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New UK beach bike race announced

Entries open tomorrow for an event which claims to be the first ever beach bike race on UK sand.

The Howies-sponsored Battle on the Beach will take place on March 16 at Pembrey Country Park in South Wales and will be run over an 8km loop.

Beach racing is thriving in the Netherlands, which makes use of the country’s wide, windswept North Sea beaches. However while the Dutch mass participation events are usually run out and back to make use of the wind, the Welsh looped version will be more technical, offering ‘sand, dunes, singletrack and a few surprises’ according to the event website. Those surprises are likely to include riding through old military installations in the dunes, once used by the armed forces.

Entrants will be split into Open, Veteran and Fun/Youth fields. There’s a sub-category for fatbikes too

The top prize is ?250 to the winners of the male and female races, but be warned: BikeRadar believes experienced beach racers from the Dutch Koga Mountain Bike Team could be travelling over for the event.

If you’re considering entering, take a look at Rameses Bekkenk’s bike for some kit choices.

Entries cost ?18 and will open on January 1 2014 via the website.


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Eurobike opens its doors

The Sandwich Bike, from a new Dutch company, ships flat, like an IKEA dresser. Just one of the new bikes on show in Friedrichshafen on Wednesday

Big news: Open offers a new bike color

ARGENBÜHL, Germany (BRAIN) — The news from Open Cycle — the mountain bike brand formed by Cervélo  co-founder Gerard  Vroomen and former BMC chief executive Andy Kessler — is a new color for the company’s one product, a carbon hardtail 29er called the Open O-1.0. The new color is white.

Accell consolidates Holland production

HEERENVEEN, Netherlands (BRAIN) – Accell Group will merge bike production for its Batavus and Sparta brands, the company announced this week. Production will consolidate under one roof at the company’s headquarters in Heerenveen. Accell’s Juncker Bike Parts will be moved into the warehouse in Apeldoorn after Sparta vacates following the consolidation.  Accell also plans to base the storage and shipment of service and warranty parts for Batavus, Koga and Sparta in the warehouse in Apeldoorn.  Accell Group said the move was made in an effort to strengthen the company amidst mounting challenges in the Dutch market, examining which activities could be merged in order to improve efficiency

How The Dutch Got Their Bike Lanes (And How We Will Get Ours)

People think that the Dutch just sort of happened into having amazing bike infrastructure. They didn’t, it was a deliberate process leading to the highest cycling rates in the world.

New studies show that well designed cycling infrastructure does more than anything else to improve health and safety.

A major city street with parked cars and no bike lanes is just about the most dangerous place you could ride a bike. All the big threats are there: open car doors, bad parallel parkers, passing cabs and public transit. This is not a particularly novel scientific revelation, although research has found it to be true. Things get more interesting when we compare this bad-biking baseline to infrastructure actually intended to accommodate cyclists.

New research out of Canada has methodically done just this, parsing 14 route types – from that bike-ambivalent major street to sidewalks, local roads with designated bike lanes, paved multi-use paths and protected “cycle tracks” – for their likelihood of yielding serious bike injuries. As it turns out, infrastructure really matters. Your chance of injury drops by about 50 percent, relative to that major city street, when riding on a similar road with a bike lane and no parked cars. The same improvement occurs on bike paths and local streets with designated bike routes. And protected bike lanes – with actual barriers separating cyclists from traffic – really make a difference. The risk of injury drops for riders there by 90 percent.

Vehicular cycling was an idea that had its day, and is now functionally dead. The future of cycling involves high quality bicycle infrastructure, in many cases separate from automobile infrastructure. The dutch did it 40 years ago, and we can do it today.

In many ways Boston is at the same spot the Dutch were in the 70′s. We are facing similar economic, environmental, and health problems. We even share a similar climate and “old world” city layout to many cities in Northern Europe. This town could be rebuilt into a cycling paradise, combined with a state of the art public transportation system we could be ready to face the challenges the next century will bring.

And there will be challenges. Boston’s population is going to grow, and even at current numbers there is a lack of space for cars. We have to take back the space we are currently wasting on things like parking cars, and put it towards more economically useful endeavors like housing and business.

There will also be problems with the climate. Hurricane Sandy not only showed that having a bicycle is the best backup in a natural disaster, but it actually got politicians talking about climate change for the first time in this election. What happened to NYC could have easily happened to Boston.

Cycling makes us healthier, reduces pollution, and is good for business. Cycling infrastructure makes us more resilient to natural disasters, and makes the city more enjoyable to live in. Its time we start getting serious about remaking Boston’s infrastructure to create a city that works for its people, not for its cars.



Pon acquires Dutch city bike manufacturer

ALMERE, the Netherlands (BRAIN) — Pon Holdings continues its buying spree with the addition of Union Bicycles to its fast-growing Pon Bicycle Group division.

Mark Landsaat named Raleigh senior product manager

KENT, WA (BRAIN) — Industry vet Mark Landsaat has been named senior product manager at Raleigh  USA.

MTB World’s 2012: Beerten wins women’s four cross

This article was originally published on Cyclingnews.com.

The 2012 Mountain Bike World Championships in Leogang, Austria, awarded its first title on Saturday evening, with Anneke Beerten of the Netherlands taking the second rainbow jersey of her career.

Beerten came into the eight rider women’s race the favourite, and did not disappoint. After qualifying first, the Dutch rider won her semi-final to get into the championship race, and was joined by Romana Labounkova (Czech Republic), Celine Gros (France) and local Austrian favourite Anita Molcik.

Beerten got out of the gate fast and led Labounkova by the first corner. The Czech rider tried to stay in contact, but by the end of the second straight, Beerten was clear and on her way to her second four cross title. Labounkova held on for silver, with Gros taking bronze.

Words cannot describe how I feel,” exclaimed Beerten. “It is unbelievable. It started out as such a hard race, I didn’t have the gate that I wanted, and I pulled it off in the first corner. I just thought to my self ‘Don’t brake, just go’ and that’s what I did. It seemed to work. I am so happy.

MTB World’s 2012: Beerten wins women’s four cross

This article was originally published on Cyclingnews.com.

The 2012 Mountain Bike World Championships in Leogang, Austria, awarded its first title on Saturday evening, with Anneke Beerten of the Netherlands taking the second rainbow jersey of her career.

Beerten came into the eight rider women’s race the favourite, and did not disappoint. After qualifying first, the Dutch rider won her semi-final to get into the championship race, and was joined by Romana Labounkova (Czech Republic), Celine Gros (France) and local Austrian favourite Anita Molcik.

Beerten got out of the gate fast and led Labounkova by the first corner. The Czech rider tried to stay in contact, but by the end of the second straight, Beerten was clear and on her way to her second four cross title. Labounkova held on for silver, with Gros taking bronze.

Words cannot describe how I feel,” exclaimed Beerten. “It is unbelievable. It started out as such a hard race, I didn’t have the gate that I wanted, and I pulled it off in the first corner. I just thought to my self ‘Don’t brake, just go’ and that’s what I did. It seemed to work. I am so happy.

From the magazine: What’s next for Pon?

Editor’s note: The following article appears in the March 15 isue of Bicycle Retailer & Industry News.

By Emma on March 29, 2012 | Bike News
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