Over the course of the next three Fridays, August 13, 20, and 27th Rapha will be screening three exclusive films on the front of their homepage. The films have been produced by Ridley Scott Associates (yes, that Ridley Scott) for Rapha to highlight our Club Jersey’s from the Summer 2010 line.
The films will each be screened ONE DAY ONLY starting this Friday.
The first film A Throw Of The Dice. is Director Nick Livesey’s take on famed Professional Bike Racer and Thrice Paris-Roubaix winner Johan Museeuw.
Almost every piece of Rapha clothing has what we call an “Inside Story” placed somewhere in the garment. With the jerseys it is inside the back zippered pocket, and with our current collection of Club Jerseys we turned our focus to two ex-Pro racers (Sean Kelly, and Museeuw) and one current Professional Bicycle Framebuilder (Dario Pegoretti).
The film features footage from last years Paris Roubaix as well as footage from Museeuw’s winning years. It is a very intimate look at what the race means through the eyes of one of its fiercest competitors – The Lion of Flanders (Museeuw). The directors were given free reign to interpret as they will and it goes without saying that Livesey took this explorations to the utmost maximum to produce one of the strangest, most compelling and visually stunning short films about a bicycle racer that I have ever seen. It has been a treat for us to see and hear about these films as they have been in their development stages.
Below you will find dates for all three of the trailers as they live on the Rapha site. Please feel free to embed them into your blogs, websites and tumblr’s as you see fit. The full length films will NOT be available to embed, and will only be accessible for 24 hours. So, please help us in getting the word out there.
A Throw of the Dice
Premiers August 13th
Two Broad Arrows
Premiers August 20th
Premiers August 27th
To check the flick, head to Rapha Performance.
FIRST LOOK: Nalini ‘Cross Gear
For those brisk Fall days ? cyclocrosss weather! ? the Mango LS/SS Jersey is the ideal garment, offering wind protection and the flexibility of removable sleeves. Nalini unique Quick-Burst sleeve removal technology allows sleeves to be undone in seconds. Moreover, once removed, the long sleeves reveal traditional short sleeves, rather than a vest. So, if your cool morning transitions into a warmer afternoon, the Mango is the solution.
• Windbreak protection
• Detachable sleeves, Quick-Burst
• Anatomical fit
• Coolmax insert inside collar
• Breathable mesh insert
• Cell-phone pocket
• Silicon gripper at bottom
• Reflective tape
• Colors: Green, black, white, red, blue
For ‘cross racers who prefer a warmer bibshort, perhaps supplemented by knee warmers, if needed. Enter the Nalini Ficus Bibshort. Made from a warmer thermo fabric, the Ficus provides that extra bit of warmth over that of a summer bibshort. The standard quality Nalini construction applies.
• Thermo bibshort
• Cycling fit
• Rubberized band at bottom
• 25cm leg length
• Colors: Black or white
More on Nalini at www.albabici.com and www.nalini.it
JUDITH ARNDT SCORES TT WIN AT ROUTE DE FRANCE
HTC-Columbia’s Judith Arndt took the victory of stage four of Route de France on Thursday clocking the fastest time in the 24.3km time trial in Saint Georges/Baulche. The win moves her into second place in the general classification, only one second behind leader Annemiek Van Vleuten, with two stages remaining in the race.
“It was a good race for me,” said Arndt. “I felt good the whole way. The roads are dead here so maybe it helped that I’ve been training in Australia on similar roads, but overall it was a really nice course. A little bit windy and a few smaller hills.
Arndt gained precious time on some of her GC competitors in Wednesday’s stage by making it into the 13 riders break that gained over three minutes on the field.
“We worked hard to get the advantage yesterday but towards the end of that stage I was able to save some energy and sit on because we also had Adrie [Visser] and Ina [Teutenberg] in the break and they worked to keep the gap high.
“However I’m still one second behind on Annemiek and she is riding well and can sprint really well. The next two stages are harder than the previous stages which is good. We’ll have to sit down tonight and come up with a plan of how to take GC. I will try everything for sure, but it’s not going to be easy.”
Saxo Bank-Sungard Signs Contador’s Mountain Men
Three-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador has been given a boost after his new team, Saxo Bank-Sungard, signed three of his closest stage race helpers on Thursday.
Astana rider Contador, the yellow jersey champion in 2007, 2009 and 2010, will race for the outfit run by former Tour winner Bjarne Riis as of 2011 after signing with the Dane last week.
On Thursday Riis announced that all-rounder Benjamin Noval, as well as climbing specialists Jesus Hernandez and Daniel Navarro, have also signed two-year deals.
Riis said in a statement: “Having met the three strong and loyal riders, it was a natural and almost obvious move to sign them. They have shown great stamina and loyalty during this year’s Tour de France along with a great will to cooperate and sense of team spirit.”
Navarro, who won a stage of the tough Dauphine Criterium in June as Contador finished runner-up, said: “Here, I will be able to help the team and Alberto to another Tour de France victory. I’m looking forward to working with the staff and to meet my new teammates and experience Bjarne’s way of working.
I am convinced that we will have a very strong team.”
Noval said: “Working with Riis makes me calm because their team has always had a reputation for being well-structured with clear ideas. I hope it will be a fruitful experience for all of us and personally, my goal will be to help the team in every race I do.”
Along with Navarro, Hernandez is considered a key helper for Contador whom he helps to pace in key mountain stages.
“This move is perfect for me. I get to keep riding with Alberto and I get to start working with a serious team with a lot of discipline,” said Hernandez.
“I’m very excited to start working with Bjarne as he has proven to be a great sports director. I’m convinced that we will achieve great triumphs together.”
Contador signed with Riis just over a week after he beat Luxembourg’s Andy Schleck, who currently rides with Saxo Bank, by 39secs to win his third Tour.
Schleck and his brother Frank are set to leave the team to join a home-based outfit.
During his time at Astana, Contador won a Giro d’Italia and Spanish Vuelta title as well as two of his three Tour de France titles.
Feillu Extends Tour de l’Ain advantage
France’s Romain Feillu, riding for the Vacansoleil team, won the second stage of the Tour l’Ain on Thursday, a 138.8km run from Villars-les-Dombes to Trevoux to confirm his place as race leader.
A winner of a stage in the Tour de Burgos last week, Feillu had taken over the race lead on Wednesday when he was second on the opening stage behind Stephane Poulhies. Feillu took victory on Thursday, getting the better of Steve Chainel in a sprint finish by just one second.
2nd Stage Tour de l’Ain Results
138.8km run from Villars-les-Dombes to Trevoux:
1. Romain Feillu (FRA/Vacansoleil) 3h02:10, 2. Steve Chainel (FRA/Bouygues
Telecom) at 1sec, 3. Tony GAllopin (FRA/Cofidis), 4. Nacer Bouhanni (FRA/Franaise des Jeux), 5. John Murphy (USA/BMC Racing Team) all same time
1. Romain Feillu (FRA/Vacansoleil) 6hr 27min 43sec, 2. Tony Gallopin
(FRA/Cofidis) at 12, 3. Haimar Zubeldia (ESP/Radioshack) at 15, 4. Wilco Kelderman (NED/Rabobank) same time, 5. Greg Van Avermaet (BEL/Omega Pharma
Lotto) at 16.
LOOK WHAT A TOUR DE FRANCE WINNER’S BIKE FETCHED RECENTLY – Floyd Landis
United Heatlhcare Readies For Cit Nationals
UitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team Presented by Maxxis will take an eight-rider squad to Glencoe, IL Saturday in pursuit of the U.S. Pro Criterium Champion’s jersey.
The Team won the jersey last year with John Murphy, the third time the Team has won it since 2005, when Tyler Farrar won it. ‘The U.S. Pro jersey is a coveted jersey and it’s something we’d like to keep in the family,’ said Team Director Mike Tamayo. ‘This race is one we’ve had a lot of success at in the past, and we’re highly motivated to bring home the jersey.’
Previous editions of the race more often than not came down to a bunch sprint. But with a new course for this year ? the race is moving from its traditional home in Downers Grove to Glencoe this year ? the question is, will there be a bunch kick at the end?
‘We’re bringing a very strong sprint squad to the race,’ Tamayo said. ‘But we’re also bringing guys who can create moves and win out of breaks. We’re looking forward to the new course. It should make the race more exciting and unpredictable.’
At a shade over 2 km and with 10 turns, the course is longer and more technical than the Downers course, which hosted the championships for 24 years. Glencoe also offers up a decent bit of climbing that could cause separations and offer launching pads for attacks. In particular, the one-block climb up Hazel Avenue, followed by five blocks of false flat until the final turn and a fast run to the line. The last turn is wide open, and likely won’t prove as decisive as the final turn at Downers, especially if the race has a lready broken apart by then.
If the race does come down to a bunch kick, UnitedHealthcare Presented by Maxxis will look to its two young American sprinters Jake Keough and Eric Barlevav, to contend for the jersey.
‘Jake has been one of the top sprinters in the country this year, and Eric has been on the podium at a number of races, including the Kelly Cup,’ Tamayo said. ‘If it comes down to a sprint, we’ll have a lot of horsepower to lead those guys out for the finish.’
Much of that horsepower will come from a trio of non-Americans who are ineligible to win the jersey, but are still eligible to race in the open format: Australians Karl Menzies and Jonny Clarke, and Canadian Andrew Pinfold.
If it’s a small group coming to the line, UnitedHealthcare Presented by Maxxis strongmen like Brad White and Adrian Hegyvary might factor into the jersey mix, as well as Matt Crane. The Team also has a dark horse in road captain Tim Johnson, who is coming back strong from an ankle injury sustained in April.
‘This really has the potential to be an unpredictable race,’ Tamayo added. ‘With the new course, and, essentially, two races going on simultaneously ? the one for the win and the other for the jersey ? team tactics could change significantly over the course of the race. I think all the teams will have to be prepared for any number of scenarios that could play out.’
UnitedHealthcare Presented by Maxxis for the USPro Criterium Championship, August 14:
Eric Barlevav, USA
Jonny Clarke, AUS
Matt Crane, USA
Adrian Hegyvary, USA
Tim Johnson, USA
Jake Keough, USA
Karl Menzies, AUS
Andrew Pinfold, CAN
Brad White, USA