Wednesday, September 28, 2016

2016 Florida State Championship Series

The weather still feels like summer although it is officially fall but at least it felt like a "good" summer day with the humidity a little down and the sun shinning on the FSC racers.  The 6.7 mile challenging race course was in great shape thanks to the Swamp Club volunteers and a timely rain on Saturday evening that really tightened up the course.  There was a new section added this year called "spitfire" and it seemed to be a hit with the racers and had the feel of a amusement park ride as it dipped and rolled through the woods surrounding "North Creek". 
On race day the Shimano youth racers took to the trails first with some exciting race action and then at 9:30 the yellow wave hit the first turn and the Protano Law $50 holeshot went to Shawn Smith this week as the riders quickly filed into a fast pace line for the rest of the four lap race.  It was one year ago that Bob McCarty – Team Stradalli - Safetti was suffered a hard fall on this trail and was hospitalized for multiple injuries while racing for the lead and on this day Bob returned with true determination and won a hard fought battle with his competitors and the course to take the Elite class win on his full suspension Stradalli carbon 29er

Tuesday, September 20, 2016


Nikodemus Holler raced with a constant performance to a great 7th place in the GC of Tour of China while Meron Teshome finished two times Top 10 in the sprint.

Everybody knows what large country China actually is. But not many of us could imagine how big it really is. Allthough we knew that with its 1,4 billion people China has almost 20% of the world's population, it was hard to realize what that means in reality. People where everywhere you look, cars everywhere and just crowded places one after another.

While cities as Berlin are already huge in our middle European understanding, it is not worth to talk about small towns like this in China. It starts with 10 million people to be a city. And when you land in a city named Chongqing, you start to understand that this is just another dimension of everything.
Chongqing – the biggest city on this planet has a surface of 83k square kilometers – the same as whole Austria (a country in Europe) – but with 4 times the population of Austria, 32 Million inhabitants. Awesome, insane or whatever you want to name it. Just unbelievable.

A normal day at this Tour was a little bit the same as at every other stage race so far, but just longer with everything, except the race. Wake up early morning, had breakfast and hed to the race start. 4 hours of racing and then a short shower followed by 6 to 7 hour transfer by bus. Yes, indeed, transfer by bus as the distances in this tour are also unbelievable. On two days the organizer preferred to put the riders and teams into airplanes for transfer as the distance between the cities was about 2.400 kilomterers .

Translated in European way of thinking: race in Frankfurt, transfer to Rome by Bus, then next day flying to Portugal for race and after transfer again to north of Spain. Awesome!

But the riders of team STRADALLI – BIKE AID were highly motivated to show another good stage race and play an important role both in GC and also in the daily sprints of this race that is ranked in UCI category 2.1. While Meron Tehsome finished two times Top 10 in the sprint of stage 1 and 5, Nikodemus Holler also performed well in the mountain stages with his 5th place on stage 3 and 9th in stage 4 that took him to the 7th place in the GC at the end of the race.

Both of the riders got great support from their team-mates who worked really hard to put them in position or defend the position in the GC by chasing down dangerous break-aways or just destroy the break in the beginning. Cycling is a team sport and without a team behind a captain it is nearly impossible to achieve good results. That's what makes a team into a team, to act together, to suffer together and to ride one for all, all for one without any compromise.

„It is really great to see, how the guys sacrificed themselves for me to keep the opportunity upright for me to take this great result in this hard race. I am so proud to have them on my side and that this year this special team spirit is in the team“ Nikodemus Holler said after the final stage.
Meanwhile, Tour of China II is on the run, with mainly flat stages in this second week in a country that is so unbelievable and unique.
We will have updates soon for part II

Friday, September 2, 2016

News from Stradalli - Bike Aid pro cycling team

Our boys from Stradalli - Bike Aid pro cycling team trying to drop Andrè Greipel the Gorilla at last weeks night Crit in Germany. Not an easy task.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Hot weekend with great success for team Stradalli - Bike Aid in Germany

Patrick Lechner wins regional championships in hill climbing and Dominik Merseburg takes 2nd place in Lingenfeld Crit race!

It was the hottest weekend of the year, with temperatures about 38 degrees Celcius but the guys from Stradalli - Bike Aid successfully beat the heat. While Patrick Lechner won the regional championship in hill climbing on satruday with a superb ride about 32 km per hour for 6 kilometers, Dominik Merseburg could prove that he is still in good shape and ready for Tour of China in 2 weeks

In a dramatic crit race on sunday afternoon in Lingenfeld, he and the team fought again aginst the experts in crit-racing Team Möbel - Ehrmann. After much effort and a dramatic final, Dominik had to let Simon Nuber take the place on the top of the podium but the team was very happy with his 2nd place: "the team worked really hard and well together for me today. It was a very hard fight with the guys from Ehrman and especially Simon Nuber and in the end he is a legend in crit-racing and for sure deserves to win. But I am very happy with my 2nd place today", Dominik Merseburg said after the race.

Under the watchefull eye of Tom Steinbacher, CEO and owner of Stradalli cycle, it was also Justin Pfaff from Florida who could do his first kilometers of racing in Europe as a new comer for Stradalli-Bike Aid pro cycling team .

Justin also will be racing Tour of China in 2 weeks for the team as his first professional UCI stage race.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Lechner with 3rd place in Rülzheim

Lechner with 3rd place in Rülzheim

Patrick Lechner sprints to the next podium for STRADALLI-BIKE AID.
Last nights criterium in Rülzheim Germany he could only be beaten by Marcel Fischer and Simon Nuber while Niko Holler team Stradalli- BIKEAID ranks 6th.

It was already late evening, under the floodlight of rülzheim that illuminated the Crit course with lots of corners, when Patrick Lechner stepped up again to the podium. He just finished 3rd in the criterium before and managed to fight against the two leading criterium-teams Möbel Ehrmann and Racing students who showed up with a squad of 8 racers .

After 15 laps in front of the pack, Patrick gained already lot of points and cash money that he could only be beaten in a hard final sprint by Marcel Fischer (Racing Students) and Simon Nuber (Möbel Ehrmann). A great result in a great race where Nikodemus Holler rounded the night up with his awesome 6th place.

Well done team Stradalli - Bikeaid 

Friday, August 12, 2016

Tour of China

Again to China - STRADALLI-BIKE AID receives invitation to tour of China (UCI 2.1)

Just back from China, it is time to prepare the bags again. STRADALLI – BIKE AID Procycling team receives invitation to this year's Tour of China in September.

After the team achieved many good results at this year's Tour of Qinghai Lake (UCI 2.HC) in last month, the guys can look forward to travel again to China. The organizing committee of Tour of China send an invitation to the 14 stage Tour of China that leads through that huge country in far east. The race is categorized in UCI class 2.1 and contains many sprint stages but as well couple of very hard mountain stages.

„We are very happy to receive this invitation to another high ranked and well organized stage race in Asia. This invitation shows also a kind of proof of our latest results and progress we did with this team. We are also sure that we will play again a good role especially in the sprint stages with our Sprinter Meron Teshome from Eritrea“ Yves Beau (one of the sporting directors) explained. 

The race takes part from September 09 to September 25. Grand Start is in Tianjin near Beijing.