September 28th, 2016
September 20th, 2016
Nikodemus Holler raced with a constant performance to a great 7th place in the GC of Tour of China while Meron Teshome finished two times Top 10 in the sprint.
Everybody knows what large country China actually is. But not many of us could imagine how big it really is. Allthough we knew that with its 1,4 billion people China has almost 20% of the world's population, it was hard to realize what that means in reality. People where everywhere you look, cars everywhere and just crowded places one after another.
While cities as Berlin are already huge in our middle European understanding, it is not worth to talk about small towns like this in China. It starts with 10 million people to be a city. And when you land in a city named Chongqing, you start to understand that this is just another dimension of everything.
Chongqing – the biggest city on this planet has a surface of 83k square kilometers – the same as whole Austria (a country in Europe) – but with 4 times the population of Austria, 32 Million inhabitants. Awesome, insane or whatever you want to name it. Just unbelievable.
A normal day at this Tour was a little bit the same as at every other stage race so far, but just longer with everything, except the race. Wake up early morning, had breakfast and hed to the race start. 4 hours of racing and then a short shower followed by 6 to 7 hour transfer by bus. Yes, indeed, transfer by bus as the distances in this tour are also unbelievable. On two days the organizer preferred to put the riders and teams into airplanes for transfer as the distance between the cities was about 2.400 kilomterers .
Translated in European way of thinking: race in Frankfurt, transfer to Rome by Bus, then next day flying to Portugal for race and after transfer again to north of Spain. Awesome!
But the riders of team STRADALLI – BIKE AID were highly motivated to show another good stage race and play an important role both in GC and also in the daily sprints of this race that is ranked in UCI category 2.1. While Meron Tehsome finished two times Top 10 in the sprint of stage 1 and 5, Nikodemus Holler also performed well in the mountain stages with his 5th place on stage 3 and 9th in stage 4 that took him to the 7th place in the GC at the end of the race.
Both of the riders got great support from their team-mates who worked really hard to put them in position or defend the position in the GC by chasing down dangerous break-aways or just destroy the break in the beginning. Cycling is a team sport and without a team behind a captain it is nearly impossible to achieve good results. That's what makes a team into a team, to act together, to suffer together and to ride one for all, all for one without any compromise.
„It is really great to see, how the guys sacrificed themselves for me to keep the opportunity upright for me to take this great result in this hard race. I am so proud to have them on my side and that this year this special team spirit is in the team“ Nikodemus Holler said after the final stage.
Meanwhile, Tour of China II is on the run, with mainly flat stages in this second week in a country that is so unbelievable and unique.
We will have updates soon for part II
September 15th, 2016
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September 2nd, 2016
August 29th, 2016
Patrick Lechner wins regional championships in hill climbing and Dominik Merseburg takes 2nd place in Lingenfeld Crit race!
It was the hottest weekend of the year, with temperatures about 38 degrees Celcius but the guys from Stradalli - Bike Aid successfully beat the heat. While Patrick Lechner won the regional championship in hill climbing on satruday with a superb ride about 32 km per hour for 6 kilometers, Dominik Merseburg could prove that he is still in good shape and ready for Tour of China in 2 weeks
In a dramatic crit race on sunday afternoon in Lingenfeld, he and the team fought again aginst the experts in crit-racing Team Möbel - Ehrmann. After much effort and a dramatic final, Dominik had to let Simon Nuber take the place on the top of the podium but the team was very happy with his 2nd place: "the team worked really hard and well together for me today. It was a very hard fight with the guys from Ehrman and especially Simon Nuber and in the end he is a legend in crit-racing and for sure deserves to win. But I am very happy with my 2nd place today", Dominik Merseburg said after the race.
Under the watchefull eye of Tom Steinbacher, CEO and owner of Stradalli cycle, it was also Justin Pfaff from Florida who could do his first kilometers of racing in Europe as a new comer for Stradalli-Bike Aid pro cycling team .
Justin also will be racing Tour of China in 2 weeks for the team as his first professional UCI stage race.
August 22nd, 2016
Patrick Lechner sprints to the next podium for STRADALLI-BIKE AID.
Last nights criterium in Rülzheim Germany he could only be beaten by Marcel Fischer and Simon Nuber while Niko Holler team Stradalli- BIKEAID ranks 6th.
It was already late evening, under the floodlight of rülzheim that illuminated the Crit course with lots of corners, when Patrick Lechner stepped up again to the podium. He just finished 3rd in the criterium before and managed to fight against the two leading criterium-teams Möbel Ehrmann and Racing students who showed up with a squad of 8 racers .
After 15 laps in front of the pack, Patrick gained already lot of points and cash money that he could only be beaten in a hard final sprint by Marcel Fischer (Racing Students) and Simon Nuber (Möbel Ehrmann). A great result in a great race where Nikodemus Holler rounded the night up with his awesome 6th place.
August 12th, 2016
August 11th, 2016
Team Stradalli-Safetti Pro Cyclist Jose’ Frank Rodriguez (Rep. Dominican
Republic) has been on one amazing ride. A Journey which began 2 years ago where he placed 3rd at the UCI Paralympics World Championship held in Greenville, SC. But the story doesn’t start there. Back In 2002 Jose’ was involved in a near death life changing car accident where his leg was badly crushed from the knee down. A difficult decision, left Doctors almost having to amputate his Left leg from the knee; but with amazing medical technology they were able to save his leg while although still badly scarred and with limited movement; he still and has learned to be a top level pro cyclist with this handicap and still capture countless podium finishes with Non-handicapped riders all over the world and country. A testament to his hard work and a positive attitude; by not letting this otherwise life changing accident keep him from achieving his dream of bringing home a Gold medal for Team Stradalli-Safetti and his country at the Rio’ Paralympics Games in 2016.Competing in roadrace , track and Time Trial , maybe its 3 podiums. He still has one big race left on his calendar which he considers“training”. The Clasico Cayey in Puerto Rico, August 17th-22nd after that it’s back to the D.R for some Intense Mountain Training and other local races from August 22nd to September 3rd. Then he will travel over to Brazil, September 7th-18th for the Rio’ Paralympics Games; which will be his final challenge to bring home the Gold Medal.
We will keep you updated on his success as we follow this travels.
July 28th, 2016
After Meron has already showed the last two days with 2 times top 10 that he is in a promising shape, the whole team was motivated to step up with great results on today's stage. Knowing about the strength of the fast man from Eritrea, the team wanted to support Meron with no comprimise.
In the final of the stage the team led Meron out in a perfect position to start his sprint and he finished with a great performance only beaten by Jakub Mareczko from Italian Procontinental team Wilier Trestina. Marko Kump from World Tour team Lampre – Merida completed the podium on place 3, who already won 2 stages of this year's Tour of Qinghai Lake.
After taking this great result, Meron Teshome said with a big smile on his face: "today was a perfect day. The whole team comitted yesterday to work very hard to bring me in a good position and the guys did a great job. In the end I had the pressure to finalize the good work and to finish 2nd in such a big race with such great sprinters is just awesome".
July 22nd, 2016
July 20th, 2016
July 11th, 2016
Hi, for those of you that don't know me very well my name is Angel David Rodriguez, I am a 10 year old from Doral, Florida that love the sport of cycling. When you see this, I will be on my way to California, to compete on a Mountain Bike XC race for the National Title. My performance will be dedicated to all the kids in this World that like me are touched by the Autism Spectrum. On Wednesday about 4:30 pm pacific time, all of you can help me with your thoughts and prayers so we, together can make this happen.
Although I am well prepared mentally and physically by may coach Filippo Barbieri and I will be riding my trusty Stradalli 650 B AKA "The Beauty". Your wishes will be the extra boost needed to get the best result possible. For some of us "Autism is not a disability, it's just a different ability"
June 24th, 2016
His parents believe that cycling has helped tremendously with his autism and Angel competes in races throughout the year. Some of his more impressive accomplishments include:
Winning the State Time Trial Championship the first time he raced a road bike
Cross Country Champ Ages 9-11
Greater than all these accomplishments is the positive attitude Angel has towards life and others with disabilities.
“Angels Racing Together” is a program his parents created where children who are in therapy with Angel are brought to some of his races to cheer him on. Before the race Angel puts the names of each child who is there on the back of his jersey and gives them any medals or trophies he wins on that day. He does this because he wants them to experience some of the joy cycling has brought him.
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June 23rd, 2016
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June 20th, 2016
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Stradalli - Bike Aid's Patrick Lechner with 2nd Place in Bolanden – Niko Holler takes 6th in Landshu
With its name “Rund um den Donnersberg” (means „thunder“ in German) the race in Bolanden already expected a lot. And indeed it is a race where all year the Elite of the German road cyclists come together to fight against each other and make them suffer a lot. It is one of the few remaining real road races in Germany with 140 hard kilometers. Every single lap from 17 in total there is a 1,5 kilometer climb to leave behind. It doesn't sound really long, and compared to the alps it is really not, but everyone who ever did a race like this, perfectly knows that if you have to do this 17 times, that is what kills you at the end. And especially when there is a hard sprint at the top of the climb for a prime: that is even worse.
After the first or even second lap everything still feels quite comfortable but then, the 5th or 6th lap, the suffering starts. And you just wish you wouldn’t do this kind of racing.
What is the solution for a situation like this? Not so easy to answer but today three guys found a solution after lap 4 and made their way alone after the top of the climb. Among them: Patrick Lechner from team Stradalli – BIKE AID. He already proved to be in great shape in the Tour of Ireland and after giving his body the needed rest, he continues with great racing! The 3 lads in front harmonized well and quite soon they had a comfortable gap between them and the main bunch of 4:30 minutes.
As they went into the last lap, the gap remained at the same time and it was sure they will race for the victory. After a breathtaking final it was Simon Nuber from Team Möbel Ehrman who won the race and beat Patrick Lechner in the Sprint. The 2nd place is a great result for Patrick and the team, and Meron Amanuel rounded the day up with his 7th place in the following group.
Far more south the second hard race took place. 130 kilometers with more than 2500 meters of climbing makes the “Grand Prix of Baier Bike sport world” to one of the most prestigious races in the south of Germany. Nikodemus Holler on his full carbon Bitonto road bike also made his way into the break-away othat was dominated by the host team with 4 people in it. After a lot of attacks and a lot of rain, Nikodemus tried to put all his cards on the table in the final lap and attacked the break. 1 Kilometer to the finish line the guys behind could catch him with all they had and it was Florenz Knauer who won the race. Niko finished on a great 6th place and continues to show he's in great shape.
A really good race day with good results from the guys of Stradalli – BIKE AID! Well done and keep going next week at the German national Championships!
June 15th, 2016
June 13th, 2016
The first edition of this race started in 1908 and since then the riders found the finish year by year in the city of Cologne, one of the biggest cities in Germany with a huge history and tradition. The history of Cologne goes far back to the Romans who named it “Colonia” and it was one of the major cities at the times of the Roman Empire. Lots of battles and war between Romans and Germans took place – a big history that marked all of Europe. Now, more than 2000 years later on a cloudy Sunday morning, there was another battle that took place. But this time on a different kind of battlefield with different kinds of knights using modern kinds of swords to fight. Horses that have two wheels were ridden through the hilly landscape around the city of cologne.
A battlefield with a total distance of 205 Kilometers was ahead of the “black knights” from Stradalli – BIKE AID team. Their mission: conquer the empire of the “dark Lord” André Greipel from the Lotto – Soudal kingdom.
Well, maybe the text would have been like this couple hundred years ago. Today it is more like: Continental Teams trying to present themselves among the Top riders of the World. For sure it is a fight with very different weapons, but still it is worth to fight this fight again and again. Among the best riders were names like: André Greipel (Lotto – Soudal), Taylor Phinney (BMC), Nikias Arndt (Giant – Alpecin) or Sep Vanmarcke (Lotto – Jumbo NL). And what was the plan of the guys from Stradalli – BIKE AID? Well, to put a tiny guy from Eritrea in the middle of the sprint. So far so good. Meron Amanuel, a very fast guy has to sprint against the best of the world. And all other riders would have to protect him and keep him out of all the wind and trouble that can happen during such a long race.
The plan went well, until 30 kilometers to the finish line, when Meron’s back tire punctured in a very bad moment. All that effort for nothing? No, we still had Niko to make an impact. And the small climber made it with his 55 kilos to the top 20 again, among all those sprinters. But he is a very smart guy who knows how to keep position and that led to 17th place at the end.
A great race, a nice day and an awesome city! Thanks a lot Cologne and see you next year!
June 8th, 2016
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June 1st, 2016
Professional photographer Christian McGeachy of Penn State weighed in with his thoughts. “Obviously spending time in Central PA you see a lot of cyclists including mountain bikers. I was excited to work the event because we hear how great the Trans-Sylvania Epic is and how big it has been getting in the last few years. It’s a great event that raises money for very worthy causes. You get to see these amazing areas and sites in the woods, some beautiful destinations any photographer would love to shoot. But to actually see a real race take place is remarkable and the speed these guys are going is something you can’t appreciate unless you are here in person.”
McGeachy was able to get some great footage of Stradalli Cycle mountain bikers Cesar Grajales and Bob McCarty and was impressed with how challenging these trails are. “I don’t know how they do it. The speed they are going at and one mistake they face serious injury. Some of these trails wouldn’t be safe to walk they are so steep and full of debris and these racers come through here on their mountain bikes and aren’t even fazed when something is in their way. Add to that the fact that it is extremely hot and humid here and they do this every day for a week? When they try to explain that something is easy they say it’s like riding a bike. Well there is nothing easy about what the guys from Stradalli Cycle are doing. It’s truly inspiring. I’ve never been to a mountain bike race and I am so happy to have experienced this. These guys get up and keep going after falls or crashes that most of us would need a week to recover from and then they not only finish the race but race the next day.”
May 31st, 2016
“Cesar really helped a lot getting us prepared. When you get done with a race you are ready to relax and take it easy, but not here. You have to get ready for the next day, clean your bike and your gear, make sure it is ready to go, watch what you eat and stay hydrated. It’s very humid and hot up here right now but thankfully racing in Florida all the time helps prepare us for that. The trails are really rocky with bigger hills than we see back home and you have to be focused the entire time you are riding because you don’t want to make a mistake.” Bob McCarty
Also racing in the Trans-Sylvania Epic this year is Stradalli Cycle CEO Tom Steinbacher who was very impressed with the course so far and said everyone was having a great time. “It’s a lot of great people and great racing. Everyone is having fun and the trails are very challenging but that’s also part of the fun. It’s great to interact with mountain bikers from different parts of the country who come here each year. People have been asking questions about our mountain bikes and checking them out because they see how well they are handling these trails. It should be an interesting week of racing.”
A week full of stress, fighting, suffering and much more has now been left behind. Such a stage race always keeps very special and unique challenges for the riders. And it is not only the pure racing that makes it hard, it is also the psychological part that is a real challenge to everyone.
Not only are the riders concerned it is also the staff that has to bear a lot of the stress and suffering too during such a tough race. Lot of tasks have to be done in a very accurate way but in a short amount of time as the whole pack is moving every day from A to B. Waking up early in the morning, preparing bottles (about 40 per day), food, equipment, tactical briefing and many more. Then race time, pure stress. After the mechanics take their space to clean and service all the bikes and wheels and the physios trying to let the riders relax. Lot to do before the last one turns the light off.
In such conditions and with that amount of stress, it is barely important that the people involved in such a tour have a good relationship and are able to maintain a good mood together during the whole time of the race. If you are inside of all this, you often do not realize the real meaning of what everybody brings in and sacrifices to make the whole thing working. But when you take a step outside of the box and look on all these details, you quickly realize that everybody in a team I a hero on his own way with his own experience and with all he or her does. Just awesome what all people have to bring together that it is possible to bring a team to the start line.
And when all these sacrifices, all this passion and suffer from everybody leads to success at the end, there can be not much more feelings that are better. And tonight the guys from Stradalli – BIKE AID surely deserved it to have a brilliant evening with a lot of fun, as the whole week can be seen as a success.
8 hard stages left behind, lot of stress and hectic, suffer and fight and today it was all about bringing the jersey home. And maybe to have a good sprint for Patrick Lechner again at the end of this 8th stage in Skerries. Unfortunately Patrick got involved into a bad crash in the final lap and his opportunity to do another good result was gone. So it was finally all about bringing Niko’s climbers jersey home. He finished 13th again and finally won the climbers classification and took 10th place in GC.
Congratulations also to Clemens Frankhauser form team Tirol who won the GC of this year’s Rás and who really deserves it! Well done to all of you guys! Now we wish you all a good way back and hope for another great adventures!
Sometimes it is the best way to defend, when you attack. But in cycling you don’t want to throw out all your cards too early on the table and attacking the others also brings many risks. But sometimes you get forced to do it by the action of your competitors and you can forget all your plans that you made before.
On today’s penultimate stage of An Post Rás in Ireland, the plan was actually to stay together with the other favorites for the GC and to have a showdown at the last climb of the day – ranked in category 1. But before the first climb there was a break going with the biggest competitor for Niko in the KOM classification and he had to react immediately. So he made his way to the break before the first climb and from there on Niko showed an incredible performance. Winning all KOM’s until the last climb and when his fellows started to fatigue, he took his way alone. He literally put all his cards on the table and now forced the others to react.
Unfortunately the Australian National team had different plans and put all effort to chase Niko down and fight for the GC themselves. In the middle of the cat 1 climb, the Aussies closed the gap with only 5 guys together and an incredible speed. Of course it is the most difficult moment when you get caught in the middle of a climb having already many kilometers of break in the legs.
Despite all efforts and incredible fight, Nikodemus Holler could not follow the Aussies anymore and took his own rhythm. After the decent he fought with another group to come back but when they arrived to the finish they missed by only 56 seconds. Niko finished on 13th place, but made again his way to the podium to receive “his” mountains jersey.
On tomorrow’s last stage he needs just one more point to take this beautiful jersey home and also to finalize a superb week of great racing in Ireland!
Fingers crossed, and never forget the GC
May 27th, 2016
Actually it should be a day without lot of trouble and a little bit more calm as the previous days. That’s what the riders were thinking. But in reality the stage was again very hectic, nervous and fast in the beginning due to lots of attacks. With 158 kilometers and “only” 3 KOM climbs of category 3 it was not a very hard stage, but at the end it’s the riders who make the race hard. And in the Rás there is no real day to rest or to let you hang around in the pack, as you always have to keep the tension and concentration.
Luckily the “joint-venture” of TeamTirol and Stradalli – BIKE AID succeeded after a while to control the race to make it a little more comfortable for their captains as there is a real day of fight waiting for the guys tomorrow.
At the end of the stage Nikodemus Holler could manage to reach the finish again with the other favorites and keep his promising position in the GC with only 10 seconds back of yellow. In the KOM classification he could increase his gap to 18 points to the second position.
“I still feel very good in the climbs and just didn’t want to invest too much today, as tomorrow will be another hard and probably the decisive day for the GC. But it was also important to me, to win another points for the KOM classification, as this jersey is so beautiful and I want to keep that until Dublin”, Nikodemus Holler described his day.
In the morning before the stage there was some bad news the team received: Joschka Beck couldn’t start the stage as he fell sick and got a fever during the night. We wish him all the best!
May 26th, 2016
The 166.8 kilometer route saw the riders tackle several categorized climbs which meant many King of the Mountain points were on offer. Stradalli – Bike Aid rider, who was previously placed second in the mountains classification, put his climbing skills to work and reclaimed the King of the Mountains jersey with only three days of racing left.
The mountainous route meant the race would be very hard to control and a break of 6 would eventually go up the road. None of the riders were a huge threat to the general classification, so there wasn’t much motivation from the group to chase late in the race. The team worked to protect Holler and keep him safe from any accidents.
Holler would eventually make the front group of only 28 riders and finish 13th on the day and preserving his top 10 general classification placing. Holler still remains 10 seconds behind the leader’s jersey and with more mountainous stages ahead a general classification win is still well within reach.
Stage 6 from Clonakilty to Dungarvan runs 159.1 kilometers is another hilly route, but will provide the sprinters who make it to the end with a fast flat finish. Out of over 150 riders, only 30-40 riders are consistently making it to the finish in the front group. The weather conditions and routes are proving tough for all riders involved, but the team is positive and are looking forward to another day defending the King of the Mountains jersey and chasing an overall win.
Nikodemus Holler gets back the lead in the KOM classification at An Post Rás (UCI 2.2) in Ireland. After lots of points today, Holler now leads with 11 points ahead of second place.
On today’s fifth stage of An Post Rás the guys from Stradalli – BIKE AID had a lot on their minds with what they wanted to do. In the language of football nowadays everybody talks about “setting goals” and so on. Whatever you may think about those kind of “plans” or “missions” one thing is for sure: in real life it is important to set some goals and to try and reach them as good as possible. And honestly, who wants to go through life without any plan?
Today the riders of team Stradalli – BIKE AID agreed together on 2 main goals: first, to take back the KOM – leader jersey for Nikodemus Holler and second, to try to put pressure on the yellow jersey today.
With these targets in their pocket, the riders from the German team went to the start line ready to fight like hell. Sure, during the Rás it is very hard to control the race as the teams consist only of 5 riders and the race is so nervous and hectic but the guys did the utmost to reach their goals. Again working hard as a team with their Stradalli full carbon Aversa road bikes, they controlled the pack until the first KOM and Nikodemus did the rest. He won the first KOM and took second in the KOM number 2 to win again the third.
With taking all these points, Niko now leads with 11 points ahead of the second and wears the leader jersey of the KOM classification again! A very beautiful one by the way, very colourful!
At the end of the stage, Niko finished with a group of other favorites on 13th place 27 seconds back on the winner Wouter Mol form dutch team De Rijke.
So there is one goal left for the upcoming days, guys!
A MTB stage race isn’t a joke. It’s one of the most physically and mentally challenging things a cyclist can do. The Trans-Sylvania Epic for example will feature a week of grueling races against some of the best riders in the world and for a very good reason. The best riders want to take on the biggest challenges and nothing beats a stage race in the woods of central Pennsylvania. That’s why over 200 riders from around the world travel to PA for the TSEpic including this years’ roster which will include riders from Stradalli Cycle based on Florida.
“If you want to be in a stage race in the US the Trans-Sylvania Epic is near the top of the list for mountain bikers. Our riders were excited when we told them they were going because many of them have never been in a stage race and they look forward to the opportunity to compete in one against some great riders. Pennsylvania has some great trails and it’s going to be a fun trip. It really is a mountain bike summer camp.” Stradalli Cycle representative
The Epic is quickly becoming one of the biggest stage MTB events in North America, an impressive accomplishment considering this is only the 6th running of the event. With over 200 riders and even more spectators the TSEpic is continuing to get bigger and bigger each year.
May 25th, 2016
Holler still sits second on the mountain classification, but moved up in the general classification to 6th place, 10 seconds behind the leader’s jersey for the overall general classification of the race. Holler showed his good form again today with a 9th place finish, but the Stradalli – Bike Aid team’s depth is what is bringing the team such great success.
Stradalli – Bike Aid rider Joschka Beck has been the key domestique for the team, allowing Holler and the other riders to excel in the final. Beck has been more active than any other rider covering breakaways and ensuring Holler doesn’t miss any key moves. Out of 163 riders racing An Post Ras, only 43 finished in the front group. Great teamwork is essential in order to keep key riders for the general classification in prime position to compete for the win.
Patrick Lechner of Stradalli – Bike Aid, who has been sprinting in fast finishes and riding in support of Holler, finished 4th on today’s stage giving the team two riders in the top 10. An Post – Chain Reaction, Ireland’s top professional team, was the only other team to place two riders in the top 10. Madison Genesis, NFTO and JLT Condor, the top UCI Continental teams from Britain, managed to take minor placings but Stradalli – Bike Aid is doing a great job of controlling the race.
An Post Ras is now halfway finished and continues tomorrow with Stage 5, a 148.3 kilometer route from Sneem to Clonakitty. The route will include 5 more categorized climbs meaning it will be another tough day of racing protecting the general classification aspirations of Niko Holler. The final 3 kilometers of the race will be predominantly flat, but the sprint will be uphill to the finish line which will give Holler and Lechner the perfect opportunity to capitalize on a great job so far at An Post Ras!
There are literally dozens of MTB trails throughout Central Pennsylvania which would be at the top of the list for any mountain biker. But if you do not live in the state is it really worth traveling for a single race? Of course not, but a stage race offers you the opportunity to compete on different trails every day. But don’t forget about the competition. This race will have riders from all around the world traveling for the MTB summer camp as they try to test themselves, their bikes and find out who is the best.
“I’ve been riding mountain bikes for over twenty years and I’ve been in some big races but never a stage race. I’ve talked to some friends who have been in them and they tell me it’s a world of difference. Obviously the shorter recovery time but also having to keep up on your bike maintenance. All you want to do after racing is shower off, get something to eat and take a nap. Recovery is so important in this sport but here you have to get stuff done. You have to clean your bike, make any repairs it needs, make sure you have clean clothes for the next day and also watch what you eat and stay hydrated because you are back at it tomorrow. It’s exciting but it’s also going to be a lot of work.” Stradalli Cycle mountain biker Bob McCarty
That may not seem like a lot but for a rider who isn’t used to week-long racing it can be a serious challenge. Every bike will need some type of repair or adjustment made during the week and that’s why you have to bring all the gear, tools and everything else you can think of to the Trans-Sylvania Epic. Stradalli Cycle for example, will be heading up from Florida with 5 racers who will be participating in the TSEpic and will need plenty of gear for each one. Stage races offer much more than the single ones but it is a challenge you cannot prepare yourself for. You have to pack more than you ever have, manage your time better and keep up on recovery, eating and bike maintenance throughout the week if you want to have success.
May 24th, 2016
“It is always a good feeling if you have something in mind to do and at the end you succeed with that but in cycling it is not always the case. Honestly speaking it is very rare that this happens as the sport is so complex and there are so many things that can be an influence. But today, was exactly that day where things came together and at the end you reach your goal.”
After Patrick Lechner’s 6th place finish yesterday the team had a clear mission. On today’s schedule: 133 hard kilometers, with a steep climb of the first category 7 kilometers to the finish line. It was expected to be a hard day for the contenders for the GC.
The goal for the guys from Stradalli – BIKE AID was clear: keeping the captain Nikodemus Holler in a good position before the climb so he can put all his focus on delivering his best performance without any obstacles or the risk of a crash. Set and done, the guys protected him so well and especially Joschka Beck worked hard as a tank to bring his man in the final climb. Now it was all on Niko to show the performance that he delivered throughout the last couple of weeks.
And what he did was amazing! He won the KOM and took the jersey for best climber, but when he turned around he saw just 4 other guys who were able to follow his wheel. And now the direction was clear: full gas to the finish, all that he had left! 7 Kilometers almost all downhill and just a slight uphill finish. It was the Brit, James Gullen who risked everything and set the final attack with 500 meters to go when he made a gap to the other fellows.
At the end he won the stage by 2 seconds and Nikodemus finished 3rd after the Kiwi Aaron Gate. Also in the same time, former Ràs winner and favorite for the GC Clemens Frankhauser from Austrian Proteam “Tirol” who took the overall lead and the yellow jersey.
Niko is ranking 7th now in the GC with 10 seconds back on Frankhauser. A good position for the upcoming days!
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Niko Holler finishes third and takes mountains leader’s jersey on stage 3 of An Post Ras (UCI 2.2) i
Stage 3 of Tour of Ireland gave the riders several opportunities for King of the Mountain points as well as sprint points. The stage was consistently hilly meaning the climbers would have their opportunity to shine. Today’s stage required top level teamwork to claim the stage win.
All day the Stradalli – Bike Aid team rode in support of Niko Holler, who would capitalize on every opportunity the team provided him.
Stage 3 is the shortest of all the stages at 133.2 kilometers, but it confronted the riders with the most difficult terrain. The beginning of the stage was flat, but the riders rode aggressively to take the early sprint points on offer. Many of the riders had put in huge amounts of work before the first ascent of the category 3 Knockabout Cross mountain at 51 kilometers.
The riders who made it over the top of the first ascent in the main group competed for more sprint points at the 60 kilometer mark. The Stradalli – Bike Aid riders were busy all day controlling the race. Even Patrick Lechner, who finished 6th in the sprint on stage 2, rode his hardest to support Holler all the way to the final category 1 ascent of Conor Pass.
In the toughest race in Ireland, Holler finished 3rd and now holds the mountains leaders jersey. Stage 4 continues tomorrow with 162.8 kilometer mountainous stage with 4 categorized climbs.
It was the longest stage of the tour today, with 188 kilometers from Mullingar to Charleville through the heart of the Emerald Isle. To participate at The Ràs is always very special. This race is more than just a normal stage race. It has the character of a big tradition in Ireland and it seems that everybody celebrates The Ràs when it rolls through the villages.
Also the Irish county teams are every year more than motivated to fight against the professional teams from Europe and give the best they have to make the race as hard as possible for them. Couple of times this also leads to nervous and hectic race and leads to crashes from time to time. And you can believe: to get down on Irish roads hurts like hell, as the asphalt is very hard and not friendly to skin and bones. This is also what makes this race so unique and special!
Today’s stage had all what it needs to have an interesting race day. It began very fast and hectic. The peloton did 51 Kilometers during the first hour and one attack was followed by the next as there are also many young riders who are very motivated and aggressive. After a while a 2 man break away made it and reached a gap of 7 minutes until the pack started to bring them back. Road racing is not a kind of mathematics where you can always calculate everything, as there are so many influences why things are as they are. Road racing is such a complex sport and we all love this pure kind of sports. In the end the two guys could take a couple of seconds to the finish and fought among themselves for the victory. Behind them the real race went on. Sprint preparations, positioning and fighting for every centimeter. That is what it is about when the pack arrives to the finish line.
The Stradalli – BIKE AID boys did so well today. It needs a lot of teamwork to be successful as a rider. Especially in the sprint you need to rely on your team mates. When you ride alongside your competitors with couple of millimeters of distance, speeding up to 70 kph and fighting with all you have your teammates make all the difference. It is scary to think about. In the last kilometer nobody really takes this in mind. Today it was Nikodemus Holler who brought the guys in position and Joschka Beck was leading Patrick Lechner out to the final sprint. One by one they all did a good job and just a crash in front of them avoided more. Patrick sprinted to 4th place of the pack and reached 6th place on stage result!
May 20th, 2016
The Ras has been sponsored by An Post for the past six years, but has been a mainstay in the top level of Irish racing since 1953. The race regularly attracts top teams from all over the world. In attendance this year will be well known trade teams such as Madison Genesis UCI Continental Team and JLT Condor presented by Mavic from Britain.
The An Post Ras is noted for being a tough race due to the hills and volatile weather. The weather in Ireland is consistently rainy and windy. The hilly terrain of Ireland combined with the weather will ensure all teams will have a tough time fighting for the leader’s jersey over the course of 8 stages.
A team containing a mix of German , French and African riders will contest An Post Ras while another top level group of Stradalli – BikeAid Riders will make their to Wales for UCI 1.1 Velothon Wales, a race also historically frequented by top level professional riders from Europe.
The team is finalizing their preparations for the race. Stradalli – Bike Aid team management are taking the ferry from Dunkerque, France to Dover in the United Kingdom so they can safely transport team cars, busses, bikes and gear necessary to complete a long block of racing in Great Britain.
Holler and teammate Dominik Merseburg competed in the Grand Prix of Modelstadt Ruck in a 120 kilometer long crit-race. It is a challenging race that demands a lot from the riders and thanks to the big money prizes, is always a battle. Riders from Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands compete in the race.
After a really tough start, Holler showed his ability to read a race and made it up into the decisive break of the day where he was able to continue fighting on his Stradalli Bitonto full carbon road bike. An exceptional climber but not known for his sprinting it was a challenge for Holler to hang in with the lead pack. He finished 6th in the race won by Daniel Klemme.
The rest of the Stradalli – Bike Aid were heading to another part of Germany for a race in Villingen – Schwenningen. Patrick Lechner, Matthias Schnapka Joschka Beck are joining Janvier Hadi and Jean-Bosco Nsengimana from Rwanda in the 130 kilometer road race that will be full of tough windy conditions and a strong field. The team battled and stayed around the lead the entire race with Lechner and Beck finishing 14th and 16th.
May 19th, 2016
1. Pack a lot but pack smart: Make a list of every single thing you need. Medications, changes of clothes, flash lights and everything else. Obviously there’s a huge difference if you are driving your car and bringing your bike versus if you are just riding. Pack what you need, not what you want to have.
2. Remember the bike: Blown tubes, adjustments and other things. Be prepared for what you need to fix your bike on the spot.
3. Know the location: If you are going to the local state park that’s one thing. If you are going to a big event like the Trans-Sylvania Epic mountain bike stage race in Central PA that’s a completely different story. Learn as much information about the location as you can.
4. Type of bicycle: This is a good question if you haven’t bought one yet or if you need to upgrade your current one. Not all mountain bikes are made equal but it’s important to remember that you need to find a quality bike at a fair price. If you plan on taking an MTB on a camping trip you definitely want to get a full carbon one because it is light weight and much more durable.
Make sure you pack exactly what you need and to save space think ahead on what exactly you are taking. A list not only helps you plan better but it also helps eliminate forgetting anything you may need. Check out the information available for where you are going to be staying, even if it is somewhere local and once you have done all that prepare for a great mountain bike and camping trip.
May 13th, 2016
While South Florida may not be the center of the United States cycling community, it is starting to produce some of the best cyclists in the sport. A great example of that is Stradalli Cycle – Papa John’s Pizza cyclist Madison Kelly who at the age of only 23 already has multiple wins on her resume.
Unlike many of the pro cyclists from Florida, Madison didn’t get into the sport at a young age. While traveling with her mother, Tish Kelly, Madison decided to try one of her moms’ bikes and was instantly hooked. Upon returning to the US she joined group rides and was not only dominant against riders in her age group but started to beat men and women with years of experience riding.
It wasn’t long before she was climbing the rankings. Going from category 4 to 1 takes the best cyclists years to accomplish. Madison did it in only eight months. Last year went on to win the Florida State Criterium Championship along with many other races.
Having graduated from Eckerd College, Madison has been competing in many of the top pro category 1-2 races around the country including the Tour of America’s Dairyland, the Gateway Cup as well as the Boston Mayor’s Cup.
With a huge interest in both road and crits racing, a great team, experience coaches and her Stradalli R7 full carbon road bike, Madison Kelly is on the fast track to becoming an elite cyclist.