Lezyne Teams Up with Ritchey for Project Rwanda

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Lezyne Teams Up with Ritchey for Project Rwanda

Monterey, CA April 16, 2011 – On Saturday, Lezyne met up with Tom Ritchey at the Sea Otter Classic to make a donation of Lezyne cycling accessories to Project Rwanda. Lezyne’s Patrick Ribera-McKay and Mike Foote delivered over 600 Lezyne hand pumps, patch kits, saddle bags, and hydration packs to Ritchey to help further the efforts of Project Rwanda.

The idea of the partnership grew from Ritchey’s March visit to Lezyne’s headquarters in San Luis Obispo, California. He was making his way back home after the 2011 North American Handmade Bicycle Show and decided to visit his old cycling buddy and Lezyne Aftermarket Sales Assistant, Mark Mozart. After taking a tour of the Lezyne facility, Ritchey and Mozart crafted the idea of Lezyne contributing to Project Rwanda and presented the idea to Patrick Ribera-McKay, Lezyne Worldwide Marketing Manager. “Once I learned about Project Rwanda, I jumped at the chance to find a way for Lezyne to take part,” said McKay. “Ritchey’s passion for cycling and commitment to helping the people of Rwanda is very compelling and I am glad that we could take part in Project Rwanda and hope we can continue to do so in the future.”

Afterward Ritchey explained just how valuable these basic cycling accessories are to the people of Rwanda. “Clean water is a luxury that many of us take for granted, but in Rwanda, it can be a rare resource. You can’t imagine how valuable a tool these hydration packs will be for Rwandans. These packs will allow them to easily take clean drinking water and gear with them while traveling. Basic cycling essentials like a good pump and patches are also hard to come by in Rwanda. Many people patch tubes not with patch kits, but with string, and will do so repeatedly until the tube is completely unusable. To give a Rwandan a real patch kit and hand pump is a truly empowering gift.”

Project Rwanda was founded by Tom Ritchey after he visited Rwanda in 2005, out of his passion for cycling, a love of Rwanda’s natural beauty, and the inspiring stories of hope of the Rwandan people. Tom’s trip resulted in a realization that the bicycle can be an important tool in rebuilding a country, building national pride and addressing local issues facing Rwanda and other African nations. Project Rwanda is committed to furthering the economic development of Rwanda through initiatives based on the bicycle as a tool and symbol of hope. The organization’s goal is to use the bike to help boost the Rwandan economy as well as re-brand Rwanda as a beautiful and safe place to do business and visit freely.

The Lezyne goods will be transported one box at a time to Rwanda via the Rwandan Courier Network over the course of the year. The Rwandan Courier Network is a group of men and women who volunteer to carry goods to and from the African nation. Project Rwanda organizers found that due to the high cost of international shipping, individual couriers are the most reliant and cost effective method of transport. So, if you are bounds for Rwanda and have room for one more bag, give these guys a call and directly take part in helping another nation.

For more information about this Lezyne and Project Rwanda, please visit the following link:
Project Rwanda Official website >

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

Tiffany Cromwell Lezyne Sponsorship Continues

Tiffany Cromwell Lezyne Sponsorship Continues

San Luis Obispo, CA – Lezyne is proud to announce the continued sponsorship of Austrailian pro cyclist, Tiffany Cromwell. Currently riding for Honda Dream Team (Aus) and Lotto Laddies Team (Bel), she is one ofAustralia’s top cyclists climbing up the world ranking.

Lezyne started working with Tiffany in 2010 after Lezyne CEO Micki Kozuschek meet with her in Adelaide during an Australian dealer tour. Tiffany will use Lezyne’s award-winning hand pumps, floor pumps, multi-tools, and tire repair to keep her training and racing at her best.

Hailing from Adelaide, Australia, Tiffany began racing as a junior at age 13 and quickly began winning races. In 2008, Tiffany turned pro by signing with the US-based Colitiva Sutter Home team. That same year she won her first professional race, the 2008 Sea Otter Classic, as well as a number of strong results. In 2010 she has moved to competing full time in Europe with the Australian Institute of Sport national women’s team where she competed in all of the major races on the world calendar including the world cup series, Giro D’Italia feminine, La Route de France feminine, and finished off the year by competing in her first World Road Cycling Championships in Australia.

Tiffany’s 2011 season is off to a great start! Riding for the Honda Dream Team, she won Stage 2 of the Jayco Bay Criterium Series (Aus) where she also finish 1st overall in the Sprint Classification.

Granieri Joins Lezyne

Granieri Joins Lezyne

Lezyne is proud to announce its sponsorship of French dirt jumping phenomenon Yannick Granieri. He is one of the best French dirt jumpers to come along in a long time. He hails from Lyon, France and has bikes in his blood.

Career highlights include 2nd at the 2010 Austria King of Dirt, 2nd at the 2010 Winterpark Crankworx, and 4th overall at the 2010 FMBO World Tour – the best ranked European at the event!Lezyne’s Uli Prokasky, European Marketing & Sales, first talked to Granieri at the Eurobike tradeshow last September and finalized the partnership last month. Yannick will ride with Lezyne floor pumps, hand pumps, multi-tools, and tire repair.

This announcement comes on the heels of Yannick’s 3rd place finish at this year’s White Style snow jumping event where he was one of the lucky 12 riders to qualify for the final run. He finished runner up to Sam Pilgrim and Sam Reynolds (1st and 2nd). Congratulations Yannick!

Learn more about Yannick here:

Lezyne Ambassador Page
Yannick Facebook Page