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Rohan Dennis Tour de France 2015

Rohan Dennis Tour de France 2015

Rohan Dennis kicked off the Tour de France 2015 in fine style. Setting a blistering pace that no one could beat. Why in hindsight people were not talking about him more before the start seems a bit daft now (me included). Considering his World Hour record attempt earlier this year of 52.491 km, it shouldn’t have been that hard to figure he might be the man. He clocked a mind boggling speed of 55.446 km/h (34.5 mph) for the 13.8km Time Trial (TT) course which gave him the fastest time of 14 minutes and 56 seconds. I will say, I wish there was another individual TT near the end but, this was the only one planned for this year. The gear used and the played out tension of the TT stages is some of my favourite action of the Tour. Only will the fireworks on the mountain stages makes up for not enough TT action. I think starting the race with a TT was an ace move though, rather than the much shorter Prologue and Rohan will agree.

Other things that were excited about is the deal with Dimension Data to provide a huge amount of statistical data. You might have noticed the data boxes mounted beneath each riders saddle on their TT bikes? This is going to provide an insane amount of data, riders will generate 42,000 geospatial points and 75 million GPS readings, which will be processed in the company’s cloud platform across five continents consuming over 350 000 000 cpu cycles per second. Nerdy to some but seeing how this is interpreted will be interesting, we believe this is the start of something new for fans and make the race a whole lot more interesting.

Mary Towneley Loop CX

Mary Towneley Loop CX

We don’t often feature events on the site but, this one looks like fun and it’s a (so far) small event. There are not enough of these CX-style of rides in the UK either. So get supporting! All details below.

Mary Towneley Loop CX

When? Sunday August 9th 2015
Where? Watergrove Reservoir, Wardle
How far? 47 miles/ 75km
How high? 7000′ / 2070m
How much? £25 (or £30 on the day)

Entry opens on Wednesday 11th March and places are limited to 300.

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And more to the point what is it and why? And who is Lady Mary Towneley?

Think of all the bridleways you love to ride, most of which are possible thanks to the work that Lady Mary Towneley and her horse put in, tirelessly campaiging to get them open again and for all of us to have access. Lady Towneley never managed to see her work as we are lucky enough to see it today and the 47 mile Mary Towneley Loop was named in her honour and opened up in 2002 as part of the Pennine Bridleway National Trail.

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However, don’t worry, we’re not asking you to take the two to three day horse powered route, nor are we asking you to take the easy option of riding round clockwise as the MTB riders do. We’ve had a much better idea, we’re inviting you to ride round on the 9th of August on cyclocross bikes in a anti-clockwise direction!

You’ll be fully supported with two feed stations loaded high with all of our favourite snacks and drinks, along with support from Clifbar and a hog roast at the end (just let us know if you’re vegi of coeliac).

Each rider will receive a brevet card designed by Matthew Burton Illustration which upon completion will earn you a cloth badge and limited edition map of the route, also designed by the man himself.

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Not for the feint hearted The Mary Towneley Loop CX is a challenging ride with sections of remote moorland, ancient roads of gritstone setts mixed with gravel tracks and paths climbing and descending as they wind their way around the South Pennine landscape. We can’t deny, it’s really harsh on the bikes, good job Fibrax have donated a pile of spot prizes for the most broken bikes, no cheating and deliberatly breaking them though!

For those of you who have ridden the Mary Towneley Loop before you will remember the gates, many many gates, (all of which must be closed in order for events like ours to continue). We have decided that part of your entry fee will be donated for the purchase of horse friendly gas closures for the gates. Yes, that means they will close themselves without a bang!

Victory Chimp CHIMPEUR cap and El Diablo T-shirt

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This is the new Victory Chimp Chimpeur cap, made in Italy from cotton. I’m a bit of a fan of Ryan’s Chimp and it’s great seeing new products getting added to his shop. We’ve featured the El Diablo print before but you can now get it printed onto a red t-shirt, it looks brilliant and i’m seriously tempted to spend the next three weeks wearing one. I’m sure every one else would have something to say about that in this heat. Have a browse of the Victory Chimp shop, here’s the cycling cap and el diablo t-shirt.

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Tour de France 2015

Tour de France 2015

It’s almost time for the biggest race in the world – Tour de France 2105. The original whacky races. An operatic cast, a magnum of racing, heartaches and triumphs. This is the race Headset Press loves, more than anything else. As always we try to bring some sort of coverage. Mainly we like to keep it visual and create some nice micro-design for stages and this year will be no different. I hope you all will check our reports and that it’s food for thought on this most magnificent race.

TIC – New cap and sock combo launched

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TIC (This is Cambridge) have been busy recently and have new caps and socks to show us. I think TIC have got it just right with these socks and caps, slightly playful, stylish and well made. They also have a nice matching ltd edition jersey too.

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The new TIC socks use Meryl Skinlife® which is a high performance, anti bacterial yarn. The 15cm sock cuff, makes these socks an essential piece of kit for riders wanting performance and style. For those riders looking to up their sock game, the socks have been designed so you can mix and match pairs.  The matching caps are from their popular, unlined Panache standard and lightweight range. There are two cap design variants for each of our sock styles: Tom, Jacques and Fausto.

The matching jerseys for the Tom and Fausto range use BioRacer technical speed wear fabrics. They are designed and constructed for those riders looking for a super technical, super stylish, race level jersey. The fabric technology is worn by some of the worlds greatest UCI riders. Stock is limited and they have already sold out of certain sizes.

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TIC new caps cost £24.40

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Jacques cap

Fausto cap

TIC New socks cost £13.50

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TIC limited edition jersey (£99.00)

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Fabric Cageless water bottle

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The Fabric Cageless water bottle, launching in September is the latest development from Fabric.cc who are on a mission, to improve cycling products using good design and ace technologies. The mounting bolts weight 1.5g and the bottle slides onto them. It’s super clean looking and light to boost. Lots of colours available, great concept and seems to work well too. Have a look on Fabric.cc for ore details and take a peak at their revolutionary ALM Saddle.

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Stealth bike from BME Design

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Just discovered this crazy stealth bike from a small company called BME Design. They describe themselves as a research and design company. BME are based in Bratislava, Slovakia (EU). You can see more about them on their website. I’m rather taken by this bike, it’s different enough to be interesting, and it really does remind me of the stealth jet aeroplanes built during the cold war era.

The bikes is called the B-9 NH BLACK EDITION URBAN STEALTH which plays to that military style naming protocol. It’s lines are pretty nuts, and given the experience at BME it’s likely good to ride too. The price tag is particularly high at €7800 but there will only be a 100 in existence (currently on pre-order via their website). So it’s in the highly collectable realm of bicycle buying. It doesn’t detract from what a unique machine it is to look at as well as the intriguing concept. Even the crank was CNC’ed to give it and appreciate angular shape to match the carbon from and one-piece carbon bar and stem. Overall the spec is well considered but at the price tag…

Full details can be found here on the BME Design site.

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Café du Cycliste Awesome new space

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Café du Cycliste has a new innovative space, aka Le Rendezvous, combing their complete collection of premium cycling apparel, unique rental bikes, expert mechanic services, luxury locker rooms and the best coffee in town. That town being Nice. It is less than ten metres from the sea and more importantly only one and half kilometres from the start of the Col d’Eze. Co‐founder and Design Director, Remi Clermont explained “our clothing has always been heavily influenced by our home in the Alpes Maritimes and the incredible local riding, the underlying concept behind our new café is to make it easier for other riders to enjoy the area as much as we do”.

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What is really remarkable about this place is that, they have carefully chosen unique selection of bikes to rent, including steel from the French artisan frame builders Cycle Victoire and premium titanium from high end Italian manufacturer Passoni. Where else would you find such a fine selection of rental bikes?

Le Café is open seven days a week to welcome riders from around the corner and around the globe.

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HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR NEW SPACE INCLUDE:
• Apparel – view and shop the complete Café du Cycliste clothing range for men and women, for performance and city riding.

• Bike Rental – access premium bikes from Colnago, Cycles Victoire and Passoni. Choose carbon, steel or titanium and experience machines which are simply unavailable for hire anywhere else in the world.

• Services – use our luxury locker rooms, tap in to our local knowledge or book in your bike
for a check up or specific repair by our expert mechanics.

• Tours and Rides – join our regular rides which start and finish at the café or sign up for one of our accompanied tours, from the unique one day fly in–fly
out Escapade (available from a selection of European cities) to longer five and seven day all included trips.

• Relaxation – enjoy a strong coffee or an ice cold drink pre or post ride, inside or out on the terrace. Meet other riders, discover new tracks and plot new routes on our 3-­D visual map

Le Café | 16 Quai des Dockes 06300 Nice

Mason Cycles Website is live

Mason Cycles Website

Mason Cycles Website is now live and fully functional. Mason are really working hard to put their brand where it should rightfully be and what we’ve seen so far is really impressive. That includes the website!

Here is a little of what Dom (of Mason Cycles) had to say via email;

“It’s been a really encouraging start for the brand and sales have certainly been helped by the fantastic reviews for both the bikes and feedback from early adopters of the brand has been equally enthusiastic! A great sign is how many of the reviewers and industry types have decided to purchase a Mason bike after trying them. I’ve also really enjoyed working with the brands and people I admire in the industry, like HUNT wheels, Fabric components and the guys at Morvelo and also of course Columbus and Dedacciai, really getting to know and understand the tubing.

We seem to have found our niche straight away and our first two bikes, the Columbus steel ‘Resolution’ and Dedacciai Alu ‘Definition’ have had an amazingly positive response from both riders and press.”

Here’s a typical response “…I have been looking for a bike that fits my requirements for about a year now and everything was a compromise until I saw your bikes so waiting few months longer won’t bother me in the least….apart from the real urge to ride one of course. I think you have nailed it with the type of bike you have designed especially for me riding 3 or 4 times a week year round with a few sportives and social rides thrown in plus a few potential mini tours on the horizon. Plus I do like to own something that is bit unique.”

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All we can say is go take a look at Mason Cycles Website

Celebrate Bike Week 2015 with the YHA

In case you didn’t know it’s Bike Week 2015 (13th – 21st June), and the YHA (Youth Hostel Association – one of the UKs largest charities) is celebrating the nationwide event by featuring a brand new interactive content piece they created to encourage more young people to explore the outdoors on two wheels. Always a good thing in our opinion.

The YHA have always been passionate about cycling and many their hostels have been awarded the ‘Visit England Cyclists Welcome’ badge in recognition of their excellent cycling facilities. The YHA also recently invested a grand total of £269,500 in cycling facilities at hostels across England and Wales in order to ensure visiting cyclists have everything they need when exploring the UKs most iconic cycle routes.

So, to celebrate Bike Week and YHA’s latest big cycling investment project, they decided to create a new content piece which aims to help amateur cyclists and those who are new to cycling take care of their bikes and complete basic repairs and adjustments. The piece is entitled ‘The Smart Cyclist: Beginner’s Maintenance Guide’ and contains a variety of useful cycling maintenance tips for anyone looking to brush up on their mechanical knowledge and make quick fixes to their ride.  It’s a great introduction to bicycles and cycle maintenance and I encourage our more experienced riders to share it with any newer cyclist you might know. Check it out.

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