Tour de France 2010 Giveaway

The 2010 Tour de France is just days away from the Grand Départ from Rotterdam on Saturday July 3rd.  All of the teams are making their way to the Netherlands and checking out the roads on what should be an exciting first few days of racing along some of the same roads used in the early season one-day Classics races.

And what a Tour this is going to be!  Lance Armstrong just announced that this will be his final Tour de France, Alberto Contador will be trying to repeat as champion, Andy and Frank Schleck will be teaming up to storm the podium, plus a whole host of other challengers will line up with a chance for glory, from Cadel Evans to Carlos Sastre to Bradley Wiggins and more! And that doesn’t even include the sprint battles on tap between Mark Cavendish, Thor Hushovd and American Tyler Farrar.

Like we said, this is going to be exciting.  But you know what else is exciting? How about winning one of 3 prizes worth a total retail value of $6500!  In celebration of the 2010 Tour, we’re giving away3 different prize packages, and all you have to do is go to our Tour de France 2010 Giveaway entry page and enter your email address by the last day of the Tour, July 25th.

Grand Prize is a Fuji SST Tour De France Limited Edition Road Bike, with the same frame design and paint job as the Tour-bound Footon-Servetto-Fuji team.  2nd Prize is a Garmin-Transitions team-inspired package, featuring a Giro Prolight helmet, Garmin Edge 500 cyclocomputer, Mavic LE  K10 wheelset & Team Garmin kit from Pearl Izumi.  3rd Prize is a head-to-toe Scattante kit, with jersey, bib shorts, gloves, socks, shoes, helmet & eyewear.

It only takes a moment to enter, and who knows, maybe at the end of the Tour you’ll be celebrating victory along with this year’s Tour de France champion!

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40 at 20 #9 – Bid-ness in the front, par-tay in the rear

The 40@20 is back, and at a record pace! After a few weeks delay (during which ride participation was a bit uneven, to say the least), we finally got a reasonable crowd together to go for a ride from corporate HQ.  In case you have forgotten, the 40@20 is our regular Wednesday night group ride, featuring 2 county line sprints, a couple hills, lots of smack talk, and the goal of riding 40 miles at a pace of 20 miles per hour.  Our man with the silver pen, Randy, has again provided the recap for your reading enjoyment:

After a midseason siesta to rejuvenate the riding spirit, the 40@20palooza fired up its 2-stroke engine with an angry kick-start and let out a snarl to warn mother earth her terra firma was about to become terra infirm. Seven, seven-eleven riders–thankful for a late day front that dropped temps into the lower nineties—singled up from the start and settled in to a pace that could only be described as blistering. McCarter was our leader, and his demon-fueled fury on the pedals had Baker breathing like Vader well before we needed a ShamWow to absorb the sweat from our brows. It was quickly noted that the chatter was nil, and I could swear I heard the melody of Business Time humming from Eichvalds’ deep dish Zipps as we motored the rollers of Lamont Norwood and made our way onto what had become during our riding furlough the worst road in the state. River Rd looked like a training ground for how to catch first, second and third in a Trans-Am equipped with asphalt piercing Goodyears and cherry bomb-dropping twin exhausts. Pot holes the size of John Candy, sand pits deeper than Descartes, and road kill at 10 meter intervals had us all thinking we’d time warped to the 2010 Cross Crusade. McCarter ain’t a big fan of remounts, so he took the lead and hammered out of the war zone into the calm before the storm.

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Spin Doctor Mechanic Profile – Richard Richter

Spin DoctorOur Peoria, AZ retail store’s Spin Doctor, Richard Richter, is originally from Montreal, Canada. He has been riding for almost 30 years, and wrenching on bikes for nearly the same amount of time! Richard is Spin Doctor certified and has also received training from vendors such as Rock Shox, SRAM, and Mavic.  Richard is ready for any project, large or small, and he’s happy to share his vast bike knowledge.

His first bike was a Schwinn Apple Crate 5 speed, a true classic. Nowadays Richard’s most used ride is his GT Zaskar Expert, which is ridden often at Spur Cross Conservation Area near Cave Creek, AZ. This Sonoran Desert Preserve is full of multi use trails or jaunts into the wilderness if solitude is on the day’s menu. You can always expect to see plenty of wildlife such as birds, Javelina, and even the occasional bobcat. Read more of this post

Testing the Access Carbon 29er Hardtail at Burn 24

The 2010 Burn 24 Hour Challenge is in the books, and it turned out to be a great venue to torture test our prototype Access Carbon 29er hardtail mountain bike.  Yes, we’ve decided to upgrade our big-wheeled mountain bike lineup with a carbon frame.  We haven’t received the final samples of our new Access Carbon 29er yet, but we’ve already been riding, racing and otherwise pushing the prototype frame to its limits before it makes it way into your hands.

In terms of the race, Chris battled some mid-race heat exhaustion, but pulled it together in the end to churn out his fastest lap time on his final lap of the race (on board the Acces Carbon 29er, of course).  Chris will share some of his race experience below, but here’s a short video about testing and riding our prototype Access mountain bike:

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On the Road at Ride the Rockies

Here at Performance, we really do like to ride bikes (but maybe that part was obvious).  Don’t believe us?  Our head of technical product support (that knowledgeable crew of experts who answer tech questions by phone, email & instant chat), Gaynor, decided to spend his summer vacation on 2 wheels taking part in the 2010 Denver Post Ride The Rockies ride!  And, helpful guy that he is, Gaynor has been so kind as to share some pictures with us from the road.  Here he is looking stoic on the plane flight out to Colorado (perhaps thinking about the some of the epic climbs in his future during the 7 days of the Ride the Rockies route this year):

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Scattante Stories Giveaway – Eric’s trip to Peru

We’ve already received some great entries in our Scattante Stories Giveaway, but we thought we’d inspire the rest of you proud Scattante riders out there to enter the contest by sharing a story from one of our own. Read on below to hear about Eric’s tale of pisco sours, the Inca Trail, and his Scattante XRL Cross (but don’t worry, Eric can’t win since he works here!)

To learn more about the awesome prize package for our Scattante Stories Giveaway, get the details here.

In 2007 I travelled to Peru with a friend who is from Lima. My trusty Scattante XRL Cross made the trip with me. I arrived in Lima two days before the bike since the airline first sent it to Medellin and then Bogota, which cut into our ride time. We spent a couple of days riding around Lima hitting ceviche restaurants and drinking pisco sours. The traffic in Lima is terrifying and I wouldn’t have attempted it without a local, or the pisco sours! After that we headed out of Lima and into the Andean foothills, where we met an Indian woman and her young daughter selling jewelry made with nuts and seeds from the rain forest. Read more of this post

Cooking with Performance at Burn 24

So the Burn 24 Hour Challenge has come and gone for another year, and our own Chris Danz survived his first solo 24 hour mountain bike race (aboard one of our prototype Access carbon 29er hardtails, at least for part of the time!)  But before we write up a post about Chris testing out our new mountain bike, we wanted to share a bit about our pre-race experience, including our favorite part… cooking out on a grill!

We set up the Performance Bicycle tent right in the corner of the giant field that formed the campground for Burn 24, right where the racers came firing out of the woods near the end of each lap.  Our tent is right in the middle of the picture below, amongst the wide array of base camps packed around the field.

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Performance Bicycle Racing Profile – Bergen Watterson

Meet Elite Rider Bergen Watterson

Age: 30
USCF: Category 2
Hometown: California is where my cycling started
Current: Chapel Hill, NC
Profession: Graduate Student at UNC in Planning

Bergen comes to Chapel Hill, NC from the crucible of Northern California Cycling.  She cut her teeth with Roaring Mouse, making a quick name for herself with her speedy ascent to a cat 2 level amidst some of the Nations best amateur riders. She comes to Performance Bicycle Racing with a new focus and new roads to explore.

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Meet the Manager – Lombard, IL

Our newest Chicago-area location is going to open up on Sunday, June 6th! Head on over to check our new store design, with an easy-to-shop layout plus all the great brands and value that you expect from Performance.  While you’re there, say hello to Michael, the manager of our newest store.  And check back next week for Lombard’s Grand Opening celebration, which will start the weekend of Friday, June 11th, with even more extra-special deals and events.

Lombard, IL

Store Manager:

Michael Reynolds

Store Location:

2830 South Highland Avenue
Highlands of Lombard Shopping Center
With the Great Indoors
Lombard, IL 60148

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Scattante Stories Giveaway

One of the main goals with the Performance Bicycle Blog is to connect directly with our fellow passionate bike riders, whether you have been riding for years, or if you just hopped on a bike again for the first time since you were a kid.  Our passion for bikes is manifest in our Scattante bikes; each model is poured over and debated for many long hours before it ever goes into production.  We take great pride in these bikes so we love to hear about someone enjoying their Scattante.  So, with that in mind…

We want to hear your Scattante Story!

Maybe you just finished an epic ride on your new Scattante, maybe you had a great time building up a new Scattante from one of our frames, or maybe you just dusted everyone on the group ride at the last county line sprint.

Tell us what you’ve done or experienced on or with your Scattante bike, and you could win another one, along with a matching Scattante kit! We’re looking for stories that inspire. Stories that amuse. Heart-warming stories. Even funny stories. As long as it involves you and your Scattante, your story could be the winner.

The rules are simple: just go to our Scattante Stories Giveaway page and ENTER NOW.  The more creative your story, the better, so don’t hold back. Collect your thoughts, connect with your muse and put your Scattante story in writing. If you have pictures or videos of you & your Scattante, post them online and send us the link with your submission! We love seeing evidence of you living your Scattante Story. The contest ends at 11:59:59 p.m. ET on June 30th, and then we’ll select the best story from among all those submitted by July 7th.

Ah, but now to the good part. You’ll be competing for a prize package that will make you the envy of every group ride! Our Scattante Stories winner will receive a complete Scattante kit including:

2010 Scattante CFR Comp Road Bike Retail value of $2499.99

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