Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year!

"May every day of the new year glow with good cheer and happiness for you and your family"

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Bianchi unveils Androni-Venezuela’s new Sempre Pro

Bianchi unveils Androni-Venezuela’s new Sempre Pro
Bianchi unveils Androni-Venezuela’s new Sempre Pro

Savio's team remains with Italian brand

Gianni Savio’s Androni-Venezuela team will continue to ride Bianchi’s in 2014 after the Italian bicycle manufacturer announced that the team would ride the Sempre Pro for the second year running.

The all-carbon monocoque racing frame, with a larger downtube, internal cable routing and oversized chain stays, helped the squad to 13 victories in 2013 with wins the Giro della Toscana, a stage in the Tour de San Luis and the overall in the Vuelta a Venezuela.

Savio has been as busy as ever in the off-season, retaining former Italian champion Franco Pellizotti, and signing Dutch champion Johnny Hoogerland from the defunct Vacansoleil team.

The team will ride the Giro d’Italia in 2014. Bianchi will also retain their place in the WorldTour with Team Belkin set to use the Italian brand after ending their association with Giant at the end of this season.

Article Source: Cycling News

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Are You Ready For Christmas?

Let Velo Wrench help! 

We have a huge selection of children and young adult bikes in stock now and as always we can order you what you need if it's not in stock.

If you make that cycling purchase here anytime between now and Christmas we will store your purchase here until 2:00pm on Christmas Eve, so you don't have to worry about your gift being found out. 

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Monday, December 16, 2013

Where are they now? Chasing down... Erin Hartwell

by Mary Topping

Erin in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. Photo by Henri Szwarc/Getty Images

For Erin Hartwell only one suit merited wearing.

“In the Olympics you are given two suits,” he says. “Your marching suit for the opening ceremonies and an awards suit for the podium.

“I only ever wore the awards suit. Never went to an opening ceremony, never went to a closing. We weren’t there for the party. We were only there to compete.”

That single-minded focus on the highest level of competition shaped the kilometer specialist Hartwell, now 44 years old, into one of the most successful American track cyclists in the world arena. He earned Olympic and world champion silver and bronze medals. He set Olympic, world, and national records. He also dominated national championships.

His path to achievement in cycling came about through another sport that he’s recently rediscovered.

Olympic ambitions 

Images of Bruce Jenner running, pole vaulting, and launching a javelin as he worked toward gold in the decathlon at the 1976 Olympics hooked seven-year-old Hartwell on becoming an Olympian. In high school he swam, but he focused on track and field to pursue the Olympic goal.

After practice he returned to his south side Indianapolis home. His mom worked as a flight attendant. Self-employed, dad painted and hung wallpaper.

The young Hartwell started cycling while recovering from a 1986 track and field injury. The next year he became junior national champion in the individual pursuit. The velodrome reminded him of track and field and he manufactured speed in no time at all on a fixed gear bike. Cycling became his new ticket to the Olympics in the form of the kilometer time trial or “kilo.”

 “I choose the kilometer because it was the one event I felt I could control in my pursuit of pushing the limits of human performance,” he explains. “It was really about me testing what I was capable of doing…I wasn’t racing a man; I was racing a clock.”

Sprinting for medals

Hartwell portrays American track athletes of the early 1990s as “punching bags for the rest of the world.” He and teammate Marty Nothstein headed to competitions like pioneers driving wagons loaded with American pride and ambition.

 “No one is going to push us around,” recalls Hartwell regarding their mindset at the time. “We will compete with the best in the world. And even if we lose, somebody’s going to be bloodied at the end of the day…any event we ever went to, we were there for one explicit reason – get the medal.”

He raced at his first Olympics in 1992. He and his American teammates rose quickly to podiums, Hartwell believes, because they were good athletes. And they prepared. “I remember countless times I could look my competitors in the eye and see who had done the work and who didn’t. You could see the fear. And that was a beautiful thing.”

 The Madison was actually his favorite track event. But dedication to becoming the best in the world meant focusing on the kilo. Fun wasn’t the point at the time.

In 2011, ten years post-retirement and after swearing he’d never compete in masters cycling, Hartwell captured a masters national championship in the Madison. “I wanted to win a Madison championship,” he says. “And it was enough.

“In hindsight I think I may have been a better endurance athlete or maybe a Madison rider, points racer, something than say a pure sprinter. I was good at sprinting.” However, he adds, “I think I could have been more successful on the road side, at least financially and maybe professionally.”

New pursuits

After the 1996 Olympics he quit the kilo, trimmed off sprinting muscle, and prepared to transition to road racing. At that time another ambition began to claim his loyalty – raising a family with his wife at the time. Team EDS, a trade team he explains was associated with the U.S. national team, asked him to return to his trademark event for a salary and a guaranteed job afterwards. Family in mind, Hartwell got back on the track bike.

 He made it to road racing with the Saturn Cycling Team in 2000 after a 1998 knee injury cut him off from the kind of training the kilo required. An overall win in the Joe Martin Stage Race and additional victories confirmed his road potential.

Before agreeing to travel to his third Olympics that year for the team pursuit, he hesitated. He didn’t want to be pigeonholed as a track cyclist and wasn’t sure about committing the second half of the road season to the world event.

 Hartwell’s reluctance to ride in the 2000 Olympics reveals something else one could say he values: the desire for autonomy, the freedom to define himself.

About a year later in 2001, after recovering from another injury, he started to put in the miles on the roads of what he describes as the “wind-swept, Belgian-like hills” of southern Indiana. In the middle of a ride he clicked out of his pedals and sat in the grass at the side of the road.

“You know what?” he said to himself. “That’s it. I’m done.”

Recalling that moment, he says, “I was no longer pursuing the Olympic dream… I should be going to school or something, do something I’ve not done yet while I still have the opportunity.

He retired from professional cycling and continued his pursuit of human excellence in other capacities.

Respect for sprinting

After some college study and a job with the Welsh Cycling Federation, in 2005 Hartwell became the CEO at the Valley Preferred Cycling Center in Trexlertown, Pennsylvania.

Hartwell describes track at a world-class level as a thrilling, edge-of-your-seat spectator sport. Speed. Banging elbows. Incredible acceleration and explosiveness. Track sprinters, he says, pump out 2,500 watts while riders completing a Tour de France stage might generate just over half that.

To understand the experience Hartwell suggests viewing online videos of the Belgian Gent Six-Day event. He calls the action “beautiful mayhem on a bike” as athletes zip around an oval at 55 to 60 kilometers an hour doing Madison exchanges. “…it was literally hours of they are going to crash at any second,” he says.

Based in part on the exposure track cycling received during the 2012 Olympics, Hartwell perceives increasing interest in the discipline. A revamped world cup format, more international meets, and other developments signal that track is getting more respect, “the respect it deserves.”

In 2012 the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame added the guy who gave America its first Olympic medal in the kilo to its modern road and track competitor ranks.

“It was a wonderful moment for me. Icing on the cake. It’s good to have that peer recognition especially following in the footsteps of my best friend Marty [Nothstein] who was inducted the year before,” Hartwell says. “I thought ‘wow man, two track cyclists/sprinters back to back!’ I thought that was pretty cool.”

The next act

He left the velodrome in 2008 to focus on his Athletics Cubed venture. The sports management company provides athlete coaching and management as well as event promotions through three programs, the newest called SprintStars. Now he’s looking to restructure his business with a more singular focus on sprinting by year-end. He imagines a central environment exclusively for international sprinter training. Plans also include camps and tours in unique places.

While still passionate about pursuing human excellence in his work, he says, “I like the sport, but after almost 30 years you don’t live for it anymore.”

What he lives for now: family, peace, contentment. “I’ll begin exploring my creative side more. I’d like to see more of the world where it’s not just focused on a velodrome and a hotel room.” The creative work that interests him is writing. “I think there may be a story to tell at some point and wouldn’t mind doing some screenplays, we’ll see.”

Article Source: USA Cycling 

Friday, December 13, 2013

(2013) Happy Holidays from Jamis Bicycles

Happy Holidays from Jamis Bicycles

On Christmas morning a family surprises their son with extravagant gifts but he is focused on something even better.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Cavendish, Cancellara, Kittel and Sagan to ride the inaugural Dubai Tour

By: Stephen Farrand

Four-day race suits the sprinters, starts with time trial

Mark Cavendish, Fabian Cancellara, Marcel Kittel and Peter Sagan will be the stars of the inaugural Dubai Tour in February, with Cancellara the favourite to win the opening time trial, while the sprinters are set to clash on the other three stages.

The route of the new early-season race was revealed at the official presentation in Dubai on Tuesday morning. Giro d’Italia organiser RCS Sport is organising the race with the Dubai Sports Council.
The 16 teams of eight riders will include 11 ProTeams and the first three teams classified in the UCI Asia Tour 2013, plus the United Arab Emirates national team and the Dubai Sky Dive team.

The race begins on Wednesday February 5 with a 10km time trial in the down town area of Dubai, amongst the skyscrapers and offices of the modern city.

The 122km second stage visits the most important sports buildings in Dubai, including as the Hippodrome, the Olympic pool, the new Al Qudra cycling path, the Autodrome and the Golf Club. It ends overlooking the sea in the Palm Jumeirah archipelago resort.

The third stage is the longest of the race at 162km and will leave the city and pass through the desert to finish in Hatta. The final 60km of racing includes two minor climbs but a descent to Hatta should set up another sprint finish.

The 124km fourth and final stage will cross the old part of Dubai, passing two of the most iconic Dubai buildings: the Burj Al Arab and the Burj Khalifa, the tallest skyscraper in the world. Every stage will start from the Dubai World Trade Centre.

The race will be shown live and in HD in 70 countries, including Eurosport.

"We are pleased to host the inaugural Dubai Tour 2014 as it puts the spotlight on Dubai as a hub for important international sporting events,” Saeed Hareb, the chairman of the Dubai Tour High Committee said.

“We thank those who have made this possible, from the leadership of the Dubai
Sports Council to our event partners RSC Sports, as well as sponsors and the media. We are looking forward to a dramatic and exciting race featuring some of the most popular names in the sport as they battle to win the honor and prestige of winning the first Dubai Tour title.”

Lorenzo Giorgetti, the RCS Sport Commercial Director is the Events Dubai Director.

“We are really proud to be here today to underline our partnership with Dubai Sports Council and show how the development of the Dubai Tour project is now in its final stage,” he said.

“The course presentation, the sponsor’s introduction and the appointment of the TV broadcaster are all part of this great project that we have developed together in the last few months. We are now less than 60 days away from the start of the first edition of Dubai Tour and we are sure that this unique event will be widely appreciated at an international level.”

Article Source: Cycling News

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Team Velo Wrench

2014 Team Velo Wrench is off to a great start. Don't worry if you didn't get on the team initially.  Please feel free to join us for rides and fun even if you're not on the team (yet)

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Dakar AMT 650B Weekend (2014)

Jamis Account Rep and Rider Doug Krauze takes his Jamis Dakar AMT on a road trip for the weekend at four of the best trails in NY and NJ.

This is where the 650B wheel size really shines: on a 150mm travel all-mountain dualie. Meet the new Dakar AMT 650 Pro and Comp. Based on our proven XCT trail bike, but bulked up for bigger hits at higher speeds, with mp4 suspension for efficient pedaling uphill and aggressive descents, 12 x 142mm rear thru-axle, ISCG05 chainguide mounts, beefy asymmetrical chain stays and a progressive suspension design with excellent climbing capabilities that delivers plush rear wheel traction. If you want to do it all, fast, this is the bike.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Are You Ready For Christmas?

Let Velo Wrench help! 

We have a huge selection of children and young adult bikes in stock now and as always we can order you what you need if it's not in stock.

If you make that cycling purchase here anytime between now and Christmas we will store your purchase here until 2:00pm on Christmas Eve, so you don't have to worry about your gift being found out. 

Can't decide what to get that cycling enthusiast? Let them decide with a gift card from Velo Wrench.