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Six Day racing documentary seeks funding
Six Day racing is thrilling, fast-paced, spectator-friendly, and incredibly demanding physically. It’s also a complete mystery to most cycling fans outside its hotbed in Northern Europe. This documentary follows American Daniel Holloway and a team of track racers to the Berlin Six Day event, taking viewers inside the mad world of Six Day track racing.
Stages to supply Sky in 2015
A year after it first signed on with the British super squad, Stages announced it will once again sponsor Sky with its crank-based power meters in 2015.
“Of course, we see year two with Team Sky as impactful to our brand as the first — possibly even more so,” said Pat Warner, Stages Cycling’s senior vice president. “If they took a chance on Stages Cycling in 2014, then signing up for a second year is validation that we’re meeting their needs fully and that they want to use the Stages Power meter.”
Donate to children’s hospital to win a signed pro bike
FSA, in conjunction with multiple professional riders and their teams, is raising funds for a children’s hospital unit in the Armenian capital of Yerevan. The goal is to raise 500,000 euros, enough to build the new unit that will focus on cranio-facial malformations. A donation of 10 euros (about $13) or more enters the donor into a raffle for one of 11 signed 2014 pro bikes. Riders such as Nicholas Roche, Peter Sagan, Alessandro Vanotti, and Vincenzo Nibali are behind the effort.
Gates launches red belts
Gates, makers of the popular Carbon Drive belt drivetrain, will sell a limited run of red belts. The company has only produced black belts in the past, but decided it was time to “add some sizzle,” said Todd Sellden, director of Gates Carbon Drive.
“Carbon Drive Red adds a high-visibility splash of color to bicycles and capitalizes on the bike industry trend of color matching components and frame accents. The red belt also highlights the clean, smooth and simple attributes of the Gates Carbon Drive system, which requires no greasy lubrication and never rusts,” the press release reads.
Pactimo launches jersey to fight Ebola
Pactimo will donate $30 from the sale of each Fight Ebola jersey to Medecins sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) and HOPE to fight against the disease.
“The design of the jersey reflects the vibrancy of West African culture and was created in collaboration with locals in the region. Part of our Ascent Collection (race fit, Quattrolite fabric, Zero-weight mesh side panels, rear reflective trim, full length zip), it is available in men’s and women’s specific designs,” the release reads.
TrainingPeaks acquires Best Bike Split optimization technology
Best Bike Split, which uses complicated (to us, anyway) algorithms to optimize race strategy and pacing, has been acquired by TrainingPeaks.
The technology has already been put to use with teams like Trek Factory Racing, and similar technology is gaining popularity among the more technology-proficient professional teams. The collaboration with TrainingPeaks should help bring it to more amateur racers as well.
Mio Global, the wearable technology giant, has introduced a wrist-band heart rate monitor designed specifically for cyclists. The Mio Velo registers a rider’s heart rate at his wrist, like other models in the Mio line up. What sets the Velo apart is that it also takes ANT+ data from cadence and speed sensors and communicates that data via bluetooth to a number of fitness applications on cell phones.
At $129, the Velo is less expensive than nearly any bike computer that records ANT+ data. It can also act as a heart rate monitor to be used with an ANT+ head unit. Mio claims that the Velo has a battery life of eight hours and is water resistant up to 30 meters.
The Mio Velo is available for pre-order now and will start shipping next week.