From the latest product news to details of routes and events, our news round-up is a collection of short snippets of information in one handy article.
Today we bring you news of a change in manufacturer of the four Tour de France leaders jerseys, Rapha's Sample Sale heads outside London for the first time, a unique bike-themed stand-up gig, plus news from Profile Design and Bike Blenheim Palace.
Product and team news
Le Coq Sportif reunited with Tour de France
Le Coq Sportif have a long history with the Tour de France, having being the manufacturers of the yellow jersey in the days of Anquetil, Merckx and Hinault during a period spanning almost 40 years. After more than two decades away from the event, the French firm are back for 2012, replacing Nike as the makers of all four leaders jerseys. They are made from polyester, have almost full length zippers (don't tell Stephen Roche!) and cost £60 from stores including Wiggle, Evans Cycles and Cycle Surgery.
Rapha to hold sample sale in Manchester this weekend
The first ever Rapha Sample Sale outside of London is set for Manchester this weekend (26 May). End-of-line stock, returns and one-off samples will all be up for grabs at Thomas Street Post Office (M4 1NA) from 10am-6pm. To complete the weekend, they are organizing a ride from Manchester to Nonnas Restaurant in Chesterfield, arriving in time for the climax of the Giro d’Italia. See the Rapha Facebook page for more details.
Profile Design road wheel range given UCI green light
Profile Design’s full range of road wheels has been given the thumbs up by the UCI for use in competition. The governing body’s stringent process rules out scores of products each year which don’t pass muster, but all PD’s wheels, including the Altair 52 and 80 Semi Carbon Clincher, Altair 52 and 80 Full Carbon Clincher, Altair 52 and 80 Tubular and Armada 24 have been authorized in the “non-standard” category for road and track competition. The category includes rims higher than 2.5cm, fewer than 16 spokes and a spoke thickness of over 2.4mm.
Fox demo day at Mojo Suspension
Mojo Suspension is hosting a Fox demo weekend on 2-3 June at Cwmcarn Forest Drive. They’ll be setting up shop in the bottom car park with the latest Fox gear to try out, including the new DOSS seat post and Float CTD shocks. Staff will be there between 9am and 5.30pm on both days to answer any questions. Demo sessions are being run on a first come, first serve basis – email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place.
Routes, racing and rides
Off-road sportive added to Bike Blenheim Palace line-up
A 40km mountain biking sportive has been added to this year’s Bike Blenheim Palace festival (18-19 August). The route travels along the trails with the Blenheim Palace Estate as well as the surrounding Cotswolds. The £28 ride, which takes place on the Saturday, joins the 60/100-mile sportive, a 20km time trial , a bike polo tournament and the Brompton World Championships in an ever-expanding cycling extravaganza. www.bikeblenheimpalace.com
Stand-up comic to host unique bike-themed gig this Saturday
Stand-up comic Phil Kay will lead a bike tour around Grizedale Forest this Saturday, ending up at retailer Wheelbase’s store in Staveley for a unique one-off gig. Bike nut Kay will dish out his unique brand of humour through a megaphone during the ride, which begins at 5pm at the Cafe in the Forest at Grizedale, with the gig following at 8pm. Tickets are priced at £15; click here to buy a ticket.