp. In addition, the USBSF supports the following charitable causes: American Cancer Society, Autism Speaks, National Breast Cancer Foundation, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Muscular Dystrophy Association and Seattle Children’s Hospital.  The USBSF would also like to thank the following sponsors and suppliers for their partner, the Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project:  Whelen Engineering, PPG, Columbia Sportswear, JEGS Automotive, Lucas Oil, Mac Tools, EXA, Lumber Liquidators, ServiceMaster Clean, National Guard, Lincoln Electric and Racing Electronics.  For more information, please visit the USBSF website at http://bobsled.teamusa.org.

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NUCAP Medical Signs a Two-year Deal as Sponsor of U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Team

To read the complete story and more in Bobsled/Skeleton News, please click here.

January 28, 2010

The U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation (USBSF) announced today a new two-year partnership with NUCAP Medical of Toronto, Canada, the maker of SpiderTech kinesiology and therapeutic tape.

It is the first major foray into winter sports for SpiderTech, according to Bill Payne, the Vice President of Marketing for the company, as well as the first sponsorship for a National Governing Body for a sport in the U.S.

"We are proud to be the newest sponsor of U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton. They are one of the top U.S. teams heading into the Vancouver Games, a team that is competition-tough, and we love to see our products on the world's best athletes," said Bill Payne,VP of Marketing for NUCAP Medical, the parent company of SpiderTech. " We believe that having SpiderTech integrated into the team's training and therapy regimens will help bring them one extra step closer to their dreams of standing on the podium next month, and will work with them in any way necessary to help that happen.

USBSF and NUCAP signed a two-year arrangement, and Payne added that his team of physicians look forward to working with the U.S. bobsled and skeleton athletes during critical off season training.

"This is more than a sponsorship," said USBSF CEO Darrin Steele. "We are integrating NUCAP Medical's technology and insight into sports performance beginning with the run- up and through the Vancouver Games. With the type of training our athletes do, NUCAP's medical breakthroughs will undoubtedly create a competitive advantage both on the field and in recuperation."

SpiderTech is known for patented "pre-cut kinesiology tape applications" that provide advanced therapeutic and competitive support for all level of athletes, from Olympic-class to armchair.  Kinesiology tape was made famous by American and Olympic gold medalist Keri Walsh when she wore it for an ailing shoulder during the 2008 Beijing Games.  SpiderTech advances that technology by pre-engineering the designs and therapeutic methodology for their use.  SpiderTech has found its way onto athletes in many sports, aiding athletes in healing as well as support during competition.

U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton teams, with numerous athletes angling for medals in the upcoming Vancouver Olympic Games, have already donned the logo of SpiderTech on helmets and sleds in World Cups in Europe. The SpiderTech product will be used by all athletes needing support on and off the field of play, and NUCAP doctors are working with federation doctors on various applications.

About NUCAP Medical
NUCAP MEDICAL (www.nucapmedical.com), formed last year as a division of the Toronto, Ontario-based NUCAP Industries, Inc. (www.nucap.com), is focused on the creation of inventive and effective functional medical products designed to address pain management and myofascial dysfunction through the use of specialized elastic tape applications known as SpiderTech, which is offered in sixteen ready-to-apply taping solutions known as Spiders and in rolls of Nitto-Denko-developed kinesiology tape under the brand name SpiderTape in the North American marketplace (NAFTA zone).  The SpiderTech line of products was created by Dr. Kevin Jardine, a chiropractor and advisor to numerous professional cyclists, runners, triathletes, volleyball players and sports teams.  Distributed by NUCAP, SpiderTech and SpiderTape are made of the original kinesiology tape that was engineered by Nitto-Denko of Japan to mimic the thickness, weight and elasticity of human skin.  Through clinical feedback from therapists and patients, and driven by a passionate commitment to excellence and innovation, SpiderTech is the pioneer in pre-engineered kinesiology taping solutions.

About the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation
The United States Bobsled and Skeleton Federation, based in Lake Placid, N.Y., is the national governing body for the sports of bobsled and skeleton in the United States. The USBSF would like to thank its sponsors, suppliers and contributors for their support: Allianz Life, Under Armour, Vilter Manufacturing, Kampgrounds of America, 776 Original Marketing, KBC Helmets, Luminox Watch Company, NUCAP Medical, EDAS/Ripxx and Ferris Mfg. Corp. In addition, the USBSF supports the following charitable causes: American Cancer Society, Autism Speaks, National Breast Cancer Foundation, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Muscular Dystrophy Association and Seattle Children’s Hospital.  The USBSF would also like to thank the following sponsors and suppliers for their partner, the Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project:  Whelen Engineering, PPG, Columbia Sportswear, JEGS Automotive, Lucas Oil, Mac Tools, EXA, Lumber Liquidators, ServiceMaster Clean, National Guard, Lincoln Electric and Racing Electronics.  For more information, please visit the USBSF website at http://bobsled.teamusa.org.

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Lance Armstrong and Phil Liggett Well Wishes for 2010

February 3, 2010

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US Bobsled and Skeleton sign Nucap Medical as sponsors

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January 31, 2010

The US Bobsled and Skeleton Federation has signed a two-year deal with Nucap Medical of Toronto, makers of SpiderTech kinesiology and therapeutic tape, marking the first sponsorship for a US national governing sporting body.

"We are proud to be the newest sponsor of US Bobsled and Skeleton. They are one of the top US teams heading into the Vancouver Games, a team that is competition-tough, and we love to see our products on the world's best athletes," said Bill Payne, vice president of marketing for Nucap Medical, the parent company of SpiderTech.

"We believe that having SpiderTech integrated into the team's training and therapy regimens will help bring them one extra step closer to their dreams of standing on the podium next month, and will work with them in any way necessary to help that happen."

In addition to providing athletes with the sporting tape, Nucap physicians will also be on hand to provide support to athletes during off season training.

"This is more than a sponsorship," said USBSF chief executive Darrin Steele. "We are integrating Nucap Medical's technology and insight into sports performance beginning with the run- up and through the Vancouver Games. With the type of training our athletes do, Nucap's medical breakthroughs will undoubtedly create a competitive advantage both on the field and in recuperation."

SpiderTech is known for its patented 'pre-cut kinesiology tape applications' that provide advanced therapeutic and competitive support for all level of athletes.

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Bauer, Balsillie behind new cycling team

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January 29, 2010

Bauer, Balsillie behind new cycling teamSteve Bauer, the most successful Canadian in Tour de France history, is looking to make the Maple Leaf a fixture in cycling's biggest race.

The 50-year-old from St. Catharines, Ont., is the driving force behind a new Canadian professional cycling team unveiled Thursday with the goal of getting to the start line of the French event for 2013.

"We're serious about what we're doing," Bauer said in an interview before a news conference at the Royal Ontario Museum. "Our goal is clear and we're going to work our buns off to make it happen."

And Bauer, who competed in 11 Tours and finished a Canadian-best fourth overall in 1988, has assembled an impressive array of sponsors, headlined by Jim Balsillie, co-CEO of BlackBerry-maker Research in Motion, based in Waterloo, Ont.

Bauer said Balsillie got involved about a year ago following an email from cycling legend Lance Armstrong. The seven-time Tour de France champion suggested the BlackBerry billionaire might be interested in Bauer's sales pitch.

That email led to Balsillie and Bauer going for some bike rides, which led to the connection with more sponsors for the team.

"He loves cycling and he wants to help," Bauer said of Balsillie.

The team, named for the company producing SpiderTech, a kinesiology tape used by athletes, has 15 members – 13 of them Canadians, including Martin Gilbert of Quebec, who competed in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

Other backers include former title sponsor Planet Energy, milk giant Saputo and Catalyst Capital.

"It's a great Canadian partnership," said Bauer, who wore the yellow jersey as Tour leader for 14 days in his career and won a silver medal in the road race in the 1984 Summer Games in Los Angeles.

Bauer, who is the team's director, said he hopes they'll move from the current status on the first level of professional cycling, or Continental International, to Continental Pro by 2011. The top rung, or Pro Tour level, which includes the top teams and races in the world, is the target for the 2013 season.

"I think it's a realistic goal," said Bauer, estimating that it would cost about $10 million a year to operate a team at that level and compete in the Tour de France.

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Steve Bauer to start up Canadian cycling team
Backed by Jim Balsillie, cycling legend aims to put together a team that can one day challenge for the Tour de France

January 27, 2010

Steve Bauer to start up Canadian cycling teamAn e-mail from Lance Armstrong to BlackBerry billionaire Jim Balsillie helped set the stage for a new Canadian assault on the Tour de France. When it dropped into Balsillie’s inbox more than a year ago, the message broke a logjam that had long frustrated Canadian cycling legend Steve Bauer.

Bauer, who retired from professional racing in the 1990s after winning 14 yellow jerseys at the Tour de France, had always dreamed of assembling a Canadian team to compete in the world’s greatest cycling race, but found himself stymied by logistics and funding.

That ended with the e-mail from Armstrong to Balsillie, a keen amateur cyclist. Balsillie invited Bauer to go for some bicycle rides with him, and listened as the best cyclist this country has produced detailed his dream of a Canadian racing team.

Bauer found himself with a new BlackBerry, some money, and all-important corporate connections. Today, Bauer will unveil his new team at a Toronto press conference, the first step in a journey that he hopes will end on the podium of the Tour de France.

"That’s the goal," Bauer said yesterday. "It’s a way off, but that’s where we’re headed."

Bauer’s team, named for major sponsor Spider-Tech, will create opportunities for promising Canadian riders. In the past, top Canadians (including Bauer himself) competed for European or U.S. teams.

"There was nowhere else to go," Bauer said. "We wanted a Canadian team, but there wasn’t one. Now there is."

Bauer has already recruited 15 Canadian riders for the team, and plans to compete in a series of professional races across North America and Europe in 2010.

He thinks it will take a minimum of two years to prepare a bid for the Tour de France, which demands a team of at least 20.

Bauer’s team is part of a tectonic shift in the rarefied world of elite cycling in which power has shifted away from a traditional European base. Until American Greg Lemond took first place in the 1986 Tour de France, the accepted wisdom was that it was impossible for a North American to win. The success of legendary European riders such as Eddy Merckx and Bernard Hinault was chalked up both to their dedication and their cultural background; like Canadian hockey icon Wayne Gretzky, they were born and raised in an environment defined by their sport.

Although the final destruction of that conceit came at the hands of seven-time winner Armstrong, Bauer also played a role. In 1988, he placed fourth in the Tour, the highest a Canadian has finished. Although he was a single step from the podium, Bauer realized the actual distance involved. Much of it was because of the increasing use of performance-enhancing drugs, which gave an insurmountable advantage to cheaters.

"I got to fourth place riding clean," Bauer said. "But that was it."

In Bauer’s view, the doping scandals that later engulfed the sport were part of an essential cleansing that has remade the sport, opening the door once again to genuine competition.

"This is a great time in cycling," he said. "There’s an opportunity to win the Tour de France clean. And we want Canadians to do it."

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HTC-Columbia Gets Spidered

January 18, 2010

HTC-Columbia Gets SpideredHTC-Columbia, the most winning team in pro cycling – ranked #1 by Eurosport - has joined the ranks of professional sports teams bringing the SpiderTech advantage to their winning formula by adding the line of SpiderTech Kinesiology taping products into their outstanding therapy/support program.

As an Official Supplier of Team HTC-Columbia for 2010, NUCAP Medical will supply HTC-Columbia men's and women's professional cycling teams, operated by High Road Sports, Inc. with our complete line of SpiderTech Kinesiology taping products, as well as providing training and on-going support to the doctors and therapy staff of HTC-Columbia.

NUCAP's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Kevin Jardine, kicked off the program by attending the HTC-Columbia training camp in Lanzarote, working with team staff and the riders to introduce SpiderTech into the HTC-Columbia therapeutic regimens.

"We're looking forward to seeing our product help these athletes perform at their highest levels", states Dr. Jardine. "As a team they are truly impressive in their use of the most advanced methods in training, nutrition, and therapeutic support for their athletes and we're very happy to be a part of their efforts".

NUCAP Medical is proud to be an Official Supplier to the outstanding athletes of HTC-Columbia, and see them join the growing ranks of sports professionals gaining the SpiderTech advantage in their therapy programs. HTC-Columbia's international profile and winning ways provide NUCAP Medical the perfect opportunity to showcase SpiderTech products and validate them within one of the most competitive and truly fit group of athletes in the world.

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SpiderTech presented by Planet Energy announces double team launch
Steve Bauer to auction 1990 Tour de France yellow jersey

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January 11, 2010

Spinning Her Web of SpiderCanada's sole UCI Continental team SpiderTech presented by Planet Energy will launch its new squad in one of the nation's most prominent and historical landmarks at the Royal Ontario Museum located in Toronto, Canada on January 28. Directeur Sportif Steve Bauer will auction off one of his yellow jerseys earned as leader of the 1990 Tour de France as a symbol of the squad's ambition to become Canada's first ProTour team.

"Our vision for the long term of the team is to go to the Tour de France and bring a Canadian core group, a Canadian-based team, in the future," Bauer said. "Because that's our vision it's a good time to pass that torch and send out the right message about what we are doing. We have enough Canadian guys in the world that are knocking on the door to be in the Tour."

SpiderTech presented by Planet Energy will host two team launches with the first located at the Saputo Stadium in Montreal, Quebec on January 27 followed by the second launch in the neighboring city of Toronto the next day. The second launch, held at the Royal Ontario Museum, will include a private dinner for sponsors and VIPs along with a team fundraiser where Bauer will auction off his final yellow jersey from the 1990 Tour de France.

Bauer is one of Canada's most decorated cyclists and has been inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame and the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame. He was the second Canadian to earn a yellow jersey at the Tour de France, after Alex Stieda, and the only Canadian to wear it since.

Bauer's collection of yellow jerseys totals fourteen, where captured while leading the 1988 Tour for five stages and again in 1990 where he led the race for nine consecutive stages. His achievements go on to include wins at the Dauphiné Libéré and the Zurich-Metzgete World Cup in 1989 along with medal-earning performances at the World Championships and the Olympic Games.

The live auction will include items such as a 2010 SpiderTech presented by Planet Energy team kit, a complete team issued Argon 18 Gallium Pro equipped with Shimano Dura-Ace and PRO components, two individual trips to the 2010 Giro d'Italia with the Steve Bauer Bike Tours and lastly Bauer's 1990 Tour de France yellow jersey.

"For the yellow jersey, we will prepare an online auction which will run simultaneous to a live auction on event day," Bauer said. "During the auction, after the team launch, we are considering live to web audio-visual streaming from the house and simultaneously internet bidding. It should be fun."

Bauer believes that the auctioning of his yellow jersey is symbolic of the team's intent to rise to the ProTour level in the future. He acknowledged a progressive timeline that includes applying for a Professional Continental license. However, first in order is getting the opportunity to race in Canada's two ProTour events held in Montreal and Quebec City in September.

"There is only one Professional Continental team in all of North America," Bauer said. "That alone shows how difficult it is to bridge the gap. We need this opportunity to help make that next step."

According to Bauer, the team is actively pursuing a start spot at the two events. It received an invitation from event promoter Serge Arsenault however, according to UCI ProTour regulations, only ProTour teams are permitted to participate, along with Professional Continental team with wild card status and the host country's national team.

"We are still lobbying and writing letters to the UCI's Anne Gripper and Pat McQuaid," Bauer said. "Serge Arsenault is also going to communicate our interests to the UCI this month. We want them to realize that allowing us to compete is the right thing. If they want the sport to grow internationally, like in Canada, why would you not open the door and allow a wild card to that county's Continental team, especially given that we want to register in the biological passport program. It's forward thinking."

The team's newest signings include Lucas Euser, Guilluame Boivin, Simon Lambert-Lemay, David Boily and Flavio De Luna. Returning riders include Tour of Missouri stage seven winner Martin Gilbert along with Mark Batty, Eric Boily, Keven Lacombe, Bruno Langlois, Francois Parisien, Andrew Randell, Ryan Roth and Charly Vives.

Should the UCI stand by its ProTour regulations and not allow SpiderTech presented by Planet Energy to start, the riders will need to earn a starting spot with the Canadian National Team instead.

"We discussed the national team situation with the CCA [Canadian Cycling Association] and they would prefer us to compete as a Continental team," Bauer said. "If that doesn't come about then we are willing to work together with the national team. The difficulty would be the selection process. We want all of our riders to race but we couldn't be exclusive. We would have to allow the better riders in Canada to have a chance as well."

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Euser signs on with SpiderTech presented by Planet Energy in 2010
Canadian Continental team gains sponsor, pushes for ProTour start

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January 8, 2010

Cycling NewsCanada's only professional cycling team Planet Energy has been doubly boosted by the signings of a new title sponsor in SpiderTech and a former ProTour rider Lucas Euser. The newly named SpiderTech presented by Planet Energy UCI Continental squad will continue to bid for a starting spot at the two Canadian ProTour race set to take place in Quebec City and Montreal in September.

Euser, a California native, is well known for his climbing strengths, having provided his former ProTour team Garmin-Slipstream with a series of stellar results that include a win at the Univest Grand Prix in 2008.

"We were looking for some added strength and Lucas' name came up because we realized he wasn't sign by Garmin," said team directeur sportif Steve Bauer. "We started communicating with him and he still didn't have a possibility. He thought our team was a good choice and that we would be the right fit for him. Both sides worked out well. It wasn't a risk because we can help him build back up and he liked the program and opportunity to race with us as well."

Euser was hit by a car in 2009 and sustained two broken ribs, a broken finger and a shattered patella while training in Girona, Spain last May. Riding with SpiderTech presented by Planet Energy will provide a less-demanding race schedule suited to his recovery needs. However, his vast North American and European race experience and his climbing strengths will be invaluable to the Canadian team.

"For one, we hope that by giving him the opportunity to regroup in his career it will give him the chance to develop into his best ability," Bauer said. "He won't be at his best next month, but we believe he can rehabilitate back into top form. I've seen him do some pretty good things here in North America, he is a climber and we don't have a climber on our team right now. He will add some versatility for when the road goes up and he has experience in Europe and that will add the depth of experience that we need."

SpiderTech, advanced pre-cut and packaged kinesiology tape is a young company which was launched in February of last year. The product is sold in bright hard-to-miss colors of blues and pinks. Kinseo tape has become a common way to treat or prevent injuries in the pro peloton. Bauer's long-term working relationship with the company's CEO coupled with its desire to make an impact within the cycling community led to the current sponsorship.

New signings include Euser along with Guilluame Boivin, Simon Lambert-Lemay, David Boily and Flavio De Luna. Returning riders include Tour of Missouri stage seven winner Martin Gilbert along with Mark Batty, Eric Boily, Keven Lacombe, Bruno Langlois, Francois Parisien, Andrew Randell, Ryan Roth and Charly Vives.

An eye on the ProTour
SpiderTech presented by Planet Energy has requested that the UCI grant them a start in the two Canadian ProTour race scheduled to be held in Montreal and Quebec in September. According to the UCI's ProTour rules, the ProTour teams are the only ones with priority for competing in UCI ProTour events followed by Professional Continental teams with wild-card status and the host country's national team, in this case Canada.

"We have an open invite from the organization, but it's a matter of the UCI ruling as the whether or not we can compete," Bauer said.

Discussions between race organizer Serge Arsenault and the UCI regarding the possibility of the Canadian Province of Quebec hosting two ProTour races began one year ago. The UCI granted him a five-year license almost immediately as a 'strategic event' because the locations fell in line with the UCI's recent efforts to globalize the ProTour.

"If you want to be strategic then be strategic about who you want to let in," Bauer said. "Give us the opportunity now which will help give us the opportunity to be where we want to be in the future. If you could exhibit your best sponsors, that's what this sport is all about. The business of cycling doesn't work without sponsorship, if you can bring in more sponsorship dollars, you need to give them an opportunity to play the game."

Should the squad not be permitted to compete, the riders will need to be selected by the Canadian Cycling Association in order to race under the Canadian National Team banner. SpiderTech presented by Planet Energy has offered to join the UCI biological passport program however, the UCI has not responded to that request at this time.

Early season targets for the squad include the Vuelta a Cuba, Vuelta Mexico Telmex, Redlands Bicycle Classic, Tour of Uruguay, Tour of the Gila, Joe Martin Stage Race and, pending an invitation, the Tour of California.

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"Spinning Her Web of Spider"
SpiderTech Athlete Ambassador wins Silver Medal in Women’s Cycling Pursuit at the U.C.I. World Cup Classics!

January 4, 2010

Spinning Her Web of SpiderProfessional cyclist Dotsie Bausch (Team USA Women’s Cycling Pursuit) brought home a silver medal last month at the U.C.I. World Cup Classics in Cali, Colombia. Bausch, along with her teammates Sarah Hammer and Lauren Tamayo, went on to break their U.S. National record for the second time this year. The trio first qualified with a riding time of 3:31, exceeding their previous national record by 3 seconds. In the final, they surpassed their record yet again with a riding time of 3:28:4. Bausch looks towards the future with great anticipation of medalling at next year’s World Championships in March. She exclaims, "The world record is 3:22, so we are getting there!!!"

Bausch continues to cycle with eternal stamina, fearless leadership, and a Full-Knee Spider; one of Nucap Medical’s SpiderTech tape-based supports. Made from the original Nitto-Denko tape, Nucap Medical has re-invented a line of 16 pre-engineered kinesiology taping applications known as SpiderTech.

Dotsie Bausch, SpiderTech’s Athlete Ambassador, shares stories of the silver medal victory with the Nucap Medical team. Nucap Medical is thrilled to learn of Bausch’s success, spinning her Web of Spider along the World Cup cycling tracks.

For more information, contact Jen Hart, jen.hart@nucapmedical.com

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Taped for Success
SpiderTech helped athletes ride to stage wins and the Sprint title at the Tour of Missouri

September 28, 2009

Martin Gilbert won Stage 7 wearing SpiderTechNUCAP MEDICAL's SpiderTech was seen on appendages throughout the pro cycling peloton earlier this month at the Tour of Missouri and successfully helped a number of riders gain a legal advantage on the competition.  Cervelo TestTeam and Team Planet Energy were two of the eleven teams that used SpiderTech - the sixteen ready-to-apply taping applications known as Spiders designed to improve performance by supporting muscles, improve blood and lymphatic circulation, alleviate pain and correct joint problems - during the race.  Planet Energy's Martin Gilbert won Stage 7 wearing SpiderTech and his teammate, Francois Parisien, wore SpiderTech when he earned the Most Aggressive Rider honors in Stage 2.

SpiderTech creator Dr. Kevin Jardine was on-site every day to provide therapeutic support and SpiderTech applications to teams and riders upon request, including Stage 3 and Sprint competition winner Thor Hushovd (Cervelo TestTeam) and Olympic medalist Levi Leipheimer (Team Astana), the latter of whom returned to racing after breaking his wrist during July's Tour de France.  As the week went on, more and more athletes came in for applications as word spread throughout the peloton about how much better riders felt and were recovering while using the Spiders.

A sponsor of Team Planet Energy, SpiderTech also sponsored the Tour of Missouri's medical staff during the seven-day, seven-stage, 600+ mile race that attracted an international field boasting some of the sport's marquee riders.

"The SpiderTech organization is thrilled to have been involved in the Tour of Missouri where we saw numerous riders and teams benefit from the use of our taping applications," enthused Dr. Jardine.  "We definitely put the applications to the test in extreme conditions with extended wear times and witnessed a variety of ways a rider can benefit from using SpiderTech.  We received incredible feedback from the riders, but THE highlight of the week was helping Planet Energy's Martin Gilbert improve the tracking of his knee with Hip and Knee Spiders throughout the event, and then seeing him sprint to victory in the Stage 7 circuit race wearing our products.  I guess you have to say that they worked."

Martin Gilbert won Stage 7 wearing SpiderTechGilbert agreed, adding, "During the nearly 1000 kilometers of the Tour of Missouri, SpiderTech reduced my pain while racing and provided quicker recuperation, which helped me win the final stage in Kansas City."

Team Planet Energy's director Steve Bauer stated, "The SpiderTech taping technology really delivered impressive results.  While our Planet Energy pro cycling team competed in the Tour of Missouri, we observed the performance benefits of SpiderTech first-hand through daily applications.  The most common observations by our racers and therapists were pain reduction, quicker muscle and tendon recuperation and injury prevention.  If our competitors are not using SpiderTech now, they will be."

SpiderTech has revolutionized the methodologies of kinesiology taping through pre-cut applications, which for the first time provide a standardization of treatment in clinical use.  The ready-to-apply Spider applications meet the needs of rehabilitative professionals by providing a synergistic influence on performance enhancement, pain reduction, and prevention of injury, the triad of which is referred to as "3P" - Performance, Pain & Prevention.  They were developed and are distributed by the new Toronto, Ontario-based NUCAP MEDICAL.

About Nucap Medical
NUCAP MEDICAL (www.nucapmedical.com), a newly formed division of the Toronto, Ontario-based NUCAP Industries, Inc. (www.nucap.com), is focused on the creation of inventive and effective functional medical products designed to address pain management and myofascial dysfunction through the use of specialized elastic tape applications known as SpiderTech (www.spidertech.co.za), offered in sixteen ready-to-apply taping solutions known as Spiders and in rolls of Nitto-Denko-developed kinesiology tape under the brand name SpiderTape in the North American marketplace (NAFTA zone).  The SpiderTech line of products was created by Dr. Kevin Jardine, a chiropractor and advisor to numerous professional cyclists, runners, triathletes, volleyball players and sports teams.  Distributed by NUCAP, SpiderTech and SpiderTape are made of the original kinesiology tape that was engineered by Nitto-Denko of Japan to mimic the thickness, weight and elasticity of human skin.  Through clinical feedback from therapists and patients, and driven by a passionate commitment to excellence and innovation, SpiderTech is the pioneer in pre-engineered kinesiology taping solutions.

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SpiderTech Sponsors Tour of Missouri and Team Planet Energy
SpiderTech "knee deep" in pro cycling race

September 9, 2009

SpiderTech Sponsors Tour of Missouri and Team Planet EnergyMissouri is spinning a web of spiders one end of the state to the other.  NUCAP MEDICAL's SpiderTech, the sixteen ready-to-apply taping applications known as Spiders designed to improve performance by supporting muscles, improve blood and lymphatic circulation, alleviate pain and correct joint problems, has joined the sponsors of the third running of the Tour of Missouri bicycle race now taking place featuring some of cycling's marquee stars from fifteen of the best professional teams from around the globe.  Specifically, the sponsorship will directly support the medical team that provides health care for the entire race caravan, including the riders, directors, officials, and team and race staff.

The SpiderTech CMO and developer of the range of SpiderTech applications is traveling with the tour, providing therapy support to Team Planet Energy, as well as providing SpiderTech product, direction and hands on support to injured athletes via requests from the event Medical Staff and various Team therapists.

"In terms of the demands placed on a professional athlete's body, a pro cycling stage race ranks amongst the toughest," said Dr. Kevin Jardine.  "We are thrilled to be involved with the Tour of Missouri, one of the biggest bike races in the U.S, as it shall provide a demanding environment - a mobile laboratory if you will - to further demonstrate SpiderTech's ability to successfully improve performance, reduce pain and accelerate recovery.  SpiderTech excels in this type of event because of the various ways it can contribute to an athlete's and a team's successes.  In fact, we've tagged SpiderTech as ‘the legal advantage' because of the numerous benefits use of the product can provide."

SpiderTech is also a sponsor of Team Planet Energy, a Canadian pro cycling team that will make its debut in the 600-plus-mile Tour of Missouri, which will start in St. Louis and finish in Kansas City.  Dr. Jardine, who was in Monaco last month for the start of the Tour de France to work on the Cervelo TestTeam - another international squad that will compete in Missouri - will be available throughout the seven-day, seven-stage tour to meet with team support staff to introduce them to SpiderTech and provide training in the application of the Spiders.

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SpiderTech expands its web into Europe with K-Active
Distribution and training partnership launches SpiderTech's innovative taping products with Europe's largest provider

July 28, 2009

k-active-bikerEurope is about to get taped in an entirely new way.  Nucap Medical, the new Toronto, Ontario-based company that developed and distributes SpiderTech, pre-cut tape-based therapeutic supports that facilitate a functional medicine approach to pain modulation and myofascial dysfunction, has partnered with K-Active Europe for the European distribution of SpiderTech products.  The alliance will include certification training for the application of the sixteen pre-engineered therapeutic and performance enhancing supports presently available.

Made from the proven Nitto-Denko tape, the original kinesiology tape from Japan, SpiderTech will be distributed through K-Active Europe's extensive network of providers and medical product distribution groups under the brand name K-Active Tape PreCut.  Basic and advanced training programs that teach the SpiderTech application process will be added to K-Active Europe's comprehensive educational offerings where the 40-member team of K-Active instructors will complete SpiderTech certification courses for over 8,000 K-Active Europe clinicians in the next six months.

"Europe is an important first step in accelerating SpiderTech's global presence," stated Nucap Medical's vice president of marketing Bill Payne.  "Forging a strategic alliance with K-Active Europe, which has an impressive history of success in the therapeutic market, allows us to immediately fulfill the strong demand for SpiderTech products in Europe."

"We are very excited to have found a new partner in Nucap Medical," said K-Active Europe's founder and chairman Siegfried Breitenbach.  "Together with Nucap Medical and the support of Nitto-Denko of Japan, we will deliver the most innovative and complete therapy solutions for kinesiology taping.  We continuously look to optimize clinician's therapeutic results and help their patients and athletes around the world with a safe and effective method."

SpiderTech's re-invention of kinesiology tape methodologies in the form of pre-cut applications are designed for clinical use to provide a standardization of tape treatment.  The ready-to-apply Spider applications meet the needs of rehabilitative and performance enhancing professionals by providing a synergistic influence on pain reduction, prevention of injury and performance enhancement, the triad of which is referred to as "3P" (Pain, Prevention & Performance).   Dr. Kevin Jardine, an advisor to numerous professional runners, triathletes and cycling teams, created SpiderTech from the Nitto-Denko tape that is regarded as the elite line and world standard in kinesiology taping.  It is fabricated from high-grade cotton material with 100% acrylic, hypoallergenic adhesive, is water-resistant and breathable, and can be worn for up to five days.

Originally established in 2000 as Kinesio Deutschland GmbH until establishing its own identity in 2007, K-Active Europe is the exclusive distributor of Nitto-Denko tape products in Europe.  The combination of the highest quality tape together with a first-class educational program has provided them the foundation to become a leader in kinesiology tape products and training across Europe, the Middle East and other countries.  They have formed partnerships with professional and national sports teams, Olympic committees and medical research institutions.  Additional information is available at www.k-active.com.

About Nucap Medical
Nucap Medical (www.nucapmedical.com) is a newly formed division of Toronto, Ontario-based NUCAP Industries Inc, focused on the creation of inventive and effective functional medical products designed to address pain management and myofascial dysfunction through the use of specialized elastic tape applications known as SpiderTech (www.spidertech.co.za), offered in sixteen ready-to-apply taping solutions known as Spiders and in rolls of Nitto-Denko-developed kinesiology tape under the brand name SpiderTape.  SpiderTech was created by Dr. Kevin Jardine, a chiropractor and advisor to numerous professional cyclists, runners, triathletes and sports teams.  Distributed by Nucap Medical, SpiderTech and SpiderTape are made of the original kinesiology tape that was engineered by Nitto Denko of Japan to mimic the thickness, weight and elasticity of human skin.  Through clinical feedback from therapists and patients, and driven by a passionate commitment to excellence and innovation, SpiderTech will be the industry leader in pre-engineered kinesiology taping solutions.

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avp-branaghAVP Tournament Woman's Final Showcases SpiderTech

July 20, 2009

SpiderTech's Shoulder Spider application was on-court with the winning team during the AVP's Manhattan Beach Open Womans finals.

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SpiderTech athlete ambassador Dotsie Bausch spins a championship web
Wins USA Cycling Masters road title with panache, selected to play leading role in the athletic community for the new company

July 1, 2009

dotsie-bauschFor cyclist Dotsie Bausch (Team Jazz Apple), there's no place like home.  Competing last Sunday (June 28) at the USA Cycling Masters Road National Championships in her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, Bausch audaciously attacked on the eighth of nine laps during the 45-mile race and rode to victory with a commanding margin of over one minute (1:13 to be exact) to snare the stars & stripes jersey in the women's 35-39 age bracket.  On her right knee, Bausch wore a Full Knee Spider, one of SpiderTech's pre-engineered tape-based therapeutic supports developed to facilitate a functional medicine approach to pain modulation and myofascial dysfunction.  

"Late in the race, I soloed for 6-1/2 miles to get the win.  It was hard and I thought I would melt from the heat and humidity.  Under my jersey, I wore a Lower Back Spider to keep my Piraformis from acting up on the steep climb that I attacked on.  It worked like a charm," said Bausch. 

Nucap Medical, the new Toronto, Ontario-based company that developed and distributes SpiderTech and in rolls as SpiderTape, has named Bausch an athlete ambassador to help introduce the innovative products to the athletic community.  Nucap Medical's president Michael Greenberg explained, "We are thrilled to have Dotsie as our athlete ambassador.  Her enthusiasm for sports, life and SpiderTech is unsurpassed.  She is a remarkable person.  The respect, trust and clout she has with her peers will open doors, which is key for us." 

"I am excited and privileged to be chosen as SpiderTech's athlete ambassador.  A forward-thinking company, SpiderTech is raising the bar in healing, recovery and lymphatic energy flow.  I'm eager to be an integral part of the company's advance in the market and to watch its athletes and patients flourish in their personal quests and adventures with SpiderTech by their side," stated Bausch. 

Now a four-time U.S. National Champion and a Pan Am Championships gold medal winner, Bausch is in her tenth year of racing.  She spent seven years as a member of the U.S. National Team and has competed in the biggest races around the world with professional teams including T-Mobile, Colavita-Sutter Home and Jazz Apple, the latter of which is the present squad on which she serves as a captain and mentor for young riders new to the professional peloton.  Perhaps her greatest victory came from resurrecting her own life from the depths of severe eating disorders, which threatened to take her life over a decade ago after a promising modeling career.  It was during her recovery that she discovered her passion for cycling.  Bausch's inspiring personal story has been chronicled in the media.  She makes herself available to aid and encourage women and men around the world in their battle to return to healthy eating and living.  Bausch is also a partner in Empower Coaching Systems (www.empowercoachingsystems.com) with U.S. Olympic Track Cycling coach Andy Sparks.

empower-logoSpiderTech's re-invention of kinesiology tape methodologies in the form of pre-cut applications are designed for clinical use to provide a standardization of tape treatment.  The ready-to-apply Spider applications meet the needs of rehabilitative and performance enhancing professionals by providing a synergistic influence on pain reduction, prevention of injury and performance enhancement, the triad of which is referred to as "3P" (Pain, Prevention & Performance).  SpiderTech was created by Dr. Kevin Jardine, a chiropractor and advisor to numerous professional cyclists, runners, triathletes and sports teams.  The origins of SpiderTech and SpiderTape are traced to the unique Nitto-Denko tape that was developed for a Japanese chiropractor for kinesiology taping.  With more than 25 years of product development and production, it is regarded as the premiere standard in kinesiology tape and is used worldwide by professional and Olympic athletes.

About Nucap Medical
Nucap Medical (www.nucapmedical.com) is a newly formed Toronto, Ontario-based company focused on the creation of inventive and effective functional medical products designed to address pain management and myofascial dysfunction through the use of specialized elastic tape applications known as SpiderTech (www.spidertech.co.za), which is currently offered in sixteen ready-to-apply taping solutions known as Spiders and in rolls of Nitto-Denko kinesiology tape under the brand name SpiderTape.  SpiderTech was created by Dr. Kevin Jardine, a chiropractor and advisor to numerous professional cyclists, runners, triathletes and sports teams.  Distributed by Nucap Medical, SpiderTech and SpiderTape are made of the original kinesiology tape that was engineered in Japan to mimic the thickness, weight and elasticity of human skin.  Through clinical feedback from therapists and patients, and driven by a passionate commitment to excellence and innovation, SpiderTech will be the industry leader in pre-engineered kinesiology taping solutions.

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SpiderTech helps Planet Energy be at their best
Canada's top pro cycling team spins a victorious web at Mardis Cycliste de Lachine while supported by the pre-cut taping solutions

June 25,2009

team-energyLast week (June 16), the riders in the peloton at the Mardis Cycliste de Lachine in Montreal, Quebec found themselves ensnared in a web spun by Team Planet Energy.  With most of the team members wearing SpiderTech, the line of pre-engineered tape-based therapeutic supports developed to facilitate a functional medicine approach to pain modulation and myofascial dysfunction, Planet Energy dominated a potent field in the 50-kilometer criterium en route to commanding the top two steps of the podium and placing three riders in the top 5.  Sprinting to 1st and 2nd with SpiderTech decorating their knees were Planet Energy riders Keven Lacombe and Martin Gilbert while their teammate, Maxime Vives, crossed the line in 5th.

Lacombe said, "Since injuring my knee in early May at Tour of the Gila, I've had severe bruising of the bursa.  SpiderTech's Upper and Full Knee Spiders helped me recover faster during my training, racing and recuperation time.  I was at the top of my fitness for the Philadelphia International Championships (June 7) finishing 6th and got the win here at the Mardis Cyclist Saputo Criterium of Lachine." 

SpiderTech creator Dr. Kevin Jardine, a chiropractor and advisor to numerous professional cyclists, runners, triathletes and sports teams, explained, "Introducing SpiderTech applications into the training and performance of Team Planet Energy has allowed us to see the versatility of the SpiderTech supports in addressing both ongoing conditions, which would otherwise sideline the athlete, and the preventative and performance enhancing capabilities as well.  Anyone who knows cycling knows that if it doesn't make you perform better, then it isn't used on the bike or the rider.  Think of SpiderTech as treatment while you train and a performance boost while you race."

SpiderTech sponsors the Planet Energy professional cycling team, which is under the direction of Steve Bauer, an Olympic silver medalist and Tour de France stage winner.  Team Planet Energy was attentive and vigilant in response to fervent attacks throughout the Mardis Cycliste de Lachine, the second event of the weekly Saputo Pro-Elite Cup race series.  They lined up their swiftest sprinters before the final corner and jetted to the finish line ahead of a talented field that included a powerhouse OUCH-Maxxis squad led by Floyd Landis and Kelly Benefit Strategies' David Veilleux.  Up next for the team are the Canadian National Championships taking place in Beauce, Quebec on Friday (time trial) and Sunday (road race). 

Developed by Toronto, Ontario's Nucap Medical, SpiderTech's re-invention of kinesiology tape methodologies in the form of pre-cut applications are designed for clinical use to provide a standardization of tape treatment.  The ready-to-apply "Spider" applications meet the needs of rehabilitative and performance enhancing professionals by providing a synergistic influence on pain reduction, prevention of injury and performance enhancement, the triad of which is referred to as "3P" (Pain, Prevention & Performance).  The origins of SpiderTech and SpiderTape are traced to the unique Nitto-Denko tape that was developed for a Japanese chiropractor for kinesiology taping.  With more than 25 years of product development and production, it is regarded as the premiere standard in kinesiology tape and is used worldwide by professional and Olympic athletes.    

About Nucap Medical
Nucap Medical (www.nucapmedical.com) is a newly formed Toronto, Ontario-based company focused on the creation of inventive and effective functional medical products designed to address pain management and myofascial dysfunction through the use of specialized elastic tape applications known as SpiderTech (www.spidertech.co.za), which is currently offered in sixteen ready-to-apply taping solutions known as Spiders and in rolls of Nitto-Denko kinesiology tape under the brand name SpiderTape.  Distributed by Nucap Medical, SpiderTech and SpiderTape are made of the original kinesiology tape that was engineered in Japan to mimic the thickness, weight and elasticity of human skin.  Through clinical feedback from therapists and patients, and driven by a passionate commitment to excellence and innovation, SpiderTech will be the industry leader in pre-engineered kinesiology taping solutions.

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She climbs like a spider!
Ruth Corset wins Queen of the Wall title in Philly wearing SpiderTech

June 12, 2009

ruth-corsetThe most feared part of the 14.4-mile TD Bank Liberty Classic circuit through the streets of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is the famed Manayunk Wall, a steep hill at a leg-punishing 17% grade that the women ascended four times during last Sunday's (June 7) 57.6-mile bike race.  Ruth Corset, a pixie-like Australian wearing SpiderTech - the ready-to-apply taping applications designed to alleviate pain and provide support to weakened and injured areas of the body - powered her lithe body up The Wall and charged over the course's Lemon Hill to win the coveted Queen of the Wall prize as the event's best climber at the biggest one-day professional road cycling race in the United States. 

Corset had a Lower Back Spider applied the day before the race, which she wore under her jersey.  The second-year pro who finished the TD Bank Liberty Classic in 7th place in a talented international field of over 100 riders said, "SpiderTech tape has done wonders for my aching, tight and aggravated back - not only in the mountains, but on tough hilly circuits like the Montreal World Cup and the Liberty Classic.  I am a believer." 

Presently competing with her New Zealand-based Jazz Apple professional cycling team at the five-day Nature Valley Grand Prix in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Corset continued, "On Wednesday night (June 10), I tried SpiderTech to help my tight IT bands and I felt great." 

Corset was introduced to SpiderTech by the company's athlete ambassador Dotsie Bausch, who is Jazz Apple's team captain.  Also sporting SpiderTech last Sunday in the 156-mile men's Philadelphia International Cycling Championship were riders from Team Planet Energy, the top Canadian pro squad of which the company is a sponsor. 

SpiderTech was developed by Toronto, Ontario's Nucap Medical to innovatively address pain management and myofascial dysfunction through the use of specialized elastic tape applications made from the proven Nitto-Denko tape, the original kinesiology tape from Japan engineered to mimic the thickness, weight and elasticity of human skin.  It is presently available in sixteen pre-cut therapeutic and performance enhancing supports known as Spiders that were created by chiropractor Dr. Kevin Jardine, an advisor to numerous professional cyclists, runners, triathletes, and sports teams. 

Both SpiderTech and SpiderTape - the new brand name for Nitto-Denko kinesiology tape distributed by Nucap Medical - are fabricated from high-grade cotton material with 100% acrylic, hypoallergenic adhesive.  It is water-resistant and breathable, and can be worn for up to five days.  The origins of SpiderTech and SpiderTape are traced to the unique Nitto-Denko tape that was developed in 1987 for a Japanese chiropractor for kinesiology taping.  The tape is used and accepted worldwide by professional and Olympic athletes.  With more than 25 years of product development and production, it is regarded as the elite line and world standard in kinesiology tape.

A photo of Corset on the podium is available upon request.

About Nucap Medical
Nucap Medical (www.nucapmedical.com) is a newly formed Toronto, Ontario-based company focused on the creation of inventive and effective functional medical products designed to address pain management and myofascial dysfunction through the use of specialized elastic tape applications known as SpiderTech (www.spidertech.co.za), which is currently offered in sixteen ready-to-apply taping solutions and in rolls of Nitto-Denko kinesiology tape under the brand name SpiderTape.  Through clinical feedback from therapists and patients, and driven by a passionate commitment to excellence and innovation, SpiderTech will be the industry leader in pre-engineered kinesiology taping solutions.  SpiderTech is a proud sponsor of the Planet Energy Professional Cycling Team.

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Watch out, peloton! Here come the Spidermen!
SpiderTech sponsors Planet Energy pro cycling team

June 1, 2009

When Team Plant Energy (www.teamplanetenergy.com) takes the start this Sunday (June 7th) at the 156-mile Philadelphia International Cycling Championship, the biggest one-day race held on U.S. roads, some of the athletes will have Spiders on their bodies. These Spiders don't bite, but they might enable Team Planet Energy to take a bite out of the pro peloton. SpiderTech (www.spidertech.co.za), the ready-to-apply taping applications designed to alleviate pain and provide support to weakened and injured areas of the body, has come aboard as a sponsor of Team Planet Energy, Canada's top professional cycling team that is under the direction of Tour de France stage winner Steve Bauer, an Olympic silver medalist.

SpiderTech was developed by Nucap Medical to innovatively address pain management and myofascial dysfunction through the use of specialized elastic tape applications made from the proven Nitto-Denko tape, the original kinesiology tape from Japan engineered to mimic the thickness, weight and elasticity of human skin. It is available in twelve pre-cut therapeutic and performance enhancing supports known as Spiders that were created by chiropractor Dr. Kevin Jardine, an advisor to numerous professional runners, triathletes, cycling teams and sports teams, including football's Baltimore Ravens.

"We're thrilled to be supporting the world-class cyclists that comprise Team Planet Energy, a relationship that will allow SpiderTech products to be utilized in their full capacity with the treatment of painful conditions, improving performance and preventing injuries. Day in, day out, cyclists constantly demand the most from their bodies. The use of SpiderTech products will allow them to take it one step further, which could be the margin of victory," stated Jardine.

Team Planet Energy rider Ryan Roth said, "I've used SpiderTech combined with treatment from Kevin and was quickly able to resolve the trouble I was having with my knee with very little training time lost. I've continued using SpiderTech during my recovery and as a preventative measure."

SpiderTech and SpiderTape - the new brand name for Nitto-Denko kinesiology tape distributed by Nucap Medical - are fabricated from high-grade cotton material with 100% acrylic, hypoallergenic adhesive. It is water-resistant and breathable, and can be worn for up to five days. Currently SpiderTech is offered as the Upper Knee Spider, Full Knee Spider, Calf & Arch Spider, Shoulder Spider, Lower Back Spider, Lymphatic Spider, Hip Spider, Postural Spider, Groin Spider, Hamstring Spider, Elbow Spider and Wrist Spider

The origins of SpiderTech and SpiderTape are traced to the unique Nitto-Denko tape that was developed in 1987 for a Japanese chiropractor for kinesiology taping. The tape is accepted worldwide by professional and Olympic athletes and was referred to as "the magic tape" in Lance Armstrong's book Every Second Counts. With more than 25 years of product development and production, it is regarded as the elite line and world standard in kinesiology tape.

About Nucap Medical
Nucap Medical (www.nucapmedical.com) is a newly formed Toronto, Ontario-based company focused on the creation of inventive and effective functional medical products designed to address pain management and myofascial dysfunction through the use of specialized elastic tape applications known as SpiderTech (www.spidertech.co.za), which is currently offered in twelve ready-to-apply taping solutions and in rolls of Nitto-Denko kinesiology tape under the brand name SpiderTape. Through clinical feedback from therapists and patients, and driven by a passionate commitment to excellence and innovation, SpiderTech will be the industry leader in pre-engineered kinesiology taping solutions.

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