Tagesarchiv: 23. September 2015

Nachlese: Paris – Brest – Paris

David hat dieses Jahr, nach 2011, wieder an PBP teilgenommen und erfolgreich beendet. Ich finde das eine unglaubliche Leistung; vielmehr finde ich aber auch, dass das unglaublich viel Zeit ist für etwas was (meiner Meinung nach und mir) keinen Spaß macht. Vielleicht ist dies aber auch nur eine Vorurteil. Am abschreckensten findeich den Mangel an Schlaf. Könnte ich nicht, wollte ich nicht. Das vorherrschende Image von PBP diess Jahr sind Photos von Radfahrern die egal wo schlafen: am Wegesrand, in Straßengräben, hockend auf dem Bürgersteig, auf Bahren in Unterkünften….

PBP2015Netter Film dazu vom NDR. Danke an Yuji für den Hinweis.

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Verkauft: Assos.

via Velonews

Interessant. Vor allem nach dem Besuch bei Q36.5 in Bozen im August un den Gesprächen mit Luigi, der Jahrelang bei Assos tätig war, zuletzt in der Position des Head of R&D.

Assos produziert Radbekleidung für Profisportler, die dann letztendlich aber in der der Masse an Amateure und Jedermänner verkauft werden. Wie entwirft man so etwas? Als kompromissloses Material für den Profi, oder ist es nur das Marketing, dass uns diese Bekleidung als professionell verkauft, während Schnitt, Design und Material  doch eigentlich auf Hobbysportler abgestimmt sind?

It’s hard to believe in a world of massive corporations that a company can still be family-owned, but Assos has been a Maier family operation since the 1970s — until now. Philip N. Duff, former owner of Black Diamond Equipment, has purchased a majority interest in the Swiss purveyor of high-end cycling apparel, along with a private equity firm called the TZP Group and Greg Avis, a board member of USA Cycling Foundation.

Roche Maier will continue to be involved with Assos product development and innovation. Duff takes over as the company’s CEO, lending business experience gained from his extensive resumé that includes CFO of Morgan Stanley, President of Tiger Equipment, founder of FrontPoint Partners, and lead director of Black Diamond Equipment.

“I have been a customer of Assos since Toni Maier changed athletic apparel with the introduction of the first Lycra cycling shorts in the late 1970s,” says Duff. “I have only ridden Assos ever since. I am delighted to join a team that has built a truly authentic brand — top cyclists building innovative apparel for passionate cyclists.”

While it’s unclear what the shift in ownership means for Assos products and sales, the company hopes Duff can help “carefully expand” the Assos brand, continuing the company’s “sponsor yourself” mantra aimed at an affluent demographic of cyclists looking for high-end apparel.

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Strava. Kunst.

via bicyling.com

Become a Strava Artist with These GPS Tips
The GPSdoodles.com creator reveals his secrets to creating Strava art by bike

If getting a KOM isn’t high on your bucket list of cycling goals, there’s another way Strava can boost your motivation to ride: using it to create art. Rather than focusing on speed, some cyclists are focusing on creating routes that, when ridden, show up as designs or words—even marriage proposals! Stephen Lund, creator of GPSdoodles.com, is one of the best “Strava artists” in the world. “If you have a GPS and you have a bike, you can experiment and explore and see what’s possible,” he says. “And it’s great fun!” He’s working on a book to share a complete how-to for Strava art, but for now, he shares a few of his top tips.

The Route Is King
Before he sets out, Lund meticulously pre-maps his route to get his design perfect. To start a design, Lund finds it most helpful to highlight the main thoroughfares in an area on a map (on paper or in Photoshop) and then stand back and look for ready-made shapes. He adds that unfortunately, maps don’t always account for roadwork and detours, and even a minor route change can throw off a drawing. Using Google Maps to design a route and then uploading it to a GPS device is a great way to prepare.

Work with What You’ve Got
Even rural cyclists can use rolling, curving landscapes to create cool stuff, though they might have to look harder at maps to create cool routes. “Anywhere you are, there’s creative potential,” Lund says. Zoom in and out of an area on Google Maps, look for cool lines and shapes (or have a rough idea of a word or shape to create), and then look for roads that will match it.
Start with Words
“My first was a Happy New Year sign on Strava,” Lund says. Words are easiest to create because they’re fairly straightforward, he explains, and you can—if you plan carefully—simply pause Strava for a few yards in order to create a space between each letter. Words are particularly easy, Lund adds, if you live in a neatly gridded city.

Expect to Increase Your Mileage
„Doing Strava art the past seven months has gotten me to do 4,000 kilometers of riding that I wouldn’t have otherwise done,” Lund says. He adds that having a purpose for his rides has added a new element of fun to them, and now he can’t wait to get back home to upload his files to see if his designs worked out.

… And Expect to Be Out for a While
“Most of the pieces take about 70 kilometers to do,” Lund says. Budget for extra time on Strava art rides, since following a route perfectly is key to a flawless design, and you’ll likely need to stop to ponder your route map at least once or twice. He also adds that he occasionally has restarted a ride after a wrong turn, and that mileage definitely adds up!

Don’t Be Cliché
“I hear a lot about people drawing penises,” Lund says. “It seems weirdly popular. And maybe I would do that one day, but it would be on a statue of David, to give it some context.” Be original with your artwork.

Large Scale Is Your Friend
Especially for new Strava artists, focusing on a bigger picture will make mistakes less visible on the overall map. If you’re in a city and focused on a small range of city blocks, each misstep will be ultra-apparent—but if you create a cool shape from a 100-mile journey, even if you made a minor error, it won’t be as obvious on the overall map.

Go Off-Road to Smooth Curves or Connect the Dots
„I use a lot of off-road improvisation,” Lund says. He’ll occasionally use trails, stairwells, and even open fields to create the perfect image when the roads aren’t cooperating. “It’s that urban exploration that makes it fun,” he adds. It’s about the art of adventure, and it helps you get better acquainted with the area you live in—you might find some great backroads in the pursuit of art!

Don’t Get Discouraged
If you miss a turn, your drawing might be ruined that day, but you can always try again tomorrow. “It can be demoralizing at times,” Lund explains, when you’ve spent a day on a careful artistic route only to find an early wrong turn derailed your drawing. “There’s no eraser, so you’ve got to pay closer attention in rides,” he adds. There is a silver lining to being hyper-aware, though: That attention to the route can actually bring a new element of focus to your rides.

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