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April 11th, 2014

the guys are getting ready to head north for the CHARLOTTE'S PRO novant health crit BICYCLE RACES SATURDAY, APRIL 12, 2014!

Held in Charlotte's Center City, an international field of the world's top men and women's professional cyclists will take to the streets of uptown Charlotte and will compete for one of the largest prize purses in the Novant Health Invitational Criterium (formerly known as the Presbyterian Hospital Invitational). Returning for its 11th year, the races take place on a 1.25 mile spectator friendly course starting at the Center City intersection of Trade and Tryon Streets, where spectators are up close to the fast, exciting racing action. Over the past several years, these races attracted more than 35,000 spectators to watch an elite field of riders from 23 countries. This race benefits the Brain Tumor Fund Carolinas.

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Cesar Grajales is back!

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Cesar Grajales loves to visit South Florida

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March 24th, 2014

First race of the season. Pro team Colavita / Fine Cooking - Stradalli dominated criterium race at Delray Beach Twilight Festival on Sturday March 22. Erica Allar took the well deserved first place. We cannot be prouder. Thank you Erica! Thank you team! Keep it up!

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March 22nd, 2014

Team Colavita Fine Cooking - Stradalli had a training camp and a sponsor meeting in Tucson AZ. Team members and sponsors including Tom Steinbacher participated in local rides and climbed Mt. Lemmon.
You can see some familiar faces in these pictures. Erica Allar, Thomas Steinbacher, Grant Potter, Cesar Grajales, Jame Carney and others.

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March 6th, 2014

Tom Steinbacher and Grant Potter of Stradalli are joined by Erica Allar and Jame Carney of Colavita/Fine Cooking on the rides in Tucson AZ. Climbing Mt Lemon is a challenge but one of the most exciting rides at the same time. Weather is great and the scenery is breathtaking.

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February 8th, 2014

Before the Race

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Team Colavita-Stradalli Cycle is getting race numbers.
It is raining and 51F
Boys are not happy :)
Let's hope the race is better for the team than the weather.

February 7th, 2014

Race for Humanity 2014

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Race for Humanity in Dade City Fl is this weekend!

Members of Colavita-Stradalli Cycle Men's Team: Cesar Grajales, Yosvany Falcon, Grant Potter, Jose Frank, Lucas Wardein, and Roslan Rivera are on the way to Dade City to take part in the race. We wish them luck and we'll keep you posted on their progress and performance.

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January 26th, 2014

Sunday is the first semi-relaxing day.
We started with an easy breakfast by the beach , then went off to the team ride down to Brian Picolo park to watch some of the local Florida racing and socializing.
So far it has been a perfect training camp thanks to all the organization, the sponsors and all the endless work of Jamie Carney.

January 25th, 2014

Just look at this! Both women's and men's Colavita-Stradalli teams are happy to get a chance to ride together. We took an opportunity to take some group pictures between the rides.

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Last night we had a splendid team dinner at Positano Italian restaurant

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Lucas Wardein super excited about new Colavita-Stradalli kits

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Is that a smile on Tom's face?

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Yesterday Colavita-Stradalli team did a training ride along A1A.

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We would like to thank our sponsors:

Stradalli Shoes, Speedplay, Vittoria, Selle Italia, Bond, Shimano, FSA, Rudy Project, Clean Bottle, Castelli, Chamois Butt’r, Blindfold Magazine, Jaco Clothing, Cliff Bar, Olive Garden, Patagonia, Head Sweats and others.



Thank you for making this happen!

January 22nd, 2014

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All the bags packed with equipment from our sponsors and guys are off to the airport.

At 5:30pm the first five girls have arrived safe and sound. That's 1/2 of the team!

Now it's time for home cooked Colavita pasta birthday dinner.
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First Day of Training Camp.

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First thing this chilly (by Floridian standards) morning Tom Steinbacher and Jame Carney went on a bike ride along Fort Lauderdale beach. Jame treated Tom to a birthday breakfast.
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Now everyone is back to Stradalli Cycle headquarters working hard and fast fine tuning team bicycles and getting ready for the team Colavita Fine Cooking – Stradalli Cycle arrival.
This is going to be one very busy day.
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Through the course of the last few weeks preparations were on the way. We have received delivery after delivery of merchandise from our amazing team sponsors.
Stradalli Shoes, Speedplay, Vittoria, Selle Italia, Bond, Shimano, FSA, Rudy Project, Clean Bottle, Castelli, Chamois Butt’r, Blindfold Magazine, Jaco Clothing, Cliff Bar, Olive Garden, Patagonia, Head Sweats and others.
Thank you!
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The team bikes were built and all accommodations were prepared.

Team director sportive Jame Carney was the first one to arrive in Fort Lauderdale airport. Tom picked him up and took him to the Miami Heat game off course. Nothing gets you in the racing mode like watching other professional athletes compete (can you come with a better excuse?)
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January 3rd, 2014

Our top 4 racers achieved 71 podium places in 2013.
We just want to thank all of our sponsors, racers, families and friends for a happy and healthy 2013 Race Season.

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November 27th, 2013

For auction
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For Dreams to Wheels charity

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Now that we are back to warm South Florida it is time to reflect upon our journey, people we have met, places we have visited, things we've learned. It was a great learning experience.

Seeing America so different from the one we are used to is a very eye opening and spiritual experience. We would recommend everyone to retrace our rout.

This country is so beautiful and unique.  Places like Arizona and Nevada offer mountains and deserts and canyons and forests... just an overwhelming variety of breathtaking landscapes.

We watched Rashad Evans fight in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand and kick Chael Sonnen’s ass.

Everywhere we went we met nice people. We would like to name everyone by name but the list would be too long. Special thanks to Carl Blum who not only organized our first photo shoot but also helped us plan our rout and checked on us every day. Hillary from Days Inn in Kingman, Fran from Outpost Saloon, Pam, Jame Carney, Erica Allar, Karla from US Airways who helped us with our oversized luggage and many many others. Thank you all!

We want to thank our sponsors Graner Law, Jaco Clothing, FSA, Met-RX, Prologo, TRP, Schwalbe, Shimano, SRD Building Corp, Prachel Waterproofing and Restoration, Old Palm Title. Thank you for making this trip possible!

Our trip was a success. We have conquered miles of difficult roads, bad weather and ourselves. We have captured attention of thousands of people who followed our journey through our blog and learned of Dreams to Wheels charity. We hope all of you will keep them in mind and help them out every time you are upgrading your cycling equipment. Even used stuff will help the kids. Thanks!

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November 24th, 2013

Days like today make it all worth it. Even though it was cold and rainy morning soon enough we could see blue sky here and there and before we knew it Arizona showed itself in all it's beauty. Erica Allar and Jame Carney are the most funny and wonderful hosts and they have invited us on a ride in the outskirts of Tucson. To say that we were impressed with the scenery is to say nothing. We were absolutely mesmerized with the beauty of the nature. Twisted road went up and down the mountains covered with every kind of cactus imaginable. Scenery and ride today where amazing please see pictures . THANKS!

We have finished the perfect day with a dinner at Coffee Cup restaurant in a historic Hotel Congress in downtown Tucson.

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November 23rd, 2013

The weather will not change till the end of our trip. It started raining last night almost as soon as we reached our hotel in Phoenix and it hasn't stopped since. The forecast shows constant rain, thunderstorms and even flooding with more that 1" of rain per hour at times. We spent a night at a really nasty and dirty hotel that seem to have no renovations since the 80s. They sure have hired a great photographer to advertise themselves as three star hotel. In reality "Sahara" is a run-down place with conference/breakfast room flooded.
But back to our ride. As we eat breakfast we try to drag it out as long as possible. 85% of rain make us hope for the remaining 15% to prevail. Two things have changed for the better so far: it is going to be 55F all day and the wind has slowed down to bearable 10mph yet nobody wants to get soaked for the next ten hours. But we have no choice and we roll out towards Tucson.
Temperature climbed to 55F in the outskirts of Phoenix but then quickly dropped to 50F. Tom and Cesar are out of warm clothes and moving becomes impossible in a heavy rain and 48F. We decided to skip to Florence AZ and continue from there. Florence did not bring any relief. Same rain, fog and 52F. But a promise is a promise and guys took off from there. we made today the shortest day because this misery is hard to take. We reached Tucson in 5 hours cold wet and completely covered in dirt. We plan on doing a lot of riding around Tucson but the weather is going to take much fun out of it.
After we cleaned ourselves up at the hotel we went out and met up with Jame Carney, Erica Allar and Dulcy (long time Stradalli customer) We had a great night at the restaurant joking, talking about local cycling, Tour de Tucson and peculiarities of weather. One of the worst days finished with wonderful night.

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November 21st, 2013

Flagstaff to Phoenix AZ

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Bad news. Cold front came to Arizona. Near freezing temperature with pouring rain and dense fog. We have the longest leg of the trip today from Flagstaff all the way to Phoenix. We mapped our ride out at about 170 miles. Going through high elevations in this weather is just crazy. Our gear is inadequate. We do not want to disappoint anyone and ourselves but we have decided on cheating and shortening today's trip by about half  and ride in the van till the rain let up and temp went over 40 deg. Too bad. Most of this distance have up to 6% incline downhill and it would have been fun to ride if it wasn't for unbearable weather.
We drove to Camp Verde and by the time we got to the Montezuma Castle rain stopped and it got a little warmer. We have explored this castle built seven centuries ago in the caves in the vertical cliffs.
From here on we are taking Rt 260 to Payson. Cesar and Tom have agreed that they can and will ride for the remaining miles even though it is still cold and raining lightly but good enough to ride. Payson is exactly 5000' elevation and it should only be down hill from here. LOL . NOT TRUE.
Slowly but surly it warmed up and we did finally make it to Phoenix AZ. So far so good. Still a hard hilly ride but at least it was warmer then yesterday. PLEASE watch our lunch break Video. LOL
Colombian boy trying to touch a BABY CACTUS .

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November 20th, 2013

We were hoping to catch a break but luck is not on our side. We woke up to 27F and a cloudy sky. Forecast for Flagstaff: 40-48F 30% chance of rain and 10-18 mph wind. That's what we are dealt for today. On the bright side of things the breakfast was great and we are smiling and its already 31F  :)

All the people we met so far were very friendly. Our bikes and uniforms get a lot of attention and we have many conversations about our trip and cause and about Dreams to Wheels charity. People cheer us on everywhere we go. It's great to tell people about the charity and see them light up.

Cold drizzle started about 2 hours after we left Grand Canyon Village and soon turned into rain. There is nothing here on AZ-64 for miles. No gas stations, no roofs, no hot cocoa. Finally we have reached AZ64 - AZ180 junction and were surprised to see two cyclists in full rain gear with bikes hidden by massive saddlebags traveling in the opposite direction. Great to know that we are not the only crazies on this miserable road! That really gave Tom and Cesar renewed energy to carry on.

And they need all this energy. Soon the road started continuous climb. 7000, 8000, higher and higher. Tall pine trees offered little protection from the wind and rain at this altitude. Combined with sleek pavement it doesn't get much more miserable than this. Guys are not happy today.

Finally it stopped raining and Flagstaff was close.

Now hot shower, hot soup and good hot dinner - NIGHT NIGHT

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Steepest climb of the ride - climb to our hotel

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Dreams to Wheels

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I want to take a minute of your attention and write about the reason why we are doing this 1000 ride. We want to you to get to know Dreams to Wheels charity that helps to promote cycling in Colombia. Dreams to Wheels accept new and used cycling equipment and clothing. Imagine how happy a kid in Colombia will be to receive a used bicycle helmet, something he would never be able to afford otherwise. We are sure that every one of you have old helmets, shoes, jerseys that just sits in the garage. If you will find it in your heart to donate some of the equipment that you no longer use you can be sure that it will make some kid in Colombia very happy and grateful and our mission will be a success.
STOP BEING A HOARDER OR PACK-RAT AND DONATE YOUR OLD CYCLING STUFF!
YES WE ALL HAVE TO MUCH , PLEASE GIVE IT TO THE KIDS.
THANKS! THE 1000 MILE STRADALLI TEAM

Cycling to Grand Canyon

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Could not post this one yesterday, because we did not have Internet connection in Grand Canyon Village.

Crack of dawn and our van is covered in ice. Coffee, jalapenos, hot sauce on omelets to get us warm at Lilo's German breakfast place . We try to joke but we understand that today will be serious long cold challenge. Tom and Cesar are dressed in the full winter gear and we are off.
Desert gives way to pine woods and by the time we get to Williams AZ elevation reads 6772. It's hard to breathe this thin air for Florida boys. AZ-64 turns North towards Grand Canyon and hills get steep. Scenery is beautiful with mountains all around and huge wind farm in the distance but how much of it can be enjoyed on a never-ending climb?
The last stretch of the road brought some better luck. Road got flatter and the strong wind that tormented the riders all day becomes a strong tailwind and we reached the Grand Canyon Village before we knew it.
Tom and Cesar loved the tailwind :)
We went to the Canyon right away. We didn't have much time before the sunset but even the little time that we had we took some amazing pics and we all four agreed that this view was worth all the pain plus we all got kinda sentimental when we talked about the kids from charity. Yes four tough guys turned soft after seeing Grand Canyon and talking about the charity and then we've seen herds of deer and elk. Nature and God are amazing .

Dreams to Wheels

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Cesar Tom and Louis are in this picture

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It's not about what Tom is doing. It's about a deer

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Can you spot a deer?

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Deer does it in the woods, we still don't know about a bear.

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Cesar got balls

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Cesar Grajales, Artem Rodos, Thomas Steinbacher, Louis Gori

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Good night!

November 18th, 2013

It was freezing in Kingman at sunrise. We did not expect it to be that cold and a small cup of coffee from the hotel's continental breakfast did not add much comfort. We had no time to lose so started West on US-66. Luckily in just a few minutes Arizona sun warmed everything up and extra layers of clothes became unnecessary. We spotted a colorful place on the side of the road called "Mike's Outpost Saloon 66" and stopped there to leave jackets with the support van. We could not resist to take some pictures at the bar and the hostess Fran welcomed us in, showed us around, allowed us to take goofy pictures at the bar. What a lovely place! All the walls and the sealing are covered by autographs from all over the world in all languages. Wish we could stay longer but we had to roll. But not so fast! One of the bikes had a flat and Tom changed the inner tube quick.

Rout 66 is not an easy ride. Hills are steep and long, wind is relentless, and shoulder has many cracks and pebbles. We stopped for pictures at a place called Huckleberry General Store. Exectly what one would expect to find on US66. Old cars, 70 year old gas station and antiques.

Finding a place to eat is not easy between Kingman and Saligman. Especially if you travel at the speed of a bicycle. We found what seem to be the only functioning restaurant in Peach Springs. Nice clean place with good food was just what we needed. The hill that followed was not. It is by far the steepest climb on the way. Road gets pretty straight and flat after that but it is still over 30 miles to go. Cesar pulled for 28 miles and TOM DID THE REST.

Here we are in Seligman. Tiny town without a single traffic light. We were told the best restaurant in town is called "Roadkill". Let's go see what that is all about.

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Rt 66

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Leaving our high end hotel and resort in Kingman AZ. It is absolutely freezing this morning.

This is crazy, how can I be so wacky, today Nov 17th I'm CLEAN and SOBER 20 years and 3 month and yup I'm still a addict. Cycling for a 1000 miles to raise awareness for dreams to wheels, kids in Columbia that can not effort bikes or parts or helmets.
All is well riding in the Arizona desert with Cesar Grajales a top ranked skinny cyclist ( 70 lbs lighter than me) here it shows my addictive behavior, why are addicts so stubborn?
Up and down roads wind and I'm about 2 die with still about 40 miles to go I'm in pain and I'm hurting, he looks @ me and I say yes I can keep going, but I'm in pain and don't wanna go no more! Why don't I learn after 20 years going 2 meetings, we stop @ the gas station and I'm hungry and tired and thirsty and what is the first thing I see? Yup the big Budweiser fridge and yes it looks so good. Yes @ first my alcoholic brain says it's OK you are far away from home and and and all kinds of BS pops in my head. Amazing how life works, soon as I see the beer I get a text from my friend Jenn Jennifer Gimenez :) who is sober. All it says in the text is. Hey Honey, how is Ur trip? It's amazing how it helps 2 have good sober friends :) Sometimes u just need a reminder and good friends and life is amazing.
Sometimes u get signs from God when u least expected them even in the middle of the desert :)

I guess now its time 2 find a meeting :)
Tom S.

November 17th, 2013

From Las Vegas to Kingman AZ

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Our day started before sunrise. The van was packed, bikes double checked and by 9am we have passed Vegas and Bolder city and went to see lake Mead and Hoover dam. I stayed longer at the dam to take pictures but soon went chasing Tom and Cesar who already crossed Colorado river. I caught up with them about  20 miles on I93 observation deck in the company of two beautiful Michigan ladies who fed Tom and Cesar bagels and coffee. We took pictures together from this spot overlooking the river flowing through the canyon below. Soon after the road got straight and flat but going got very tough. Strong wind picked up and the road had no shoulder at all. Semi-trailers passing at 90 mph made it very uncomfortable. We made a stop at the place called Bullets and Burgers where anyone can shoot a .50 cal machine gun. We skipped on that fun and had some good sandwiches and burgers while listening to distant gunshots. That was the last stop on the way through the desert all the way to Kingman AZ. The road didn't get any better and soon guys had to start climbing. Finally after passing Coyote Pass at 3737 altitude we have reached Kingman.

Our hotel here is right on historic rout 66 and we want to see all colorful diners and gas stations that look like scenes from old movies.
We managed to have quick photoshoot before the sun went down.

Special thanks to Carl Blum who helped us a great deal with planning our trip, showing us around Vegas and making some of the most amazing pictures. We are lucky to meet  a hell of a guy like him.

And thank you Hillary - the best receptionist in Kingman AZ.

Happy birthday P17 !

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Loading bags in the van before we leave from Red Rock

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Riding around lake Mead

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Photo by Carl Blum

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Stradalli on Hoover dam
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Even bridge over Colorado river looks amazing from Hoover Dam
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Other side of Hoover dam. Officially in AZ. Time to turn the clock one hour ahead.

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Photo by Carl Blum

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Photo by Carl Bloom

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Thanks to our sponsors at FSA Full Speed Ahead for letting us test the new 4 arm carbon spider K-Force crank

So smooth! So perfect! So amazing!

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New Michigan friends that fed us bagels and cream cheese in the middle of the desert. THANX!

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Dangerous 93 with no shoulder to ride on, speeding semi-trailers, cars and strong cross winds
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Cesar kicking Tom's ass

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Mission accomplished. Cesar wins.

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Thanks so much to all of our sponsors! Special thanks to Graner Law and Jaco Clothing.
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Accieved today's goal. We are in Kingman AZ

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Quick shower and mini rest then sunset photoshoot with Hillary and Ashley
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Tom Steinbacher is killed by Cesar Gajales, Nevada hills and wind.

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