New team America to enter the tour, but a team like no other ever to compete. It will feature riders that are required to build up their bike based on scrap vintage bikes, department store bikes, and highly modified stock bikes. The purpose of this team is to test new ideas and technology that could apply to all purpose bike of the future. One unnamed source from a well known manufacturer was overheard to have said, "If we race what we sell, everything gets better." Yet there have been some very unique ideas branded about. One is the brand new concept of the dual chain. Unlike the conventional bike, this bike has a chain, chain ring and cassette on each side of the bike mounted to the same cranks and bottom bracket. The left side of the bike is geared and specifically designed to enhance climbing. The right side drive train is designed for the high speed sections on the road to maximize top end speed. A patented gearing system allows on to switch from one drive train to the other with the click of a switch. The test rider, a 19 year old French woman that logs hundreds of miles each month, gave this bike its first test ride in Arizona. At first glance her reaction was, "I've never seen anything this before." After riding though she commented, " I have never ridden a bike anything like this before. This will take an adjustment period to take full advantage of what this bike has to offer." An industry writer was far more blunt. "I'd hack it up with a hack saw." Time will tell if this new team is competitive, but one thing is for sure. This years event will definitely be one to remember.