Monday, January 31, 2011
01/24/2011(Waterloo, WI) - Trek Bicycle announced today, along with Luxembourg-based Leopard True Racing, its co-title sponsorship of the formerly unnamed Luxembourg Pro Cycling Project, creating the LEOPARD TREK cycling team. Featuring podium regulars Fränk and Andy Schleck, as well as classics king Fabian Cancellara, LEOPARD TREK will race team-issued Trek Madone and Speed Concept bicycles throughout 2011 and beyond.
After dominating 13 Grand Tours in the past 12 years, Trek’s intimate relationship with professional cycling programs has persistently propelled riders to the pinnacle of their sport. Trek’s Race Department will play an integral role in the foundation of the new team, supplying all LEOPARD TREK team cycling equipment and serving as day-to-day technical advisors.
“Ultimately we’re driven by the idea that we can make riders go faster,” said Trek’s Race Department Manager, Scott Daubert. “We’ve developed a solid knowledge base that we have continued to build upon and expanded for more than a decade. It’s amazing when you see that work pay off and know that you helped be a catalyst for real, tangible results. It’s why I get up in the morning. It’s what we do best.”
A real sense of confidence surrounds the LEOPARD TREK team riders and staff, as they have already begun preparations for the 2011 race calendar, dialing in measurements, making adjustments and getting acclimated to their new equipment.
“Trek is more than just a bike sponsor,” said LEOPARD TREK team leader Fränk Schleck, “they are our partner, our teammate, as important as any rider on the team. They will make us faster.”
|Andy Schleck's Leopard Trek Madone 6.9 SSL|
A new ride and prototype carbon wheels for the Tour de France hopeful Andy Schleck has managed to retain most of his key support riders from last year with the move to the new Luxembourg-based LEOPARD TREK squad but in terms of equipment, virtually everything else has changed.
He's now on a Trek Madone instead of his old Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL3, Shimano's Dura-Ace Di2 electronic group instead of SRAM Red, Bontrager wheels now substitute for his familiar Zipps, and Bontrager will also supply saddles, stems, and bars in contrast to his old Prologo and FSA bits – in total a monumental shift for a professional athlete that relies so much on his gear.... (FULL ARTICLE)
Today at 9pm the Leadville lottery gets cut off. For those of us who did sign up, we will find out in the next weeks if we got in or not. If you sign up and get in, please let us know so we know is partaking.
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Sunday, January 30, 2011
One of our Grassroots Team riders got his Superfly hardtail in this week and we are super excited to see this bike in action this season. What a sweet bike!
|Trek Gary Fisher Superfly Hardtail|
The sweetest of the Superfly family. Full carbon, full suspension 29er.
This could be your race bike this season if you ride a 21".
|Trek Gary Fisher Superfly 100 Elite|
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Lincoln Ve-Low party was a good time last night. Lots of bikes on the way out to Grata on the trails and probably as many bikes chained to the fence as there were cars in the lot! If you haven't heard of Ve-Low get yourself a subscription and read what your fellow Lincolnites are doing in the biking community.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Introduction to Brevets
by Coach John Hughes
Trashed, I leaned by bike against the wall, crawled on my hands and knees up three flights of stairs in my hotel in Paris, and collapsed on the bed in sweaty, muddy riding clothes. I had just finished riding the 1,200 km (750 miles) Paris-Brest-Paris (PBP) in 78 hours, 25 minutes -- including off-the-bike time.
What an experience! Riding through the French countryside with cyclists from many nations and learning the etiquette of European club pace lines was unforgettable.
The sport of randonneuring includes events ranging from about 100 km (62 miles) to over 1,200 km. The term comes from the French word randonnee, meaning to ramble on foot, skis or bike. Randonneuring clubs, which exist on every continent except Antarctica, offer "populaires" (popular rides) of about 100 km and "brevets" of 200 (124 miles), 300 (186 miles), 400 (248 miles) and 600 km (372 miles).
Brevets take place on specific courses, and riders carry cards that must be signed at designated controls. A 200 km brevet, for example, might have two or three controls. Brevets must be ridden averaging at least 15 km/h (9 mph), including all off-the-bike time:
Brevet Time limit
200 km 13 hours 30 minutes
300 km 20 hours
400 km 27 hours
600 km 40 hours
Brevets are non-competitive. A rider who finishes a 200 in 13 hours receives the same recognition as a rider who races through in under 7 hours. (And the 13-hour finisher probably has more fun talking with other riders, eating lunch in a cafe, admiring the scenery and perhaps taking a few photos.)
Randonneurs USA, www.rusa.org, coordinates brevets of all lengths in the United States and offers the R-12 award for riders who complete (at least) a 200 km brevet every month for 12 consecutive months. Many riders enjoy this challenge.
Riders who complete brevets of all four lengths in one season earn the Super Randonneur award; many make this their season's goal. When a randonneur completes the four brevets, the rider also qualifies to participate in a grand randonnee of 1,200 km or more.
PBP is held every four years. The next one is this August and will have over 5,000 participants. In addition to PBP, every year four or five rides of 1,000 kms and 1,200 kms and longer are offered in North America, as well as Australia, Japan, and elsewhere in Europe. Riders must finish a 1,000 within 75 hours and a 1,200 within 90 hours, including all off-the-bike time.
When I first learned about PBP, I loved riding centuries and touring on my bike. PBP, first organized in 1891 as a professional race, is now restricted to amateurs, most of whom ride it as a self-sufficient high-speed tour -- a perfect fit for my interests.
With better preparation, I learned to ride 1,200s and have fun, too! My rides ranged from finishing Boston-Montreal-Boston in 52:35 (then the course record) to touring the Canadian Rockies in 72:38 with time for camaraderie, meals, many photos and 4-5 hours of sleep every night!
If you enjoy centuries and/or touring, then riding brevets might be your next fun adventure on the bike.
A complete list of international randonneuring clubs is on the website of Les Randonneurs Mondiaux: www.lesrandonneursmondiaux.org.
(Coach John Hughes lives and coaches in Boulder, Colorado, where he served for 12 years as Managing Director of the UltraMarathon Cycling Association and editor ofUltraCycling magazine. He has ridden solo RAAM twice and is a 5-time finisher of Paris-Brest-Paris. Coach Hughes is the author of 2 RBR publications:
Saturday, January 22, 2011
|Giant Trance X4|
Check out this month's Mountain action for great reviews on this years bikes!
Friday, January 21, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
|Burley Cub Trailer|
The new Burley Cub trailer is super rad. Solid plastic bottom which makes the trailer able to carry more weight and a lot easier to clean. Perfect for parents who commute with kids rain, snow or shine. Its also been known to be a good trailer for your four legged friends to roll in style in.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Monday, January 17, 2011
|Gravel Set up|
Let us help you get the correct bike set up for Dirty Kanza, Trans Iowa, Gravel Worlds or whatever gravel event you plan on doing this year. If you haven't tried riding gravel yet, talk to one of the staff members next time you are in and let us help you get excited about the new challenge or just join us on a ride.