I can only imagine this was a drunk-fest of epic proportions, first big cross race of the year in VEGAS...during Interbike! I know we all wished we could be there to see Jeremy Powers walk away on his Rapha powered Focus to a 20 second victory, with his only real competition coming from ex-teammate Tim Johnson but here are some pictures to give you an idea. Its good to see big boy cx racing in the US, usually this is the biggest race of the year however the Elite Worlds will be held in Louisville this year and its going to be ridiculous DON'T MISS IT!
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Big shout out to American Evelyn Stevens who took silver in the women's tt losing to surprise surprise ZE German Judith Arndt. Stevens crossed the line with the best time and had to wait it out only to be bested by the soon to be retired 4 time champ Arndt. Look for Evelyn to take this title next year as well dominate the woman's road race on Saturday and women's race scene in general. USA USA!
Tony Martin successfully defended his time trial world championship yesterday, nipping young American Taylor Phinney by 5 seconds (damn!). Martin looked to be running out of gas near the end but managed to hold on, we'll see if he has what it takes to fend off the Americans in the coming years. Tejay Van Garderen solidified the USA's tt strength with a 4th place. Borat's cousin (Vasil Kiryienka) came in 3rd and Alberto Contador proved he's nothing without his carne coming 3 minutes back in 9th.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Here's a video of another LNS friend Alex Gil crushing the Fastest Mile held this past weekend at the Brian Piccolo Velodrome with a time of 1:57 taking 1st place overall. Yeeaa do the math, no wonder they call him the man child. Keep an eye out for Gil at Collegiate Track Nationals in Frisco,TX September 20-22nd.
Monday, September 17, 2012
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Big announcement coming out of California from our friend Jen K who is now racing for the newly founded Ritte Cycles Women's Racing Team. For those of you not familiar with Ritte Bicycles they're a company out of southern California just looking to provide riders with top of the line racing bikes at the best prices possible. They currently produce two sweet carbon frames, the Vlaanderen and the Crossberg as well as full range of custom steeds to satisfy any itch you may have. One of the reasons we love Ritte are the awesome posters that they put out such as the one below. Head over to their site and check them out. The women's team is currently looking for sponsors so if you're looking to support a progressive company show them some love.
|Photo via Ritte Store|
Friday, September 14, 2012
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Because we here at LNS are all for friendly(or hostile)wagers, it's time to run down the contenders for the 2012 World Championships in Limburg a punchy fast course that will suit guys who can climb as well as sprint. PLACE YOUR BETS!!!!!
The earing is obviously the source of all his power, PhilGil is the favorite in Europe's version of Vegas which is basically the whole continent. He's on top of the board at 3/1 for obvious reasons would you bet against him?
The Slovakian super man who burst on to the scene this year at the TDF is getting his well earned respect sitting at 7/2, and I for one would not be surprised to see the Saganator wheelie across the line.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
A good friend of LNS, Anthony Yaques, won a hard Cat 4,5 race today. The brutal wind at Tradewinds park made for an eventful race. The first move went 10 minutes into the 30min+2 endeavor and kept a gap of around 15 seconds over the group. At the 25 minute mark a group of 3 left the 15 man group shredding it to pieces. At this point there were riders all over the place just trying to catch the wheel in front of them. A huge turn of work by Almo Cattani brought both Sean Kenney and Anthony Yaques back into the lead group of around 10. With two laps to go the juniors from the interactive metronome team did their best to lead it out for their leader in the pink jersey however Anthony had other plans on his mind and unleashed a hell of a sprint to take the win.
Congrats on the win Anthony!
Instead of trying to explain why you should want a single speed cross bike, I'll let you watch the video below.
All-City Nature Boy
A complete Nature Boy will set you back $899 while the frameset comes in around $549.This bike is more than enough to get you racing with a steel frame and fork as well as enough clearance for tires as large as 38c without fenders. It comes with an internally routed rear brake cable and a rust resistant finish to keep you rolling for years to come. The only downside is that it still utilizes cantilever brakes and a straight 1.125" steerer tube. If you like what you see check out All-City's dealer page.
One of the rare offerings from a larger more commercial company, the
Breed offers a great package at decent price to get you started on your
cyclocross endeavors. It comes right out of the box ready to race with an all aluminum frame, carbon fork and tried and true cantilever brakes. The complete bike will set you back $949 but brings a high overall build quality with it. If you're looking to pick up your own, check out Felt's dealer page.
Civilian Le Roi Le Veut
The other heavy hitter in this segment is the Civilian Le Roi Le Veut. This bike comes out swinging with a steel frame, tapered full carbon fork, and disk brakes. One of the nicer features of this bike is the adjustable dropouts with an integrated derailleur hanger, giving you the ability to upgrade to gears down the road or keep it a single speed as originally intended. The tapered carbon fork and disk brakes negate any fork chatter. This multi-purpose machine will set you back a cool $1049 at Competitive Cyclist. The only downside seems to be the price but the extra features put it back in our good graces.
All-City Nature Boy
|All-City Nature Boy. Photo via All-City's Flickr|
|Felt Breek. Photo via Pedal Room|
Civilian Le Roi Le Veut
|Civilian Le Roi Le Veut. Photo via Civilian Bicycles|
Tuesday, September 11, 2012