Tuesday, January 13, 2015

2015 Giro d'Italia Leaders' Jerseys



This afternoon saw the official presentation of the four 2015 Giro d’Italia classification leaders’ jerseys and this year’s Madrina of the “Corsa Rosa”. The presentation took place in fantastic scenery of Fortezza da basso in Florence, during the Pitti Uomo exhibition at the GazzaLook Lounge space.

This year the jerseys have been designed by the Italian brand Lebole – an internationally renowned brand that is synonymous with menswear, elegance and Italian style – and made by Santini Maglificio Sportivo, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year.

Cristina Chiabotto, Italian TV presenter and celebrity, has been named as the Giro d’Italia’s 2015 Madrina.

The 2015 Giro d’Italia jerseys and sponsors are:

MAGLIA ROSA – BALOCCO, General Classification leader
MAGLIA AZZURRA – BANCA MEDIOLANUM, King of the Mountain Classification leader
MAGLIA ROSSA – ALGIDA, Points Classification leader
MAGLIA BIANCA – EUROSPIN, Young Riders Classification leader

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OrangeYellow is the new YellowFluo


For the 2015 season the ladies of Alé Cipolllini Galassia that were in yellowfluo ladies will become #ORANGEYELLOW.

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Friday, January 9, 2015

2015 Strade Bianche: 19 Teams Invited

Nineteen teams have been invited to the 9th edition of Strade Bianche, which will be held on Saturday, March 7th and organized by RCS Sport/La Gazzetta dello Sport – starting from San Gimignano and finishing in the Piazza Il Campo in Siena.

13 UCI WorldTeams and 6 UCI Professional Continental Teams will take to the start line, each with eight riders:

AG2R LA MONDIALE (FRA)
ASTANA PRO TEAM (KAZ)
BMC RACING TEAM (USA)
ETIXX – QUICK STEP (BEL)
LAMPRE – MERIDA (ITA)
MOVISTAR TEAM (ESP)
ORICA GreenEDGE (AUS)
TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN (USA)
TEAM KATUSHA (RUS)
TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO (NED)
TEAM SKY (GBR)
TINKOFF – SAXO (RUS)
TREK FACTORY RACING (USA)

ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI (ITA)
BARDIANI CSF (ITA)
NIPPO – VINI FANTINI (ITA)
RUSVELO (RUS)
SOUTHEAST PRO CYCLING TEAM (ITA)
TEAM NOVO NORDISK (USA)

RCS Sport also announced today that due to organizational problems the 2015 edition of Roma Maxima, scheduled for Sunday 8th March, will not be raced.

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Saturday, December 27, 2014

L'Eroica California, Register Your Email

You can now register your email at:
http://www.eroicacalifornia.com

Preliminary information about the event posted here in ICJ.

By registering your email address there you will receive the latest info as the organizer gets ready to launch the official registration website.

Dates: April 10th, 11th and 12th. (The ride is on Sunday, the 12th),

Location: Paso Robles, California (San Luis Obispo County)

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

L'Eroica California, April 10-12 2015


It is Official. L'Eroica is coming to California in 2015. L'Eroica has already expanded to England and Japan; this will be the pilot event in the USA. Preliminary information:

Dates: April 10th, 11th and 12th. (The ride is on Sunday, the 12th),

Location: Paso Robles, California (San Luis Obispo County)

Routes: Three routes will be offered for the first year event. 35 miles, 50 miles and 107 miles (tentative and the actual distances may change without notice).

Rider Limit: 1000 (aiming to have between 500 to 1000 riders for this pilot event).

Bicycles: Same eligibility rules will apply from the Italian L’Eroica.

The three day event will offer:
- Vintage Bicycle Concours d' Elegance with judging
- Screening of a classic cycling film at the city theater located just a few steps from the event venue.
- Vintage Bicycle Fair/Swapmeet
- Wine Tasting Tours
- Preride Dinner/Award ceremony for the Concours winners.
- The ride (Sunday, April,12th)
- After ride Pasta Party

Registration will be handled via central website and it will launch in February 2015.

Negotiations with the local hotels to secure the best possible room rates for the participants are underway.

This L'Eroica is partly hosted by and will benefit Hospice of San Luis Obispo County (non profit, 100% volunteer based Hospice) http://www.hospiceslo.org 



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Monday, December 15, 2014

Registration Opens for Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia

Registrations to enter the Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia, organized by the Giro d'Italia, have been officially opened today.


The Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia will be held on Sunday May 17th 2015 over the route of the Corsa Rosa’s Queen Stage – from Pinzolo to Aprica – and will feature the same climbs, the same descents, the same hairpins and the same distance that will test the pro riders just a few days later, in what is one of the most keenly awaited stages of the 2015 Giro d’Italia.

The Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia offers two route options: the Gran Fondo long route of 175km, and the medium route of 102km which finishes after the first arrival at Aprica.

To participate, non-Italian resident riders must either be registered to a national cycling federation, or have a registration recognised by the Union Cycliste Internationale, or hold a medical certification for the race.

The link to complete your registration for the Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia is: https://www.mysdam.net/store/data-entry_30641.do

General Info
The costs for non-Italian residents to register for the event are:

Christmas Promotion: from December 15th until December 31st 2014 – €70 + €20 for transport (optional)
From January 1st until April 30th 2015 – €90 + €20 for transport (optional)

Registrations will be closed on April 30th 2015.

Due to the start and finish being in different locations, the organizers offer a number of different transport options for riders and/or their bicycles. A secure area for bikes will be provided in Pinzolo.

For those who wish to sleep in Pinzolo (at the start): at the end of the race you have the option to return on a coach service leaving from Aprica either at 17:00 or after the broom wagon’s arrival at the finish.

For those who wish to sleep in Aprica (at the finish): a coach service with bicycle transport will leave at 05:00, taking you to the start location.

For those who wish to leave the car in Aprica (finish) and sleep in Pinzolo (start): a coach service with bicycle transport will leave on Saturday 16th May at two different times: 15:00 and 18:00. Baggage will be delivered back from Pinzolo to Aprica with a dedicated van service, to be delivered to the start no later than 07:30.

All riders will have the opportunity to take up some of the hotel offers created specifically for the Gran Fondo, which are available both in Pinzolo and Aprica.

At registration, please indicate your preference for the hotel option, in order for the offers to be prepared.

Further details of the specific hotel offers will be communicated before January 31st 2015.

All other details and information are available on the website www.granfondogiroditalia.com – if you will need further clarification please email: gf.giroditalia@gmail.com

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Campagnolo to Open Webstore, Corkscrew to be Featured

Campagnolo is soon going to be opening the Campagnolo Webstore, a new section of the official website. The first product to be featured is the sale of the famous Campagnolo BIG corkscrew, a product designed 60 years ago by the founder Tullio Campagnolo and still an iconic symbol of the Made in Italy.

What Campagnolo has to say about their Cavatappi (corkscrew):


Aside from the quick release skewer, the Campagnolo Cavatappi (Corkscrew) is quite possibly the Campagnolo product that has lasted the longest without any need for improvements to its original design. A testament to just how functional, precise and groundbreaking this piece was and continues to be, the Campagnolo Cavatappi is identical in almost every way to its original version.

The Campagnolo company takes pride in producing the most innovative and performance oriented cycling components available the world over. For over 80 years the company has produced elegant and extremely functional components and wheels that have won the most prestigious races at the highest level. The name of the company comes from Tullio Campagnolo whose passion for cycling was only superseded by his desire to innovate unique and functional products to improve the cycling experience. From the very first quick release to the cycling transmission, Tullio Campagnolo was able to invent and improve upon products that would forever change the world of cycling. Producing cycling components, transmissions and wheels that were considered to be not only functionally marvelous but were regarded as works of art, often times being compared to the intricate beauty put forth by the best timepieces.

However, his clinical mind and desire to find mechanical solutions to common problems led him to innovate in other areas outside of cycling. Just as cycling is deeply imbedded into the Italian culture, so is the production (and consumption) of wine.

Tullio on several occasions noticed the less than efficient manner in which wine bottle openers would remove corks, often times breaking them or leaving residue.

As legend tells it...

the last straw came about while Tullio was entertaining a group of important friends. With a bottle of some of the finest wine in his collection in hand, he proceeded to open only to find that the dated cork left a great deal of residue inside the bottle… making a poor impression out of a gesture meant to make a positive one. Surely there was a mechanical solution to this problem and with the same clinical analysis and inventor’s spirit, Tullio set out to produce what did not exist; the perfect “Cavatappi” .

While he wasn’t seeking to win the Tour de France or give Eddy Merkcx a technological advantage over his adversaries, Tullio held his Cavatappi design to the same scrutiny and standards as any other Campagnolo product destined for the racing steeds of the world’s best athletes. So true was his desire to produce a solution worthy of the Campagnolo name that not only were countless hours spent designing and developing prototypes, but parts from the most prestigious cycling products of the time were incorporated into its final design. While it wasn’t to change the world of cycling, it did change the way wine was opened in northern Italy… and beyond.

A trip to the area surrounding Vicenza serves as proof to not only how popular the Cavatappi has become but also to its solid and flawless construction. One need only enter into any restaurant or trattoria to find a Campagnolo Cavatappi from more than 30 years ago still performing its task as elegantly and perfectly as when it opened its first bottle. In part its diffusion is certainly due to the famous name Campagnolo but more importantly, the cavatappi became omnipresent in the Veneto region because of its own personal fame for being the most functional and long-lasting wine opener ever seen.

The Cavatappi is not simply a fine product that happens to come from the Campagnolo factory. It has earned its name. The materials were painstakingly selected and meticulously crafted into a fine tool that, just like its cycling componentry counterparts, is both functionally perfect and elegant. It passes through the same quality controls and is held to the exact standards as every Campagnolo product, meant to wear in as opposed to wear out.

Even at first glance the particular nature of this fine tool is apparent. It’s extremely large size was intentionally incorporated into its design to ensure that flawless cork removal was guaranteed no matter the size or shape of any bottle. To aid in this respect a telescopic “bell” was added to ensure that the cavatappi was “intelligent” enough to conform to any bottle and compensate for any need for more grip during the pulling phase of its movement. The beautiful wings, in addition to giving a somewhat angelic appearance when opened, allow for a completely symmetric movement that concentrates its pulling force directly above the cork. These features all centered around a painstakingly crafted corkscrew come together to remove perfectly even the oldest corks from the most prized bottles of wine.


As a point of information, Campagnolo has made a version of this is in gold:


There is also a rare "Record" version (see here). And, for Campagnolo's 75th anniversary there were numbered Cavatappi made (see here).

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