André Greipel Victorious (Again) on the Champs-Elysées

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Greipel Wins! Photo: Lotto-Soudal

Yesterday André Greipel of Lotto-Soudal won what many refer to as “the unofficial World Championships” for sprinters on Stage 21 of the Tour de France. The famous Champs-Elysées finish is considered one the hardest to win as the long straight finish after numerous hard laps leave only the strongest riders a chance for the win. While it may have been the first stage win for André in this year’s tour, he made it count when it was needed. “The Gorilla”, as many call him, made it the second 2016 Tour de France stage win for the Lotto-Soudal team, and his eighth win of the season. This result marks Greipel’s eleventh consecutive grand tour victory as well as his sixth consecutive year winning a Tour de France stage.

The Lotto-Soudal team was in the perfect position over the last few kilometers, reaching the final straightaway with Greipel in third position. In the last meters, he launched his sprint, and took the victory over Peter Sagan (Saxo-Tinkoff) and Alexander Kristoff (Team Katusha).

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Photo: Lotto-Soudal

André Greipel: “At last the sun is shining. The past weeks we did our utter best to achieve our goals, but unfortunately without success. If you win the final stage on the Champs-Elysées it was worth fighting for though. For sprinters this is the most beautiful place on earth to win. I have to thank everyone at Lotto-Soudal for believing in me. The past years we achieved a lot together. I am proud of that. Without my team I wouldn’t have been able to set these kind of results for so many years.”

Manager Marc Sergeant: “The goals before this Tour were clear: try to win a stage with André Greipel and give some riders the freedom to show themselves. It took a long time before we achieved that first goal, but in the end we did and that’s all that matters. In anger, André lost by a tire’s length against Cavendish, [and if that wasn’t the case] our Tour could have been very different from then on. It’s true that it wasn’t always easy for Greipel in the sprint stages. He’s at his best when the sprint is well organized and if trains can be formed. At this Tour, the sprint stages were very hectic and it always took a lot of energy to position André as well as possible. Of course, Mark Cavendish was one of the main competitors beforehand. Although I had never thought he would be able to win four stages. The hectic sprints suit him really well, he’s able to position himself on his own.”

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Photo: Lotto-Soudal

Lotto-Soudal entered the 2016 Tour with the intentions of bringing Greipel to stage wins, and everything else be on the back burner. What they didn’t expect though was the strong performance of their rider Thomas De Gendt. De Gendt was very aggressive and active throughout the three weeks. He won the twelfth stage on Mont Ventoux, wore the polka dot jersey for six days, and in the end finished second in the KOM classification. The Belgian received the award for most combative rider twice and also finished second in the most combative for the entire three weeks.

Thomas De Gendt: “I aimed for a stage win but I knew it wouldn’t be easy. There are a lot of riders who want to win a stage in the Tour de France. It’s a bit easier for the time trialists, punchers, sprinters or pure climbers to obtain a victory. For attackers like myself it’s rather difficult because you need to be 99 times in a break before you win a stage. But if you win on a mythical place like Mont Ventoux, it’s absolutely worth it of course. The team gives me the opportunity to join the breakaways but it’s hard to predict whether you’ll be part of it or not. I felt really good during this Tour. That was also the case last year, but then I crashed. This year I had some difficulties in the beginning of the final week but at the end I was still able to show myself a few times.”

 

Carmen Small of Cylance Pro Cycling Wins Cascade Cycling Classic Opener

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USA National Time Trial Champion Carmen Small Photo: Cylance Pro Cycling

Just ten days ago (July 11), Cylance Pro Cycling announced the signing of current US Pro Time Trial Champion Carmen Small to their strong squad for the remainder of the 2016 season. Carmen brought with her years of international racing experience at the WorldTour level and has been a mainstay on the USA National team.

The Cascade Cycling Classic is the longest consecutively run elite stage race in the country. Its beautiful scenery has attracted many top US pros over the years and this year is no different.

After the unfortunate announcement of not making the Olympic team after arbitration last week, Small decided to take out some pent up frustration. The first stage of the Cascade Cycling Classic consisted of a 90-mile, mostly flat route that ended with a summit finish up McKenzie Pass in Bend, Oregon.

Carmen Small (Cyclance Pro Cycling) just outsprints Tara Whitten (The Cyclery Opus) to win stage 1 of the women's road race at the 2016 Cascade Cycling Classic on July 20, in Bend, USA. Photo: Matthew Lasala/Lasala Images
Carmen Small (Cyclance Pro Cycling) just out-sprints Tara Whitten (The Cyclery Opus) to win stage 1 of the women’s road race at the 2016 Cascade Cycling Classic. Photo: Matthew Lasala/Lasala Images c/o Cylance Pro Cycling

With the flat profile, “the race [took] a bit of time to establish itself with the strongest riders waiting for the base of the climb to assert themselves,” said Cascade Cycling Classic director Hilton Clarke. An early breakaway formed that maintained a small gap on the rest of the peloton. The break stayed away as they traveled through the Sisters mountains. Once the riders hit the climb though, the breakaway was quickly caught by the Krista Doebel-Hickok (Cyclance Cycling) led peloton.

Krista’s efforts set up Carmen for the stage 1 win, the QOM and Yellow Jerseys, and her first victory with the team. “Going into today I really didn’t know how it would go to be honest,” added Carmen. “Cylance has been super supportive over the past couple of weeks and I appreciate them so much, so it was good to take the win today and represent the team for them. The team supported me today and that I was able to benefit from their help and win was just icing on the top. I’m super excited to finish out the season with Cylance and hopefully finish out my season on a high note.”

during stage 1 of the women's road race at the 2016 Cascade Cycling Classic on July 20, in Bend, USA. Photo: Matthew Lasala/Lasala Images
Photo: Matthew Lasala/Lasala Images c/o Cylance Pro Cycling

Later in the year, Carmen will then join the Cylance Pro Cycling team in Europe to finish the 2016 season “This is a very exciting transition for me,” added Carmen. “Looking at the remainder of the season and setting my sights on the World Time Trial Championship in Qatar, Cylance Pro Cycling Team can offer me a very dynamic racing program to help reach my goals.  I hope to bring to the team my experience and race knowledge to help grow the program and become even more successful than they have thus far.”

Rally Cycling’s Eric Young and Brad Huff go 1-2 at the Gastown Grand Prix

Eric Young and Brad Huff of Rally Cycling go 1-2 at Gastown Grand Prix

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It was a great day for Rally Cycling at  the BC Superweek. One of the standout events of the famous week of racing is the Gastown Grand Prix. One of the oldest and richest criteriums in North America, paying $12,000 to the first placed rider. With such a big payout, the pace of the race was all-out from the get-go, with consistent attacks of the front of the peloton.

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An early break was finally reeled in with eight laps to go, allowing the peloton to bunch up again to prepare for the sprint. With three laps to go, the whole Rally Cycling squad took to the front to set up Young. Shane Kline, Tom Soladay, Curtis White and Will Routley shattered the peloton, leaving just a small group left with the energy to contest the finale. On the last lap Routley set a blistering pace, carrying so much speed into the final corner he ended up in the hay bales. His efforts would not be for nothing though as he launched Young and Huff in the perfect position to power to the line virtually uncontested.

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“The guys did a perfect job staying patient and waiting until the right moment to take control of the race,” said Young after crossing the line. “Winning Gastown has been a personal goal of mine for a few years now, so it feels great. Obviously it makes it even better to have Brad come in second.”

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“The composure we had going into the final three laps was perfect,” added Huff. “Leading out Eric for the win was our only goal, getting second was just icing on the cake.”

Curtis White of Rally Cycling Takes the U23 National Crit Title

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U23 National Champion

Curtis in Stars ‘n Stripes

Adding to their already stellar season, Rally Cycling adds the U23 National Criterium title to their resume.

Curtis White took the win at the Under 23 title at USA Cycling Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky on July 3rd; adding a fourth national championship to their 2016 season . White took some serious risks in order to take the win; in the closing meters of the race, he attacked into a series of tight corners. Even with the rain-soaked roads, White was able to open up a gap, leaving him with a few seconds in the final straightaway. Michael Hernandez (CCB Racing) was closing fast, but White was able to take the win by mere inches. Check out the finishing video below.

“Winning the U23 National Criterium Championships feels incredible,” said White. “The course was great, and the conditions were epic. The race was aggressive from the gun. Sepp Kuss and I worked well together to make sure we had representation in all the dangerous moves. On the last lap, I took a huge risk, attacking into a series of turns with about 600 meters to go. The pouring rain really limited the speed of the chasers – it just felt like the right time to make my move. Coming across the line it was too close to call, but once the photo finish was confirmed it was a huge relief to know the risk paid off. The support Sepp and I received this whole week at U23 Nationals was fantastic, it was very fitting to pay back those efforts with a stars and stripes jersey.”

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Too Close for Comfort

Next up: BC Superweek

Beginning this weekend (July 8th), the Rally team will head to Canada for BC (British Columbia) Superweek. The Superweek features 8 races over 9 days and has become one of the most prestigious pro-cycling events in North America. National Criterium Champion Brad Huff and Under 23 National Criterium Champion Curtis White will co-lead the Rally team in hunt of some wins and a crack at the $120,000 prize purse. The 9 days of racing consist of 5 separate events as part of the series: the Tour de Delta, Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix, Giro di Burnaby, PoCo Grand Prix, and Tour de White Rock.

“We are sending one of the best criterium squads assembled in North America to BC Superweek, said Team Director Patrick McCarty. “Top sprinters Eric Young and Shane Kline, current National Criterium Champion Brad Huff, and newly crowned U23 National Criterium Champion Curtis White will make for a formidable squad. We have done extremely well at BC Superweek in the past and will fight for similar results in our first season under the banner of Rally Cycling.”

The Ladies of Rally

The women of Rally Cycling will be led by of two of the squad’s top criterium riders, Jessica Prinner and Elle Anderson. All-rounder riders Catherine Ouellette and Hannah Ross, both still on the mend from crashes at the North Star Grand Prix, will join them. Climbing ace and recent dual silver medalist at the Canadian U23 National Championships, Sara Poidevin will race a limited schedule at BC Superweek – focusing on the UCI ranked Tour de Delta.

Lezyne Ambassador Angie Hohenwarter: Ladies Session 2

Angie Hohenwarter Hosts Ladies Session #2

Ladies Sessions 2016

This past weekend, Lezyne ambassador Angie Hohenwarter hosted her second Ladies Session of the year. The Ladies Sessions are designed to bring fellow bike-loving women together for a weekend of riding and camaraderie. While the riders do spend a large amount of time riding, they also participate in various other activities. These activities include anything from family style dinners to a myriad of games.

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An Abundance of Fun

The Beginning of an Era

This July session marked the tenth event yet. With 140 participants, 420 overnight stays, 140 Ladies Session shirts and goodie bags filled with Lezyne product, 125 pounds of Kasnocken (traditional Austrian dumplings) consumed, and 6500 pounds of bike laundry 38 challenges, and over 165 hours on the bike, the Sessions continue to be a major hit.

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The Beautiful Austrian Alps

Each session gets better and better, with Angie creating new ideas for the ladies to adventure. She says that this year’s session was “over again much too soon”, and that it “[has been] a great pleasure to get to know all the impressive characters over the years.”

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Angie at the Top

Until next year, we hope all riders continue to have as much fun as possible!

When We Win You Win! 2016 Lezyne Tour De France Contest Details

When We Win You Win! 2016 Lezyne Tour De France Contest Details

With the 2016 Tour de France less than a week away, we are already getting stoked for the next three weeks of racing. What we are especially excited for is the rivalry between the sprinters. With Lezyne sponsored team Lotto-Soudal in the mix, rider André Greipel, who recently took the German National Championship title, we are expecting some very exciting sprint finishes. With this in mind, we will be giving away prizes through a couple of different ways.

The first way to win will be through the #LezyneTDF hashtag. The follower who successfully picks the correct number and name of the stage(s) that André Greipel wins will receive a custom Lezyne Lotto-Soudal package consisting of a CNC Floor Drive floor pump, a Lite Drive frame pump, and a Port-a-Shop tool kit. Either comment on our Instagram, Twitter or Facebook posts, or make your own posts on these three social channels and tag @Lezyne with #LezyneTDF. The winners will be announced at the end of the 2016 Tour (Sunday July, 24).

When We Win You Win! 2016 Lezyne Tour De France Contest Details
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If you’re not a social media user, you can email your picks to marketing@lezyne.com.

If you don’t happen to guess the correct number of Greipel stage wins, you do still have a chance to win some other Lezyne schwag. We will be randomly selecting a winner who is a follower of our social media outlets (Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter), and is also signed up for our newsletter. The first week’s prize will consist of Femto Duo light pair, and the following weeks will be announced at the end of each week!
Make sure to follow the above hashtags as well as our various outlets where we will be posting the weekly winners. Good luck!

Angie Hohenwarter’s Ladies Session 2016

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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.

Angie Hohenwarter's Ladies Session 2016 - Stretching

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.

Angie Hohenwarter's Ladies Session 2016 - Bottlecap Game

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.

Angie Hohenwarter's Ladies Session 2016 - Lever Kits

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.

Angie Hohenwarter's Ladies Session 2016 - Jumping

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 Hohenwarter's Ladies Session 2016 - Riding

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.

Angie Hohenwarter's Ladies Session 2016 - Hands Up

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’s 2016 Fun Camps

Cedric Gracia's 2016 Fun Camps

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.

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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

Q&A With Rally Cycling’s Erica Allar

Q&A With Rally Cycling’s Erica Allar

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Q&A With Rally Cycling’s Erica Allar

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.

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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!”

Q&A With Rally Cycling’s Erica Allar - On Road

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.

Stay tuned for more editions of ASK A PRO!

Lezyne Sea Otter Events Calendar

Lezyne Sea Otter Events Calendar

Lezyne Sea Otter Events Calendar

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!

Lezyne Sea Otter Events Calendar - Cedric Gracia
Photo credit: Jérémie Reuiller

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!

Lezyne Sea Otter Events Calendar - Air Hockey Challenge

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!

Lezyne Sea Otter Events Calendar - Danny MacAskill
Photo Credit: Dave Mackison