Industry Wakes Up Early for IMBA Breakfast
LAS VEGAS, NV (BRAIN)—Half-past seven may not be the most popular hour to hold an Interbike event, but about 60 or so folks managed to pull themselves out of bed to attend IMBA’s second annual industry breakfast on Thursday morning.
Over coffee, eggs and bacon, IMBA executive director Mike Van Abel updated the crowd on IMBA’s latest trailbuilding efforts and asked for industry support to help the advocacy organization reach its goal of raising $5 million over the next three years to meet the demand for new trails.
Stan Day, president of SRAM, drew a round of applause as he pledged to work with IMBA as part of his company’s promise to donate $2 million per year for the next five years for mountain and road advocacy projects around the world.
Part of the demand for new trails will be met through IMBA’s new Ride Center concept. A Ride Center consists of trail systems including singletrack, dirt jumps and pump tracks, as well as skills areas for beginners, and strives to drive participation in the sport and boost local economies. The first five are planned in Cuyuna Lakes, Minnesota; Payette River Valley, Idaho; Santos Trails, Florida; Fraser Valley, Colorado; and the Uwharrie Mountains in North Carolina. The idea is to develop mountain biking destinations, creating a week’s worth of epic rides instead of one epic ride, Van Abel said.
Van Abel also addressed the importance partnerships with local advocacy clubs to build new trail systems. One example is Wakefield Park, a six-mile network of singletrack in Washington D.C. built by MORE, an IMBA affiliate.
Anne Mader, co-owner of the Bike Lane in Burke, Virginia, got involved with the club, sponsoring a team and providing food during trail maintenance days, and her efforts have paid off.
“Our shop is lucky enough to be about five minutes away from this trail and we have significantly prospered because of that. Our mountain bike business is huge. There’s another park in the other direction that has about seven miles of trails. While these trail systems aren’t huge, they bring the mountain bike community together,” Mader said.
Since the trails went in, MORE has grown from 200 members to 600 members, Mader said.
Another example is Highbridge Park in New York City, a partnership between the NYC MTB club and the city’s parks department to turn a Brooklyn forest littered with rusty cars, hypodermic needles and ratty mattresses into a mountain bike park with singletrack, a pump track and free ride trails.
The result was so successful that the city is attempting to establish similar projects in all five boroughs.
Seven-Time Tour de France Champion Lance Armstrong Joins Astana Cycling Team
Astana Cycling Team General Manager Johan Bruyneel has confirmed Lance Armstrong’s announcement to make his professional cycling comeback with Team Astana. Armstrong, who retired in 2005 after recording history with his seventh Tour de France title (all with Bruyneel), has devoted the last three years to the fight against cancer, an illness which temporarily halted his cycling career in 1996. Armstrong now rejoins Bruyneel and Team Astana in an effort to once again return as a champion cyclist and more importantly raise the awareness of the global cancer burden.
Bruyneel was excited to learn of Armstrong’s return to the sport. “In 1998, Lance asked me to direct his US Postal Service Team and now, ten years later, Lance has asked to make his comeback with Team Astana. I am truly honored and very much looking forward to closely working with him again. What we saw from 1999 to 2005 was arguably the most exciting time in professional cycling and I know Lance will bring the same level of charisma, passion and influence to the team, sport and global cancer community.” Bruyneel went on to continue, “Our Kazakh sponsors are extremely pleased with Lance’s decision. A major goal of this sponsorship is to develop the best generation of Kazakh cyclists and I can’t think of a better rider to learn from than Lance. We know he has all the tools and characteristics of a true champion.”
Alberto Contador, who recently captured all three Grand Tour titles (Tour de France – 2007, Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España – 2008), is optimistic that Armstrong’s presence on the Team will be positive. “When you look at professional sports, it’s very common to have two or even three champions on one team. Right now people are looking to make up controversy, but honestly I have no ill-will towards Lance. I identify with his passion for the sport. He has certainly been a role model for me and others throughout the world and I imagine having him on Team Astana will only motivate me further. Of course, my objectives for the 2009 season are clear. With Lance and the Team direction we will soon have to talk about it.”
Levi Leipheimer, preparing in Varese for tomorrow’s World Championships Time Trial, believes riding with Armstrong for two seasons at the US Postal Service Team was instrumental in his development. “I give a lot of credit to Lance and Johan for my success. Early in my career, I had a great opportunity to directly learn from Lance and I’m excited to see him return to the team; not only personally, but also for the sport and cancer community.” Leipheimer continued that he doesn’t see many internal problems with Lance’s arrival. “There are already great leaders on this Team and we have seen success, both individually and as a team. Alberto and I have finished on Grand Tour podiums together and I’m confident that Lance will only continue to push us to be better riders and teammates.”
Bruyneel and Armstrong will meet in the next few weeks to discuss the 2009 schedule. As of today, Armstrong plans to ride in the Tour Down Under and the Tour de France.
To date, the members of the 2009 squad:
Lance Armstong, Assan Bazayev, Jani Brajkovic, Alberto Contador, Chris Horner, Maxim Iglinskiy, Roman Kireyev, Andreas Klöden, Berik Kupeshov, Levi Leipheimer, Steve Morabito, Dmitriy Muravyev, Daniel Navarro, Benjamín Noval, Sérgio Paulinho, Gregory Rast, José Luis Rubiera, Michael Shär, Tomas Vaitkus, Andrey Zeits, Haimar Zubeldia.
Word on the street is that Lance is coming back to the road scene. Seems he may have caught the race fever again after his 2nd place finish at Leadville.
Here is what VeloNews is reporting:
Sources: Lance Armstrong coming back
By Neal Rogers
Posted Sep. 8, 2008
Armstrong at Leadville last month
Photo: Joseph Kreiss
Lance Armstrong will come out of retirement next year to compete in five road races with the Astana team, according to sources familiar with the developing situation.
Armstrong, who turns 37 this month, will compete in the Amgen Tour of California, Paris-Nice, the Tour de Georgia, the Dauphiné Libéré and the Tour de France — and will race for neither salary nor bonuses, the sources, who asked to remain anonymous, told VeloNews.
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The New Project One- from Up The Road
At long last, here is how the new Project One program works. On September 9th the P-One, build your custom bike site will go live. You’ll be able to get to the P-One site from your favorite search engine or from a Madone bike page on trekbikes.com.
Design your bike beginning with the model bike you want. Madone 6.5 (including WSD) and 6.9 will go live on the 28th. 5.2, 5.5 and TTX go live on October 15th. From there you are free to roam. Pick a frame color then accessorize your ride with colored tires, wheel decals, housing and bar tape colors and your brake hood color (SRAM only).
Here are the best parts or the new Project One: there is no price increase in the new P-One and you can have your bike in just 14 days. You choose the frame color, your component colors even your component sizing – no up-charge, in your hands in 2 weeks. Component sizing choices like bar width, stem length, crank length, cassette size and double, triple, compact cranks are all free to you.
There will be cost added (or subtracted) when you change component level. If, for instance, you change from an Ultegra to a Dura-Ace grouppo or RXL to Aeolus wheels then you pay the difference. But your dream bike still gets to you in 14 days.
Here’s the process: You can submit an order on-line or at your favorite Trek dealer (The Bike Lane, of course). Your dealer will help you make all your sizing decisions (frame fit, stem length, etc). Your order is processed at Trek, your bike is crafted and shipped to your dealer for final assembly. You’ll pick up the bike and ride!
Here’s a screen grab of the develpment site we’re working on:
The original Project One still exists but its now called Project One Signature Series. This is palette has more expensive color options and paint schemes and the delivery times are 30+ days. Each frame is painted by hand, one at a time and will have the artist’s signature near the drive side dropout.
The website will tell a much better story than I can describe here so check back on the 28th for a test drive. In the meantime, enjoy these shots.
The bikes above are all new Project One bikes. The bike below is a Signature Series bike.