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 stealth options from 3T, a new enduro race at Glentress, web tracking developments at Australia's Kona Odyssey, the new boss at CTC and more.
Product and team news
3T go under the radar
A new “stealth” colour scheme is now available for 3T’s Team Road and MTB cockpit components for 2012. The Black Series features a matte black finish complemented by a gloss black 3T logo and affects the Ergonova comfort bars, ARX stem, Dorico seatpost, and Rigida Fork in the road range, and the Extendo and Xida bars, Doric seatpost and ARX stem on the mountain side.
Routes, racing & rides
"Official ruler" of Glentress to be crowned
Sunday 27 May will see the crowning of a new king and queen of Scottish trail centre Glentress, thanks to a new enduro race. The King and Queen of the Hill, sponsored by Swedish kit brand POC, is part of the ten day TweedLove cycling festival and will be a serious test of each competitor’s all-round bike skills.
The course will take riders to near the summit of Glentress Forest’s big hill, then right back down again by way of a series of timed races and linking stages. The race also features a huge final descent stage, running from Spooky Wood down to Peebles along a large proportion of natural trails. Riders must include at least one uphill stage included in their overall points score. They must also be savvy in their equipment choice too, with no change of bike or tyres allowed during the race.
Best in show for the Exmoor Beauty
Fashion conscious cyclists will be rewarded for their sartorial elegance in the Exmoor Beauty (22 April) sportive, organisers have announced. The Beauty, the newest event from the organisers of the vicious Exmoor Beast, is designed to ease riders into the new season and this latest quirk is sure to mark it out in a crowded calendar. The Concours-de-Elegance competition will award the top three male and female riders judged to be the sharpest dressers on show with spot prizes.
Live web tracking for Kona Odyssey
Supporters of the Kona Odyssey mountain bike marathon will be able to track race progress from afar in this year’s edition thanks to the introduction of live tracking. It will be applicable to the elite male and female riders in the 100km race in Victoria, Australia, with live splits at the six checkpoints available on the web for all competitors.
CTC appoints new chief executive
UK national cyclists’ organisation CTC has appointed Gordon Seabright as its new chief executive. Seabright, who has a stint as Commercial Director of English Heritage on his CV, replaces Kevin Mayne, who has taken up the post of Director of Development for the European Cyclists’ Federation after 14 years in the hot seat.
Seminars look to inspire cyclists new and old
A new series of motivational seminars designed to get people on their bikes has been launched by Cyclevox. Spoke ‘n Word hopes to help new and seasoned cyclists prepare their body and mind for the season ahead. The first event, Preparing for the Road Ahead, will be presented by Olympic cycling medallist Bryan Steel and cancer survivor James Golding, and take place on Wednesday 29 February at the Frontline Club, London.
Spank Industries gets into bed with Dirt Wars UK
Dirt Jump series Dirt Wars UK has unveiled Spank Industries as the title sponsor for 2012. In just its third season, the five-round series gets under way on 12 May with Adrenaline Alleys Dirt Jumps in Corby, Northamptonshire and winds up on 8 September at Penshurt Off-Road Club in Kent.