You have to have a good swim, bike and run to win an Ironman. You also have to have a lot of patience, and that might have been the difference for Eneko Llanos.
After a weather-shortened swim, to 1.5k, a gaggle of Aussies led through the early stages of the 180k cycling leg of the Asia Pacific Championship event in Melbourne. The Belgian Marino Vanhoenacker quickly made up a roughly 2 minute swim disadvantage to join the Aussie party on the first of two laps of the bike course. Shortly after beginning the second lap Vanhoenacker employed the same strategy that seemed certain to work last year in Kona.
Eneko, not far removed from his impressive win at Abu Dhabi, kept his cool. Llanos did not panic when Vanhoenacker motored away, choosing to stay with a group that included Alexander, Reed and Fettell. Vanhoenacker crushed the bike leg with a 4:22:32 split, with Llanos posting the second fastest split of the day in 4:28:50. The Belgian looked as if he’d gauged it well, preserving his lead through 10 miles while holding a 2:45 marathon pace. Llanos and Alexander were together during the first half of the run, passing the 10-mile mark with still about 4 minutes worth of deficit to make up.
Llanos took up the pursuit in earnest, and alone. Vanhoenacker was not exactly folding, but the math was in the Spaniard’s favor. Finally, at mile-23, Llanos took up his spot behind the lead vehicle. Llanos coasted in with a time of 7:36:08, obviously not a record for the distance because of the shortened swim. He ran a 2:43:35.
"Honestly I felt terrible coming off the bike, I was really tired trying to stay with Clayton Fettell and Crowie (Alexander). But when I started running I felt really good," said Llanos.
Vanhoenacker held on for second and the classy Craig Alexander rounded out the podium with a 7:39:37, off a 2:46:44 run split.
The French rider won the overall after making a great final time trial with a bit of drama in one of France's most prestigious races.
Great start to the season for the team Sojasun this afternoon as Hivert Jonathan has been crownd the overall GC in Etoile de Besseges. It was the first stage race win for the team this season and Hiverts first GC win since turning pro in 2005.
Hivert started with three seconds adrift of then leader, Jerome Cousin, but was able to make up the three second and finish four seconds ahead to secure the win. In the battle of the overall cast another threat, the FDJ rider Anthony Roux, who over the 9.7 kilometers cource finished in third place overall just 5 seconds behind the Sojasun rider.
The victory was celebrated with joy by the winner and their companions. The 5 day race was the first real teast showing the make up of a great team. It is the seventh win for Hivert throughout his career.The next meeting will be on Sojasun Mediterranean Tour which begins on Wednesday.
GENERAL CLASSIFICATION OF BESSEGES ETOILE:
1 Jonathan HIVERT SOJASUN FRA 16h29'35''
2 EUC Jérôme COUSIN FRA to 04''
3 Anthony FDJ ROUX FRA to 05''
4 ROY Jérémy FDJ FRA to 11''
Cyril GAUTIER EUC FRA 5 to 46'' '
In hopes of builidng off the success of the 2012 season, SOJASUN and BH have just announced their official equipment partnership through 2014.
You can read the official press release here
Julie Bresset World Champion
We said even before Julie earned the 2010 U23 World Championship title in Champery and obviously before winning the Olympic gold. Julie Bresset is the best and brightest MTB racers in recent years for the future. It seems the future is now. Her last incredible achievement has earned her the proclaimed title of World Champion in women's Mountain Bike Cross Country, a nice addition to her Olympic win, and dream season
Here is how the race unfolded- Julie quickly took control of the race early on. With the course more technical then first expected, causing a lot of crashes on course. A lead group of four almost immediatly was estsablished with Sabine Spitz, Gunn Rita Dahle and Eva Lechner. Spitz and Lechner both crashed leaving only Gunn Rita chasing the BH sponsored rider. but she would never make contact.
Julie continued to build on her lead of the womens field, making up time in each of the technical sections. Leaving the other women in her wake of success Bresset rode alone to the finish.
Bresset crossed the finish line with a time of 1:32:25, ahead by nearly two minutes of second placed rider Gunn-Rita Dahle, and more than three minutes over Georgia Gould who matched her Olympic placing with third.
1 Julie Bresset FRA19890609 FRANCE 1:32:25
2 Gunn-Rita DAHLE NOR19730210 FLESJAA NORWAY +01:47
3 GOULD USA19800105 Georgia UNITED STATES OF AMERICA +03:12
4 Esther SUI19740319 SÜSS SWITZERLAND +03:22
5 RUS19771110 RUSSIAN FEDERATION Irina Kalentieva +03:23
Nicola fresh off her Olympic gold medal performace took some time with BH to go over her performance and how it developed all the way to the dramatic photo finish!
Nicola Spirig: ‘To win gold you need to be able to think you can win gold’
The Swiss triathlete of BH Team and winner of the women’s triathlon race in London 2012 talked with us about the greatest accomplishment an athlete can dream of. Nicola is still walking on air. ‘I still can’t really believe I’m the Olympic champion!,’ said the three-time European champ.
Congratulations, Nicola! You won a dramatic race. How do you feel now that you’ve got what every athlete wants: an Olympic gold?
I think it hasn't completely sunk in yet, I still can't really believe I'm the Olympic Champion!!! It's just amazing, a dream that I have worked very hard for and that has finally really come true!
The final part of the race was terrific. You headed for the finish with Norden really close to you and won the gold in a photo finish. What was going on in your head at that moment?
I saw on the screen in front of me that Lisa was getting closer and closer from behind, and I just knew I had to give everything, whatever it takes to reach that finish line first!!
After the race you said you’d trained in running, especially for the final sprint. Did you know that the medals were going to be decided in the final metres?
I was expecting different race tactics and different ways how the race could develop, but one of them was certainly a decision in the sprint at the end. However, I didn't expect it to be such a close sprint finish... But yes, I trained the sprint at the end of the 10km over and over again, physically and mentally.
You looked really strong throughout the race. You reeled in the lead pack on the bike and remained among the three fastest runners in the footrace, regulating your power. What were the key features of the race?
The swim was pretty hard for me and I didn't really know how far back I was. Coming out of the water into transition I saw all the main competitors like Jenkins, Moffatt and Norden around me and was very relieved, I knew then that I was in the race and everything was possible. In the first lap I decided to ride at the front most of the time as I was determined to catch the first pack and as the street was still a bit wet and I didn't want to risk to crash because another athlete in front of me had an accident. This thinking paid off, I was glad I was in the front as I heard athletes behind me crash in the first main corner, and we caught the first pack after only two laps. I decided to keep riding among the first athletes to control the pack and let no one get away as well as to avoid other crashes.
In the end of bike course I had slight signs of cramps, so I was glad the run pace wasn't crazy in the beginning. My goal was to stay with the first athlete whatever happens. As it came to the last 400m I was the one attacking, as I still felt the risk of cramps and was afraid that I would have major problems if I had to react to someone else starting the sprint and changing the pace so quickly. So, the sprint was a bit too long for me and I felt it in the end, but luckily it worked out!!
The bike leg was important because many triathletes dropped off the pace and it became clear that only some of you would be fighting for the medals, so you could save some energy for the run. What were your sensations on your BH G5? Did you have any strategies or you rather made decisions on the spot?
My strategy from the beginning was to catch the first pack, and to let no one get away afterwards as well as to avoid crashes. I felt very good on my BH G5, I was practising for that course and I chose the G5 as it was the best bike for the course in my opinion.
You’ve had a great season, which now you’ve crowned with gold. Besides the Olympic Games, what race did you like best this season?
The European Championships. It was amazing to become European Champion for the third time!
Did at any time during the season come to mind that you were one of the hopes for gold? Did you think so because you were in great shape or because of your race results?
I was racing to win gold. I would have been happy with any medal at the Olympics, but to win gold you need to be able to think you can and you want to win gold, so I was always focused on that and knew I had to beat all the girls to reach it. My shape and my race results gave me confidence that I was able to reach my goal.
You sustained an injury last year that prevented you from racing as you usually do… We’re sure your experience in
Injuries are always hard for an athlete. but I think I also learned a lot and made experiences that helped me afterwards again while being injured. but the injury last year and a knee injury before the Olympics in Beijing 2008 were probably the hardest moments in my career. Finishing my uni exams and trying to train for the season at the same time in 2010 wasn't easy either.
To the fondest memories belong the trainings months this year with my great team mates and my coach Brett Sutton as well as the three Olympics I have been now, the Vice World Champion title in 2010 and my three European titles.
A few weeks ago you told us about your first triathlon. What would that ten-year old girl have thought if someone had told her she’d be an Olympic champ 20 years later?
She would have laughed and would have declared you as crazy :-)
One of your dearest dreams has come true… What are your plans now? What are your dreams for the future?
Until now the time has been very busy since the Olympic race. I have to sit down and discuss the future with the closest people around me in a quiet minute, right now I don't know exactly how it will look like.
Julie Bresset Olympic Champion!
BH Suntour mountain bike team rider, Julie Bresset has become a well-deserved gold medalist in the 2012 Olympics. A spectacular reward for all the work which crowned the winner of the first Olympic title in women's mountain biking for France. The Frenchwoman put away the race went home with the gold after winning with a time of 1h. 30m 52s over Germany's Sabine Spitz and American Georgia Gould, who have hung the silver and bronze, respectively.
Two days after suffering a fall during training and after receiving seven stitches on her elbow and bruises on her leg, Julie has won her first Olympic title and the tenth Olympic gold in London for the French.
Evidence of the intense pace being set early was seen when British rider Annie Last set a difficult pace from the start. Midway through the second lap Julie continued to push the pace and dropped all but two riders and would never give up the lead again. Bresset continued with the German Sabine Spitz and American Georgia Gould in pursuit with the rest of the 30 participants who have gathered in the circuit of Hadleigh Farms in Essex following in their wake. With two laps left to the finish, the BH Suntour rider expanded her lead to 1 '15 "on the Spitz and Gould who were left battling for 2nd and 3rd. At the end of the day Julie had secured the win and hung the gold medal around her neck.
1 Bresset Julie: 30:52
2 SPITZ Sabine: 31:54
3 GOULD Georgia: 32:00
4 Kalentieva Irina: 32:33
5 SUSS Esther: 32:46
6 ENGEN Alexandra: 33:08
7 Dawidowicz Aleksandra: 33:20
8 LAST Annie: 33:47
9 Pendrel Catharine: 34:28
10 ZAKELJ Tanja: 34:41
Congratulations to Gold medal winner and BH Team triathlete, Nicola Spirig for her thrilling Olympic sprint finish with Sweden's Lisa Norden, who has awarded the silver medal. Australia's Erin Densham completed the podium and took the bronze.
The Swiss triathlete, Nicola Spirig has achieved the gold medal in the women's triathlon of the 2012 London Olympic Games held this Saturday in Hyde Park. She won the final sprint - which had to resort to the 'photo finish." - Sweden's Lisa Norden, silver, and Australia's Erin Densham bronze.
The race was exciting. In the stretch to swim 1,500 meters, Britain's Lucy Hall had led the way with the Danish Line Jensen and Japan's Mariko Adachi out on top. Spirig, the strongest on the bike already in the cycling leg, proved to be one of the strongest on the BH G5. The differences gained in the swim leg would soon be shortened in this sector and the chasing pack, led by the Swiss sponsored by BH, quickly chased the leading group. The cycling race ended with these athletes in the lead, with Anja Dittmer of Germany, the Danish Australian Norden and Andrea Hewitt the first to start the 10 mile run. However, they soon formed a group would be eight runners, including our BH triathlete who always remained in the top five.
Densham, Norden, Spirig and Jenkins, which later joined the American Sarah Groff, completed the quintet to compete for the medals. In the final meters, the Swiss pressed and the only one able to respond was the Swede. In a spectacular spint the BH triathlete gold medalist put the best finale that could be sum up a spectacular season.
Check out the great reviews from Bike Radar on our new 2013 bikes shown at Dealer Camp this week in Park City, Utah!
Angela Naeth of BH Team took another victory at St. Croix Ironman 70.3. It was no ordinary victory, though, since Angela hit another record time as she had done last year, despite her flat tire in the final metres of the bike section.
The Canadian athlete finished the race in 4 hours, 28 minutes and 12 seconds, 5 minutes before the runner-up, Mary Beth Ellis from the
It seems that Naeth is determined to have an extraordinary season; she climbed on the podium in all the races she has competed in so far. She won the Leadman Tri Epic 125 Las Vegas in April, was the runner-up at the Abu Dhabi Triathlon in March and took Ironman 70.3 Panama in February.
St. Croix Ironman 70.3 results:
1 NAETH, ANGELA 4:28:12
2 ELLIS, MARY BETH 4:33:34
3 GROSS, SARA 4:46:43
4 KRAFT, NINA 4:47:44
5 KOZULINA, TAMARA 4:47:51
6 LOEFFLER, KIM 4:49:24
7 FLETCHER, JENNY 4:59:40
8 JONES, STEPHANIE 5:01:01
9 DANAIS, MARIE 5:01:50
10 SMYERS, KAREN 5:08:07
The 2012 Sea Otter Classic has come and gone, but it was a good one! The weather this year was once again spectacular- if a bit hot- unllike previous years where the rain came down sideways and rivers of mud flowed through the venue. Monterey, California once again played host to four days of incredible racing and demos and we're proud to have been a part of it again.
The Primal/MapMyRide powered by BH womens professional team raced in the stage race, with a full roster of talented riders. Day 1 was not an ideal start to the stage race, with several riders involved in crashes in the opening criterium. Emily Kachorek managed an 8th place and Liza Rachetto grabbed 10th for the team. Though battered and bruised, the ladies gamely fought on. Stage 2 was a tough road race with plenty of climbing that saw Alisha Welsh finish 5th against a stellar field, which put her in the lead in the Queen of the Mountains competition (QOM). Stage 3 was the tough time trial that saw Emily Kachorek with an impressive 6th, Alisha in 13th and an improving Jen Weinbrecht in 19th for three riders inside the top 20. The final stage was the brutal circuit race on the Laguna Seca raceway, featuring the infamous "corkscrew'. The pace was fast and furious from the start, but the ladies rode smart and defended Alisha's QOM jersey. Jen Weinbrecht managed 10th on the stage, with Alisha securely in 12th. Alisha finished the race as the highest placed in 14th overall and with the QOM jersey firmly in her possession. The team fought off crashes and bad luck, and continued to show their class and determination, while also being fantastic advocates for women's cycling.
On the morning of the time trial, the team did a casual VIP ride/ photo shoot with friends and team sponsors. The ride cruised the coast along the famous 17 Mile Drive from Carmel to Monterey. The views were spectacular and the team enjoyed riding and speaking with guests along the way- a fantastic warm up prior to the time trial.
All in all, Sea Otter was a success for the team and for BH Bikes as well. If you came by our booth and said hello- which many of you did- or took a bike out for a demo, we sincerely thank you and hope to see you again next year!
Team meeting to cover the events of the day's stage and prepare for tomorrow.
Heading out for the VIP/ sponsor ride.
Beautiful morning in Monterey for a ride!
Team videographer/ photographer Chad Maurer in his naturlal environment!
Be sure to keep up with the team via their website and Facebook page!
Team Director Susannah Gordon checks in with a race report from Redlands- the first stage race of the NRC calendar. With a field stacked with talent, it certain to be a shootout for the entire race.
In her own words...
Just wanted to let everyone know how Redlands ended up for the team. We had an amazing experience that we will build on for our next race. With the help of Kori Seehafer and Kristen LaSasso, both of whom guest rode for us, we made our presence very well known. Unlike San Dimas, we lucked out and had amazing weather all 4 days. Sunshine and warm temps made for a great race.
The prologue was a success with Alisha ending up in 6th place, only 15 seconds off the race leader. Emily came in 11th and Kristen was 18th. 3 in the top 20 was as good as any of the top teams. This set our team up for a 6th place team GC.
Stage 1 was the road race in Beaumont.. Usually this stage is windy, but not this year, another fantastic day for a bike race. Our goal as a team was to have Alisha win the QOM competition. There were 3 QOM laps, the team did a great job of surrounding her and leading her up to the first QOM climb but unfortunately, she was outsprinted at the line. No points and the field splintered at this point. The girls up and over the hill first made the selection on the crazy and technical downhill portion. Alisha, Emily and Kristen were fortunate enough to have been up front. The pace was furious going back into Beaumont where the sprint and time bonuses were given out on all laps at the finish line. Kori and Jackie worked their way back to the peloton and the process happened all over again. This stage is a 24 mile loop that they do it 3 times. After the final climb going into the last lap, the remaining field exploded again. Only 28 riders of the initial 72 were in this field. It was a crazy finish and Emily ended up 8th, Kristen 14th and Alisha 21st. All a pack finish. So Alisha held on to her 6th place GC.
We had an amazing plan for the crit, and it worked……right up until 3 corners to go. The team did an amazing job of controlling the front of the race, they were all up front. Jackie and Alisha attacked about half way through and when the field caught them, Kori countered with an attack and got off the front for about 2 laps. When the field caught them, Kristen and one other NOW rider attacked, and at one point had a 45 second lead. They buried themselves to hold onto the break, it was so exciting as this move went into 5 laps to go. The crowd was going crazy. The rest of our team in the peloton were attentive to the fact that the peloton was gaining on this break and were up front and ready to counter attack. At 2 laps to go, they swarmed Kristen and absorbed her back in the field. The team did a great job of getting the lead out train going for Nicky, as she was set up to sprint for the finish. Going into the last lap, Jackie, Emily, Liza and Kori were in formation with Nicky waiting patiently for her time. This course is super technical with 9 turns and some are more than 90 degrees. With 3 corners to the finish, Nicky launched her attack. Surprising the field she got way out front and took the corner too hot. She went down and skid across the street. Thankfully she was out in front enough that she didn’t take anyone out with her. We were so bummed, as she most likely would have won the stage. She was 200 meters from the finish…ugh! Bike racing is dangerous! She needed some stitches in her hand, but was OK other than that. (Bike was OK thank goodness!)
Stage 3 was the infamous Sunset Loop road race. Our goal for the day was a stage podium. It was Alisha and Emily’s day to shine. Lots of climbing and truly a race of attrition. They do the 8 mile loop 8 times. The group started off great, all of them up front. It got hot from the start, as the time bonus and QOM competition are on the very first lap at the TOP of the hill! So all the teams were up front taking their climbers and GC riders up the climb to try and win these competitions. Our goal was to stay up front and make the selection. After this first lap, half the field was gapped by 2-3 minutes. We were fortunate enough to have Emily, Kristen and Alisha all up front. Alisha was having some mechanical issues, and was getting dropped on the descents. She had to work so hard to catch back on to the front on the climbs, that she eventually was dropped and went back to the chase group. This was a super hard stage, with only 21 ladies finishing the race. All other groups were pulled from the course. It was a crazy finish, with the girls who needed to win to keep their GC standing having their teams working hard up front. Kristen blazed in with the top group and ended up 8th, with Emily shortly behind her. It was a good day of racing.
Unfortunately, Alisha lost her 6th place GC after this stage. Kristen ended up 11th and Emily 13th. We ended up 6th in the team GC out of 12 teams. We had moved into 5th after the crit, but with Alisha out of the last stage, we dropped back down.
I was really proud of the girls, as this was really their first race as a team. They worked hard on staying together up front and working as a cohesive team. They looked amazing. Did a great job of bringing back attacks, counter attacking and controlling the front of the peloton when they could. We have a lot to learn, but we also learned a lot! Had a great time and we are looking forward to Sea Otter next month!
We're super proud of the team and their hot start to the season. They continue to develop into one of the best women's teams in the US- we're excited to see what the rest of the seaon holds for them.
Eneko Llanos, Mario Mola and Nicola Spirig had fantastic races this weekend at the Mooloolaba ITU World Cup triathlon and the Melbourne Ironman Asia Pacific Championships.
Mario Mola, Eneko Llanos, Nicola Spirig
Mario and Nicola both raced in Mooloolaba, during the opening round of the ITU World Cup. Mario had an excellent race, having an excellent bike leg, and led the run section of the race briefly. Ultimately settling into 4th, Mario showed his form is getting ready for the Olympics- very promising, indeed.
Nicola Spirig, of Switzerland, had an incredible race in Mooloolaba- finishing the race in second pace. Nicola was seen many times leading the bike leg of the race. In the end, Nicola raced to a very encouraging 2nd place in this Olympic qualifier event. Nicola is off to a great start this year and will be a tough competitor at the Olympics.
Just a few weeks after finishing 3rd in the Abu Dhabi International Triathlon, Eneko finished 4th in Melbourne and punched his ticket for Kona! Eneko was in the lead group nearly the entire day until disaster struck 30km into the 42.2km run. "I was fourth at the end of a really tough marathon. I hit the wall at the 30km mark. Getting back on track wasn’t easy. Good race. Secured Kona slot", Eneko Tweeted shortly after the race.
BH athletes are setting the pace across the globe. The Olympics and Kona are going to be quite exciting this year.
The Ultralight is an engineering marvel; lighter, stiffer and more comfortable than any other bike in its category. We're certainly biased- as we should be- so it is always great when the Ultralight gets very strong reviews from other sources.
TriSports.com is a fantastic retail partner of ours, but not only do they sell bikes, they do a fantastic job of doing in-depth analysis and review of products. They don't hold back simply because they are trying to sell bikes- quite the contrary, which is why they maintain such credibility with their loyal customers.
TriSports just completed a really thorough review of the Ultralight, putting the bike beneath a large rider to test the claims we've made about the bike. It's a fantastic review; see it HERE.
Our good friends at BikeRadar just completed an initial review of the Ultralight as well. They will be conducting an in-depth, long-term review of the bike, but have shared their initial thoughts in their first posting about the bike. BikeRadar is one the most respected channels for bike reviews- they're known for their thoroughness and toughness. We're excited by this initial impression and can't wait to see what they think of the bike after some good long miles.
See the full feature HERE.
After taking her first 70.3 win in 2011, following an impressive and frustrating string of second place finishes at the 70.3 distance earlier in her career, Angela Naeth has returned from late season injury to start 2012 with a strong victory in Panama.
As always, Angela used her blazing bike speed to close the gap out of the water, with the fastest bike split of the women, and then used her growing run strength to take the lead for good. After exiting T2 on the heels of Leanda Cave, Angela soon overtook Cave and never looked back. Finishing with a winning margin of more than 3 minutes, Angela was able to enjoy her solo run into the finish for her 2nd ever 70.3 victory in the pro field.
Angela was pretty happy with the win, as you might expect; "The 70.3 Panama race had a tough course, fierce competitors and unrelenting temperatures. I'm very happy to have won and can't wait for the rest of 2012! Thanks BH for one fast bike!"
We're super proud of this talented young woman and can't wait to see how many more races she wins in 2012 aboard her BH!
(For more on the race, direct from Angela, check out her blog- here.)
BH BIKES establishes affiliate company BH BIKES Francia to strengthen position in French market
BH BIKES will now be based in France too, with an affiliate company in Biarritz. "French amateurs have liked our products for years, so this move was something we owed them; we had wanted to take this step for a long time" according to a representative from BH headquarters in Spain.
Now, with the creation of BH BIKES Francia, BH will be closer to its French friends and points of sale, to strengthen its position in such an expert and demanding market as France. The French market appreciates the cutting-edge technology that the BH brand offers, especially in the Ultralight, Lynx and Neo models.
BH already proudly sponsors the BH Suntour professional MTB team of French UCI World Cup champion Julie Bresset.
BH BIKES has been making bicycles for more than a hundred years. In the past years, it has been expanding globally, as can be seen in the branches set up in the US, China, Taiwan, Australia and in Central American countries. Now France has joined as a base for further growth and for providing a better service to BH riders around the globe.
BH continues to see increased demand around the world due to the development of cutting edge technologies that deliver on the famous BH ride. As a global leader in the ultra lightweight race bike category, BH is committed to strengthening its position in the marketplace, as well as the peloton.
Liza Rachetto of the BH sponsored Primal/ MapMyRide women's pro cycling team is down under in Australia, where it is their summer, racing the Bay Crits in the Melbourne area with the top women cyclists in the world... on her BH Cristal!
Liza was kind enough to give us this update about the racing so far, with one race remaining.
BH Triathlon continues to add new athletes and form new partnerships to secure its place as the world's dominant triathlon brand ahead of the 2012 London Olympics.
One of the most significant new signings for BH is Cartiona Morrison, from the UK. Cat is one of the sport's emerging stars and this year alone won the Ironman Texas, 70.3 St. Croix and the North American 70.3 Championships.
“I am delighted to form part of more than a team and I feel like it is a family of athletes who share a passion for high performance sport and like to take their bodies to the limit. For my training and goals, being part of such a high calibre team as BH cannot be more beneficial”, states the British athlete.
Cat already knows some of her teammates and had good things to say about them when joining the team. "Eneko Llanos is a versatile athlete. He is open and friendly, and usually jokes around saying that he is my 'lucky charm'. We usually win the same races (Lanzarote, Zarautz, Texas…). I met Angela Naeth last year in Abu Dhabi and her passion and determination impressed me. We have a similar sense of humour and we get on well whenever we are together”.
Morrison is only too aware of her forte in the Triathlon, stating that “I like the changeover from bicycle to running, especially because I am a good bi-athlete and I think I have a large margin to improve my performance in running and swimming.” Cat says, ??“I like competing against athletes who make me push myself to the limit. Knowing that Rinny (Mirinda Carfrae) is hot on my heels or that Angela Naeth is coming up behind on her bike is always motivating. I also enjoy chasing those in front and I challenge myself to catch up with them, which is what happens when I try to beat Julie Dibens, Leanda Cave and Chrissie Wellington. I have a great deal of respect for my fellow competitors. They are all people who train, compete and strive to go beyond their own expectations and deserve recognition”.
Morrison has several challenges for the forthcoming season, saying that “my main objective is always to develop to the best of my athletic potential principal. My intention is to improve my position in Kona and as new challenges, I have to overcome my Achilles problems and change my nutrition to be as healthy as possible.”
BH Triathlon is very happy to be partnering with Cat and we're confident in her ability to continue to imprve and keep winning.
With BH's recent signing of Portuguese star triathlete Joao Silva, BH is poised to be the dominant bike brand in the 2012 Olympic triathlon in London.
Combined with BH's existing partnership with the Spanish triathlon federation, things are set for BH to be leading the way in 2012 triathlon events- from Ironman to the Olympics. BH Triathlon is commited to both the athletes and sport of triathlon, and the growing number of top athletes and national federations working with BH is solid proof of that commitment.
2012 is set to be an extremely exciting season for BH- the athletes and bikes are both ready for victory.
If you've followed elite cross racing the past two years, you've read the name Sally Annis in the results. Sally is one of the top cross racers in the country and one of the main stars this year in the very competitive New England cross scene. Sally has had an incredible year so far racing for the Crossresults.com/ JRA Cycles team, with numerous podium appearances against many of the best riders from the US and abroad.
We caught up with Sally after her recent 2nd place at the NEPCX series race in Warwick, Rhode Island to learn more about this cross phenom and her bike- the RX1;
I started racing for the Crossresults.com team in the 2010 season and they are familiar with all the latest and greatest equipment, which is the opposite from myself because I tend to race on whatever I can get my hands on. My first race with the team, the director, picked up my bike and said "whoa, what is going on here? This is heavy!" I said it was the lightest bike I had and it seemed to work ok. I had a good 2010 season and was getting onto podiums, so about halfway through the season, my team was able to get me onto a BH RX1 with some carbon tubular Revolution wheels. JRA Cycles set the bike up for me and when I first started riding the BH RX1, I quickly learned the difference between a standard bike and a high-end performace bike. The BH RX1 is super fast (I felt like I didn't even have to pedal and it would just go!), it came up to speed very quickly allowing me to accelerate out of corners at speeds I didn't know I was capable of, and it was so light that run-ups and barriers became easy.
I was amazed at the difference having a high end, performance bicycle makes on my ability to race. I was able to race with some of the fastest racers in the country and I was going faster than I had ever raced before. In addition to going fast, the BH RX1 is super fun to ride. It is stiff, it corners well and I am always amazed how quickly it comes up to speed.
I am still riding the BH RX1 in the 2011 season and it has served me well once again. I have raced this season entirely in New England and had the privledge to race against some top Europeans in the early season, along with the usual assortment of former olympians, national champions, and top riders in the country throughout the entire season. The BH RX1 is still going super fast, carrying me to podium finishes, and allowing me to race with the best riders in the US. I am now getting ready to head to Madison for the National Championships and looking forward to seeing what the BH can do against all the best riders in the US.
- I live in Nashua, NH
- I have been racing cyclocross for 5 years
- I started racing mountain bikes in local races just for fun about 10 years ago, then transitioned over to road racing in 2006, spent a couple of years racing on the road at a national level, and because I live in New England when the road season ends, that means Cyclocross begins.
- I am now primarily racing cyclocross and doing occasional road races.
- In the off-season, I enjoy getting out skiing or surfing.
Keep an eye out for Sally at Nationals... we certainly will be.
(Photos graciously provided by Natalia Boltukhova/ Pedal Power Photography.)
BH Bikes wishes you a fantastic holiday season and we thank you for your support this year- and every year. As our way of sharing the holidays with you, we're giving you a 20% discount on all items purchased through our webstore until December 31st! When it's time to check out, simply enter the discount code BHLove and receive 20% off on your purchased items. If your discounted goods total drops below $100 after the discount is applied, you still receive the usual free shipping for all orders of $100 or more*.
All items in the webstore apply for this discount, so grab a few t-shirts, a new jersey and bibs, or a nice pint glass for yourself- or any BH fan on your shopping list (which really should include you).
We thank each and every BH owner, fan and supporter for helping us remain one of the most dynamic and exciting brands in the US.
We hope to see you all on the road in 2012!
BH Bikes USA
*No shipping outside of the US, unless to APO/FPO addresses or Puerto Rico.
Tyler Coplea is a young rider who we are very happy to get to work with as one of his sponsors for cyclocross racing. Tyler's a young cross country MTB racing phenom and is poised to make an impact on the World Cup. He fills his entire year with racing, racing MTB as his main focus, but using cross as a way to continue his growth and development as a rider... as well as beat up on older elite riders. Tyler will be 18 in 2012 and is already one of the top talents in the US. He is currently leading the Arizona cross series for Pro/Elite men... before his 18th birthday!
Here's a great report from Tyler after one of his most recent cross races;
We look forward to seeing Tyler make it to the World Championships too... but after he keeps winning a few more cross races on his BH RX1!
We've updated the bike pages with detailed Tech Presentations that you can view by clicking the link in the lower left corner of each bike page. As they say, "Knowledge is Power!"
It's a great way to get more information than what is otherwise available anywhere else... and well worth the read.
Go here and pick your favorite!
After a disappointing Ironman World Championships in Kona, Eneko Llanos carried his fantastic fitness from Kona to Tempe, Arizona and set a new US soil record winning time for the Ironman distance- 7:59:38!
Eneko came to Arizona looking for the win, but never underestimated his rivals and focused on his own race. He says he never enters a race believing that it is already won because there are too many other strong atheletes in the race with him. That focus delivered him to victory today on a beautiful Arizona fall day.
Coming out of the water in 48:47, Eneko headed out for the bike leg in 12th position. It didn't take long for him to pick off the riders in front him and take the lead. Eneko scorched the bike leg in an impressive 4:20:54 and headed into T2 with a little more than 1:30 to carry onto the run.
In the closing moments of the race, a broad smile began to appear across Eneko's face periodically between the grimaces of pain. He began to realize that he was closing in on the record and fought fatigue, shaking his arms out regularly, to keep the pace high enough for the win and the record. Amey fought bravely to the end, but Eneko claimed one of his most brilliant wins to date and took the record into the books as well. The headwinds of the bike leg were not enough to slow him down, nor was the dry heat of the run. In the end, Eneko proved his postition as a world class athlete.
All of us at BH are extremely proud of Eneko and his accomplishments today. It is worth mentioning the efforts of Nicholas Ward Munoz as well. Nico is a strong competitor, winning a 4000M open water swim on the Ironman AZ swim course just a week before the race, but succumbed to the fatigue of "one too many races this year". Though Nico did not get the glory of being among the winners, we are still very proud of his efforts today and this season. He's a bright star for the future and we're proud of his efforts today.
Nico with BH staff during Ironman expo.
Last Thursday was the Mike Nosco/ Ride for Ronette and we were very proud to have been a part of it.
As mentioned previously, the ride is a memorial event for Mike Nosco- who was killed driving home from his brother Jack's house on Novermber 3rd, 2004- and the funds raised go to a worthy cause selected each year. This year's event raised funds for Zap Espinoza, our good friend at Road Bike Action magazine. Zap's wife Ronette passed away after a vigorous fight with cancer. Zap and his daughter Xakota are the beneficiaries of the event this year and many folks- approximately 600- came together to remember Mike and Ronette and give Zap and Xakota support.
In all the years that I have personally been in the cycling world and all the events I have done over those years, this one climbs into the top echelon. It was an amazing ride, with very challenging terrain and an overwhelming sense of community and support. Seeing the outpouring of sincere support for Zap and Xakota is something that will stick with me for years. There wasn't a dry eye around at the end of the day when all of the thanks were being given after the post-ride meal and ceremonies. It was sincerely an amazing afternoon on many, many levels.
The roads around Newbury Park, Santa Monica, Malibu provided some fantastic riding with incredible cllimbs and spectacular views on a gorgeous SoCal day. Among my personal highlights was having "Hurricane" Bob Hannah ride up behind me and give me a push on one of the long climbs and then "hang out" while riding and talk about being a bicycle geeks for a few miles. The fact that Bob remembered my name was even more stellar! The second major highlight was getting to ride for several miles with John Tomac- who was riding our BH Ultralight. JT and I hit the front on one of the long descents and pulled our group to the bottom with amazing speed! When we hit the bottom, one of our pack companions said he'd never gone downhill so fast and that we had to have gained several minutes on the way down. Me and JT... taking turns flogging the pace on the downhill... that's gonna stick with me. We've spoken a few times in the past, but the last time was a few years ago and he remembered the conversation and we picked right back up- talking about his restoration project of his old 7-11 team bike. All in all, a fantastic time on a bike.
The main highglight, of course, was getting to show support to Zap and his daughter- it felt great to be a part of something "bigger" than just working in the cycling world. Lastly, the other "major" milestone of the day was being one of the remaining stragglers at the event, as the day wound down. At 6:10PM we had a moment of silence with Jack Nosco- Mike's brother and driving force behind the event- to recognize the moment Mike passed away in 2004. Though it was obviously a very somber moment, it was also a moment of celebration of life, community, friends and the wonderful things people can do for each other when they bond around a cause.
Thanks to all who attended the event or donated online to Zap and Xakota. We hope to be a part of the next memorial event November 3, 2012 and beyond.
Here's a fantastic video from the event- well worth watching.
The BH Triathlon family is growing with the incorporation of one of the best triathletes in the world: João Silva from Portugal. Though he may be very young, born in 1989, his achievements are remarkable. In 2011 he won the Garmin Barcelona Triathlon and the Dextro Energy Triathlon in Yokohama. In 2010, the Joao won the Vila Nova de Gaia ETU Triathlon, European U23 and Junior Championships and the Monterrey ITU Triathlon World Cup. Two years before, he had taken the Pulpi ETU Duathlon European U23 and Junior Championships and in 2007, the Edinburgh ETU Duathlon European Junior Championships. Silva took up triathlon in 2005 and he soon showed how talented he was as a junior triathlete, earning medals in European and World Championships. In 2007, he became Duathlon European Junior Champion. That same year, the Portuguese Olympic Committee named him “Young Promise of the Year.” One year later, he was nominated for “Gillette Future Champions” and added the Triathlon European U23 Championship and the Triathlon and Duathlon Portuguese National Junior Championships. In 2009, he was part of the Cross Country European U23 Team, and in 2010 he was able to show he was no longer a promise but a reality, winning the Monterrey ITU Triathlon World Cup and the ETU Triathlon European U23 Championship, the Portuguese National Triathlon U23 Championship and occupying the third place in the Olympic Qualification World Ranking. An amazing season that earned him Portuguese awards for Best Athlete in an Olympic Sport and Best Male Athlete of the Year. 2011 was a great season too, as Silva won the National Long Distance Cross Country U23 Championship and the Garmin Barcelona Triathlon and got his first victory at the Dextro Series in Yokohama. The year continued to be very good for Silva, as he was included in the Gold Group 2011, a select group made of 20 male and female elite athletes- the best athletes the world. And now, determined to keep growing in this sport and collect more medals, João Silva has decided to sign with the BH Triathlon family. And he has an eye set on the biggest event in triathlon next year: the London Olympic games!
The BH Triathlon family is growing with the incorporation of one of the best triathletes in the world: João Silva from Portugal. Though he may be very young, born in 1989, his achievements are remarkable. In 2011 he won the Garmin Barcelona Triathlon and the Dextro Energy Triathlon in Yokohama.
In 2010, the Joao won the Vila Nova de Gaia ETU Triathlon, European U23 and Junior Championships and the Monterrey ITU Triathlon World Cup. Two years before, he had taken the Pulpi ETU Duathlon European U23 and Junior Championships and in 2007, the Edinburgh ETU Duathlon European Junior Championships.
Silva took up triathlon in 2005 and he soon showed how talented he was as a junior triathlete, earning medals in European and World Championships.
In 2007, he became Duathlon European Junior Champion. That same year, the Portuguese Olympic Committee named him “Young Promise of the Year.” One year later, he was nominated for “Gillette Future Champions” and added the Triathlon European U23 Championship and the Triathlon and Duathlon Portuguese National Junior Championships.
In 2009, he was part of the Cross Country European U23 Team, and in 2010 he was able to show he was no longer a promise but a reality, winning the Monterrey ITU Triathlon World Cup and the ETU Triathlon European U23 Championship, the Portuguese National Triathlon U23 Championship and occupying the third place in the Olympic Qualification World Ranking. An amazing season that earned him Portuguese awards for Best Athlete in an Olympic Sport and Best Male Athlete of the Year.
2011 was a great season too, as Silva won the National Long Distance Cross Country U23 Championship and the Garmin Barcelona Triathlon and got his first victory at the Dextro Series in Yokohama. The year continued to be very good for Silva, as he was included in the Gold Group 2011, a select group made of 20 male and female elite athletes- the best athletes the world.
And now, determined to keep growing in this sport and collect more medals, João Silva has decided to sign with the BH Triathlon family. And he has an eye set on the biggest event in triathlon next year: the London Olympic games!
BH has been around since 1909 and we're extremely proud of that lengthy and storied history.
Check out this short video of the BH factory producing bicycles in 1944, near the end of World War II- it's in Spanish, but the viceo is still very, very cool.
3 continents, 5 countries, 7 states, 50,000+ miles, 65+ races, 4
National titles, 2 top 5 World Championship finishes, 2 UCI World
Championship team nominations all in 10 months. To say that 2011 has
been a busy year is an understatement! Things came together late for
me this year, making the move to BH in March of 2011 and the fit was
great from the start. After a rocky 2010 season that saw me narrowly
miss out on the road Worlds team left me hungry all winter.
My season kicked off with a domestic schedule starting in the end of
January and building towards the first UCI Para Road World Cup in
Sydney. With some issues with the UCI and a change in my
classification, I was forced to race in a different disability
category and things looked a bit bleak for my year, and it was only
May! After picking up a pair of 5th places in Sydney, I returned back
stateside to hit the road even harder to keep after my goal of making
the road Worlds team! Before heading to road nationals in Georgia in
mid June, I had a little matter of my first trip of the season to
Europe. Home for 3 weeks after Sydney, I was headed off to Spain for
the second round of the World Cup Series. I was able to get the UCI
to see me again and reevaluate me for classification. They decided to
place me back where I had been racing in 2010! Too bad I missed out
on picking up the wins in Sydney, but I moved onward! Spain saw me
pick up a 6th in the Time Trial and a 4th in the Road Race. Getting
closer to the podium finally! Back stateside and home for one day
before I headed off to Georgia to get ready for the USA Cycling Road
Nationals! Being the road Worlds Selection event for the 2011 event,
it goes without saying that the pressure was on for the Time Trial.
Not being one to crack with pressure, I pulled off what could easily
have been the ride of my life- I pulled off a win in the Time Trial at
Road Nationals! I followed that up in the days after with a win in
the Criterium and Road Race to make it a clean sweep for 3 titles at
Nationals! With my win in the Time Trial, came a nomination to the
UCI road World Championship team. My first trip to worlds was nailed
One more World Cup left for the season and a trip to Canada. The
course was great and I felt it suited me to a T! But, I think I used up
a good bit of my luck in Georgia. The day of the TT I picked up a
stomach bug and needless to say, lost some weight that morning! Raced
to a 6th in the Time Trial after not being sure I would race or not.
Tried to rest, eat and recover as best I could, two days later the
Road Race was up. I rode my heart out on what was the best course of
the year for my climbing legs. I pulled off a 3rd place and my first
trip to the podium at a UCI event! With a long season on the road and
racing I headed home, but not without hitting a few days at Super Week
first and then enjoyed a much deserved break before building back up
for Road Worlds! Build up for Worlds was great; few weeks at home in
San Diego, some local southern California racing, and then off to Colorado
Springs for a 2 week prep camp at the Olympic Training Center before
heading to Denmark. Things rolled smoothly and racing began; the Time
Trial was up first. I was able to finish 5th in the TT. My first
trip to a World Championship event and I was in the top 5. Not bad
for a skinny road race guy! Still being hungry and not content with
no medal in hand, I went into the Road race as one of the guys to watch and
rode rather calm, and tried to hide as much as possible to try to save myself to
make it to the end. A big crash almost put me out of the race early
on and ended up costing me a chance at the podium, but I was able to
get back into the field for most of the day, before finally having to
deal with cramping issues and fatigue after chasing back on early from
the crash. I had to watch the top 3 riders ride away and ended up
being caught by a small chase group and hung on for a 5th. Not what I
really wanted, but I had to take it for the time being.
After returning home from Road Worlds and what had been a big year,
one would think it was time for a break. Nope, onto the track it
was. 3 weeks home and all of it was spent on the track getting ready
for Track Nationals being held in Los Angles. Track Nationals also
work as the selection event for the 2012 UCI Para Track World
Championships being held in Los Angles in February. First and
possibly the only time worlds will be held in my home country- to say
I was motivated for track nats is an understatement! Few weeks on
the boards and my legs were feeling pretty good for racing. Sometimes
though, life happens and plans change. Due to a family emergency I
was forced to miss racing the pursuit and miss most of my training for
the week leading up to nationals. I was able to make it back into
town the night before the Kilo however and still race. Somehow, out
of somewhere, (probably a dark place I shouldn't think about too much)
I pulled out a ride that was enough to win my fourth national title of
the 2011! And that came with a nomination to the Track World
This has been by far my biggest season of my career! With it came
some amazing highs and dark lows. None of this would have been
possible without some of the most amazing sponsors and equipment on
earth! My BH bikes have been nothing short of amazing all season long
and played a HUGE part in all the success I had this year. I've
already started my 2012 build in hopes of a good ride at the Track
World Championships and defending my National Titles next year and
hoping to make that team for the little event in London next season!
Words aren't really strong enough to say what it means to have the best
people and products behind me!
Thanks for following the journey!
Check out Matt's Facebook page for more details on his year and what he's up to.
Matt's blog is another good read for stories about his great season.
In May of this year, not long before the Tour of California, Ronette Espinoza passed away after a lengthy and arduous fight against cancer. Ronette is remembered as a fantastically compassionate and caring woman, as well as for being the wife of our good friend Zap Espinoza- editor of Road Bike Action magazine.
When we were asked if we wanted to help in some small way with the ride, we immediately said "yes" without knowing what or how... we just knew we wanted to show our support for Zap and his daughter Xakota. We'll be at the event with our demo bikes for participants to use and we'll be sweating on the climbs of the 80 mile route with everybody else.
We encourage everybody to join us, but if you can't physically be there your self, we encourage you to at least donate to a worthy cause. All donations help of course, but $100 donations also recieve a very cool custom Ride for Ronette jersey made by Primal Wear.
Check the Mike Nosco website or the Ride for Ronette website for more details- we hope to see you there.
This Saturday, November 12th, we'll be co-hosting a ride with our great friends at TriSport in Tucson, Arizona.
Here is your chance to ride with Eneko Llanos, Angela Naeth and Nicholas Ward Munoz. Eneko and Nico will be in town for the Ford Ironman Arizona and are taking a little time off to ride and meet people at the TriSports store, so make sure you come out.
BH will be providing the pre-ride and post-ride refreshments and TriSports will be providing all the rest!
Check with TriSports for even more details!
If you're anywhere near the Tucson area on November 12th, come out and ride with the BH Triathlon team pros Eneko Llanos, Nicholas Ward and Angela Naeth!
Eneko and Nicholas will be preparing to tackle the tough Ford Ironman Arizona in Tempe, so come ride with two of the top prospects for victory.
The ride and meet-n-greet event will be hosted by our good friends at TriSports in Tucson.
Contact TriSports for more details!
We hope to see you there.
The Primal/MapMyRIDE Professional Women's Racing Team powered by BH Bikes travels to Augusta, GA this week for its first-ever USA Cycling National Championships. The team, created in November 2010, will field five riders to vie for national titles in the road race, time trial and criterium.
"The ladies head to Georgia riding as strong as I've seen yet this season," said Team Director Susannah Gordon. "The National Championships will be a great challenge for our young team and I expect we'll continue to turn a few heads with our performance."
Casey Clark, Nicole Evans, Emily Kachorek, Tiffany Pezzulo and Nicky Wangsgard will represent Primal/MapMyRIDE in various races throughout the five-day event. All five riders will compete in the road race, with only Kachorek racing in all three events. Evans will also compete in the time trial, while Clark, Pezzulo and Wangsgard will race in the criterium.
Pezzulo enters the event following a pair of podium finishes - including a win - at the Saint Francis Tulsa Tough earlier this month.
Entering the event, the team sits in fourth place in the USA Cycling National Racing Calendar standings and Kachorek in the top-20 overall in the women's individual standings.
The eight member women's team aims to support professional women's cycling and create an avenue for better feedback on the development of women's specific technologies. BH Bikes is sponsoring the team with its women's specific Cristal road bike, a top-level road bike with geometry and sizing based on the company's European design experience, input from high-end bicycle retailers and fitters, and customer feedback. Team members also use SIDI's women's specific Genius 6.6 shoes, clothing from Primal's women's line, and will be involved in future product development with all of the team's sponsors.
There are several race results to point out since the RideClean p/b PatentIt.com Cycling Teams last email update - most notably a recent podium and victory at the third USA Crit Series race, the Giro d' Grafton. Clay Murfet scored the win on the Men's side as Erica Allar notched up another 2nd place visit while defending her 2010 Overall Champion status. http://www.ridecleanteam.com/content/usa-crit-series-successes
Additionally, Jon Parrish pulled off his third "W" of the year in the Bike the Bluff Road Race. There were also some local and regional wins (Arizona, California, Colorado by JR Grabinger, Logan Loader, Allar and Murfet), a surprise "off-the-couch" triathlon victory by Paul Thomas as well as an Arizona State Championship Criterium win (Parrish). Check out the results page for a complete listing of victories and podium appearances. http://www.ridecleanteam.com/results
On the community side of the house, in April both RideClean co-founder Doug Loveday and team member Jame Carney were able to represent the mission for Clean Sport at the 2nd Annual Conference on Doping - an event promoted by Sports Medicine Research and Testing Laboratory. SMRTL is responsible for millions of dollars in grants funding for anti-doping research. The inclusion of the RideClean program is an acknowledgement that the cultural side of the issue is of importance in the challenge to keep sport clean. http://www.smrtl.org/uploads/files/59/SMRTL%20Conference%20Announcement%202011%20v3.pdf
BH's new acquisition has practiced triathlon since she was very young, but she had danced ballet and played volleyball, karate, and tennis before. Encouraged by friends and spurred by her eagerness to better herself, she became a pro in 2006.
"I've always liked sports. At the university I had a lot of friends who practiced many sports and I admired their discipline and endurance. Triathlon was something unattainable to me, especially because I was able to just swim 50m in a straight line! Being able to complete in what seemed to be an impossible distance or training is really amazing. This is what pushes me forward," Monica says.
4th in the ITU World Duathlon Series ranking
The triathlete sponsored by BH has won a good number of races: all the national duathlons she has competed in since 2008, the White Rocks Long Distance Triathlon in Zambales, Philippines (2008), and the Ironman 70.3 CamSur in her homeland two years in a row (2009 and 2010). Also, she won a silver medal at the Port Dickson International Triathlon in Malaysia (2010).
Rapid progress led her to the 4th place in the ITU World Duathlon Series ranking in 2010 (the best ranked Philippine duathlete) and to be named K-Swiss Philippine ambassador. This season, Monica Torres has been on the top of the podium three times, winning the K-Swiss ITU Subic Bay International Triathlon, the Men's Health All-Terrain Race, and the 1st QCTAA Fun Run.
Monica, who has a degree in Sports, decided last year she would not compete this season with the duathlon/triathlon national team "to take part in and enjoy different races and events." The new BH triathlon rider wants to participate not only in different triathlon events, but in other races as well like the Pharmaton MVP Unleashed Challenge, a 30-day cross-country event that last year finished in April.
The Aero, my "better half"
Monica rides a BH GC Aero in competition, which she describes as "a light and smoothly rolling bike." The combination of the Manila-born triathlete and the GC Aero is a happy marriage. "To me, BH is my 'better half.' Most triathletes say they usually spend more time with their bikes than with their family or friends. I have friends who even say they're married to their bikes or call them 'my girlfriend.' I'm lucky my husband is a triathlete too, so I spend much time with both my BH and my 'better half'," she laughs.
Primal/MapMyRIDE Professional Women's Racing powered by BH Bikes' Tiffany Pezzulo timed a late attack to win the opening Blue Dome Criterium at the Saint Francis Tulsa Tough on Friday, June 10.
Pezzulo also rode for a podium finish in third place in Saturday's Brady Village Criterium.
"Tiff put together an incredible performance this weekend in tough conditions and in a tough field of riders," said Primal/MapMyRIDE Team Director Susannah Gordon. "The team rode great and was able to help Tiffany get in a position to be competitive at the end on Friday and Saturday and she finished the job."
The three-day omnium is the first-year team's final event prior to the USA Cycling Elite Road National Championships in Augusta, GA later this month.
"The Tulsa Tough is such a fun event and suits my strengths well," Pezzulo said. "We raced great as a group and are feeling strong and prepared as we head into our first Nationals race as a team."
Primal/MapMyRIDE member Liza Rachetto also took home a top-10 finish during the three days of racing in Oklahoma.
Coinciding with the BH Zarauzko Triathlon, BH is launching bhtriatlon.com, the new Internet site dedicated to the world of triathlon and the way to crown BH's bid on this sport. Determination, strength, precision, endurance, self-sacrifice, struggle, motiva¬tion to improve one's skills... All these words fit very well in any description of this multi-sport discipline as well as of BH's philosophy...just as triathletes and their bikes seem to fit perfectly together to face their triathlon challenges. Would you like to join us in our new tri stage?
Bhtriatlon.com will be a virtual transition area where you can read about BH's develop¬ments in the field of triathlon, find the latest news about BH-sponsored triathletes and events, get ready to take part in triathlons along with experienced triathletes, or make your contribution at the BHTri Club, where you can share news on amateur events or enter promotions and competitions.
Hotline with BH pros
The names of Eneko Llanos, Nicola Spirig, Hektor Llanos, Angela Naeth, Reto Hug, Nicholas Ward, Fernando Alarza, and Mario Mola mean experience and youth, skill and power. They are well-established stars and young hopes of triathlon, and they all wear the same colors. They will be your guides at bhtriatlon.com, a site that will serve as a hot line to reach them. Moreover, Hektor Llanos will be your personal trainer –a fully qualified trainer, indeed.
We have got lots of surprises for you. Just to warm-up, registered users will be automatically entered to win a jersey signed by Eneko Llanos!
BH is the only brand that has everything you need to get ready for a triathlon: the best bikes for this sport and the best fitness machines to complement your outdoor training with high-end indoor exercise: bodybuilding equipment, statio¬nary bikes, vibration plates, etc.
Well, I've been back for exactly one week. And it's been, well a heck of a week to say the least. I actually haven't forgotten or been too lazy for once to do this. Rather I wasn't really sure what to say. I am still not 100% sure on how I feel about how things went Down Under. But, it's about time to stop worrying about how I feel. Onto the race report!
Travel to Australia was something that I had a hard time wrapping my head around. Going there, I left LAX at 11pm on a Saturday night, and landed Monday at 7 am. Wait, where did Sunday go? I lost May 1 on my way there. I am used to losing things, a day was a new one to me though.
Anyhow, flight was fine. Bags showed up on time and in order. I did however get taken in the airport! I hadn't reserved a car or anything to get from the airport to the motel. I had figured we'd just get a cab (We being me and Brandon, my trusty mechanic). I saw a sign for limo service. Why not? I asked about it, and the lady said it would be cheaper than a cab ride. Why not? $100 ride to the motel in a stretch limo! It was worth it. I later found out that the cab ride was only $45. Oh well, it was worth it!
Nothing really too exciting for the first part of the week...Just got the bike together and did a few easy spins while waiting for race day to approach. I wondered around the area of the Olympic Park and rode some pretty cool bike paths and out to a nature refuge.
Things went down hill at classification. I have never had an international classification. A panel of three doctors meet to examine you and determine how disabled they think you are. Now, I have some disagreements with some of the stuff the UCI does in regards to this, but I am not really going to go into that now. With that in mind, last year I raced as a C1, the most disabled of the regular two wheeled bikes. The US doctor and the Canadian doctor both agreed that they felt I was a C1 based on my neurosystems and the way I ride. Well, the panel felt a little different. I meet all the paper criteria for the medical side of things, but for some reason being able to ride a bike in a parking lot moved me up to a C2. Well that's just F'ing great! Not what I wanted!
They told me they were going to take video of me in the road race and time trial, and that I could contest it at Spain and ask for a review. Great, so I get to fly myself to Spain for that one? Awesome!
Well, there was really nothing to be done about my classification while I was in Sydney. So, it was just trying to get my head together for the road race and do what I could.
The road race was on a motor speedway and the near the drag racing strip with some access roads joining the two together. Nothing too technical...a little more climbing that what the profile showed, but I was happy to see that.
For the road race, they combined the C1, 2 and 3 fields. I figured some of the 3's would get away early and I was hoping I would be able to go with them. Things were fine early on the first lap after we started losing a few guys. But, I had a little bit of a brain fart and slid farther back in the group than I should have, and had two guys crack in front of me on what was pretty much the only real climb of the course...which happened to be on a narrow section of road. Lesson learned, well...relearned.
Be near the front AWLAYS!
My fault, I screwed up. By the time I got around the two guys, the gap was too much for me to close. I spent the rest of the race in a chase group of 4 or 5 guys. Mostly 2's that sat on my wheel. To be honest, it was pretty silly. I rode pretty hard for a few laps thinking maybe the race would come back together. After realizing no one would work with me, or could, I pulled the plug. No one else would really do anything. I literally slowed down to 8 mph a few times because no one would come around me. On the last lap I tried a few times to get away, but with that huge kick I have, I wasn't able to get enough of a gap. In the end I finished 5th. Two guys were up the road long gone, and two guys got me at the line.
Overall, I learned a lot about racing some of the international guys. The front few are strong and know how to race, the rest, well, I'll leave it at that.
The TT on paper had looked really technical, and after talking it over with some people, decided against my better judgment to leave the TT bike at home and just take the road bike and a disk. Lesson learned again. Always take your TT bike! Unless it's a mountain TT!
I wasn't too sure how I would stack up against the guys in the new classification, but it didn't matter what my classification was. It had no bearing on how hard I was going to ride. On paper, I rode one of the better TT's I've ever ridden. Power was good. Pacing was good. For once I could have maybe actually gone out a touch harder. (Did you hear that Brett?) I didn't go out too hard for once! In the end, my time was good enough for 5th place again.
Looking back, there is lots to be frustrated with. I came home with two 5th place finishes. In my mind, a failure. Many people have said I should be happy with those. But, that's not really what has gotten me this far. Had I been classed as a C1, I would have won the road race and the TT. Which is what my plan was. But things don't always go as planned. I feel I rode the TT as best I could. Had I had my TT bike, I might have finished in 4th at best. The RR, I rode good, but not smart enough.
In the end, I walked away with having learned a lot. I think that is the most I can ask for. I can't say enough about all my new sponsors this year and my old ones that have stood by me no matter what. It really is amazing to have so many people standing behind me and believe in me, even when others don't.
For now, I am off to Spain for the second World Cup in June, and hope to get my classification sorted out.
Be sure to check out more of Matt's blogging about his World Cup adventures over at his blog: http://mattbigos.blogspot.com/
Eneko Llanos fought hard to dominate the Memorial Herman Ironman Texas triathlon at The Woodlands, near Houston, on Saturday.
The BH-sponsored triathlete completed a great race and was very satisfied with his performance. "I finished very happy," says Llanos. "Since I swim strongly, I led the race early. The pace seemed to be fast, without time to relax. I passed a few people at the end of the swimming section, which placed me in a good position to address the first miles of the bike, "explained Eneko.
Piloting his BH Bikes GC Aero, Eneko managed to escape with Luke Bell to take a small distance of six minutes at the start of the run on Chris Lieto. Llanos kept a strong pace on the run, and finished the race in front of the pack.
With this win, the BH-sponsored triathlete adds to successes in the Middle Marbella and Ironman Championship Spain's Winter Triathlon.
Primal/MapMyRIDE Professional Women's Racing powered by BH Bikes riders capped a two week stretch of nearly constant racing with podium finishes as Nicky Wangsgard took third place overall in the USA Crits Speed Week and Emily Kachorek won the final criterium in the Joe Martin Stage Race.
The team had divided its members to compete in New Mexico's Tour of the Gila, the Joe Martin Stage Race in Arkansas and the seven-event Speed Week in the Carolinas and Georgia.
"It's been an exhausting and incredible week for our young team," said Team Director Susannah Gordon. "Nicky rode as strong as I've ever seen her at Speed Week and Emily really dug deep for a huge win on Sunday in the crit."
Wangsgard never finished outside the top 10 during the nine-day race series, landing on the podium in third place in each of the final two events. Liza Rachetto took 10th overall with a top-10 stage result and Tiffany Pezzulo finished in 12th place overall with a trio of top-10 stage finishes.
"This week we continued to come together as a team and had strong performances from everyone," Wangsgard said. "Speed Week is such a tough event because not only are you riding almost every day, there's a lot of travel as well. I couldn't be any happier with the result."
Meanwhile, following a second place overall team result at last week's Tour of the Gila, the other half of the Primal/MapMyRIDE team traveled to Northwest Arkansas for the four-day Joe Martin Stage Race.
Guest rider Kristen LaSasso continued her strong performance with the team, riding for a sixth place finish Friday's road race stage seventh place finishes in both the opening time trial and the Saturday road stage. Kasey Clark took home tenth in the time trial.
But the weekend's best result found Kachorek atop the podium after the final criterium following a brutal race that saw constant attacking despite high temperatures. Kachorek also finished in eighth place in Friday's road race and finished ninth overall.
The team's next race is the St. Francis Tulsa Tough in Tulsa, Okla., June 10-12.
The first-year Primal/MapMyRIDE Professional Women's Racing powered by BH Bikes team claimed a second place overall general classification team finish and put two riders in the top 10 overall during last weekend's Tour of the Gila.
Emily Kachorek finished sixth in overall GC and Nicole Evans was 10th in the strong field of more than 50 professional riders. Primal/MapMyRIDE guest rider Kristen LaSasso also notched a second place finish in the race's second stage.
"The girls were fabulous and did great in this super hard race," said Primal/MapMyRIDE Team Director Susannah Gordon. "Emily worked hard in the breakaway during the road race on Sunday and it stuck to the finish. I was so proud of all the girls."
The Primal/MapMyRIDE team is divided for a stretch of racing that has riders competing across the country. This week, team members Megan Hottman, Tiffany Pezzulo, Liza Rachetto and Nicky Wangsgard are competing in the USA Crits Speed Week, a seven-race challenge that takes place across three states in the Southeast.
Meanwhile, Kasey Clark, Evans and Kachorek will be joined by guest riders Julie Emmerman and LaSasso at the Joe Martin Stage Race in Arkansas May 5-8.
Angela Naeth continues to crush the competition aboard her BH Bikes GC Aero. This elite triathlete continues to make us proud.
Here's what Slowtwitch had to say:
"Naeth also broke the bike course record, no small feat considering the august list of elite women to tackle this course, including many who were world champions at everything from short course to Ironman. But then her coach and beau Chuckie V is a former pro triathlete and elite bike racer known for punishing competitors on the bike. Her course record was performed aboard a BH GC Aero (soon to be reviewed on Slowtwitch) outfitted with Shimano components."
Read the full article here.
It was a rough day of steep climbs and intense racing at the Tour of Asturias this past weekend, punctuated by rain and hail. But in the end, Javier Moreno managed to finish a breakaway group of five riders who commanded the race in the final kilometers, winning the queen stage with a time of 6:12:55.
This critical stage win set up Moreno, and the entire Caja Rural team, for the overall win of the 55th edition of the Tour of Asturias.
The Caja Rural team is sponsored by BH Bikes, opting to ride the G5 model.
With the introduction of the BB386EVO bottom bracket standard, combined with precision carbon molding techniques, cutting edge materials and forward-thinking design, BH Bikes has developed a ground breaking new bike design that shatters all previous performance benchmarks for weight and stiffness.
The BB386EVO's 86.5mm bottom bracket width allows for wider down tubes and larger diameter chain stays for increased strength and stiffness while allowing for even greater tire clearance if required.
Down tubes can increase from 63-68mm maximum width on a traditional design to over 80mm with our 386 design resulting in a significant increase in frame strength and stiffness.
BH Bikes Ultralight
- 747 gram frame weight
- 166% torsional stiffness increase
- 125% rear end stiffness increase
- Signature BH ride quality
- Performance unparalleled
Ultralight Design Details
- Maximized tube diameters and tapered 1.5" head tube contribute to the Ultralight's incredible frame stiffness.
- The wider BB386EVO design allows for a smoother transition into the Ultralight's massive chainstays and integrated molded carbon dropouts.
- The derailleur hanger is forged from 7075 aluminum, and the design was developed through extensive finite element analysis studies used to determine the stiffest structure possible under heavy shifting loads.
- The BH Ultralight features a massive box section seat tube to increase side-to-side frame stiffness while the integrated full carbon front derailleur mount keeps weight low and increases front derailleur mounting rigidity to the highest level possible.
- Full slotted carbon molded cable guides reduce weight and allow for easy servicing. The down tube cable guides are offset from the frame to accept barrel adjusters.
- The unique patent-pending cable guide allows cable to be routed traditionally or crossed at the guide to provide the bike a cleaner cable routing solution around the head tube.
- As with the frame, the Ultralight's fork was developed using cutting-edge composite molding techniques and material technologies resulting in a fork weight under 300 grams out of the mold.
- The Ultralight fork features an integrated crown race to further eliminate the need for heavy steel parts in the frame and optimizes the strength and stiffness of the transition from steer tube to the fork crown.
Ride quality was not forsaken when developing the new Ultralight. Slim, flat seat stays and traditional 27.2mm seat post design contributes to the Ultralight's incredible ride quality.
Our friend over at scottsonline.com got himself a BH Bikes G5, and shared his impressions with us here.
Equipped with: Full Shimano Dura-Ace with Di2 and Shimano 1380 wheels/ Michelin Pro-3 tires
On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest mark, this bike is a full 10, there are simply no flaws.
Having a stable of 4 high-end road bikes is a great way to test, each of them with their own separate claims to fame, the G5 surfaces as a mark above, especially once you’ve spent time switching from bike to bike.
Handling = 10
This is the one of the G5’s best attributes!! The bike is superb at high speeds and very precise on corners without being jittery. Aim it where you want to go and it goes there with confidence.
Climbing = 10
No question this bike can climb. It’s stiff and serious about making every ounce of energy go toward your goal at the top. Climbers will love it.
Road compliancy = 10
At first I was amazed that it could be this stiff and compliant too. However the more I ride it, the more I realize I was asking too much for a bike to be as thoroughbred of a racer and expect it to suck up every little bump in the road too. Even on big hits, it does have that absorbent cushion that carbon so often gives you. Hit a pothole you don’t see and it doesn’t feel like you broke the frame in half, it’s stiff but still absorbs exceptionally well.
Stability = 10 (Don’t try this at home…..but you can ride it with no hands downhill at 40mph…confidently, go figure)
Wow. I was so confident coming down a steep grade that I let go of the bars just a bit to see if it would start the dreaded fork wobble….nothing. So, I let go and sat up slowly with no hands. Nothing…straight as an arrow. Amazing!!
Sprinting = 12
Oh yes, like climbing when you want to GO, just say so and it’s all business. No flex, no loss, just pure acceleration.
Finish Quality = 10
The paint scheme is beautiful, mine is red, the carbon shows just enough to make a statement, the detail of attachment points, drop outs, wire routing, battery holder and general flow of the design is gorgeous. It’s not only fun to ride, but it gets a lot of second looks, questions and compliments.
Ride Noise = 10
One of the first things you notice, besides the fact that you’re going fast immediately, without much effort, is the fact that It makes no noise at all. No cables banging each other or the frame, no hub-clicks, no chain or cassette noise, you can't tell if you’re riding anything but air. It’s dead quiet to ride. This gives you more time to hear the wind hit your ears, talk to your girlfriend or jabber non-sense to another rider that you are about to abuse on a hill.
Brakes = 10
Maybe it’s just because they are new, but this bike stops far superior to any of my other 4 Dura Ace bikes. You just dive in corners deeper and deeper and it builds more confidence with each turn that it will slow down in a hurry.
Di2 Shifting = 10
The electronic Shimano shifting is amazingly good, more specifically, perfect. The more you ride it the more you realize how much time they spent on details. Hood position, shifter touch and location, speed of shifting and accuracy is perfect. You just can’t make mistakes, unless you are lame. All the idol talk about the battery life being an issue is just plain hogwash. It seems to go forever and is incredibly easy to remove and charge, when necessary. It has an indicator light giving you literally weeks of notice before you’ll need to charge it.
Shifting trim adjustments = 10
On the fly trim adjustments are very easy, something I thought with electric shift would be difficult. The light readouts make is very simple and it’s hardly ever needed anyway.
Side note of surprise: 2010 version of the Dura Ace Carbon 1380 wheels are superb. Great feel, stiff yet compliant, alum braking surface, easy to mount, easy to true, durable and dependable.
If I had to pick on something just to make this review sound more credible, it hops a little in the back under heavy braking on bumpy roads probably due to the short chain stays (402 on a large). This is really nit-picking though. Hey if it was perfect no one would believe all the praise I’m giving it. Honestly it’s amazing and I’m not easily impressed.
Bikes currently owned (all Dura/Ace/ all 58cm): Scott CR1 team issue with full carbon wheels 15.2 lbs / Trek 5.9 Madone / Specialized SL2 / Specialized Tarmac E5
The 2011 Arizona State Criterium Championships were held in Phoenix this past weekend, and BH Bikes dominated.
Team RideClean took the top step of the podium for the Cat 1 group when Jonathan Parrish pushed his BH Bikes RC1 across the finish line.
After an amazing pull by BH Bikes inside sales master Travis Erwin, Markus Heyward, both riding for Team Bicycle Ranch, piloted his G5 to first place in the Cat 2's, while George Cyrus, also of Team Bicycle Ranch won the Cat 3 race.
Congrats to all the BH Bikes racers for a great effort this past weekend!
The Primal/MapMyRIDE Professional Women's Racing Team powered by BH Bikes travels to California this week for the Redlands Bicycle Classic March 31-April 3, the second stage race for the first-year team.
Team member Tiffany Pezzulo heads to Redlands after posting top-5 finishes in the road race and criterium stages of the San Dimas Stage Race last weekend and Liza Rachetto and Emily Kachorek enter the event coming off top-10 finishes at the Merco Cycling Classic in Merced, Calif. in early March. The Primal/MapMyRIDE team also enjoyed an impressive performance at the John Earley Memorial Valley of the Sun race in February, the team's first stage race.
"The team is heading to Redlands very much on form and excited to race as we start into the main stretch of our season," said team director Susannah Gordon. "Redlands has a great field of talented riders, and we're confident we'll be in the mix on Sunday."
The Redlands Bicycle Classic features a time trial prologue followed by two road stages and a criterium. One of American's longest-running stage races, the Redlands event began in 1985 and has grown into a major early-season event for many professional teams.
The Primal/MapMyRIDE team roster for the 2011 Redlands Cycling Classic:
- Emily Kachorek, Sacramento, Calif.
- Gwen Inglis, Lakewood, Colo.
- Kasey Clark, Louisville, Colo.
- Liza Rachetto, Los Altos, Calif.
- Megan Hottman, Golden, Colo.
- Nicky Wangsgard, Salt Lake City
- Nicole Evans, Salt Lake City
- Tiffany Pezzulo, Salt Lake City
For more information about the team, visit www.primalprowomensracing.com
BH Bikes has joined forces with RideClean p/b PatentIt.com cycling team as Official Equipment Supplier. The RC1 from BH Bikes has been chosen to outfit the team and will carry them while contesting a comprehensive schedule of road racing. The schedule covers USA Cycling's National Race Calendar events as well as the USA Criterium Championship series races. The team will travel to more than 18 states and the District of Columbia to bring exposure to their mission for Clean Sport and to showcase the high-tech carbon fiber bikes.
RideClean is a national organization based in Phoenix, Arizona. Founded in 2006 by top cyclists passionate about their sport, RideClean is leading a growing movement for a drug-free and ethical culture in professional and amateur sports. A variety of RideClean programs reinforce positive, clean-sport role models for both young and professional athletes.
"It is very important to the team to be confident they have the best equipment to race and train on. These guys are racing against some of the best in the world and BH gives them a leg up on the competition," said Team Director Brock Boring. "If you look at the technology at BH, it's definitely cutting edge. They have some proven minds behind it. When you get the right mix of design and innovation and quality fabrication, it just works."
"This team is a serious threat in a wide variety of races," said Chris Cocalis, President of BH Bikes USA. "From our standpoint we want to ally ourselves not only with bike racers that can utilize and obtain benefits from our innovations, but also with an organization that "gets" us like we "get" them. We're quite pleased because with RideClean we have found a partner that shares our vision."
One more time, Eneko Llanos's big goal this season is the Ironman Hawaii. This year will be different, though, for the BH-sponsored triathlete has decided to compete in fewer triathlons than in previous seasons so that he can build more strength before coming to Kona.
In an interview for Noticias de Álava, Eneko said he was in his prime. "At my age, I'm ready to face these distances. I feel motivated and I really want to be there. I'm in good shape, too. I'm making my workouts more intense now and I'm responding well."
Being in good physical condition, the triathlete from Vitoria-Gasteiz has marked fewer events on his racing calendar this year, so that he can get to Hawaii feeling good. "I'd set other goals for myself last year, like the Vitoria-Gasteiz ETU Long Distance Triathlon European Championships or the IM Lanzarote. This year, I do have other goals as well, but I'll focus mainly on Hawaii," Eneko remarked.
Improving performance on the BH Aero
Eneko believes the key to success in Kona is riding faster than in 2010. "I want to improve my performance on the bike and keep my pace in the run."
Eneko will be content only if he can climb to the highest step of the podium in Hawaii, which he almost did in 2008. "The seventh place last year was good, but since I was second in 2008, I only want to do better. Last year I was left behind by the leading bunch on the bike, just the segment I'm strongest at."
However, riding faster is really difficult, since times have shortened over the past few years. "Cutting down one or two minutes is far from easy. The top ten is decided by minutes and the win, by seconds. The level has risen a lot. Of course, it all depends on how the race unfolds: the pace, the wind, and so on," Llanos explained.
In his sixth time at the Ironman Hawaii, Eneko will fight for victory in the peak of his career. "I think I'm in my prime. I don't know if I've reached my climax or I can still improve. I believe I can, but at my age and with my experience, this can be my best time," he added.
Angela Naeth, a top-level athlete who has displayed exceptional growth in recent years, is poised to lead Ironman 70.3 events, 5150 Olympic-distance events and various other championship events around the world.
After finishing 8th in the 2008 70.3 World Championships, Naeth was forced to sit out the 2009 season because of a severe tibia stress fracture. She returned to competition in 2010 with seven 2nd place finishes on the 70.3 circuit and a 7th place finish at the 2010 70.3 World Championships.
Naeth will be competing and training atop the BH Bikes GC Aero, which was developed and designed with the world's top triathletes in mind. BH Bikes collaborated in its design with the best fit experts, leading retailers and most seasoned journalists in the sport. It is the same bike that Spanish professional triathlete Eneko Llanos competed with during his multiple top-ten finishes at the annual Kona Ironman event.
"I wanted to be atop a bike I was comfortable with, one I believe in, and one that will help take my results to the next level. My new GC Aero is stylish, svelte, speedy and extremely comfortable! It was also very important for me to be with a company I trust. I look forward to my first competitions here soon, and to a long relationship with BH Bikes," said Naeth.
In addition to the GC Aero, Angela will strengthen her training routines by riding the BH Bikes Cristal, an all-new, world-class women's race-specific frameset that raises the bar for women's fit, ride quality, performance and technology in the world of road cycling.
"BH Bikes is making a big push into triathlon this year, and we're extremely excited to have Angela ride for BH Bikes over the next two seasons. She has worked hard for great results, and we are excited to be able to supply her with equipment that will help propel her to the top step of the podium. She'll be a great ambassador for BH," said Chris Cocalis, president of BH Bikes USA.
The relationship between Naeth and BH Bikes is one of mutual benefit. BH Bikes brings Naeth a complete package to enhance her training regimen, improving her position to win. Long regarded as the leading fitness equipment company in Europe and earning multiple product best buy awards in North America, BH Fitness will also supply Naeth with training equipment such as treadmills and indoor cycles to provide flexibility in her training schedule and help her reach her total fitness goals. As a coach and trained physical therapist, Naeth will use her proven experience to offer informed feedback and input into the development of future BH Bikes triathlon bicycles and BH Fitness equipment for home and commercial use.
"We're thrilled to be part of Angela's success in both triathlon and fitness. As one of the fastest growing health and fitness brands in North America, working with Angela is one more way we're separating ourselves from the pack. And with BH Bikes and BH Fitness coming together to provide the complete triathlon training and racing package, we're very excited about our future in the sport," said John Kipper, Chief Operating Officer at BH Fitness.
Naeth placed 5th at the Abu Dhabi International Triathlon this past weekend. She will continue to train in Tucson, Arizona upon her return, and will head to Galveston, Texas next month for the Memorial Hermann Ironman 70.3 Texas.
Angela's Race Schedule for 2011 includes:
Eneko Llanos, atop his BH Bikes GC Aero triathlon bike, is among the favored to win the 2011 Abu Dhabi International Triathlon on Saturday. This will be the first major test of 2011 for Llanos, and among his closest rivals will be Craig Alexander and Chris McCormack, the latter being the 2010 Ironman World Champion.
Llanos has been training in Lanzarote, in the Canary Islands. "My workouts still have high intensity, and I feel spectacular, with more strength and more spark."
Also participating in the Abu Dhabi event for the first time is Angela Naeth, who recently signed on to race with BH Bikes and the GC Aero triathalon bike. A native of Canada, Naeth is expected to place on the podium on Saturday.
You can find more info about the 2011 Abu Dhabi International Triathlon here.
The California Pools & Spas/DeWalt Cycling Team posted several podium spots this weekend in Imperial County. Additionally, strong teamwork among the nine team members gave the team several top-ten spots. Highlights include rider Rob Kampilla winning the Cat 1 Imperial Classic on, while Team Cat. 1 rider Tomo Hamasaki doubled it up with another first place win in Brawley, with Robb taking second place on Sunday.
In the Pro race later in the day, Brent Garrigus, Team Cat. 2 rider and owner of local shop Ride Cyclery, was second in the Pro Race in Brawley, spending more than 1 hour off the front in a three man breakaway!
Primal/MapMyRIDE's Nicole Wangsgard grabbed first place while Tiffany Pezzulo took second in the 2011 Valley of the Sun Stage Race criterium on Sunday. The third and final stage of the race also saw Primal/MapMyRIDE team members finish 13th, 19th, 29th, 33rd and 34th.
Elsewhere in the race, Nicole Evans raced to 9th place in the time trial on Friday, while Emily Kachorek and Megan Hottman placed 11th and 12th, respectively. In the road race on Saturday, Kachorek placed 9th. Gwen Inglis and Kasey Clark finished 13th and 15th.
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Broc Tickle earned his first win of the season during a wet Round 4 of the AMA Supercross Lites Western Region series at Oakland Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, Calif. Tickle's finish brought him within one point of teammate Josh Hansen, who finished a solid second-place on the night. Making progress with his injured wrist, Tyla Rattray rode steady and consistent to finish fifth.
Tickle rode smart during a slippery and tough main event that saw him come from behind to take his first win of the season and second career victory.
"I don't even know what to say, I am so happy," said Tickle. "I was really motivated during the week after missing the podium last weekend. I felt good all week and came into Oakland with a good attitude. I wasn't fastest in practice, but I know that doesn't mean much. I did what I could to get a good start and let the race come to me."
Hansen put up a good fight in the 15-lap main event, but decided to ride smart after getting past by his teammate Tickle. He settled into second just after halfway and gained valuable championship points with his podium finish.
"I thought it ended up being a good night even though I didn't win," said Hansen. "Tickle rode really good. I was overriding the track and ended up making a lot of mistakes. I ended up getting into a groove and settled for second. I know that the championship won't be won here tonight, and I needed to be smart and not lose any more points."
Everyday Rattray continues to make progress with his injured wrist and it showed in Oakland with a solid fifth-place finish on the slippery and technical track.
"I felt pretty good this weekend," said Rattray. "The track was pretty gnarly with the ruts so it's nice to be in the top-five. I am making steps forward and getting healthy again, which is the most important. It will be nice to see where I am at after another race since I seem to be getting better every day."
The next event will bring the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team back to Anaheim, Calif. where the series started. Angel Stadium will not only host the fifth round of the Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM Championship, but the second annual breast cancer awareness event as Anaheim 2 "Goes Pink."
After recently wrapping up training in the Canary Islands, Eneko Llanos, from the Alava area of Spain, returned to his championship form by winning the Spanish Winter Triathlon Championship. "I am the Champion of the Spain Winter Triathlon! After many years of being close to the title, I finally got it!" said an exited Llanos.
Llanos led the race from the start, and increased his gap with the 10k run through the strieets in Reinosa. He cemented his lead when it came to the bike. Llanos pushed his GC Aero through 12 miles of flat roads, and then up the final 10 mile climb to claim the win.
The team kicked off its season this weekend at the CBR criterium, held in Dominguez Hills, CA. The team controlled the race and put up a good fight besides the likes of Gord Fraser and national Champion Chris DeMarchi. Pictured is the "train" en route to delivering its sprinter, Andy Brown to the line! The team is looking good and on it's way to a great 2011 season.
The women of the Primal/MapMyRIDE Professional Women's Team will be riding the BH Bikes Cristal for the 2011 season. Their schedule will see the team racing in places like Arizona, California, Oklahoma, Georgia and Oregon. The BH Bikes Demo Tour truck and trailer will be at some of the events, and you'll be able to ride the Cristal for yourself. Here's the team's schedule:
Feb 11th-13th - Valley of the Sun SR - Phoenix, AZ
March 30-April 3rd - Redlands Classic - Redlands, CA
April 14th- 17th - Sea Otter Classic - Monterey, CA
April 27th-May 1 - Tour of the Gila - Silver City, NM
May 5th-8th - Joe Martin SR - Fayetteville, AR
April 30-May8th - Speedweek Crit Series - GA
June 10-12th - Tulsa Tough Crit Series - Tulsa, OK
July 20-24th - Cascade Classic - Bend, OR
One wouldn't normally expect to find motorcycle racers training on bicycles. But it's a fact: riding bicycles is a great way to prepare for the physical output needed to be successful at racing motorcycles on the dirt. Everyone on the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team are avid cyclists and log many miles on their BH G5's. As such, the team is dominating the AMA Supercross Lites Western Region Series.
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Josh Hansen earned his second win of the season at Round 2 of the AMA Supercross Lites Western Region series at Chase Field in Phoenix, Ariz. Teammate Broc Tickle shot out to another main event holeshot on his Pro Circuit-backed Kawasaki KX™250F and finished second, while Tyla Rattray ended the night in sixth.
Hansen continued to show maturity on a difficult Phoenix track, waiting patiently to make a move around his teammate Tickle. After capitalizing on a tip-over by Tickle, Hansen rode steady to his second win in as many races.
"It feels good to get another win," said Hansen. "I've really wanted to give back to my team and the people that are behind me. When I was in second, I knew that I had to be smart because Phoenix was a track that you couldn't over ride. It was definitely tricky and I was able to pass when Broc went down. He was riding well and I know it would have been a battle if I ended up going in for a pass."
In his second race with the new team, Tickle's boost in confidence has put him in the hunt for his first career championship. After his second-place finish in Phoenix, Tickle sits just six points back from teammate Hansen.
"I've been feeling good, but making small mistakes that have cost me," said Tickle. "I know that I am riding well and eventually the wins will come. I wasn't feeling 100 percent, so I'm happy to be back on the podium."
Rattray earned his first heat win of his supercross career in Phoenix, despite riding with a sprained wrist he endured from a practice crash. He kept up with the front-runners for most of the main event and finished just outside of the top-five in sixth.
"Coming into Phoenix, I was really just trying to get through the weekend," said Rattray. "I didn't know if I was going to be able to ride after my crash, but my wrist has been feeling better every day. I think sixth was pretty good considering it was hard to hold on the last five laps of the main."
With his team sitting 1, 2, and 3 in the points standings after two rounds, team owner Mitch Payton is pleased to see his team doing well.
"I'm really happy with our guys so far," said Payton. "Everything went great in Phoenix. Josh is riding great. Broc could have possible won since he was really fast tonight. Tyla is making great progress for riding in only his second supercross race and I expect more from him next week."
The fine people over at Primal are celebrating the launch of their new web site by giving away a free, brand new G5 frameset! How cool is that?
There are only a few days left to enter for your chance, so you better hurry!
By entering your email address, not only do you get the chance to win the G5 frameset, but you'll also become a Primal Team member. Membership benefits include getting news on upcoming Primal events, updates on new Primal products, exclusive offers, and information on how to help the causes that Primal supports.
Here's your link to join the Primal Team and your chance to win the G5 frameset!
In classic cyclocross conditions of heavy rain and mud, Isaac Suarez powered through the conditions to finish in third place in the Spanish Cyclocross Championships on Sunday. Riding his BH Bikes RX1 for Cantabria Infinita-BH, Suarez battled it out to the very end, finishing only 43 seconds behind second place at Valori Zamora Park. Javier Ruiz de Larrinaga won the gold, while Jose Antonio Hermida won the silver medal.
Elsewhere in the Spanish 'cross championships, Daniel Ruiz (riding for Hirumet Taldea Group) with his RX1 hung a silver medal around his neck on Saturday. Finally, despite being quite sick, Rocío Gamonal rode her RX1 to fifth place in the women's class.
Isaac Suarez grabs the bronze at the Spanish 'Cross Championships.
Murgoito rides to second place for U23.
Rocio Gamonal finishes 5th the women's Spanish Cyclocross Championships!
Primal/MapMyRIDE Professional Women's Team powered by BH Bikes today announced they are holding a special open house on Saturday, January 8. During the open house, cycling fans will be able to meet the women on the team, and learn about the bikes, products and GPS-based social media tools they will be using during the 2011 season.
The open house is being hosted by Treads Bicycle Outfitters at their Lakewood, Colo. store at 3234 S. Wadsworth Blvd. from 3-6 p.m.
Announced last November, the formation of the eight-member team aims to support professional women's cycling and create an avenue to develop women's specific cycling products.
Also unique to the team is that over the course of the cycling season, team members will be using the iMapMyRIDE smartphone application, which tracks and broadcasts speed, distance, and heart rate. Cycling fans and potential racers will be able to learn from team members' training regimes by monitoring that data, reading team members' blog posts and interacting with them on the team's group page on beta.mapmyride.com and on the team's main site www.primalprowomensracing.com.
Primal/MapMyRIDE Professional Women's Racing powered by BH Bikes' roster includes the following riders based in California, Colorado and Utah.
The BH Bikes RX1 cyclocross bike, and the men who pilot it, has made quite an impression in Arizona. For starters, brothers Kyle and Kamden Reedy racing for Web Op/Focus stood atop the podium in each of the six races of the Artisan Prosthetics/AZCross.com cyclocross series.
Tim Allen, racing for Feedback Sports and Golden Bike shop in Colorado…riding his RX1…took home the Arizona State Cyclocross Championship title for the Open class, while Kyle and Kam finished second and third, respectively. For those of you keeping score at home, that's a BH sweep.
"The RX1 is the best bike I have ever ridden…The internal routing was
great for the mud races," stated Kamden, who also grabbed the AZCross series overall points title. Brother Kyle won both the Masters 30+ and Open points titles.
Relatively new to the world of cyclocross, but well-versed and successful in other cycling disciplines, BH Bikes inside sales guy Brock Boynton enjoyed several top finishes in the series and other 'cross races around the state. He won the Cat 4 crown for the series, while also finishing 3rd in the Cat 3 race.
Despite some difficulties, Egoitz Murgoitio (Hirumet Taldea Group) and Isaac Suárez (Cantabria Infinita-BH) played their cards well in the thrilling last race of the Spanish Cup. An incredible day of cyclocross in which Murgoitio managed to stay ahead of Larrinaga (MMR - Lizarte) but couldn't stop him from winning his third consecutive Spanish Cup title, following his wins in 2008 and 2009.
Larrinaga profited from the bad luck of his rivals: Murgoitio had mechanical problems at the beginning of the race, and Suarez got a flat when he was going for a break in the race. With Suarez out of the picture, the stage was set for the last duel of the season between Egoitz Murgoitio and Javier Ruíz de Larrinaga.
Larrinaga knew that he just had to come in second to win the Cup, and Murgoitio, knowing that he wouldn't be taking home the trophy, found satisfaction in winning this race and showing that, of all the Spanish cyclocross racers, he's the one in best shape. From the start, his goals were perfectly clear. "I'm going out to win this race, to give it all I've got; we'll see what happens," he said. And he was true to his word, taking home this first place in the Spanish Cup. "I wasn't off to a very good start, what with the flat in the second lap, but I felt good and am very happy with the two wins this weekend," he said referring to his other win the day before in Llodio.
Llanez, of Cantabria Infinita-BH, was close to winning but in the end settled for a well-deserved third place. "I'm very disappointed, because today my legs were all set to win, but it just wasn't going to be. Both Larrinaga and Murgoitio went on the attack a couple of times, and I didn't have any difficulty staying right behind them, and with only three laps to go, I decided to go for it and pressed hard, and when it looked like I had a few meter's lead on them, I had a mechanical problem that made me lose 50 seconds. After all that good feeling, I really needed to see myself on the podium," said Suárez.
The WTC ranking, led by Chris McCormack, has Eneko Llanos in 9th place. Eneko, who has just turned 34, has also been nominated for Best Basque Sportsman 2010 by El Correo newspaper.
Nicola Spirig has also been nominated for Best Sportswoman of the Year, but in her case it is the Credit Suisse Sports Awards 2010. She stands 4th on the ITU Points List, behind Emma Moffatt, Lisa Norden, and Andrea Hewitt. This has not been Nicola's only achievement this year, as she is 2nd in the World Championship Rankings 2010, behind leader Emma Moffatt.
Josh Patterson over at Dirt Rag loves cyclocross, and approached us at Interbike to get the BH Bikes RX1 in for a review. His plan was to race a whole season on the RX1. He started with the grueling…even for 'cross standards…Iron Cross:
My first ride on this RX1-literally, the first time I clipped and rode it - was a 62-mile sadistic perversion of a cyclocross race known as Iron Cross. Long story short, my overzealous desire to put this bike through its paces was not punished by the bicycling gods-the RX1 performed admirably, better than I did… My poor performance had nothing to do with the bike, and everything to do with too many hours spent hunched over this here keyboard.
The Dirt Rag review of the RX1 will be published in their Feb 2011 issue, but you can read the rest of Josh's first impressions here. http://www.dirtragmag.com/reviews/bh-rx1-first-impressions
Primal Wear, a leading designer and manufacturer of branded and custom cycling apparel, today announced the official launch of Primal/MapMyRIDE Professional Women's Racing powered by BH Bikes. The formation of the eight-member team aims to support professional women's cycling and create an avenue for better feedback on the development of women's specific technologies.
Over the course of the training season, team members will also be using the iMapMyRIDE smartphone application which tracks and broadcasts speed, distance, and heart rate to the team's group page on beta.mapmyride.com and on the team's main site www.primalprowomensracing.com. Cycling fans and potential racers will be able to learn from team members' training regimes by monitoring that data, reading team members' blog posts and interacting with them by using the site's social media tools.
"We've formed a very strong team of women. People that other women, and even men, can look to for training advice and competitive inspiration," said Team Director Susannah Gordon. "Besides riding to win, two unique aspects of the team will be helping develop women's specific products, and fans will be able to learn from and interact with team members using GPS-based social media."
Primal/MapMyRIDE Professional Women's Racing powered by BH Bikes' roster includes the following riders based in California, Colorado and Utah.
BH Bikes is sponsoring the team with its women's specific Cristal road bike, a top-level road bike with geometry and sizing based on the company's European design experience, input from high-end bicycle retailers and fitters, and customer feedback. Team members will also use SIDI's women's specific Genius 6.6 shoes, clothing from Primal's women's line, and will be involved in future product development with all of the team's sponsors.
In addition to riding and winning, Primal/MapMyRIDE's mission is to support and promote women's competitive cycling.
"There are a lot of talented female cyclists around the country that would like to race," said Dave Edwards, Primal Wear founder and CEO. "Our hope for Primal/MapMyRIDE is that others will see what we are doing, build similar teams on the same model, and come out and race."
To garner national-level results and to encourage growth in the sport, the team will compete at the following high-profile USA Cycling sanctioned and National Racing Calendar (NRC) events:
Additional support of Primal/MapMyRIDE is provided by Dash, FSA, Retül, Reynolds, SIDI, Smith Optics, and Vittoria as second tier sponsors, and third tier sponsors are Breeze Bars, Enzo's Cycling Products, Giro, GU Energy, Lizards Skins and Treads.com.
For more information about Primal/MapMyRIDE Professional Women's Racing powered by BH Bikes, go to www.primalprowomensracing.com.
About Primal/MapMyRIDE Professional Women's Racing Team
Primal/MapMyRide Professional Women's Racing powered by BH Bikes consists of eight talented national-caliber bike racers. Formed in November 2010, the team's goal is to support and promote women's cycling through the use of women's specific products and access to the team using GPS-based social media. Cycling fans can follow and interact with team members at www.primalprowomensracing.com.
MapMyRIDE.com is the cycling-focused site of MapMyFITNESS, Inc. MapMyFITNESS, Inc. provides active individuals with the tools and community they need to succeed and excel in their athletic pursuits. The MapMyFITNESS, Inc. suite of websites is the premier source of community-based fitness content, tools, calculators and mapping technologies. MapMyFITNESS offers its users the practical means to visualize their health and fitness training progress through the use of maps, workout logs, fitness calculators/tools, user-led community groups, and its innovative mobile application iMapMy. MapMyFITNESS, Inc. includes: beta.MapMyRIDE.com, beta.MapMyRUN.com, MapMyWALK.com, MapMyHIKE.com, MapMyTRI.com, and beta.MapMyFITNESS.com.
About BH Bikes
BH Bikes capitalizes on a rich history of Spanish cycling and more than 100 years of setting performance standards in an industry inherently driven to innovate. Through a modern obsession with research, engineering, design and development, BH Bikes (www.bhbikes.net) has developed a specific line of higher-performance bicycles that are lighter, stiffer and more ergonomic than the competition. BH Bikes manufactured the first monocoque carbon frame weighing less than 800g, placing its frames among the lightest and most efficient in the world while also creating a new category-Ultralight Bicycles.
About Primal Wear
Primal Wear, founded in 1992 by avid cyclists, manufactures highly technical and authentic cycling apparel and some of the most recognizable jerseys in the world. Primal Wear (www.primalwear.com) has stayed true to its grassroots culture while steadily growing its customer base by providing branded and custom clothing to hundreds of thousands of cyclists every year from around the globe. As a company of die-hard cyclists committed to improving the sport, and designers dedicated to innovation and creativity, Primal Wear keeps in touch with the soul of the sport and its business.
You're Invited to Visit the BH Bikes Specialty Store During the Revo Cycles Lake Forest Grand Opening!
11.26.2010 - Revo Cycles - Lake Forest, CA
We here at BH Bikes are proud of our innovative, lightweight and great-performing bicycles. When Darrin from Revo Cycles in California offered to include us in his revolutionary retail store, we jumped at the chance. Darrin and the staff at Revo have created a truly unique bicycle-shopping experience that allows you to get a good look at the entire line of BH Bikes in a classy, comfortable and modern atmosphere that we designed ourselves.
Come to the Grand Opening of the fantastic Revo Cycles Store-Within-A-Store in Lake Forest, CA on Black Friday, November 26, 2010. We've worked hard to get our BH Bikes room dialed, and you're going to love it.
The Revo Cycles Grand Opening Celebration will include coffee and special promotions. Plus we'll be there with the BH Cycles Demo Tour truck and trailer, offering all visitors the chance to ride all of the ultra lightweight BH Bikes models. If you've been thinking of seeing what all of the buzz is about, this is your chance to ride BH Bikes and believe.
The party gets underway at 8:00 a.m., so you'll want to get there early! See you there!
Visit the Revo Cycles web site for more info such as directions, etc. http://revocycles.com/
You've probably noticed since you're reading this that we're putting the finishing touches on our new web site for BH Bikes USA. We've been working with Damion Hickman Designs out of Foothill Ranch, California, and we're rather excited about it. Any web site is a constant work in progress, and we'll be tweaking this one as we go. We'd love to know what you think about it, and what else you'd like to see. Drop us a line at email@example.com!
In other news we have some product excitement for you! So let's cut right to the chase!
G5 - BH Bikes has revolutionized the sport of cycling with the G5. This lightweight race machine is the most advanced road frameset ever built, and has proven successful at the highest levels of professional bicycle racing. More information can be found here.
RC1 - We're really excited about this new model. Heir to the technological legacy of the G5, the all-new RC1 is designed for competition lovers. Building on the heritage of the G5, the RC1 blends the racing performance and fit of the G5 with an even smoother road feel. More information can be found here.
Cristal - The 2011 BH Cristal is an all-new, world-class women's race-specific frameset that sets a new bar for women's fit, ride quality, performance and technology in the world of road cycling. The Cristal is the G5, performance-tuned for female riders. More information can be found here.
RX1 - With a reputation for winning, the RX1 is designed and built to perform for the best riders in the world at the top level of the sport from Europe to Portland, as well as amateurs and recreational racers seeking the best-performing equipment to reach the next level. More information can be found here.