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The front view of the crisptitanium fully equipped with the Campagnolo 80 Anniversary Collection

The front view of the CRISP Titanium fully equipped with the Campagnolo 80th Anniversary Collection

The CrispTitanium and the Campag 80 Anniversary Collection

The CRISP Titanium and the Campag 80th Anniversary Collection

The Campagnolo 80 Anniversary transmission

The Campagnolo 80 Anniversary transmission system

The Matt Black of the 80 Anniversary Collection and the raw color of the titanium frame

The microsanded matt black Ergopower controls

The 80 Anniversary transmission

The 80th Anniversary carbon crankset and derailleurs

The 80 Anniversary Full Carbon Wheelset ( A bora Ultra with newly developed N.E.A.M. microsanding and opaque sanding treatments

The 80th Anniversary Full Carbon Wheelset (1310g/pair).  A Bora Ultra with newly developed N.E.A.M. microsanding and opaque sanding treatments

The 80 Anniversary rear derailleur.

The 80th Anniversary rear derailleur.

Also the brakes of the Campagnolo 80 anniversary collection ( have been treated to give them this special matt finish.

Also the brakes of the Campagnolo 80th anniversary collection have been treated to give them a matt finish

The 80 Anniversary Crankset and the front derailleur.

The 80th Anniversary carbon crankset and the front derailleur.

The 80 Anniversary front derailleur.

The 80th Anniversary front derailleur.

Earlier this week I posted a video from Campagnolo that the company created in celebration of their 80 years in business. Continuing that 80 Anniversary theme, the company has all launched an 80th Anniversary Collection groupset.  As the company say’s on it’s Facebook page: “Beautiful components for beautiful frames: Celebrate 80 years of Campagnolo history with the most elegant groupset to date.

The photo’s above show the new groupset and wheelset modeled on the new titanium frame from CRISP Titanium. The groupset look ace and so does the bike!

But that’s not all. According to Campy, the company has taken the highest evolution of the mechanical groupset and wheels and added revolutionary and cutting-edge treatments to create the unique look of the 80th Anniversary Collection.

For example, all the components come with a unique and technologically advanced finishing. Best yet, this limited and numbered 80th Anniversary Collection will come with its own dedicated suitcase!

The limited edition Campagnolo 80th Anniversary Collection and its very own suitcase.

The limited edition Campagnolo 80th Anniversary Collection and its very own suitcase.

A very nice touch for the Campag connoisseur!



Well, it has been a while since my last post. Things have been rather hectic in Sweat ‘n Gears land, but I am now making the time to try and post something on a regular basis.

So this morning while on Facebook, I saw an awesome video from the guys at Vittoria. And hats off to them for showing the hardships the pro riders need to go through, especially in what we are referring to as Spring.



The Twenty3c - Orbea Professional Cycling Team

This weekend, at the Mercedes Benz’s UK Headquarters in Milton Keynes, saw the launch of the Twenty3c – Orbea Professional Cycling Team.

In front of the team’s key sponsors, the 12-man Twenty3c-Orbea team was unveiled. From there we  spent the weekend together training and in team meetings, planning our race schedules for the 2011 season.

A heads up to the other UK teams out there. The team features a strong International line up with the addition of Rafa Rodriguez Segarra from Elche, Spain and Gunnar Gronlund from Skara, Sweden. They will join forces with the core of the 2010 Orbea team, former Premier Calendar winner Rob Sharman, National U23 Time Trial Champion Andrew Griffiths and talented young riders Mike Cuming and Dan Shand.

Team issue Orbea Orca's with Fast Forward wheels

During the launch event, along with Marcel and Rafa, we took the new Mercedes Vito Sport out for a photoshoot. The results of which you can see below.

If you want to keep up-to-date with the happenings of the team, you can find them on the following:

Rafa and Marcel and the new Mercedes Benz Vito Sport

2011 Team Palmares

Lewis Atkins
Resides: West Drayton, Middlesex, Age: 23, Elite
Former bronze medallist in the National Junior Road Race Championships and a prolific winner on both the road and the track, Lewis clocked up 8 victories in 2010 despite struggling with a persistent injury for most of the early season. Lewis excels in criterium races and will be a key rider for the team in the 2011 Tour Series.

Mike Cuming
Resides: Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, Age: 20, Elite
The youngest member of the team, Mike is a talented young climber and time triallist with four wins in 2010, including the final round of the Rudy Project Series. Mike has been knocking on the door of a big result in the Premier Calendar races and will be a huge asset to Rafa, Marcel and Rob in their assault on the biggest races in the UK.

Kristian Downs
Resides: Basildon, Essex, Age: 23, 1st category
2010 was Kristian’s comeback year after a break from cycling to concentrate on his studies. A very talented and successful Junior, Kristian will be one of the key riders in the team’s 2011 criterium campaign.

Andrew Griffiths
Resides: Hornchurch, Essex, Age: 22, Elite
Andrew is the reigning National Under 23 Time Trial Champion, a title he won in September 2010. One of the hardest and most tenacious riders around, Andrew has spent three seasons with some of the biggest amateur teams in Belgium and returns to the UK to become a key part of the
Twenty3c-Orbea team for 2011.

Gunnar Gronlund
Resides: Chesterfield, Derbyshire, Age: 23, Elite
Gunnar represented Sweden in mountain biking before moving to the road and gaining some notable results. A natural climber, Gunnar is looking to fulfill his undoubted potential in the Premier Calendar and Continental races in 2011.

Andy Lyons
Resides: Chelmsford, Essex, Age: 41, Elite
Andy is a man with a wealth of experience. He has represented Great Britain many times in Continental single day and stage races and brings all the race craft gathered over 20 years of racing at the highest level. Andy won the Eastern Regional Road Race Championship for the fifth time in 2010 and has over 50 Victories in E/1/2 events to his name.

Rafa Rodriguez Segarra
Resides: Alicante, Spain, Age: 28, Elite
Rafa is part of the team’s three pronged attack in the Premier Calendar and Stage Races. A former UCI professional, Rafa rode in the UK for just two days in 2010 and went back to Spain with a fine solo victory and a second place to Team Sky rider Alex Dowsett. In 2010, Rafa won the first stage of the Volta a Galicia and the overall General Classification of both the Volta Ciclista del Llagosti and the Trofeo Moros y Cristianos.

Daniel Shand
Resides: Rochdale, Greater Manchester, Age: 24, Elite
A quiet guy off the bike, Dan prefers to let his legs do the talking. With three years of experience riding for strong Belgian teams such as Scott and Profel Prorace, Dan has produced some fantastic performances in high profile races. Sixth place in stage 3 of the Cinturón Ciclista Internacional a Mallorca and 5th in stage 4 of the Ringerike Tour Norway in 2010 are just an indication of the talent and potential that Dan brings to the team in 2011.

Dean Shannon
Resides: Southend, Essex, Age: 30, Elite
The epitome of a team player and a fantastic criterium rider in his own right, Dean is completely committed whether dropping back to help a team leader, leading out the team for a sprint or charging towards the line for himself. An man who has experience in the Tour Series, Dean will be one of the team’s main players in circuit races in 2011.

Rob Sharman
Resides: Derby, Derbyshire, Age: 32, Elite
2005 Premier Calendar winner Sharman needs no introduction. A former winner of the Rutland-Melton and the Girvan 3 Day, he competed in the 2005 World Road Race Championships in Madrid and the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne and brings not only a wealth of experience, but also a wealth of talent to the team. Rob will be back to his best in 2011 and is a man to watch.

Marcel Six (Team Captain)
Resides: St Albans, Hertfordshire, Age: 25, Elite
Marcel came to the team in 2009 after two years of injury sustained from a collision with a car in Spain. A confident rider, a leader and a true winner, he promised a great deal and has delivered every time. Marcel has notched up four victories in 2010 but it has been his performances in the more prestigious races that have had the more established teams in the UK Peloton reaching for their cheque books. Despite working full time, Marcel placed 4th in the National Criterium Championships, 4th in the Chas Messenger Memorial and 8th in the Smithfield Nocturne, and with the opportunity to become a full time rider again next season, the sky is the limit for Marcel in 2011.

James Whatling
Resides: Brentwood, Essex, Age: 36, 1st Category
James is a team rider through and through. A strong rouleur and time triallist, James will be riding hard to help the team leaders achieve their goals throughout the 2011 season.

Team Lotto Honda

I seem to be getting a lot of hits on my first posting on the new women’s Honda Lotto cycling team. Liz Hatch and Veronica Andreasson seem to have created a profile for themselves in the world of women’s professional cycling.

As such, I did a Google search and found that P Magazine out of Belgium also did a photoshoot on the daythat video was done. The girls who take part are Liz Hatch, Veronica Andreasson, Rochelle Gilmore, and Kim Schoonbaert.

Unfortunately, the one thing the team has not done is created a website on who they are and what they do. Somehow think they are missing a trick with that, especially with a rider list such as this.

Here are the pictures from that day (and thanks to P-Magazine for them):

Rochelle Gilmore

Liz Hatch

Liz Hatch and Veronica Andreasson

Kim Schoonbaert

Rochelle Gilmore

Liz and Veronica

Veronica Andreasson

The UK’s largest free to attend sporting event starts today. And those in the know, know that this sporting event is cycling’s very own Tour of Britain.

This year sees the event start in Rochdale and eight days later, it will roll into London at the new finish location in the Olympic and Para Olympic Borough of Newham, Newham Dockside.

Yesterday the pre-race press conference took place at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton. In attendance were Geraint Thomas (Team Sky), Richie Porte (Team Saxo Bank), Cameron Meyer (Team Garmin Transitions), and Mark Renshaw (Team HTC-Columbia). Here is a video from the press conference:

Don’t forget that if you want to keep up-to-date with live updates from the race, there are various ways you can do this:

1) Follow The Tour of Britain on Twitter;

2) Watch The Tour of Britain on ITV4 every evening; or

3) Watch the live tracking on each stage page on the website.

An added bonus, here are some pictures from the 2009 event. Enjoy!

Jens Voigt descends the Peyresourde Pass on a loaner bike after a crash shattered his own (Robin Wilmott)

On stage 16 of this year’s Tour de France, Jens Voigt showed us what legends are made of. About 2km’s into the descent of Peyresourde Pass, he blew his front tyre and he went down.  This crashed almost forced him out of the Tour for a second year in a row.

To make matters worse, the first team car was behind Andy Schleck, and the second had decided to go up ahead to hand out water bottles at the foot of the next climb. As a result Jens had no bike as his was shattered from the front wheel blow out.

According to Jens:

So then the broom wagon pulled up and was like, “Do you want to just get in?” And I said, “Oh no, I don’t need YOU!” But there I am with blood spurting out my left elbow and no bike. Finally, the race organizers got me a bike, but it was this little yellow junior bike. It was way too small for me and even had old-fashioned toe-clip pedals. But that is the only way I could get down the mountain, so I had to ride it for like 15-20 kilometers until I finally got to a team car with my bike.

Then, I still had to get up to the grupetto. All I can say is that that desperate times need desperate measures, but I got up there. And once I did it was grupetto all day long.

Needless to say, I had plenty of time to come up with a fitting book of the day. It’s from the Disk World series by Terry Pratchett. In it, the protagonist is Conan the Barbarian, who is a 70-year-old who has just survived everything. At one point he, and his other old warrior friends capture this village, but then they find that they are surrounded by an army of tens of thousands, and his only reaction is, “Oh man, it’s going to take days to kill all these people!” And that’s the way I was today when I was lying on the ground. I just thought, “Oh no, I’m going to Paris this year, I’m going to Paris. There’s just no way you are going to get me out of this race for the second year in a row!”

This just goes to show what a legend the man is becoming! No matter what bike he was riding, no matter what his circumstances were, he decided not to give up. You have to admire that?!

For those of who have been keeping tabs on this blog would have seen that The Prostate Cancer Charity in the UK are trying to become the charity name behind cycling. Just the same as running is for breast cancer, they would like to make cycling the sport for prostate cancer. A natural association if you like.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men and as a result, one man dies every hour from this horrid disease, not to mention the 35000 men that are diagnosed with it every year. So it’s not something to shy away from. But rather a disease that we need to fight against.

With that, the Charity has teamed up with The Tour of Britain to offer cyclists of all abilities the chance to ride a stage of The Tour, in The Tour Rides. Taking place in September, cyclists can try out the same routes that the pro’s get to race on in the Tour.

The same attention to detail and event planning is put into delivering a Tour Ride as staging The Tour of Britain. With extensive route signage, marshals, motorcycle support, official cars on route and neutral service, the Tour Rides offer a unique full-support experience.

Plus, there are carefully located and well stocked feed and drink stations along the route as well as hot drinks and sandwiches. I’ve been informed that this year’s Tour Rides will also incorporate timing splits and timed King of the Mountains sections (Pro Tour Ride).

The neutral service is being provided by the team at Saddleback Ltd who bring to the UK market those awesome racing machines, FELT – as currently used by the Garmin Transitions cycling team the Tour de France, as well as Lance’s groupset of choice, SRAM.

So on Tuesday 22 June, I was lucky enough to be invited by the Charity to go and try out the Stoke route of the Tour Ride. This route forms as Stage 2 of The 2010 Tour of Britain. It was a clear hot day – 22 degrees celcius. A perfect day to go out for the ride – as you will see from the pictures below. I had been looking forward to doing the ride for a whole week running up to it, especially as it was time out of the hectic schedule we were on for The Tour Series, plus I got to have my last ride on the Felt FC.

As it was a media ride, we weren’t going to do the full day’s worth of riding (ie. Pro Ride). We were only aiming to do 60+ km’s. However, we were going to take in the hilliest part of the route. Our day started off in Rocester, the home of JCB. From there we made our way to Leek taking in the stunning views of the Staffordshire Moorlands.  On the ride we took a short break in the village of Longnor, where we were welcomed with open arms by the owner of the local coffee shop called Cobbles. A true cycling fan, he offered us teas, coffees and sandwiches on the house. How could we say no to that? So if you ever in the village, make sure you stop by Cobbles.

From Longnor we made our way towards Leek, not before taking in plenty of 10% climbs and the well known, Gun Hill. I felt great at the start of the ride but the climbs were relentless and they began taking their toll. I have to say that Gun Hill was not easy at all and I can see why people gather along it when the Tour races over. There were some great downhills too (not too many of these unfortunately), but did manage to get up to speeds of 80km/h.

It was a great day out and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. If you’re on the fence about whether to take part, I would urge you to go for it. Sign up for The Tour Rides, you will not be sorry. And feel good in knowing that you are also putting money to a good cause.

I would also like to say a HUGE thanks to Andrew and team at Saddleback for providing me with the Felt FC to use on the ride! I loved riding it so much, I am now looking to buy it.

And last but not least, below are pictures taken on the day of our ride. These were taken by Joolze Dymond who is also the official photographer for The Tour of Britain and The Tour Series. If you get a chance, make sure you check out her website:

Remember, there are three routes to choose from and three rides at each, for the exception of London, which offers only one ride. For more details on all the Rides on offer (dates, distances, etc) in The Tour Rides, check out my previous posting on The Tour Rides.

Enjoy the pics and sign up!

Starting out in Rocester where our ride began

A beautiful day to be out riding the bike

Making the most of my last day on the Felt FC

The start of many many climbs to come

Easy for some, others not

The scenery was just spectacular

Riding on roads that were virtually clear of traffic. Made for a superb day out

You can almost see the heat come off the road

Some more uphills

Working the Felt. Plus, enjoyed the SRAM groupset. Definitely a convert to its style

How can you say no to that?

Peter and Liz helping us out on the ride, a day after the Chester round of The Tour Series

Some more ups

Peter trying the typical 'fan with water bottle' you see in the Tour de France

He was loving it

...and the fact that I was getting wet

Mind you, afterwards it did feel quite refreshing

Then just for the camera decided to do a typical rider 'response' to getting wet

Maybe over doing it a little 🙂

Watch out for the BIG hand! Getting a fresh bottle from Liz

Seriously enjoying my day out on the Felt. I think I should keep it!!

And there were some downhills too

But what goes down must go up

Liz and Peter enjoying their day out of the office

Quiet roads

Coffee stop in the village of Longnor. Check out Cobbles if you are ever there

Making our way towards Gun Hill

But before we get there, a few more clims to negotiate

Boy it was hot out there

There were loads of these too - 10 per cent climbs

Doing some close ups for the Charity

Taking the mick out of Joolze who's sitting in the boot of the CRV

Suffering on the first killer section of Gun Hill

Really thankful that Paul was there to encourage me along

My legs were hurting big time

Finished the second killer section

Enjoying the fact that Gun Hill levels out towards the top

Almost there

Joolze making us sprint for the top. She loves to see us suffer

Freewheeling into Leek

Enjoying the post ride chat with Paul...

...and laugh