Celebrate the Tour Contest

Celebrate the Tour with Performance and you could be a winner, too!

It’s Tour time again, so we thought that it was only fair that you had the chance to win some  pro-level prizes at the same time that the world’s top pro cyclists battle their way toward the podium in Paris. Over on our website, we’re giving away over $5,000 in prizes to 3 lucky winners in our Celebrate the Tour Contest. You may not be podium-bound but that doesn’t mean you can’t look and ride like a pro. And instead of suffering in the peloton for 3 weeks, all you have to do is head over to our site and fill out the form for your chance to win!

1st Prize - 2011 Scattante CFR Race Road Bike

Total Retail Value: $3,499.99

With its feathery-light 3K-weave carbon frame, full-carbon fork, reliable Shimano Ultegra 6700 components and TRP brakes, the Scattante CFR Race Road Bike is fully equipped to live up to its name. From pavement pacing to podium chasing, you can count on the CFR Race to deliver top performance and one of cycling’s best high-end road bike values.

2nd Prize - Garmin Edge 800 Bundle, Giro Prolight Helmet, 2 Continental Grand Prix 4000 S Tires

Total Retail Value: $1,069.96

A favorite of many here at our headquarters, the Garmin Edge 800 GPS Cyclocomputer is ideal for touring, commuting, competitive cycling and mountain biking. It has a built-in base map and tracks your distance, speed, location and ascent/descent. Includes a premium digital heart rate soft strap and speed/cadence sensor.

Giro’s Prolight Helmet redefines what an ultra lightweight helmet can be. After an exhaustive, ground-up design and engineering process, Giro has created a helmet that tips the scales at only 200g.

The Continental Grand Prix 4000 S Clincher Road Tire is arguably the best all-around road bike tire you can buy. It’s fast, grippy as all-get-out and tough enough to deliver mile after mile of high-speed, high-performance service.

3rd Prize - Pearl Izumi Clothing/Cycling Shoe Kit

Total Retail Value: $430.00

Team-inspired construction and technical fabrics are combined with original Pearl Izumi sublimated graphics and Direct-Vent side panels in the Pearl Izumi SS Elite Ltd Cycling Jersey. Matching Elite LTD Bib Shorts blend team-inspired construction and materials with original Pearl Izumi sublimated graphics. The ultra-efficient, ultra-light Pearl Izumi Elite Road II Shoe combines Pearl Izumi’s 1:1 Anatomic Buckle Closure System, Elite Carbon 1:1 Anatomic Plate and a lightweight, one-piece upper.

Celebrate the Tour & Enter to Win Today!

2011 Giro d’Italia Preview

The 2011 Giro d’Italia, the first of the 3 Grand Tours of the cycling season, starts on Saturday.  Known for its unpredictability and excitement, not to mention the rabid tifosi, last year’s Giro will be a tough one to outdo.  Don’t remember the crashes, lead changes and climbing exploits that led to Ivan Basso’s victory of the final pink jersey last year? Then check out this race highlight reel to get caught up on what happened:

This year’s route promises more outstanding bike racing, with a route celebrating the Risorgimento, or unification of Italy in the 19th century.  This year’s Giro will roam all over Italy, in a wide-ranging route from the Alps all the way down to the slopes of Mount Etna on Sicily.

Many people are proclaiming this edition of the Giro as one of the toughest Grand Tours in history, and one look at the stage profiles bears out that assessment.  With 8 mountain stages on tap, including an uphill time trial, this is a Giro for the climbers (not that Tyler Farrar, Mark Cavendish and Alessandro Petacchi won’t battle it out in the sprints when they get the chance!).  Alberto Contador has said that this Giro would be the hardest 21-stage race of his life.

And yes, and we did say Alberto Contador; participating in his first Grand Tour since his infamous drug test during the Tour de France, Contador will be vying for his 6th Grand Tour title.  But he’s not the only one with a shot at the final maglia rosa in Milan this year.  Ivan Basso may have opted not to defend his title this year, but his young teammate Vincenzo Nibali (seen below in the pink jersey) will try to build on his triumph at the 2010 Vuelta a Espana, while Italian Michele Scarponi and former winner Denis Menchov will also be contenders for the overall (and don’t rule out Menchov’s Geox-TMC teammate and 2008 Tour de France champion Carlos Sastre).

But knowing the Giro, all we can be sure of is that the race will be filled with the twists, turns and surprises that make the Giro d’Italia so entertaining.  If you want to dress the part while watching the race, you can always pick up a pro jersey from Katusha, Vacansoleil or (a personal favorite) the always distinctive Lampre-ISD kit:

And you might as well pick up a pro-level helmet while you’re at it, like the sleek Lazer Helium or the brand new, and super-light, Giro Aeon:

Or you could just go all out and pick up a pro-level ride in honor of the Giro, such as the Fuji Altamira 3.0 road bike, or the race-tested Focus Izalco Team Replica road bike:

So are you excited for this year’s Giro d’Italia yet?  We sure are, and we hope to have so extra-special, behind-the-scenes footage and stories to share with you during the second week of the race!  Stay tuned for details!

Louis Garneau Kit Contest

It’s a new month, and a new chance to win! One lucky winner of our Louis  Garneau Kit Contest is going to ride away in a high-performance, head-to-toe road kit consisting of a bike helmet, cycling jersey, bib shorts, and bike shoes. This kit has a total retail value of over $915! Enter today, and  it could be you.

Louis Garneau  Kit Highlights

Corsa Bike Jersey – The study of wind resistance specific to a cyclist’s position led to the design and technology of the Corsa Jersey. The re-engineered jersey has multiple zones and adaptive technology to correspond with airflow direction and penetration, including  Speed Tech shoulder panels,  Aero Lazer band on the sleeves and an underarm cooling zone of Carbon-X Mesh.
Retail Value: $199.99

Corsa Cycling Bib Shorts – The Louis Garneau Corsa Bib is engineered with Speed Tech fabric that has a dimpled mesh construction aimed at improving aerodynamics and offering moisture management. A laser-cut, seamless Aero Lazer band provides a second skin feel, smooth transition, and performance enabling muscle support. The 4Motion Chamois’s innovative design combines 3D preshaped wings and deep split at the back bridged by multidirectional motion and amazing comfort.
Retail Value: $224.99

Diamond Road Bike Helmet – The Diamond Helmet is Louis Garneau’s top-of-the-line helmet.  At 285 grams and with over 40 vents, the Diamond helmet has an absurd amount of ventilation while still meeting safety standards.  Worn by Chrissie Wellington in her record-setting 2009 Ironman World Championship title.
Retail Value: $189.99

CFS-300 Road Bike Shoes – The CFS-300 shoes offer a new perspective on custom fit with a 100% heat-moldable system that is user-friendly and can be repetitively molded by conventional household means. Adjustable EVA foam padding is laterally and vertically adjustable with ratchet repositioning to optimize the fit.  Two Coolmax Ergo Air insoles are provided to either allow through ventilation on hot days or block air on colder days. For the ultimate in power transfer, the shoe offers an Exo-Jet Carbon outsole with carbon molded arch support.
Retail Value: $299.99

Total Retail Value: $914.96

Not feeling lucky? Don’t want to wait to see if you’re the winner? You can shop for Louis Garneau cycling gear here!

Suit Up with Louis Garneau Cycling Gear. Enter to Win Now!

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