Posts in the category Tour de France

Trek Introduces Trek Factory Racing, Plus Sneak Peek at new Bontrager Aero Helmet

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Centered at the Velodrome de Roubaix, Trek introduced their new Trek Factory Racing team to a number of fans and retailers. Starting with a modified Tour of Flanders ride, Trek went on to introduce the new team kit, bikes, and gear, which you can get a quick look at, after the break.

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IB13: Greg Lemond Is Back! New Lemond – Time Bikes Coming, ANT+ Revolution Trainers, More

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Greg Lemond recently announced that he would be getting back into bikes and that Time would be the manufacturer. What we didn’t see coming was that Lemond actually bought Time USA and will be distributing not only Lemond bikes and trainers but Time bikes and pedals as well. Having worked closely with Time now for 25 years, Lemond felt it was a great fit and knew they could build bikes Greg would be proud of. Greg decided about a year ago that he wanted his own line of bikes again and also purchased the Revolution trainer design back in December.

For now Time is offering limited edition Lemond themed bikes, but changes to the Revolution trainer are already here and more bikes on the way.

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Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

  • Remember this video? Filmmaker Jesus Beltran has a followup called Back To Earth Two, above, that is just as stunning.
  • In honor of Father’s Day (down under!) Cycology Gear is offering 40% off selected tees August 16 through the 27th – and always free shipping. Father’s Day in OZ & NZ is September 1st.
  • We think The Sufferfest has some new videos out, but we couldn’t get past their tumblr of Chris Froome looking at stems
  • The National Complete Streets Coalition and Smart Growth America are celebrating the 500th adoption of the US’s Complete Streets Policy – helping to make our cities streets safer for all road users.
  • The documentary A Winter of Cyclists (64 min) is now available for purchase on Vimeo. The film captures the inaugural Icy Bike Winter Commuting Challenge as it follows twelve Colorado cyclists as they attempt to bicycle commute during the winter months. Trailer after the break.
  • This week Andy Welch released his book “Weave of the Ride.” Four years in the making, this book is about his bike trip from England to Sakartvelo. “In my mid-twenties I was dissatisfied with the direction my life was heading so I decided to get on my bike and start riding…”
  • Rapha’s North American Continental teams got together for a tour of the Pacific Northwest on roads (and snow and gravel) less traveled. Check out the video after the break and find your own adventure on the bike.

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100 Years of Tour De France Technology

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This year, the Tour De France is celebrating a hundred years of racing. This is the event that inspired many of us to ride or race, and despite the recent history, it still continues to excite cyclists and n0n-cyclists alike.

Over the past ten years I’ve been closely following the event, the bikes and equipment have changed dramatically. Looking back over the past century and the evolution of the equipment is even more striking. A hundred years ago, riders rode the grueling (often gravel) stages on bikes without derailleurs! Fast forward to the early 90s and many riders were still charging the alps on steel frames, and it wasn’t until 2003 that a winner rode a carbon bike start-to-finish.

Head over to Gizmodo for an amazing collection of photos and trivia spanning the entire history of the event.

Orica GreenEDGE Rocks All Night Long with awesome AC/DC Tribute

Orica GreenEdge has already had one heck of a Tour de France. After the whole fiasco with the team bus, they became the first Australian team to win a stage with Gerrans narrowly besting Sagan on stage 3, beat everyone out in the team time trial to put Gerrans in Yellow, and then kept the Yellow jersey but graciously transferred it to Daryl Impey – marking the first African rider to lead the Tour. After Sky attacked on the mountains OGE was forced to cede the Yellow jersey, but they’re still having fun and racing hard – as evidenced by this awesome tribute to AC/DC.

If you didn’t know Orica GreenEdge before, you do now.

Shimano Celebrates Limited Edition Blue SH-R320Bs with First Win of the Tour

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On the very day that Shimano released their very limited blue shoes, Marcel Kittle helped commemorate the occasion by taking the first win of the 100th Tour de France with his bright blue kicks streaking across the line. Shimano is all about the blue, so the limited colorway of the Shimano Dynalast-equipped SH-R320B will probably be a hit. Only 350 pairs will be available world wide though, so if you want a pair you had better act fast.

Throughout the 2013 Tour the special editions can be spotted on the feet of the entire Argos-Shimano team, along with select members of ORICA GreenEDGE, Team Sky, Team Belkin, BMC and FDJ. With the same custom fit upper and Dyna Last outsole, the Sh-R320B has the same features as the SH-320B offering more power to the pedal with improved fit.

The SH-320B weighs around 470g, and is available in sizes 40-48 sizes in normal and wide widths.

BOOK REVIEW: TOUR DE FRANCE 100

tour-de-france-100-coverPublished to commemorate this year’s 100th running of the Tour de France’s, VeloPress has issued a big, beautiful book full of pictures and text that’s sure to please fans of professional cycling’s grandest grand tour. Those fans will already be aware that the race, which began in 1903, and with interruptions for two world wars, is currently in its 100th iteration in 2013. The race has had its ups and downs over the course of 110+ years, and all those highs and lows are given due attention. The book is divided into 12 chapters, chronologically presented, in roughly decade-long intervals headed by the dominant story (usually a particular rider or rivalry) that defined that era. Jump through the break to see some more screen shots and hear more about this book… READ MORE ->

Mark Cavendish To run SRAM Hydro Road Rim Brakes for Tour

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Apparently after riding SRAM’s hydraulic road rim brakes, Mark Cavendish couldn’t wait to get them on his bike. According to SRAM, “He test rode it, he loved it, he insisted on racing it.”

As part of a Blackbox initiative, the hydraulic stoppers will be integrated into Omega Pharma Quick Step’s current 10 speed Red drivetrain. SRAM’s Red 22 Hydraulic shift/brake lever is not compatible with 10 speed components so it’s either a custom set up, or Cavendish will be running 11 speed while the rest of the team is on 10. The announcement also comes as a bit of a surprise as SRAM didn’t expect any pros to be on HRRs this season due to pending UCI approval.

Expect to see his bike equipped from the very first stage. More to come.

 

Peter Sagan’s Special Hulk Themed Cannondale Super Six EVO

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As is tradition for many Tour stars, Peter Sagan was personally presented with a special edition bike for this year’s Tour de France. To honor the “hulk”, Cannondale painted up his Super Six EVO race bike with a green monster theme that apparently glows in the dark!

See it glow after the break.

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