The Ride for Semper Fi

Yesterday I received some information about an awesome ride called The Ride for Semper Fi. I don’t think I could sum up the purpose of the ride any better than their press release. From Phoenix to San Diego: A challenging bike ride for a great cause The Ride for Semper Fi sets goal to raise $177,500 for injured Marines and their families PHOENIX—When 50 cycling enthusiasts pedal from Phoenix to San Diego this October, they’ll not only test their endurance, they’ll be on a mission to make a difference. The third annual Ride for Semper Fi, which begins Oct. 13, is a 430-mile, three-day cycling adventure to raise money for injured Marines. The goal is to raise $177,500 for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund by the time the cyclists end the ride at Sea World on Oct. 16. “We are not professional athletes or career fundraisers, but we are people who want to give back to those Marines who have sacrificed so much of themselves in order to fight for our country,” John Greenway, founder and chairman of The Ride for Semper Fi, said. Between now and the Ride’s kick-off in October, the 50 riders who participate—including some injured Marines who have benefited from the fund in the past—devote nearly five months to a rigorous training regime. They complete training rides of up to 100 miles while also continuing their individual fundraising efforts. In 2009, the Ride raised more than $150,000 to help defray expenses, assist in recovery and support family members of Armed Forces service people injured in combat. This year, the fundraising goal is $177,500, which...

2010 Tour de France Contests

My post on the 2009 Tour de France contests has been getting SLAMMED the past few days so I thought I should put up a current 2010 list. If you know of others please feel free to add them to the comments. Cadillac Lead the Pack Sweepstakes Cateye Predict the Stage Winners Contest – daily winners! Performance Bicycle Tour de France 2010 Giveaway VeloReviews Predict the Podium Map My Ride / Aquaphor Le Tour Challenge Active.com Trivia contest – daily winners! Trek Dream Bigger Giveaway Total Cyclist Tour De France Giveaway – daily winners! Pro Bike Kit Tour de France Competition Road ID TdF Giveaway Photo courtesy of Joe...

What Do You Think About The Prototype Team RadioShack Jersey?

All the buzz lately, at least with the folks I follow on Twitter, has been Team RadioShack’s first team camp in Tucson this week and then yesterday they release pics of an early version of their new jerseys. I’ve been waiting to see what they look like and am glad to finally see it. If you’re signed up to the Team RadioShack email list you would have gotten this yesterday (I took the liberty of bolding some key points): If you are receiving this email, you’ve either followed the team from the glory days of the Blue Train or are a new and excited fan for what will be the next great American cycling team: Team RadioShack. Either way, we wanted to say thank you for your support and give you a sneak preview of a working prototype of the jersey the guys will be riding in in 2010. While the final Jersey is expected to look very similar, it will be officially unveiled in Australia in January during the Tour Down Under. It was our goal this year to create something visually distinctive and a look that was symbolic of what we feel Team RadioShack is all about: cutting edge technology, speed, strength, determination and a global message to LIVESTRONG. The experts at Nike and our partners at RadioShack helped to create this fast form-fitting design using various textures and patterns symbolizing the themes of new technology, global connectivity and community. We think it looks pretty damn cool. Some early Twitter feedback I saw was that some folks don’t like it. @ultrarob says: “Think new Team RadioShack jerseys...

Used Pro Bikes For The Super Poseur (or you can just call me Magnus)

Everything I’ve heard about buying an ex-pros bike is bad. They ride them thousands of miles a year and stress them to the limit. It would be like buying a used car with over 100,000 miles on it with no warranty. That was driven by Nascar driver. As his personal training vehicle. Probably not a smart move. So, I was a little surprised to see the tweet announcing Slipstream Garage. It’s a new component of the Garmin-Slipstream online store where you can buy certified bikes that were ridden by the team. So, what can you get? For a mere $3,500 you can pickup Julian Dean’s 2007 Felt B2 or you can splurge a little and get yourself Christian Vande Velde’s 2008 Felt SL 1 for $5,000. That’s some serious green for a bike that’s been rode hard and put away wet. $5000 would get you a very nice NEW bike so I’m not sure how many of these Garmin-Slipstream will sell. Will they sell some? Absolutely (there must be a lot because after releasing this announcement the Garmin website slowed to a crawl, and even wouldn’t connect once, due to the folks flocking to get their hands on one of these machines). There’s at least one or two folks out there who have an obscenely excess amount of cash laying around (certainly not myself) and would not bat an eyelash about the price to be able to brag about the bike on their next group ride. The signature namesake of the bikes might even pull a little weight while picking up chicks on bikes. To quote the Garmin-Slipstream website:...

List of Tour de France Contests

UPDATE: I’ve redirected all Tour de France Contest posts to this page and updated the links for 2014 Tour de France Contests, Giveaways and Special Sales by my sponsors. I’ll add more as I find’em but if you know of one not listed please leave it in the comments or contact me. With the Tour de France in full swing it seems like everyday I’m seeing where somebody is running a contest or giveaway ranging from trips to bicycles to gear. I thought I’d try and put them all in one spot. Here you go. www.RoadID.com – Enter for a chance to win a VIP trip to the 2015 Tour de France as well as 21 daily prizes. Specialized #itsmytour – Win your dream ride! Enter for a chance to win a bike ridden during the 2014 tour as well as a pro-level bike of your choosing from Specialized. Here’s a list of special sales and/or promotions by some of our sponsors: Competitive Cyclist Tour de France Sale: Daily Deals for all 21 Stages July 4th Blowout at Performance Bike 40% off select items at Pactimo every time the yellow jersey changes...

ING DIRECT Chicago Café to Host Bike to Work Week Events

I received an email this past week asking if I’d like to write a post about ING DIRECT’s Bike to Work Week Events next week in Chicago. I’m not sure how many Chicago readers I have but perhaps I have a few. I’ll tweet this as well so hopefully it’ll see a bigger audience of Windy City folks. BIKE TO WORK WEEK OFFERS CHICAGO CYCLISTS OPPORTUNITY TO IMPROVE BOTH PHYSICAL AND FINANCIAL HEALTH ING DIRECT Café Provides Bike Tune-Ups and Savvy Savings Tips at Polonia Triangle Chicagoans looking to take the smart route towards improving their physical and financial health can start by celebrating Bike to Work Week with ING DIRECT’S Café Associates in Chicago from June 15- 19. All week, the ING DIRECT Café will support cyclists and savings by providing a bike service station, savvy savings tips and free coffee at the Polonia Triangle at Milwaukee Avenue. Riders participating in the Bike to Work Week challenge can stop by the station between 6:30 a.m. and 10: 00 a.m. CT. For more information, visit ingdirect.com/seminars. WHEN: June 15 – 19, 2009 WHERE: Bike Service Station Polonia Triangle at Milwaukee Avenue ING DIRECT Café 21 East Chestnut Street Chicago, IL 60611 The café is located between N. Wabash Ave. and N. State St. MEDIA/PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES: Visuals of the Chicago Café associates giving tune ups and savings tips to Chicago’s loyal bike commuters. CONTACT INFORMATION: Kendall Roy, 302-255-3619, kroy@ingdirect.com About ING DIRECT ING DIRECT, the nation’s largest direct bank and now the largest thrift, is dedicated to inspiring Americans to become a nation of savers. Since its inception in 2000,...
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