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13 OCTOBER 2014 - Rider Newsletter #11: Kona This Weekend | Michal Kwaitkowski's World Championships win | S-Works Demo 8 Feature !

 
 

KONA THIS WEEKEND!

 
 

SPECIALIZED TALKS TO ATHLETES AT KONA

 
It's the Ironman World Championships in Kona this weekend! It'll be a gathering of athletes from all corners of the world for one of Triathlon's most iconic events. We get to talk to some of these amazing people, both pro and amateur, about what drives them to be the best they can be for a race such as this.
 

Here's what they had to say

 

1: Training for Ironman

 
 

2: Motivation for Ironman

 
 

3: Crazy for Ironman

 
 

4: 3 Words for Ironman

 
 
 

MICHAL KWAITKOWSKI'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS WIN!

 

 

You would probably know this by now, but Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma Quick-Step) rode a fine race during the World Championships road race to claim a well-deserved win and the accompanying title of World Champion.

 

What you may not know (but might be interested) is some pretty amazing power data gathered from his Worlds winning ride. You can read about that here. There. Now you know what you need to put out to win in a World Championship race.

 

Also, check out what this video with Michal shortly after his amazing win to find out what was going through his mind during the race.

 

And, if you're still reading this, click here to check out the moment awesome rider (Michal) meets awesome Rainbow Jersey, and his specially prepared Specialized Tarmac in stylishly rendered World Champ colours.

 
 

S-WORKS DEMO 8

 
 

VITALMTB.COM FEATURE

 
Our Specialized S-Works Demo 8 gets some love from the crew at VitalMTB.com. Check out the rest of the sweet bike pics:
 
 
Often times super light downhill bikes are built with a number of compromises in order to shave grams, but this setup has very few. Surprisingly Specialized didn't have to modify the stock build kit too much to achieve the total build weight. It's based around a 7.6-pound S-Works FACT 11m full carbon Demo frame.
 
 
The cockpit is made up of Specialized's own S-Works DH carbon handlebars, P.Series direct mount stem, foam grips, and SRAM Guide RS brake levers.
 
 
Dual 200mm rotors and Avid Code calipers ensure stopping won't be an issue. They've also used six steel rotor bolts on each, as any proper build should.
 
 
The frame itself features a radical asymmetric design, which you can learn more about here. It's paired with an Öhlins TTX22M rear shock with a titanium coil spring.
 
 
KCNC's Ti Pro Lite seatpost with a Scandium T7 tube was used alongside Specialized's Body Geometry Toupé Pro saddle with oversized FACT carbon rails.
 
 
Save the custom Specialized upper chainguide, the drivetrain is entirely SRAM, including X0 DH carbon cranks, BB30 bottom bracket, PC 1130 chain, 7-speed X01 DH cassette, and short cage X01 DH derailleur.
 
 

While no bash guard may seem crazy, it'd be just fine on all but the rockiest DH courses. The compact rear cassette allows for a smaller chainring to be used which improves clearance. Chain retention is ensured by SRAM's alternating thick/thin X-Sync tooth profile and the upper guide.

Specialized's long awaited Boomslang pedals with a slim 10mm profile were included in the build weight.

 
 

SRAM's dedicated X01 DH setup drops a lot of weight off many DH setups.

 
 

While not advertised as being DH ready, the 650b Roval Traverse SL Fattie Carbon wheels offer a very generous 30mm internal width at 1,530 grams per set. They've also proven to be very durable in our own tests.

Fast rolling Specialized Slaughter DH tires were used front and back. They have a 60TPI casing, dual compound tread, and wire bead.

 
 

Continuing with the coil-sprung theme, the bike has a RockShox BoXXer Team fork instead of the air-sprung World Cup. This is another area where a little more weight could have been saved, but the performance of a coil was desired.

 
 

It seems like just a few years ago we were ecstatic to build a sub-38 pound DH bike. Yowsa!

 
 
 
 

29 SEPTEMBER 2014 -Rake & Ride With The Coastal Crew | The Win Tunnel: Explaining Time Saved Over 40km | Interview: Thinking Courageously With The Doctors Of Body Geometry !

 
 

RAKE & RIDE WITH THE COASTAL CREW

 
 
The Coastal Crew have been searching for that ideal zone with endless natural lines for years. That one magic zone they could walk into with hand tools, rake, ride and repeat. The goal was to embrace natural terrain, find the limits of traction and most of all have fun doing it. Watch the Coast Crew killing it here.
 

THE WIN TUNNEL: EXPLAINING TIME SAVED OVER 40KM

 
 
So if you've watched the earlier Win Tunnel Youtube videos and wondered about the metric "Time Saved over 40km" often refered to by Mark and Chris in quantifying the aero benefits of certain equipment/position changes, wonder no more. Check out this videowhere they go into detail to explain clearly how this works.
 

INTERVIEW:

 
THINKING COURAGEOUSLY WITH THE DOCTORS OF BODY GEOMETRY
 
 
"The Body Geometry ethos has been that science must always take primacy, not 'feel' or traditional methods."
 
So what exactly is this Body Geometry thing that Specialized talks about so much? Read this fascinating interview by Flow Mountain Bike with the doctors (literally) behind the science of Body Geometry, and their pioneering work in creating better Specialized products to help riders ride with less discomfort and pain, regardless of riding discipline.
 
 
SRAM RoadNEWSLETTER | Road, Triathlon & Cyclocross: SRAM shines!
 

PHOTO OF THE MONTH

 
LA VIDA EN RED - Read More....
 
 
 

Javier Gomez Ironman 70.3 World Champion!!

 
Two World Champion Titles in Two Weeks Time, in Two Different Formats all on RED 22. Javier Gomez is unstoppable.
 
 
 

1X won in Vegas!!

 
Meredith Miller turned in a virtuoso and victorious performance at Cross Vegas aboard SRAM’s new Force CX1 with HydroR disc brakes.
 
 
 

Time Trial Queens!!!

 
For the third successive time, Specialized-Lululemon won the Team Time Trial at the World Championships.
 
 
 

Vegas Adventure with SRAM Road!!!

 
From the famous SRAM happy hour swag toss to Cross Vegas, here are some images from this month’s Interbike.
 
 
 

SRAM’s Cyclocross Stars & Parts!!!

 
Raising Performance and Rising Stars on SRAM Force CX1. Check out our CX roster for this season.
 
 
 

28 AUGUST 2014 -Race Report: NS Nature Jamboree and more! !

 
Though the previous week had been wet and stormy, it was sunshine and clear skies that met the 600 or so participants at the NS Nature MTB Jamboree on Sunday, 24 August. For many, including Team GH Speed Bikes-Specialized Malaysia riders Ian Johnston and Ryan Kopf, the jamboree marked the first event back after the mid-season break. And with the likes of Razif Salleh and Adiq Othman standing at the start line, the pace was likely to be high from the start.
 
Following a short lap around the town of Kuala Klawang, the riders were flagged off, with a scheduled 31 hilly kilometres ahead of them. Not wanting to get caught in the bunch, Ryan went straight to the front of the pack, leading the group into the first off-road section - a tight, singletrack path winding its way along the town's riverbanks.
 
 
Ryan Kopf and Ian Johnston line up at the start of the NS Nature MTB Jamboree | Photo: Cycling Malaysia
 
A couple of kilometres later, the trail swung hard left back onto tarmac, and splits in the bunch were already evident. A group of ten or 15 had about five metres on the rest of the field as the road turned uphill, first gradually and then sharply.
 
Ian hit the front of the group just before the gradient steepened seriously and he soon found himself off the front with Razif Salleh, Adiq Othman and a rider from the Selangor state team. The four crested the first climb together but it would only take the length of the descent for the group behind, including Ryan, to catch back on.
 
So at the 10km mark, it was eight at the front with a good gap on those behind - and the race remained that way until shortly after checkpoint two. The checkpoint was followed immediately by a drag of a climb which, like the first ascent, soon became incredibly steep.

 

 
 
Ian Johnston had to settle for fifth place after a sprint finish
 
Razif Salleh was the first to make a move, slowly pulling away from the quickly-separating group. Ian followed initially with Adiq and the Selangor rider but the man they call 'Panjang' would eventually have too much power, pulling away with the Selangor state rider. Team GH Speed Bikes would have to settle for fighting for third place, with Ian now in the second group and Ryan a little further back in the third group.
 
More steep rises followed before the racers came back out onto the tarmac for five or six kilometres along the road to the finish. And after close sprints through the now-crowded market streets of Kuala Klawang, Ian took fifth place overall with Ryan claiming third place in the junior veteran category.
 
 
Ryan Kopf claimed third spot in the junior veteran category
 
Across the country
Team GH Speed Bikes were present at three events this weekend. As well as Ryan and Ian riding the NS Nature MTB Jamboree, Phil Ip flew the Specialized Malaysia flag at the Harian Metro GP in Kuala Kangsar, and Junainah Asma competed at the KRI X-Trail Duathlon.
 
 
Junainah Asma rides to second place in the KRI X-Trail Duathlon | Photo: Cycling Malaysia
 
Phil rode strongly to take a solid third place behind some tough competition while Jun fought her way into an excellent second place.
 
 
Phil Ip claims third in the Metro GP Jamboree
 
 

19 August 2014 - The Win Tunnel: The Effects of Drafting!!

 
Tap into the potential benefits of drafting on your next road ride. Find out more here.
 
 
 
 

18 August 2014 - Mark Cavendish’s Tour de France Specialized CVNDSH Venge frameset... just arrived!!

 
 
 
SRAM RoadNEWSLETTER | TOUR DE FRANCE 2014
 

PHOTO OF THE MONTH

 
SIX STAGE WINS, GREEN & POLKA DOT JERSEYS, MOST COMBATIVE RIDER, ALL ON RED 22 - Read More....
 
 
 

LE TOUR IN 21 IMAGES!!

 
Over its three weeks the Tour wrote its script for 2014 over the packed English roads, cruel cobbles and sun-splashed mountains. We’ve collected one image from every stage. Read more....
 
 
 

SRAM RIDERS ANIMATE AMAZING LA COURSE BY LE TOUR!!

 
In one of the world’s most beautiful cities, La Course by Le Tour provided a major pedalstroke forward for women’s cycling. Read more....
 
 
 

OPQS STAR AND THE POWER OF WIFLI!!

 
On a hilly Stage 9, Tony Martin blazed his own trail riding SRAM WiFLi to claim his first road-stage victory at the Tour. Read more....
 
 
 

SAGAN’S CANNONDALE SUPERSIX EVO SRAM RED 22!!

 
Check out Sagan’s “Wolverine” Cannondale SuperSix Hi-Mod Evo SRAM RED 22 from the Tour. Read more....
 
 
 

OPQS’ SPECIALIZED S-WORKS ROUBAIX SRAM RED 22!!

 
Check out Mark Cavendish’s Specialized S-Works Roubaixthat he planned to use for the cobbled stage of the 2014 Tour. Read more....
 
 
 

28 JULY 2014 -On test: Praxis Works 1X Wide/Narrow and Cold Forged 2x chainrings! !

 
 

Aftermarket company continues to push drivetrain alternatives

 

Santa Cruz, Calif.-based Praxis Works has jumped on the narrow-wide chainring bandwagon with the release of its own 1X Wide Narrow chainrings in sizes from 32-38 teeth in the 104 bolt circle diameter (BCD). The company also released a pair of MTB Cold Forged 2X chainring sets that use their LevaTime ramp clocking to speed shifts. The 2x sets are available in either a 36/22- or 38/26-tooth combination and come in the standard 104/64 BCD configuration.

Pioneered by SRAM, narrow-wide chainrings have gained popularity for their ability to reduce chain drops by decreasing the tolerance between both inner (narrow) and outer (wide) chain plate gaps and their corresponding chainring teeth. The concept has been mimicked by numerous aftermarket suppliers but most lack a small hook profile present on the SRAM design that’s at the center of the company’s patent application for the technology.

Hooked or not, many riders report a good track record with narrow-wide in conjunction with a high chain tension or “clutch-style” rear derailleur such as Shimano’s Shadow Plus or SRAM’s Type 2, which is how Praxis Works recommends you run their rings.

Starting at $50, the Praxis Works 1X rings are about half the MSRP of SRAM’s X-Sync versions. The MTB Cold Forged 2X chainring sets go for $130.

We’ll be mounting the Praxis Works 1X Wide Narrow and MTB Cold Forged 2x chainrings on some incoming test bikes and let you know how they perform in a long term evaluation late this summer.

 
 
Praxis Works MTB Chainrings

1X Wide/Narrow

  • 32, 34, 36, or 38-tooth
  • Compatible with Shimano, SRAM and KMC 10-speed, and SRAM 11-speed chains
  • Made of machined, hard anodized 7075-T6 aluminum
 

Cold Forged MTB 2X Sets

  • 36/22-teeth, 104/64 BCD
  • 38/26-teeth, 104/64 BCD
  • Recommended for use with Shimano and KMC chains
  • Made of cold forged, heat-treated 7075-T6 aluminum
 
*Remark: information forward from MTBR.COM.
 
 

16 JULY 2014 -Praxis Works adds Wide/Narrow chainrings! !

 
 

Praxis Works has officially announced the release of its long awaited Wide/Narrow mountain bike chainring for 1x drivetrains.

 

Praxis's new 1x Wide/Narrow rings are CNC-machined from 4.5mm-thick 7075-T6 aluminum plate and are offered in 32, 34, 36, and 38-tooth sizes for 104mm BCD crankarms. In theory, the machined-only construction should reduce these chainrings' longevity relative to the company's forged and machined models but given the material used and chainring tooth profile, we expect that these will last at least as long as other narrow/wide offerings.

 
*Remark: information forward from Bike Radar Website.
 
 

13 JULY 2014 -Praxis at Le Tour de France with NetApp-Endura Team! !

 
 

It's a fun day to announce Praxis is the official BB of the NetApp-Endura Tour de France team and their all new Fuji Transonic. The team has launched the new frame today at the Tour and they are all racing on the Praxis Ceramic Conversion BB for Shimano. Fuji will be spec'ing the BB on 6 of the 8 Transonic models this upcoming model year.

 
 

29 JUNE 2014 -13 Fuji Victories, 13 Podiums! !

 
 

Over the past 3 weeks, Fuji athletes have racked up a stunning 13 victories and 13 podiums on 7 different Fuji models in 8 different countries on 3 different continents. 

 

We kick things off with NetApp-Endura, whose Portugese climber, Tiago Machado, won the Tour of Slovenia last Sunday. After finishing 2nd in the race's queen stage aboard his Altamira, Tiago assumed the yellow jersey; and the team did a brilliant job controlling the race on the final day to ensure the GC victory in the team's final big test before the Tour de France. Earlier in the race, NetApp placed 4 riders in the Top-20 of the opening stage TT aboard their Norcom Straights and Slovenian Blaz Jarc sprinted to 6th in the 4th and final stage aboard his Altamira. 

 
 
Also on Sunday, NetApp neo pro Sam Bennett tallied his incredible 4th victory of the season at the Lede Criterium race in Belgium, winning the bunch sprint handily aboard his Altamira. Read more HERE
 
 

2 weeks ago, NetApp's Leo Koenig finished 11th in the GC at the prestigious Tour de France precursor, Critérium du Dauphiné - ahead of former race leader & TdF winner Chris Froome. He soaked up lots of airtime in the final stage, riding alongside Alberto Contador in the final kilometers of the 10% grade summit finish aboard his Altamira. Teammate Bartosz Huzarski spent the last two stages in the break and finished 23rd in the GC, while Cesare Benedetti also spent 2 stages out in front in the break. NetApp's Czech National TT Champ, Jan Barta, finished 11th in the race's opening stage ITT aboard hisNorcom Straight. With just 8 days to go until the Tour de France, NetApp's Dauphine results and Tour of Slovenia victory show that the team and GC hopes Leo & Tiago are in excellent form!

 

View the full Dauphine race gallery HERE.

 
 

Maloja PushbikersAndreas Graf & Marcel Kalz won the Mike Walter Madison in Trexlertown, PA last Sunday aboard their Track Elites, while teammates Christian Grasmann and Achim Burkart finshed 2nd. 2 weeks ago, Graf soloed to victory at the Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic aboard his SST - Maloja's (formerly Rudy Project Racing Team Irschenberg) 2nd-consecutive victory at the famous New York City race. Teammate Helmut Trettwer completed the podium at 3rd. And Graf and his partner won Germany's 4-Bahnen-Tournee earlier that week, while teammates Grasmann & Leif Lampater took 2nd, and Nico Hesslich & his partner 5th - all aboard their Track Elites. Grasmann also finished 2nd in the UCI Point Race and Super Sprint Elimination at the Valley Preferred Cycling Center/T-Town's opening night  And Maloja Pusbikers Young Stars' Bastian Frick won the U15 German Omnium Championshipslast weekend on his Fuji Track

 

For more photos from Maloja's victories, click HERE.

 
 

Team TIBCO is utterly dominating the NCC's Tour of America's Dairyland in Wisconsin, USA. 8 of 11 stages have been completed thus far, with TIBCO tallying 6 podiums and 3 victories. TIBCO's Sam Schneider is currently leading the General Classification, while sister Skylar Schneider is leading the Amateur Classification.

Two weeks ago in Minnesota, Team TIBCO finished the 6-stage NRC North Star Grand Prix with a Top-10 in all but 1 stage, including 3 Top-5's: Jo Kiesanowski's 4th-place finish in Stage 2, 5th place-finish in Stage 3, and Kendall Ryan's 4th-place sprint in Stage 4. Jo finished 8th in the GC and Amanda Miller 7th. TIBCO placed 3rd in the Team Classification - all aboard their Supremes. For more photos of TIBCO's wins & podiums, click HERE.

 
 
Synergy Baku Cycling Project's Michael Schweizer won the Criterium in Brunssum, Netherlands last week. Brother and teammate Christoph Schweizer won the sprint of the chasing field to take 4th. In the week prior, Markus Eibegger - coming off his Stage 6 An Post Ras victory - finished 3rd in the GP Judendorf in his native Austria - all aboard their SSTs. Read more HERE
 
 

Fuji triathlete Cam Dye won Fuji's hometown race, TriRock Philly, last Sunday - after crushing the bike leg on his Norcom Straight, heading into T2 with a nearly 3 minute lead. It was Cam's 3rd-consecutive victory in Philadelphia. And on the women's side, Fuji's Sara McLarty finished 2nd.  

 

Fuji Bikes Argentina-sponsored triathlete Luciano Taccone won the Huatulco World Cup in Mexico aboard his Altamira. Watch the dramatic finish HERE

 
 
And lastly, among Fuji's other continental teams, Team Scody Downunder's Nick Miller won the overall General Classification at the Queensland Road Team Series Round 3 aboard his SST, while teammates Aden de Jager and Lee Masters took 2nd and 3rd respectively at the QLD State Time Trial Championships. At Małopolskiego Wyścigu Górskiego, Wibatech Fuji Zory's Wojtek Migdał won the Sprint Classification aboard his Altamira. And FujiBikes Rockets' Christopher Maletz won the MTB Marathon in Biesenrode Neuer MX Saxony-Anhalt, while teammate Majken Muller finished 4th at the Mehrer XC, North Rhine-Westphalia - both aboard their SLM 29s
 
 
Sram News | NEWSLETTER JUNE 2014
 

PHOTO OF THE MONTH

 

HydroR Video
 
 
 

WIFLI HELPS ROGERS ON MONTE ZONCOLAN!!

 
For Michael Rogers and Tinkoff-Saxo, preparation for this challenge included SRAM WiFLi. In the end, Rogers took thesolo victory Saturday atop Monte Zoncolan. Read more....
 
 
 

SRAM NRS!!

 
Meet Butch Balzano, the man behind SRAM Neutral Race Support (NRS). Read more....
 
 
 

SRAM FORCE 22 VIDEO!!

 
SRAM has delivered a compete groupset born from the DNA of their top-flight SRAM RED 22, and its called SRAM Force 22. Read more....
 
 
 

GEARING AT THE GIRO!!

 
What gears do the pros use for the steep climbs of the Giro?
 
 
 

NEW QUARQ CONFIGURATION & PRICES!!

 
Quarq power meters are now sold as a “chassis” (chainrings sold separately). This change is accompanied by a price reduction.
 
 
 
 
Sram News | NEWSLETTER JUNE 2014
 

PHOTO OF THE MONTH

 

SARAH LEISHMAN ON AN EPIC ADVENTURE WITH THE NEW SRAM GUIDE BRAKES IN NEW ZEALAND
 
Photo of the month
 
 

INTRODUCING SRAM X1 | SRAM ROAM 30 & 40!!

 

ALL FOR ONE | ONE FOR ALL | ROAM FARTHER

 
SRAM X1 – The simple, smart and synchronized design delivers confidence in the face of any terrain—from cross-country racing to all-mountain adventure | ROAM FARTHER – Fast climbs and fast descents—from sun up till sundown. Truly made for the modern mountain biker, ROAM wheels use a special balance of low-inertia design, weight and strength to excel on a wide variety of terrain. Read more....
 
 
 

AARON GWIN TAKES FIRST WIN WITH X01 DH!!

 

Aaron Gwin opens the UCI World Cup DH season with a win onboard SRAM X01 DH – #ONEWITHGRAVITY. Read more....
 
 
 

EWS CHAMP CLEMENTZ | UNDISPUTED!!

 

2013 EWS Champion Jerome Clementz starts the season off continuing his winning ways down in Chile. Undisputed since day one. Read more....
 
 
 

2014 SEA OTTER CLASSIC SETS SAIL!!

 

Known as the official North American season opener, theSea Otter Classic hosts a magnitude of vendors, enthusiasts, consumers and racers from around the world to celebrate the sport of cycling. Read more....
 
 
 

SOUTHERN SOJOURN | A TALE FROM QUEENSTOWN!!

 

When the sun broke through, it was all time. 10 Laps of the Gondola. 455m x 10 = 4550m of descending later, body is shattered, bike is ready for more. Read more....
 
 
 

09 JUNE 2014 -Bennett, Ryan, Haskins & Lampater Deliver 5 Fuji Wins! !

 
 

NetApp-Endura's Sam Bennett is the talk of the cycling world yet again, after tallying his 3rd victory of the season aboard his Altamira Sunday in the final stage of Bayern Rundfahrt -- capping off an excellent performance by the team in the 5-stage tour of their native Germany. While the break was caught with 30km to go in the 160km stage and dozens of attacks were launched, the hard chase of the peloton -- most prominently NetApp-Endura -- ensured a mass sprint.

 

"It was a very fast and dangerous final. I got a little boxed in between 450-180m to go, but the bunch pulled to the left and left the door open. It was really perfect," said Bennett, whose neo pro palmares now include the Clasica de Almeria, Rund um Köln, and Bayern Rundfahrt titles -- plus a remarkable 12 Top-10s.

 

Watch Sam's winning sprint HERE, which allowed him to also clinch the race's Sprinter's Jersey.

 
 

Additionally, NetApp finished the race with two riders in the Top 10 of the GC: Leopold König just off the podium at 4th and Jan Barta at 6th. König -- in his first race back after re-injuring his knee at the Giro del Trentino -- climbed his Altamira onto the podium of Stage 2, finishing 3rd in the queen stage's summit finish atop the 1150m Winklmoos-Alm. Czech National TT Champ Jan Barta nearly claimed victory in the Stage 4 TT with a 2nd-place podium finish on his Norcom Straight -- a mere 3.3 seconds off the pace of winner Geraint Thomas.

 

To view the full album of photos from Bayern Rundfahrt, click HERE

 
 

Across the Atlantic in Fuji's hometown of Philadelphia, NetApp's Johnny McEvoy rode to 11th andFrantisek Padour crossed the finish 12th aboard their Altamiras at the Philadelphia Cycling Classic circuit race that ascends the 17% grade Manayunk Wall 10 times -- with hundreds of Fuji fans stationed at the crest of the climb cheering. Teammate Blaz Jarc also spent the majority of the day out in front in a 7-rider breakaway.

 

For a full album of photos from the Philly Cycling Classic, click HERE

 
 
In the Philly Cycling Classic women's race, Team TIBCO's Kristabel Doebel-Hickok won of the Fuji-sponsored Best Young Rider jersey after placing 11th overall, and teammate Jo Kiesanowski made her way into the Top 10 with a 9th-place finish aboard her Supreme.
 
 
In Illinois, TIBCO's crit squad had yet another successful weekend, with Kendall Ryan winning the Cobb Park Criterium Sunday. And on Saturday, she finished 2nd and teammate Sam Schneider 4th at the NCC Glencoe Grand Prix. TIBCO's Anika Todd also finished 3rd in the General Classification at the Robert Cameron Law Cycling Series in Victoria, British Columbia -- all aboard their Supremes.
 
 

In California, Fuji triathlete Sarah Haskins continued her mind-blowing dominance with her 6th victory of the season at the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon. Haskins has a perfect record, winning every single race she's entered in 2014 thus far -- after taking a year and half off from racing to give birth to her first child. In her first-ever Alcatraz appearance, Haskins combined a race-best swim (just 55 seconds behind men's winner Andy Potts), a race-best bike aboard her Norcom Straight on the hilly, technical course, and a very solid run that saw her cross the tape 23 seconds ahead of 2-time Ironman World Champion Rinny Carfrae.

 

Read Sarah's Race Report HERE

 
 
And lastly, in Germany, Maloja PushbikersLeif Lampater tallied victories at both the Derny Deutschland Cup and Rund um den Priener Marktplatz aboard his Track Elite over the weekend. Over the previous week and weekend, the team tallied an incredible 5 victories (Lampater in WörglMarcel Kalz in Steglitz,Andreas Graf in GarchingChristian Grasmann  in Kirchheim, and Nico Heßlich in Offenhausen). Moreover, the FujiBikes Rockets German MTB team place 2 riders in the Top 5 of the overall standings of the 1st round of the International Bundesliga XCE 2014: Marco Schatzing (men's elite) and Majlen Muller (women's U23) -- both aboard their SLM 29s
 
 

29 MAY 2014 -Fuji's Norcom Straight dominates Lifetime CapTex Triathlon! !

 
 
Sarah Haskins continued her winning streak with a perfect record - five races and five victories - winning Lifetime Captex Triathlon in Austin, Texas. Sarah crossed the line first at the Clermont and Sarasota sprint events, the South Beach and St. Anthony's Olympic distance events, and now CapTex. Despite a bike crash on the wet roads, Haskins was able to outrun Alicia Kaye to take the win.
 
 

Powerhouse Cam Dye won the Pro Male category with an outstanding performance. Just a week after his second place finish at Rev3 Championships, Cam dominated the race on his Norcom Straight with the fastest bike split for a 1:51:41 finish time, a 1:07 margin of victory over the nearest competitor.

Both Dye and Haskins are leading the Lifetime Triathlon Series.

 
 

28 MAY 2014 -Synergy Baku's Eibegger wins An Post Rás Stage 6, Sokol wins Stage 3! !

 
 
In today's queen stage mountaintop finish, Markus Eibegger of Fuji-sponsored Synergy Baku Cycling Project attacked out of the break in the final 500m atop Seskin Hill to take the An Post Rás Stage 6 victory by 6 seconds aboard his SST. The victory marks the team's 2nd of the 8-stage Irish race (and 5th of the season); Jan Sokol won Stage 3 after besting his 8 fellow breakaway members in a sprint to the line (watch the video HERE). Daniel Klemme also tallied a podium finish in Stage 1, and the team has earned a Top-5 in every stage thus far.
 
 
Across the Atlantic, NetApp-Endura capped off the most important stage race in both North and South America -- the Amgen Tour of California -- with a 4th-place GC finish, a 10th-place GC finish, podiums in 2 stages, Top-10s in 6 of the 8 stages, and a presence in nearly every day's breakaway. NetApp was the only pro continental team to place 2 riders in the Top 10 of the GC.
 
 
After an impressive 7th in the Stage 2 TT among the likes of former US National Time Trial Champ Taylor Phinney and Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins, Tiago Machado climbed his Altamira to 2nd in Stage 3's mountaintop finish on Mt. Diablo -- snagging a podium and near win a year after teammate Leo König got the attention of the entire cycling world with his breakout victory on Mt. Diablo
 
 
While Machado lost some time in Stage 6 that saw him take 4th overall in the GC -- just off the final podium -- it was in Stage 6 that teammate David de la Cruz came alive. A part of an early break whittled down to just two riders in the final kilometers atop Stage 6's Mountain High, de la Cruz climbed to 2nd: a podium for the Altamira on yet another brutal mountaintop finish. Check out our post-race interview with David HERE and Tiago HERE.
 
 
Zak Dempster rounded things out with a 4th-place, near-podium finish in Stage 7 -- beating John Degenkolb to the line yet finishing just off the pace of Peter Sagan. Check out our post race interview with Zak HERE. And view the full album of Tour of California photos HERE. The week serves as an exciting indicator of what's to come at the Tour de France -- only 43 days away! The Team announced their 14-rider, pre-selection roster for the Tour de France yesterday, soon to be narrowed down to 9. See the list HERE.
 
 
In Germany, NetApp neo pro Sam Bennett was in the mix yet again in a bunch sprint finale, taking 2nd at Garmin Velothon Berlin -- a new podium finish to add to his ever-growing list of palmares, which include the 2014 Clasica de Almeria and Rund um Köln titles. For more photos from Berlin, click HERE
 
And lastly, back in the U.S., Fuji triathlete Cam Dye finished 2nd at Rev3 Knoxville. 1st out of the water, Dye posted the day's fastest bike split on his Norcom Straight as per usual and was beat to the line only by ITU World Champ Tim Don. Next up for Dye: this weekend's Life Time Tri Cap Tex.
 
 

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12 MAY 2014 -Fuji wins USA Crits' Speed Week!

 
 
Fuji-sponsored Team TIBCO followed up their dominant performance at the Joe Martin Stage Racewith more of the same at the USA Crit Series' Speed Week, where Sam Schneider won both the overall General Classification and the U25 title of the 5-race series after winning the Spartanburg Classic and finishing 2nd in all 4 of the other events (her 2nd-place finish at the Walterboro Crit pictured above). Teammate Kendall Ryan won the closing Gaffney Criterium, as well as tallied 3 podium finishes that earned her a spot on the final GC podium at 3rd. The team -- all aboard theirSupremes -- also won the overall Team Classification. A blend of the top features of the Altamira andSST integrated into a women's-specifiic package with RIB technology that amplifies stiffness, we often refer to the Supreme as a great crit bike. TIBCO's Speed Week results: validation.
 
 

At the USA Cycling NRC's Tour of the Gila, TIBCO's Jo Kiesanowski and current NRC standings leader Lauren Stephens tallied podium finishes in 3 of the 5 stages, with Stephens taking an impressive 2nd in the Stage 3 TT aboard her Norcom Straight that allowed her to secure a Top-10 position in the final GC. TIBCO finished 2nd in the Team Classification.

In other sponsorship news across the globe:

 
 

In Belgium, NetApp-Endura's Sam Bennett sprinted to 5th in yesterday's 163km opening stage of the4 Jours de Dunkerque for his 10th Top-10 of the season aboard his Altamira

 

"When the field broke up, we had Blaz [Jarc] and Sam in the first group. Unfortunately, two riders weren't enough. I wish we could have had four or five riders there in order to support Sam better in the final part of the race. During the final kilometer, we were short a rider and therefore Sam had to take off too early and too often in the wind. Although he wasn't ideally positioned on the home stretch, Sam managed to score a good 5th-place finish. That shows what a quality rider he is," said Sport Director André Schulze.

 

Missed our Google+ Hangout with Sam earlier this week? Watch it HERE

 
 

In Azerbaijan, Synergy Baku Cycling Project's Maksym Averin sprinted to 4th yesterday aboard hisSST in the 154km opening stage of the Tour d'Azerbaidjan, as well as collected points on the first ranked climb of the race alongside teammate Aleksandr Surutkovych.

 

"I'm happy with 4th on the stage for sure," said Averin. "The team was much stronger today than the results show. I wasn't going for the KOM. I only got them because of a shift in the bunch, but still Alex and I got 2nd and 3rd. The team rode really well, but it is still an opportunity lost to win a stage."

 
 
Maloja PushbikersHelmut Trettwer won the silver medal at the Bavarian State Championship in Germany aboard his Altamira this past weekend.
 
 
And lastly, Fuji Bikes Puerto Rico-sponsored triathlete Manuel Huerta finished 3rd at the ITU Barbados Pan American Cup aboard his Altamira.
 
 

09 MAY 2014 - Fuji's Google+ Hangout with NetApp's Sam Bennett!!

 
 

Didn't have the chance to tune into our live Google+ Hangout with NetApp-Endura's Sam Bennettyesterday? Watch it now! Click HERE or the image above.

 

In his first year on the pro tour, Sam's captured the attention of the entire cycling world with wins at the Clásica de Almería and Rund um Köln, as well as Top-5 finishes against the likes of Cavendish, Greipel, Sagan, and Kittel at Tirreno AdriaticoScheldeprijs, the Tour of Qatar, and the Tour of Oman

 

In our 30-minute chat, we got to talk to Sam about his first time at Paris-Roubaix, what's it like as a neo pro to have his teammates working for him, how he feels when the biggest names in the sport say his name in the peloton, how his training regimen has changed since entering the pro ranks, what about the Altamira makes it a great sprinting bike, what drove him to become a sprinter, and more. Check it out! Views are climbing quickly -- our most successful Hangout to date with the man everyone wants to know more about. 

 
 
Sam Bennett celebrates his Rund um Kolm victory © TNE/Stiehl
 
 

08 MAY 2014 - Haskins wins St. Anthony's Tri, TIBCO wins Joe Martin Stage Race, Eibegger wins Tour de Bretagne Stage 4!!

 
 

Fuji triathlete Sarah Haskins not only won her 4th-consecutive race of 2014 Sunday just nine months after giving birth to her daughter, but she also broke the course record (which she set back in 2012) by 11 seconds and won her 5th St. Anthony's Triathlon title. Haskins is fundamentally changing the perception of athlete moms, proving you can do both -- extremely well.

  

3rd out of the water with a 19:49 swim in choppy water -- 5 seconds back of Fuji teammate Sara McLarty-- Haskins jumped on her Norcom Straight and posted a 59:23 bike split that was 2nd only to 2013 St. Anthony's Champion Alicia Kaye, who entered T2 up by a second.

 
 

But a quick transition had Haskins back in front on the run. Kaye's massive effort on the bike saw her drop back, and though Helle Frederiksen and Radka Vodickova put in a valiant chase, Haskins posted a 35:55 run and crossed the tape in 1:56:44 -- a 22-second win margin and the new course record.

  

Check out our post-race interview with Sarah below, and view her full race report HERE with fascinating tidbits like how she nearly crashed on the bike with a cyclist riding on the wrong side of the race course and how she heard her husband Nate yelling to her about the course record from the sidelines and pushed as hard as she could in the final 400 meters.

 
 
Fuji's McLarty finished the day 5th, and Fuji triathlete Cam Dye finished 7th; not surprisingly, he posted the race's best bike split (53:10) aboard his Norcom Straight. View a full album from the raceHERE
 
 

From Florida to Arkansas, complete and utter domination is the only way to describe Team TIBCO's performance at the USA Cycling NRC's Joe Martin Stage RaceRedlands Bicycle Classic Stage 1 winnerLauren Stephens won the GC, 3 stages, and the Points Classification; Patricia Schwager won the Sprint Jersey and Stage 3; and Jasmin Glaesser took the Best Young Rider jersey -- all aboard theirSupremes (and all pictured above). With wins in ever single stage of the race and 3 riders in the Top-5 of the GC (Stephens 1st, Jo Kiesanowski 3rd, and Glaesser 5th), TIBCO also won the Team Classification.

 

"This was the sixth time I've done Joe Martin," said Stephens post-race. "I've been here every year I've been racing, so it's really cool to have this be my first overall win. There's no way I could've done it without a full team effort. Everyone rode so well this week and contributed to all the stage wins and the overall. It's great to see that reflected in winning the team overall, too, because Andrea [Dvorak], Anika [Todd] and Sara [Headley] all belonged on the podium."

 

With the commanding performance, Stephens and Team TIBCO were catapulted to the top of the NRC's individual and team standings heading into the NRC's next event: the Tour of the Gila, which begins today.

 

Additionally, at the USA Crits Series' Speed Week, TIBCO's Samantha Schneider has finished 2ndtwice, and Kendall Ryan podiumed at the Roswell Crit. Events continue through the weekend. 

 
 

In France, Synergy Baku Cycling Project's Markus Eibegger earned the team its 2nd victory of the seasonaboard his SST with a powerful win at the 189km Tour de Bretagne Stage 4, which ended in a uphill (5% grade) bunch sprint.

 

"With 300 meters to go, an Itera Katusha rider opened the sprint. In the strong headwind, I waited until the final corner, probably 80 meters to go, passed him on the inside, and went to the finish line," said Eibegger. "My first win this season came at just the right time to take some pressure off our team. We will be ready for the Tour d'Azerbaijan!"

 

"Naturally this win from Markus at Bretagne is most welcomed because we are a week from the Tour d'Azerbaijan, where Markus is our man for the General Classification," said Team Manager David McQuaid of the 29-year-old Austrian, who also showed great form in Stage 3 -- where he finished in the Top-5 after several brutal climbs.

 
 
In Italy, after Top-10's in all 4 stages of the Giro del Trentino (including the 2nd- place finish in the TTT), NetApp-Endura's Tiago Machado finished 6th in the final GC -- missing the podium by a mere 6 seconds. Additionally, Machado finished inside the Top-20 aboard his Altamira at the oldest classic and one of the 5 monuments of cycling: Belgium's Liège-Bastogne-Liège. 
 
 
And lastly, Fuji Bikes Spain-sponsored triathlete Ainhoa Murua -- deemed "the brightest light in the women's triathlon scene in Spain" by Marca, the biggest sports news outlet in Spain -- finished 5th at the World Triathlon Series' Cape Town Triathlon in South Africa aboard her Supreme; and Fuji Bikes Australia-sponsored Team Scody Downunder's Chad Elliston finished 2nd at the Anzac Day Criterium in Australia aboard his SST.
 
 
Sram News | NEWSLETTER APRIL 2014
 

PHOTO OF THE MONTH

 

TERPSTRA TRIUMPHANT. Read more....
 
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THE DUTCH QUEEN OF FLANDERS!!

 
Ellen van Dijk (Boels Dolmans Cycling Team) won the Ronde van Vlaanderen after a solo demonstration of power lasting 25km. Read more....
 
 
 

NEW SRAM RED 22 WIFLI CASSETTES!!

 
Two new SRAM RED 22 WiFLi cassettes: 11-32 & 11-30. More choices when it comes to have the perfect gearing for every terrain. Read more....
 
 
 

GETTING STARTED WITH POWER MEASUREMENT!!

 
Quarq Power Coach Gord Fraser gets you started with Power and the initial step - the Field Test. Read more....
 
 
 

TEAM SMARTSTOP’S NEW CREED!!

 
Team SmartStop’s tactics and strength earned a victory and a third place Winston-Salem Cycling Classic. Read more....
 
 
 

SRAM'S ROAD HYDRAULIC RECALL!!

 
Check out the update from SRAM President Stan Day regarding SRAM's Road Hydraulic Recall & the status of the Model Year 2015. Read more....
 
 
 

29 APRIL 2014 - SPECIALIZED LIMITED EDITION S-WORKS EPIC 29 FRAMESET ARRIVED!!

 
SPECIALIZED LIMITED EDITION S-WORKS EPIC 29 FRAMESET
 

The S-Works Epic FSR features a FACT carbon frame with a FOX/Specialized rear shock featuring AUTOSAG and Mini-Brain technology and 100mm of travel. Up front a custom RockShox SID World Cup 29 fork offers 100mm of travel, just waiting for a custom cross-country build. Read More.....

 
 
 

29 APRIL 2014 - SPECIALIZED LIMITED EDITION BURRY STANDER S-WORKS EPIC ARRIVED!!

 
Specialized Limited Edition Burry Stander S-Works Epic
 

Burry Stander touched the lives of all who knew him. The Specialized Edition Burry Stander Epic stands as a celebration of both the competitor and the man. Christoph Sauser and Frantisek Rabon will ride their Burry bikes in this year’s Cape Epic, and as impressive as these bikes are, they’re set do something even more impactful when the race is done. When the dust has settled, both race bikes will be auctioned with all proceeds going toward songo.info, the foundation Burry was so passionate about. Find out more here....

 
 
 

28 APRIL 2014 - NetApp's Bennett wins Rund um Köln!!

 
 

NetApp-Endura's two-time U23 Irish National Champ, Sam Bennett, added the oldest German one-day classic to his palmares Monday -- winning the 98th edition of Rund un Köln in a gripping photo-finish sprint. The 23-year-old neo pro now has two victories, a podium, two Top-5s, and three Top-10s thus far in 2014 aboard his Altamira.

 

"It was a crazy race. Hard terrain with wet conditions made a few crashes and splits. We worked well together all day. The guys did a fantastic job yet again setting me up for the sprint," explained Bennett post-race. "On the last corner, Belkin and Ciolek got in front of me, but I was happy because I didn't want to jump first. It was a block headwind. The guys jumped at 200m, and I waited until 100m. I was coming fast, but I nearly left it too late."

 

After 193km over nine categorized climbs, Bennett remained quietly tucked in the pack -- a 50-rider mass sprint -- until it mattered, attacking just in time to beat Belkin's Barry Markus by mere centimeters to the line. Watch it HERE, or click the image below!

 
 

The victory marks NetApp-Endura's 2nd at their native Germany's biggest race. NetApp's Jan Bartawon the race in 2012.

 

"This was a fantastic win. It was an offensive, fast race that was ridden at top speeds from the very start," said Sport Director André Schulze. "Our guys implemented our strategy perfectly. We helped to control the finale to prepare a sprint for Sam. Andreas [Schillinger], Michael [Schwarzmann], and Ralf [Matzka] kept up the pace and got Sam in perfect position. Even though it was close, all that matters is that we won. A photo finish win is always something special for a sprinter."

 

Watch Sam's post-race interview HERE, and click HERE to view NetApp's full gallery from the race.

 
 

In Italy, NetApp pulled off "surely the surprise of the day" (Cycling News) yesterday at the Giro del Trentino's opening stage Team Time Trial, surpassing all but one pro tour team to take 2nd in the prestigious Italian race's Stage 1 aboard their Norcom Straights.

 

The team averaged a speed of 56.289 km/h over the technical 13.4km course and crossed the line in 14:17-- a time only BMC was able to beat. Iker Camano, the first NetApp rider to the finish, assumed theKOM jersey.

 

"We weren't counting on a podium sport with this heavily competitive field. 2nd place is yet another level compared to the previous year. The team worked incredibly well today, and everyone rode at their limit and without making any mistakes. And when that is rewarded with such a good result, then everyone can be very satisfied," said Sport Director Enrico Poitschke of the team's 10th podium of the season.

 

After today's Stage 2 in which Tiago Machado just finished 10th and moved up to 5th in the GC, two stages remain in the Giro del Trentino - all in the mountains; and NetApp has brought their climbing A-Team: Machado, David de la CruzJose MendesBartosz Huzarski, and Vuelta stage winner Leo König returns to competition after sustaining a new injury following the Tour of Oman. Should be a fun couple of days.

 

View more photos from yesterday's TTT HERE.

 
 
In London, the Maloja Pushbikers (formerly named Rudy Project Racing Team; learn more HERE), returned the site of their Revolution Series victory -- the Olympic Lee Valley Velodrome -- to take the overall win at the Good Friday Meeting Track. Leif Lampater earned the victory aboard his Track Elite. View photos HERE..
 
 
In North Carolina, Team TIBCO's Jo Kiesanowski sprinted to 2nd at the USA Cycling NCC's Winston-Salem Crit aboard her Supreme -- despite a mechanical mid-race. Her teammates worked tirelessly to get her back into position for the final lap. Kiesanowski said post-race that is was "highly tactical," "a lot of elbowing," and that "her track experience helped her." Teammates Sam Schneider and Lauren Stephens finished 7th and 8th respectively, with Redlands Bicycle Classic Stage 1 winner Stephens also taking 8th in the previous day's Winston-Salem Cycling Classic. Check out more photos of Team TIBCO in action at the Winston-Salem Crit HERE
 
 
In France, Synergy Baku Cycling Project's Michael Schweizer won the Most Aggressive Rider jersey in Stage 2 of the Tour du Loir et Cher, and the team tallied two Top-10 finishes in the race. Synergy also lined up at Rund um Köln alongside NetApp-Endura; Markus Eibegger featured prominently in the break, and Matt Brammeier finished 18th in the final bunch sprint - all aboard their SSTs.
 
 
And lastly, Fuji Bikes Europe-sponsored Team FujiBikes Rockets' Marco Schätzing and Christopher Maletz finished 2nd and 3rd respectively aboard their SLMs at this past weekend's German MTB Cup Round 2, Mitteldeutschland. And Fuji Bikes Trinidad & Tobago-sponsored Team DPS' Quincy Alexander and Justin Roberts finished 2nd and 3rd respectively aboard their Track Elites at the country's International Easter GP. Jymes Bridges also won the Elite 2 category.
 
 

21 APRIL 2014 - TIBCO's Ryan wins Sea Otter Classic Crit!

 
fuji team
 
Fuji-sponsored Team TIBCO's Kendall Ryan won Monterey, California's Sea Otter Classic CriteriumThursday, besting in the sprint to the line the remaining members of the final breakaway - whittled down by an attack-filled race - for TIBCO's 2nd victory of the season. Teammate Lauren Stephens, coming off her Redlands Bicycle Classic Stage 1 victory and Stage 3 podium, just missed out on another podium spot at the Charlotte-Belmont Omnium with a 4th-place finish aboard her Fuji Supreme.
 
fuji team
 

In South Africa, the Synergy Baku Cycling Project tallied a KOM jersey, 2 podiums, and a Top-5 in every stage of the Mzansi Tour aboard their SSTsChris Schweizer was atop the podium as King of the Mountain following the team's 3rd-place finish in the hilly opening Team Time Trial. In Stage 3, despite being involved in a mid-race crash, Jan Sokol finished 2nd in a photo-finish sprint. And in the race's final stage crit, the Irish National Champ, Matt Brammeier, took 3rd. View more photos from Synergy Baku in action at the Mzansi Tour HERE

In France, at the Circuit des Ardennes, Synergy's Daniel Klemme snagged a Stage 4 3rd-place podium finish, while teammate Maksym Averin sprinted to 5th in Stage 1.

 
fuji team
 
Also in France, NetApp-Endura's Andreas Schillinger put on a show at Sunday's "Queen of the Classics" Paris-Roubaix for the 1st 200km aboard his Altamira. In the Arenberg Forest, the 8-man lead group split apart, with Schillinger setting the pace at the front. He got a gap on the others and was the last man caught at the 196km mark. View NetApp's full Paris-Roubaix gallery HERE
 
fuji team
 
And lastly, among our Fuji distributor-sponsored athletes across the globe, mountain biker Karl Egloffwon the queen race of his native Ecuador, the brutal Chimborazo Extremo, aboard his SLM 29 (pictured above); and Olympic triathlete Ainhoa Murua won Spain's Duathlon of Gernica aboard her Altamira.
 
 

19 APRIL 2014 - FLYING DUTCHMAN!

 
Flying ducthman
 
In a thrilling finale aboard his S-Works Roubaix, Omega Pharma - Quick Step rider Niki Terpstra claimed the biggest victory of his career winning the 112th edition of the Hell of the North .  Read More.....
 
 

15 APRIL 2014 - COMPLIANCE WITHOUT COMPROMISE!

 
 
The Roubaix created the “endurance” road segment. With with its class-leading vertical compliance and geometry, the Roubaix is the ideal bike for long days in the saddle and continues to be the preeminent endurance road bike in the world.  Read More.....
 
 

11 APRIL 2014 - TIBCO's Stephens wins Redlands Classic Stage 1 Haskins & Dye win South Beach Tri

 
 

Team TIBCO made their 2014 USA Cycling National Racing Calendar debut with a victory and QOM jersey at the Redlands Bicycle Classic Stage 1. TIBCO'sLauren Stephens attacked out of a 30-rider lead group on the final climb of the 42-mile Highland Circuit Race and crossed the tape first in a sprint finish with 2nd-place Karol Ann Canuel of Specialized-Lululemon. Teammate Andrea Dvorak also took the Queen of the Mountain title aboard her Fuji Supreme

 

Stephens went on to finish 2nd in the Stage 3 Beaumont Circuit Race, Dvorak remained in QOM red for an additional 2 stages, teammate Jo Kiesanowski sprinted to 3rd in the Stage 4 Redlands Crit, and the team boasted a rider in the Top-10 of all 5 stages of the race - including 3 TIBCO riders in the Top-10 of the Stage 2 Big Bear TT. Check out photos of Team TIBCO in action aboard their Norcom Straights at the ITT HERE.

 
 

Speaking of the Norcom Straight, add to its victory tally both the men's and women's titles at the 2014 Life Time South Beach Triathlon - with Fuji's Sarah Haskins earning her 3rd consecutive victory of the 2014 season and Fuji's Cam Dye2013 USAT Triathlete of the Year, making his 2014 debut and picking up right where he left off. 

  

Haskins exited the water a few seconds back of Fuji teammate Sara McLarty but with more than 36 seconds on her biggest rivals. She only gave up one second on the bike and run to cross the tape with a 35-second win margin. And so the outrageously impressive comeback continues - Haskins goes 3 for 3, winning every race she's entered thus far in 2014 after returning to competition just 7 months after giving birth to her daughter. Wow. Check out Sarah's race report HERE, and click below to watch her post-race interview. 

 
 
Cam posted a tied-for-race-best 20:53 swim, an as-to-be-expected, blistering-fast, race-best 53:21 bike, and a 34:02 run that saw him cross the line 1:33 ahead of his nearest competitor. A pretty dominant performance to kick off his 2014 campaign. 
 
 
And lastly, NetApp-Endura's Jan Barta podiumed at the VDK-Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde "Three Days of De Panne" final Stage 3 ITT. He flew through the 14.3km course in 17:54 minutes - just 3 seconds behind winner Maciej Bodnar for 2nd. The Czech National TT Champ has placed in the Top-10 of every time trial he's raced this season aboard his Norcom Straight.
 
 

24 MARCH 2014 - INTRODUCING ALL NEW FUJI SLM 29.

 
 

 
 

21 MARCH 2014 - YAK ATTACK 2014: TEAM TOPEAK ON THE TOP OF THE WORLD WITH THE WORLD'S LIGHTEST HELMET.

 
 

Annapurna Circuit, Nepal

Yak Attack is the highest mountain bike race on earth, climbing to the dizzying heights of 5416 meters above sea level. 8 stages, 400 kilometers, 12000m of overall altitude gain and a temperature range of +30C° to -15C°  test the most experienced riders. Breath taking landscapes, searing heat, sub zero temperatures, sand, mud, snow, altitude have captured the imagination of high-level mountain bikers and adventure athletes worldwide. Yak Attack is now internationally recognized as one of the toughest endurance races on the planet. Each year nearly 50 racers gather on the start line in hopes of surviving the 8 stages, the environment, and the deep talent field of Nepali riders. 

 
 
 

This year Yuki Ikeda from Team Topeak was determined to succeed, after attempting the race in 2013 and falling ill due to the harsh conditions early in the race. All week, Yuki battled at the front of the race against the past year winner, Ajay Pandit Chhetri. As expected, the race was extremely tough as Yuki words explain themselves:

 

“I had a hard time sleeping, bad headaches, achy joints, and swollen body because we were above 12,000 feet from Stage 5 to the finish!  Even though I was having a hard time, the experience up in the mountain was unbelievable. The Himalaya was absolutely the most beautiful mountain I have ever seen. It was an amazing experience that I will never forget.

 

I was very happy to cross the finish line this year and to take 2nd place overall"

 

 
 

Despite the harsh conditions, Yuki managed to obtain a 2nd place overall. Another victory for Team Topeak, a victory on the top of the world with the world's lightest helmet.

 

Change to lightness, change to Limar.

 
 
 

17 MARCH 2014 - INTRODUCING FUJI PRODUCT VIDEOS 2014!

 
 

We are thrilled to share with you 24 brand-new Fuji Product Videos here. View more....

 
 

14 MARCH 2014 - Haskins wins Sarasota Sprint Tri, Synergy Baku's Averin wins Porec Trophy, Brammeier KOM at Langkawi!

 
This past week saw 3 Fuji victories, 2 podium finishes, and more than 10 top-10s in 5 different countries on 3 different continents. Fuji Sponsorship 2014 is off to an unbelievable start.
 
 

Fuji triathlete Sarah Haskins followed up her 1st win of the season in her 1st race since giving birth to daughter Caroline 7 months ago with a 2nd-consecutive victory - taking the title at the 2014 Sarasota Sprint Triathlon Pan American Cup.

 

Working together with Fuji teammate Sara McLarty for the 2nd week in a row on the bike - Haskins on herAltamira and McLarty on her Supreme - the Sarah's built up a lead of 40 seconds heading into T2. Haskins then took off on the run and crossed the tape with a 36-second win margin.  

 

In Croatia, Maksym Averin - of new Fuji sponsored pro continental team Synergy Baku Cycling Project - earned the team its first win of 2014 with a victory at the Porec Trophy. The Ukrainian won the mass uphill sprint aboard his SST after 149km. Watch it HERE

 

"I am really, really happy. This is the first time in my life that I have ever been good in my first race of the season! After all the stress of the last few weeks, I didn't really expect anything today," said Averin, who has struggled to train - at times, fearing to leave his house - in the midst of the political turmoil his native Ukraine is mired in.

 

View photos from Averin's Porec Trophy victory HERE

 

 
 

In Langkawi, Synergy Baku teammate Matt Brammeier won the Tour de Langkawi Mountains Classification. The Irish National Road Champ earned the red jersey after his Stage 1 2nd-place podium finish in which he won all 5 mountain rankings in the 101km stage. He then defended the jersey perfectly for all 9 of the remaining stages, with tremendous help from his teammates - including Elchin Asadov, who was active in nearly every breakaway and won all intermediate sprints and both KOMs in Stage 8.

 

"Matt wants so much to be back on a World Tour team and attacked this race with that intention," explained Team Manager David McQuaid. "Winning the KOM, he becomes only the 2nd 'non-climber' to win this classification in this race - the other rider being Petacchi in 1999! It takes great skill, attention, and precision to do that."

 

Brammeier told stickybottle.com post-race, "I said a long time ago I wanted to start the season at a good level. I deliberately wanted to put some pressure on myself right from the start. I don't believe in racing as training anymore. I want to be in good shape every time I pin on a number. So I went away and worked hard all winter and managed to hit this race in good shape; of course, I'm happy with how that went." Read more from the interview HERE.

 

View more photos from Brammeier's KOM win and Synergy Baku at the Tour de Langkawi HERE

 
 
In total, Brammeier and his teammates tallied 6 Top-10s in the Tour de Langkawi's 10 stages aboard their SSTs. And thus far at the Tour de Taiwan, the team has earned a Top-10 in all 4 stages. Synergy Baku'sChris Schweizer missed out on the Tour de Taiwan Stage 3 victory by less than a wheel's length yesterday, earning a 2nd-place podium finish. And with 1 stage to go, teammate Markus Eibegger sits at 6th in the GC - 11 seconds back.
 
 
And lastly, in Belgium, NetApp-Endura's Scott Thwaites earned a coveted podium spot in the field sprint finale of 3-daagse van West-Vlaanderen Stage 1, crossing the line 3rd aboard his Altamira. NetApp tallied Top-10s in all 3 stages of the "Three Days of West Flanders," with Czech National TT and Road Champ Jan Barta finishing 10th in the GC after placing 9th in the ITT Prologue aboard his Norcom Straight
 
 

11 MARCH 2014 - STRADE BIANCHE: KWIATKOWSKI WINS SOLO!

 
 

Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team rider Michal Kwiatkowski waited for the perfect moment at the Italian Classic, 197km Strade Bianche, on Saturday. Peter Sagan (Cannondale Pro Cycling) launched an impressive attack with less than 23km to go, but with five OPQS riders well positioned in a lead group and Kwiatkowski feeling strong, he bridged to the attacking Slovak rider. Matteo Trentin attacked earlier, keeping his teammates Rigoberto Uran, Wout Poels, Kwiatkowski, and Michal Golas fresh approaching the final kilometers. This strong team representation in the lead group set up Kwiatkowski perfectly.

Sagan and Kwiatkowski rode away from the field, despite a strong chasing group forming behind them including Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team). Approaching the final few hundred meters, Kwiatkowski sat on Sagans wheel as the road grew steep. Then, countering an acceleration of Sagan, the Polish Champion launched. He dropped Sagan immediately on the final climb and powered on to win solo.

Kwiatkowski's victory is the 14th for OPQS, in three disciplines, in 2014.

"When I came around the final corner to the finish line in Piazza del Campo, it was absolutely beautiful," Kwiatkowski said. "I did recon yesterday of the finish in Siena, and it was amazing then as well. But with fans and spectators around, it's even better. It's something special. I know Sagan has much more experience on a final like that in the big races. I was watching even the chainring he was using to make sure I didn't make any stupid mistakes. I was actually surprised speeding up on the last climb, he didn't wait until the sprint. He started slowing down a little bit and I saw that he was really suffering. So I went full gas until the end and that's how it was won. I'm pretty surprised as this is probably my best, most emotional victory so far. I had so much support from the team, from everyone. I'm really thankful to my team for the support today, I can't say it enough."

Read more at http://www.omegapharma-quickstep.com/en/news/show/strade-bianche-kwiatkowski-wins-solo/1616#F027QCbIRcrTkUyF.99  

 
 

6 MARCH 2014 - NetApp's Bennett wins Clasica de Almeria Haskins wins Clermont Tri!!

 

NetApp-Endura's two-time U23 Irish National Road Champion Sam Bennett earned his first pro victorySunday at Spain's Clasica de Almeria in a photo-finish sprint aboard his Altamira. In his first year with the team and only a month into the season, Bennett's tallied four Top-10s, a Young Rider's Jersey wina podium finish, and now a victory. The win is NetApp's first of the season, and Fuji now boasts two Clasica de Almeria victories; Geox-TMC's Matteo Pelucchi won the race in 2011 on his SST

 
 

The final break formed with 20km to go in the 178km race, built up a 1-minute gap on the chasing peloton, and featured four NetApp riders: Bennett, Iker Camano, Tiago Machado, and Erick Roswell.

  

"The guys got me perfectly to about 600m to go. I was well-positioned in the last corner," explained Bennett post-race. "I had to go at 250m because the pace dropped. I came around everyone and took the inside line. At 100m to go, my legs started to buckle, and I thought I wasn't going to make it. But luckily I did!" Watch the video of the final sprint (around the 17:50 mark) HERE!

  

The 23-year-old Irishman added, "I want to thank all of my teammates who helped me every single chance they got. They really made my job easier, and for sure, this result came as a result of great teamwork."

  

"I am very happy with today's results. An early win is so important for motivating the team. Our guys put in a great team performance yesterday, and today they even managed to surpass that effort," said Sport Director Alex Sans Vega -- alluding to Tiago Machado's 2nd-place podium finish in the Vuelta a Murcia Saturday. "Iker, Tiago, and Erick aren't usually Sam's lead-out riders. That is why I am all the more pleased that everything worked so perfectly today and that Sam is able to rely on all of his teammates. I hope that we will be able to maintain this level, the atmosphere in the team, and this racing style for our upcoming races."

 
 

Across the ocean in Clermont, Florida, Fuji triathlete Sarah Haskins raced for the first time in nearly a year and a half -- seven months after giving birth to her daughter Caroline. Was she rusty? Nope. She won the Clermont Draft Legal Triathlon. That's right. Won. 

  

"My mindset heading into this race was to test myself, race hard, and have fun.  This race is very early in the year, so an ITU sprint race is a great opportunity for some speed work on the swim, bike, and run," explained Haskins. "The last 400 meters, I felt strong, and it hit me that I had won! It felt awesome to be back to racing and pushing hard."

 

Haskins was 4th out of the water, but with an excellent T1, was 2nd onto the bike. Aboard her Altamira, she quickly caught up to Fuji teammate and 1st-out-the-water Sara McLarty hammering on herSupreme. The two worked together over the 20k bike, building up a 45-second lead heading into T2. Haskins then took off on the run and crossed the tape victorious in 1:02:50. 

  

"This is my 10th year of racing, and what a way to return with my 30th career win," said Haskins, who stood on the podium holding her daughter Caroline. "I know that this is just the beginning of a long season.  I have lots of hard work ahead of me and look forward to that journey.  The best part of this journey is sharing it with my family. Caroline fell asleep at the end of the run, but by the end of the season, she may be able to say, 'Go Momma!'"

 

Read more from Sarah's post-race blog HERE

 

And in other awesome Fuji sponsorship news:

 
 

After a career-best, 8-win season -- including his 2nd-consecutive Life Time Tri Series title -- USA Triathlon named Fuji triathlete Cam Dye their "Non-Drafting Athlete of the Year" for the 2nd year in a row! Read more HERE.

  

And lastly, after six stages of the 10-stage Tour de Langkawi, Matt Brammeier -- of new Fuji-sponsored pro team Synergy Baku Cycling Project -- is currently leading the Mountains Classification. And the team has earned 4 Top-10s (including Brammeier's Stage 1 2nd-place podium finish). 

 
 

3 MARCH 2014 - AEROISEVERYTHING: Venge and Evade Rule the Desert!!

 

As a road cyclist, the instant you come unhinged and slip in to the void behind the group is the single most dreaded moment of any rider’s race day. As an amateur, I think we can all agree that while slipping from the group is disappointing… it isn’t as bad as being the reason that Tom Boonen doesn’t make it to the sprint! To make sure this doesn’t happen, the Specialized Racing team and OPQS Staff work overtime to make sure that each rider’s equipment is tailored to their individual riding style in the treacherous conditions of the early season desert races.

 
 

“The wind is the biggest opponent. That’s why the Venge is the best choice” Says Niki Terpstra of Omega Pharma – Quick-Step after claiming the win at the 2014 Tour of Qatar. The early season races like Tour of Qatar and Tour of Oman are often shaped by the wind.These races leave riders strewn across the road fighting for what little draft is left at the back of the echelon. “Races in the dessert are good for team building as you only win if riders stay together.” Says Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Technical Director, Rolf Aldag.“This, in turn, makes equipment choice even more critical.”

Specialized employs experts in all areas to help provide the necessary information to the pro teams about their equipment. Since Chris Yu joined the Specialized team in 2011, he has been instrumental in providing analytical data to the athletes. Yu was part of the team responsible for designing and building the in-house Specialized Wind Tunnel and since its doors opened for business in May of 2013, Yu has been hard at work testing athletes and equipment to help make the fastest athletes faster. “In addition to going faster, the aero savings allow each rider to rest more in the draft and provide less draft to competitors.” Says Chris Yu.“With fast average speeds and a stiff crosswind in the early season desert races, each rider was saving between 30 and 40 watts total using the Venge and Evade compared to a traditional road bike and helmet.” Yu finished.

The information provided by Yu and his team directly informs the decisions that OPQS Technical Director Rolf Aldag needs to make on a daily basis.As Technical Director for OPQS, Aldag is responsible for providing the riders with the best possible equipment choices for each race.This means more than merely preselecting equipment for the riders, but rather providing the athletes with the needed information to make the decisions for themselves. By working closely with Specialized Racing Engineers and Aerodynamicists, Aldag is able to easily show riders what their equipment can do for them depending on the conditions.

“It is also very helpful to prove differences by numbers. Since we have the chance to show riders their advantages in the Specialized wind tunnel, it is easy to make an objective decision about equipment, based on facts.” Says Aldag. This ability to test repeatedly in the lab and in the real world has helped to keep OPQS consistently at the front through the early season.As the conditions slowly change from the flat windswept moonscape of Qatar and Oman to the ragged moss covered cobble of the Spring Classics, riders on OPQS (and all Specialized supported teams) will continue to benefit from the on going work done by Specialized Racing and their team staff.

 
 
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26 FEB 2014 - Fuji to sponsor three new continental teams in 2014!!

 

(Philadelphia, PA) February 20, 2014 - Fuji is proud to announce that in addition to Tour de France-bound NetApp-Endura and USA Cycling NRC's 2013 Team Classification Winner, TIBCO, the brand is adding three new continental teams to its pro sponsorship ranks: the Synergy Baku Cycling Project, Team Scody Downunder, and Wibatech Fuji Zory..

Synergy Baku Cycling Project

Fuji has penned a two-year sponsorship agreement with the Synergy Baku Cycling Project, a UCI continental team established in 2013 with the support of the Azerbaijan Cycling Federation. Aimed at developing Azeri riders, helping them to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics, and growing the sport of cycling in the South Caucasus country, the 17-rider squad features five Azeri riders and three Azeri stagieres to come in August - with several other nationalities represented as well.

Led by General Manager David McQuaid of Ireland, there's also a strong Irish contingency, with Belfast's Conor McConvey returning to the squad, three-time Olympian David McCann working on the management side, and Irish National Road Champion Matt Brammeier signing on for 2014 -- who won his 2013 national title on a Fuji SST while racing with now-disbanded, Fuji-sponsored Team Champion System.

Building off a 14-win, 39-podiums rookie season, two of Synergy Baku's German riders - Michael Schweizer and Daniel Klemme, formerly of Leopard Trek - have already tallied the team's first palmares of 2014 aboard their new team bikes: Fuji SSTs. Schweizer won the Sprinters Jersey at the New Zealand Cycle Classic, and Klemme finished 2nd in Stage 2.

 
 

The team will race Fuji SST 1.1 carbon road bikes. Designed for explosive sprinters, the SST features a tapered head tube for superior steering precision; asymmetrical chainstays to offset drivetrain-induced torque and maximize power transfer; aero-shaped tubing in the top tube, seat tube, and seat mast for improved aerodynamics; and most importantly, a reinforcing RIB (Reinforced I-Beam) - a patented technology from Fuji's carbon manufacturer - in the oversized downtube and fork that amplifies stiffness and results in a more responsive ride and razor-sharp handling.

Of the new partnership with Fuji, McQuaid said, "Fuji has been around the pro scene for a long time. There's a reason. Teams love the bikes. And for us, Fuji was great to work with as a company in the pre-season. Notable also is that a few of our riders have ridden Fuji bikes before, so there you have it. It was a no brainer."

The team's 2014 race program will be split between Europe and Asia, with a slight foray into Africa - all UCI events. For Olympic qualification, Synergy Baku will be racing a lot more in Europe, with several races in France and Croatia. But equally important will be races in Asia, such as the Tour de Langkawi and the Tour de Taiwan.

"We achieved a whopping 14 UCI wins last season -- not bad for a new team. We exceeded our expectations. During the winter, we were very particular in which riders we chose for our team for the 2014 season. As a result, I expect perhaps less wins than 14 but more significant wins in big races," explained McQuaid.

Team Scody Downunder

Fuji is also proud to announce its sponsorship of Team Scody Downunder, a continental team established in 1999 to help develop young Australian road racers.

 
 

After its first year of racing in Australia and winning the Tour of Tasmania, Team Scody Downunder spent eight years in Belgium, raced as a UCI continental team, raced two years as a professional Trade Team 3, and helped riders like Cameron Jennings, Glen Chadwick, and Matt Wilson enter the pro ranks. The team is now based back in Australia and will race National Road Series events in 2014, with hopes of riding continental events in China, the U.S., and New Zealand. The team's official 2014 roster will be announced in the coming weeks.

Team Scody Downunder will race Fuji SST 2.1s, along with sister brand Oval Concepts 946 deep-section carbon wheels. The hand-built 946 wheelset utilizes aero 46mm full-carbon rims, 20/24h Sandvik T302 spokes, and Oval 900 (6-pawl, dual-engagement freehub body) hubs. The team will additionally race Oval Concepts bars, stems, and seatposts.

"We are thrilled to support a new generation of young Australian riders and provide them the opportunity to shine at the highest levels of national competition," said Fuji Australia/Oceania Bicycles Operations Manager Craig McGregor. "We believe that in the world of premium bicycle distribution, sponsorship of top teams and top riders is crucial to reinforce the credibility of our products. It is equally vital to provide information for ongoing product development to ensure that we are selling the best bikes and components in the world. We are proud to establish our new partnership with Team Scody Downunder to achieve these goals."

Team Wibatech Fuji Zory

And Fuji is proud to sponsor Wibatech Fuji Zory, a UCI Polish continental team established in 2008.

 

Led by veteran Sławomir Kochut - Olympian and 2004 Polish National Time Trial Champion - the 10-rider squad includes accomplished sprinter and 2012 Memorial Andrzeja Trochanowskiego Champion Tomasz Smoleń, recipient of the European Olympic Committee's "Most Promising Young Sportsmen in Europe Award" Tobiasz Lis, and climber Piotr Jaromin - whose best finish, 4th, came at the 2013 Grand Prix Forman.

The team will race largely in Poland, with hopes of also racing in Holland, Belgium, and other European countries (race calendar still to be confirmed). Their new team bikes: Altamira SLs. Designed for the road racer seeking an ultra-lightweight, all-around competition platform that excels on the climbs, the Altamira - winner of the 2011 Vuelta a España - features super-thin seatstays for greater compliance; a BB86 Press-Fit bottom bracket for maximum stiffness; oversized downtube for superior pedaling efficiency, a tapered head tube for enhanced steering precision; and most importantly, the frame is made of Fuji's top-level c15 carbon, which utilizes High Compaction (HC) molding. HC uses internal molds to eliminate wrinkles and maximize resin flow for greater compaction in the carbon layers. The payoff is a lighter and stiffer frame with an interior as finished as the exterior.

 
 
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07 FEB 2014 - CROSS CZECH!!

 

From deciding to race Cyclocross Worlds a little more than a week ago, to kissing his Specialized Crux at the finish line as the new 2014 UCI Cyclocross World Champion. Just another day at the races for Zdenek Stybar.

What started out as a decision to race for fun quickly turned into one of the more exciting cyclocross battles is recent memory. Starting from the fourth row behind the juggernauts of the sport, Zdenek fought tooth and nail to quickly make his way through the mid-pack traffic. The race came down to an exhilarating last-lap duel between Zdenek, and defending World Champion Sven Nys. The two men traded attacks, and spills, as they battled for supremacy in the grueling mud. With a punishing final attack, Zdenek was able to finally shed the Belgian to claim his third rainbow jersey in Hoogerheide, Netherlands. With wet and sticky conditions throughout the course, equipment choice was imperative. Together with members of Specialized Racing, Zdenek decided the Evade helmet and S-Works Crux would work best for the conditions. With unwavering trust in his equipment, and a ferocious will to win, Zdenek was able to overcome a training schedule light in cyclocross racing and pull off a truly inspiring victory. Not too shabby for a guy who was out there just to have fun.

 
 

04 FEB 2014 - Fuji in the 2014 Tour de France!

 

 

(Philadelphia, PA) January 29, 2014 - Fuji Bikes will line up at the start of one of the biggest sporting events in the world, and Team NetApp-Endura will get their chance at the most coveted jersey in all of cycling, as the ASO officially extended the Fuji-sponsored German pro-continental squad a wildcard invitation to the 2014 Tour de France Tuesday.

"A dream comes true. We have worked toward this news since the first day of the team's founding," said NetApp-Endura Manager Ralph Denk of the team established in 2010. "That our wish has now become reality is overwhelming and has put the whole team into a euphoric mood. We could not have hoped for better news shortly before our season opening. We can thus gear the entire first half of the season toward this big event and start in Leeds in top form with the best riders."

The 101st edition of the legendary 3-week, 21-stage race will begin in Leeds, England on July 5th. NetApp's Tour de France debut will mark Fuji's 2nd appearance in the sport's biggest grand tour. The more than century-old brand's first appearance came in 2010 with Footon-Servetto - where Rafael Valls finished 2nd in Stage 7 aboard his Fuji SST.

While Fuji's pro teams were not invited to the Tour de France over the past three years, Fuji won its first-ever grand tour in 2011 with Juan Jose Cobo's victory at the Vuelta a España, as well as earned two Vuelta stage wins, a Vuelta GC Top 10, and a Giro d' Italia GC Top 10.

"We are ecstatic to have Fuji on the world stage again, racing in not only the most prestigious event in cycling but one of the greatest sporting events across the globe," said Fuji Sponsorship Manager Milay Galvez. "And we are over-the-moon elated for such a deserving group of riders and staff, who we are proud to have come to know and who have played an integral role in shaping our products. They proved they belong among the best - particularly at last year's Vuelta."

NetApp-Endura was issued a wildcard invite to the 2013 Vuelta a España, where Tour of California Stage 7 winner Leo König pulled off a gutsy Stage 8 victory aboard his Fuji Altamira, as well as finished 9th in the GC for a Top 10 in his first-ever grand tour. Teammate Bartosz Huzarski also tallied a podium finish in Stage 16.

When asked whether he could score another Grand Tour GC Top 10, König told Cycling News last week, "I don't see anything to say that we can't do it again. I am confident about the Top 10." Teammate Zak Dempster, who already has a 2014 victory to his name with his win at the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic earlier this month, told Cycling News, "If we were to get into another Grand Tour this year, then we will be aiming really high. When we go to a race, we are there to race, not to get a tan. I see no reason why we couldn't win a stage."

"This team has so much talent. With Leo's breakout year last year, the Czech National Road & TT Champ Jan Barta, the addition of 2-time Portuguese U23 national TT champ Tiago Machado - we can't wait to see what they'll do this season and especially in July," said Galvez

 

 

NetApp-Endura will race Fuji's top-of-the-line Altamira SL frameset this season, with Oval Concepts, Shimano, and Vittoria components. The Altamira, which has amassed 12 professional victories and dozens of podiums since its inception in 2011, will therefore make its Tour de France debut - along with the Norcom Straight: Fuji's new time trial/triathlon bike that earned more than 10 professional victories since its launch last May.

Leo König & Bartosz Huzarski joined us live from Team Training Camp in Mallorca, Spain earlier this month in a Google+ Hangout on Air, where they spoke of their Tour de France ambitions, the structure of their schedule to prepare for a then hopeful invite, what they love and why they feel they excel in grand tours, the dynamic of the 2014 squad, and more. The recording has just been posted. Click the image below to watch!

 
 
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23 JAN 2014 - Rudy Project wins SixDays Bremen!

 

 

After winning one of the most prestigious events in all of track cycling last month - SixDays Gent - Rudy Project Racing Team's Leif Lampater has added a remarkable 8th career SixDays victory to his palmares. Together with Dutch partner Wim Stroetinga, Lampater just edged out teammate Marcel Kalz and partner Robert Bartko for the overall victory at SixDays Bremen.

"This victory is indescribable," said Lampater. "It feels incredibly good to win here."

Never in the race's previous 49 years had two teams entered the final round tied: 359 points to 359 points. And the very last sprint earned Lampater and teammate Stroetinga the win by a mere wheel's length over RPRT teammate Kalz. But that ensured two Fuji Track Elites on the Bremen podium, with RPRT'sChristian Grasmann just off at 4th. Fujis dominating the SixDays circuit.

 

 
 

15 JAN 2014 -Fuji Google+ Hangout - NetApp-Endura LIVE from Team Training Camp!!

 

 

 

Join us for a LIVE Google+ Hangout on Air with NetApp-Endura's Leo König and Bartosz Huzarski!

 

Leo & Bartosz will be joining us live from Team Training Camp in Mallorca, Spain on Thursday, January 16th from 11:00-11:30 a.m. EST for a 30-minute chat to answer all the questions you've been dying to ask: ambitions for 2014, best moments of 2013, favorite training exercises, worst crash stories -- wherever you want the conversation to go. Post your question to the event page HERE prior to the Hangout!

In our first year sponsoring NetApp-Endura, the team produced 9 wins, including Jan Barta's Czech National Road & TT titles, Blaz Jarc's GP Stad Zottegem victory, and Alexander Wetterhall's Ronde van Drenthe win. Perhaps most notable, however, was the emergence of Leo König -- who blew away the cycling world with his brilliant attack on Mt. Diablo to win Stage 7 of the Tour of California, followed by his Czech Cycling Tour GC victory and a gutsy, thrilling Stage 8 win at the Vuelta a España. Bartosz Huzarski also tallied a Stage 16 podium finish at the Vuelta.

The team has already kicked off the 2014 season with a victory thanks to Zak Dempster's win at the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic and has announced its bid for a wildcard invite to the sport's greatest event: the Tour de France.

Join us Thursday for the chance hear from two of the team's most accomplished riders and ask them anything you want! All you need is a Google account to join the Hangout. Don't have a Google Account? It's quick, easy, and free to create one. For more information, click HERE. Already have a Google account, simply click "Sign Up Now" below, and click "Yes" to "Are You Going?" on the event page. You'll receive a notification Thursday morning when the Hangout goes live!

 

 

LIVE Google+ Hangout on Air with
NetApp-Endura's Leo König & Bartosz Huzarski
 

 

Thursday, January 16, 2014
Time: 11:00-11:30 a.m. EST/ 2:00-2:30 p.m. PST
 
 

08 JAN 2014 - Rudy Project wins Revolution Round 3!!

 

NetApp's Dempster wins Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic!!

 

 

Less than a week into the 2014 racing season, and NetApp-Endura, along with Rudy Project Racing Team Irschenberg (RPRT), earn Fuji its first two victories of 2014!

With podiums in all five events of the prestigious Revolution Cycling Series' Round 3 in Manchester, RPRT proudly claimed the Round 3 stage victory aboard their Track Elites and extended their 8-point Elite Championship series lead to a commanding 23 points over Rapha Condor JLT.

RPRT's Nico Heßlich (who won Revolution Series Round 2 with teammate Marcel Kalz) sprinted to 2nd in the Flying Lap and 3rd in the Points Race; Teammate Christian Grasmann finished 2nd in the Scratch Race; and the Grasmann & Heßlich duo finished 3rd in the Team Elimination and 2nd in the 1km Madison Team Time Trial.

The penultimate stage of the Revolution series is set for February 1st, with the Round 5 finale scheduled for March. Next up for RPRT: 6-days Bremen.

 
 
Heading Downunder, NetApp-Endura's Zak Dempster attacked out of a 7-man break at the opening race of the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic series and sprinted to victory aboard his Altamira on the very first day of the 2014 racing season.

Dempster, who raced as part of the local Australian SASI-Team, was able to break away from the field early with six other riders. The lead group, which included Team Orica GreenEDGE's Matt Goss and Luke Durbridge, dominated the race until the finish. Dempster was able to save some energy on the final laps, so that he could set the decisive attack for a long sprint.

"I couldn't be happier. January 2nd and one win, so it's one more than last year," Dempster joked. "I could tell after the warm up I was in good shape and after all the training I've done in the last two months. Today's win shows me that I'm sharp and is a great confidence boost."

Dempster followed up his victory with a 2nd-place GC podium finish in the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic series. He will race the Australian National Road Championships in Buninyong before traveling to NetApp-Endura Team Training Camp in Mallorca later this month. Learn more about what Zak's been up to over the off season and his strategy for the upcoming Australian National Champs HERE.
 
 

20 DECEMBER 2013 - SRAM Road Hydraulic Brake Recall Announcement !!

 

 

At SRAM we have made a commitment to Performance and Safety. We believe firmly in hydraulic brake platforms and are committed to their growth. We apologize for the disruption of our product introduction and look forward to getting everyone rolling as soon as possible.

We have developed this website to keep all customers informed with the latest information related to the SRAM road hydraulic brake recall.

We also want all consumers who purchased a bike equipped with our hydraulic road brakes to register on the tab above. This will allow us to keep you updated with options and new product.

 
 

19 DECEMBER 2013 - BEST WISHES TO YOU FROM LIMAR !!

 

 

 

05 DECEMBER 2013 - Fuji's Kalz & Heßlich Win Revolution Series Round 2!!

 
 

Less than a week after Rudy Project Racing Team Irschenberg's Leif Lampater
won one of the most important events in all of track cycling aboard his Track Elite, RPRT's Marcel Kalz and Nico Heßlich tallied another huge victory at the prestigious Revolution Cycling Series Round 2 in Glasgow.

After taking 2nd place in the Points race and the Flying Lap, the duo soared through the 1000-meter Madison Time Trial in a scorching 55.472 seconds - less than 1 second off the pace of the world record: 54.549 seconds. A commanding 3.5 seconds faster than WD40's 2nd-place team, Kalz and Heßlich's winning TT secured the overall Round 2 victory and the lead in the 5-round Revolution Series! They lead the 2nd-place Telegraph All Stars by 7 points.

Revolution Cycling Series Round 3 begins January 4th in Manchester. "We will attack the Revolution Series Record in Manchester and London," tweeted Heßlich.

Can't wait.

 
 

28 NOVEMBER 2013 - Fuji's Lampater Wins Gent Six Day!

 
 

Rudy Project Racing Team Irschenberg's Leif Lampater, together with Belgian teammate Jasper de Buyst, won one of the most prestigious events in all of track cycling Sunday - taking the overall at Gent Six Day for his seventh career victory in Six Day racing.

Lampater, aboard his Track Elite - a bike he was influential in designing, and de Buyst grabbed the lead from the start and never looked back. They handily collected the most points of the 13 teams competing, winning by a 55-point margin.

"It's madness here in Gent daily," said Lampater of the 5,000 rowdy spectators who flock to the 168-meter wooden track each night. "To win in front of a full house! In Amsterdam, I came close (Lampater finished 2nd in Six Day-Amsterdam last month). Now, I'm once again at the top."

Check out more photos from Leif's remarkable win HERE!

Next up for RPRT: Six Day-Zurich - where Christian Grasmann and Andreas Graf are off to an impressive start with today's Derny victory.

 
 
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19 NOVEMBER 2013 - HANNES HERRMANN AT GERMAN TV SHOW ' THE GERMAN CHAMPION 2013!!

 
 

On October 24th, Hannes Hermann, German biketrial Champion in 2013, was invited at the TV show “The German Champion 2013” on ARD Mediathek channel.

He competed and won against Max Schrom, in a bizarre race where the two athletes had to ride their bikes on a huge wheel without falling.

 
 

During the TV show and the race, Hannes Hermann wore his Limar Ultralight+ helmet.

After his victory, he took the opportunity to thank his sponsors for 2013, which supported him and contributed to his success: “Besides my success in biketrial, the job of the media for 2013 has been such a great success. I really appreciate the support of my sponsors”

Click on the link here below to watch the TV show:

http://www.ardmediathek.de/das-erste/shows-im-ersten/die-deutschen-meister-2013-radrennen-auf-der-walze?documentId=17772922

 
 
 

05 NOVEMBER 2013 - NEW Volt1200 - Our Best And Brightest!!

 
 
 
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03 OCTOBER 2013 - GFNY Magazine Fall 2013!!

 
 
 
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25 SEPTEMBER 2013 - Fuji's Week of Wins!!

 
 

While debuting our 2014 line at OutDoor Demo and Interbike, our athletes simply couldn't stop winning. In total: seven victories in three countries in one week.

We begin with Champion System's Matt Brammeier, who sprinted to victory out of a three-man breakaway Thursday at the Grote Prijs Dr. Eugeen Roggeman.

Brammeier escaped with seven riders two laps into the 158-kilometer, 14-lap race. Inside the final 40 km, teammate Matthias Friedemann, along with over a dozen other riders, bridged across to the front group. Numerous attacks followed, but Brammeier positioned himself in an elite front group of three riders heading into the final lap.

"I really wanted to win and was willing to gamble everything to win," Brammeier said. "I stayed cool and let the two other guys lead out the sprint. I kicked it with around 200 meters to go and won the sprint comfortably."

The Irish national road champion, coming off a 3rd-place podium finish at Izegem Koerse earlier this month, claimed his second win of the season aboard his SST. Friedemann finished 5th.

 
 

In Taiwan, teammate Chun Kai Feng won his 4th Taiwanese national road title and added a TT title to his name the following day (Monday).

The pair of national titles are Feng's first since he won three straight Taiwanese national road championships from 2009-2011. The 24-year-old soloed to victory in the 150-kilometer road race, and in the 20-km time trial, he was 30 seconds faster than the runner-up. Earlier this season, his best results came at the Tour de Korea, where he took home the king of the mountains jersey and notched three top-10 finishes.

"This is a particularly exciting victory because it means Kai will be able to wear the national champion's jersey at the Tour of Beijing next month in his first UCI WorldTour event," Manager Ed Beamon said.

 
 

Heading back to Belgium, Christian Grasmann of Rudy ProjectRacing Team Irschenberg (RPRT) won two circuit races aboard his SST in Ghent, Belgium - reigning victorious against the crosswinds and cobblestones. In Maldegem, Grasmann launched a gutsy attack. "With 600 meters to go, I still tried it anyway with an attack - it was crazy and tight, but it worked," said Grasmann.

Earlier this month, teammate Andreas Graf won his third Austrian State Championship in the 4000 meter individual pursuit aboard his Track Elite, and teammate Marcel Kalz won the criterion in Neuenhagen in New Berlin aboard his Altamira. RPRT also tallied 7 additional podiums in races across Europe in the month of September.

Heading across the Atlantic to the United States, Jonathan Page earned his first victory of the season at Day 1 of Charm City Cross in a sprint finish Saturday, with a down-to-the-wire, 1-second win margin aboard his Altamira CX! Day 2 in Baltimore City, Maryland culminated in a sprint as well, where JP missed a 2nd W by just a second (watch the video HERE).

In Tempe, Arizona, Fuji triathlete Cam Dye brought home a particularly sweet win Sunday aboard his Norcom Straight - his remarkable 6th of the season. Dye won Life Time Fitness Tempe with a scorching bike that was nearly two minutes faster than his nearest competitor. Down 30 seconds out of T1, he gave it everything he had on the 40k bike. He finished in 1:48:16, with a 1:08 win margin. As he crossed the tape, he made the 303 Boulder symbol across his chest, honoring the Boulder, Colorado flood victims - of which he is one. Read just what gave Cam an extra push in the final kilometers HERE.

And lastly, Team TIBCO's Sam Schneider won the USA Crit Finals Thursday night aboard her Supreme in a thrilling sprint finish after the perfect lead-out train from teammate (and sister) Skylar Schneider and teammate Lauren Stephens under the lights in Las Vegas, Nevada.

A pretty stellar week for our Fuji athletes.

 

 

18 SEPTEMBER 2013 - Fuji's CX National Champ's Season Kickoff!!

 
 
We are thrilled to sponsor 4-time U.S. National Cyclocross Champion Jonathan Page for the 2013-2014 season - which officially kicks off this week!

Page will be racing his brand-new, custom national champion, stars and stripes 2014 Altamira CX 1.1 at Cross Vegas Wednesday night. Sneak peek'd on our Facebook page last week, the bike is sure to turn heads, and we can't wait to see how it tackles the course.

On Thursday at 2:00 p.m., we'll be hosting a signing with JP at our Fuji Interbike Booth #6002.

And next weekend (September 21st-22nd), JP will be racing at Charm City Cross in Baltimore City, Maryland before making his way overseas for Belgian racing.

Stay tuned to the Fuji Facebook Page for more info on JP's race schedule and upcoming events and signings.

After signing the national champion to an end-of-season deal just before 2013 CX Worlds, we re-signed Page to a 3-year sponsorship agreement in April.

"I'll be on the fastest bikes in the world for the rest of my professional career. Feeling lucky and thankful," said Page to his Facebook and Twitter followers.

Page's 2012-2013 season featured a 12th-place finish in Essen, Belgium, a 15th-place finish at the World Cup in Namur, a 10th-place finish at Superprestige Hoogstraten, and of course, the national title. Eager for the season ahead and very proud to have Jonathan Page riding Fuji!

 

 

2 SEPTEMBER 2013 - König Wins Vuelta Stage 8!

 
 
With 2 km to go in Vuelta a España Stage 8, Team NetApp-Endura's Leopold König attacked out of a select group of GC favorites, attacked again out of a 4-rider chase pack, flew by then-leader Euskaltel's Igor Antón, and held off the likes of Daniel Moreno, Nicolas Roche, and Ivan Basso with an extraordinarily powerful surge to the line for the stage win!

The victory is not only the greatest victory of the 25-year-old Czech's career; it's the biggest win yet for Team NetApp-Endura - a win that had everyone, including the broadcast's announcers, vying for NetApp's appearance in the Tour de France.

And the Altamira conquers the Vuelta yet again, proving it's one of the best climbing machines in the grand tour pro peloton.

The day began with NetApp's then-highest placed GC rider, Bartosz Huzarski, in the break. Yet because of his position in the GC - only 45 seconds back of Nibali - several teams worked hard to reel him back in.

Alto Peñas Blancas then made its mark on the race: a mean, lengthy, 14.5 km finishing climb averaging a 7% grade - a climb many feared yet Leo König saw only as an opportunity.

"I told the team this morning that I want to win this stage and asked for the support of the whole team. The guys were amazing. They had to stand up against the whole peloton and we did it," said König.

Peñas Blancas quickly destroyed the peloton, whittling it down to only a select group comprised of most of the GC contenders. David de la Cruz worked hard to ensure König was firmly placed within this group.

With 4 km to go, Antón escaped. With 2 km remaining, he had 9 seconds on the field until König soared past him.

König was chased by Thibault Pinot, Basso, Roche, and the polka dot jersey Moreno. It was Moreno that made the greatest surge in the final meters, but König crossed the line, arms raised in triumph, with a 1-second advantage.

"This is for sure incredible and I am more than happy. Now everyone realizes that we are able to play our cards. Leaving today's victory behind me, I will focus on the tough stages coming up because they are new opportunities, and we are here to take all opportunities. I want to repay the team for its great work and of course the Vuelta organization for trusting us with a wildcard," said König.

Sports Director Enrico Poitschke added, "We just couldn't sit back and take it when Bartosz was forced to fall behind in the breakaway group. That's why we decided: 'Now we're really going for it.' We started the race today with a clear goal and wanted to make it reality. That's why we put everything into the chase and were rewarded for it in the end. The way we handled the stage was inimitable. I'm certain that some people had surprised looks on their faces today. After all, it was impressive to see how the guys worked together. We did everything right."

With his victory, König was catapulted to 5th in the GC - 29 seconds back of new race leader Nicolas Roche. After the conclusion of today's just-finished brutal Stage 9, he sits at 7th - 1:09 back of new race leader Daniel Moreno.

Watch the exhilarating, nail-biting finale of Stage 8 HERE - trust us, it's well worth the watch. Watch Leo's post-race interview HERE. Check out the album of behind-the-scenes Stage 8 photos HERE.

And be sure to check out our daily Vuelta coverage on the Fuji Facebook Page, Fuji Twitter Page, and Sponsorship Manager Milay Galvez's Twitter Page - photos, videos, and race reports. Also be sure to visit NetApp's Vuelta microsite updated daily with content: http://www.netapp-endura.com/en/vuelta/. And watch each stage live at: http://www.steephill.tv/vuelta-a-espana/.

 

 

29 AGUST 2013 - FUJI'S 2013 VUELTA CAMPAIGN!

 
 
Fuji makes its return to the Vuelta a España: one of the most prestigious races in the world that brought us our very first grand tour victory just two years ago. This year, we have Fuji-sponsored German pro continental team NetApp-Endura vying for the red jersey.

In five stages thus far, NetApp's already animated the race. Aboard their Norcom Straights, they finished 7th in the opening stage Team Time Trial.
With just 1.4 km to go in Stage 2, Leopold König launched a mind-blowing attack that put him within seconds of a podium - 4th on the day (watch the video HERE)! And teammate Bartosz Huzarski has finished with the lead group nearly every stage; he currently sits at 11th in the GC, with König at 13th.

We are eager to see what's to come in the upcoming stages. This year's race features an unbelievable 11 mountaintop finishes, including one atop the Angliru - where Cobo earned his majestic victory back in 2011 that carried him to Madrid for the overall victory. Will König attack like he did earlier this season to win the Tour of California's Stage 7 on the slopes of Mt. Diablo? Will the Altamira prove to be the best climbing machine in the pro peloton yet again? Stay tuned.

 

YOUR FUJI VUELTA COVERAGE

 
We are providing daily Vuelta coverage on the Fuji Facebook Page, Fuji Twitter Page, and Sponsorship Manager Milay Galvez's Twitter Page - check in there for photos, videos, and race reports. Also be sure to visit NetApp's Vuelta microsite updated daily with content: http://www.netapp-endura.com/en/vuelta/. And watch each stage live at: http://www.steephill.tv/vuelta-a-espana/
 
 
 
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22 AGUST 2013 - NetApp's Blaz Jarc Wins GP Stad Zottegem!

 
 
25-year-old Blaz Jarc, of Fuji-sponsored NetApp-Endura, soloed to his first-ever professional victory Tuesday at the Belgian classic GP Stad Zottegem. Aided by the hard work of teammate Roger Kluge in the lead group, Jarc attacked in the final kilometers aboard his Altamira and never looked back. With Jarc's victory, Team NetApp-Endura earned a win at Zottegem for the second year in a row and secured their ninth win of the season.

"We rode an aggressive race today. After being part of each attack, we also initiated the decisive group," explained Sport Director Christian Pömer. "Roger worked very hard in the group so that Blaz had enough strength to attack on the closing two kilometers. Such a solo victory is always something special. I'm very pleased for Blaz that it was finally enough to come first. But the entire team had an equally large part in the victory today."

Next up for NetApp-Endura: the Vuelta a España! We'll be bringing you coverage from every stage of the season's final grand tour on the Fuji Facebook Page - stay tuned.

Check out Cycling News' NetApp Vuelta Preview at http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/team-netapp-endura-ready-for-maiden-vuelta-a-espana.

 

 

07 AGUST 2013 - TIBCO's Shelley Olds wins Tour of Elk Grove GC!

 

RPRT dominates 1001 Runde Oschelbronn!

 
 
Huge weekend success for Fuji-sponsored teams TIBCO and Rudy Project Racing Team Irschenberg (RPRT): Brilliant TIBCO sprinter Shelley Olds won the GC at the Tour of Elk Grove - which also sealed the overall National Racing Calendar's (NRC's) 2013 "Best Team" honors for TIBCO - and RPRT's Leif Lampater and Marcel Kalz won the 1001 Runde Öschelbronn, with teammates Christian Grasmann and Andreas Graf taking 2nd.

TIBCO kicked off the Tour of Elk Grove 7.7km Prologue TT with two podiums. USA Pro Crit Championships silver medalist Amanda Miller finished 2nd and Nature Valley Grand Prix GC winner Shelley Olds finished 3rd. In the 156.1km Stage 1, Olds sprinted to 2nd aboard her Supreme. And in the culminating 121.7km Stage 2, Olds snagged 2nd yet again. Three podiums sealed the GC win for Olds. And with five other Team TIBCO members in the Top 20 of the GC - including Amanda Miller just off the podium at 4th - and five podiums in three days of racing, the team was presented "Best Team" NRC honors following the race. In the individual NRC standings, TIBCO's Claudia Häusler currently sits at 2nd and Olds 3rd. Fuji is extremely proud of the accomplishments of Team TIBCO this season.

 

 

At the 1001 Runde Öschelbronn, RPRT's Marcel Kalz and Leif Lampater not only won but set a new record - becoming the first team to complete the 200km/1001 laps in under four hours, with a time of 3:59:42! Teammates Christian Grasmann and Andreas Graf finished a close 2nd for an RPRT-Track Elite podium domination.
 
 
 
 
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TIBCO crushes Nature Valley Grand Prix, Olds wins Overall

 

Kalz wins Harlem Skyscraper Crit

 
 

Team TIBCO obliterated the competition at the 6-stage Nature Valley Grand Prix in gripping fashion: five podiums, two stage wins, two consecutive 1-2 finishes, the Queen of the Mountain jersey, the Most Aggressive Rider jersey three of the five stages, the overall team classification win, and the overall GC victory.

TIBCO sprinter Shelley Olds kicked off the race with Most Aggressive Rider honors and followed it up with a 3rd-place podium finish in Stage 2, a 2nd-place podium finish in Stage 3, and a 2nd-place podium finish in Stage 4.

Stage 5 saw TIBCO newcomer Lauren Stephens attack just after the 3rd climb. She bridged to then-leader Olivia Dillon, only to quickly drop her. She told Cycling News, "I was really wanting the car to come up and tell me if I needed to do this or not. And so the car came up, and [team director] Manel [Lacambra] said, 'Go. You can win the tour.' So I kept going. He said: 'Time trial.' And I time trialed."

Stephens built up a lead of 25 seconds, and by the time she got to the final four circuits, she increased her lead to over a minute; she had 1:10 heading into the final lap. The peloton began their furious push, but Stephens remarkably held out for the solo victory - with a 32-second win margin! Teammate Olds sprinted to 2nd, snagging the 8-second time bonus from then-race leader Jade Wilcoxson - heading into the final stage 1-second down to Wilcoxson.

 
 
The 45-km, 13-lap Stage 6 started with TIBCO fighting at the front. Four riders escaped, including TIBCO's Joanne Kiesanowski, after Lap 6. And on the final circuit, TIBCO's brilliant climber, Claudia Häusler, not only bridged the gap; she powered past the group, pulling away on the 17%-grade climb for the victory! Teammate Kiesanowski crossed the line 2nd for the second, consecutive TIBCO 1-2 finish.

And if that wasn't thrilling enough, playing out behind them was a brutal battle-turned bloody for the overall. Race leader Wilcoxson, 3rd-place Carmen Small, and Olds made their move on the descent just before the concluding climb. Small backed off at seeing Olds and Wilcoxson attack the corners, fearing it too dangerous. On the last corner, Wilcoxson collided with the barrier, and Olds sprinted ahead to 5th - giving her an 8-second win margin over Wilcoxson in the final GC.

"It was a fight, but it always is," Olds told Cycling News. "I knew that getting through the last two corners to the front was the key, and I told my teammate Lauren Stephens to just get me through the last two corners and to the base of that climb. Jade was the only one who jumped us. So she jumped us and got in front in the last two corners. When I came through the last corner, I saw Jade go into the side. It's really unfortunate, but it wouldn't have changed the way the race would have happened, I don't think."

With Olds taking the overall, Häusler taking 4th, Stephens taking 10th, and Kiesanowski taking 11th, TIBCO won the Team Classification, and Häusler won the Queen of the Mountain Classification. An utterly dominant performance by Team TIBCO aboard their Supremes.
 
 
From Minnesota to New York, yet another Fuji victory came at the famed Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic. After the perfect lead-out train from teammates Christian Grasmann and Andreas Graf following 56 km of racing, Rudy Project Racing Team Irschenberg's Marcel Kalz launched a formidable sprint with the legs that won him the Bremen Sixdays overall and 1000m Manchester Madison Time Trail earlier this year. "When it comes to a sprint, he's hard to beat," said teammate Grasmann. Kalz won by a bike length. And while Grasmann and Graf were aboard SSTs, Kalz powered to victory aboard his Altamira - showing the platform to be a very capable sprinting machine.
 
 

Champion System's Zach Bell Wins Tour de Korea Stage 6!

 

 

Champion System's Zach Bell out-sprinted 10 fellow breakaway riders Friday to win Stage 6 of the Tour de Korea after the perfect lead-out from teammate Chun Kai Feng, who regained the lead in the King of the Mountains Classification.

"I'm so happy to win today; I'm over the moon," Bell said of his second victory of the season (his first came at Stage 4 of the Tour de Taiwan in March). "This race would not have been possible without the amazing work of my teammates. I am climbing great right now, and I knew that with the motivation of the group and Kai's awesome teamwork that the win was possible."

Runner-up in the Stage 5 Team Time Trial, Champion System was in it from the beginning of the 184.7-kilometer stage. When a large group escaped, Bell and Feng fought to join. Feng, who wore the KOM jersey following Stage 2, was third over the first categorized climb and first on the second categorized climb.

 
 

With just 2 km remaining, Feng took control of the break - which had more than a 3-minute advantage on the peloton - and nullified any attacks. He provided a textbook lead-out for Bell, and the 2-time UCI Track World Champs Omnium runner-up took off for the line with a sprint on his SST that bested 10 other riders seeking the W.

"Zach is riding at such a high level, it is a pleasure to watch," Champion System Assistant Director Chris Wherry said. "I couldn't be happier for him today. He really deserved the win. Everyone rode amazingly, and they executed the plan perfectly."

"Kai regaining the KOM jersey was icing on the cake," Wherry added. "I don't want to down play his efforts in any way because he has been in almost every breakaway this week. He really is riding awesomely."

Feng finished 9th and is currently the team's best-placed rider in the GC at 11th, 3:20 behind.

"I was very happy to take the KOM jersey back, and I hope to fight for it again tomorrow," Feng said. "The team rode great today and I was happy to help Zach win. I learned a lot from him today."

The eight-day race continues Saturday with a 145.1-km stage that features two categorized climbs before finishing in Hongcheon.

View more photos from today's stage HERE.

 
 
 
 
 

GIRO D’ITALIA, 2013: THE NUMBERS OF THE 96 EDITION

 

 
Milan, May 28, 2013 – A truly epic edition of the Giro d’Italia has just drawn to a close. This was the 96th running of the race, and one of the most successful in history.

During the 21 days of racing, the Giro crossed 17 regions, more than 500 municipalities, and covered 3341.8 km. The race was broadcast daily in 174 countries, with millions of people on the streets and in front of a passionate audience throughout the race.

It was a journey that has touched the beautiful scenery, culture and history throughout Italy, from Naples to Brescia via Ischia, Amalfi Coast and Cilento, Matera with its famous Sassi, Florence – the home of the next World Cup, Busseto for the Bicentenary of Giuseppe Verdi and then into France on the legendary Col du Galibier, Vicenza with the Palladio and the Dolomites with the epic stage of Tre Cime di Lavaredo, just to name a few.

Here is a summary of the numbers of the Giro, 2013:

• Athletes: 207 riders from 23 teams (168 started the final stage) and of 30 different nationalities. The first Chinese and the first Greek athletes to participate in the Giro did so this year, and 5 different riders wore the pink jersey.

• Sponsors: 29 partners have contributed to the success of the Giro, tying their brand with this legendary edition of the Corsa Rosa. Most of all, Balocco who sponsor the Maglia Rosa, and the other sponsors of the main classifications: Blue - Banca Mediolanum, Red - Italo, White - F.lli Orsero and Estathé – the winner of the stage.

• The media: the press office gave accreditation to 1,595 media professionals, including 1,132 journalists and 463 photographers representing 1,076 international, national and local media. The focus was to get into the breaking news on the main news cycle at national and international level.

• Television: For the first time the Giro d’Italia was produced in HD, with a great effort by Rai who played the role of Host Broadcaster and allowed the images of the Corsa Rosa to be shown in 174 countries, on five continents:

• Europe - Eurosport visible in 70 countries across Europe and Asia Pacific, in Belgium the Flemish VRT channel, NOS in the Netherlands, SRG SSR in Switzerland, TV2 in Denmark, Spain from the circuit Forte (EITB Euskal Telebista in the Basque Country, TV3

in Catalonia, Galicia TVG Televisión de Galicia, Asturias TPA), Sky Sports in the UK, Sweden and Germany with SVT Sport with A (ARD & ZDF). The channel beIN Sports has broadcast the Giro exclusively in France and in the United States of America.

• Africa - the coverage was broadcast by Supersport, while in the Middle East by Al Jazeera.

• America - English-speaking Canada was covered by Sportsnet, while French-speaking Canada by Réseau des Sports (RDS). In Mexico, Panama, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica and El Salvador, the Giro was broadcast by Televisa Deportes Network (TDN). In South America, Sur ESPN and ESPN Brasil sent both the direct and the highlights.

• Asia - the Giro was broadcast on Eurosport Asia Pacific Asia and Al Jazeera in the Middle East. For the first time it was shown in China through the national sports channel CCTV5. J Sports (Japan), Six Sony TV (India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Maldives, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Afghanistan) and True Visions (Thailand) broadcast the event. In Kazakhstan, Khabar TV broadcast the Giro d’Italia.

• Oceania - Australia's SBS channel has confirmed the great viewing figures of the Corsa Rosa in their broadcasts of the race.

All the major Italian broadcasters and many foreign ones have followed the event with their crews (Eurosport, TV2 Denmark, SRG SSR, VRT, beIN Sport, SBS, Sky Sports UK, CCTV and BBC Radio 5).

AUDIENCE AND PEAK
The television audience in Italy on RAI and Eurosport, have increased, testament to the quality of the product, the high level of the participants and the beauty of the route.
The stage of the Col du Galibier saw the audience peak, recorded at 17:42 with 3.9 million viewers on Rai 3 and over 4 million when adding those of RAI Sport 1.
As for the rest of the world, the audience figures will be known shortly.

• The Fans on Social Media

Facebook:
• 350,000 fans on the official page.
• Each post has been viewed by an average of 180,000 people.
• The most popular post: 450,000 views, 12,000 "likes" and more than 5,000 shares.

Twitter:
• More than 170,000 followers on the official profile.

Google+:
• 100,000 followers on the official page.
• 4 exclusive Hangouts with the winners of the stage and the pink jersey.

YouTube:
• Nearly 2 million views on the official channel.
• 15,000 registered subscribers on the official channel.

• The App and the Web

APP
• Total new downloads, 2013: 122,878 vs. 116,216 in 2012.
• Page views average per day: 504,000 (+48% vs 2012) and average daily unique users per day: 38,000 (+34% vs 2012).
• App of the Giro d’Italia, available for iOS, Android and Windows8 (Phone and Tablet).
• 180,000 App installed and updated.

WEB
• The most interesting is the increase in number of pages viewed daily on the official website of the Girohttp://www.gazzetta.it/Giroditalia/2013 (+50% compared to 2012 and amounted to 1,437,422).

See you in Ireland in 2014 where, on Saturday 10 May, the Giro d’Italia starts again.
 
 
 
SRAM RoadNEWSLETTER | MAY 2013
 

PHOTO OF THE MONTH

 
SRAM RED – THE WORLD’S FASTEST – ON EITHER SIDE OF THE OCEAN - Read More....
 
 
 

ATOC WOMEN’S TIME TRIAL – POWERED BY SRAM

 
SRAM once again leads the support for more women’s cycling as title sponsor of the Tour of California Women’s Time Trial Race, Powered by SRAM. The 31.5km TT took place in the midst of the Amgen Tour of California men’s race. Read more....
 
 
 

SEBASTIAN KIENLE’S BIKE PROFILE

 
The current Ironman 70.3 World Champion has chosen SRAM RED in 2013. Let’s have a closer look at his race machine. Read more....
 
 
 

POWERING THROUGH LOW POINTS

 
Read how Pete Jacobs relied on his Quarq power meter to guide him to victory at the 2012 Ironman® World Championship in Kona. Read more....
 
 
 

SRAM NEUTRAL RACE SUPPORT

 
Check out this video feature on SRAM’s Neutral Race Support team from the 2013 Amgen Tour of California. Read more....
 
 
 

THE IMPORTANCE OF LIGHTWEIGHT

 
Listen to pros, as well as power experts, share their insights on why a lightweight bike is so important.Read more....
 
 
 
 
SRAM RoadNEWSLETTER | APRIL 2013
 

PHOTO OF THE MONTH

 
SRAM TRUE 22 GROUPSETS & HYDRAULIC ROAD BRAKES LAUNCH VIDEO - Read More....
 
 
 

SRAM FORCE 22: READY FOR YOUR BEST

 
The SRAM Force 22 groupset has been completely rebuilt and redesigned and features our most advanced technologies. Read more....
 
 
 

SRAM ROAD HYDRAULIC BRAKES

 
SRAM offers you the choice among the best braking systems! Read more....
 
 
 

SRAM HYDRAULIC BRAKES BLEED VIDEOS

 
SRAM Tech has developed two technical videos to help you easily bleed your SRAM Hydraulic Brake system. Read more....
 
 
 

SRAM RED 22: NO COMPROMISE.

 
Twenty-two isn’t just our cool new logo; it means you get use of every gear in any combination. True 22! Learn more. Read more....
 
 
 

SRAM 22 LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY

 
A fun week of learning about and riding SRAM’s new “22” groupsets, the result of months of hard work by our entire staff. Read more....
 
 
 

Fuji signs Jonathan Page to 3-year deal!

 
 
Philadelphia, PA (April 17, 2013) - After signing the 4-time National Cyclocross Champion to an end-of-season deal just before 2013 CX Worlds, Fuji Bikes is proud to announce that it has re-signed Jonathan Page to a 3-year sponsorship agreement.

"I'll be on the fastest bikes in the world for the rest of my professional career. Feeling lucky and thankful," said Page to his Facebook and Twitter followers with a picture of the signed contract.

Page will ride Fuji's Altamira CX platform. With top-end, high-modulus carbon and tubing technology pulled straight from Fuji's flagship, grand tour-winning road bike, the Altamira CX features a tapered head tube, FC-330 fork, BB86 bottom bracket, ETC chainstays, category-leading mud clearance, and a flattened top tube for easy shouldering. Later this season, Page will ride the 2014 Altamira CX Signature Edition, specially designed for Page with stars-and-stripes graphics for the National Champion.

"Jonathan is not only one of the best cross racers in the world; he's a terrific person, who spends hours signing autographs and chatting with fans after a race. He has already brought great value to our sponsorship by giving us excellent product feedback, and we couldn't be more thrilled to continue this relationship," said Fuji Sponsorship Manager Milay Galvez.

The 2012-2013 season for the 36-year-old based in Belgium began slow yet finished in remarkable fashion: a 12th-place finish in Essen, Belgium; a 15th-place finish at the World Cup in Namur; a 7th-place finish at Superprestige Hoogstraten; and a remarkable 4th U.S. National Cyclocross Title in Verona, Wisconsin.

Page's 2013-2014 seasons kicks off this Saturday at the Sea Otter Classic Cyclocross. Fuji will be hosting a signing with Page at its Sea Otter Booth at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday.
 
 
SRAM RoadNEWSLETTER | MARCH 2013
 

PHOTO OF THE MONTH

 
MTN-QHUBEKA BRIGHTENS UP DREARY MILAN SAN-REMO - Read More....
 
 
 

WHO’S THE FASTEST WOMAN IN THE WORLD?

 
SRAM has once again lead the support for Women’s cycling as title sponsor a women’s time trial event to take place in the midst of the Amgen Tour of California (ATOC) men’s race. For the third straight year the best female athletes ever to take to two wheels will compete in a 19.6 mile (31.5k) time trial. Read more....
 
 
 

PETER SAGAN: THE PRODIGY

 
On his Cannondale SRAM RED, Peter Sagan won the 75th edition of Gent-Wevelgem, the first Spring Classic of his young career. Read more....
 
 
 

THE BIKE STOPS HERE – SRAM AND ZIPP BRAKE PADS

 
A quick explanation of SRAM and Zipp’s various brake pad offerings. Read more....
 
 
 

GOMEZ WINS MOOLOOLABA ITU

 
The silver medal at the 2012 Olympic Games, Javier Gomez (ESP), took the win and scored his 13th WCR victory! Read more....
 
 
 

WINNING WAYS CONTINUE FOR SRAM RED

 
Very early into 2013, SRAM RED teams and riders have already scored a number of prestigious victories: 30 on the road to date.Read more....
 
 

 

Team Pasta Zara's Evelyn Garcia Wins TT Gold!

 
 
Team Pasta Zara's Evelyn Garcia was crowned individual TT champion Thursday at the Central American Games in San Jose, Costa Rica. The 2-time winner of the Vuelta a El Salvador, 3-time Olympian, and 2007 World Cup gold medalist completed the undulating, 22km technical course aboard her D-6 in 28 minutes, 4 seconds.
 
Already a stage winner at the Vuelta a Costa Rica - where teammate Inga Cilvinaite went on to win the GC - Garcia and her teammates are off to a pretty incredible start to 2013.
 
 

NetApp-Endura's Alex Wetterhall wins Ronde van Drenthe!

 
 
With 30km to go in the Albert Achterhes Pet Ronde van Drenthe, Fuji-sponsored NetApp-Endura's Alex Wetterhall escaped from a 12-man lead group and time-trialed his way to a solo victory - 46 seconds ahead of the chase group - for the team's first win of the 2013 season.
 
To cap it all off, teammates Markus Eichler and Andreas Schillinger snagged 2nd and 3rd for a NetApp-Endura podium sweep.
 
"That was probably the perfect race for us. It was awesome - I've rarely experienced anything like it. The whole team was extremely good," said NetApp-Endura Sport Director Jens Heppner. "The boys were always out in front, and they stamped their seal on the race. The solo ride from Alex in typical classics weather is of course fantastic. It doesn't get any better."
 
In the pouring rain and near-freezing temperatures, NetApp-Endura's Andreas Schillinger was the first to ride into the lead group, as the peloton made its way through the Dutch region of Drenthe in the 196-kilometer race (which saw more than half the field DNF). Teammates Markus Eichler and Alexander Wetterhall were next to join.
 
When Wetterhall escaped with 30km to the finish, Eichler countered the attacks of all pursuers and chased down Vacansoleil's Wesley Kreder - the only rider who could still contest the team's victory on the day. Schillinger, who had actually fallen back, fought his way to the front again and bridged the gap to Eichler and Kreder just before the finish.
 
Wetterhall held his 46-second lead across the finish line, and his teammates sprinted onto the podium.
 
"I still haven't realized that I won. I am so happy, and of course, I am pleased that we filled all spots on the podium," said Wetterhall.
 
The 26-year-old Swedish time trial specialist had 6 Top-10 finishes last season, with podiums at Sweden's National ITT Championships and at the Tour de Normandie Stage 2.
 
"I have been chasing this victory for a long time," said Wetterhall after the race in an email to Fuji headquarters. He added, "The Altamira SL is great over the cobbles, really good!"
 
 
SRAM RoadNEWSLETTER | FEBRUARY 2013
 

PHOTO OF THE MONTH

 
SRAM’S 2013 TRIATHLON LINEUP - Read More....
 
 
 

WHAT A WAY TO START 2013!

 
With over 60 victories in 2012, the Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team and SRAM RED duo have already been very successful. And it looks like 2013 will be even better… After only a few weeks, the team has already conquered key early season races. Read more....
 
 
 

A VIDEO REWIND FROM CYCLOCROSS WORLD’S

 
Check out some of the racing, fun and fans from the biggest cyclocross event ever to land on American soil! Read more....
 
 
 

WORKING THE (SRAM INTEGRATED DRIVETRAIN) SYSTEM

 
Why it’s best to maintain drivetrain systems as a whole, and how SRAM systems are made to work as one.Read more....
 
 
 

2013 SRAM SPONSORED TEAM BIKES

 
The World’s Best Pro Road Teams choose SRAM RED. SRAM Sponsorship Manager, Jason Phillips, presents the bikes in detail. Read more....
 
 
 

Cavendish’s SRAM RED Ride

 
Check out Mark Cavendish’s Specialized S-Works Venge SRAM RED equipped bike. Read more....
 
 
 

Let's challenge the clouds - Strade Bianche By LIMAR 2013

 
 
 

Team Pasta Zara's Inga Cilvinaite Wins Vuelta Costa Rica!

 
In their first race of the 2013 season, Fuji-sponsored Team Pasta Zara-Cogeas not only earned a victory in all but 1 stage of the 5-stage Vuelta Internacional Femenina a Costa Rica; their Lithuanian Road Champion, Inga Cilvinaite, won the General Classification.
 
 
Multiple Venezuelan champion and 2012 Olympian Evelyn Garcia tallied the team's first victory in Stage 1. Cilvinaite followed with a win in Stage 2's individual time trial. Teammate Edita Janeliunaite won Stage 3. And Cilvinaite earned a hard-fought victory in the mountainous Stage 4.
 
2nd across the line in Stage 5 after launching an attack that secured the win over then-race leader Lorena Maria Vargas, Cilvinaite's stellar and consistent performance throughout the week aboard her Fuji Supreme carried her to overall victory by a 31-second margin. Garcia finished just off the GC podium at 4th.
 
"Beyond winning the Lithuanian national road championship, this is the greatest happiness of my life," said Cilvinaite.
 
 

Introducing Fuji's 2013 Sponsored Athletes

 
At Fuji, we believe that in order to be competitive in the world of premium bicycling manufacturing, sponsorship of top teams and riders is crucial: crucial to establishing credibility for our products and crucial to our product development, as it's these riders (and their team mechanics) who supply the feedback that enables us to produce the best bicycles in the world. We are proud to announce our roster of 2013 Fuji-sponsored athletes and teams. Please join us in being their biggest cheerleaders and spreading the word about their Fuji successes (resources listed below).
 

NetApp-Endura

 
 
Fuji will be the official bike sponsor of the highest ranked German professional cycling team, Team NetApp-Endura, for the 2013 and 2014 seasons (2013 marks our first year sponsoring NetApp-Endura).
 
Established in 2010 as a German pro continental team, NetApp produced its best season in 2012, tallying 11 wins and 21 podiums. Rider Jan Bárta, 2012 Czech Republic Time Trial Champion, earned overall victories at Rund um Köln and Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali, as well as finished 2nd in Stage 14 of the Giro d'Italia. Rider Leopold König finished 3rd overall at the Tour of Utah, 3rd overall at the Tour de l'Ain, and 2nd overall at Österreich Rundfahrt.
 
The 20-rider squad will ride Fuji's grand tour-winning Altamira throughout their 2013 race calendar, which includes races such as the ASO-run Critérium du Dauphiné, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, and Giro del Trentino. The team will also race Oval Concepts road bars, seatposts, stems, and aero bars.
 
NetApp-Endura will find out in March if they will receive a wild card invite to the 2013 Tour de France - all signs look good but no guarantee. Thus far, NetApp has had a Top-10 in their first three races: Jose Mendes finished 9th in Stage 5 of the Tour de San Luis, Roger Kluge finished 7th in Stage 3 of the Tour of Qatar; and Jan Bárta finished 9th in Stage 6 of the Tour of Oman.
 

Champion System

 
 
Fuji is proud to be on board for a second year with the first-ever pro continental team based out of Asia. Champion System boasts the most diverse roster in the pro peloton, featuring riders from 14 different countries, 2 former world champions, 2 former Olympians, and 5 current national champions: road race title holders Ryan Roth (Canada), Matt Brammeier (Ireland), Chan Jae Jang (South Korea) and Gang Xu (China), as well as Japanese TT gold medalist Ryota Nishizono.
 
Seeking to continue its progress along the path toward an eventual WorldTour license, participation in the Tour de France, and growing the sport of cycling in Asia, year two of the Champion System pro continental team project is already off to a great start, with rider Bobbie Traksel winning the Most Combative Rider classification at the ASO-run Tour of Oman.
 
The 22-rider roster will ride Fuji Altamiras and SSTs, along with Oval bars, throughout their 2013 race calendar, which includes stops at the Tour de Langkawi, Settima Internazionale Coppi Bartali, and the Tour de Taiwan.
 

TIBCO

 
 
Led by 2012 Olympian Shelley Olds and Tour de l'Aude winner Claudia Häusler (both former Fuji riders on the 2011 Diadora-Pasta Zara squad), American-based Team TIBCO will race Fuji's top-of-the-line, women's-specific carbon road bike, the Supreme 1.0, throughout the 2013 season. Beginning in March, the team will also ride Fuji's D-6 for time trials - equipped with brand-new Oval Concepts 960 aero bars. TIBCO's race schedule spans both Europe and the U.S., including the Giro Donne and several important American criteriums. TIBCO is managed by renowned industry veteran Linda Jackson. 2013 marks our first year sponsoring this professional women's cycling team.
 

Pasta Zara-Cogeas

 
 
Fuji will be the official equipment sponsor of Pasta Zara-Cogeas for the 2013 season, a 15-rider squad comprised of four current national champions: U.S. Time Trial Champion Amber Neben (ranked #5 in the UCI rankings), Lithuanian Road Champion Inga Cilvinaite, Italian National Road Champion Giada Borgato, and Mexican Road and Time Trial Champion Ingrid Drexel. Other notable riders include former World Junior Champion Rosella Callovi and former multiple Venezuelan champion and 2012 Olympian Evelyn Garcia. Team Pasta Zara-Cogeas will ride Fuji Supremes throughout their 2013 season, which begins in Central America at the Vuelta Costa Rica and the Vuelta El Salvador. 2013 marks the third year we are sponsoring this professional women's cycling team.
 

Rudy Project Racing Team Irschenberg

 
 
Fuji is proud to sponsor this elite German track team for a 4th consecutive year. With a new, world-class racing machine under their legs, the Track Elite (designed with their input), Rudy Project Racing Team Irschenberg has had one of their best seasons ever: RPRT finished 2nd overall in the prestigious Revolution Cycling series, after winning gold medals in Rounds 3 and 4; rider Marcel Kalz won SixDays Bremen and Frankfurter Kreise; and rider Leif Lampater finished 2nd in SixDays Copenhagen. The team is drawing a lot of attention to the Fuji Track line and serving as terrific Fuji ambassadors throughout Europe.
 

Matt Reed

 
 
Matt Reed is a former Toyota Cup Champion, 2008 U.S. Olympian, and 3-time Lifetime Fitness Minneapolis winner, who made history last year at Ironman 70.3 Boise when he struck the tape at exactly the same time as competitor Callum Millward: the first-ever tie in Ironman history. Reed has been racing for Fuji for the past seven years. Considered one of America's best triathletes, he's played a significant role in Fuji product development, with our top-of-the-line D-6 as his signature model.
 

Sarah Haskins

 
 
2012 was undoubtedly the best year of Sarah Haskins' career. In a season that featured eight victories - including her 4th consecutive Life Time Chicago Tri title, 4th consecutive Life Time Tri Minneapolis title, and 4th St. Anthony's Tri title - Sarah dominated nearly every race she entered aboard her D-6, easily clinching her second consecutive series title in the prestigious Race to the Toyota Cup. Sarah is arguably the best female triathlete in America. For 2013, Sarah and her husband Nate are expecting their first child. We're excited to welcome a new addition to the Fuji family! Sarah expects to return to competition in 2014 yet will be a key component to our new TT/tri bike product launch.
 

Sara McLarty

 
 
2013 marks our 5th season sponsoring 15-time NCAA All-American swimmer Sara McLarty. Voted USA Triathlon's "Rookie of the Year" back in 2005, Sara's breakout season came in 2007, with a number of Top-10's in World Cup events. Yet Sara's crowning moment came in 2010 when she claimed the prestigious Race to the Toyota Cup series title. In 2013, Sara, who also doubles as a swim coach, will be seeking out podiums aboard her D-6, especially at some of her favorite Lifetime Fitness events.
 

Jonathan Page

 
 
Fuji is proud to sponsor 4-time U.S. National Cyclocross Champion Jonathan Page. Fuji penned a sponsorship agreement with the 2007 CX Worlds silver medalist just before 2013 CX Worlds, where he first rode our Altamira CX 1.0. The 37-year-old based in Belgium spent the early part of his 2012 season recovering from an upper respiratory infection that affected his riding. But he experienced a resurgence in late December with a 12th place finish in Essen, Belgium and a 15th place finish at the World Cup in Namur, which earned him a spot on the U.S. World Championships team. While a broken chain and flat tire kept him from a Top-10 at Worlds, Page finished 10th at Superprestige Hoogstraten a week later. He has a handful of European races remaining in his 2013 season.
 
 
 
SRAM RoadNEWSLETTER |DECEMBER 2012
 
PHOTO OF THE MONTH
 
Amsterdam, Utrecht (Netherlands) and Münster (Germany) were the first three cities to get the SRAM Urban feeling. Check out how! - Read Full Story
 
 
 
SRAM GOES GANGNAM…SRAMGNAM CX STYLE!
 
SRAM CX Superstars go Gangnam! Check out SRAM's American Cyclocross superstars, including Nicole Duke, Tim Johnson, Jeremy Powers, and Ryan Trebon dance Gangnam style!
 
 
 
SPECIALIZED-LULULEMON ON SRAM
 
Specialized-lululemon collected over 60 wins in 2012, will add SRAM componentry to its winning formula for 2013. - Read Full Story
 
 
 
TEAM MTN-QHUBEKA'S TREK MADONE SRAM RED
 
MTN-Qhubeka will be the first African team to compete at the International cycling level. Check out their Trek Madone SRAM RED. - Read Full Story
 
 
 
SRAM GIFTS FOR THE HOLIDAYS!
 
SRAM has a wide range of accessories that make gift giving easy, from travel bags to bar tape, something for everyone! - Read Full Story
 
 
 
SRAM TURNS EUROPEAN CAPITOLS RED!
 
Amsterdam, Utrecht (Netherlands) and Münster (Germany) were the first three cities to get the SRAM Urban feeling. Check out how! - Read Full Story
 
 
 
Sram News | NEWSLETTER JANUARY 2014
 

PHOTO OF THE MONTH

 

SRAM | 2013 YEAR IN REVIEW | AWAY WITH US Read more....
 
Photo of the month
 
 

SRAM | 2013 YEAR IN REVIEW | AWAY WITH US

 
We had an incredible year in 2013 with riders pushing the limits in every aspect of what was once thought possible on a bicycle. Come away with us as we take a look back through such an amazing year filled with so many extraordinary moments. Read more....
 
 
 

ROCKSHOX TECH PILLS | PIKE | BOTTOMLESS TOKENS

 
In this video you will learn all you need to know about how to add or remove Bottomless Tokens to your RockShox Pike. Read more....
 
 
 

ALL FOR ONE | BOOK NOW AVAILABLE ON SRAM APP

 
This book documents the Coastal Crew’s exploration on the hunt for new trails, boat rides, campfires and good friends. X01 | ALL FOR ONE. Read more....
 
 
 

SRAM BACKYARD JAM | VIDEO

 
The SRAM Backyard combines a test track for off-road bicycle components, a pump track and various lines of jumps, from small to competition-size doubles. Read more....
 
 
 

SRAM LICENCES X-SYNC TO ACCELL & CHROMAG

 
In an effort to provide consumers more choice - SRAM has licensed this valuable, precision-based technology to two industry partners Accell Group and Chromag. Read more....
 
 
 

21 January 2014 PRETTY GOOD FOR 10-YEAR-OLDS

 

Freeride mountain bikers Matt Hunter and Darren Berrecloth are celebrating their 10-year anniversary as riders in the Specialized family. Although they've ridden all over the world, and are both from British Columbia, the guys rarely spend time shredding together. To celebrate their decade aboard Specialized bikes, Matt and Darren teamed up with photographer Sterling Lorence to capture more of the iconic imagery which propelled them to their legendary status.

MATT HUNTER ON IAMSPECIALIZED>>

DARREN BERRECLOTH ON IAMSPECIALIZED>>

 
 
 

20 January 2014 CHOOSE YOUR WEAPON

 
Candlesticks are for Colonel Mustard and Professor Plum. When choosing your new whip, pick the weapons with the best technology in the industry. Achieve maximum comfort, control and efficiency by isolating chain and brake loads with FSR Suspension and keep your suspension perfectly tuned for any kind of riding with Autosag. New to rear-suspension sag? As put by BIkeMag, autosag ”makes it easy for anyone, even those of us who are less mechanically inclined or downright lazy, to dial their suspension perfectly every time.” Top these bikes off with hands-free BRAIN Technology and SWAT Integration that keeps everything you need, right where you want it and you’re ready to tackle any mountain. Eat our dust, Colonel Mustard.
 
 

ENDURO COMP 29 > CLIMB HIGHER, DESCEND FARTHER.

 

“The best-handling bike I have ever ridden.” - BIKEMAG

“Dear Specialized, we hate you for making us love a 29er.”
VITAL MTB

“Be prepared for your confidence to get out of control.”
MATT HUNTER

TRAIL TYPE: ALL-MOUNTAIN
TRAVEL: 155mm
HEAD TUBE ANGLE: 67.5°
WHEEL BASE SIZE (MEDIUM): 1159mm
SWAT: BOTTLE CAGE WITH SWAT TECHNOLOGY COMPATIBL

More.......

 
 
 

STUMPJUMPER FSR COMP 29 > THE LEGENDARY TRAIL BIKE.

 

“Well-mannered and easy to live with for less-experienced riders and mind-bendingly fast if you want to push it...it’s a rocket ship everyone could enjoy, both up and down the hills.” 
- PINKBIKE.COM

“Well thought out angles, a proven suspension design, and a parts spec to match...among the best all-around trail bikes we’ve ridden.” - VITAL MTB

TYPE: TRAIL
TRAVEL: 130mm
HEAD TUBE ANGLE: 69°
WHEEL BASE SIZE (MEDIUM): 1148mm
SWAT: BOTTLE CAGE, EMT TOOL, AND TOP CAP CHAIN TOOL COMPATIBLE

More.......

 
 
 

CAMBER COMP 29 > EVERYTHING YOU NEED, NOTHING YOU DON’T.

 

“The Cambers are so fast and easy to ride that they almost disappear into the ride.” - MTBR

“Caters to the everyday trail rider who wants a little huckability without compromising speed” 
- BICYCLING

“It’s a responsive bike that really comes alive on the trail.” - SICKLINES.COM

TRAIL TYPE: TRAIL
TRAVEL: 110mm
HEAD TUBE ANGLE: 70°
WHEEL BASE SIZE (MEDIUM): 1131mm
SWAT: BOTTLE CAGE, EMT TOOL, AND TOP CAP CHAIN TOOL COMPATIBLE

More.......

 
 
 

S-WORKS EPIC CARBON 29 > THE ONLY FULL-SUSPENSION 29ER WORLD CHAMPION.

 

“The world’s best XC bike” - OUTSIDE MAGAZINE
“For XC and endurance racing, there’s no better bike out there.” - OUTSIDE MAGAZINE
“The perfect all-out cross-country race bike. 5 stars.” - BIKERADAR

TRAIL TYPE: COMPETITIVE XC
TRAVEL: 100mm
HEAD TUBE ANGLE: 70.5°
WHEEL BASE SIZE (MEDIUM): 1112mm
SWAT: SWAT MTB XC KIT WITH BOTTLE CAGES, EMT TOOL, AND TOP CAP CHAIN TOOL

More.......

 
 
 
 

3 January 2014 BURRY STANDER

 
It’s hard to make sense of loss. Often, we are overcome with the need to do something and feel powerless to do so. Songo.info is an organization Burry devoted much of his time and support to. If you would like to pay tribute to Burry, we can think of no better gesture than to spread the word about this organization, or donate to the cause.
 
"I had raced for a long time and had many teammates but none that I had developed such a strong bond with as I did with Burry. We were great friends and I was always excited to get to the first race where we would both be at to catch up and hang out after our winter hiatus.

I had never known anyone with such desire and confidence. He had a lot of self belief and while most of us "want" to be great, he "was" going to be great. That is one thing I take with me everyday, having that self belief to be great. He would always give everything he had and if he came up short he was disappointed but it didn't matter because next time he would be better.

Burry left us far to soon but he did more in his short time here then most people do with much more. He was one of the best athletes in the world, had already married an amazing woman, always had time for his family and even started three bike shops and an import business for his family to run.

I miss him everyday but am also constantly inspired by him and humbled by the opportunity I had to spend so much time with such a great person. RIP Dart." - Todd Wells
 
"Burry always went for everything, not calculating just racing his heart out especially on the short stages like here on the prologue 2012 where I always hardly could hold his wheel.

The third of January will always stay in my head as one of my saddest days of my life, but a day I also also remember of a young very good man in the name of Burry!" - Christoph Sauser
 
 
 
Sram News | NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 2013
 

PHOTO OF THE MONTH

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM ALL OF US AT SRAM, ROCKSHOX, AVID AND TRUVATIV Read more....
 
 
 

SRAM XX1 | ENDURO

 
A GREAT SEASON IN A VIDEO
Follow SRAM Enduro racers Jerome Clementz, Nicolas Vouilloz, Rene Widlhaber, Curtis Keene, Anka Martin and many more as they take on rounds 2 and 3 of the 2013 Enduro World Series in Val d'Allos and Les Deux Alpes, France. With Enduro quickly becoming one of the most progressive and interesting forms of mountain biking, the riders have become an essential part in the development of a new generation of components, which combine light weight, durability and flawless performance during long and hard races. SRAM XX1 is the prime example of this new breed of components, after dominating the 2013 season with 6 wins out of 7 races with Fabien Barel, Nicolas Vouilloz and Jerome Clementz.Read more....
 
 

ROAM AND RAIL SERVICE

 
You’ve roamed farther and railed harder with your SRAM Roam and Rail wheels, here’s the essential tips to keep them running smoothly (PDF).Read more....
 
 

ARRIVAL IS HERE

 
The second movie by the Coastal Crew is finally here, featuring amazing riding all around the world. Don’t miss it.Read more....
 
 

RIDE CAPE EPIC WITH US

 
Do you want a unique chance to participate in Cape Epic and contribute to World Bicycle Relief? Read more....
 
 

ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

 
Loic Bruni: In his first year out of Juniors, Loic has taken the downhill World Cup by storm. Check out this video of his season with the Lapierre Gravity Republic team. Read more....
 
 
Sram News | NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER 2013
 

PHOTO OF THE MONTH

 

JEROME CLEMENTZ ON HIS WAY TO WINNING THE FINAL ROUND OF THE ENDURO WORLD SERIES (PHOTO: SVEN MARTIN) Read more....
 
 
 

X01 – ALL FOR ONE

 
THE NARROWS – AN EPIC TRIP
Just prior to the release of our X01 drivetrain, we sent riders Dylan Dunkerton, Kyle Norbraten, Logan Peat and Curtis Robinson, along with a film and photo crew on an adventure to best demonstrate X01’s ethos: ALL FOR ONE.
We felt that the perfect test for the new group would be a foray into the unknown, a trip into unfamiliar territory. We wanted a remote location that would not allow for a plan B. We chose a small, family-run camp in the Narrows Inlet off western British Columbia with hundreds of miles of seemingly untapped potential. It was an obvious script.Read more....
 
 
 

MOBILIZE ME

 
Together we can mobilize thousands of entrepreneurs, healthcare workers and students by providing life-changing transportation. See how.Read more....
 
 
 

X-SYNC: THE ORIGINAL

 
Designed, developed and tested by SRAM, X-Sync chainrings are one of the key components of SRAM’s 1X drivetrains. X-Sync is the original 1X chainring technology.Read more....
 
 
 

ROAM 50 WIN TRANS-PROVENCE

 
Anka Martin won the 2013 edition of Trans-Provence, the hardest multi-day enduro race in the world, on a set of SRAM’s Roam 50 wheels.Read more....
 
 
 

ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

 
Tougher than steel, Rampage winner, holds the title for the biggest 360 and backflip drops in the history of mountain biking. Meet Cam Zink. Read more....
 
 
 
 

23 OCTOBER 2013 - Roc D'Azur 2013 - MARTINEZ forever in the temple of MTB

 

Following his victory at Sea Otter Classic, the most important race event in North America, also Roc D'Azur is dominated by the powerful Miguel Martinez, (FRA Factory racing Team).
Two great victories protected by his LIMAR X-MTB.

At the age of 37, the 2000 Olympic champion was at the head of the race, cutting the finishing line in front of the German Moritz Milatz and the Check Olympic champion Jaroslav Kulhavy.
The 37-year-old was at the front all race. "This is awesome. It isn't a World Cup victory, but for me it's even better because I think the Roc d'Azur is the most beautiful race in the world," said Martinez according to organizers. "Winning the Roc is a unique experience. Today was my day."

Roc d'Azur 2013, this great cocktail of emotions, can boast the participation of 5000 riders, all enjoying the unique atmosphere of this 30th edition with its 56 km course.

But great success also for other LIMAR champions, and above all the Topeak-Ergon Racing Team that ends their season at the best. Alban Lakata and Sally Bigham both won the marathon at Roc d'Azur, and Robert Mennen and Ndine Rieder took 5th in their own races in the Cross Country, with their LIMAR Ultralight+Topeak.

After almost 30 years, the winning MTB Limar tradition, is still endless!

 
 
 
Sram News | NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 2013
 

PHOTO OF THE MONTH

 

STEVE SMITH ON HIS WAY TO THE 2013 DOWNHILL WORLD CUP TITLE IN LEOGANG, AUSTRIA Read more....
 
 
 

RISE. ROAM. RAIL.

 
SRAM MTB WHEELS
You don’t win by being the lightest. Or the stiffest. Or the toughest. You win by being the fastest. That takes a wheel designed specifically for the modern mountain biker. At SRAM, we start with the demands of the terrain and work forward from there—carefully balancing each wheel’s design around five key attributes: weight, inertia, engagement, stiffness and durability. Discover them here.Read more....
 
 
 

SCHURTER AND ZAKELJ RULE ON XX1

 
SRAM MTB WHEELS
Nino Schurter and Tanja Zakelj claimed their 2013 World Cup Championship titles in Hafjell, Norway. Click here to read all about their amazing season.Read more....
 
 
 

PIKE - BOTTOMLESS TOKENS

 
Want to maintain that bottomless feel of your RockShox Pike fork? Click here (PDF) for the complete guide on how to use the RockShox Bottomless tokens.Read more....
 
 
 

ROCKSHOX PIKE VIDEOS

 
After taking a few years off, Pike is back in the RockShox lineup, as the ultimate trail fork. Discover the elements that make Pike the amazing fork that everyone loves.Read more....
 
 
 

ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

 
Emmeline Ragot has established herself as one of the strongest riders in the global gravity scene, with two DH World Championship titles and an impressive series of World Cup wins and podiums.Read more....
 
 
 
Sram News | NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 2013
 

PHOTO OF THE MONTH

 

JEROME CLEMENTZ CLINCHES THE FIRST EVER ENDURO WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE (PHOTO BY SVEN MARTIN) Read more....
 
 
 

SRAM X01 -

 
SRAM X01 carries on the tradition of SRAM XX1 to create a simpler, lighter and faster drivetrain. A single front chainring (from 30 to 38 teeth) with a 10-42 11 speed cassette combines fast shifting and optimal gear range, while the X-Sync™ chainring technology and X-Horizon™ rear derailleur with TYPE 2 technology provide optimal chain management, with Grip Shift or trigger shifter options.Read more....
 
 
 

SRAM X0 HUBS

 
Finally, a hub worthy of the X0 name. DOUBLE TIME™ ratchet design, SPEEDBALL™ bearings and compatible with all axle types.Read more....
 
 
 

XX1 SWEEPS XC WORLDS

 
Schurter, Fumic, Hermida: SRAM XX1 and Avid XX sweep podium at the 2013 XC World Championships in South Africa: The story of this amazing result.Read more....
 
 
 

INTERBIKE BY INVITATION

 
Did you know that North America’s largest cycling trade show just launched a special VIP day for bike enthusiasts like you? Read more....
 
 
 

ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

 
Curtis Keene, a.k.a. “The American Dream”. One of the world’s strongest Enduro racing specialists, follow him as he is Chasing Trail. Read more....
 
 
 
Sram News | NEWSLETTER AUGUST 2013
 

PHOTO OF THE MONTH

 

BRANDON SEMENUK ON HIS WAY TO WINNING THE SLOPESTYLE AT CRANKWROX LES 2 ALPES Read more....
 
 
 

TRUVATIV BLACKBOX ATHLETE SERIES

 
PIKE RULES ENDURO
ALL WHEEL SIZES ON THE PODIUM 26", 27.5" or 29"? RockShox Pike is available in all, and remains the only suspension fork to ever to hit the Enduro World Series podium in all three sizes. On the bikes of riders such as 10x World DH Champion Nicolas Vouilloz, Enduro dominator Jerome Clementz and 4X World Champion Anneke Beerten, Pike has grasped wins and multiple podium finishes in all wheel sizes.Read more....
 
 
 

IT’S CRANKWORX TIME

 
The 10th anniversary of the world’s biggest MTB freeride festival is approaching fast. All information and live webcasts of the main events.Read more....
 
 
 

PEOPLE FOR BIKES

 
If you are passionate about cycling, and want to make bicycling safer, more convenient and appealing for everyone, sign the pledge.Read more....
 
 
 

JOIN THE COMMUNITY

 
Get in touch with the world of SRAM MTB and RockShox through our social media channels. Exclusive content and updates from the hottest events, and much more.Read more....
 
 
 

ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

 
Tanja Zakelj has stormed the 2013 XC World Cup with back to back wins which has put her in the overall lead with two races to go. Meet Tanja.Read more....
 
 
 
 
 
Sram News | NEWSLETTER JUNE 2013
 

PHOTO OF THE MONTH

 

NICOLAS VOUILLOZ AT THE FIRST ROUND OF THE ENDURO WORLD SERIES. PHOTO: SVEN MARTIN Read more....
 
 
 

TRUVATIV BLACKBOX ATHLETE SERIES

 
HART, CLEMENTZ, SMITH CUSTOM BARS
When our athletes asked for a different kind of handlebar, TRUVATIV answered with the BooBar. Now we're proud to announce the TRUVATIV BlackBox Athlete Series, a collection of bars specifically engineered to match the demands of each signature athlete's discipline and riding style - and to enhance each rider's cockpit interface.Read more....
 
 
 

SRAM SERVICE

 
The ultimate resource for all service and set-up information for your SRAM, RockShox, Avid and TRUVATIV products, SRAM Service is full of useful information to keep your bike running as new.Read more....
 
 
 

RACING IS ON!

 
Follow SRAM’s teams and athletes as they take on the 2013 World Cup series in XC and DH, with our behind-the-scenes photo galleries after each race.Read more....
 
 
 

ENDURO GETS SERIOUS

 
The much anticipated first round of the Enduro World Series was a huge success, see how it went here.Read more....
 
 
 

ATHLETE OF THE MONTH: KELLI EMMETT

 
Follow XC and Enduro star Kelli Emmett as she goes “Chasing Trail” during her busy racing schedule.Read more....
 
 
 
 

LIMAR 242 BEST KIDS HELMET IN ADAC TEST

 

ADAC, the German Automotive Association, has carried a test on several kids and freestyle helmets. The test focused mostly on safety issues including the visibility, during limited light conditions, that has been taken under due consideration. LIMAR 242 is the test winner, gaining a full 'GUT' and ranking at the top of the kids and freestyle helmets tested.

242 is LIMAR latest double in-mould helmet for kids.
Ventilation is ensured by the 10 air vents, protected at the front by in-moulded insect nets, and comfort is at its top with the soft antibacterial pads and the 'comfort' fit system, which enables a micro-metric horizontal adjustment, with a wheel specifically developed to match the ergonomic handling of a kids hand.
None the less the attractive graphics, color coordinated straps and pads, make the helmet a real outstanding product.
A real super-light helmet, with a very limited weight (only 195 g in S size) with a very attractive feature is the rear light with its 3 different functions (steady, blinking or off).
It is available in 2 sizes: S (46-51 cm) and M (51-56)

 
Further details on the test:
http://www.adac.de/infotestrat/adac-im-einsatz/motorwelt/kinderfahrradhelme.aspx?ComponentId=171341&SourcePageId=6729
 
 
 

17 May 2013 - A 29er Tale

 
 
 
Sram News | NEWSLETTER MAY 2013
 

PHOTO OF THE MONTH

 

EVERY RIDE HAS A STORY: ADVENTURE IN THE ITALIAN DOLOMITES. PHOTO: ADRIAN MARCOUX. Read more....
 
 
 

AVID INTRODUCES ELIXIR 9 AND 7 TRAIL

 
SLAY IT. ALL OF IT. Avid is proud to introduce the new Elixir 9 Trail and Elixir 7 Trail hydraulic disc brakes. Together with X0 Trail, they form the Avid Trail Family, the key to more power and control with less weight and zero fuss. Each Avid Trail brake features monster all-mountain power courtesy of a new 4-piston, dual-diameter caliper design. And with weights dipping below 350 grams, each of these three models gives up nothing when it’s time to climb. Read more....
 
 
 

A LEGEND FINDS BALANCE

 
Nicolas Vouilloz is a legend of mountain bike racing. Watch him as he tests the SRAM Roam and Rail wheels he is going to race in the 2013 enduro season.Read more....
 
 
 

THE PERFECT SETUP

 
RockShox air, coil and oil charts for all 2014 forks (PDF): the right spring rate and oil quantities help you with the perfect suspension setup.Read more....
 
 
 

SRAM AT THE 2013 SEA OTTER CLASSIC

 
See the product, meet the athletes, enjoy the action and soak in the atmosphere with these beautiful photos of the SRAM team at the 2013 Sea Otter Classic. Read more....
 
 
 

ATHLETE OF THE MONTH: REBECCA RUSCH

 
Also known as “The Queen of Pain” Rebecca Rusch is one of the strongest MTB endurance athletes in the world, and also a great advocate for female riders with her Gold Rusch tour. Read more....
 
 
 

14 May 2013 - A 29er Tale

 
WHAT IS THE NEWS? We have said it many times and it is as true as ever: here at Specialized we love to race. Going fast, mixing it up, and pushing the limits are what drive us to make the best bikes and equipment in the world.
 
 
Over the past month, we have seen a shift in our DH racers’ mentality. Not long ago, 29ers were “not cool” and frowned upon by the gravity racers. But as the MTB product team continued to push the limits of what a 29er could do with more travel, lower stand-over heights, and tighter rear ends, the racers could not help but notice. At the beginning of April, Factory rider Mitch Ropelato bested his teammate Aaron Gwin at the windy and rough Fontana Pro GRT; Mitch rode a Stumpy FSR EVO 29 while Gwin was on his S-Works Demo. It was a historic day with our riders looking at what bike would be best for a particular course and for this one, it was a 29er. Aaron would not forget.
 
When Aaron came to Specialized, he was excited by a lot of things: the passion of the brand, our winning pedigree, but most notably was that he wanted to be involved in going faster than ever. We immediately began working on projects but he was adamant about not riding 29ers. “Too long and slow” he said. But when Mitch surprised the world, and Aaron, he had to find out if he had been missing something. Aaron opted to test Brandon Sloan’s personal Enduro 29 in the parking lot… he was surprised. In a good way. The bike was tight and agile as well as surprisingly light. Aaron decided to race his freshly delivered Enduro 29 at Sea Otter; he brought home the gold on a bike he scoffed at just months before. Another disbeliever converted.
 
The success of the Specialized line of 29ers can be attributed to three main ingredients: experience-specific geometry, appropriate parts selection, and a strong dealer group.
 
A Specialized 29er has:
 
1. Won every race on the XC course from the local races to the Olympics.
2. Shown to be light, nimble, and fun on loamy and rocky singletrack with more confidence and speed while being able to tackle tight switchbacks.
3. Been pushed by the fastest, most adamant speed freaks in the gravity world.
 
You might ask yourself why have you not tried a Specialized 29er yet? With a line of bikes and equipment that serves the beginner to the professional, the short to the tall, XC racer to trail rider to gravity nuts, the Specialized 29er way might just surprise those of you who have yet to try it out. We invite you to hit the trails with us.
 
 
Sram News | NEWSLETTER APRIL 2013
 

PHOTO OF THE MONTH

 

TEAM SPECIALIZED-BURRY STANDER-SONGO AT THE 2013 CAPE EPIC. PHOTO: GARY PERKIN. Read more....
 
 
 

THE ALL NEW PIKE

 
A comeback has never been so amazing. PIKE comes back in the RockShox lineup, as the ultimate trail fork. Your trail could be a silky smooth ribbon of singletrack, or a rock-infested goat trail in the Alps. Either way, there is a PIKE for you. All wheel sizes, with 26”, 27.5” and 29” options, and 160mm and 150mm travel models, plus a 140mm version for the 29” platform. The RCT3 damper is available in either Dual Position Air or a Solo Air version to complete the offering. Read more....
 
 
 

EVENT SEASON IS ON

 
Sea Otter Classic and the BIKE Festival are the two traditional season-opening events in the US and Europe. SRAM will be there!
 
 
 

AS EPIC AS IT GETS

 
Cape Epic has never been so epic for SRAM and RockShox. Kulhavy and Sauser win on XX1, RockShox sweeps the podium. Read more....
 
 
 

FOLLOW @SRAMMTB

 
A picture is worth a thousand words: follow SRAM MTB on Instagram for an exclusive look behind the scenes of everything SRAM. Read more....
 
 
 

ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

 
World Cup podium aficionado, Olympic athlete, Cape Epic finisher and one of the nicest XC racers of the circuit: meet Manuel Fumic of Cannondale Factory Racing. Read more....
 
 
 
Sram News | NEWSLETTER MARCH 2013
 
 

PHOTO OF THE MONTH

 

Danny Hart lays it low on the Scogli Rossi trail in Italy, at the RockShox Vivid launch Read more....
 
 
 

THE NEW VIVID AND VIVID AIR

 
SRAM XD is a new cassette driver body design that lets riders tap the power and range of the SRAM XX 10-42 11-speed cassette and a 10-tooth small cog. Read more....
 
 
 

XD DRIVER BODY EXPLAINED

 
SRAM XD is a new cassette driver body design that lets riders tap the power and range of the SRAM XX 10-42 11-speed cassette and a 10-tooth small cog. Read more....
 
 
 

FINE TUNE YOUR AVID BRAKES

 
Avid disc brakes achieve the best performance when these simple procedures are completed during the initial brake installation and setup. Read more....
 
 
 

SPECIALIZED SRAM ENDURO SERIES

 
Ready to go racing this season? The Specialized SRAM Enduro Series is one of the most important racing series in Europe and includes 7 events from April to October 2013, in Germany, Italy, Austria and Switzerland. Read more....
 
 
 

ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

 
Marcelo Gutierrez is the newest addition to the Giant Factory Off-Road RaceTeam. Check out his winning run at the urban downhill race in Valparaiso, Chile.
 
 
 
 
9 January 2013 BIGGEST NEWS OF 2013...so far...Brosnan, Ropelato, and GWIN with SPECIALIZED GRAVITY
 
We are pleased to announce Aaron Gwin has joined our Gravity contingent; Troy Brosnan and Mitch Ropelato…We look forward to seeing lots of Gwinning this season…oops I mean winning.

Alongside Brosnan and Ropelato, Aaron Gwin will pilot the S-Works Demo 8, Specialized P3, and will and will throw some roost with Specialized Tires.

Video/Web Links: Watch Troy Brosnan pick his teammate for this World Cup Season!
 
 
Check out the new team Here!
 
Press Release:
Specialized is pleased to announce the signing of Aaron Gwin to the 2013 Specialized DH program. Aaron will be supported with frames and tires. He will be joining teammates Troy Brosnan and Mitch Ropelato.
 
"I'm super excited to start this new chapter in my career with Specialized bicycles. The entire Specialized staff has welcomed me with open arms and I'm blown away by the level of support they've shown me. This is my dream program and I can't thank them enough for this opportunity. Bring on 2013!"
-Aaron Gwin
 
"The combination of Aaron Gwin and the Specialized brand have an American storyline written all over it that was always meant to be. Aaron will not only bring another element to the program, but it'll be amazing watching this trio ripping down the tracks together. We can't wait to get started with this new exciting opportunity and look forward to the season ahead."
-Sean Heimdal, Team Manager
 
"I'm stoked to have a new teammate this year, it will be a fresh start and I will be able to learn a lot of things from Aaron. The season starts late this year and will give everyone time to get to know each other and do testing on the Bike. I cannot wait to work together and smash out runs!"
-Troy Brosnan
 
"We are really excited to have Aaron on board. He has a lot of interest in product development, advocacy, junior development, and so do we. We are looking forward to a very successful future together."
-Geoff Rogers, Specialized Sports Marketing
 
 
 
4 January 2013 Sam Hill Farewell
 
As many of you may have heard Sam Hill and Specialized are parting ways for the 2013 racing season. Sam and Specialized were a great team! His influence was integral in the development of our Demo 8 and Demo 8 Carbon, along with the Butcher, Hill Billy, and Storm DH tires. We wish Sam well next year and thank you for the countless podiums he gave us!
 
 
 
 
Sram News
 
NEWSLETTER | DECEMBER 2012
 
PHOTO OF THE MONTH
 
LIKE YOUR PASSION AND DEDICATION, SRAM SERVICE NEVER STOPS! - Read Full Story
 
 
 
XX1: UNSTOPPABLE - FROM WORLD CUP TO MT. OF HELL
 
Can one drivetrain rule all the biggest races from the Olympics to Mt. of Hell, up to the XC World Championships? XX1 can. The first 1X specific drivetrain has won gold and silver in London with Jaroslav Kulhavy and Nino Schurter, the XC World Championships and World Cup overall with Nino Schurter and Mt. of Hell and Enduro of Nations with Jerome Clementz. See why XX1 is unstoppable in the latest chapter of the XX1 video series, dedicated to World Cup XC racing.
 
 
 
ALL WHEEL SIZES ALL SRAM
 
26, 27.5 or 29? You choose, SRAM and RockShox deliver: SID, Reba and Revelation, along with SRAM Rise 40 wheels (all sizes) and Rise 60 (26 and 29).- Read Full Story
 
 
 
CRANKSET COMPATIBILITY GUIDE
 
SRAM offers the widest range of gearing options for everyone, from 2X10 to 1X10 and 3X10. See all the options here. - Read Full Story
 
 
 
 
PART PROJECT NYC: SEE THE ART
 
The pART PROJECT NYC auction was an incredible event, click here to see the gallery of the amazing artworks that helped World Bicycle Relief. - Read Full Story
 
 
 
 
ATHLETE OF THE MONTH
 
The Coastal Crew: riders, trail builders, video makers. These multi-talented kids from Canada are living the dream, and they share it with everyone through their amazing videos. - Read Full Story
 
 
 
 
19 October 2012 - Stephane Tempier, the new king of the 2013 Roc d'Azur, wearing his LIMAR ULTRALIGHT+ MTB
 
 
Last Sunday, October 14th, Stephane Tempier from TX Active-Bianchi has achieved a great victory at Roc d'Azur, XC race held in Frejus (France), wearing his LIMAR ULTRALIGHT+ !
 
 

The French élite rider completed the 56-km-course in 2:15:23, preceding the German Jochen Kaas (+0:16) and Moritz Milatz (+0.17). Tempier launched his attack after 20 km, topping the climb with a 45-second advantage on the closer rivals. "I'm really happy to have wrapped up the season in the best possible way. This is my gift for TX Active-Bianchi's President, Felice Gimondi, and for the whole technical staff too" French rider commented after the race.

The 29th edition of the Roc d'Azur took place at the Base Nature François Léotard in Fréjus, Roquebrune-sur-Argens and Sainte-Maxime (circuits following the Maures massif). Since 1984, Fréjus has played host every October to the Roc d'Azur, the largest European mountain biking event. As such thousands of enthusiasts flock to this large sports gathering each year. so that today this extraordinary event, which in the space of a little over 20 years, has become the star event of mountain biking.

Thanks Stephane, thanks TX ACTIVE BIANCHI for this great result !

 
 
 
11 October 2012 - Annika Langvad Crowned Marathon World Champion!!
 
 
Despite an injury-filled season that sidelined her for the Olympics, a mud-soaked Annika Langvad overcame all odds - including a puncture in the last 6k and a crash on the final downhill stretch - to win her 2nd consecutive UCI Elite Women's Marathon World Championship title!

She fought to the finish aboard her SLM - painted in the colors of the Danish flag- crossed the line 44 seconds ahead of Norway's Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa, and rightfully claimed her spot at the top of the podium for the 2nd year in a row.

"This race and victory is more than I ever dreamt about and thought possible. To be able to make such a comeback...Going through so much frustration, despair, and disappointment really got outweighed this Sunday," said Langvad.

She added, "I rode my Fuji 26" hardtail, which I was supposed to ride for the Olympic Games. Grabbing a world champion title with it instead is awesome compensation."

Check out Annika's race report HERE. We promise - it's well worth the read. It gave us chills. Congratulations to our Marathon World Champion!
 
 
 
 
 
 

12 OCTOBER 2013 - Fuji's Liz Blatchford @ IRONMAN World Champs!!

 
 

Weren't able to make Monday's Kona Google+ Hangout with Fuji's Liz Blatchford? Watch it HERE, or click the image above! Liz answers what scares her most about Saturday's Ironman World Championship, when Kona became an ambition, how she tackles hot weather racing, three specific goals she has for race day, and more.

Her first-ever Ironman 70.3: Liz won. Her first-ever Ironman: Liz won. Her first-ever Ironman World Championship: tune in tomorrow! Watch the race live HERE and be sure to tune into the Fuji Facebook page for updates. Wishing Liz the very best of luck!

Looking for more to get you pumped for tomorrow? Click below.

 
 
 

09 OCTOBER 2013 - Dye wins Life Time Tri Dallas!

 
 

Well, he did it. After a career-best, 6-win season last year that culminated in the Race to the Toyota Cup series title and USAT Triathlete of the Year honors, Cam Dye has outdone himself. On Sunday, Cam raced to victory at Life Time Tri Dallas for his 7th win of the season aboard his Norcom Straight!

First out of the water, Cam posted a 18:38 swim, 54:55 bike, and 34:50 run. He crossed the tape in 1:50:17 (watch the video HERE), with a 25-second win margin over a hard-charging Stuart Hayes - who was on his heels the whole day.

Previously the Life Time Tri series finale, Dallas is now the 2nd to last stop. Life Time Tri Oceanside on October 20th now marks the end of the series; and with Cam's Dallas victory, along with his Tempe victory earlier this month, he just put himself in contention to defend his title. Could we be looking at 8 wins?

 
 

13 AUGUST 2013 - Cam Dye Wins Rev3 Wisconsin!!

 
 
Fuji-sponsored triathlete Cam Dye tallied his 5th win of the season Sunday aboard his Norcom Straight with an impressive victory at Rev3 Wisconsin Dells.
One minute back heading out of T1, Dye hopped on his Norcom Straight, hammered up the first hill, and annihilated the deficit. He took a commanding lead, exiting T2 up 1:17. Maintaining a steady pace throughout the undulating, rainy run course, he crossed the tape nearly a minute ahead of runner-up Ben Collins - with an overall time of 1:50:55.

After the race, Dye joked that he's starting to like racing in the rain - more than half his victories this season have come in wet weather. He tweeted post-race "#alwaysswimming." Just one win away from tying his career-best 2012 season, Dye is on pace for yet another remarkable year.

On the track, we have a new elite national champion! We sponsored U.S. National Road Champ Jade Wilcoxson earlier this season with a Track Elite frameset. And over the weekend, she raced it to gold at the U.S. National Track Championships in the 3km Individual Pursuit, with a time of 3:45.605! Learn more HERE.

 

 

23 JULY 2013 - König wins Czech Cycling Tour !

 

Dye wins Lifetime Tri Minneapolis, RPRT wins Gold at German Track Champions!

 
 
Yet another weekend filled with Fuji victories: Team NetApp-Endura's Leo König won the Czech Cycling Tour for the 2nd time in his young career; Fuji triathlete Cam Dye won his first-ever Lifetime Tri Minneapolis title; and Rudy Project Racing Team Irschenberg earned two gold medals at the German Track Championships' Points and Madison races.

König laid the foundation for his overall victory at the Czech Cycling Tour in Saturday's queen stage, when he attacked on the final climb and soloed to victory - with a 1:32 win margin. His third-place sprint finish aboard his Altamira in Sunday's final stage secured the GC victory.

"I completed my training in the Dolomites two days before the tour. On the queen stage, I wanted to test my legs and it went very well. Even still, the tour was not easy, but it was enough for a win, which makes me very happy," said König, who earned the greatest victory of his career earlier this season at Stage 7 of the Tour of California.
"Our plan was for Leo to give his all in the queen stage and to use the tour as preparation. Of course, we are delighted that it was enough for the overall victory," Team Manager Ralph Denk said.

He added, "The tour served as a reentry onto the racing scene after Leo had to withdraw from the Dauphiné prematurely due to illness. A regeneration phase is planned this coming week before the training camp in Italy begins on Sunday. The next race will be the Tour of Poland."

Fuji triathlete Cam Dye tallied his fourth victory of the season aboard his Norcom Straight with his first-ever win at Lifetime Tri Minneapolis. Flooding forced officials to shorten the course, and Dye was fourth out of the water on the .25-mile swim. A super-smooth, quick transition had Dye out in front leaving T1.

Take a guess at what happened next. Dye's signature move: post a blistering-fast bike split and never look back. He followed up his 36:34 bike on the 15-mile course with a 16:20 5k run that was enough to hold off charging 4-time U.S. Olympian Hunter Kemper for the victory. Dye finished with a time of 1:03:13 and a 19-second win margin.

In the women's race, Fuji's Sara McLarty finished just off the podium at 4th and posted a Top-3 bike split aboard her Norcom Straight.

 

 

And catching up with our German track team:

Rudy Project Racing Team Irschenberg has podiumed five times in the last month at races across the globe, as well as earned four wins, a silver medal, and two golds. The dominant Marcel Kalz won crits in Stadlohn and Lembach last week, while teammate Christian Grasmann won in Kirchheimbabanden. Earlier this month, they won the Madison at the Trexlertown Velodrome. And over the weekend, they snagged a silver medal in the 4000m team time trial at the German Track Championships in Oberhausen/Rheinhausen aboard their Track Elites. Marcel Kalz won gold in the Points Race, and teammates Nico HeHeßlich and Leif Lampater won gold in the Madison.
 
 

 

30 JUNE 2013 - Fuji Signs Pro Triathlete Liz Blatchford !

 
 
(Philadelphia, PA) June 28, 2013 - Fuji Bikes is proud to announce that it has signed a sponsorship agreement with professional British triathlete Liz Blatchford, who has amassed 22 international victories and more than 30 podiums across the globe throughout her 11 years on the ITU circuit.

Blatchford recently transitioned from short-course racing to long-course. In her first-ever 70.3 event, she won the 2012 edition of Ironman 70.3 Boulder! And she backed it up with a victory at Cozumel 70.3 and a second-place finish at the 70.3 Asia Pacific Championships in Mandurah.

Blatchford's recent race successes propelled her to a decisive victory at Ironman Cairns
earlier this month - her first full Ironman distance. With strong performances in "hot-weather racing," Blatchford's ultimate goal is not only to make it to the Ironman World Championships in Kona, but to be very competitive once she gets there. She has recently enlisted the coaching services of Mat Steinmetz, coach of two former Ironman World Champions.

Blatchford spends six months of the year in Australia in the supreme training conditions offered on the Gold Coast and the remainder of the year in the United States, when the race season is in full-swing.

She will be riding Fuji's brand-new Triathlon/TT bike, the Norcom Straight, throughout her 2013 season.

"As soon as you get on the Norcom, you know it's fast and responsive. And so easy to adjust on the fly. No messing around - straight into the position I know and love. I can't wait to get out and race on it!" said Blatchford.

"We are so pleased to have Liz on Fuji," said Karen Bliss, Fuji's VP of Marketing. "As Kelly Reed (wife of Fuji-sponsored athlete Matt Reed) aptly put it: 'Liz is the real deal.' I want to thank our distributor in Australia, Oceania Bicycles, for their help in pulling this deal together. I love our ever-expanding Fuji family."

Check out the video below for a closer look at Blatchford's custom-painted, pink Norcom machine.

 

 

 

21 May 2013 - König Wins Tour of California Stage 7!

 
 

Dye wins Columbia Tri, Olds wins GP Gatineau

 

Leopold König, of Fuji-sponsored NetApp-Endura, achieved the greatest victory of his young career Saturday, conquering the epic Mount Diablo with a gutsy attack in the final kilometers to take the win on the queen stage of the Tour of California - America's biggest stage race.

Teammate Daniel Schorn went on to out-sprint Tyler Farrar in the ToC's final stage to claim 2nd in a bunch-sprint photo finish after a fantastic lead-out by teammate Zak Dempster. And to cap off an unbelievable weekend of Fuji victories, Fuji-sponsored triathlete Cam Dye won Columbia Triathlon, and Shelley Olds, of Fuji-sponsored Team TIBCO, won Grand Prix Cycliste Gatineau.

It was König's teammate David de la Cruz that first animated the 146.1 km Stage 7, after joining a 5-man breakaway that included Andy Schleck. He and Stage 1 winner Lieuwe Westra then escaped, valiantly fighting their way up the 18.3 km concluding climb - and soaking up all kinds of Fuji NBC airtime along the way - before being swallowed up with just 3 kilometers to go in the 2013 ToC's most brutal stage.

It was then that König launched his attack, after being safely housed within the chase group by his teammates. He bridged the gap to Stage 2 winner and early GC leader Javier Acevedo, who expectantly attacked with 2.7 km to go. König and Acevedo worked together on the final section, which averaged a 16% grade. And with the finish line nearly in sight, the 25 year-old Czech took off with remarkable force aboard his Altamira and threw his hands in the air triumphantly as he crossed the line seven seconds ahead of Acevedo. See the photos HERE.

"I felt so strong today and only had the picture in my head crossing the finish line first. With this goal in mind, I attacked and went step by step, faster and faster," said König, who won Stage 6 of the Tour of Britain last year and finished 3rd overall at the 2012 Tour of Utah. "Fighting my way up I remembered an advertisement I just saw here which stated: the only limit that exists is the one in your head. I stopped thinking and just went for the victory." Leo had great confidence heading into Stage 7 - see our interview with Leo after his Stage 6 Top-10 HERE.

"This was an extraordinary performance of the whole team today. If we put in teamwork just like today, we can ride with the big teams and win. All guys implemented our strategy from this morning one-to-one. We completely focused on the stage win and concentrated everyone's effort on this goal. We are very happy about the victory," said Sport Director Alex Sans Vega.

With a stage victory, a second place, and three riders in the GC Top 20 (König, De la Cruz, and Bartosz Huzarski), NetApp had an excellent Tour of California.

Fuji-sponsored Champion System also had a very strong race, with riders in the breakaways of nearly every stage: Kin San Wu in Stage 2, Chad Beyer earning "Most Courageous Rider" in Stage 3, Matt Brammeiere in Stage 4 - caught in the final km, Kai Chun Feng in Stage 5, and Chris Butler in Stage 7.
 
 
In the tri world, Fuji's Cam Dye defended his 2012 Columbia Tri title with a dominant victory in the race's 2013 edition.

1 minute back heading into T1, Cam posted a game-changing 56:17 bike split aboard his Norcom Straight that had him in the lead heading into T2. On his heels, however, were 2-time Columbia Tri Champ Andrew Yoder and 2-time Olympic medalist Bevan Docherty. But Cam's 35:02 run was enough to hold off his pursuers, and he crossed the line with a winning time of 1:51:02 - 1:21 ahead of Docherty. See the photos HERE.

And to round out the Fuji weekend wins, Team TIBCO's Shelley Olds sprinted to victory aboard her Supreme at the UCI Grand Prix Cycliste Gatineau Saturday after 13 laps on a technical 10.18-kilometer course in Western Quebec.
 
 
TIBCO reined in the breakaway with 2 laps to go and with 2.5 kilometers remaining, Claudia Hausler attacked - forcing teams to react. Rushlee Buchanan then emerged at the front, while TIBCO teammate Jo Kiesanowski put in a hard dig as the final leadout for Olds.

"It was a really big victory today for us as a team," Olds told Peloton Café after the stage. "It came down to having a really good plan and executing it perfectly. Everyone did what they were asked to do, we didn't falter from our plan, and we all contributed in a big way to the win."

A remarkable weekend for Fuji.
 

 

9 May 2013 - Dye, Barta win on Norcom Straight

 
 
Less than a week after the global launch of Fuji's next-generation Tri/TT bike, the Norcom Straight tallied two important victories: Newly-signed triathlete Cam Dye won Rev3 Knoxville, and NetApp-Endura's Jan Barta won the Grody Tour TT. .

 

1st out of the water in 14:55, Cam Dye never looked back. With only a 7-second lead heading into T1, Dye pulled away on the bike. He posted a race-best bike split for the 2nd week in a row aboard his Norcom Straight, entering T2 with a 4-minute advantage. A 2nd-best 33:53 run sealed the victory by a more than 3-minute margin.
 
A 2012 Knoxville runner-up, Dye's victory is the first of his 2013 season and the Norcom Straight's first official tri win. For more photos, click HERE.
 
In the road world, Jan Barta, of Fuji-sponsored German pro continental team NetApp-Endura, earned the Norcom Straight its first official road win.
 
 
Barta completed the 30-km, technical ITT course of the Polish tour, Szlakiem Grodow Piastowskich, in 38:25 aboard his Norcom Straight. By winning the time trial on Saturday, the 28-year-old Czech National Time Trial Champion claimed the lead in the general classification and was able to defend his position in Sunday's final mountain stage for the overall victory. For more photos, click HERE.
 

 

2 May 2013 - Fuji Launches Norcom Straight

 
 
Philadelphia, PA (May 1, 2013) - After more than three years in development, Fuji Bikes is proud to announce the global launch of its next-generation Tri/TT bike: the Norcom Straight.

 

Presented to members of the press, dealers, and distributors at launch events across the world - Boulder, Colorado (USA); Lynbrook, Victoria (Australia); Taichung, Taiwan; Osaka, Japan; and Mutlangen, Germany - Fuji's Norcom Straight website, www.fitcomesfirst.com, went live to the public at 12:00 a.m. EST Wednesday after a month-long lead-up of sneak peeks and teaser videos.
 
"The Norcom Straight represents the pinnacle of Fuji innovation, design, and engineering; and we're a brand that's been around for more than a century," explained Fuji VP of Marketing Karen Bliss. "We're proud to introduce one of the fastest bikes in the world, as proven by our trips to the A2 Wind Tunnel. But most importantly, the Norcom Straight offers more positioning options than any other superbike out there because we believe that if speed is the goal, fit comes first."
 
With its focus on fit, Fuji set off on the quest for maximum adjustability, so that the world champion time trialist, the age group triathlete, and everyone in between would be able to find their perfect position.
 
"The more positioning options offered, the more a rider is able to dial-in their most aerodynamic position, find their optimal level of comfort, and increase their efficiency and speed," explained Fuji Senior Road Product Manager Steven Fairchild, who designed the Norcom Straight. "We've created a bike that fits to the rider, rather than forcing the rider to fit to the bike."
 
 
Offered in 5 different frame sizes ranging from the S (49cm) to 6'5" Fuji triathlete Matty Reed's XL (57cm), one of the most unique features of the frame is a frame pocket engineered into the head tube that allows for up to135mm of cockpit height adjustability: The stem can be slammed within the pocket for an ultra-aggressive position or mounted on stacked, custom-designed spacers that fit directly within the pocket for a more upright position.
 
Fuji collaborated with the product engineers at Oval Concepts to develop an integrated, 3D-forged stem optimized for the Norcom Straight. Offered in 6 lengths and two angle options that can be mounted in a positive or negative rise, there are a total of 24 possible stem positions on the Norcom Straight.
 
Add in the UCI-compliant Oval Concepts 960 aero base bar spec'd on the top-of-the-line 1.1 with 3 different arm rest width options, 5 different arm rest cup rotational positions, and 4 different riser height options, and there are a total of 60 arm rest positions possible.
 
And to round out the adjustability, the Norcom Straight's integrated 400mm seat post offers 180mm of adjustable seat height and 70mm in fore/aft movement - which equates to a range of effective seat tube angles from 74° to 81°.
 
Once optimum fit was achieved, Fuji turned its attention to speed and performance - making its way to the A2 Wind Tunnel in North Carolina, where it tested, refined, and tested some more evolutions of Norcom Straight RPT samples and prototypes. Interchangeable modular pieces and yarn test analysis led to aerodynamic features such as an internal seat bolt clamp, TRP aero TTV brakes positioned at the rear of the fork on the trailing edge of the airfoil, and a contouring of the seat tube/seat stay junction. The final result: one of the fastest bikes in industry that's 18% faster across the most common yaw angles than Fuji's previous Tri/TT platform: the D-6.
 
For performance, stiffness is one of the Norcom Straight's greatest assets. The new Tri/TT machine utilizes RIB technology, a patented technology used in Fuji's SST, Supreme, and Track Elite series: A reinforcing rib runs the length of the downtube and fork, providing exceptional stiffness that translates into superior steering precision in the fork and extraordinary power transfer in the downtube. Coupled with its press-in BB86, the Norcom Straight boasts stiffness unparalleled in a Tri/TT platform.
 
Lastly, the Norcom Straight features horizontally-adjustable vertical dropouts that eliminate the typical mechanical frustrations of Tri/TT bikes. Release the quick-release; pull the derailleur back; and watch the wheel fall right out - a huge time-saver in a race wheel-change situation. With the horizontal adjustability, a rider can fine-tune the bike's wheel base and further improve aerodynamics through control over how far the rear wheels tucks up beneath the seat tube.
 
For the 2013 season, Fuji's sponsored triathletes Matt Reed, Cam Dye, and Sara McLarty will race the Norcom Straight, along with Fuji-sponsored pro team NetApp-Endura - who will debut their new TT machines at the upcoming Amgen Tour of California. Cam Dye rode this weekend's St. Anthony's Triathlon aboard his Norcom Straight stealth model and posted the race's best bike split - by nearly a minute.
 
Watch the Norcom Straight Launch Video below, and visit www.fitcomesfirst.com to learn more.
 
Find out how the Norcom Straight got its name:
 
The Norcom Straight will be available across the globe in Summer 2013.
 
 

Fuji Signs Cameron Dye!

 
 
Philadelphia, PA (April 18, 2013) - Fuji Bikes is proud to announce its 2013 sponsorship of professional triathlete Cameron Dye, who is coming off the best season of his career: 6 wins, 6 Top-10s, and the prestigious Race the Toyota Cup series title. In recognition of his outstanding season, Dye was named 2012 Non-Olympic/ITU Triathlete of the Year by USA Triathlon.
 
For the 2013 season, Dye will race the Norcom Straight: Fuji's next-generation Tri/TT bike launching May 1st.
 
"Fuji approached me at the end of last year about switching over (from sister-brand Kestrel) to help them launch their new TT bike, and it was an opportunity I couldn't pass up," said Dye. "They've proven they can make a great bike in the D-6, and this one's going to be even better."
 
Dye is currently training on a prototype of Fuji's new Tri/TT machine that he will race at St. Anthony's Triathlon on April 28th. He will unveil his official Norcom Straight - for which he designed the colorways - a week later at Rev3 Knoxville on May 5th.
 
His black, white, and silver model will be available in Fuji's 2014 model lineup as the Norcom Straight 2.5, spec'd with Shimano 105.
 
Of the prototype he's been riding, the 28-year-old Boulder native said, "It's light; it's super-stiff; and it has the adjustability that lots of TT bikes just don't have. It will provide any rider, at any distance, a great ride - whether it be me trying to throw down a 52-minute 40k or someone trying to ride 6 hours in an Ironman."
 
After turning pro in 2006, Dye's breakout year came in 2010. With his 2010 victory at St. Anthony's Triathlon, Dye - along with his blonde, curly locks and his signature style of demolishing the field on the bike - made his presence known. Deemed an up-and-comer storming onto the tri scene, Dye tallied two wins and five podiums in 2011.
 
Moving into 2013, new designations for the 2012 Toyota Cup Champion include "Triathlete of the Year" and "master of the non-drafting Olympic distance"(Slowtwitch).
 
Enter the Norcom Straight.
 
"Knowing what I was able to do last year, I'm stoked to be able to get off the front and do bigger and better things on this bike," said Dye.
 
"In just his 6-year career, Cam's accomplishments are huge," said Fuji Sponsorship Manager Milay Galvez. "He's such a strong cyclist, capable of dominating a field on the bike and never looking back. We truly can't wait to see what he's going to do on the Norcom Straight."
 
Stay tuned for Norcom Straight Teaser Video #2, debuting tomorrow - featuring Cam Dye.
 

 

 
After more than 3 years in development, Fuji's next-generation triathlon/TT bike is ready to launch. Introducing the NORCOM STRAIGHT, the pinnacle of Fuji innovation, design and engineering.
 
Look for the Official Launch on May 1st. We'll be sending out NORCOM STRAIGHT sneak peeks every week leading up to it. Here's #1! Wait 'til you see what we have in store for you.
 
 
 
 
 

For Immediate Release - Stronger than Ever!

 
SRAM’s involvement in Triathlon is a story of passion, which began in 1987, when Stan Day decided to improve the gear shifting system while training for triathlons on weekends. Since those humble beginnings SRAM has always supported Triathlon by developing best-in-class products, sponsoring the best triathletes in the world, as well as the rising stars of the sport.
 
For a complete list of who's riding SRAM in 2013, please see the attached PR.
 
 
 
 
9 October 2012 - Sarah Haskins Crowned Race to the Toyota Cup Champion!
 
 
Fuji's Sarah Haskins capped off a phenomenal season Sunday with her 8th victory of the year at Dallas' Toyota U.S. Open Triathlon, a gutsy victory that clinched her second consecutive series title in the prestigious Race to the Toyota Cup.

Sarah was first out of the water with a 23:44 swim, yet it was Alicia Kaye who stormed into the lead on the frigid 40k bike. But by Mile 3 of the run, an unrelenting Sarah had overtaken Kaye and charged ahead to the finish, breaking the tape with a 17-second margin of victory for a total time of 2:01:17.
 
 
In a season that featured both her 4th consecutive Life Time Chicago Tri title and 4th consecutive Life Time Tri Minneapolis title, Sarah dominated nearly every race she entered - going 6 for 7 in Toyota Cup events, collecting 73 points, and winning by an 11-point margin over the best female triathletes in the country.

We couldn't be more proud to be her sponsor, and we would like to wish the 2012 Race to the Toyota Cup Champion a huge congratulations from the Fuji family!
 
 
 
September 1 2012 - Sarah Haskins Wins Life Time Tri Chicago!
 
 
Fuji's Sarah Haskins raced to victory Sunday at Life Time Tri Chicago for her 5th Race to the Toyota Cup series win, her 6th victory of the season, and her 4th consecutive Life Time Tri Chicago victory - becoming the first woman in the history of the 30-year event to 4-peat.
 
Fighting through the torrential downpour that sprung to life during the 1.5-km swim, Sarah was second out of the water. Once aboard her Fuji D-6, however, she took control and never looked back.
 
Posting a 59:49 bike split despite crashing on the waterlogged pavement - which claimed many victims - a soaked Sarah capped off yet another dominant performance with a 38:21 run, crossing the tape 1:45 ahead of Olympian Laura Bennett.
 
With a final time of 2:00:37, the 2011 Race to the Toyota Cup Champion took a commanding 20-point lead in the Life Time series, nearly solidifying a repeat win for the 2012 title - which will be decided on October 7th in Dallas. 5 for 5 in Race to the Toyota Cup series events, 6 for 7 in 2012 events she's entered...we like her odds.