|Cycling News Today 8 March 2006|
Lampre and CSC Race Comments, Michael Blaudzun Knee Injury, Bloomer Park
Velodrome Honored, Race News, Discovery Channel Sponsors Tour of Georgia, Amgen
Tour of California Breaks Records, Christoph Sauser New Sponsor, Bike Biz News:
Dave Powers Joins Serotta, Racer Mate Celbrates 30th Anniversary.
Paxti Vila Wins in Paris Nice
Today it was Paxti Vila's turn to bring Lampre-Fondital's color on the podium's
highest place in the third stage of Paris-Nice (Julienas -Saint Etienne of 168
On a hard course with one first category climb, Vila escaped with Floyd Landis: the
leading two covered in a very good way the last climb and finished the race with
Vila's victory and Landis conquering the leader's jersey (Vila second in overall
standing with a gap of 9").
"We succeeded in realizing what we had programmed - said sport director Fabrizio
Bontempi - We had prepared for Paxti a special bike, with carbonium wheels: with
this bad weather it was a risk, but it was a good choice, also thanks to Vila
great race. Patxi was great and he obtained a deserved victory: he always works
seriously and I'm happy he obtained this important result in a Pro Tour race.
I'm sorry for Santambrogio's withdrawl: he suffered the cold".
Patxi Xabier Vila Errandonea (Spa) Lampre-Fondital 4.23'28"
2 Floyd Landis (USA) Phonak Hearing Systems
3 Samuel Sanchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi a 1'16"
the first stage of Tirreno-Adriatico (Tivoli-Tivoli of 167 kms) the victory was
for Paolo Bettini: behind him Zabel and Hushovd. For Lampre-Fondital a 7th
place with Ballan.
Maurizio Piovani's comment: "We worked for Figueras, but unfortunately Giuliano
had some health problem and couldn't stay in the first positions. So we tried
with Ballan, who obtain a placement in the first positions".
vince alla Parigi-Nizza
Quest'oggi, a portare i colori della
Lampre-Fondital sul gradino più alto del podio, ci ha pensato Paxti Vila,
splendido vincitore della terza tappa della Parigi-Nizza, la Julienas-Saint
Etienne di 168 km.
Su un percorso duro che prevedeva anche una salita
di prima categoria, il basco ha dato vita a una fuga che lo ha visto
protagonista assieme all'americano Floyd Landis: ottimo il passo sull'ultima
salita per i due, perfetta l'intesa e chiusura di tappa con vittoria per Paxti
Vila e maglia di leader della corsa per l'americano (Vila secondo in classifica
generale a 9").
"Siamo riusciti a realizzare ciò che avevamo
programmato - ha confidato il ds Fabrizio Bontempi a fine gara - Avevamo
preparato una bici speciale per Patxi, con ruote di carbonio: con questo brutto
tempo è stato un rischio, ma alla fine rischiare ha pagato, anche per merito del
Vila è stato straordinario e ha colto una vittoria davvero meritata:
è un ragazzo che lavora sempre con grande disponibilità e sono contento che ora
possa festeggiare questa importante vittoria in una gara del Pro Tour.
per il ritiro di Mauro Santambrogio, che ha patito il freddo".
Nella prima tappa della Tirreno-Adriatico
(Tivoli-tivoli di 167 km) la vittoria va a Paolo Bettini, che sullo strappo
finale ha regolato Zabel e Hushovd. Per la Lampre-Fondital un 7° posto con
Ballan, che il ds Maurizio Piovani ha commentato così: "Avevamo lavorato per
mettere Figueras nella condizione di lottare per la vittoria, però purtroppo
Giuliano non è stato bene e non ha potuto stare davanti. Abbiamo allora provato
con Ballan, che ha centrato un piazzamento tra i primi".
Paris Nice, Schleck Improves
Team CSC's Fränk Schleck initiated the decisive break of five riders, but
Schleck could not keep up, when Landis attacked with Patxi Vila (Lampre) on
today's final climb.
”Fränk lost a bit of momentum at the final part of the climb, and he wasn't
able to bridge up to the two leaders on the descent towards Saint Etienne. It
was a very hard stage and Bobby Julich lost a lot of time. Now we'll try and
support Fränk the best we can so he can improve in the GC. Generally speaking we
are back to square one in this race. We didn't think we'd have a rider for the
overall win, but we'll still try and make a good result,” said Bjarne Riis.
Patxi Vila eventually took the stage and is now just nine seconds behind Floyd
Landis in the overall standings, where Fränk Schleck improved to a fifth place
after finishing fourth in today's 170-kilometer stage.
Michael Blaudzun Knee Injury
Team CSC will have to do without Michael Blaudzun for the remainder of
Paris-Nice, as he abandoned the race on Wednesday due to a knee injury.
CSC at Tirreno Adriatico
The Italian coast-to-coast race, Tirreno-Adriatico, started with a 167-kilometer
stage with start and finish in Tivoli, east of Rome. The stage finished with a
three kilometer climb and half the peloton sprinted for the victory. Paolo
Bettini (Quick Step) won the stage ahead of Erik Zabel (Milram).
Karsten Kroon led Team CSC in 14th place.
”The stage went as expected. We were positioned well at the end but
unfortunately Cancellara had a flat at the bottom of the climb and he never
reconnected with the first group. It's quite an exciting route in this year's
Tirreno-Adriatico, and we have a couple of interesting stages further on in the
race where Basso will be able to try out his form,” said sports director Scott
Sunderland after the stage.
Against tradition this year's edition of the Tirreno-Adriatico has a long
time trial and also an actual mountain stage with an 11-kilometer climb and
summit finish in San Giacomo.
The Velodrome at Bloomer Park
Receives Prestigious Flaherty Award
Rochester Hills, Michigan -- The Velodrome at Bloomer Park in Rochester Hills,
recognized for its excellence as a park facility and for its superb programs,
was honored with the 2006 Daniel L. Flaherty Memorial Award.
The prestigious award is given annually by the Great Lakes Park Training
Institutes at its annual conference, held recently in Angola, Indiana. The
Velodrome was the project of note among entries from six states – Michigan,
Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Iowa and Wisconsin. The Velodrome was the perfect blend
of Public, Private and Non Profit groups working together for the greater good
of the community and its residents.
The privately-funded Velodrome, spearheaded and completed by velodrome
designer and builder Dale Hughes, is a model for private-public cooperation. The
1/8th mile oval was built on an abandoned parking lot in Rochester Hills’
Bloomer Park after a creative fundraising campaign. Volunteers provided the
labor and continue to maintain and operate the track, which was given to the
city upon completion, making Rochester Hills one of only 17 communities in the
U.S. to list a Velodrome among its facilities.
Beyond the actual construction of the $1 million sports facility, the
institutes also recognized programming at the Velodrome, a carefully designed
opportunity to engage the public to ride, race or watch events. Hughes is also
the coordinator of events at the track,
“Programming is everything,” he said. “Our track is open seven days a week.
Youngsters, adults, everyone, can come and ride—it’s free the first time. After
that, there’s a nominal fee. Youngsters 18 and under are free all the time, all
“Its accessibility is critical to its success,” said Hughes, but he also
noted that in the site design and construction every effort was made to blend
the oval into the forested acreage surrounding it. Tiered festival seating is
carved out of a grassy hillside and the track itself is nestled into the
“Unless you know its there, it really is not even noticeable,” said Hughes. “But
the riders know and so do the fans.”
Alan Buckenmeyer, Park Manager with the city of Rochester Hills, agrees as the
Velodrome has increased Park income by over 40%.
Hughes will pass it onto Mayor Pat Somerville o0f Rochester Hills at a
special presentation planned for early Spring. The Velodrome will open May 1st .
starting its 6th season. The Velodrome at Bloomer Park is really a prototype
facility for communities around the globe to copy – world class yet low cost.
Part of a strategic plan to develop more tracks and track racing in the USA.
Mtn Bike World Champ Christoph Sauser
For more information contact:
Velodrome at Bloomer Park
Gin Tonic Fashion Sponsors
Gin Tonic Fashion, one of the leading fashion brands, has signed to be the new
individual sponsor of World Cup Champion, Christoph Sauser.
Ideal Partners: Christoph Sauser and Gin Tonic Fashion suit each other
perfectly. Werner Rast, owner and business leader of Werner Rast AG, distributer
of Gin Tonic Fashion in Switzerland had this to say, "Next to our successful
Swiss Ice Hockey commitment, we were looking for another sport ambassador who
represents our company. In the person of Christoph Sauser we have found the
ideal athlete, who stands for quality and success".
Also, Christoph is very excited about the new partnership. "I am very proud
to represent Gin Tonic Fashion, as it has always been one of my favourite
clothing brands, and I like it's trendy image. The deal just came together at
the right time for the beginning of the new season".
It is a one year deal, with a strong option until 2008. The Gin Tonic Fashion
label will also be represented with sticker on Christoph's helmet and podium
For more Info:
Enjoy your day, and happy trails! Christoph
Communications Announces Sponsorship of the Ford Tour de Georgia
Silver Spring, Md. – Discovery Communications announced today that it has signed
an official Signature Sponsor agreement with Ford Tour de Georgia for the 2006
premier cycling event. The Ford Tour de Georgia is an annual, world-class,
professional cycling stage race and series of city festivals across Georgia. The
Tour, now in its fourth year, will take place April 18-23, and is the
highest-ranked cycling stage race (2.HC) in North America sanctioned by the
Union Cycliste Internationale and USA Cycling. Proceeds from the event benefit
the Georgia Cancer Coalition, a statewide network of people and organizations
working together to fight cancer.
Discovery Communications is the title sponsor of the Discovery Channel Pro
Cycling Team, and this agreement is Discovery’s first-ever sponsorship of a
major cycling event. The Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team’s Tom Danielson, the
2005 Tour de Georgia champion, will return this year to compete along with
several of his Discovery teammates including 14-time Tour de France participant
and Olympic Gold Medalist Viatcheslav “Eki” Ekimov, 2005 Tour de France Best
Young Rider Yaroslav Popovych, and 2004 Tour de Georgia mountains competition
winner Jason McCartney.
“We at Discovery see this sponsorship as a natural extension of our
multifaceted, global partnership with the 27 riders from 15 countries that
comprise the Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team,” said Judith A. McHale,
President and Chief Executive Officer, Discovery Communications. “The Discovery
Channel Team and the Tour de Georgia represent the same qualities of integrity,
perseverance and excellence--qualities on which Discovery places high value--and
which now translate into supporting an outstanding cause by helping to make a
difference for the Georgia Cancer Coalition.”
As Discovery enters the second year of its sponsorship of the Discovery
Channel Pro Cycling Team, the company is looking forward to building on the
legacy of its legendary former lead rider, Lance Armstrong. Discovery’s on-site
sponsorship activities at the Ford Tour de Georgia will include the promotion of
a new integrated multimedia campaign branded Race to
Replace, which is designed to give audiences around the world an
immersive look at what will be an incredible and historic passing of the torch
by one of history’s greatest champions.
The Race to Replace initiative will provide in-depth coverage of the team’s
athletes, training, preparation and development across Discovery’s global
television, broadband, commerce and on-line platforms. Involving fans, viewers
and enthusiasts from around the world, Discovery will chronicle and provide
in-depth information on the health, fitness, science and technology that
comprise the building of a professional cycling team.
Discovery Communications, Inc. is the leading global real-world
media company. Discovery has grown from its core property, the Discovery
Channel, first launched in the United States in 1985, to current global
operations in 170 countries and territories with nearly 1.4 billion cumulative
subscribers. DCI’s over 100 networks of distinctive programming represent 27
network entertainment brands including TLC, Animal Planet, Travel Channel,
Discovery Health Channel, Discovery Kids, Discovery Times Channel, The Science
Channel, Military Channel, Discovery Home Channel, Discovery en Español,
Discovery Kids en Español, Discovery HD Theater, FitTV, Discovery Travel &
Living (Viajar y Vivir), Discovery Home & Health and Discovery Real Time. DCI’s
other properties consist of Discovery Education and Discovery Commerce, which
operates more than 100 Discovery Channel Stores in the U.S. DCI also distributes
BBC America in the United States. DCI’s ownership consists of four shareholders:
Discovery Holding Company (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB), Cox Communications, Inc.,
Advance/Newhouse Communications and John S. Hendricks, the Company’s Founder and
About the Tour de Georgia: The Ford Tour de Georgia is North America’s
premier, professional cycling event and rolling festival of community
activities. The Tour is held annually in the spring with a varying route. It is
sanctioned by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and USA Cycling (USAC) as
a 2.HC rating (highest ranked event in North America), making the event one of
the top stage races for elite athletes around the world. The 2005 Tour was won
by Tom Danielson (USA) of the Discovery Channel Professional Cycling Team;
champions from previous years include Lance Armstrong (USA) in 2004 and Chris
Horner (USA) 2003. The Tour’s official beneficiary is the Georgia Cancer
Coalition (GCC). The Georgia Cancer Coalition and the Georgia Department of
Human Resources are teaming up to bring the Live Healthy Georgia Expo to the
finish cities of the 2006 Ford Tour de Georgia. The Live Healthy Georgia Expo
includes a variety of interactive, health-focused booths, children's activities,
food and fun activities for all ages. The Ford Tour de Georgia is owned by The
Georgia Partnership for Economic Development (GPED) and is managed by Medalist
Sports. Merchandise and the latest updates are available at the official
About the Georgia Cancer Coalition: The Georgia Cancer Coalition leads
Georgia's comprehensive cancer initiative, uniting people and organizations to
work together to save lives and reduce suffering from cancer. As a
public-private partnership, the Coalition works to strengthen existing cancer
related programs and create new initiatives that accelerate cancer prevention,
early detection, and research and treatment to make the highest level of care
accessible to all Georgians. The Georgia Cancer Coalition provides guidance and
assistance for using Georgia's resources in the fight to reverse the cancer
mortality and incidence rates. The Coalition is the first of its kind in the
nation and is fast becoming a national model. The official website is
First Amgen Tour of California Breaks Attendance Records
Professional Cycling Stage Race Gets High Marks from Cities, Athletes,
Sponsors and Fans;
2007 Planning Underway Following Successful First Year
The recently concluded Amgen Tour of California, an eight-day professional
cycling road race, drew more than 1.3 million spectators from February 19-26,
2006, setting records in attendance for any single sporting event in California,
as well as for any cycling event in the U.S. The inaugural event, which covered
600 miles of California roadway from San Francisco to Redondo Beach, received
praise from its host cities, teams and sponsors, as well as from the Union
Cycliste International (UCI), the international governing body of cycling.
Thousands of spectators lined the finish on Stage 7 of the Tour of California
In addition to the thousands of fans lining every stage of the race, the
official Web site had 367,000 visitors who registered more than fifteen million
“page views” over the eight days of racing, with the vast majority enjoying live
race coverage provided by Adobe and enhanced by Google technology. A
breakthrough in Internet race coverage,
fans with live text updates, four channels of live streaming video and
continuously updated still photos from the road. The site continues to be one of
the sport’s most viewed with fans logging on for race recaps, statistics and
California resident Floyd Landis (USA) of Phonak Hearing Systems walked away
as the overall champion of the Amgen Tour of California with El Segundo-based
CSC taking the overall team top prize. With preliminary details of the 2007
route expected in the next 30 to 60 days, race presenter AEG has reiterated its
commitment to building the race into one of the premier sporting events in the
“We set out to create an event that will one day rival the Tour de France,”
said Timothy J. Leiweke, President and CEO of AEG.
“We will not rest until we allow the American riders to have the best event in
all of cycling in their home country. This year was a giant leap toward
achieving that goal.”
The 10 host cities for the inaugural race included San Francisco, Sausalito,
Santa Rosa, Martinez, San Jose, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara,
Thousand Oaks and Redondo Beach. Cities throughout California are eager to host
the second annual race.
“We’re coming back in 2007 and already are thinking about ways to make this
event even better,” said Shawn Hunter, president of AEG Sports, presenters of
the Amgen Tour of California. “We are extremely satisfied with this first year,
and the best is yet to come.”
“We built this race on three objectives: to create a great experience for
riders, the communities and the corporate sponsors,” said Bob Colarossi,
managing director of the Amgen Tour of California. “The cities that we visited
this year are very pleased with the positive effect that the race had on their
communities. Not only have our 2006 host cities asked us back, but new cities
have also inundated us with requests to come to their areas next year.”
The world’s best riders echoed the sentiment, expressing an overwhelmingly
positive experience in California. “From the moment I heard about the Amgen Tour
of California, I knew it would be of the highest quality,” said Santa Rosa
resident and California Travel and Tourism King of the Mountain competition
winner Levi Leipheimer (USA) of Team
Gerolsteiner. “I can say now that it was even better than expected,” continued
Leipheimer who won the race’s Prologue held in San Francisco.
“It’s very high up on the list. I think it was a great event,” added overall
fourth place finisher and winner of two stages George
Hincapie (USA) of the Discovery Channel Professional Cycling Team and
spokesperson for the Amgen Breakaway from Cancer™ initiative. “It’s a good
indication that all of the foreign riders were happy with the event. It couldn’t
have gone any better.”
When asked to compare the California race to those about to take place in
Europe, overall second place finisher David Zabriskie
(USA) of Team CSC said, “We’re going to take a lot of warm clothes [to Europe]
and wish this race was still happening.”
The highest ranking officials from UCI and USA Cycling – the international
and national governing bodies of the sport – were on hand in California to
witness the race. Both Pat McQuaid, president of the UCI, and Gerard Bisceglia,
president of USA Cycling, gave high praise to the inaugural event.
“It looks to be a good race. Not just good teams here, but the teams have
brought good riders as well, and they’re all motivated to do very well. From the
UCI’s point of view, it’s good to see this in its first year,” said McQuaid. “I
have no doubt that the potential is here to grow and develop this race into a
big, big spectacle in both the state of California and the United States.”
Speaking about the importance of establishing races like the Amgen Tour of
California for the overall development of American professional cycling,
Bisceglia said, “The hardest thing for USA Cycling is having your children leave
home. To let our riders grow up, we have to let them leave home and go to
Europe. But if we can bring this kind of cycling to the U.S., we can keep our
children at home.”
To help ensure the success of the Amgen Tour of California, race presenter
AEG partnered with like-minded companies who have an interest in growing the
sport of cycling while communicating the importance of health and wellness to
In December 2005, the race’s title sponsor Amgen launched the Breakaway from
Cancer initiative. A partnership between Amgen, The Wellness Community and
George Hincapie, Breakaway from Cancer is a complementary component of the race
that includes a series of free workshops designed to help people who are
affected by cancer learn about new treatments, side effects, support networks
and educational resources.
“We are delighted with the inaugural Amgen Tour of California,” said Kevin
Sharer, Amgen's chairman and chief executive officer. “We are also pleased with
the success of our Breakaway from Cancer initiative, which resulted in a
donation of $1.1 million to The Wellness Community to support cancer patients.
Amgen looks forward to our continuing sponsorship of this world class cycling
In addition to Amgen’s partnership with AEG, eight companies joined as
founding partners for the inaugural year: Adobe, ADT Security Services,
California Travel and Tourism, Clif Bar, Health Net, Herbalife, KB Home and
Union Bank of California. Coca-Cola Zero, Google, Kendall-Jackson, Prodir and
Voler also supported the race as official partners.
“Our partners are as vital to the success of this event as the athletes and
host cities,” said Hunter. “Their belief in this race, support of our vision and
commitment to ensuring that this event was a great experience for everyone
involved made this one of the greatest first-year events that I have ever been a
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the world. AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Anschutz Corporation, owns or
controls a collection of companies including facilities such as STAPLES Center,
The Home Depot Center, The Manchester Evening News Arena and NOKIA Theatre Times
Square; sports franchises including the Los Angeles Kings (NHL), five Major
League Soccer franchises, two hockey franchises operated in Europe, management
of privately held shares of the Los Angeles Lakers (NBA) and Los Angeles Sparks
(WNBA), the Amgen Tour of California cycling road race, and the upcoming ING Bay
to Breakers footrace taking place in San Francisco May 21st; AEG LIVE, the
organization’s live-entertainment division, is a collection of companies
dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance, touring and a
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begun fully developing the 28-acre Millennium Dome and adjacent property located
in the eastern part of London along the Thames River and will create the O2, a
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Cycling Biz News:
Serotta Competition Bicycles
David Powers named Director of Sales and Marketing
Serotta Competition Bicycles, the leading manufacturer of custom-fit bicycles
for more than 34 years, is pleased to announce David Powers as the Director of
Sales and Marketing. Powers, a native of Schenectady, returns to the area
bringing almost two decades of sales and marketing management expertise to the
Powers will lead all facets of global sales and marketing for Serotta,
including building, supporting and enhancing independent dealers and
distributors. At the same time, Powers will head the marketing department and
spearhead brand management, continuing the superior quality consistent with
“The Serotta brand has incredible equity and a solid, strategic foundation
thanks to Ben Serotta’s industry expertise and leadership,” said Powers. “I look
forward to working with this passionate team to build a future where the focus
on custom-fit will be the basis for the best bicycles for leading dealers and
“When I was in my early twenties, I entered a road bike race in Ballston Spa,”
Powers added. “All I remember about that race is that a rider on a Serotta bike
defeated me and I’ve been impressed with the brand ever since.”
“Dave Powers is a proven leader in sales and management with formidable
experience in top sports and lifestyle companies,” said Ben Serotta, Founder and
CEO of Serotta Competition Bicycles. “As a veteran of the athletic industry and
a sports enthusiast, Dave will build the Serotta brand and expand our retail
presence in key markets.”
Prior to joining Serotta, Powers spent more than 17 years with Saucony, Inc.,
a global performance athletic footwear and apparel manufacturer. His experience
includes four years as director of sales for Saucony’s U.S. division and six
years as director of international sales for the European division. He lived in
Heidelberg, Germany for several years where he served as director of Saucony’s
European headquarters. Powers also spent a decade as the national sales manager
for UK and Hood Sailmakers, leading multi-national companies in the sailing
Powers is an accomplished athlete, who rowed on the men’s varsity crew team at
Boston University under 1964 Olympic Gold Medallist, Hugh Foley. Powers has also
participated in numerous road bike, mountain bike, duathlon and triathlon
competitions. He competed in both Ironman Germany (the European Ironman
Championships) and Powerman Zofingen (the most prestigious long distance
duathlon race of the world).
He plans to reside in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. with his wife Joan and daughters,
Kelly (12) and Jennifer (10). His sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Jean and
Robert Tarrant (owners of the Saratoga Rowing Center) also reside in Saratoga
Springs with their daughters, Molly, Melanie and Bonnie.
About Serotta Competition Bicycles: Serotta Competition
Bicycles (www.serotta.com) is an American company, based in Saratoga Springs,
NY, leading the world in custom bicycle design and handcrafted manufacturing.
Focused exclusively on the individual, the end result is a superior bicycle that
delivers the ultimate ride for years to come.
Serotta riders, whether avid cyclists or recreational hobbyists, appreciate our
holistic fit process that integrates an individual’s size, biomechanical
capabilities and fitness goals. This proprietary approach is dramatically
different from the industry practice of plugging in basic body measurements and
building bikes based on pre-set, generic formulas.
Serotta customization, combined with advanced design, cutting-edge technology,
precision assembly and discerning material selection, inspires brand loyalty and
promises personalized speed, power, control and performance for each Serotta
RacerMate, Inc. Celebrates 30th Anniversary with Lottery
the manufacturer of the CompuTrainer bicycle trainer/simulator and founder of
the Electronic Bicycle Racing Association, celebrates the 30th anniversary this
year of the introduction of the "Original Wind Load Trainer."
RacerMate unveiled the world's first bicycle wind trainer in 1976 at the
Interbike Show in Anaheim, Calif., to the amusement and consternation of bicycle
dealers who jokingly described it as a “treadmill for squirrels.” This
invention, in fact, sparked a revolution in indoor bike training that has grown
to include magnetic trainers, fluid
trainers, and computer-controlled electronic trainers led by CompuTrainer and
RacerMate is commemorating its landmark invention with a search for "Original
Wind Load Trainers" that are still in existence. One lucky owner will win a new
CompuTrainer! Owners of an "Original Wind Load Trainer" have until December 15,
2006, to enter a lottery for a FREE CompuTrainer model Lab3D complete with
Coaching Software, valued at $1,474.00.
The “Original Wind Load Trainer” attaches to the bicycle seat post with a swivel
mount, and the wind fans rest on top of the rear tire. The beauty of this design
from the viewpoint of performance is that as speed increases so does the
press-on force of the fans against the tire---thereby totally eliminating
slippage even during rapid acceleration. None of the subsequent copies by
companies throughout the world have incorporated this more costly design
feature, and as a result, the “Original Wind Load Trainer” remains the best
performing wind load trainer of all time. *CompuTrainer 2006*
The fact that many “Original Wind Load Trainers” are still operational after 30
years also attests to the uncompromising quality and durability of all RacerMate
For more information about the “Original Wind Load Trainer” anniversary and
lottery, please visit us on the web at www.racermateinc.com .