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NEW L-M BICYCLING TEAM TO RACE IN CLEVELAND

 CLEVELAND, May 11 /PRNewswire/ -- A new bicycling team sponsored by Ford Motor Company's Lincoln-Mercury Division will hit the road at Cleveland's "Revco Classic" Saturday (May 15).
 The 10 members of the Lincoln-Mercury Cycling Team are amateurs from diverse backgrounds, such as a chef, a graphic designer, a college student, and two engineers, among others.
 They will wear distinctive red and black racing jerseys of Team Lincoln-Mercury, taking part in at least 25 races through the summer in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Wisconsin, and Ontario. They will get from race to race in a new 1993 Mercury Villager minivan.
 "All of us have to balance our full-time jobs and family with our passion for bicycle racing," said team captain Jack Palazzolo, a project coordinator with Ford's Education and Training Department. "We ride after work, after putting in eight- to 10-hour days, and train on weekends. It wouldn't be possible without the support of our families."
 Said Steve Dunmore, Mercury marketing manager in Lincoln-Mercury's Great Lakes Sales Region: "Cycling is a performance-oriented sport that has many environmental and health benefits, and cycling events are attended by a young, well-educated, affluent audience. So it gives us the opportunity to promote our products and programs to this attractive market."
 The "Revco Classic" will be the first major race for the team, although it began the season by winning a training series of four races in Ann Arbor, Mich., in April.
 Team members are optimistic about a successful season, even against younger racers who are able to train full time.
 "We all have the drive to win. We have the talent, and we have trained to attain the level of physical conditioning that cycling demands," said Palazzolo. "The reason we work so hard at our hobby is that we all think it's a lot of fun."
 The "Revco Classic" is a one-half mile course that loops its way around the campus of Cleveland State University. The start/finish line is at the intersection of Chester and 18th streets. The first race is at 9 a.m., May 15.
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 /CONTACT: Mike Vaughn of Ford, 313-322-1300/
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