Menu

Louisville 2013 organizers terminate Exergy sponsorship deal

  • By Brian Holcombe
  • Published Nov. 28, 2012
  • Updated Nov. 28, 2012 at 11:34 PM EDT

Louisville 2013 organizers on Wednesday terminated their sponsorship contract with Exergy Development Group. The alternative energy group, which signed on to back the 2012 and 2013 masters cyclocross world championships and the 2013 elite worlds in Louisville, Kentucky, has been in arrears in payments for much of the year and organizers pulled the plug today.

“Exergy is currently $250,000 arrears in payments with an additional $100k coming due and our partners are all in agreement that it is in best interest of event that we terminate the sponsorship agreement now. At this point, we can no longer count on Exergy’s support,” Hanscom told VeloNews. “This event will definitely take place in Louisville and we’ve been working with USA Cycling, the UCI and our partners in Louisville to close the financial gap, which is a significant number. We’re generating revenues from other sponsor sources and we still need help.”

While Hanscom and partner Bruce Fina face a large funding gap after their attorney sent a termination letter to Exergy CEO James Carkulis Wednesday evening, the former tells VeloNews that USA Cycling, the Louisville Sports Commission and the UCI have stepped in with logistical and sponsor acquisition support to make sure the event is a success.

“It’s going to be fantastic, but fantastic without Exergy,” Hanscom told VeloNews. “We’re in a full-court press right now. The operational aspects of the production have been overwhelmingly positive. The venue is a world-caliber track and received incredibly positive feedback after the Derby City Cup. We have no doubt Louisville will make U.S. cycling proud.”

Carkulis was not immediately available for comment.

On Tuesday Carkulis announced that the company was discontinuing sponsorship of its men’s Continental road team. The company has missed or been late in payments to vendors for the Exergy Tour and Amgen Tour of California in 2012. Hanscom previously replaced Exergy with Trek, WD-40 BIKE and other sponsors to fill a funding gap it left at the U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross.

The masters world cyclocross championships run January 29-February 1, with the elite worlds taking place February 2-3 at Eva Bandman Park in Louisville, Kentucky.

This story is breaking. Check back to VeloNews.com for updates.

FILED UNDER: Cyclocross / News TAGS: /

Brian Holcombe

Brian Holcombe

Brian Holcombe is the editor of VeloNews.com. Holcombe joined VeloNews in 2009 following years spent introducing students to whitewater kayaking and working in avalanche control, among other more risky ventures. A Master of PR and Marketing Communications, his graduate work at the University of Denver focused on innovation, digital media management and custom publishing. Holcombe is a CSU Ram fan and proud parent, and has been accused of attacking too much on the VN lunch ride. Follow him on Twitter @FCBrian.

Get our best cycling content delivered to your inbox

Subscribe to the FREE VeloNews weekly newsletter