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Danny MacAskill Q&A

Danny MacAskill Q&A

Danny MacAskill Q&A

Following the world premiere of our GPS video featuring Danny MacAskill, we caught up with the man himself for a little update on what he’s been up to!

What’s new and exciting in your life?
The last few weeks have been pretty busy for me! I finally managed to get the whole Drop and Roll team together in one place to make a proper team video. I have wanted to do this for the past six months, so it’s a great feeling to finally have it finished. Other than that, I’ve been busy traveling for some photo shoots and scouting new locations for a big film I have planned later this year!

What have been some of your most memorable moments in 2015?
2015 has been a great year so far: I rode my mtb and motorbike loads at the start of the year and then I’ve been concentrating on my trials riding through the summer. The Drop and Roll Tour has kept me pretty busy doing shows in Germany, Italy and a few in the UK. The stand out show for me this year has to be the show we did at the Fort William Mountain Bike World Cup. It’s an amazing event to be part of and the crowds were just awesome!

Are you working on any new video projects?
Yep! As I mentioned, I just finished filming the new Drop and Roll video that should be out soon. Then I have a couple more big projects planned later this year—but I like to keep my cards close to my chest!

What are some of the things you do to keep progressing as a rider?
I basically let my imagination run wild! There are no rules for street trials. At this moment in my life I have an amazing opportunity to go and ride wherever I like, so I just try to make the most of that!

What athletes inspire you outside of cycling?
Guy Martin (Isle of Man TT competitor) is definitely an inspiration to me! I love the way he plays every thing down and just gets on with it! Alex Honnold is another athlete I look on in awe! His mental strength as a free climber is just incredible!

How do you stay focused and mentally balanced while constantly traveling?
I try to keep my traveling to a minimum, really. When you’re traveling, you’re not riding. I really try and make sure I get a week here and there back home (in Glasgow, Scotland) where I can just get out and ride for myself!

What was it like shooting your segment for the Lezyne GPS video in the snow?
It was a pretty fun segment to film, if not a little sketchy! The trail was very rocky underneath the slush so I was kind of relying on a bit of luck to keep me up right. I think the other riders had it a little easier filming their parts in the sun!

What did you think of the final video?
I’m super happy with how it turned out! It’s funny how everyone else’s section are filmed in the gleaming sun while mine is in snowy, grey Scotland.

Was it cool to be featured in a video with so many different types of athletes?
Yeah for sure! It’s always cool to feature in a video shoulder-to-shoulder with amazing, diverse athletes!

How has mountain biking with your Lezyne GPS computer improved your riding?
It’s been a great tool to track the new trails we’ve been building!

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Read more about Danny MacAskill here.

Lezyne GPS World Premiere - Featured Image

Lezyne GPS World Premiere

Lezyne GPS World Premiere

In conjunction with the release of our most ambitious product category to date—GPS cycling computers—we tasked renowned production company Cut Media to produce a vivid and beautiful film to highlight the occasion.

On July 6, 2015, tune in to our YouTube channel for the worldwide release of “Lezyne GPS – The Next Generation of Cycling GPS Computers”. The film features stunning footage from around the globe while highlighting our diverse collection of teams and athletes. Equipped with our new Mini GPS, Power GPS and Super GPS computers, international stars like Danny MacAskill (Scotland) and world-class cyclists like Leah Kirchmann (Canada) combine for a thrilling cinematic display of epic riding.

Also featured in the film are Kelly McGarry (New Zealand), Optum Pro Cycling p/b KBS, Eric Porter (USA), Team Clif Bar’s Menso de Jong (USA) and Sally Wang (Taiwan).

Lezyne GPS World Premiere - Poster
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“GPS was a huge multi-year project for us and to finally see the finished product represented in such a beautiful production brings an amazing sense of accomplishment to all of us at Lezyne,” said Micki Kozuschek, Lezyne’s founder and president.

Mountain bike legend Eric Porter and the fearless Kelly McGarry are two of our newest ambassadors and both are represented in the film. “It was so much fun shooting this video, we rode amazing trails and also found some time to enjoy the local night life,” Porter exclaimed. “I’ve been a fan of Lezyne for years, and the new GPS line continues their tradition of well designed, beautiful products that make every ride better.

It’s been cool gettin’ some stats on my rides using the Lezyne Mini GPS,” said McGarry. “It’s low key, easy to use and good fun trying to smash my times on the next ride!”

Make sure and check out the film on June 6th, and to learn more about our GPS products please visit http://www.lezyne.com/products-gps.php.

Optum and the Tour of California

Optum and the Tour of California

Optum and the Tour of California

The Tour of California kicks off this weekend and will once again pass through our backyard at the race’s midway point. As the most prestigious U.S. stage race, the field is stacked and features a powerful international presence. Kicking off Sunday, May 10 (Don’t forget: it’s Mother’s Day) the Tour winds it way from Sacramento, through the Golden State and finishes around the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Along the way, it will traverse some of California’s most notorious climbs like Mt. Hamilton and Mt. Baldy, and test the GC contenders during the high-altitude timetrial in Big Bear. Stage 8 has us the most excited; it will bring the peloton from Avila Beach to Pismo Beach, passing by our headquarters less than a kilometer away.

The Lezyne-sponsored Optum Pro Cycling p/b KBS team will be fielding a talented and very motivated squad at this year’s Tour of California. They’ll have 2015 Redlands winner and GC contender Phil Gaimon leading the charge, along with guys like Will Routley (last year’s KOM winner) and recent Tour of the Gila stage winners Mike Woods and Ryan Anderson in the hunt for stage wins. The team will also field a women’s squad for the coinciding three-day women’s stage race. The women’s team has also been racking up the podiums this year and has the depth to contest for every stage and jersey on offer.

Throughout the week we’ll be on scene working with the Optum squads as they compete for glory. Furthermore, they will be the first team to race with our GPS computers at the Tour of California. During select stages, we are planning to work with one or two of the Optum riders and recap the day’s battle. Here we’ll dive into their race data; analyzing their efforts and other interesting statistics through our GPS Root website.

Visit Lezyne at Sea Otter

Visit Lezyne at Sea Otter - Cedric Gracia

Visit Lezyne at Sea Otter

Join us at the Laguna Seca Raceway, April 16-19, for the 25TH annual Sea Otter Classic bike festival. We’ll be set up in booth number 423 along with our latest collection of goods—and likely a few swag items to hand out. Additionally, our new line of GPS computers will be making their first public appearance at the event, including the worlds smallest cycling computer: the Mini GPS. Also, be sure to cruise by at 3:00pm on Friday, April 17 to meet gravity rock star Cedric Gracia where he’ll be hanging out, signing posters and greeting fans.

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Lezyne Lands Kiwi Ambassador Kelly McGarry

Lezyne lands a Kiwi ambassador Kelly McGarry

Lezyne Lands Kiwi Ambassador Kelly McGarry

We are so pumped to have New Zealand native and fearless shredder Kelly McGarry as our newest Lezyne ambassador. As an all-around adrenaline crusader, McGarry has become one of extreme sports’ most likeable guys and biggest huckers. He’s built his reputation as one of the world’s premier gravity mountain bikers with his long locks, big smile and go-huge attitude. Be sure to stay tuned: we have some wild plans in store with Kelly and his 70-foot-gap-flipping mentalness.

Lezyne lands Kiwi Ambassador Kelly McGarry - Cardrona Tables

Lezyne lands Kiwi Ambassador Kelly McGarry - Sequence 1

Lezyne lands Kiwi Ambassador Kelly McGarry - Rampage

Read more about Kelly at his Lezyne ambassador page here!

Lezyne Joins Optum Pro Cycling

Lezyne Joins Optum Pro Cycling - Logo

Lezyne Joins Optum Pro Cycling

February 20, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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 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 is both stunning and durable and we look forward to working closely with Lezyne on future product releases.”

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 cycling accessories 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!

View more about the Drop and Roll Tour at Lezyne’s team page here.

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.