Bike news round-up: Hydrapak wins patent infringement lawsuit

Plus EVOC, 29er demo days, Polar, Fort William, Trans-Provence & Tour of Britain

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 Hydrapak’s successful defence of a patent infringement lawsuit filed by rival firm Source Vagabond Systems, a 29er demo day at Cambridgeshire-based Grafham Cycling, the new version of EVOC’s Bike Travel Bag, a music festival at the mountain bike world cup round at Fort William and much more.

Product and team news

Hydrapak wins patent infringement lawsuit

James Huang/Future Publishing

A US District Court judge has ruled in favour of hydration pack specialists Hydrapak in a patent infringement lawsuit filed by rival Israeli firm Source Vagabond Systems last August. The lawsuit, which contended that Hyrdapak’s slide-seal closure system used in their Reversible Reservoir II infringed upon Source Vagabond Systems’ patent, was deemed invalid and dismissed because of a lack of merit.  Judge Coleen McMahon delivered a summary judgement of non-infringement, with the amount of sanctions to be awarded to Hydrapak decided in a separate hearing at a later date.

29er demo day at Grafham Cycling

Cambridgeshire based Grafham Cycling, part of the Rutland Cycling group, is hosting a free 29er demo day on Sunday 29 April featuring bikes from Trek, Kona, Scott, Giant, Yeti, and Specialized. The Cambridgeshire cycling centre has a 9-mile waterside demo route where riders can put the bikes through their paces. It’s located on the shores of Grafham Water, less than two miles from the A1 near Huntingdon. To demo bikes riders will need a credit card and proof of ID. For prices, reservations and more information call Grafham Cycling on 01480 812500 or click here.

EVOC update Bike Travel Bag for 2012

EVOC have given their flagship Bike Travel Bag (£299) a facelift for 2012. The bag is made from a mixture of Ripstop-Nylon fabric, tough plastic and thick padding, weighing in at a claimed 8.6kg. The shape of the rear is now rounder, making it easier to adapt the bag to different types of frame such as road, TT, cross-country and downhill, with an additional handle on the outside for improved transportation.

EVOC Bike Travel Bag
EVOC bike travel bag:

Exposed areas under high loads have been reinforced, as have those prone to abrasion. Like the old model, double layers of fabric and additional reinforcement rods offer protection for more fragile components, as well as a protected recess to fit the rear derailleur. The wheels get their own separate compartment for further protection, as do individual parts such as pedals, tools and spare parts, with room to spare for a helmet and shoes.

Polar introduce TdF version of RCX5 training computer

Polar have unveiled a limited edition Tour de France version of their RCX5 training computer. Evoking the Tour with its yellow and black colour scheme, it’s the official computer of the race and has ‘Smart Coaching’ features that allow you to plan your training in detail. These include Race Pace, where you set a target time for a set distance and shows you how far behind or ahead you in real time. 

Polar RCX5 Tour de France training computer
Polar rcx5 tour de france training computer:

While the 46g device, which runs for up to 11 months without the need for battery replacement, is not a bona fide GPS, a separate cigarette lighter sized unit can be purchased with the ‘GPS’ set (£399.90) to track your movements. Other packs include the ‘Bike’ set (£339.90 with speed and cadence sensors) and ‘Premium’ (£489.50 with GPS, speed, cadence). All three packs include a heart rate transmitter and are available now.

Routes, racing & rides

King Creosote confirmed for Fort William world cup music festival

Fort William
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Steven McKenna

A star-studded live music line-up has been confirmed for the Fort William world cup round (9-10 June). The ‘Downhill Downtown’ area will play host to acts including King Creosote, The Phantom Band, Admiral Fallow, Stanley Odd and Bwani Junction on the Friday and Saturday nights of the weekend, providing a soundtrack to the UK’s biggest mountain biking weekend of the year. Weekend tickets to watch the music cost £17.50 + booking fee.

Trans-Provence a go for 2012


The fourth Trans-Provence mountain bike gravity enduro has been confirmed for this September, with Mavic on-board as title sponsor. The seven day rally pits around 50 riders against each other across 300km through 26 timed singletrack descents. Won last year by France’s Jerome Clementz, many of the world’s top cross-country, enduro and downhill pros will once again grace the event in 2012.

Skoda reaffirm Tour of Britain support

Skoda will continue its vehicle sponsor partnership of The Tour of Britain in 2012, as well as the race’s King of the Mountains Jersey, won last year by rising star Jonathan Tiernan-Locke. It continues their long association with the sport, dating back to the start of the company in 1895 when the founders Vaclav Laurin and Vaclav Klement began manufacturing bicycles in their home town of Mlada Boleslav in the Czech Republic. The route for the race, which will take place from Sunday 9 – Sunday 16 September, will be announced towards the end of April.

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The car manufacturer will also provide support vehicles to The Halfords Tour Series, the 10 team, 11 date city centre race series that begins in Kirkcaldy, Fife on Tuesday 15 May.