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Lezyne Proudly Partners with Lotto Belisol for 2012

Lezyne proudly partners with Lotto Belisol for 2012. It’s looking like it’s gonna be an amazing season for both Lotto and Lezyne.

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Lotto-Belisol, a Belgian racing team, is one of the oldest and most prestigious cycling teams of all time. With a stacked list of talent and tradition, keep a keen eye out on both teams. It’s gonna be good.

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Legendary Team of Professional Belgian Cycling

• Originally established in 1985

• More than 700 victories over 27 years of racing

• New powerhouse team for 2012:

Andre Greipel (Ger)

Jurgen Roelandts (Bel)

Jurgen Van den Broeck (Bel)

Lars Bak (Den)

• Team uses Lezyne hand pumps and

floor pumps, and CO2 inflators.

 

The Lotto-Belisol webpage can be found HERE

Kristin Armstrong Takes the Win, with Hughes and Stevens on the Podium in Second and Third

Exergy TWENTY12’s Kristin Armstrong wins the Merco Cycling Classic Time Trial. Evelyn Stevens of Specialized lululemon takes 3rd.

Photo: Joe Savola
Photo: Joe Savola

In Merced, California, it was a beautiful day in the California Central Valley. This was home for the Merco Cycling Classic Boosters Time Trial. It was Evelyn Stevens who was being chased down after having just won the Tour of New Zealand and beating the current World TT Champion Judth Arndt, Kristin Armstrong took a very convincing win over Canadian National TT Champion Clara Hughes and current U.S National TT Champion, Evelyn Stevens. Her time was 55 seconds faster than that of Clara Hughes. Exergy’s Alison Tetrick finished a very strong 4th place, behind Specialized lululemon’s Evelyn Stevens.

In an post-race interview, this is what Armstrong had to say: “Everything came together. I already know I’m on the best equipment out there and it was up to me to put in a solid winter of training and show up to time trials well prepared. I felt good today”.

It was an extremely good race weekend for both of the Lezyne-sponsored teams of Specialized Lululemon and Exergy TWENTY12, taking the entire podium for the women’s TT opener. Keep it rockin’ gals.

Olheiser Breaks Through at Rutas

Olheiser, of Competitive Cyclist kicks off the season nice and proper like.

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Competitive Cyclist get season off to perfect start.

Competitive Cyclist’s first-year pro Mike Olheiser got his rookie season underway with an impressive solo win Tuesday at the first stage of the Rutas de Americas, a UCI 2.2 race in Uruguay.

Olheiser rode away from the fractured bunch in an effort to take a three-second KOM time bonus about 99 km into the 146 km opening stage from Montevideo to Minas. When no one in the field reacted to Olheiser’s move, the 37-year-old multiple masters time trial world champion pressed the issue and zeroed in on his first professional win.

“They gave him a good-sized gap, and I was like, ‘hmmm, they don’t know this guy can time trial like we do,'” said Competitive Cyclist director Gord Fraser. “It was really difficult terrain with a lot of up and down. He was able to get his momentum up on the downhills and really carry it over the rollers. So he just did a great job.”

The Rutas de Americas marks the team’s first foray into international racing after team leader Francisco Mancebo won the USA Cycling National Race Calendar individual title last year. Fraser said Olheiser’s first professional win in as many tries has already set the tone for a major team goal this season.

“I’ve been big on this word diversification of results, and we’ve certainly got it the very first race,” Fraser said. “So I couldn’t be happier for the guys. It’s good for the morale. We’re having a great time here already. It’s quite an adventure, and it’s certainly different than what we’re used to, so we’re rolling with it and having a good time. This will just set us up for the rest of the week without any pressure now.”

Mancebo started the fireworks Tuesday for Competitive Cyclist, soloing away from the bunch to win the first intermediate sprint at 28 km and grabbing the time bonus. The team continued to force the issue for the next 30 km, working with Porongos de Flores of Uruguay to keep the pace high over the rolling terrain.

Olheiser made his move after the peloton split into two groups. While teammates Mancebo and Chad Beyer rode heard on the ever-shrinking chase group behind, Olheiser battled to an eight-second gap at the finish. With time bonuses, Olheiser climbs into the overall race lead with a 14-second margin over Pablo Pintos of Uruguay. Fraser said Beyer was in position to take second on the stage when a Brasilian rider altered his line, causing Beyer to unclip to regain his balance and losing his spot.

The race continues Wednesday with the 150 km stage from ah9eme P. Varela to Melo. Fraser said his team will not be aggressively patrolling the front of the peloton to defend Olheiser’s lead, but will look for others to animate the race in the coming days.

“I still think it’s kind of a crap shoot, honestly,” Fraser said “There are so many factors that can go into it. We’re just really happy with the win. We’re not going to ride the front by any stretch. We’re going to play a more passive defense and try to engage the competition as much as possible and count on some local rivalries to see what shakes free.”

The six-day stage race ends February 26 with a stage from Trinidad to Montevideo. After the Rutas, Competitive Cyclist will split into two squads, with half the team contesting the Tour of Mexico while the other half heads to the San Dimas Stage Race and then Redlands Bicycle Classic for the USA Cycling National Race Calendar opener.

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Worrack Wins 1st UCI Stage of 2012 for Lululemon

February 2nd, Doha, Qatar – Trixi Worrack took the first UCI Stage win for 2012 for Specialized-lululemon on Thursday, winning the second stage of Tour of Qatar from a two person break.

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Worrack, who also made the break of the day on Wednesday in Stage One, was able to make the break again in the famous cross-winds that make the Tour of Qatar what it is.

“I’m really happy with the way the team raced today,” said Team Director Jens Zemke. “Yesterday we had three in the break but made some tactical errors, but today they made up for it.”

The Specialized-lululemon women along with the Green Edge team forced the race into the gutter from the stage start with the winning break escaping from the front group with 15km remaining in the race. Worrack and Judith Arndt went away with Adrie Visser and Kirsten Wild but were able to drop them with 12km to go and arrive at thefinish line for a two-up spring. Worrack won from Arndt and now sits in second place overall behind Arndt with one stage remaining.

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“I’m really happy to win a stage here in my first race with Specialized-lululemon,” said Worrack. “It’s hard and fun racing here and we’re really enjoying racing together.”

Worrack’s team-mate, Chloe Hosking wears the Best Young Rider’s jersey and Specialized-lululemon leads the team classification.

Specialized Lululemon Racing Team Ride With LEZYNE in 2012

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Specialized Lululemon Racing Team Ride With LEZYNE in 2012

San Luis Obispo, CA – Lezyne is proud to continue its commitment to professional women’s cycling by sponsoring the newly formed Specialized-lululemon team.

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Last October, Velocio Sports announced that the extremely dominant HTC-Highroad women’s team would continue in 2012 with new management and new title sponsors: Specialized Bicycle Company and lululemon athletica. This new dream team is made up of several current and former national champions, an Olympic gold medalist, and a several promising young athletes that are destined to be a driving force in the women’s peloton.

Returning members of the team include current German national road race champion Ina-Yoko Teutenberg, U.S. national time trial champion Evelyn Stevens, and former world time trial champion Amber Neban (USA). Velocio Sports Director, Kristy Scrymgeour and team manager, Ronny Lauke will use their extensive experience and success from Highroad Sports to lead this team to success.

“The team is made up of immensely strong women who also happen to have sterling careers to back them up,” says Lezyne Marketing Manager Patrick Ribera-McKay. “Lezyne is more than happy to partner with an industry standard and truly valued group of women such as these. Just as Lezyne is pushing at the forefront of product design and engineering, these women are pushing not only cycling in general, but women’s cycling forward at such a spectacular pace that we are simply trying to keep up. With a shared passion for perfection and a keen eye out for cycling and it’s future, Lezyne is extremely proud to be a partner of Specialized-Lululemon and the amazing women that encompass it.”

Lezyne’s Marketing team was in Carlsbad, California last December for the team’s winter training camp. There, Lezyne had the opportunity to sit down and interview some of the riders and get an inside look at the women who make up this amazing team. This overview video is the first of three videos that Lezyne captured at the camp.

The team wasted no time getting its first wins under its belt in 2012. On January 1st, Australian Chloe Hosking won the first round of the Jayco Bay Series in Geelong Australia. This was quickly followed the next day by teammate Loren Rawney, who took the first win of her professional cycling career at the second round of the Jayco Bay Series.

The Team will be riding with Lezyne hand pumps, multi-tools, tire repair, organizers, and saddle bags. The Team’s mechanics will use Lezyne floor pumps and shop tools.

To learn more about the Team click on the following links:

Specialized-lululemon official team page >>

New Custom Limited Edition LEZYNE HTC-Highroad Tool Kit

Lezyne has worked closely with Team HTC-Highroad to create a custom limited edition tool kit – ONLY 2000 units will be made.

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Lezyne has worked closely with Team HTC-Highroad to create a custom limited edition tool kit – ONLY 2000 units will be made. This is the ultimate tool kit for the traveling and training cyclist. This limited edition tool kit is custom engraved with HTC-Highroad logos and custom anodized in yellow and black. It contains everything a traveling cyclist needs to train and service his or her bike while at home or on the road. The kit includes the following items:

  • Custom Port-A-Shop
  • Custom Pressure Drive S
  • Custom Lever Kit
  • Custom SV-5

This tool kit was created in memory of Carla Swart and to support Carla’s Circle. Carla was an HTC-Highroad rider from South Africa who was tragically killed in a traffic accident while training in her home country earlier this year. Carla’s Circle is a fund created by Highroad Sports to help Carla’s family and continue her interests. For every tool kit sold, $2.00 will be donated to this fund to help support the Swart family.

The HTC-Highroad Tool Kit will be available in May online at www.lezyne.com and at authorized Lezyne retailers worldwide. MSRP $219.99.

For more information or to make a donation to Carla’s Circle, please visit the official website here>>.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Taipei Show, Team HTC-Highroads, and New Media

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Taipei Show, Team HTC-Highroads, and New Media

Lezyne is Back From Taipei Show 2011
The Lezyne crew is back from a successful 2011 Taipei Cycle Show. We had a great looking 2-story booth and plenty of traffic during all three days of the show.

Those lucky enough to go upstairs got a sneak peak at what will be new from Lezyne in Year 5 (2012). We have several great new products coming, but that is all we will say about the Year 5 Products right now. Everyone else will have to wait until Eurobike to see how Lezyne will change the world of accessories again.

Lezyne did show the new limited edition HTC-Highroad Tool Kit. This custom HTC-Highroad colored and badged kit was created to help the Carla’s Circle fund. Only 2000 units will be made and for every kit sold, $2.00 will be donated to the fund. For more information, follow these links:

* HTC-Highroad Tool Kit page
* Carla’s Circle

Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for updates on our New Y5 Product line up.

Team HTC-Highroads: 3 Days, 3 Victories
Riders: Matt Goss / Evelyn Stevens / Gatis Smukulis
Photos by: TDWSport.com / Dick Soepenberg / TDWSport.com

Team HTC-Highroads is on a winning streak; 3 victories in 3 days.

The streak started on Saturday March 19th, with Matt Goss taking the win at Milan San Remo for the biggest finish of his career. Goss has had a spectacular season so far, with stage victories in the Tour Down Under, Tour of Oman, and Paris-Nice. Milan-San Remo is his 8th win of the year so far.

On Sunday, HTC-Highroad Women’s rider Evelyn Stevens soloed to victory in Germany at the Koeln-Schuld-Frechen Spring classic. “It was a really fun race,” said Stevens, “as there were a lot of people out on the roads watching the race and it was perfect weather.”

Last but not least, on Monday, Gatis Smukulis of the mens team spent 145K on the attack to win Stage 1 of the Tour of Catalunya. The 23-year-old took off in the first hour of racing and shook off all other break aways close to the finish before he powered across the line alone. His win is HTC-Highroad’s 18th of the 2011 season.

For more information about HTC-Highroads visit www.highroadsports.com

Updated Videos and Awards Pages
As usual, the Lezyne team is hard at work bringing you more information and videos. Recently we have added a few more videos to the Videos Page. There is now a video review for every Lezyne Hydration pack. We also updated the Awards page with all the product awards Lezyne has won, including the Eurobike award for the Alloy cage and the Travel Floor Drive.

Check out the updates here:
* New Videos
* Awards Page

Renshaw Wins Tour of Qatar Overall

Renshaw Wins Tour of Qatar Overall

Doha Corniche, Qatar – Exactly one week after Ellen Van Dijk won the women’s Tour of Qatar, Mark Renshaw made it an exceptional two-out-of-two for HTC-Highroad when he scooped the overall victory in the same race for the men.

Renshaw made a successful defense of his lead in the 126.5 kilometer final stage from Sealine Beach Resort to Doha Corniche on Friday, to finish ahead of Australia’s Heinrich Haussler and Italian Daniele Bennati.

Qatar is the first stage race win of Renshaw’s career. “The last day was really a question of staying in the pack and making sure I stayed close to Haussler and at the head of the field,” Renshaw said afterwards, “It’s great to come here and get the win in Qatar, it’s such a hard race and to follow on the win by the women’s team makes it even something special.”

Lezyne is an official sponsor of Team HTC-Highroad, providing the team the best in hand pumps, floor pumps, CO2 inflators, multi-tools, and tire repair.

For more about the team, check out: Official HTC-Highroad Website >>

A Ride to Remember Carla Swart

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A Ride to Remember Carla Swart

San Luis Obispo, CA –Carla Swart was one of the most talented young riders in the world when she was tragically killed in traffic while training in her home country of South Africa. She was 23 years old with an incredible collegiate career behind her, and HTC-Highroad was honored to have been her first pro team even for such a short while.On Saturday, March 12, a Ride to Remember Carla has been set up by her cycling peers. It begins at 9:30am from 367 State Street in Los Altos, California . There will be a sixty-mile route as well as a thirty-mile route, and there is no cost to ride.

Donations can be made to one of two funds set up on Carla’s behalf. One is a fund called Carla’s Circle set up by High Road Sports to benefit Carla’s family. Carla was very close to her family and always wanted to be able to give back to support them and in particular her mother who suffers from Multiple Sclerosis. Another way to donate is to support the Scholarship fund set up by Lees McRae College where Carla attended University.

Details and entries for the ride are available here.

Carla’s Circle Fund