Now that the weather is getting nicer (not that we even had a winter) Ditmas Rides, a family group ride is starting up again. Here is a message from ride organizer, Rene Netter.
The next Ditmas Ride will be this Friday (3/16) @ 7:00 pm. We will meet in front of the Library @ the corner of Cortelyou and Argyle.
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The purpose of the Ditmas Rides is for us to have fun and to celebrate and spread a way of getting around we already enjoy. There is no planned route and we the participants will decide where we would like to go shortly before the ride starts. Ditmas Park has a lot of small streets so hopefully we can have a joyful and stress free rides. I myself are planning to bring my daughter Nona Lily along and hope that other parents will bring their children as well.
Trimble Racing is proud to announce the 5th annual Red Hook Criterium to be held in Red Hook, Brooklyn on March 24th, 2012.
The Red Hook Criterium is an unsanctioned cycling and running race held at night on a short technical circuit inside the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal. The two disciplines will be held as separate races on the same circuit and in the same format. The cycling event will consist of elite level ‘roadies’, track racers, bike messengers, and urban cyclists competing over 24 laps. Track bikes are mandatory requiring riders to possess both street tuned handling skills and a high level of fitness. The 4 lap running race will attract elite level athletes competing for a large cash purse, custom prizes, and bragging rights to become the first champion of the night time running criterium. “Having both a running and cycling race on the same night will increase the excitement for both competitors and spectators” says organizer David Trimble “I’m happy to bring these two normally divergent communities of athletes together for one special night of racing.” The running race starts at 8:00 pm with the cycling event immediately following at 9:00 pm. The official after-party follows the cycling race.
In addition to the race, the Red Hook Criterium has collaborated with the Red Hook neighborhood to showcase locally crafted artisan goods and official race merchandise. “On its fifth year anniversary everything is bigger and better” says Trimble “Our venues are improved, the competition deeper, the sponsor support on another level, and the Red Hook community further engaged.” The Red Hook Criterium pop-up store will open before the races at 6 pm.
The race is made possible by local and international sponsors and partners, Giro Sport Design, Eastern Mountain Sports, The Greg O’Connell Organization, Cinelli, Timbuk2, San Marco, Castelli, Ride Brooklyn, Spy Optics, Continental, Elita Milano, Peloton Magazine, Sixpoint Brewery, Movers Not Shakers, Pickett Furniture, NYC Cruise, Cinecycle, Gage + Desoto, The Added-Value Farm, Fort Defiance, Dustin Yellin, La Colombe, The Waterfront Barge Museum, Growing Chefs, Roo Design, Adler Vermillion and Skocilich, Fifo Cycles, The Red Hook Star Revue, Monks Meats, The South Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation and The New York City Economic Development Corporation.
Group rides to the event will be organized from Brooklyn and Manhattan locations. For more information, race registration, schedule, location, prize list, and after-party details please visit: www.redhookcrit.com
Here’s an event in NYC to benefit cyclists rights nationwide.
Come join Bicycling magazine and Sid’s Bikes for a VIP event – on St. Patty’s Day – to support cycling advocacy group Bikes Belong and to welcome “Tim Johnson’s Ride on Washington” as they pass through NYC on their way to Washington, D.C.
Event will include:
Free beer from Harpoon Brewery
Great raffle prizes, including a Cannondale SuperSix 4 Rival (worth $2,900).
A chance to support the ongoing fight for cyclists’ rights and meet pro racer Tim Johnson
Saturday, March 17th at 7pm
Sid’s Bikes, 151 W. 19th Street (between 5th and 6th Ave.)
Taking place from March 15 – 20, “Tim Johnson’s Ride on Washington” is a 5-day, 520-mile bike ride that aims to raise awareness for the rights of cyclists everywhere, and to raise funds for cycling advocacy group Bikes Belong. Team Cannondale professional cyclocross racer Tim Johnson – along with 20 fellow cyclists – will start in Boston, riding all the way to the National Bike Summit in Washington, D.C. Along the way, Tim and his crew will be making stops to celebrate with fellow cyclists and to raise support for cyclists’ rights and Bikes Belong.
In honor, here is a story from Bikeportland.org about a group of women cyclists (3 from Portland, Oregon) taking on the challenge of riding the same course of this years Tour de France.
Three Portland Women to tackle Tour De France Route
By: Jonathan Maus
March 6th, 2012
The Tour de France is the ultimate stage in all of pro cycling; but it’s a stage where only men stand.
What would happen if a team of women with regular jobs and just a little racing experience upstaged the men and rode the exact same route a day before them (all 3,479 kilometers/2,162 miles of it)? This summer we’ll found out.
“To be honest, I think that this is an interesting challenge regardless of gender and I think that’s what makes it powerful. If we continue and drive the ongoing national discussion about women on bikes (and I expect we will) by providing one more point of visibility and a story that is compelling, all the better.”
— Heidi Swift
In July, a team of six women — including three from Portland — will attempt an epic challenge that will pit them against the legendary mountain passes that make up the world’s most famous bike race. Rêve, a company that specializes in taking “teams” of riders on the exact same route of the Tour the pros ride, is behind the event. They’ve partnered with the pro cycling lifestyle and culture publication, peleton magazine (it’s always lowercase they tell me) and the ride will benefit national advocacy organization, Bikes Belong
Cycling is good for you and is good for our planet too. Now so is the saddle you ride. Selle Royal has combined its technology with ecological awareness to create Becoz – a new range of environmentally friendly saddles. Selle Royal has always followed a maximum sustainability approach to saddle making and the Becoz range has a significantly lower impact on the environment than traditional saddles.
Selle Royal has examined every aspect of its production process and wherever possible it has replaced fossil-based materials with renewable, sustainable resources. Selle Royal has always campaigned for cycling. The latest battle is to help the environment: Less fossil, more green.
Many cyclists sit and suffer in silence when they ride their bike, perhaps using a hard and narrow racing saddle even as they commuting or enjoying leisure ride with family and friends. Now every cyclist can choose a saddle that suits their style of cycling.
Thanks to the use of Corkgel, the Becoz range of saddles offers a comfortable alternative, with four different models for men and women, suited for every type of riding.
When it comes to cycling comfortably and being environmentally friendly: Becoz is the answer.
Selle Royal has decided to take an active approach to improving the ecology of saddle making. It examined every aspect of the production process and wherever possible it has replaced fossil-based materials with renewable, sustainable resources.
The creation of the Becoz saddle is the start of a strategy to use more and more bio-sourced materials and less and less fossil fuels. Selle Royal’s ultimate goal is to produce a 100% ecological saddle that offers great comfort and is of the highest possible quality.
Selle Royal has invested in research and development to find the most eco-friendly materials for the Becoz saddle.
Becoz stands out from the crowd because of the use of CORKGEL – Selle Royal’s innovative saddle covering that combines a bio-sourced polyurethane gel and natural cork, giving the saddle extra comfort and its distinctive natural brown look. The elastomer of the saddle covering is also made of vegetable palm oil.
Using natural oil-based polypols produces a smaller environmental footprint. The results of a preliminary lifecycle analysis by Five Winds International, indicate that polyols from renewable source result in 36% less global warming emissions and a 23% reduction in total energy demand.
Whoever decides to use a Selle Royal Becoz saddle will be making a conscious decision to help the environment.
Selle Royal is doing as much as it can. The packaging for the Becoz saddle is made from recycled cardboard, while both the floor display and the table display for the Becoz range are made from recycled wood.
The Becoz saddle comes in four models for both men and women, to match for different riding styles: Sport, Athletic, Moderate and Relaxed.