Bike news round-up: Islabikes staff launch racing team

Plus 7-Eleven, RAM, Cliffhanger festival, CTC, BBC & more

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 the launch of Islabikes' staff racing team, a VIP evening - Living The Ride: From Team 7-Eleven to the BMC Racing Team - celebrating pro cycling in the USA, a RAM Bikes demo day and much more.

Product and team news

Islabikes launch racing team

Popular kids bike firm Islabikes have launched their own team of the same name, racing in the white and silver colours of the brand. It’s not a team in the conventional sense, merely a chance for its staff to represent the company at races around the country. Its founder, Isla Rowntree, was a successful mountain biker in her own right, and the new team gives her colleagues the chance to be ambassadors at races such as Mountain Mayhem and the National Trophy cyclo-cross series.

“We love hearing about the challenges and successes of our young Islabike riders.  Being seen riding for ‘Islabikes’ makes us more accessible for parents and children who want to meet us, seek advice or just enjoy some camaraderie around the event” explained customer services manager Tom Payton.

VIP evening to celebrate US pro cycling

A VIP evening celebrating professional cycling featuring Jim Ochowicz and members of the old Team 7-Eleven and current BMC Racing Team will take place on 26 August. The VIP event, called Living The Ride: From Team 7-Eleven to the BMC Racing Team, will be hosted by bike marketing firm CyclingSoul. It will see cycling luminaries including Davis Phinney, Eric Heiden and Chris Carmichael sharing “intimate stories of racing in the pro peloton” and talk about their role in establishing American cycling on the world stage.

Jim Ochowicz

It will also include a Team 7-Eleven (written by Geoff Drake with Jim Ochowicz) book signing, a cycling fashion show and a dinner catered by celebrity chef Hosea Rosenberg. A silent auction throughout the event will see proceeds benefitting the Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s.For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.cyclingsoul.com. Tickets are on sale for $250.00 per person.

RAM Bikes demo day in Bristol next Saturday

RAM Bikes, in association with Zero-G Cycles are hosting a demo day on 30 June in Bristol of their 2012 range. Bikes like the AM, Nduro26, Nduro29 and HtThree9 are just some of the models available to try out. Advanced booking is necessary for the Leigh Woods event, so call Zero-G Cycles on 01179 660743 to reserve your place.

Sponser launch savoury energy gel

Sick and tired of sickly, sugary energy gels and bars? Swiss energy firm Sponser may have come up with the antidote with a salt, savoury gel, which they believe is a first in the UK. We'll be giving our verdict on the Liquid Energy Long sachets (40g, 94kcal, 99 pence) soon.

CTC awarded full charitable status

CTC - the UK’s national cyclists’ organisation - has been awarded full charitable status by the Charity Commission for England and Wales, recognising the work the organisation does for the public. 

Chair of CTC Council, David Cox said: "CTC is an authority on cycling matters and a vibrant grassroots organisation. Founded in 1878, our organisation has a proud record of encouraging and supporting cyclists and cycling, and as a charity it is in a stronger position to do what we do even better.”

Routes, racing & rides

Share your Tour de France opinions with BBC Radio 5Live

Fancy sharing your views on the Tour de France to the British nation? BBC Radio 5Live will be discussing the race next Tuesday (26 June) just after midnight during the monthly Night School feature of Tony Livesey's show. Will Britain get its first-ever winner? Can Cavendish grab green again in a GC-orientated Team Sky? Let them know by calling 0500 909 693 or texting 85058 during the show (10pm-1am) to put your point across.  

Biking feast at Cliffhanger festival

A cycling bonanza is in store for roadies and mountain bikers at this year's Cliffhanger festival in Sheffield (7/8 July), one of the UK's biggest outdoor events. On the schedule is a 50km Peak District sportive, cross country eliminator, a MTB dual slalom and speedway racing. Visit www.cliff-hanger.co.uk for more info. 

Take a big leap into cycling with Giant's Causeway sportive

Northern Ireland’s Giant’s Causeway Coast sportive (15 September) in Ballycastle has gained the support of Martyn Irvine, who is set to become Ireland’s first-ever Olympic track cyclist this summer. The £35 event, in association with Chain Reaction Cycles, is expected to attract 1,000 riders and offers a choice of three routes, 182km, 126km and 57km, each taking in the Causeway and Glens of Antrim.

Martyn Irvine (left) is fully behind the Giant's Causeway Coast Sportive

Irvine knows more than most how important events like these are. “I only bought my first road bike in 2005 and now I am preparing to represent Ireland at the London Olympics,” he said. “Before this, I worked as a mechanic in a small town outside Belfast and would never have discovered cycling if it hadn’t have been for my colleagues urging me to enter events such as these." www.giantscausewaysportive.com

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