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Lezyne Joins Optum Pro Cycling

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Lezyne Joins Optum Pro Cycling

February 20, 2015
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San Luis Obispo, CA – Cycling accessories brand Lezyne has partnered with the Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies team as a product sponsor for 2015. The deal will have the team riding with Lezyne hand pumps, multi tools, LED lights, saddles bags, CO2 inflators and various other accessories. Having previously worked together (when Lezyne first started in 2007), talks went smoothly and the two quickly reestablished their relationship.

“Optum is one of the top professional teams in North America and they are exceptionally organized,” said Dillon Clapp, Lezyne’s worldwide communications manager. “The riders are all outstanding ambassadors for the brand, and the management is great to work with. They were an integral part of our development when we first hit the market and we look forward to building on that success moving forward.”

Lezyne Joins Optum Pro Cycling - Ladies

Highlighting the renewed partnership, Optum p/b KBS will play a large role in Lezyne’s upcoming product release in March 2015. Lezyne has plans to add a new category to their current lineup and the team will be used as a platform for its debut.

‎”We are really excited to work with Lezyne again,” discussed Optum’s general manager, Jacob Erker. “Their full line of accessories is both stunning and durable. In fact, as a former rider with this program, I still have my tools from 2009. We look forward to working closely with Lezyne.”

Lezyne Joins Optum Pro Cycling - Ladies Riding

Recently, Lezyne met with the women’s team in Borrego Springs, California, where two days were spent collecting photo and video content of the squad in action. Of the 10-women roster, five are returning and five riders are new. Among the new recruits is Californian Alison Tetrick, where Lezyne is based.

“My favorite thing about Lezyne is they’re sleek and sexy,” said Tetrick, winner of the final stage of this year’s Tour Femenino de San Luis in Argentina. “I like to have my tools, pumps, lights—everything like that—as high tech as the equipment I ride.”

Lezyne Joins Optum Pro Cycling

A photo gallery from Lezyne’s recent encounter with the women’s team can be viewed here.

The 2015 Optum p/b KBS rosters include of the following riders, men: Bjorn Selander, Brad Huff, Curtis White, Eric Young, Guillaume Boivin, Jesse Anthony, Mike Woods, Phil Gaimon, Pierrick Naud, Ryan Anderson, Scott Zwizanski, Tom Soladay, Tom Zirbel and Will Routley. Women: Alison Tetrick, Amy Charity, Annie Ewart, Ariane Horbach, Brianna Walle, Janel Halcomb, Jasmin Glaesser, Leah Kirchmann, Lex Albrecht and Maura Kinsella

Lezyne Joins Optum Pro Cycling - Men

For more information visit www.lezyne.com or www.optumprocycling.com.

Lezyne Partners with Danny MacAskill’s Drop and Roll Tour

Lezyne Partners with Danny MacAskill's Drop and Roll Tour

Lezyne Partners with Danny MacAskill’s Drop and Roll Tour

As we all know by now, Danny MacAskill has been dazzling crowds all over the world as a professional trials rider ever since his breakthrough 5:30 minute YouTube video in 2009 when he was 23 years old. As of today, that video has garnered more than 34 million views. Since then, the Scottish rider, born in the Isle of Skye, has become a household name with features in publications such as the New York Times and numerous award nominations. And to think…he started off as a bicycle mechanic. We’re all fairly familiar with his ridiculously impressive and awe-inspiring YouTube videos that either keep us at the edges of our seats or captivated with wild amusement and even a sense of nostalgia, and last year Danny took it up a notch with the introduction of his street trials team, the Drop and Roll Tour. Made up of Duncan Shaw, Fabio Wibmer, Ali C and of course, Danny MacAskill, the team rocked crowds all over Europe, starting with their first show in Baden, Switzerland in June of 2014. The tour went on to stop at the Quay Commonwealth Games Festival in Glasgow, The Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival in Beauly (Inverness-shire), the Red Bull Air Race in Royal Ascot and Eurobike in Germany. As a sponsor of Danny MacAskill, Lezyne is proud to expand as a partner to the Drop and Roll Tour and will build and name a “Bunny Hop Contest” featuring an obstacle built of Lezyne Floor Pumps. Stay tuned, this team is going places!

Jordi Bago Hits the San Diego Hills

Jordi Bago Hits the San Diego Hills

Jordi Bago Hits the San Diego Hills

Sponsored rider Jordi Bago’s adventures continue down to San Diego, California, where he took off on the beautiful Ted Williams Bike Trail with his friend Herve from Ride 100% and photographer Harold from Imountainbike in tow. The ride included some beautiful views of the San Diego beaches and Poway on either side, as well as a variety of fairly technical terrain, with jumps and many rocky sections (including large boulders, some vertical) that tested the riders’ abilities.

Jordi Bago Hits the San Diego Hills

The trail led them to Breeding Ground, an easier, more “fun” section with campers and many other riders, and then to Insanity which is a bit tougher, full of boulders and crazy cuts and turns. Jordi, being the pro that he is, provided his expertise to his two friends, to make it through this highly technical part!

Jordi Bago Hits the San Diego Hills

Up next, the three plan to join Cedric Gracia for a riding camp in April.

View the entire original Spanish version of the article here, and the English translated version here.

Jordi Bago Visits the San Luis Obispo Lezyne Headquarters

Jordi Bago Visits the San Luis Obispo Lezyne Headquarters

Jordi Bago Visits the San Luis Obispo Lezyne Headquarters

Just in time for Halloween, sponsored rider Jordi Bago visited our hometown of San Luis Obispo, California, and hit up some of the beautiful trails the town has to offer for the many mountain bikers who live here. He was also shown around the Lezyne offices, and got a chance to see how products are designed and tested for final production.

Jordi Bago Visits the San Luis Obispo Lezyne Headquarters - Showroom

Jordi also got a chance to sit in and see how Lezyne works as a 24-hour powerhouse, thanks to Skype, as a few of the 150 employees in the Taiwan offices arrived at work the next day and communicated with those in our San Luis Obispo offices before they headed home for the day.

Jordi Bago Visits the San Luis Obispo Lezyne Headquarters - Pump

Lezyne is constantly innovating new products for the next year’s release, and Jordi enjoyed a sneak peek on some of our conceptual models that are currently in development.

Jordi Bago Visits the San Luis Obispo Lezyne Headquarters - Lezyne Crew

View the entire writeup here (in Spanish), or find the English translation right here.

Danny MacAskill Nails Giant Loop in Front of London Eye

Danny MacAskill Nails Giant Loop in Front of London Eye

Danny MacAskill Nails Giant Loop in Front of London Eye

Sponsored rider and world-renowned trials cyclist Danny MacAskill never slows down, does he? This time he’s conquered a new claim to fame, successfully riding a five-metre loop-the-loop on top of a barge in the Thames river in front of the London Eye. Thousands of fans showed up to watch this incredible feat go down on one of the world’s largest loop-the-loops ever cycled. Danny touts his new Cortana, a new personal digital assistant, which is represented by its illuminated signature halo circling the loop.

View more amazing photos here and read more about Danny’s partnership with Cortana.

Jordi Bago hits the Red Rocks in Arizona’s Sedona National Park

Jordi Bago hits the Red Rocks in Arizona's Sedona National Park

Jordi Bago hits the Red Rocks in Arizona’s Sedona National Park

It’s been a big last few weeks for Jordi Bago! After visiting us at our San Luis Obispo offices and checking out our awesome local trails, the Lezyne sponsored rider took his travels and brand new Santa Cruz Nomad bicycle to Sedona National Park in Arizona and got some great riding in amongst the park’s iconic red rocks. Jordi states (translated from original article):”After many hours on the road from San Diego, we came to a paradise world of mountain biking, National Park, Sedona , Arizona, United States. Seeing the incredible scenery of the “Red Rocks” for us, reddish rocky mountains, with many paths to choose from, we started at the legendary Red Rock Trails . After a few minutes pedaling reached the crossing with the rest of well marked trails. We chose the Big Park Loop trail follows the valley with great fun zones impresionares curves and with views of the Red Rocks.”

Jordi Bago hits the Red Rocks in Arizona's Sedona National Park

Check out the original Spanish article here, and translated version here.

Jordi Bago visits San Luis Obispo

Jordi Bago Visits San Luis Obispo

Jordi Bago visits San Luis Obispo

Jordi Bago Visits San Luis Obispo

Sponsored rider Jordi Bago stopped by the Lezyne headquarters in San Luis Obispo, California, and took the time to explore the great mountain biking trails we have out here including Montana De Oro, Cerro San Luis and West Cuesta Ridge. Jordi was equipped with his brand new Santa Cruz Nomad bicycle!

Translation from the Spanish article: “I finally got the Lezyne factory to meet the team and see the facilities, and fortunately, have a backyard with many paths. Lezyne’s boys showed me all the amazing trails that are in the area of ​​San Luis Obispo.”

Jordi Bago visits San Luis Obispo

View the original article here, and the English-translated one here.

Danny MacAskill - The Ridge

Danny MacAskill Rides The Ridge

Danny MacAskill Rides The Ridge

Danny MacAskill never disappoints. The impressively-skilled freestyle rider traded in his usual trials bike for a full-suspension mountain bike and joined his film crew on a challenging ten-day adventure for his latest video located in the Black Cuillin mountain ranges in Scotland’s Isle of Skye. The team endured grueling treks over some rather epic terrain to capture the perfect shots, but as he does with all of his videos, Danny conquers his home country’s craggy peaks with such a finesse that makes such a feat look easy. Or maybe not…you decide. Check out his newest documentary above, titled ‘Riding the Ridge.’

Read more about this adventure that “took Danny MacAskill truly out of his comfort zone” here!

Lisa Brennauer of Specialized-lululemon Wins in Ponferrada

Lisa Brennauer of Specialized-lululemon Wins in Ponferrada

Lisa Brennauer of Specialized-lululemon Wins in Ponferrada

Lisa Brennauer of Specialized-lululemon Wins in Ponferrada

It was a great weekend for Specialized-lululemon, with the team winning its third consecutive team time trial at the 2014 UCI World Road Championships in Ponferrada, Spain, and then some individual victories two days later! Most notable is team rider Lisa Brennauer taking the individual time trial event! Teammates Evelyn Stevens, Karol Ann Canuel and Trixi Worrack all placed in the top ten. Brennauer earned the rainbow stripes jersey and another world title. She says, “It will take a while to sink in. I thought I could have a good race and make the podium if I had a really good day but a world title is something special and it will take me a while to really realize it.”

Brennauer was part of a tight group of the top 6 riders but managed to break out and take the lead in the last five kilometers. Good going!!

Check out the full article on the Specialized-Lululemon homepage here.

Specialized-Lululemon Victory at UCI World Road Championships

Specialized-Lululemon Victory at UCI World Road Championships

Specialized-Lululemon Victory at UCI World Road Championships

Our sponsored team Specialized-Lululemon made quite the impressive win last Saturday, winning their third consecutive team trial victory against 14 other teams at the UCI World Road Championships in Ponferrada, Spain. Just the day before, three of the team’s riders took a nasty spill on a practice run, sending key rider Evelyn Stevens to the hospital. Undaunted, the team dusted themselves off, and snagged their championship the next day. Stevens said, “I was getting X-rays last night, so it added a little bit more flair. That made it even more special knowing that we were not perfect going into the race,” Stevens told VeloNews at the line. “We just went out and rode flawlessly. It’s super special, because it was a really deep field.”

Well done, girls! Check out the full article at Velo News right here!

Specialized-Lululemon Victory at UCI World Road Championships