We are proud to announce our very first Camp to be held this September 12th through the 17th right here in our back yard, home of some of the best riding in the world. With approximately 325 miles of riding and 30,000' of climbing this is going to be a challenging week. But the beautiful roads and incredible views will help dull the pain, a little. This will be a camp run the way we'd always wanted the camps we went to run. Follow vehicles, full time professional mechanic, massage, super comfortable and beautiful lodging, incredible food and more, all included.
For more information click here. Also, feel free to email the camp coordinator, Paul. Lastly, you can call the shop @ (415) 389-5461. Space is limited, so act fast!
We've been riding a lot of bikes lately and taking a ton of notes. Some of the reviews we have coming up include the Moots RSL, the Pinarello Dogma, BMC Team Machine and both models of Lightweight wheels, the Standard and the Ventoux. These reviews take time as we like to put a lot of miles in every weather and riding condition before we attempt to call ourselves subject matter experts. In the last couple months I've put in over a thousand miles on each of the bikes mentioned above and a pair of Lightweight Standards. They have all been ridden in the cold, the heat and the rain. I've ridden them in the hills, down technical descents on dirt roads, gravel paths and even some pretty crazy single track. This helps confirm what Above Category is about, we ride everything that we sell and in turn, only sell what we like. So, keep your eyes here for more...
This July, in a week and a half to be more precise, Above Category will be making a two pronged attack on Europe. Kalara and I will be heading to Italy for Pinarello's 2011 bike presentation. We are looking forward to a few new additions to the line-up this year and will be posting pictures and news as we get it there. Then I'll be riding the new Grand Fondo Pinarello, a 130mile marathon w/ the ascent of the Mont Grappa, a 25k steep climb that is also timed for a KOM competition. I'm very much looking forward to this ride as last time I did the grand fondo I bonked about as bad as you can trying to follow our good friend Joao up the San Baldo climb. He ended up finishing 20th while I limped home 500 something out of 4,000. Also, our goal is to set up some structure and design a camp for next year aimed at preparing for and riding in the 2011 Grand Fondo Pinarello. Stay tuned for that. BTW, this picture is from the Above Category/Pinarello ride last year starting from AC. That's Fausto Pinarello and I w/ the Bissell team in tow, heading over the ridge on Mt. Tam, part of our camp this September.
Then we'll be heading up north to Lugano Switzerland to visit our friends at Assos. We have a few surprises coming from this trip that we'll let you know about on our return as well. Assos has opened up a new retail store in Lugano which we are looking forward to seeing as well as Assos HQ for the latest in clothing tech and design. Then it's up to St. Moritz to visit Joao at altitude camp for a ride and finally down to Tuscany for some much needed R&R, epic riding and finally to scope out the area for yet another future camp!
And I know, boo hoo and all for us, but believe it or not, we'll be aching to get back to the bay area after all this...
While we are in Italy and Southern Switzerland, we'll be sending Tony to Grenchen, in Central Switzerland for the launch of BMC's 2011 bikes and a behind the scenes look at how the new Impec model is made. This will be our first look at the bike in person. For those of you who have seen it, it is a very polarizing bike, either you like it or you don't. BMC has gone back to it's roots with a much more industrial looking bike. We'll have more photo's and hopefully be able to throw a leg over one for a long ride in the Swiss countryside before they are scheduled to arrive in early fall. Then Tony get's to go visit the last stage of the Tour, VIP style with BMC, and finish up the trip having dinner with the BMC Tour team and finally the post Tour party, we wish him luck. Hopefully Cadel will have had a great Tour and will be in a good mood, we've all seen what he's like with a bad mood!
On the racing front the Above Category Jr. Team has been tearing it up. With a bunch of wins in the last few months, the entire team was invited to the Olympic Training Center in CO. Springs a few weeks ago. For a few of them, this is not the first visit and being that they are all 15-16 years old, they have a long future ahead. Then, at the Road National Championships, the team scored a 4th in the Crit with Alex Howard and just off the podium in the road race with a 6th and 7th placing. Next up, Mountain Bike National Championships where AC Jr. team captain Spence Peterson hopes to reclaim his Stars and Stripes jersey from last years race. On the Elite team side, our sole racer, Kris Lunning scored a super impressive 12th in the Elite National Championship Time Trial and another 12th in the road race! This was right after a strong showing at the Elkhorn Stage Race in Oregon the week prior. Again, as a solo ride, this is a very strong performance.
We have finally received our new batch of Camelbak water bottles, now in the larger size as well as the standard. Call us or come in quick for these as they sell out pretty quickly! Also, just in, as of today, we finally received more AC kit. It is the same as the last order, the all black and white kit. And just like last time it is already running low. We have short and long sleeve jerseys, wind vests and a very limited amount of bibs. We are also getting more of Dario Pegoretti's frames in all the time. They are going fast, but we still have a few examples here. We'll post our stock again soon on these. Stay tuned, much more to come! Thanks for reading...