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Be a Girl Today Valentine’s Discount

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Our friends on Twitter, BeAGirl_Today, mentioned they are having a sale in honor of Valentine’s Day.  Now they don’t make cycling specific gear yet, but supposedly it is in the works.   They have some pretty cool graphic tshirts announcing that you are going to “Play Like A Girl.”

BeAGirl_Today : Pick a shirt any shirt (bag or sticker!!) … enter the code “BeMine” for a 20% discount

Celebrate being a girl today and save 20% off through the Feb 28th, 2011.  Visit BeAGirlBlog.com

Windburned Legs

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Today was foretasted as a beautiful days, at its peak it was meant to hit 55º and be the gorgeous Carolina Blue skies that I love dearly!  When I left my house this morning at 8am, it wasn’t close to 55º and I would bet it was closer to 20º in the shade.

Why am I telling you all this?

Never Under Dress on Your Bicycle

My upper body was warm, I decided to wear a long sleeve jersey and my team thermal wind-stop jacket.   I didn’t wear long pants, nor warm gloves figuring that knee warmers and tall wool socks plus long fingered gloves would cut it.

It didn’t. 3/4 through the ride my right foot was numb and my legs had the burn of the cold.  I didn’t complain, I did go slower but I didn’t complain to my riding partners.

As I entered the shower, I didn’t realize how cold I really was.  I looked down at my bare naked legs and could see exactly the areas that my knee warmers or socks didn’t cover.   There was a 3″ line between my socks and knee warmers and again around my hip area that looked like a sunburn, and god did it hurt when the warm water hit it.  I quickly shout out for a camera from my girlfriend to take a picture of my legs.    I didn’t need to hurry her as the lines are still there 6 hours later.

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I’ve never done this one before, and I can promise you I never will again.

Budget Minded Airborne Delta Cyclocross Bike

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When friend and follower Rick Vosper sent along spy photos of a new cyclocross bike he had up his Airborne Bicycles sleeve, I was impressed and excited.  I was sworn to secrecy until they finished testing it.

Here’s the low down.  $1099 for a SRAM Apex equipped, custom carbon fork, disc brake cyclocross bike.  Yes, you read $1099.  Do you know how rare it is to find a cyclocross bike around $1000?   Meet the Airborne Delta CX.

Now Airborne Bicycles is a unique company as it is everything that local bike shops hate.  You can only purchase them online, and because they take out the middle man their bikes are cheaper.   There’s going to be a specific customer for their niche, one that knows what they are looking for, and either knows how to put their unbox their bike, or is okay to take it to the bike shop.   Personally, I’m a fan of this concept.   Buy your bike online, as long as you know what you are doing, bring it to the shop for them to properly build it and then pay them again to fit you.   No low margin bikes for the shop, and only money making profit on the labor of the services.  This is a completely different rant, but for now I’ll save you.


The Airborne Delta CX One Part CX, One Part Commuter

This bike will be ready to rock well before the cyclocross season comes back around.   It is also equipped with bosses for your rack, as a disc brake cyclocross would be a perfect commuter.   That’s the great thing about a good cyclocross bike.  The ample tire clearance gives you room for fenders, rack and all those goodies plus a slightly more upright position than a road bike.  While living in DC, Boston or major cities cyclocross bikes were my go to bikes for 80% of people wanting to “tool around”, commute and go for a fun road ride.

View more photos on Airborne’s Facebook Page.

Charlotte Winter Short Track Finale

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This Sunday is the last day of racing for the 5 race short track series in Charlotte, NC.   This series is a local favorite due to the weather proof trail and great spectator friendly course.   The trail has everything from a good climb, berms, table top and “rock garden.”

If you are in the area come check it out! You can learn more at CharlotteMTNBike.com

2011 Winter Short Track Mountain Bike Series
Renaissance Park Short Track Charlotte, NC
Sunday -  February 13 – FINAL RACE OF THE SEASON

The final race of the series is set for this Sunday.  The weather looks to be awesome for our double points race. This will be a double points race for both the individual and team competition. Ties in the series points is determined by the highest placing at the last race.

The course continues to be in great shape.  Last week, most all race participants were amazed how great the course was for race #4.

Race Day registration opens at 9:00AM
NO pre-reg needed and NO LATE FEES.

POST RACE AWARDS PARTY – 4PM
Post race awards party will be held at East Blvd Bar and Grill.  Please park in the Queen City Bicycles parking lot at the corner of Scott Ave and East Blvd, between BRIX Pizza and the bike shop.   Do not park in the grass parking area directly across from the restaurant…you will be towed. Olde Mecklenburg Brewery has provided has a great deal on beer for the race party.  Come on out.  We will be raffling off the Scott Scale kids bike, compliments of Live it Extreme Sports and the American Classic wheels, compliments of American Classic Racing Team.

Address and directions to East Blvd Bar and Grill…. http://ebbandg.com/

Sponsor em:pwr cycling and Bike Shop Girl

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Below is our sponsorship letter we’ve been sending out.  The response has been overwhelming, and we are excited to get the feedback and interest!  If you think you, or your company would be interested in some sort of sponsorship please let us know.

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Sponsorship Rings

We’d like to welcome you to em:pwr cycling, a cycling club uniting both sponsored riders and recreational cyclists with one goal: empowering people through cycling. That’s our motto, in fact: “em:pwr cycling. em:pwr yourself. em:pwr others.”

Our mission is simple: empowering ourselves and others to get on a bicycle to ride – faster, safer, and smarter. We ring the cowbell for any and all when we race or ride. We want to expand the global community of like-minded people, and create a portal so people can find knowledge – and motivation – to go further by bicycle. em:pwr cycling supports beginners, women, men and young people, whether they’re racers, recreational riders, commuters, or fans; and all can find information and a supportive network for their needs. And, we have partnered with Bikes Belong to benefit their People for Bikes program, and our goal by the end of 2011 is to become a not-for-profit organization.

We’re a new club and team, so we’re partnering with companies and organizations that share our goals. If your company or organization is looking for ways to promote itself through passion and purpose, you’ve found a home with em:pwr cycling.

Thanks for your consideration; and be assured that we’ll be promoting the message wherever and whenever we ride! Here are sponsorship package levels from which you can choose:

Big Ring:  $750 per year (may be divided up as $250 cash and $500 in-kind donation for that total amount)
What you get:
1. Logo placement on Jersey or shorts (first come, first served, Big Ring and Middle Ring sponsors combined. Limit 5 total: 3 on jersey and 2 on shorts)
2. Logo placement on homepage of BikeShopGirl.com (average of 80k unique visitors per month, standard ad charge is $75 monthly)
3. Logo placement on the team’s website subcategory, which can also be found at empwrcycling.com

4. A ton of word-of-mouth promotion wherever we roll!

Middle Ring: $500 per year or in-kind donation for that total amount
What you get:
1. Logo placement on jersey or shorts (first come, first served, Big Ring and Middle Ring sponsors combined. Limit 5 total: 3 on jersey and 2 on shorts)
2. Logo Placement on the team’s website subcategory, which can also be found at empwrcycling.com

3. Lots of word-of-mouth promotion wherever we roll!

(Current Sponsors: Lazer Helmets; People For Bikes; Ritz Marketing)

Little Ring: $250 per year or in-kind donation for that amount
What you get:
1. Logo placement on the team’s website subcategory, which can also be found at empwrcycling.com

2. Lots of word-of-mouth promotion wherever we roll!

(Current Sponsors: Flying Pig Racing, Twin SixIndustrial Scientific)

Encouraging Women’s Pro Cycling in the USA

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This past Monday USA Cycling introduced a new team category for the NRC (National Racing Calendar.)

Domestic Elite Squads

Unlike Continental registration, Domestic Elite squads will have no age requirements placed on their rosters, but will require80 percent of the riders to be U.S. citizens. Foreign teams can compete for the NRC teams classification, but must pay the registration fee. “One restriction we are putting on it is nationality,” said Rice. “The idea is that this is really a domestic elite roster for United States riders. If foreign teams want to come in and compete, if they’re UCI, they obviously can do that … but if it’s a foreign team they’ll have to pay the $250.” – Velonews.com

My two cents on the matter is that we are encouraging more people from the US to be on this Domestic Elite Squads, to pay the extra $250 and it seems we are trying to either discourage, or USAC is trying to make more cash from the visiting teams from other countries.

Where the Women Fit In

While riders earn paychecks, the top U.S. women’s teams, like PB & Co. and Webcor Builders, have been recognized officially as elite amateur programs by the UCI and USA Cycling. The new registration designation won’t change that, but Rice did hope it would add even more organization to women’s domestic racing.

“I think that providing more structure is better,” said Rice, who ran the Aaron’s team for three years. “If these women are getting paid even a small amount of money to travel and race their bikes, they’re a pro athlete in my mind. Whether that meets the UCI designation is another issue.”-Velonews.com

I read fluff.  That’s my humble opinion.  Most women are elite amateur’s due to the lack of funds for living the life as a pro-cyclist.   Teams such as Team Vera Bradley and PB & Co.

Riders Feedback

I’ve reached out to a few of my friends that are “domestic elite” or “elite amateur” racers.   We’ll hear first hand their feelings on this new team structure.

Original Source : Velonews.com

Recycle Your Clothing with Loeka

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Loeka women’s cycling & outdoor wear based out of Canada have started a recycling program for your used Loeka clothing, or winter items in good condition.  Turning some of your clothing into point of sale merchandising or donating the good clothes to local women.   We have an email to Loeka for an interview to get the background on the program and how it exactly will work.

Loeka Recycle is an initiative that enables customers to return their old Loeka items to be recycled into reusable materials for signage, banners, merchandising. Plus any winter items that are in good condition will be donated to women in need so they can stay warm and dry. These are just the first steps Loeka is taking towards the ultimate goal of operating a completely closed loop recycling system. Customers who participate in the program are rewarded with vouchers for their next purchase.

Loeka is the first cycling apparel company in Canada to introduce the recycling initiative into our business model. We are incredibly excited at the opportunity and thank our customers and retail partners for joining us. -Loeka’s Website

Learn more on Loeka.com

Take a Moment for Carla Swart

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I didn’t know Carla Swart, though she went to college an hour from my home and many of my friends rode, races or coached her.   I’ve heard rumors about Carla.   A girl that was ripping legs off at Nationals,  a girl from North Carolina winning big time cyclocross races, a down to earth girl that was fast and genuine.

For full details on Carla’s accident and reasons for death do a quick google search.

Take a Moment

While on your ride, at the gym or while taking a walk please take a moment and say a prayer for Carla’s passing and her family.  I wish all of my readers safe travels during their rides over the weekend.  Please make sure to look all around you and take your safety over convenience everyday.

Photo Credit : USA Today