Washington Wizards Forward, Rui Hachimura has officially announced his partnership with Cannondale. Cannondale is a premium brand of Cycling Sports Group, a division of Dorel Industries. With a strong reputation for continuous innovation and quality, Cannondale is a global industry leader with a strong heritage in design, development and manufacturing of high-performance bicycles and accessories.
On May 11th, 2021 Rui officially announced that he will be teaming up with Cannondale to spread the joy and adventures he experienced on his bike as a kid. This summer Cannondale and Rui will bring their partnership to life through a series of activations starting with a chance to win a Cannondale Quick 4 and a personal ride alongside Rui.
Rui was born in Toyama, Japan and attended Mesei High School in Sendai, Japan. He later attended Gonzaga University and served as a key figure in the three years he played for the Bulldogs, he was named 2019 WCC Player of the Year and earned the Julius Erving Award. In June of 2019, Rui was selected in the first round (ninth overall) in the NBA Draft by the Washington Wizards, making him the first Japanese-born player to ever be selected in the first round. Since being drafted, Rui has gone on to be named NBA All-Rookie Second Team for the 2019-20 season.
“They say you never forget how to ride a bike and we’ve created an unforgettable experience through our partnership with Rui,” said Hiroki Ito, head of Cannondale marketing in Japan. “Rui shares our passion for bringing cycling to more people and this ride marks the start of an exciting relationship between Cannondale, Rui and our fans.”
“I want to share the benefits bicycles have to offer with my fans which is a perfect match with Cannondale’s motto of Come Ride with Us,” said Rui. “Whether it’s fitness, transportation, adventure or getting to practice like I did, there are so many doors that get opened when you make biking part of your life.”
From May 11th through June 30th fans in Japan can visit Cannondale.com and enter for one of five chances to win the ride with Rui sweepstakes.