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Signature Cycles and Serotta hosts a Serotta Demo Event July 31st

Signature Cycles‘ Greenwich shop is hosting a Serotta Demo Day Saturday, July 31, from 9am – 3pm. Our usual group rides goes off at 9am sharp. You are welcome to take the demo bike on the 25 mile group ride and experience the world class performance of a Serotta Ottrott or Meivici.  Legendary frame builder, Ben Serotta will join us along with special guests, Stan and Bonnie Mavis from the Serotta management team, and Steve Fairchild, Serotta National Sales manager.





Above: 2011 Ottrott SE with “stealth” matte finish – join us at the demo to ride this and others from the fleet outfitted with Campagnolo Record ’11

If you are unable to make the group ride, you can stop by from 11am – 3pm and test ride some of the best road bikes in the world on a 5-6 mile test loop of varied terrain mapped out with a cue sheet for your self-guided tour. Please bring your own cycling shoes, pedals, and helmet.




Already own a Serotta or can’t make the ride time? You’re welcome to stop by on Saturday to talk with Ben, Stan, Bonnie and Steve. The Serotta Mobile Fit Lab will be here as well.  They will be showing the newest developments from Serotta and previewing the new line of Catlike helmets.

 

Bespoke Cycles – Serotta Demo Weekend Update, 7/24-25

Thursday, July 15th 2010

 




The plan for Saturday in moving forward:
July 24th – Bespoke will be in Golden Gate Park between 9am and 2pm, setting people up for test rides on bikes and talking about fit. There will be snacks and drinks as well.

The plan for Sunday has changed. The Golden Gate bridge is closed until 10am so we won’t want to deal with Marin on that day. So, we’re going south. We’ll meet at the intersection of Edgewood and Canada road in Woodside here. We’ll ride this route. The route is hilly and is about 57 miles give or take. There are cut off options to reduce the length if you want and we can go over those at the start. The route is absolutely beautiful and there is little or no traffic during the majority of the ride. Think: sweeping views of the Pacific, climbing through the redwoods and quality pavement throughout most of the day.




For more information please visit: The Bespoke Cycles Blog

Steve Fairchild returns to Serotta as Director of Dealer Sales

Tuesday, July 6th 2010
We are happy to announce the return of Steve Fairchild to the ranks at Serotta, as Director of Dealer Sales.




Steve returns to Serotta for this key position with years of experience and depth of knowledge in Serotta product, the custom process, and the intimate details that it takes to move an order through production to final delivery. Steve has spent the last year working with Ian Buchanan at Fit Werx, a fit expert and top Serotta retailer in Waitsfield, Vermont, expanding his knowledge of the complete customer experience.

With the launch of Catlike, ETXEONDO, and the addition of Steve Fairchild to its ranks, Serotta continues to gain momentum as it moves forward with a stronger than ever outlook. Fairchild will be instrumental in bringing these brands and new product developments to our dealer base in the coming months.




Starting July 6th, Steve is available at:

Bespoke Cycles hosts Serotta Demo Event July 24th – 25th

On the weekend of July 24th and 25th, Bespoke Cycles will host a Serotta demo event. This is an opportunity to experience how Serotta achieves a balance of performance, comfort and handling second to none.

July 24th – Bespoke will be in Golden Gate Park between 9am and 2pm, setting people up for test rides on bikes and talking about fit. There will be snacks and drinks as well.




July 25th – Group ride. We will meet in Sausalito at the beginning of the bike path and ride Muir Woods Loop ending in Tiburon. Please RSVP for this ride so we can plan accordingly. This ride is supported and there will be a support vehicle.

For more information please visit: bespokecycles.blogspot.com




Oakley Cycles and Serotta Open House and Race Weekend

Oakley Cycles and Serotta to host an Open House Event for the Hyde Park Blast Weekend

 

Oakley Cycles is pleased to be a supporting sponsor of the 2010 Hyde Park Blast in Cincinnati, June 26, 2010. The Hyde Park Blast takes place one block from our front door and we invite you to join the festivities.

The Hyde Park Blast was co-founded by Cheryl Koopman and Chad Sims, both Hyde Park residents, as a way for the community to have fun, be active and raise money for a good cause – the fight against cancer.

Since 2001, more than $220,000 has been donated to CancerFree Kids, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the Wellness Community in addition to Give Back Cincinnati by the Blast.

 




Friday June 25th 6:00pm to 9:00pm   Joins us for a kick off celebration the evening before the 2010 Hyde Park Blast, featuring our guest, legendary frame builder, Ben Serotta! Also, we will have as special guests, Stan and Bonnie Mavis from the Serotta management team, and Paraic McGlynn, the Serotta Director of Cycling Science. A tent will be setup in front of the store to accommodate everyone! Beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks will be served.

 

Can’t make it Friday night? Stop by on Saturday to talk to Ben, Stan, Bonnie and Paraic. The Serotta Mobile Fit Lab will be here as well. They will be showing the newest developments from Serotta, offering demo rides, and previewing the new line of Catlike helmets.

 

Oakley Cycles will also be showing our newest bike, jointly developed with Serotta, the “Ariosa”. A new concept blending performance, comfort, and premium ride quality, these bikes will be available in stock sizes from 49cm to 61cm. The limited edition production roll-out model will feature a thoughtfully selected parts group, and hand built wheel set.

Schedule of Events Hyde Park Blast Saturday June 26, 2010

  • 6:30 a.m.: Run/Walk Race Day Registration
  • 8:00 a.m.: 4-mile Run/Walk
  • 8:00 a.m.: Walk Start (please move to the back of the start area)
  • 10:00 a.m.: Kids events begin
  • 4:15 – 10:00 p.m.: Cycling Races & Elite Run Race
  • 6:00 – midnight: Block Party with The Rusty Griswolds

The 9th Annual Hyde Park Blast Criterium races in Cincinnati, Ohio will join eleven cities across the United States as the 3rd event on the 2010 USA CRITS Schedule. The races that form the USA CRITS series have the ideals that have made criterium racing an American legacy:




 

We hope to see you there!

 

For more information:

 

Hyde Park Blast www.hpblast.com

Serotta: www.serotta.com

Oakley Cycles: www.oakleycycles.com

 

Oakley Cycles

2709 Observatory Avenue

Cincinnati, Ohio 45208

513-731-9111

Serotta Sport is the exclusive US distributor for Catlike helmets

Friday, May 28th 2010
For Immediate Release
 

(Saratoga Springs, NY) – May 28, 2010 – Catlike, the Spanish manufacturer of cutting edge cycling helmets, has entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with Serotta Sport. Starting this July, two Catlike helmet models, which fully comply with US helmet safety standards, will be available at specialty cycling retailers across the country.

“Catlike helmets are widely recognized as the most technologically advanced in the world and they’re worn by some of the biggest names in cycling,” states Serotta Sport president Stan Mavis. “We created Serotta Sport to be a collection of premium cycling brands, which are run by their original founders with a focus on quality and service—Catlike fits the bill perfectly.”




Catlike helmets will be distributed through the existing Serotta dealer network, and online at CompetitiveCyclist.com. The initial Catlike offering in the US will include the Whisper Plus and the Chrono Aero Plus, which are approved by European safety standards and the US Consumer Product Safety Commission. Serotta Sport plans to expand its Catlike product distribution to include the brand’s premium eyewear and footwear in the near future.

“Here at Catlike we are aware of the demand of our products in the US. We are now stronger than ever to land in such a demanding market,” states Catlike President, Pepe del Ramo. “The Catlike technology and design will be distributed by Serotta Sport, a company that shares our philosophy and dedication to quality.”




Whisper Plus
The Whisper Plus is Catlike’s top-of-the line helmet featuring the latest innovations in lightweight materials, ventilation and safety. Ventilation is efficiently delivered by 39 strategically positioned holes and Dual Flow technology, which links the frontal air intakes to large rear exit vents to create a constant airflow above the rider’s head. Safety is provided via Catlike’s Crash Energy Splitter technology, which effectively distributes crash energy across the entire helmet and allows for a compact, lightweight design. The distinctive look of the Whisper Plus helmet is easily recognizable atop pro riders on the Cervélo Test Team and Euskaltel-Euskadi. MSRP $275

Chrono Aero
The Chrono Aero features an aerodynamic shape and design perfected in wind tunnel testing and proven on the racecourse. The Chrono offers a minimal weight without sacrificing safety, and a shape that dramatically decreases turbulence behind the head of the rider. The Chrono Aero helped deliver Ignatas Konovalovas (Cervélo Test Team) to victory in the final time trial of the Giro d’Italia in 2009. MSPR $300

About Catlike
Catlike was founded 1998 by Spanish pro cyclist Pepe “El Gato” del Ramo, with a focus on quality, innovation and safety. The development team utilizes the latest design technologies to create visually aggressive and functionally designed, world-class performance helmets. Catlike is the official helmet of Team Euskatel Euskadi and the Cervelo Test Team. For more information, visit www.catlike.es.

Serotta Sets High Bar for Custom Bike Delivery

(Saratoga Springs, NY) May 21, 2010 – Serotta, the manufacturer of high performance bicycles for over 38 years, is now building its custom products in record time. With a new management team and a focus on operational efficiency, Serotta is delivering hand-crafted bicycle frames and forks, built to customer specifications, in just four weeks or less.




Serotta’s management team took the reins at the company in April, with the announcement of president Stan Mavis, formerly of Pearl Izumi and Sugoi, and vice president of sales, Bonnie Mavis, previously a senior manager at Nordstrom. The new leadership, along with an operations and production department led by Patrick O’Farrell, combined with the strongest team of artisan bicycle craftsman in the company’s long history, have helped Serotta dramatically decrease its build timelines and increase its manufacturing capacity.




“Building custom frames by hand is a time-intensive process,” states Stan Mavis. “Ben Serotta with his wealth of experience, and has been freed up to focus on product, refining operations and production processes, which has allowed Serotta to exceed all previous standards of custom bike-building quality and efficiency.”
Serotta creates complete steel, titanium and carbon fiber frames and forks in its Saratoga Springs factory. Serotta is also one of the bicycle industry’s most vertically integrated companies, sourcing all its carbon fiber at a wholly-owned composites facility in Poway, Calif., under the direction of second generation carbon fiber guru Mike Lopez.

Army Tri Teams on Custom Serotta Bikes Continue Winning Streak

West Point triathlon teams took command of USA Collegiate Division at the 2010 USA Duathlon National championships, in Richmond, VA. The women’s team swept the top four spots, while the men’s team took six in the top ten. The teams credit fast bike splits to their custom-built Serotta bikes combined with specific aerodynamic bicycle fits through Paraic McGlynn, Director of Applied Cycling Science, at the Serotta International Cycling Institute.

 

“It is telling that all five of our podium finishers at the 2010 USA Duathlon Nationals and 2010 Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon were riding Serottas.  Not only has the superior bike fit and performance improved the athletes’ bike splits, but their outstanding run times show that they are arriving into T2 fresher and with more energy,” states, West Point Triathlon Team Officer-in-Charge, Maj. Murphy Caine.




The West Point Women dominated the field claiming the top four finishes not only in collegiate, but also in the U-24 year old category. And in an outstanding performance, the final of her career, Ashley Morgan finished first for collegiate and second among the entire women’s field. Her bicycle of choice for the race was the MeiVici AE, which offers supreme aerodynamics coupled with the renowned ride quality and handling characteristics of a Serotta custom frame. The MeiVici AE features a seat tube angle-specific rear wheel cut out and an innovative aero seatpost for maximum aerodynamics and weight savings.

 

The men’s team had multiple standout performances. Brian Trainor’s earned him 18th overall, but also an individual National Championship Title for being the fastest U-19 athlete. This delivered the men’s team its fourth National Title in the past two years




The Serotta CXII was the bicycle of choice for the majority of both men’s and women’s teams. The CXII features aerodynamically shaped C5S triple-butted proprietary Colorado Concept steel tubing, which is comfortable yet stiff for maximum efficiency, while an aero downtube and stays make for a slippery profile.
The Duatholon National Collegiate Championships are held each year in conjunction with the USA National Duathlon Championship Festival. This year more than 30 colleges were represented at the Nationals. Over 1700 athletes competed to win individual national titles within age categories and a place on the 2010 USA Duathlon National Team.

West Point Women’s Tri Team Wins 2010 Collegiate Nationals

In the greatest day in the 20-year history of the West Point Triathlon Program, Army Tri upset the field of 110 collegiate triathlon teams to win its third National Championship and sweep a heavily favored Navy squad. USA Triathlon Collegiate Nationals were held on 17 April in Buffalo Springs, TX.

The Army Tri Women placed an astounding six athletes in the top 40 (out of 450) to win the Women’s Triathlon National Championship. Ashley Morgan led the way with a 4th place individual finish, which was expected given her strong track record. The surprises came in the performance of her teammates. Marcie Nordt, in only her second Olympic distance triathlon, shocked everyone by finishing 15th overall. The result was the third highest finish in the history of the women’s team.

The title was the first in the Women’s Team history at USA Collegiate Nationals, an event in which they had never finished higher than fifth.




The men’s performance was also outstanding, without any individual superstars, the West Point Men used their depth to make the podium, placing 2nd.The 2nd place finish at tied their previous best Collegiate Nationals performance from 2008

The 2010 West Point Women’s Triathlon National Team –
Ashley Morgan, Andrea Filozof, Lauren Looper, Brittany Fraser, Marcie Nordt, Sarah Haight, and Mackenzie Vaughn




The 2010 West Point Men’s Triathlon National Team –
Brian Lagasse, Rob Sherry, Andy Stock, Brendan Fox, Dan LiVolsi, Brian Trainor, and Adam Leemans

West Point National Team Selected

In a selection process that has become nearly as competitive as the national championships themselves, the West Point Triathlon Team recently announced their team for the Collegiate National Championships to be held in Lubbock, TX next month.

The team looks to be a blend of experience and youth as a strong contingent of freshman will represent USMA this year along with some very experienced upperclassmen. The defending 70.3 and Duathlon National Champions will be lead by reigning Ironman 70.3 (20-24) World Champion and 2009 Collegiate Nationals Runner-up, FIrst Classmen Ashley Morgan.




The 2010 West Point Men’s Triathlon National Team –
Brian Lagasse, Rob Sherry, Andy Stock, Brendan Fox, Dan LiVolsi, Brian Trainor, and Adam Leemans

The 2010 West Point Women’s Triathlon National Team –
Ashley Morgan, Andrea Filozof, Lauren Looper, Brittany Fraser, Marcie Nordt, Sarah Haight, and Mackenzie Vaughn