Bike news round-up: Athena EPS De Rosa range now on sale

Plus win tickets to 'Ride with Brad' sportive, Keirin festival at Herne Hill & more

Product and team news

De Rosa’s UK distributor i-ride have taken early delivery of the Italian firm’s 2013 range and are available to order now in limited numbers.

They include what i-ride believes to the first Campagnolo Athena EPS-equipped bike in the world, the De Rosa Merak Athena 11-speed EPS (£4,299.99).  Also available are the R838s with Athena (£2,799.99) and Veloce (£2,099.99). Both have all-new graphics for 2013 and are fully compatible with electronic groupsets.

The Campagnolo Athena-equpped De Rosa R838s is compatible with Athena EPS

This is particularly relevant to the Athena-equpped R838s, where swapping the mechanical shifters and rear and front mechs for the Athena EPS versions would mean an upgrade to electronic shifting.

Routes, racing & rides

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Win tickets to the 'Ride With Brad' sportive

BikeRadar, in association with Gatorade, is giving away two pairs of tickets to this Sunday’s ‘Ride With Brad’ sportive in Lancashire. The event is designed to celebrate the launch of Bradley Wiggins’ new foundation, with the newly-crowned Tour de France and Olympic time trial champion joining hundreds of riders on the same roads he uses during training. The competition closes today so you'd best get a hurry on. Click here to enter.

Keirin festival for Herne Hill Velodrome

Tokyo Fixed and Rollapaluza are joining forces to host what they’re billing as the UK’s first keirin festival, Keirin 2012! The Sunday 26 August event will be held at Herne Hill Velodrome from 1pm and will give people a chance to experience the hurly burly world of kerin racing.

As you probably saw at the Olympic Games, it's a mass start sprint race where riders are paced for the opening laps behind a derny before being unleashed.

Keirin 2012! will follow neither the Japanese format (where it originated) or the tinkered UCI version. Races will see riders trail the derny for four laps before racing the remaining 550m.

It’s huge in Japan as a major avenue for gambling but while the festival won’t have full trackside betting, there will be a chance based lottery with a big jackpot. Also on site will be Japanese catering, bars and stalls.

Racing will be held according to the category of licence you hold, with novices paying £6 and the rest £10. Click here for more details.  

More 2 Sea sportive selling out fast

Entries to the end of summer More 2 Seasportive are selling out fast, with just 60 places of the 500 left. It’s set for Saturday 8 September, starting and finishing at Exeter Racecourse, and with 112 miles and 12,000ft of climbing it’s easily one of the toughest on the British calendar.

Dartmoor provides the backdrop for much of the event but as the name suggests, a stretch of the route skirts the Devon coastline through Teighmouth and Dawlish. A 67-mile option is also available, while both conclude with a two-mile closed-road circuit. Visit the website for more information

Phil Liggett CTC Challenge Ride this Sunday

Members of team-raleigh will be riding the phil liggett ctc challenge ride:
Members of team-raleigh will be riding the phil liggett ctc challenge ride:

There are still places available on the Phil Liggett CTC Challenge Ride in Sheffield this Sunday. While the legendary commentator and former CTC president is on mic duty in the US and unable to make this year’s 13th edition, members of Team Raleigh-GAC will be in attendance honing their climbing legs on the infamous climbs of Holme Moss and Winnats Pass ahead of the Tour of Britain. Distances on offer includes 100km and 150km, and cost £17 or £27 for non-CTC members. Register here today.

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