Lezyne Ambassador Angie Hohenwarter co-organizes a weekend of fun in the Austrian Alps
Last weekend marked the first Ladies Sessions event of the year, where pro rider Angie Hohenwarter and Bine Höll of Spielberghaus organized a weekend of skills training, riding, relaxation and fun for a group of 14 ladies from around Europe. This long weekend in Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Austria (Thursday through Sunday) provided a variety of bike-related (and unrelated) entertainment for the select group.
With the emphasis being on fun, Angie schedules the weekend to not only be about riding, but also building camaraderie with the participants of the camp. While the riders did spend a significant amount of time on the bike, much of their time was also spent competing in various bike related challenges and clinics to promote the fun atmosphere.
The camp began on Thursday with a BBQ, distributing goodie bags to riders with essentials for the weekend (including a Lezyne RAP Tool, HV Drive hand pump and Lever Kit), and some fun challenges such as the beer cap game shown above.
With a break in the rainy weather, Friday made for a perfect time for some UCI Downhill World Cup spectating in Leogang, as well as some practice runs at the local bike park.
Saturday was the most challenging of the days for the riders, as early that morning they were shuttled to the top of Schattberg (one of the close-by Alps) where they tested their skills down the descent, with Angie providing feedback and tips throughout the ride. Following their adventurous ride, the participants headed over to the Alpin Juwel Hotel in Hinterglemm where Angie had a yoga session planned in hopes of some new energy for the following day.
The final day consisted of more runs through the local trails where the riders were able to learn new skills, and of course have some serious fun.
Angie thrives off of these fun environments and was excited that the event was such a success. After chatting with her, she was excited of the turn out, “What an amazing and fun group, we had a lot of great moments over those few days.” And thanks to her, these “moments” will stick with the ladies for some time.
While these sessions only happen a couple times a year, be sure to follow Angie on Facebook for information about the event, and if you’re in the area later this month (6/30-7/3) be sure to sign up!
Cedric Gracia and co. recently kicked off the 2016 CG Fun Camps series in Florence, Italy, to the delight of dozens of eager fans and participants. The weekend featured a full schedule of clinics, riding and hanging out with camp-leader Cedric Gracia. The legendary Gracia has created an incredibly fun and exciting atmosphere that gives campers a unique opportunity to hang and learn from one mountain biking’s most accomplished athletes. Additionally, campers receive a collection of exclusive products and gear from his sponsors, like our custom-labeled Lever Kit and Tech Drive HV hand pump.
There are none more entertaining that Cedric Gracia, and he’s a fantastic people-person, making his camps a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn and hang with a true mountain bike icon.
Check out the schedule below for a chance to participate in an upcoming CG Fun Camps and stay tuned as they will add more dates and locations soon!
2016 CG Fun Camps Schedule:
2-6 June – Florence, Italy
26-29 July – Kranjska Gora, Slovenia
15-19 September – Borovets, Bulgaria
TBD December – Argentina
Name: Erica Allar Nationality: USA Hometown: Fogelsville, PA Residence: Tucson, AZ Strengths: Sprints, criteriums Pro Since: 2008
Erica Allar began racing in 2001 as a track racer. She won two U23 national criterium championships and multiple collegiate national track titles while attending Penn State. When not racing she loves being outside, drinking coffee and laughing.
We recently threw up a post on our Facebook page requesting our fans to ask Erica a question about being a professional cyclist. We selected our 10 favorite inquiries and had Erica answer them below. We also offered up a Lezyne Mini GPS Special Edition to the person whom Erica felt asked the best question: Congratulations B. McAlister!
What is your favorite interval training session? ~D. Morales
Let’s be honest: All interval training sessions suck. I don’t think anyone goes into VO2 efforts thinking, “This is going to be so much fun.”However, I appreciate them because I know they’re making me a better cyclist. But, if I had to choose one session, I would go with Strength Endurance intervals—long, slow cadence muscle builders. Power!
Who is your biggest cycling inspiration? What would you like to pass along to the next generation of aspiring female cyclists? ~T. Work
Cliché, I know, but Jame Carney is my biggest inspiration. He believed in me before anyone knew who I was; before I knew I could do anything in this sport or in my life.
I would pass along the importance of having fun. It needs to be fun, and there needs to be balance.
What was the main facet of cycling that drew you in, and encouraged you to want to pursue a professional career? ~P. Molnar
Track racing in T-town is what drew me in. It was fast, fun and different. I was good at it, but there was no way to make a living doing it. I had to swap over to the road, which resulted in a professional career.
I’ve heard you’ve earned the nickname “Always There.” Does that have to do with the fact that you’re always in the mix at the sprint finish? ~B. Jones
Let’s go with it’s because I’m always in the mix for race finishes. If it’s not, than it must be because I have a hard time dropping back any further than fifth wheel while in the field. Or, maybe someone who is taller than me coined the nickname because each time she turned around, I was their enjoying her draft. There aren’t many girls my size in the peloton, so I tend to gravitate toward the same riders for a draft.
What is your favorite pre-, mid- or post-ride snack? ~I. Audrain
I don’t like to eat during rides (unless I’m racing, which in that case it’s Clif Bar). But I love chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. I read an article on FoxNews that says cake for breakfast may help keep weight off, so I guess it’s my favorite pre- and post-ride snack!
What would you advise to a lady who is considering going pro? ~J. Sanchez
Take your time. Ask questions but don’t be afraid to make your own choices based on what is right for you. Prioritizing your happiness is not a bad thing; you should. And then make choices in your cycling career to reflect what will make you happy. Oh, and have fun. It should always be fun. Be happy. Have fun. Sounds a little simpler than it is. But it’s true. A happy racer is a fast racer.
At that moment during a race when you are maxed out, what do you think about in order to keep going? ~B. Ticknor
“Man, if I am suffering THIS bad, then everyone else must REALLY be struggling!”
What’s the hardest part of professional cycling that no one ever talks about? ~E. Vrtis
It’s easy to become so involved in cycling that it consumes every part of your life. There has to be some sort of balance in your life. It is important to have a life and things to do outside of the sport that are not bike related.
On long rides how do pro cyclists occupy their minds? ~P. Houston
Ride with friends who are interesting to talk with. Or, listen to music, podcasts or books on tape.
What is your most memorable racing event? ~A. Chavez
I have so many great memories. My first big pro win in Macon, Georgia, in 2007 was pretty good, but so were my two U23 Crit National titles [2006 & ‘07]. Or 2012 when I topped three Optum riders and Laura Van Gilder in a breakaway for the win at the Sunny King crit. Also, winning the Cannon Falls stage of the 2010 North Star Grand Prix was a great memory.
How can we encourage youth girls to become active cyclists? ~B. McAlister
I’d like to suggest that the girls considering going pro race with their local men’s fields in an effort to challenge their skills and abilities. I also recommend that they travel outside of their local race scene; it’s important to travel to some of the larger more known races in the US in order to showcase their skills and potential to pro teams.
The 2016 Sea Otter Classic is about to kick off! From Thursday, April 14 to Sunday, April 17 the cycling world congregates at the Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, California, and we will once again have a booth set up with our latest offerings. We’ll be located near the main entrance in booth number 526. Be sure to drop by, pickup a sticker and check out a handful of products making their first public debut! If that’s not enough to pop in, we’ve got a few activities to further entice your presence.
Cedric Gracia Friday, April 15, 4:00pm
Cedric Gracia will be on hand signing posters and taking selfies with fans!
Air Hockey Challenge Friday, April 15, 4:00pm
We’ll be hosting an air hockey tournament that’s free for anyone to enter (limited to a first come first serve basis) featuring guest appearances by Cedric Gracia, Cylance Pro Cycling, Eric Porter and Team Clif Bar. Play for a chance to win a bunch of Lezyne prizes!
Danny MacAskill Saturday, April 16, 1:00pm
The legendary Danny MacAskill will be at our booth for an autograph session! Come by and meet one of the most incredible trials riders ever!
The release of the ABS2 on the Year 9 line of floor pumps was a major improvement. This new chuck works for both Presta and Schrader valves and features a quick disconnect for Presta valves and an Air Bleed System button for easy pressure tuning. The ABS2 chuck is also sold separately and can be applied to older Lezyne Floor pumps. It’s also available in high volume (HV) or high pressure (HP) versions for mountain and road biking, respectively. We’ve gotten a lot of questions about how to convert older models, so here’s an easy guide to help you with your pump upgrade.
Unscrew the old ABS chuck from the hose swivel.
Use an Allen wrench (Allen 4 on the Lezyne 3-Way Wrench) to remove the swivel from the hose. If you own a pump with the crimped on swivel, simply cut it off.
Refer to this video for more in-depth instructions on swivel removal:
Twist off the compression nut of the ABS2 chuck and insert it on the pump hose.
Insert the ABS2 chuck into the hose.
Slide the compression nut of the ABS2 chuck up the hose and screw back on to the chuck.
Your newly upgraded pump is ready to prepare you for your next epic ride! Enjoy!
We can always count on road.cc to release thorough reviews of all our new products every year, and this time they’ve gone after the new Macro Drive 600XL! This was a huge upgrade from our Macro Drive of previous years, and the reviewers over at road.cc have taken note.
“The Macro Drive is clearly designed for those who, along with the obvious need to be seen at night by other road users, need enough light to blaze their own trail through the night.”
The review covers battery life, the different light modes, light range, variety of mounts offered, and other solid talking points.
Every year brings on new exciting challenges here at Lezyne, and every year we hit new milestones as we continue to expand around the world.
Currently, our global sales and marketing team is in Taiwan preparing for the upcoming 2016 Taipei Cycle Show, which takes place March 2nd – 5th. Preceding the show, we welcome our global distributors to our Taichung based manufacturing facility to proudly present our YEAR 10 product line.
We are also proud to announce some new additions and restructurings to our US and international sales teams:
Brian Billington (Right) took over the role as Pacific Oceanic Sales Manager. In his new role, Brian will be handling South America, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and our USA distributors. Furthermore, he will oversee the Asian markets together with our new Asia Sales Manager, Eric Chiang (2nd from right).
In Europe, and working closely with our longtime European Sales and Marketing Manager Alex Mai (2nd from Left), joins Arnaud Berg (Left). Arnaud will assume the role as our new Junior European Sales and Marketing Manager.
Brad Buxton (not pictured) has been promoted internally to USA Inside Sales Manager. He will lead our San Luis Obispo-based customer service and warranty departments, US warehouse and our USA sales reps.
Ulrike Prokasky (Center) will maintain her role as Global Sales and Marketing Director. “We are extremely excited about our new hires and the promotions from within!” Ulrike exclaimed. “Lezyne continues to grow globally and our newly expanded sales force will keep us heading the right direction.”
We are all incredibly heartbroken today by the loss of Kelly McGarry. Nothing can truly describe the shock and sadness we all feel at Lezyne. Kelly was more than just an ambassador for us; he was a friend, a mountain bike brother and inspiration to us all. Though we were only lucky enough work with him for a short time, his charismatic smile and carefree attitude will forever leave a lasting impression on all of us.
The only thing greater than Kelly’s fearlessness was his personality. His larger-than-life presence was felt wherever he went, and his outgoing lifestyle made him a true rockstar of the action sports world. In his short time on this planet Kelly embraced life 1,000-percent while pushing the boundaries of mountain biking, surfing, motocross and many other extreme sports.
Kelly will be greatly missed by all of us, but he will live on in our hearts and forever inspire us to go big and live life to its fullest. Our sincerest thoughts and condolences go out to Kelly’s family and friends.
The world has lost a legend.
Rest in Peace, Kelly McGarry.
Lezyne has teamed up with the new women’s professional squad Cylance Pro Cycling. Based out of US, the 10-rider team features four Americans, four Europeans and one rider from St. Kitts & Nevis. Cylance Pro Cycling boasts a synthesis of veteran experience, ambitious protégés and an excellent mix of talent that will be competitive at any race they enter.
Former professional athlete and long-time cycling director Omer Kem founded the team with an eye on the newly created UCI Women’s World Tour. In addition to racing, Kem wants to use the team to encourage leading an active lifestyle. “We believe that sports can be a critical component to a happy and healthy life, and we want to empower everyone to get active and achieve their goals,” said Kem in a recent press release. “Cylance Pro Cycling Team members will be role models to athletes of all sports, male and female, not only for their accomplishments on the team, but also as they strive to represent their nations in the Olympics.” Each of the athletes will be aiming for a selection to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
The team kicked off their season this week in Australia, competing in the 4-stage Santos Women’s Tour. Top US sprinter Shelley Olds found the podium on the very first day with an impressive second place finish and went on to finish second overall.
“We’re thrilled to be working with some of the best female cyclists in the world,” said Dillon Clapp, Lezyne’s communications manager. “All of riders are great ambassadors of the sport as well. It’s going to be exciting watching them represent Lezyne across the world at the highest level of racing!”
The team will be racing with Lezyne bottle cages and new GPS computers. When not racing, the girls will be outfitted front-to-back with Lezyne gear including saddle bags, hand pumps, multi tools and LED lights.
New Title Sponsor for America’s Top Ranked Continental Men’s and Women’s Program.
“Circuit Sport is proud to announce Rally Health℠ as the title sponsor for 2016 and beyond. Rally Health, a Washington, D.C. based digital health company, is working to reimagine health engagement, offering simple ways for individuals to navigate the complex healthcare system, get access to care, and achieve their health and wellness goals. Rally Health brings a fresh and exciting element to cycling while reinforcing the team’s mission to promote an active and healthy lifestyle.
“We are excited to become the title sponsor of the program, which will be known as Rally Cycling (www.rallycycling.com) from 2016 moving forward,” said David Ko, Rally Health’s president and chief operating officer. “Cycling is a fantastic way to improve one’s health, both for lifestyle enthusiasts and professionals. We are inspired by these athletes, and know their stories will help motivate Rally users to stay active. The team’s dedication and commitment to excellence and healthy living are admirable. The team embodies the Rally Health mission and, together, we want to inspire people to be active and make better, more informed decisions about their health.”
“The partnership with Rally Health is an ideal continuation of the health and active lifestyle message that has been the foundation of our team since its inception,” said Circuit Sport Founder and Managing Director Charles Aaron. “Rally Cycling will be able to expand the reach of our healthy and active lifestyle message and affect further positive change in people’s lives.”
On the women’s side, Olympic and Pan Am medalist Jasmin Glaesser returns to anchor the team. A strong all-arounder, Glaesser is joined by her teammate on the Canadian pursuit squad Kirsti Lay. Together Glaesser and Lay will feature strongly in road races and are sure to play a part in Canada’s Olympic ambitions. In addition to Lay, new recruits include all-arounder Heather Fischer and time trial specialist Hannah Ross. Cyclocross racer Elle Anderson comes on board, along with sprint specialist Erica Allar and all-arounder Jessica Prinner to headline the team’s criterium contingent. Also joining the team is a quartet of young up-and-coming riders; Sara Poidevin, Catherine Ouellette and Katherine Maine of Canada and junior World Championship medalist Emma White of the United States.
Rally Cycling will continue the team’s long tradition of success on the racecourse while helping people make positive changes toward an active, healthy lifestyle. The original men’s program, under title sponsor Kelly Benefit Strategies, started in 2007 with a win at the USPRO Criterium National Championships – the only team in history to win the event in its first season.
“As the founding partner of the team, it is exciting to see the program take another step forward,” said John Kelly the president of Kelly Benefit Strategies. “Through the years we have enjoyed great results due to our amazing partners, dedicated staff and talented athletes. Having Rally Health as the title sponsor is a great continuation of the program’s legacy. Rally is committed to the same mission this team embodies – promoting a healthy and active lifestyle.”
Under the direction of Olympians Jonas Carney, Eric Wohlberg, and Zach Bell, along with former WorldTour rider Patrick McCarty, the team has achieved major victories on the national and international stage. The men’s program took high profile wins at the Amgen Tour of California and Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, podiums at the USA Pro Challenge and Tour of Alberta, along with multiple Amgen Tour of California King of the Mountain jerseys. The team has also won its hometown race, the North Star Grand Prix, for five consecutive years.
At the international level, the team has found success with an historic podium at La Course by Le Tour de France and a fourth place at the UCI World Team Time Trial Championships in 2014. In addition, the team has had tremendous success abroad taking wins in Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, the Philippines, Portugal, Spain, Thailand and Uruguay. With Rally Health, the team will continue to build and achieve even greater success.
Rally Cycling Men’s Team
Jesse Anthony | Newbury Park, CA
Rob Britton | Victoria, BC
Adam de Vos | Victoria, BC
Brad Huff | Springfield, MO
Evan Huffman | El Dorado Hills, CA
Shane Kline | Bally, PA
Pierrick Naud | Amos, Quebec
Emerson Oronte | Boulder, CO
Danny Pate | Colorado Springs, CO
Will Routley | Abbotsford, BC
Bjørn Selander | Hudson, WI
Thomas Soladay | Glendale, CA
Curtis White | Delanson, NY
Eric Young | Boulder, CO
Tom Zirbel | Boulder, CO
Rally Cycling Women’s Team
Erica Allar | Tucson, AZ
Elle Anderson | San Francisco, CA
Heather Fischer | Boulder, CO
Jasmin Glaesser | Coquitlam, BC
Kirsti Vivian Lay | Montreal, QC
Katherine Maine | Ottawa, ON
Sara Poidevin | Canmore, AB
Jessica Prinner | Saint Charles, MO
Hannah Ross | Wichita Falls, TX
Emma White | Delanson, NY
Catherine Ouellette | Saint-Lambert, QC