Thursday, July 30, 2009

What are you doing here?

Come over and visit BikeWorldNews.com

We've been posting over there for some time now.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Back on October 10th

I'm going out of town for a few days, so I won't be posting until October 10th.

In the meantime, go for a ride and check out my new site at http://wwww.bikeworldnews.com

--Ron

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Lance Breaks His Silence On The Landis Decision

When first asked a couple of weeks ago about the decision in the Floyd Landis case, Lance Armstrong basically implied that he didn't keep up with cycling anymore and that he didn't have time to look at it.

Now, in a new interview released yesterday, Armstrong blasts the decision of the arbitration panel and states that he feels that Landis would have been exonerated by a jury.

It's about time he spoke up. He may be focused on finding a cure for cancer, but he needs to recognize that for most Americans, he is the person that comes to mind when they think about professional cycling.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Racing News - September 28, 2007

  • The city of Stuttgart's request for an injuction to bar Paolo Bettini from racing in the World Championships road race on Sunday has been rejected, so he will be lining up to defend his rainbow jersey.
  • T-Mobile is revamping their team for 2008, adding 10 new riders, the most notable of which is George Hicnapie and Bradley Wiggins.
  • The Tour Down Under will receive ProTour status in 2008, a year earlier than anticipated.
  • Mario Cipollini hosted a swank party during Interbike at the Mirage on Wednesday, then went out and raced in the USA Crits on Thursday.
  • Oops. Michael Rasmussen was found to have used  Dynepo during the 2007 Tour de France. While not on the UCIs list of banned substances, it is questionable. WADA's criteria of positivity of a test have not yet adapted to the advances in the pharmaceutical market.
  • Patrik Sinkewitz is now denying that Paolo Bettini supplied him with testosterone gel.
  • Svitlana Semchuk of the Ukraine women's team has been declared "unfit to ride" in Saturday's road race. 
  • Danilo DiLuca has withdrawn from Sunday's mens road race. He bowed to pressure from the Stuttgart organisers who objected to his participation after two separate doping investigations this year. He maintains his innocence.

Slipstream/Chipotle Announces Winner of Jeresy Design Contest

Las Vegas, NV - September 27, 2007 - The fans have spoken and Joe Yule, a graphic designer and avid cyclist from Redondo Beach, California, has been selected as the winner of the "Get in the Slipstream" contest, sponsored by Slipstream Sports LLC and its chief venture, the Slipstream/ Chipotle Professional Cycling Team. The first-of-its-kind contest invited fans to submit design ideas for the official 2008 Team Slipstream/Chipotle jersey.

A panel of judges, including Doug Ellis and Jonathan Vaughters, selected the five finalists who they felt best incorporated the team's orange and blue argyle, as well as logos for Chipotle, Felt and Slipstream Sports. Then, the voting opened up to the public and cycling enthusiasts around the world were encouraged to go to www.slipstreamsports.com to vote on the winning designer. Again, the fans spoke and Slipstream/Chipotle today announced that Joe will become the designer of the official team jersey, worn by the team in and out of competition for the entire 2008 season. Joe, founder of Yule Design, a graphic design company, will also receive a full team kit, a Felt team issue bicycle and jersey autographed by the team members. He will work hand-in-hand with Slipstream/Chipotle to finalize the official team jersey for the 2008 season.

"Designing Slipstream/Chipotle's jersey is a dream come true for me," said Joe. "It's been my lifelong ambition to have a professional kit in the peloton, and the fact that Slipstream - a team renown for being clean and setting a new example for all professional sports - is that team, exceeds my wildest expectations.

The contest, which kicked off on August 31, 2007, garnered over 600 unique designs from entrants around the globe.

"Slipstream/Chipotle fans are, in our estimation, a part of the team itself," said Jonathan Vaughters. "With that spirit in mind, we decided to undertake this contest. We were honored by the outpouring of entrants and support we received, and we are incredibly excited to work with Joe to create the final 2008 team jersey."

Slipstream Sports LLC and its chief venture, the Slipstream/ Chipotle Professional Cycling Team, is dedicated to promoting ethical sporting and developing the next generation of cycling champions. Most recently team members Mike Friedman and Will Frischkorn placed 5th and 2nd, respectively, in the Tour of Missouri.

Team Slipstream/Chipotle will compete in a full slate of international races throughout the spring and summer, including the Amgen Tour of California, Tour of Georgia and are poised to compete in Paris-Nice, Criterium International, Philly Week (Lancaster, Reading and Philadelphia), Dauphine Libere, USPRO Criterium, USPRO Road Race, Tour of Missouri, and, hopefully, the Tour de France.

Slipstream Sports LLC continues to seek a primary title sponsor for the team.

About Slipstream Sports
Founded in 2005, Slipstream Sports LLC is a highly progressive sports management company dedicated solely to promoting the ethical growth of American cycling.

About Team Slipstream/Chipotle
Owned and managed by Slipstream Sports, a sports marketing and development company, Team Slipstream is dedicated to promoting ethical sporting and developing the next generation of cycling champions, features some of the country's top cyclists. In 2007, Team Slipstream partnered with Agency for Cycling Ethics (ACE), to create the most progressive anti-doping system in the professional sports world. Each of the team's 23 riders will be voluntarily tested 1200 times throughout the season; 20 times the number of tests that most professional cyclists are subject to annually.

Team Slipstream will be competing in a full schedule of professional cycling races in the U.S. and Europe throughout 2007. Additional information is available at www.slipstreamsports.com.

About Chipotle
Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG and CMG.B) offers a focused menu of burritos, tacos, burrito bowls (a burrito without the tortilla) and salads made from fresh, high-quality raw ingredients, prepared using classic cooking methods and served in a distinctive atmosphere. Through our vision of Food With Integrity, Chipotle is seeking better food not only from using fresh ingredients, but ingredients that are sustainably grown and naturally raised with respect for the animals, the land, and the farmers who produce the food. Chipotle opened its first restaurant in 1993 and currently operates more than 640 restaurants. For more information, visit www.chipotle.com.

Contact:
Marya Pongrace
Slipstream Sports
mpongrace@peppercom.com
O: 212-931-6142
M: 347-698-3412

Interbike 2007 Report 4

Yesterday was Day 2 on the show floor at Interbike 2007.


Fixed Gear Gallery returns with a boatload of pictures:
  • A visit to the Phil Wood booth
  • A utility bike from Sycip
  • New track bikes in aluminum and carbon fiber from Pinarello
  • Dedicated track and fixed road bikes from Masi, some at very attractive prices
  • Cruisers, commuters and a revamped Madison from Schwinn
  • New very affordable carbon fiber bikes from Ibis.
  • Pursuit bars from Profile Design
  • A couple of track bikes from Temple
  • New track wheels from American Classic
  • Deep, deep section wheels from HED
  • The reintroduction of the very popular Gore Ride-On brake and derailleur cables
  • Hot and cold weather riding gear from Craft
From VeloNews:
  • A slick looking ti cruiser from Lynskey
  • An all carbon fiber time trial/tri bike from Parlee
  • A look at some of the 'cross bikes ridden in this year's CrossVegas: Jeremy Power's Ridley X-Fire, Tim Johnson's Cannondale and Decker's Giant TCX.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Interbike 2007 Report 3

Reports are starting to come in from the show floor.

We start off today with a good number of pictures from the Fixed Gear Gallery. They are, of course, focused on the fixed/singlespeed/commuter world. Some of products they highlighted were:

  • Cool weather gear from Gator
  • Teschner and Colnago all carbon track frames
  • Fixed bikes from Kind, Felt, SE, KHS, Kona, Co-motion, Salsa and Rocky Mountain
  • Some very sweet looking wheels from Formula
  • A Human-Powered System design competition sponsored by SRAM

BikeRadar.com's Gary Boulanger filed his first report from the show:

  • A new commuter oriented brand from Quality Bicycle Products called Civia
  • An integrated time trial/triathlon hydration system from FSA/Vision Tech
  • A new wheelset from FSA's offroad brand Gravity
  • New models from Lynskey Performance
  • An extremely versatile bike from Ibis called the Tranny
  • A new all-mountain bike from Trek called the Remedy

Cycling News features:

  • A less expensive, more comfortable new model from Cervelo called the RS. It is said to be very similar to the excellent R3, but with a slightly taller head tube and a slightly relaxed rear end.
  • Revamps to several of Titus' most popular models
  • For those seeking a little bit classier look to their bike (or shop from the Orvis catalog) messenger bags, panniers and baskets from Brooks.
  • More unique and urban messenger bags from Knog.