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 the limited edition Liquigas Sidi Ergo 3 shoes, Madison Saracen's new team manager, the latest Nukeproof recruit, developments from the Cornwall Festival of Sport and much more.
Product and team news
New shoes celebrate eight-year Sidi/Liquigas partnership
Sidi have unveiled a fetching limited edition version of their Ergo 3 Carbon shoes in the distinctive green colours of Team Liquigas Cannondale. The Ergo 3 represents the high watermark of Sidi's current road cycling shoe range, something reflected in the €363 price tag. They will have their own unique number printed on the inside, come packaged in a team colour shoe bag and will be available from the end of April.
Will Longden appointed Madison Saracen DH team manager
Will Longden, the four-time British mountain bike champion, with titles in 4X, downhill and dual slalom, takes the reins of the Madison Saracen Downhill Race Team from Tim Flooks, who has stood aside due to ill-health. Longden will be kept on his toes in 2012, having to juggle the new job with his role as Downhill Co-ordinator at British Cycling and racing duties for Lapierre-Nema.
Fogelquist joins Nukeproof
Canadian dirt jump star Jack Fogelquist will ride for Nukeproof in 2012. He has used the firm’s components for a number of seasons but this year will be his first as a full factory rider. As well as riding the Snap 4X Pro and Scalp DH bikes, he’ll be involved in the development of new dirt jump and slopestyle frames, which are both at the prototype stage. Among his targets this season are the forthcoming Sea Otter Classic and Crankworx Colorado.
Cornwall Festival of Sport links up with Chain Reaction Cycles
The Cornwall Festival of Sport, a multi-sport summer event which we revealed details of last week, has secured Chain Reaction Cycles as its retail partner. The partnership will see the online retailer providing mechanical support both within the festival village and out on the road, a massage service for weary competitors and a shop for those looking for products at exclusive festival prices.
Routes, racing & rides
Artists given chance to impress at USA Pro Cycling Challenge
Aspiring and established artists are once again invited to enter a nationwide contest to design posters for each of the 12 host cities of the 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge. Winners will be selected for all 12 cities, plus a national poster that’ll be seen around the globe. You can enter from today via the race’s Facebook page and have until 16 March to do so. Fans of the page will select their three favourites for each city, plus the ten best national posters, with a panel of judges announcing the winners on 16 April. They’ll receive a cash prize as well as the priceless opportunity to showcase their work during the second edition of the race, won last year by Levi Leipheimer.
Biking guide unlocks off-road routes in Keswick
Lakeland bike shop Keswick Bikes have just published a leaflet featuring five "do-in-a-day" off-road track and country lane rides that all begin and start in the Lake District town. Routes include The Skiddaw Loop, Lonscale Fell and the Glenderattera Valley, The Borrowdale Bash, The Old Railway Line & Castlerigg Stone Circle and Swinside Circuit, and features comprehensive directions, route difficulty and refreshment locations. To pick up your copy, email email@example.com.