Thursday, November 03, 2005

Welcome to early summer everyone

Yes the sunny days are here again!! We have certainly had a taste of some fine weather and as the days get slowly longer the tan line under the lycra will become more pronounced.. Oh yay for that.

This ramble starts with a look to the northern hemisphere which is falling "good pun" into winter mode … the end of the European summer cycling season finalises with the world champs for MTbikes and Road bikes, the big buzz at the MTBike worlds was the preview to the 06 Rotorua event !! bring it on.. No rainbow jerseys for the Kiwi contingent this year some great racing and im sure we will have some advantage on home turf next year. The roadie worlds Wow that was some collection of riders, NZ’s top male rider Julian Dean put on an impressive end of season ride to make the top ten with a ninth placing, pretty impressive!!
These competitions are the pinnacle for our competitive cyclists and even competing for NZ is a worthy highlight for many riders…congratulations to all the NZ representatives..
Ok OK

Europe. but wait I havnt finished ‘the most dominant athlete on earth’ yip that’s what Playboy magazine called Lance Armstrong now that’s a title I believe he deserves !! the worlds toughest sport and almost a decade of dominance, here’s the link to the article hope you enjoy like I did ..
http://www.playboy.com/arts-entertainment/features/lancearmstrong/

On the home front now, our own Road Nationals where recently completed in Ashurst just north of Palmerston North, tough weather coupled with equally tough courses made for some serious grovelling!! Jville.Cycles had a few riders there representing there centre..In road cycling you represent your area or club… So congratulations to our supported riders…and again for you up and coming riders this is the biggest local road event of the year and a step towards competing for your country..
for results check out …
http://www.roadnationals.co.nz/

On the local Dirt scene the PNP series has been another great success with 200 + riders at all events so far again Jville.cycles has been well represented and our shop shirts are extremely obvious by there number. Check out the PNP website for more info and links to pics.
Then there is the Tour De Peak Wellingtons annual Makara park challenge…the boys and girls are training for this one already!!
http://www.pnp.org.nz/index.html

PNP have also started there summer Track season with last Tuesday the first nights racing Sunday afternoons again fro training with bikes available for anyone to ride…if you want to learn more about track racing Sundays is worth going along too, remember marshals and timekeepers are always in demand helping out is a great way to learn the mechanics of track racing. Again any young riders who want more speed and experience this is a great discipline to learn!!
Well the big buzz in the store currently is the annual round taupo event coming up in late November. This event never fails to amaze me it brings people out of there non cycling lives and into our world of pedals, lycra and suffering oops I mean funn!!.
Their excitement, enthusiasm and passion is very admirable! We have riders doing everything from 1 leg of the relay all the way to 3 laps wahoo then there the teams of riders, our biggest group is 35 strong!! With matching outfits as well…Id like to wish them all well and may the day be a great one for all of you…a quick reminder if you are going to get your bike serviced prior.. Please don’t wait till the last week!!

Also in store is the new models for 06 arriving!! And oh boy is there some nice bikes and wheels coming in…of the new stuff Im liking the new Diamondback full carbon-fibre road bike!! come in and check it out and the price WOW!! You will be impressed..
Other new products worth checking out:

PVM protein bars...$4.50 Blair rates these!!
New big squeeze from Leppin great value !!
New 06 Rock Shox first models in store now..
Last call to for 05 Bike specials!! The very last!!
Ok this is a quikkee and I will get back here soon…remember too... now that summers here.......wednesday nite rides...and Saturday afternoons…ring the shop for details..
PS…Rider safety!! Be Bright.. Be Seen…Be safe..

Friday, September 16, 2005

Spring time in the Capital…. Hello fellow cyclists it has been wonderful to feel the warmth of spring again, the odd ride without layers of thermal clothing and even some windless days !! WAHOOOO


I want to make a special mention of a fellow cyclist who passed away recently. Kevin Smith who was the previous PNP club president passed away while out on a training ride. For any of you, like myself who had some contact with this gentleman I'm sure you would have been rewarded by his company, a well spoken, well mannered hard working cycling administrator and keen as cyclist, for me personally I will miss his passion and leadership…for the miles and the smiles thanks Kevin..

OK back to the business at hand…my monthly ramble abit late this time as I'm spending a couple of weeks in nelson with whanau and more windless days on the bike…I'm reminded on arriving here how tough Wellington cyclists are to survive and even get to the top of their game,, I have always said since arriving in Wellington that your natural geography and weather conditions will make you a far more hardy cyclist and when the hammer is down and you are racing somewhere else in this beautiful country.

Your time training/surviving Wellington conditions will be an advantage…for the recreational cyclist this unfortunately makes it tough finding ways to grow young and new cyclist is hard work…here in Nelson its flat, almost windless and there are cycle paths, so there is a recreational advantage …for all you up and coming cyclists I would recommend finding easy areas to get some miles in …such as up the Kapiti Coast over the Wairarapa for the roadies and for beginner MTBikers the Hutt river trail / Rimatuka incline will help develop the basic pedalling / handling skills you need before throwing yourself headlong into the hills, wind, traffic and Makara peak Mtbike park…stay committed its all there in front of you and long term you will have an advantage..

On a positive note regarding the rising fuel costs!!It has certainly brought out a few of those stored bikes, the workshop is ever busy with folks looking to drop their fuel bill. As we know fuel will always be on the rise give or take a few fluctuations, which long term means that the price of new bikes will increase…however for now we still have some of the best value product the cycling industry has ever had..

Sept..Spring here Autumn in Europe, the winding down of the season over there, the tour of Spain has been another enthralling tour and fabulous to see Julian Dean back on the bike at the top level. Meanwhile the worlds elite roadies are preparing for the world road racing champs..a one day all out nations versus nations event and NZ has some great opportunities…
Go the Kiws.. The World MTBike champs has just concluded unfortunately this year no rainbow jerseys to bring home…still a great showing by our athletes and the world got to preview the 06 event to be held in my old home town of Rotovegas…yes Im kinda proud that all my years of making Rotovegas into the Mtbiking mecca that it is will host this even….So what else the Junior world track champs had some top results!!

Rainbow jerseys for the pursuit team!!
Watch these young guys in the future..and world Tri-athlon champs more great results..sorry to no to have all the details !! hope you all have access to good news sources for your results fix.. My daily page to visit is www.cyclingnews,com..and the NZ site www.cyclingnz.co.nz and the mountainbike scene..www.mountainbike.co.nz…www.vorb.org.nz

Local scene…PNP series up and racing..Makara Peak first round great numbers in attendance a beautiful day and some excellent racing. Unfortunately poor arrowing meant a big chunk of the field went the wrong way and lost time. Which was later adjusted across the board. Hopefully the organisers get on top of this one. It's a tough job I understand..still there are ways to combat these problems anyways sounded like all had a great ride..loads of Jville Cycles clothing out there and more great racing to in the rounds to come!!

The roadies are back into full rock and roll mode as I write this the two up time trial is on this weekend…that's gotta hurt!! and their program is being well supported with good numbers of riders. Event Marshalls are always a big deal at local bike races so if you aint riding!! get on down and wave a flag or help out some way…its often the best way to get close to the action and is rewarding to give something back,,

For more info on the PNP events>>http://www.pnp.org.nzTaupo..Taupo..Taupo..well its in full cry again the mighty great lake challenge brings thousands of cyclists out every spring and this year will be no exception get your entries in early to avoid missing out and get those miles up!! Please don't wait for the last week to get your bike serviced as our mechanic will be running on maximum for at least a month prior…

Taupo also hosts the Day night Thriller and it is the next national MTBike event that will see huge numbers competing in teams for the 12 hour honours and the sheer pleasure of Mtbiking with mates and colleagues…get a bike or 5, Get some mates, do this one its loads of fun..Jville cycles has won categories here b4 and there will be several teams travelling up, if you havnt hooked up a ride...pop in and see us..

Shop stuff…Don't panic… Don't panic Don't panic lol…Jeez with the closure of the PacknPedal shops the Jville.cycles store has been frantic, fine time for me to be in sunny Nelson…however the team is surviving,New 06 bikes arriving all the time, some awesome 05/04 bike deals have been going out the door, there may still be a few left in odd sizes so ask Francis or Blair if you are interested..

To finish with I would like to wish all the best to two of our avid cycling customers who recently agreed live in married harmony. I wonder if they will get a tandem!!…all the best to Wendy and Andy…may your life be full of joy with plenty of sunny miles and adventures….
PS..if you have something of interest to place in here…email it to the shop and I will do my best to include it…be well..safe cycling…

Freddy

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Nearly spring time in Aoteoroa

Hiya there everybody, welcome to Mid August …slight delay last week to get this up !! The potential of spring/summer has already shown itself…oh yay!! Did I say Daffodils!! Wahoooo I do love springtime…new bikes…fertility and bike-rides without thermals!! Well soon anyway

July has been and gone…a special thanks to Sky TV for live Le Tour coverage… I know some seriously tired people!! Well - without much an issue Lance Armstrong and his Discovery team dominated Le Tour as we kinda expected!! His team the "Disco boyz" later to be known as the fearsome five-some, ripped the tour apart day after day!! And like many cyclists of the peloton and greater world I am looking forward to 06 as Lance strings guitars for his partner Sheryl Crowe and Le Tour is wide open….

Did I mention what a tour it was!! Breakaways…breakaways! Don’t ya love them!! I can only imagine the emotions of being away from the bunch for most of the day and get caught in the last few k’s or metres even!! what a great race it was!!….

Jville.cycles have had several customers who have been away to be part of Le Tour packages and eagerly look forward to hearing their stories ….

Now Yellow jerseys!! Lance now holds second place in the all time number of yellow jerseys!! Not only does he leave cycling with new records 7 wins….cycling has certainly benefited from the Americanisation of the once European dominated sport!!...

Meanwhile life continues yer right!! On the world scene…there has been heaps of racing with kiwis doing well and keeping the flag flying, I’ve been following Sarah Ulmers progress as a roadie!! Wow what a talent she is and still very aggressive in the heat of racing…

The 05 BMX worlds was held in France last weekend of July….yip thousands of BMXers from around the globe doing there thing, with BMX making the 08 Olympics there is much interest in our potential future cycling stars progressing thru the ranks…My star of the show Trent "the boss" Woodcock, Trent won the 12 yr boys class!! Marc Willers made the final for the elite men!! Now that is classy he finished 6th wahoooo Mark is potentially a NZ rep at the next Olympics .

In the woman’s divisions Sarah Walker made two finals…6th in the under 18 cruiser and an amazing 2nd in the 18 and 20inch class final !!! to round out the great NZ results Scott Hoskings finished 2nd in the 16yr boys class, another future star for NZ for more info http://www.bmxmania.com/uciworlds05.htm

Local scene….spring seems to be getting everyone excited!!
PnP have started there Saturday morning road races!! Great attendances….get out there if you haven’t tried one of these races, a great way to see the regions best roads and meet the locals..

With lots of riders back on there bikes and spring and summer events in mind, training rides are in full swing as well and while the mornings are still quite cold a few warm winter sunny days has the roads full of cyclists!!

On the MTBiking scene you locals need to be getting ya bikes ready for the upcoming PNP series…we will see you there!!

Up country the Rotorua N-Duro series is up to rnd 3 and again lots of Welly peoples making the trip to Vegas for a weekend of cycling and Vegas fun!!

Of course..Round Taupo..and the annual 12 hour Day night thriller are enticing riders to get training and organised for these wonderful events…

Shop stuff….
Safety Vests!! while its getting past the depths of winter we do recommend these glow in the dark cycle accessories …yes something to be seen with….we have some new ones in store with battery powered light strip on them!! Great for being obvious and not for you stealth riders!!
Last of the 05 bikes..as mentioned in the last newsletter… the last of the 05 bikes have been going out at some very good prices the first 06 bikes are already here and it wont be long before the new colors and stock brighten the premise…be quick if you are interested…limited sizes and options apply…

Fruity bits that have arrived recently
Bontrager Vibration dampers…for you roadies!! Really quite a cool thing for the rider who needs more toys…
Bontrager… Carbon spacers, ahead-set compatible and LIGHT!!!!
Nite lites…Topeak have been supplying some phat technology to cycle lights if you are doing a regular commute or want to get into nite riding, these babies rock!!
Stans Goo..if you don’t know what it is come in and chat to the guys ..this product is inserted inside your tubes and self heals flats…great for Welly riders who get regular thorn punctures…while in that mode we also have self healing road tubes…same deal, a little more weight however for training on its all good, getting home without flats isn’t a bad look…
And Bloc eyewear in store now this UK based company has supplied us with a great new cycling glass comes with 3 lenses…and all for $99…come in and check’m out
www.Bloceyewear.com

So while you are all considering, the above we are busy with new bike and accessories displays … Diamondback, Jamis, Rock shox and Bauer to name a few have got there pre production models travelling the country for us to see….ok its not quite like the Avanti show who fly all there dealers to fiji to see the new products…if ya want to know more you will have to ask J
be well…stay safe and see you either in store or at the races soon…

Freddy, Francis and Blair…

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Winter time at Jville…
Yer yer….its winter…so that means Tour De France…priorities aye! And as long as Lance stays healthy it’s hard to see him getting beaten…So it’s long nights…and pics of summer from France!! Allez Allez

So winter clearance of bikes from wholesalers…So if you are interested in any new bikes over the next few weeks…give us a call…several of our wholesalers are clearing there 05 product range and there are a few odd sized great deals available….as well as some of our own stock that needs moving before the new models start arriving in September…

Whats new….night riding is in full swing around the country and really popular in Wellington!!..The new HID lights are proving immensely popular and reliable come on in and check them out..…the annual Day night thriller in Taupo is next on our list of events!! If you would like to be part of a team or are doing your own thing call in for a chat…other events we will be attending include the Enduro series in Rotorua... www.n-duro.co.nz

On the local scene..PNP are gearing up for there winter/spring mountain bike series keep a check on there website for more details…. http://www.pnp.org.nz hope to see you all there….last year Jville riders had a good showing at all of these events and we are happy to support the series!!

Results: The Jville/Jamis team romped home to a mighty win at the recent 05 Cateye Moonride and we are all still fizzing…our team consisted of Francis! the boss gets all the glory…Myra Moller..a new rider for Jville.cycles and Jamis bikes watch for her this summer back at nationals…Allison Gaudaur our ace mechanic Blair Webbs partner in cycling adventures…Jon Hume..yip the 7 times national XC champ and current national Xc champ Mike Northcott…so it was a great weekend away and we all had a great time…

On the Wellington scene…team Jville Cycles took vet team honours in the annual Crazyman Multisport event… This makes 6 wins in that category over the history of the event…a great result to all team riders !!
Well done the team Barry Prosser, Bill Bristow and Francis….

Ok shop stuff…..workshop has been busy as ever!!..So get your bike in early for servicing if you have an event on or in need of work done…please remember that we do not offer a cleaning service and that bikes are best brought to us in clean condition it saves you money as well..

Best in store special…last of bulk purchase Continental Vertical tyres size2.30 $30 ea
Keep it sunnyside up..and look forward to seeing you all at the races sometime..

Francis, Blair, Freddy and the crew…