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Danny MacAskill and his Drop and Roll Team at RideLondon this Weekend

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Danny tossing a Floor Drive to the crowd Photo: Dave Mackison

Danny MacAskill and his Drop and Roll Team will be heading to London this upcoming weekend to display their craziest tricks and superhuman skills to the thousands of spectators at RideLondon. RideLondon is an annual three-day cycling festival, which takes place in England’s capital. This world-class event celebrates the passion for two-wheels for the fourth time from July 29th to 31st.

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Photo: Dave Mackison

With over 100,000 cyclists and an even greater number of spectators to be expected during the festival days, the Drop and Roll crew is looking forward to record-breaking crowds. What may well be their biggest event ever, the Drop and Roll team of Danny MacAskill, Duncan Shaw, Ali C and Fabio Wibmer are sure to put on quite the show.

“It’s always so rad, when big crowds come to our shows. It motivates us immensely! But I will certainly be a bit more nervous than usual”, admits Fabio Wibmer, the youngest of the group.

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Photo: Dave Mackison

The four skills trials riders will be kicking off their weekend at the “Lee Valley VeloPark” located in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Fans should look forward to backflips, trials competitions of the highest level and many more tricks at 2:00pm and 8:00pm. Between both shows (3:30pm to 4:00pm and again from 6:30pm to 7:00pm), spectators will have the opportunity to collect autographs from the crew during the signing sessions.

On Saturday the Drop and Roll team will be showing-off their tricks during shows at 11:00am, 1:00pm and 3:00pm on the South Bank. There will be half-hour signing sessions after each show for that missed out on Friday as well.

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Photo: Dave Mackison

“We have been in London before, but we have never done a show in central London. It will be awesome to be riding with the London eye as a backdrop,” says Duncan Shaw.

The loudest fans will surely be rewarded not only by the wildest of trick combinations, but also with a great number of prizes including custom Drop and Roll Lezyne multi tools and pumps that aren’t available in stores. If you happen to miss the shows in London this weekend, then make sure to take a look at the upcoming tour dates in August!

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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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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.”

Lezyne Bolsters International Sales Staff

Lezyne Bolsters International Sales Staff

Lezyne Bolsters International Sales Staff

Every year brings on new exciting challenges here at Lezyne, and every year we hit new milestones as we continue to expand around the world.

Currently, our global sales and marketing team is in Taiwan preparing for the upcoming 2016 Taipei Cycle Show, which takes place March 2nd – 5th. Preceding the show, we welcome our global distributors to our Taichung based manufacturing facility to proudly present our YEAR 10 product line.

We are also proud to announce some new additions and restructurings to our US and international sales teams:

Brian Billington (Right) took over the role as Pacific Oceanic Sales Manager. In his new role, Brian will be handling South America, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and our USA distributors. Furthermore, he will oversee the Asian markets together with our new Asia Sales Manager, Eric Chiang (2nd from right).

In Europe, and working closely with our longtime European Sales and Marketing Manager Alex Mai (2nd from Left), joins Arnaud Berg (Left). Arnaud will assume the role as our new Junior European Sales and Marketing Manager.

Brad Buxton (not pictured) has been promoted internally to USA Inside Sales Manager. He will lead our San Luis Obispo-based customer service and warranty departments, US warehouse and our USA sales reps.

Ulrike Prokasky (Center) will maintain her role as Global Sales and Marketing Director. “We are extremely excited about our new hires and the promotions from within!” Ulrike exclaimed. “Lezyne continues to grow globally and our newly expanded sales force will keep us heading the right direction.”

For more information please contact Uli Prokasky.

Better By Lezyne

Better by Lezyne

Better by Lezyne

Steve Thomas visits the Lezyne factory in Taiwan to get a look at how our high-quality products are made from Micki Kozuschek, the owner of Lezyne. Micki shows Steve around the new, state-of-the-art factory while answering questions about his brand, it’s product, and how he achieves the quality of work that he strives for.

“Back in the spring of 2007 a bold and brave new cycling accessory company launched into what was an already crowded market place. The name of that company was Lezyne; it’s a brand which most of us have now come to know and respect for their high quality and superbly engineered products as for their innovation and common sense approach to those essentials which we use or carry with us on just about every ride.”

To view the full article, click on the picture below.
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Enduro MTB Visits Lezyne California Headquarters

Enduro MTB Visits Lezynes California Headquarters
Enduro MTB Visits Lezynes California Headquarters

Enduro MTB Visits Lezynes California Headquarters

Our friends at Enduro Mountainbike Magazine came to visit our sunny, California headquarters earlier this year! They got a first hand look at our clean, hardworking environment and were shown the best time possible. Enduro got a whole new look at how Lezyne works by seeing our marketing, sales, and R&D working in house.

“Lezyne was started on principles of creating good looking, sharp, and classy products that perform exceedingly well. Lezyne does all of it’s design and testing in house. Sure, they also have phenomenal riding right out the door in gorgeous San Luis Obispo. They also sponsor top name riders like Cedric Gracia, Angie Hohenwarter, and Danny MacAskill.”

We hope that the guys at Enduro can come back for another visit! To read the full article and to see the rest of the pictures taken in our California headquarters, click here.

Lezyne Team Finds a Tiny Tradition

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A Band of Brothers Unloading a Box

Lezyne team finds a tiny tradition when the time comes for Lezyne’s US warehouse to replenish its premium product reserves, it calls on a massive shipment straight from its manufacturing headquarters in Taiwan. Filled from floor to ceiling and wall to wall with fresh off-the-line goodies, peeling back the door to this massive inventory cache would seem to be an insurmountable task to a solitary one-man shipping department.

Such a task has been known to occupy the majority of a workweek to unload, log and compile all products into the warehouse. But here at Lezyne, employees rarely find that their day-to-day activities reflect that of their current position or title. In order to align with the style of this company, an employee must not only be a jack-of-all-trades but must also live to embrace the random.

Which is why every somber Friday morning, espresso in hand, a mess of Lezyne team members swarm the newfound product shipment to tackle the unload job in record time. While this seems like a common occurrence to some, it is quite rare to see such specialists in their specific departments band together on a single project.

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Engineers, salesmen, graphic designers and marketers come together to unload their own livelihood out of a metal box, onto and shelf, and soon into the passionate hands of their customers. In what has become a microcosmic tradition, the Lezyne team pools its resources and discovers that what had previously taken days to accomplish, could be swiftly executed in less than one hour.
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The events that unfold on a foggy Friday morning can be seen as yet another example of how Lezyne is constantly striving to become hyper-efficient and relentlessly cost-effective; a trademark characteristic that results in the highest quality and most affordable premium bike accessories on the market. Next time you see a semi truck barreling down the road loaded with unmarked consumer goods, think twice and see that perhaps this hollow hunk of metal might mean a whole lot more to a motley team of bike enthusiasts.
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Lezyne Welcomes African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team

Lezyne Welcomes African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team

Lezyne Welcomes African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team

Lezyne would like to welcome the African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team to our team!

In just 2 years, Melbourne-based African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team (AWSCT) has grown from a concept to one of the best equipped and performing cycling teams in Australia’s domestic competition. AWSCT is taking on the full National Road Series (NRS) calendar and selected UCI events as the team is newly registered as a UCI Continental Team for 2014. AWSCT is the only Australian team to make the step up to UCI Continental ranks this year. Driven by a charter to develop young riders and to contribute to society beyond racing, Scar Racing, the management behind AWSCT believe 2014 will provide opportunities to achieve this with a larger racing calendar, with a strengthened and growing roster and new committed international industry partners.

AWS Cycling Team will be riding with Lezyne bottle cages, multi-tools, and other Lezyne accessories. Check out their Facebook page and Lezyne page for more information on the team!

New Lezyne Website!

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New Lezyne Website

We here at Lezyne are proud to announce the launch of our newly designed corporate website! This new design not only gives us a bolder, fresher and overall sexier look, but also provides a clearer, faster user experience as well as scalability for a wide variety of viewing platforms from desktop to laptop computers and mobile devices.

The new Lezyne website homepage will allow us to highlight top news and happenings at Lezyne, whether it be for new product launches, events, high-profile reviews or accomplishments of our sponsored riders and teams to keep every visitor more immediately in-the-know and suggest a path of navigation throughout the site. Product categories in the main dropdown menu lead users to a more accessible, full display of their respective products, and each product and athlete page is revamped for more interactive media galleries for videos, reviews and photos. For riders who aren’t sure exactly what product or products will fit their needs, our buyer’s guide is now fully loaded with colorful graphics and a clear path to the right items. Browse our Google-map based Pro Shop locator to find a store near you that stocks Lezyne products, connect with us and explore our ever-growing social media presence, download PDF product manuals and catalogues, easily compare our LED lights with those from our direct competitors and get a closer look at the always-improving, cutting-edge technology that makes our incredible products stand out the way they do in today’s competitive market.

An announcement of our new and improved Lezyne website would not be complete without a mention of our blog, which has also gone through its own transformation to match the aforementioned improvements. Our blog not only got a visual upgrade, but all posts appear in a more streamlined, organized format that, like its website counterpart, is also responsive to all screen sizes. Viewers can now easily subscribe to our newsletter to stay on top of the latest on everything Lezyne.