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Pelletier-Roy, Cueli hold off field at Delray Beach Twilight Criterium

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The opening round of the USA Crits series proved to be a night of excitement. Remi Pelletier-Roy (Garneau-Quebecor) and David Cueli (UnitedHealth Care of Georgia) were able to hold off the field in a race long breakaway that saw Pelletier-Roy take the win.

On the opening lap, Ruben Campioni (Jamis Hagens Berman) took a fast start and led two riders across the line to take the first $250 prime of the night. By the second lap, they were reeled back in by the peloton. The next $100 prime saw Pelletier-Roy take a flyer and opened up a five second lead. He was joined by Stephen Hyde (Astellas) and Cueli and began to open up a substantial lead.

With the next prime announced at 72 laps to go, Pelletier-Roy won the sprint between the break riders to take the cash. Immediately though, the three riders got back together to continue to increase their lead, which was now at 20 seconds. With 70 to go, a $100 field prime was offer and Hogan Sills (Astellas) jumped off the front to cross the line first. The leaders continued to build their lead as they put down 1:15 laps over the 1 km course.

The leaders continued to push on as their teams moved to the front to slow the pace. With 58 laps to go, the negative split, or the time for the leaders to catch the back of the peloton, was down to 17 seconds. Ten laps later though, the pack increased the pace and brought the negative split back to 29 seconds, despite the leaders working together well.

With 40 laps left, the leaders rolled across the line without contesting the mid race prime. Pelletier-Roy led across the line with Cueli and Hyde following. The lead still continued to hover around a half lap, or 35 seconds. About an hour in, Hyde slipped off the back of the break, giving the field a carrot to chase for.

A crash in turn three with 33 laps to go sent ten riders to the SRAM NRS pits, but it didn’t disrupt the pace of the peloton. With Hyde back in the pack, Astellas sent three riders to the front to help pull back the breakaway. The $500 prime with 29 to go helped knock the lead down to close to 20 seconds. Another $500 prime a few laps later brought the split down to 11 seconds.

With 18 laps to go, the pack had the breakaway in their sights. The leaders continued to dangle out in front, hovering around 10 seconds. The peloton seemed to let up, and the leaders took advantage, stringing their lead out to almost 30 seconds.

The peloton couldn’t get organized as the laps ticked down, and the leaders held their advantage around 25 seconds for the final 10 laps. Pelletier-Roy and Cueli continued to work well together, knowing the race was theirs. Behind, the pack started to organize their sprint trains to fight for the final podium spot.

Pelletier-Roy led through the back stretch and around corners three and four. The French-Canadian racer for Garneau-Quebecor opened up the sprint 300 meters out, and all that Cueli could do was follow him across the line. Ricardo Escuela (Incycle-Predator Components) beat out Ben Renkema (Stan’s NoTubes), Miguel Byron (Hincapie Sportswear), and Frank Travieso (UnitedHealthcare of Georgia) to claim 3rd.

“I’m a track rider, so I know how to take the speed down so I can sprint from a lower speed,” remarked Pelletier-Roy when asked about his strategy going into the final lap. “Going from corner three to four, I slowed down and when I started to sprint, I knew I had it. I’m really happy, because for us, it’s the first race of the season. For the team, it’s really good. It’s good to see with the new guys, we can roll pretty good. ”

Pelletier-Roy will wear the USA Crits series Champion System Leader’s jersey at the Gasparilla Criterium on March 29th. The overall leader of the series is determined by points that are awarded based on points primes and the final standings of the race. The Garneau-Quebecor rider leads his breakaway companion, Cueli 318-289. Pelletier-Roy would also wear the Bikereg Lap Leader’s Jersey presented by Velo, with a 42-25 lead, but it will defer to Cueli. The Maxxis Best Young Rider’s Jersey presented by Cyclingnews.com will worn by Cueli.

Results

  1. Remi Pelletier-Roy – GARNEAU QUEBECOR 45:08.7
  2. David Cueli – Team UnitedHealthcare / The 706 45:08.9
  3. Ricardo Escuela – Incycle-Predator Components 45:25.2
  4. Ben Renkema – Stan’s NoTubes p/b Proferrin 45:25.4
  5. Miguel Bryon – Hincapie Sportswear Cycling Tea 45:25.5
  6. Frank Travieso – Team UnitedHealthCare / The 706 45:25.6
  7. Adam Farabaugh – GARNEAU QUEBECOR 45:25.8
  8. Shane Kline – Team SmartStop 45:25.9
  9. Justin Williams – Astellas Cycling Team 45:25.9
  10. Isaac Howe – Champion System-Stan’s NoTubes 45:25.9
  11. Brendan Cornett – Team United HealthCare / The 70 45:26.0
  12. Thomas Brown – Astellas Cycling Team 45:26.2
  13. Jose Frank Rodriguez – Colavita – Stradalli Pro Cycling 45:26.5
  14. Ruben Companioni – Jamis Hagens Berman p/b Sutter 45:26.7
  15. Evan Murphy – CRCA/Foundation 45:27.1
  16. Travis Livermon – Team Smart Stop 45:27.2
  17. Benjamin Chaddock – GARNEAU QUEBECOR 45:27.2
  18. Geron Williams – CRCA/Foundation 45:27.2
  19. Lucas Wardein – Colavita – Stradalli Pro Cyclin 45:27.3
  20. Jesse Keough – CRCA/Foundation 45:27.4
  21. Alex Cox – CCB Racing 45:28.1
  22. Garrett Olsen – Team Skyline 45:28.1
  23. David Guttenplan – SeaSucker / Guttenplan Coaching 45:28.2
  24. Luis Zayas – Stan’s NoTubes P/b Proferrin 45:28.7
  25. Yosvany Falcon – Stradalli 45:28.9
  26. Josh Thornton – Giant Regional On Road Team 45:29.1
  27. Ricardo Giraldo – All 4 Cycling 45:29.4
  28. Allan Rego – Champion System – Stan’s NoTube 45:29.8
  29. Fredd Matute 45:29.9
  30. Chris Uberti – Astellas Cycling Team 45:29.9
  31. David Reyes – Stan’s NoTubes p/b Proferrin 45:30.1
  32. Rudolph Napolitano – Incycle-Predator Components 45:30.3
  33. Matt Moosa – Stan’s NoTubes p/b Proferrin 45:30.8
  34. Darren Dowling – Sarasota Cycling Club 45:30.9
  35. Michael Hernandez – Hot Tubes 45:31.1
  36. Andy Scarano – Team UnitedHealthCare / The 706 45:31.4
  37. Andres Alzate Escobar – Champion System-Stan’s NoTubes 45:31.6
  38. Dylan DeGan – Mission Source/NGCA 45:31.9
  39. Michael Chauner – Champion System-Stan’s NoTubes 45:32.3
  40. Ariel Mendez-Peñate – Champion System-Stan’s NoTubes 45:32.4
  41. Steven Perezluha – SeaSucker / Guttenplan Coaching 45:32.7
  42. Sam Croft – Giant On Road Team 45:33.2
  43. Luke Ockerby – GARNEAU QUEBECOR 45:33.4
  44. Christian Saavedra – Incycle-Predator Components 45:33.7
  45. Alejandro Guzman – CRCA/Foundation 45:33.8
  46. Coulton Hartrich – SeaSucker / Guttenplan Coaching 45:35.1
  47. Jake Silverberg – Interactive Metronome Developme 45:35.2
  48. Andres Alayon – Interactive Metronome p/b Mega 45:35.3
  49. Micahael Cedeno – SeaSucker / Guttenplan Coaching 45:35.5
  50. Stephen Hall – Incycle-Predator Components 45:36.3
  51. Rainiel Sanchez – Advanced Cycles/Topview Sports 45:36.3
  52. Derek Schanze – Pioneer Mortgage Funding p/b yo 45:36.4
  53. Ryan DeWald – Team Skyline 45:37.7
  54. Jacob Kauffman – GARNEAU QUEBECOR 45:38.3
  55. Jonathan Bowerman – Pioneer Mortgage Funding p/b yo 45:38.6
  56. Yip Tsang 45:39.5
  57. Grant Potter – Stradalli 45:40.0
  58. Demis Aleman – Jamis Hagens Berman p/b Sutter 45:40.5
  59. Bruno Moreira – Pioneer Mortgage Funding p/b yo 45:43.9
  60. Michael Pincus – Astellas Cycling Team 45:44.4
  61. Adam Leibovitz – Champion System – Stan’s NoTube 45:45.2
  62. Benjamin Bryant – NGCA-Team Mission Source 45:46.0
  63. Hogan Sills – Astellas Cycling 45:47.0
  64. Alejandro Garcia 46:06.1
  65. Guido Palma – Jamis Hagens Berman p/b Sutter 46:12.1
  66. Diego Garavito 46:12.3

USA Crits Series Leaders After Delray Beach

  1. Remi Pelletier-Roy – GARNEAU QUEBECOR 319
  2. David Cueli – Team UnitedHealthcare / The 706 Project 289
  3. Ricardo Escuela – Incycle-Predator Components 230
  4. Ben Renkema – Stan’s NoTubes p/b Proferrin 225
  5. Miguel Bryon – Hincapie Sportswear Cycling Team 221
  6. Frank Travieso – Team UnitedHealthCare / The 706 Project 215
  7. Adam Farabaugh – GARNEAU QUEBECOR 211
  8. Shane Kline – Team SmartStop 205
  9. Justin Williams – Astellas Cycling Team 200
  10. Isaac Howe – Champion System-Stan’s NoTubes 195
  11. Brendan Cornett – Team United HealthCare / The 706 Project 191
  12. Thomas Brown – Astellas Cycling Team 187
  13. Ruben Companioni – Jamis Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home 183
  14. Jose Frank Rodriguez – Colavita-Stradalli Cycle 183
  15. Evan Murphy – CRCA/Foundation 175
  16. Travis Livermon – Team Smart Stop 171
  17. Benjamin Chaddock – GARNEAU QUEBECOR 167
  18. Geron Williams – CRCA/Foundation 163
  19. Lucas Wardein – Colavita – Stradalli Pro Cycling 159
  20. Jesse Keough – CRCA/Foundation 155
  21. Alex Cox – CCB Racing 151
  22. Garrett Olsen – Team Skyline 147
  23. David Guttenplan – SeaSucker / Guttenplan Coaching 144
  24. Luis Zayas – Stan’s NoTubes P/b Proferrin 141
  25. Yosvany Falcon – Stradalli 138
  26. Josh Thornton – Giant Regional On Road Team 134
  27. Ricardo Giraldo – All 4 Cycling 131
  28. Allan Rego – Champion System – Stan’s NoTubes 128
  29. Chris Uberti – Astellas Cycling Team 127
  30. Fredd Matute 125
  31. David Reyes – Stan’s NoTubes p/b Proferrin 119
  32. Rudolph Napolitano – Incycle-Predator Components 116
  33. Matt Moosa – Stan’s NoTubes p/b Proferrin 113
  34. Darren Dowling – Sarasota Cycling Club 110
  35. Michael Hernandez – Hot Tubes 107
  36. Andy Scarano – Team UnitedHealthCare / The 706 Project 104
  37. Andres Alzate Escobar – Champion System-Stan’s NoTubes 101
  38. Dylan DeGan – Mission Source/NGCA 98
  39. Michael Chauner – Champion System-Stan’s NoTubes 95
  40. Ariel Mendez-Peñate – Champion System-Stan’s NoTubes 92
  41. Steven Perezluha – SeaSucker / Guttenplan Coaching 89
  42. Sam Croft – Giant On Road Team 86
  43. Luke Ockerby – GARNEAU QUEBECOR 83
  44. Christian Saavedra – Incycle-Predator Components 80
  45. Alejandro Guzman – CRCA/Foundation 77
  46. Coulton Hartrich – SeaSucker / Guttenplan Coaching 74
  47. Jake Silverberg – Interactive Metronome Development 74
  48. Andres Alayon – Interactive Metronome p/b Mega Cycle 68
  49. Stephen Hyde – Astellas cycling 68
  50. Micahael Cedeno – SeaSucker / Guttenplan Coaching 65
  51. Jacob Kauffman – GARNEAU QUEBECOR 64
  52. Hogan Sills – Astellas Cycling 63
  53. Stephen Hall – Incycle-Predator Components 62
  54. Michael Pincus – Astellas Cycling Team 62
  55. Demis Aleman – Jamis Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home 60
  56. Jonathan Bowerman – Pioneer Mortgage Funding p/b yourkey.com 60
  57. Benjamin Bryant – NGCA-Team Mission Source 60
  58. Ryan DeWald – Team Skyline 60
  59. Adam Leibovitz – Champion System – Stan’s NoTubes 60
  60. Bruno Moreira – Pioneer Mortgage Funding p/b yourkey.com 60
  61. Guido Palma – Jamis Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home 60
  62. Grant Potter – Stradalli 60
  63. Rainiel Sanchez – Advanced Cycles/Topview Sports 60
  64. Derek Schanze – Pioneer Mortgage Funding p/b yourkey.com 60
  65. Yip Tsang 60
  66. Diego Garavito 60
  67. Alejandro Garcia 60
  68. Emile Abraham – Incycle – Predator Components 50
  69. Calixto Bello – Incycle-Predator Components 50
  70. Earl Bradley – Infinity bike shop 50
  71. Kirk Corsello – Reality Bikes Ridley Masters Team 50
  72. Scott Cugno – Pioneer Mortgage Funding p/b yourkey.com 50
  73. Robert Evans – Mission-Source/NGCA 50
  74. Geoff Godsey – GIANT On-Road Team 50
  75. Eric Kirk – NGCA – Team Mission Source 50
  76. Rafael Meran – CRCA/Foundation 50
  77. Jaime Oliveros 50
  78. Brad Parkerson – Reality bikes 50
  79. Roslan Rivera – Colavita-Stradalli Cycle 50
  80. Rudy Robaina – Real Deal Bikes 50
  81. Yulien Rodriguez – gm bike 50
  82. Patrick Sansbury – Pioneer Mortgage Funding p/b yourkey.com 50
  83. Tomas Velez – Veloce Speedwear Cycling Team 50
  84. Rolly Weaver – Pioneer Mortgage Funding p/b yourkey.com 50
  85. Anthony Yaques – Outcast Racing Team 50
  86. Andes Rodriguez – Village Pedlov 50
  87. Henry Willis – Pioneer Mortgage pb Yourkey.com 50
  88. Gustavo Rullo – Atlantic Shores Velo 50
  89. Victor Sepulveda 50
  90. Allison Anjos 50

USA Crits Laps Leader after Delray Beach

  1. Remi Pelletier-Roy – GARNEAU QUEBECOR 42
  2. David Cueli – Team UnitedHealthcare / The 706 Project 25
  3. Stephen Hyde – Astellas cycling 8
  4. Miguel Bryon – Hincapie Sportswear Cycling Team 1
  5. Adam Farabaugh – GARNEAU QUEBECOR 1
  6. Ruben Companioni – Jamis Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home 1
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2014 Squadra Donne Ladies Cycle Racing Team launches in England

This weekend saw the launch of the 2014 Squadra Donne Ladies Cycle Racing Team take place at the company’s Oxfordshire HQ. The launch saw the riders don their new eye catching racing gear while enjoying some truly summer like weather conditions for a change.

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“Now in the fifth year of our partnership with Squadra Donne Ladies Cycle Racing Team this launch is testament to how far Shutt Velo Rapide has grown and shows our commitment to both our customers and to the sport,” said Peter Bragg, Managing Director for Shutt Velo Rapide. “As a growing British-brand we want to be continue to give back to the sport we love and this sponsorship is one of the many ways for us to do this.”

The launch also presented the opportunity for the riders to meet all their sponsors and collect a whole stash of goodies.

“It’s is great to get the whole team together at our launch, not just the riders but the team behind them that makes sure they are the best outfitted team in the peloton this season with great designed race clothing unveiled for the first time.

“We’ve had a great start to the season with two wins and another podium under our belts so I am sure that we will all have great fun racing this season. I am continually impressed with the care and service that we receive from Shutt Velo Rapide but not surprised – that is who they are,” said Jon Miles, Team Manager for Shutt – Squadra Donne Ladies Cycle Racing Team. “There are some very strong teams in women’s racing this season so it is going to be a hard fought race calendar. Looking at our riders and sponsors, we definitely have the team that will do very well this year.”

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Team Skyline Opens Their Season in Texas at Walburg, Pace Bend

Team Skyline opened up their early season racing with races in Texas, ahead the first USACrits event, Delray Beach Twilight Criterium.

1901479_10100482532477902_1587929447_nA week earlier, Ryan DeWald packed left for Washington D.C. to join Garrett Olsen on the first road trip of the season. With the customized Sprinter loaded up with bikes and gear, the two set out on a two day trip to Plano, TX.

“I’ve been doing it for ten years now. I have the system down,” said DeWald. “I brought Garrett last year, got his feet wet, and now this year he’s already on top of it, crushing the pedals and getting results.”

The pair make up a growing Team Skyline, an elite amateur team targeting USA Cycling NCC and USACrits series races. Along with a 25 member masters team racing in the mid-atlantic, they have plans to create a junior development program, and are looking for more elite riders to join the team.

1781958_10100483627742982_1855417613_n“We’ve been approached by a bunch of riders that wanted to join, but we are looking for the right riders to fit what we are aiming to do,” explained DeWald. “We are looking for quality riders that we can groom and develop into top level pros.”

Based in Reading, PA, DeWald has been racing for 21 seasons with teams like the US National Team, Rite-Aid Pro Cycling, Battley Harley-Davidson, and XO Communications p/b Cisco Systems. His vision, experience, and leadership will be a key component to develop Team Skyline into a larger program, a goal for the upcoming seasons.

Olsen, hailing from Washington D.C., joins the team from Battley Harley-Davidson, and brings the additional firepower and business acumen needed to develop the squad. Olsen attended Villanova University as a recruited defensive end. Graduating with finance and mechanical engineering degrees, he was also the president of the Villanova Cycling Team, and pioneered their national program. The Villanova squad finished 6th at nationals in their first appearance. He is currently a mechanical engineer on leave from Boeing.

Walburg Classic Road Race

While the Mid-Atlantic was digging out from the snow and ice, Team Skyline was training in the warm Texas sun, preparing for the Walburg Classic Road Race.

“We did 18 hours the first week,” explained DeWald. “I went from doing about 4 hours a week on the trainer to doing 18 hours last week. I’ve got to do another 18 hour week this week.”

“The snow hit Ryan a lot worse than it hit me. When he was getting 4 inches of snow, I was getting a lot of rain,” said Olsen. “We both got Scott mountain bikes in December and we were just riding those in order to get miles in when it was super, super cold. At times, it was zero degrees when we were riding.”

The Walburg Classic is a Texas Bicycle Racing Association (TXBRA) event made up three 26.5 mile laps, or about 80 miles. Though it is a relatively flat course, it is known for its heavy winds. The beginning of the race started off calm, with low winds, but that didn’t last long.

“There wasn’t much wind to write home about,” explained Olsen. “In fact, I even commented that to Bret Crosby and he kinda laughed at me and said ‘don’t worry, it’s coming.’ By lap 2, it was so fierce I could barely hang on. On lap 3 was even worse, it went from 5 mph, to 15 mph, to 25 mph.”

The event drew talented riders from the south, along with a few international names. Bret Crosby (Giant South – On Road) was a strong contender for the win, along with former British national champion, Kristian House (Rapha Condor-JTL), former US criterium champion David Wenger (Super Squadra), and US track champion Chris Carlson (Matrix/RBM). Heath Blackgrove (Boneshaker Project) and former Moto GP champion Ben Spies (ELBOWZ Racing) were also in the mix.

“TXBRA (Texas Bicycle Racing Association) is a hotbed for cycling in the winter,” said DeWald.  “You can come down here in the early season and start racing in mid-January, and these guys are flying right now.”

Team Skyline’s goal was to sit in, and stay in the lead group. Olsen drifted from front to back, trying to conserve energy and keep a constant load for training. Instead of driving the pace, they elected to keep out of the wind. As the race went on though, the lead group became smaller and smaller, until they were forced to face the wind.

“There was nowhere to hide,” explained DeWald. “Gaps started opening on me. I got spit out and had to shut it down going into the third lap.”

By the third lap, Olsen continued to fly the Team Skyline banner in time trial mode. With five miles left the group was hitting crosswinds of 25 mph. About 40 riders were left until the pace started to increase. Olsen ended up in a group of three riders who were working to chase back on. With about two miles to go, Olsen and his companion were able to drop one of their trio, and with about one kilometer left, he was on his own. As he crossed the line, he was about 200 meters off the back of the main group, finishing in 36th place.

“We didn’t finish as well as we wanted to, but to tell you the truth, that wasn’t the goal,” said Olsen. “The goal was showing up and training.”

Pace Bend Road Race

Sunday’s Pace Bend Road Race in Spicewood, TX, was much different than the day before. Temperatures soared into the 80’s, and riders were suffering as they tried to stay hydrated. The closed, rolling, 6 mile course saw the laps tick down fast as riders pushed to complete the 80 mile event. Little breaks were getting away briefly, but quickly brought back by the peloton.

“It was so hot, we were drinking a bottle a lap,” explained DeWald. “Your stomach was bloated, cramps started to hit by mid race. I tried to shake it off and ride into some moves like my normal self, but I just don’t have that fitness yet.”

“I took 14 bottle feeds,” said Olsen. “I was feeling pretty good. I was actually giddy in the first 30 miles. My fitness really wasn’t that great, but I was just a lot more opened up. Saturday I wasn’t really able to put any power down. Sunday I was a lot more opened, I was able to actually roll through some of the moves. A lot of the times I rolled into the moves by happenstance, because I kinda just went with the motion of the ocean.”

Towards the end of the race, Olsen tried to make a move on the finishing straight to create a break. Lacking the surging power that will come later in the season, he was counter attacked on the climb, and had to chase. With four laps to go, he was able to join a move that included Crosby, Blackgrove, and some of each of their teammates. Knowing it was the right move, Olsen jumped in as DeWald ended his day early, and transitioned to support Olsen in the feed area.

The break had around 40 seconds on a chasing group of five, but neither the Boneshaker Project or Giant South-On Road riders could organize the group. After the chasers caught the lead group, two riders went off the front and did not look back. At the final climb, the group of ten was caught by a chasing peloton, with two riders still up the road. Olsen had been suffering cramps for many laps at this point, and kept changing his position to fight them off the best he could. At the bottom of the climb to the finish line, he sat in deep in the field.

“I knew I couldn’t get the win, I would just blow up, so I started in the back around 30th, and I just spun and passed all the guys that were blowing up. I never got out of the saddle, and finished 11th.”

As he crossed the line, the effort became too much, and his legs seized up. A fan pushed him to the top of the hill, and as he coasted down, he still could not move his legs. He coasted up to a police SUV, and leaned against it as he could not even clip out of his pedals. After five minutes, he was finally able to move his legs enough to get back to the Sprinter.

“The sprint definitely taxed me. Honestly, I thought I got 25th or 30th. I didn’t even check the results. I couldn’t believe it, because I started way, way back. I thought we were just going to see what happens.”

Rest Day

1660820_10100485401069222_2107283949_nOn their first day off in ten days, DeWald and Olsen were taking it easy in the house they rented for the first two weeks of the trip. It wasn’t spent sitting around, watching TV though. Besides running for supplies and groceries for the week, DeWald was gluing up tubulars on their Zipp race wheels and looking after their Scott bikes to make sure they were ready for the coming week’s training and racing.

La Primavera

Next up on the schedule is the 23rd annual La Primavera in Lago Vista, TX. While not a true climber’s course, there are plenty of inclines, especially on day two. Saturday’s main climb will be a 1.3 mile stretch at about 2.5%. On Sunday, the climbs are shorter and steeper, with a 15% grade to start each lap. On both days, it will be key to always be in the top 15 on the climbs to stay with the leaders as the pretenders start to fall off.

“Lago Vista is the 22 year for it to happen,” said DeWald. “I’ve been second, third, fifth, ninth, but never won the race. It has always been a bench mark for me to see how I’m doing at Lago to see when I’m going to come into form.”

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2014 e-JOE Epik SE, Epik Lite folding e-bikes now available throughout North America

e-JOE Electric Bikes, a leader in high quality, economically priced electric bicycles for commuting and recreational riders, has announced that its 2014 Epik Sport Edition (SE) and Epik Lite folding electric bicycles are now available at e-JOE dealers throughout North America.

Epik Sport Edition (SE)

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New for 2014, the Epik Sport Edition (SE) comes equipped with a new 350-watt brushless geared hub motor with 550-watt peak output combined with a seven-speed Shimano Tourney transmission — ideal for commuting to work, running errands or recreational riding with friends or family. The Epik SE is the ultimate commuter bike that combines the portability of a lightweight, compact folding frame with the beefy motor and smooth drivetrain found on higher-end, traditional commuter e-Bike models.

The Epik SE features a 6061 aluminum foldable frame which inside conceals a 36V 9Ah lithium polymer battery. With a range up to 30 miles (depending on terrain and riders’ weight) the SE features three pedal assist modes along with a thumb throttle control.

An innovative LED display features On/Off power, Battery level, Pedal Assist Level and Throttle/PAS models. Charging time is up to four hours.

Other standard specs include a Velo Comfort Wide saddle, 20×1.75 Kenda puncture resistant street tires,  DIA-COMPE front V-brake and Tekto rear disc brake with electric cut off, front and rear fenders and a rear rack. The bike weighs 42 pounds and folds to 19″ x 26″ x 34″. The Epik SE is available in Midnight Black and Frosty White. MSRP is $1,549. Epik SE specs are here — http://ejoebike.com/epik

Epik Lite

Weighing just 37 pounds, the Epik Lite may be the lightest folding electric bike available today — built with portability and simplicity in mind. Riders will travel far and fast on the Epik Lite, powered by a new 350-watt motor with a 550w peak output and an efficient single speed transmission.

The Epik Lite comes with a long-lasting top-rated 36v/7Ah battery inside its foldable 6061 aluminum alloy frame — providing up to a 30-mile range depending on terrain and rider weight. The Epik Lite features three pedal assist modes along with a thumb throttle control, and an easy to read LED displays On/Off power, Battery level, Pedal Assist Level and Throttle/PAS models.

Charging time is up to four hours.

Other standard specs include a Velo Comfort Wide saddle, 20×1.75 Kenda K-Shield puncture resistant street tires,  DIA-COMPE front and rear brakes with electric cut off, front and rear fenders and a rear rack, and front and rear LED lights.

The Epik Lite folds 17″ x 25″ x 34″. The Epik Lite is available in Matte Black, British Racing Green and Titanium Gray. MSRP is $1,349. Epik Lite specs are here — http://ejoebike.com/epiklite

Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., e-JOE Electric Bikes are made for the average Joe (or Jo!) — combining economical mid-range pricing with state of the art components and features. For more information on e-Joe, visit www.ejoebike.com.

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Introducing the Road Disc Aileron From Velocity USA

Aileron WheelsetUS-based rim manufacturer Velocity USA is proud to introduce a new rim offering geared toward the burgeoning road disc market. The Aileron, set to debut at Frostbike 2014, is the first disc-specific road rim offered by Velocity.

Key features of the Aileron include:

  • A 28mm tall, disc-specific elliptical profile designed with aerodynamics and weight as key factors.
  • Specifically tuned to be aerodynamically paired with 23 to 28c road tires.
  • 25mm outer & 20mm inner widths compliment even the most voluminous gravel and cross tires.
  • Tubeless ready using 24mm Velotape
  • 480 grams
  • A short video showcasing key features of the rim is available on the Velocity USA Vimeo channel: http://vimeo.com/87269348

Aileron Silver The Aileron is available in Black or Polished finishes, 24, 28, 32 hole drillings with an MSRP of $126.99. The Aileron will also be available as a complete wheelset, in Pro and Comp configurations, hand-built by The Wheel Department in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Aileron BlackPro and Comp wheelsets use 24 Sapim CX-Ray or DT Swiss Competition spokes front and rear with Velocity’s new Convertible Disc rear hub for universal 11 speed compatibility, and Lightweight Disc or Convertible Disc front hub.

  • Pro: 745g F / 875g R | 1620g set | MSRP $987.99
  • Comp: 800g F / 930g R | 1730g set | MSRP $732.99

Aileron rims are manufactured in Jacksonville, Fla. at the Velocity factory. Velocity USA and The Wheel Department are headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich.