The latest Col Collective video, the beautiful (but beastly) Col du Glandon is now online here. Anyone that may be taking part in L’Etape du Tour in 2015 is really in for a treat (check out the last few km’s, this is what bike riding is all about) or if you’re simply visiting the Alps to bag some mountains then this has to be close to top of your list.
Once upon a time there was a guy who though it would be fun to ride 677km non-stop from Évian-les-Bains to Nice across the heart of the Alps. 11 hours from the start and with 250km in the legs all seemed to be going ok, until he hit the latter slopes of the Glandon and suddenly beauty turned into the beast within. The wind funnels downs from the top of the mountain as the gradient kicks up and hangs above double figures for what seems like forever. However, don’t be put off by my lunacy the Glandon may have made me hurt so very much in the past but it’s also one of the most enchanting mountains I’ve ever experienced and for that reason I find myself continually coming back for more. There are moments when you’re barely moving and then suddenly, as you approach the summit, you can feel pure life being inhaled back into your lungs. It’s as if the mountain gods have taken a ribbon of tarmac and thrown it out of the sky from 2,000 metres to form a 20km playground of pure escapism. Now that’s the sign of a truly special climb.
Elevation gain: 1,441m
Average gradient: 7.3%
Max gradient: 11%
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Online cycling publication Road.cc rarely misses a Lezyne review, and this time they’ve gone after our KTV Drive Front! The Lezyne KTV Drive Front is a bright, ultra-compact, 15 lumen safety light. The machined aluminum body is lightweight, durable, and extremely weather-resistant. The Composite Matrix back clip features the Clip-On System, with movable clip, for versatile strapped or clipped mounting. The multi-position silicon rubber strap attaches directly to the back plate to secure the light to a wide range of handle bar diameters. The Side Visibility lens extends beyond the body providing 180 degrees visibility, and increasing user safety. The bottom cap can be removed to reveal its integrated USB stick, making recharging convenient and cable free. The KTV Drive Front is available as a single front LED, or as a front/rear pair (KTV Drive Front and Rear).
Road.cc had a lot to say about one of our newest and most popular lights, and concluded that it’s a “pleasure to use.” “The Lezyne KTV Drive Front is a charming wee Be-Seen-By front light, with some neat features that make the whole package pretty compelling. The single white LED is fixed at 15 lumens. This isn’t a tarmac-scorcher, but you get a minimum runtime of over four hours on constant. That bumps up to over six hours for the pulse mode where the brightness varies but never goes out, and over ten hours in either of the three flashing modes. This from a light with the dimensions of a Matchbox car and weighing just 51g on the Road.CC Kitchen Scales Of Semi-Truth.”
Sponsored rider Jordi Bago’s adventures continue down to San Diego, California, where he took off on the beautiful Ted Williams Bike Trail with his friend Herve from Ride 100% and photographer Harold from Imountainbike in tow. The ride included some beautiful views of the San Diego beaches and Poway on either side, as well as a variety of fairly technical terrain, with jumps and many rocky sections (including large boulders, some vertical) that tested the riders’ abilities.
The trail led them to Breeding Ground, an easier, more “fun” section with campers and many other riders, and then to Insanity which is a bit tougher, full of boulders and crazy cuts and turns. Jordi, being the pro that he is, provided his expertise to his two friends, to make it through this highly technical part!
Up next, the three plan to join Cedric Gracia for a riding camp in April.
View the entire original Spanish version of the article here, and the English translated version here.
Jordi Bago Visits the San Luis Obispo Lezyne Headquarters
Just in time for Halloween, sponsored rider Jordi Bago visited our hometown of San Luis Obispo, California, and hit up some of the beautiful trails the town has to offer for the many mountain bikers who live here. He was also shown around the Lezyne offices, and got a chance to see how products are designed and tested for final production.
Jordi also got a chance to sit in and see how Lezyne works as a 24-hour powerhouse, thanks to Skype, as a few of the 150 employees in the Taiwan offices arrived at work the next day and communicated with those in our San Luis Obispo offices before they headed home for the day.
Lezyne is constantly innovating new products for the next year’s release, and Jordi enjoyed a sneak peek on some of our conceptual models that are currently in development.
View the entire writeup here (in Spanish), or find the English translation right here.
Danny MacAskill Nails Giant Loop in Front of London Eye
Sponsored rider and world-renowned trials cyclist Danny MacAskill never slows down, does he? This time he’s conquered a new claim to fame, successfully riding a five-metre loop-the-loop on top of a barge in the Thames river in front of the London Eye. Thousands of fans showed up to watch this incredible feat go down on one of the world’s largest loop-the-loops ever cycled. Danny touts his new Cortana, a new personal digital assistant, which is represented by its illuminated signature halo circling the loop.
View more amazing photos here and read more about Danny’s partnership with Cortana.
Jordi Bago hits the Red Rocks in Arizona’s Sedona National Park
It’s been a big last few weeks for Jordi Bago! After visiting us at our San Luis Obispo offices and checking out our awesome local trails, the Lezyne sponsored rider took his travels and brand new Santa Cruz Nomad bicycle to Sedona National Park in Arizona and got some great riding in amongst the park’s iconic red rocks. Jordi states (translated from original article):”After many hours on the road from San Diego, we came to a paradise world of mountain biking, National Park, Sedona , Arizona, United States. Seeing the incredible scenery of the “Red Rocks” for us, reddish rocky mountains, with many paths to choose from, we started at the legendary Red Rock Trails . After a few minutes pedaling reached the crossing with the rest of well marked trails. We chose the Big Park Loop trail follows the valley with great fun zones impresionares curves and with views of the Red Rocks.”
Check out the original Spanish article here, and translated version here.
Road.cc Reviews the Lezyne Control Drive CO2 Inflator
We’ve been getting a lot of great feedback for our new Control Drive CO2 inflator this year, and Road.cc didn’t miss an opportunity to add their own. “Lezyne’s new Control Drive CO2 Inflator makes it really easy to get any Presta or Schrader inner tube fully inflated. It provides easy control of the flow of gas and has a jacket to protect your hands from freezing to the canister during use.”
The Control Drive is a compact, 100% CNC machined aluminum CO2 inflator. The Control Drive twist operation allows for easy and precise inflation. The Control Drive head slips directly onto Presta and Schrader valves and puts the rider into complete control over how much CO2 they discharge at a time. It is compatible with threaded CO2 cartridges only and comes with an anti-freeze jacket to protect hands during inflation.
BikeRadar has released another great review for us! This time it’s for our Port-A-Shop Tool Kit. “Lezyne’s Port-A-Shop fits the tools for last-minute adjustments and fittings before your ride into a tough fabric folder, and it’s a fantastic kit.”
The Lezyne Port-A-Shop is a cycling specific tool kit that is small enough to take traveling, yet functional enough to use in the garage. The kit includes tools for basic maintenance and most repairs. The convenient carrying case, with labeled pockets, keeps tools organized and safe.
The Lezyne Alloy Dirt Floor Drive is a high volume floor pump optimized for use with mountain bike tires. Made with a CNC machined aluminum barrel and base, a steel piston and an oversized varnished wood handle. The barrel, piston, hose and connectors are oversized to deliver twice the air flow per stroke to quickly fill tires or seat tubeless tire systems. The ABS Flip-Thread Chuck and long rubber hose easily reach both Presta and Schrader valves on a stand. The Speed Chuck is included for fast press-on valve engagement. The 2.5” oversized gauge is very precise and easy to read. An anodized high polish finish makes this pump stylish and durable.