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Bicycle World Hosts WCC Spring Bike Shop Tour   Leave a comment

On Wednesday, March 20th, Bicycle World kicked off the Westchester Cycle Club’s 2013 Spring Bike Shop Tour.  The tour consists of a series of dinner events hosted at local bike shops in Westchester County.  Last year, Bicycle World hosted an Italian-themed dinner, and this year, Bicycle World opted for its next European culinary stop:  Germany.

On the menu was an authentic and delicious meal of bratwurst and sauerkraut.  Paired with dinner were a selection of beers from the Captain Lawrence Brewery (special thanks to Captain Lawrence Beer Ambassador and WCC member, Gary Steinel for help with the beer pairings), wine, and apple strudel for dessert.  Dinner was held at Bicycle World where the staff transformed the 2nd floor of the shop into something resembling a restaurant nestled between rows of bikes.

Shortly after the feasting commenced, Eric began a Q/A session with the diners.  Topics ranged from training techniques, bike fitting, bike handling skills and (ironically) nutrition.  The Q/A session quickly evolved into a rolling discussion; just a group of like-minded cyclists enjoying each other’s company.  Thanks to everyone who attended, the Westchester Cycling Club, Captain Lawrence, and everyone else who contributed to make this annual event happen.  After an Italian feast last year, and a visit to Germany this year, maybe we’ll serve Tapas next year for some Spanish influence.

Upcoming Events

In other news, spring has sprung…we hope.  After too many cold and windy days, it looks like riding season might actually be starting.  With it, we wanted to let you know about some upcoming events that Bicycle World will be taking part in this year.

  • On May 19th, the Bedford Central School District will be hosting its annual Elementary School Bike Run, and Bicycle World will be there to lend a hand.  Elementary students from the district will participate in a variety of fun activities including riding laps around the track at the Fox Lane Campus.
  • On June 9th, bike racing returns to downtown White Plains at the 2nd annual White Plains Criterium.  Bicycle World is sponsoring the event and will be on hand to provide mechanical assistance to the racers.  If you’ve never seen a bike race, the White Plains Criterium is a must-see.  Racers will compete on a ½ mile loop in the heart of downtown White Plains, providing plenty of thrills for spectators.

Pro Racing Coverage

Finally, pro cycling season is underway, and if you’re handy with programming your DVR, you can catch some great races.  NBC Sports Group will be carrying several pro races, and you can view their schedule here: http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/50797969/ns/sports-cycling/.  Some of our favorite upcoming races include:

  • Sunday 4/7:  Paris Roubiax.  Affectionately known as “The Hell of the North”, Paris Roubaix is one of spring’s cycling traditions.  This one-day classic features 27 sections of cobbled “pave” sections that wreak havoc on the field of riders and their equipment.  Throw in typical miserable Belgian spring weather, and the finish in the Roubiax Velodrome, and Paris Roubiax is simply amazing to watch. (Coverage:  NBCSN, 8am)
  • Sunday 4/21:  Liege-Bastongne-Liege.  Another of the spring classics, it’s also the oldest, and some would argue that the series of climbs toward the end of the race make it the toughest.  With a 2am start time on NBC Sports Network, the best bet is to set the DVR to record it.  (Coverage:  NBCSN, 2am)
  • Tuesday 4/23:  Fleche Wallone.  While not an “official” Spring Classic, Fleche Wallone is considered by many to be on par with them.  Held mid-week and with many riders from Liege-Bastonge-Liege participating, only 7 riders in the past 8 decades have won both in the same year, notching an “Ardennes Double”.  Unless you’re nocturnal, this is another one for the DVR.  (Coverage:  NBCSN, 2am).

Finally, if you want to watch more pro racing and have access to a decent high-speed internet feed, check out www.steephill.tv to get live coverage of pro races from Europe from the local European network feeds.

That’s all for this edition of the blog.  As always, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the latest happenings around the shop.  We’re looking forward to the good weather settling in, and look forward to seeing you all out on the roads and trails.

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Posted March 27, 2013 by bicycleworldny in Events News