Vos Wins CX World Cup #6!
26th December 2012 - filed under TeamsridersIn just her second World Cup start of this 2012-13 cyclocross season, defending world champion Marianne Vos made it all the way to the top step of the podium. Racing a special midweek race in Zolder, Belgium, on Wednesday, the day after Christmas, the Rabobank rider piloted her Giant TCX Advanced SL to a convincing win, proving she’s right on track for her goal of collecting yet another world title at the 2013 Cyclocross World Championships in January.
Vos was joined in the top-10 by her Rabobank teammate Pauline Ferrand Prevot of France, who finished eighth. And in the elite men’s race, Lars van der Haar had another consistent top-10 performance, finishing eighth and holding his sixth-place overall World Cup standing.
Three days ago Vos lined up for her first World Cup race of the season, round 5 in Namur, Belgium. And despite crashing three times in the mud of Namur, the 2012 Olympic gold medalist in road racing still finished third behind American Katie Compton. This time the tables were turned, as Compton crashed several times on the sandy course in Zolder. Vos, meanwhile, led from start to finish, saying afterward that her confidence is building for the upcoming worlds in Louisville, Kentucky.
Van der Heijden Wins CX World Cup #5!
23rd December 2012 - filed under TeamsridersLed by Michiel van der Heijden’s win in the men's Under-23 race, Rabobank-Giant riders had a solid showing at Sunday’s World Cup cyclocross race in Namur, Belgium. Also making the podium was current women’s world champion Marianne Vos, who finished third in the elite women’s race.
Van der Heijden rode his Giant TCX Advanced SL to the win on a wet, slippery course in Namur. The course, which passes by the citadel of Namur, is one of the most difficult on the World Cup circuit.
In the women’s race, Vos was making her World Cup debut this season. After a long road racing season, she is racing just a handful of ’cross events. She fell twice on the muddy course but still managed to finish third. Her teammate, Sanne van Paassen, finished sixth to hold her overall ranking of second.
Later in the day, Lars van der Haar battled his way to eighth place in the elite men’s race on his TCX Advanced SL. The two-time Under-23 world champion is racing his first year as an elite and is currently sixth overall after five rounds. Van der Haar's teammate Niels Wubben finished 10th in the elite men's race Sunday, and is now 15th overall in the World Cup.
The World Cup series continues this Wednesday, with Round 6 in Zolder, Belgium.
Happy Christmas from Giant!
21st December 2012 - filed under GiantThanks to everyone who has made Giant's 40th year a special one and thank you to all our friends and followers at www.facebook.com/giantuk and www.twitter.com/giantuk for joining in the fun.
We've got lots of exciting plans for 2013, with exciting new teams and riders, Real Riders and other great competitions and promotions, events - more news coming in the New Year - we can tell you this: it's going to be epic!
Happy Christmas from everyone here at Giant - come and join us for the ride in 2013.
Ride Life. Ride Giant.
Giant Factory Team Expands for 2013!
20th December 2012 - filed under TeamsridersWith a former World Champion, a U.S. Olympian and multiple national champions in every off-road discipline—from World Cup downhill to enduro and XC events—the Giant Factory Off-Road Team is looking toward one of its most exciting seasons yet in 2013.
Returning to lead the DH squad next season is 2011 World Champion Danny Hart. The 21-year-old Brit is looking forward to picking up where he left off after an injury cut his 2012 season short last summer. Hart scored three podium finishes and was fourth overall in the 2012 World Cup when a separated shoulder forced him to miss the final two World Cups and the World Championships.
“I was disappointed to miss some races last year, but that’s giving me more motivation this winter,” Hart said. “I can’t wait till that World Cup opener on my home turf in the U.K. I’ll be fired up and ready to go.”
Joining Hart on the DH roster is returning Giant rider Andrew Neethling of South Africa. Neethling rode consistently well in 2012 with four top-10 finishes and a 12th-place overall.
New to the DH squad this year is 22-year-old Marcelo Gutierrez Villegas, a four-time elite national champion in Colombia who finished 10th at the 2012 DH World Championships in Austria.
On the enduro/XC side, longtime Giant rider Adam Craig is making the jump from the Rabobank-Giant team (now the Giant Pro XC Team), which focuses on World Cup XC racing, to the Giant Factory Off-Road Team. Craig, who won the 2012 U.S. Super D title on his Trance X 29er, is looking forward to a greater focus on enduro racing in 2013.
“I have a pretty sweet schedule lined up, pretty much hitting all the most interesting races out there,” Craig said. “Enduros, XC, all the types of events that most riders are stoked about these days.”
Craig will be joined by fellow Oregon resident Carl Decker, the three-time defending champion of the Downieville All-Mountain World Championship, as well as Kelli Emmett, the current U.S. women’s Super D national champion. And Australian Josh Carlson, a breakout talent on the enduro-racing scene last year, rounds out the enduro/XC arm of the 2013 team.
“This is a group of riders that’s fun to watch,” said Giant Global Marketing Director An Le. “They’re champion racers, but they’re also just amazing mountain bikers period. Our XC racers are ripping downhillers, and our downhillers train with power meters. Their versatility and style reflects the progression of mountain biking, as well as the bikes and gear we develop for the everyday rider.”
Once again, the team has a variety of Giant bikes in its arsenal, covering every type of course and all types of terrain—from lightweight composite hardtails to full-suspension XC, enduro and DH bikes.
For World Cup downhill and gravity events, riders will compete with the Giant Glory and Reign X. Enduro and cross-country riders will start the season on Anthem X Advanced 29er and Trance X 29er bikes, as well as XtC Advanced SL 29er hardtails. And as always, Factory Team riders will be involved in the development of new bikes and technologies, including prototype racing machines, throughout the season.
All Factory Team bikes will be “Powered by SRAM” featuring the latest cutting edge components including SRAM drivetrains, Truvativ componentry, Avid brakes and RockShox suspension. Other sponsors include DT Swiss wheelsets and Schwalbe tires. Fox Head will supply apparel for gravity and enduro events, and DNA Cycling will supply XC race kits.
For photos, videos, news and other inside information on the Giant Factory Off-Road Team, follow them on Facebook at facebook.com/giantfactoryteam.
2013 Giant Factory Off-Road Team
Josh Carlson (Australia), Enduro, XC
Adam Craig (USA), Enduro, XC
Carl Decker (USA), Enduro, XC, Marathon
Kelli Emmett (USA), Enduro, XC, Marathon
Marcelo Gutierrez Villegas (Colombia) DH
Danny Hart (Great Britain) DH
Andrew Neethling (South Africa) DH
DT Swiss wheelsets
Fox Head apparel
DNA XC race kit
MRP chain guide
Crank Brothers pedals
Honey Stinger nutrition
Finish line lubrication
NoTubes.com tubeless technology
Giant Guide: Computers, sensors and training apps
19th December 2012 - filed under ProductCadence, heart rate, speed, distance – there are a whole lot of stats that you can track to keep an eye on your performance – during the ride and as part of a training programme – a quick search on Google for ‘cadence training’ brings up countless articles for improving performance. We were recently asked at www.Facebook.com/GiantUK how an iPhone could be linked up with Giant RideSense, which got us thinking that this same info would be useful to share with our website users;
Giant ANT+ compatible computers;
Giant Neos ANT+ computer is compatible with any ANT+ device (ANT+ is a standard connection which uses 2.4GHz frequency – you’ll find it across a range of devices making them compatible across brands) – click here for a full feature list for the Giant Neos ANT+ including the ability to track heart rate by purchasing the Giant ANT+ Heart Rate Belt.
Giant Neos Pro computer is also compatible with any ANT+ device – with some added features over the Neos ANT+ including altitude and the ability to link your Neos Pro computer to your PC using the PC Dock – you can then down load Giant’s free RideSync software to manage your own training programme.
RideSense – Giant’s neat ANT+ sensor solution;
RideSense is Giant’s neat solution for sending cadence (how fast your cranks are rotating) and speed data to any ANT+ device. RideSense is already equipped on many 2013 Giant models with an ergonomic RideSense sensor that fits inside the chainstay.
Some Giant models are ‘RideSense compatible’ – these have a slot in the chainstay for a RideSense sensor. The sensor picks up info from a magnet on the inside of the crank (cadence) and a magnet on the spoke (speed) and transmits this wirelessly to your ANT+ device.
ANT+ Sensor for bikes that don’t have RideSense;
You can still send data to any ANT+ device, even if you don’t have a bike with RideSense – simply fit Giant’s 2 – in – 1 Sensor and you will be able to transmit speed and cadence. For those lucky enough to have a separate Winter bike or training bike this enables you to use one computer with ‘dual bike recording’ to track stats on your new bike with integrated Ridesense, and your training bike fitted with the 2 in 1 Sensor.
Connecting your iPhone to RideSense;
There is already a choice of products for integrating your iPhone with Giant's RideSense and ANT+ Heart Rate belt.
You can get the Wahoo, Digifit or a Garmin ANT+ plug ins. They all plug in to the bottom of your phone and they all offer speed, cadence and heart rate which will work with Giants RideSense and our Heart Rate Belt and anything else ANT+ (including Giant's 2-in-1 Sensor)
The Wahoo has a lot of Apps to choose from and the RRP is £49.99, the Digifit can utilise Wahoo’s Apps and the RRP is £49.99, the Garmin will work with the Garmin Fit app and the RRP Is £49.99; you do have to buy the Apps for them all (there may be some free but we couldn't find any) but we found the Garmin App for £0.69.
Giant’s ANT+ Heart Rate belt is compatible with any ANT+ device capable of reading Heart Rate including Giant Neos Pro and Neos Ant+ computers.
Giant’s Neos Extension Mount allows you to centrally fit your Neos ANT+ and Neos Pro computers.
Giant’s RideSense magnets can be purchased separately – so if your bike came equipped with a RideSense sensor but you don't have the magnets, or you have lost them you can add these magnets to allow you to pick up speed and cadence data.
Giant Store Liverpool Christmas Hampers!
18th December 2012 - filed under STORE NEWS
There is still time to get yourself on a Giant Store Liverpool Christmas Hamper for the cyclist in your life!
‘Keep it clean’ Hamper - £60 (Saving 10%)
Gear Floss, 20 Microfibre Ropes.
White lightning Clean Ride (Self cleaning wax lube)
White Lightning Wash and Shine.
Giant Toolshed HD1. (17 function folding multi tool)
White Lightning, Trigger Chain Cleaning System.
‘Keep Warm’ Hamper - £75 (Saving 11%)
Endura Deluge Gloves.
2 Pack of Endura Thermolite socks.
Baa Baa Merino Arm Warmers.
Baa Baa Merino Skip Beanie Hat.
‘Keep Dry’ Hamper - £105 (Saving 16%)
Womens Endura Gridlock Jacket.
Womens Endura Gridlock Overtrousers.
Waterproof Road Overshoes.
Bigger, Faster, Better: Trance X 29er is a What Mountain Bike winner!
18th December 2012 - filed under ProductWhat Mountain Bike tested £1849 - £2500 full suspension 29er trail bikes in their January 2013 issue seeing Giant's new Trance X 29'er pitted against some serious competition from Cube AMS 120 PRO 29, Ghost AMR 2955, Specialized Camber Carbon Comp, Santa Cruz Superlight 29 D and Avanti Coppermine 29.2.
Having already given too many great reviews to list to Giant's Anthem X 29er, the Trance X 29er's shorter travel sibling, could the Trance X 29er match the blistering rocketship performance of the Anthem combined with the extra trail taming ability of longer suspension travel?
"If the 100mm travel Anthem X 29er is a very capable bike, this Trance X is bordering on unstoppable. And it's not shy of the climbs, either."
With a great spec including 'the cherry on the cake' in Giant's Contact Switch Dropper Seatpost, smooth and progressive suspension performance on a bike that's 'a riot to ride' - Trance X 29er comes out on top with 4.5 stars, making it a What Mountain Bike Winner!
Catch the full review in the January 2013 issue of What Mountain Bike Magazine and tell us what you think at www.facebook.com/giantuk / www.twitter.com/giantuk - or try one for yourself at www.test-ride.co.uk.
Ride Life with Giant Store Liverpool
17th December 2012 - filed under STORE NEWS
DAVID KENNY – TEAM GB NEW ZEALAND 2012
"Ride Giant, Ride life, Fulfill your dreams."
How it started
I became part of the giant family just over a year ago after taking part in the Liverpool Triathlon as a fundraising exercise for the Epilepsy Society UK. I had managed to complete the Liverpool Triathlon on a circa 1970s steel road bike, with the combined weight of a small horse! I had been researching new bikes for quite a while and the one thing that every one I talked to agreed on was that I needed a new one. As with all those new to the world of cycling I was faced with a mind blowing selection of brakes, group sets, frames, makes of bikes and of course aluminium versus carbon. When it came to tyres and wheels, well I was on my way to my first nervous break down! I had been to a number of local bike stores and had been disappointed with the help and advice given. During my research I had become aware of the Giant store Liverpool located near the bottom of Upper Parliament Street, housed in a fantastic old warehouse.
Welcome to the family
I had originally avoided the Giant store as I believed an” own brand” store would not give the level of impartial advice and support I felt I needed; how wrong could I have been! From the moment I stepped inside the store I was given friendly information and sound technical advice with no hard sell. They helped me to better understand the quality of different components and gave me options related to the packages that they had to offer as well. I was that impressed that after a further fortnight’s deliberation I returned to purchase my first Giant bike, the “blue bullet” that is now my Giant Trinity. I received a full and comprehensive bike fit, and the after sales service has been nothing short of fantastic, including a last minute service prior to this years Wilmslow Triathlon when I called in on the off chance. I went on to achieve second place in my age group with Giants’ help.
Giant dreams (for the more mature rider)
My Giant Trinity was now helping me cycle faster and stronger and In July of this year I took my Trinity down to the Bristol Harbourside Triathlon. It was a highly competitive race and was a qualifier for the Great Britain Team. I finished third in my age category and as a result have been invited to represent team GB as an age group international at the World Triathlon Championships in Auckland New Zealand! Not bad for a 54 year old. I am still in shock at what I have achieved and I honestly believe that without my Giant bike I would not have achieved my dreams. I cannot thank Giant enough and especially the staff at Giant Liverpool. I am now in training, which of course means riding my Giant bike as often as I can.
Vos Honored for her Historic Season!
17th December 2012 - filed under TeamsridersWith 2012 nearing its end, cycling publications around the world are looking back and honoring the year’s best racers. Topping the list for many of these awards issues and stories is Rabobank-Liv/giant's own Marianne Vos.
Vos didn’t just have a good year, or even a great year. With two world championships and Olympic gold on her list of accolades, Vos had a historic year.
“Vos won the world cyclocross championship, five stages and the overall at the Giro Donne, the Olympic road race, the World Cup overall title, and the world road championship,” wrote the U.S.-based Velo magazine. “She won the nine-event women’s road World Cup series, her fourth title, even though she skipped three events; she won three of the six races she started, and finished second at another. Of the six World Cup races she entered, she never finished worse than third.”
All of those results earned the 25-year-old Velo's International Cyclist of the Year award. In Australia, Vos earned the year-end cover in Ride Cycling Review, which labeled her "Miss World."
And it wasn’t just editors heaping praise on Vos. In Cyclingnews.com’s 2012 Reader Poll, she was an overwhelming favorite for Best Female Road Racer with more than 51 percent of the vote.
What will Vos do next? For 2013 she is back with Giant, leading the Rabobank-Liv/giant women’s road team. She plans another full season of road racing with some select cyclocross events and, perhaps, she has hinted, even a mountain bike race or two.
BikeMagic First Ride: Giant Anthem X Advanced 29er 1
14th December 2012 - filed under ProductGiant's Anthem X Advanced 29er 1 carbon 29er XC race bike features in BikeMagic as tester David Arthur gives us his First Ride review.
First impressions are good - impressive looks given a smooth carbon makeover and hidden cables for an even faster, even sleeker outlook.
Anthem X has always been versatile, even more so with the rolling power of 29 inch wheels and with a dropper seatpost testers think "this could prove to be the ultimate super fast trail bike setup".
Overall it's a First Ride thumbs up from BikeMagic;
"My first ride left me really impressed. I’m going to ride it some more, and will take it to some races in the coming weeks, and see how it fares."
"On first impressions, it’s a seriously good 29er."
Read the full BikeMagic First Ride review of the Giant Anthem X Advanced 29er 1 and tell us what you think at www.facebook.com/giantuk and www.twitter.com/giantuk
Triathlon Plus Gold Award for 2013 Giant Defy 4
13th December 2012 - filed under ProductLooking for a road bike that offers the perfect balance of performance and value? Giant's 2013 Defy 4 just scooped the Triathlon Plus Gold Award in their January 2013 issue!
In the 'Swift Thrift' Bike Test, testers put 4 models head to head that 'can help you smash your personal best without breaking the bank' - perfect for getting into road riding, tackling your first triathlon or road race or even commuting to work every day or a bit of lightweight touring.
With tough competition from Felt Z95, Merida Race Lite 900 and Genesis Volant 00 the Giant Defy would have a lot to prove. But with an AluxX aluminium frame designed and engineered in Giant's own production facilities giving an outstanding ride quality - it was the Giant that came out on top.
"The Giant accelerates well - it's the lightest here - and handles impeccably, giving the rider endless bounds of confidence."
Not only was the bike the lightest on test, Giant's wheels were also the lightest on test contributing to it's blistering acceleration, and coupled with comfortable but reponsive frame it's perfect for reducing fatigue when you are going long distance.
Check out the full article in the January 2013 issue of Triathlon Plus Magazine and see what gves Giant the edge.
Giant Announces New 2013 Teams!
13th December 2012 - filed under TeamsridersGiant announced today that it is elevating its support of professional cycling with multiple teams that were formerly under Team Rabobank management. The partnerships include the Blanco Pro Cycling Team (formerly the Rabobank Team), the Rabobank-Liv/giant women’s team, the Rabobank Development Team and the Giant Pro XC Team.
Giant and its women’s brand Liv/giant will supply bikes and apparel to the teams and will continue to work with these top-level pro athletes to develop new technologies for a competitive edge.
“Our new partnership with Giant shows that this is a very good relationship,” said Blanco team director Richard Plugge. “We get the chance to build and foster great cycling talent and we will inspire a new generation of riders and fans.”
With Rabobank ending its title sponsorship of the men’s pro road team, the name Blanco was chosen to symbolize the team's "white jersey" status. It also alludes to the beginning of a new era, of starting with a blank slate.
Full details for Team Blanco, which will include its core of talent from Rabobank including Robert Gesink, Lars Boom and Theo Bos, will be announced in the coming days. The team will once again focus on cycling’s biggest events, including grand tours, classics and other major stage races and single-day races. The riders will compete on TCR Advanced SL, Defy Advanced SL and Trinity Advanced SL bikes, along with a number of new products in the near future.
“Team Blanco represents a fresh start for this young and talented squad, and we’re excited to play a vital role in developing the next generation of stars,” said Tom Davies, Giant Sports Marketing Manager. “Through cutting-edge bicycles and apparel, we’ll be providing riders the advantage they need to win at the highest level.”
The second team in the 2013 lineup is the Rabobank-Liv/giant women’s road team. Liv/giant has stepped in as a co-sponsor to ensure continued support and development of women’s cycling. Home to the current Olympic gold medalist and Road World Champion Marianne Vos, the team was launched at the beginning of 2012 and experienced great success in its first year on the circuit.
Vos, who won nearly every major title in 2012 including Olympic gold in London and world championships in cyclocross and road racing, will lead the team at stage races, World Cups and other major events around the world. The team will play a key role in developing Liv/giant bikes and apparel.
In off-road competition, Giant has become the title sponsor of the former Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team. The Giant Pro XC Team will bring back the bulk of its World Cup XC mountain bike riders, including rising star Fabian Giger of Switzerland, who this year finished fifth at World Championships, the best result of his career. The team will also feature former Jr. World Champion Michiel van der Heijden, along with two top female racers: former World Champion Maja Włoszczowska and reigning Under-23 World Champion Jolanda Neff. The XC-focused riders will start the season racing a variety of Giant off-road bikes, including the XtC Advanced SL 29er and Anthem X Advanced 29er.
Finally, Giant will continue to support the Rabobank Development Team, a Netherlands-based program that gave rise to current pros Gesink, Boom and Bauke Mollema. The Rabobank Development Team also oversees the cyclocross squad, including two-time Under-23 World Champion Lars van der Haar and other top young talents.
All team bikes will be equipped with Shimano/PRO components and wheels, along with fi'zi:k saddles. Team Blanco and Rabobank-Liv/giant will race on Vittoria tires, while the Rabobank Development Team and the Giant Pro XC Team will use Schwalbe tires. DT Swiss has also stepped in as the new suspension partner for the Giant Pro XC Team. Giant will also partner with performance apparel specialists Etxeondo to develop high-performance rider gear for the teams.
Craig Podiums at USGP Finals!
10th December 2012 - filed under TeamsridersGiant cyclocross rider Adam Craig scored back-to-back podium finishes at the two-day Deschutes Brewery Cup race in Bend, Oregon, over the weekend. Craig, racing on home turf in Bend, showed his best ’cross form of the season in the final two races of the U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross series, finishing third on his Giant TCX Advanced SL on Saturday and Sunday.
In Saturday’s race, Craig fought his way up through a crowd of the top U.S. pros, spending most of the day in a chase group just behind the leaders. Late in the race, which was held on a fast course with cold temperatures in Bend, Craig used his superior bike handling skills to escape the rest of the chasers and land the podium placing.
“This was always the goal, to be in the mix,” Craig told Cyclingnews.com. “It’s awesome to be on the podium and I didn’t expect this at all.”
The following day saw clear skies and slightly warmer temperatures in Bend—and the same result for Craig. He finished third again, 19 seconds behind Tim Johnson and Ryan Trebon, who were first and second respectively.
Craig, who is racing only select cyclocross events this year, ended up eighth overall in the final USGP standings.
VIDEO: Giant Moments 2012
10th December 2012 - filed under GiantOn the road, and in the dirt. From the smooth, banked walls of the velodrome to rocky desert cliffs. Riding, racing, having fun.
Every day of the year, someone, somewhere, is getting after it on a Giant bike.
From the Tour de France to a tour of the neighborhood. World records to weekend adventures.
In 2012, Giant riders won Olympic gold, world championships and countless pro races around the world. These are the moments that inspire us to ride.
Join us as we continue the ride into 2013. Connect with us and share your stories on the Giant Facebook page.
Giant Rutland Workshop Evening
Giant Store Rutland are hosting a Workshop Evening on Thursday 17th January, 7pm at Giant Store Rutland.
Come along to find out how to set up your bike and maintain it whilst having a chance to pick up exclusive on the night special offers.
Learn the essential tools to keep you riding through the winter and beyond with Giant UK’s Product Manager.
Spaces are limited to 30 people - so contact us now to avoid disappointment - to book simply email firstname.lastname@example.org - we look forward to welcoming you.
GIANT STORES 2012 SALE
6th December 2012 - filed under STORE NEWS
Grab yourself a bargain in the Giant Stores Sale!
Giant Stores have a selection of 2012 models with up to 40% off while stocks last - your chance to get a Giant bike with a huge discount in time for Christmas.
Contact your local store for full details of remaining models and sizes available and the latest offer prices.
GIANT STORE RADLETT TURBO TUESDAYS
Great news! It might be cold and dark outside but Giant Store Radlett Turbo Tuesday's are back - all the motivation you need to keep moving and keep fit this Winter.
Every Tuesday, 7pm at the Giant Store on Watling Street, Radlett - completely free - all you need to bring along is your bike and a turbo trainer (and you can get 10% off turbo trainers in store on the night)
For more details and to book your free place call the store on 01923 850327 or email email@example.com.
So come along and keep the legs spinning!
GIANT STORE YEOVIL OPENS WITH TRIUK
9th November 2012 - filed under STORE NEWS
The Giant Store – Yeovil has opened for business, run by existing independent bicycle retailer Chris Boon. The latest edition to the Giant Store family is situated in South Somerset positioned on the outskirts of the vibrant market town of Yeovil.
Ian Beasant Managing Director of Giant UK commented “Giant Stores focus on understanding the customer and their cycling experience ensuring that the end user gets complete satisfaction from their purchase...” Beasant continued “this is the first Giant brand store we’ve opened that’s in an existing, established business, we believe the partner and location provides the perfect environment for a Giant brand store.”
The store, positioned on the edge of the town within easy reach of the beautiful countryside of Somerset, occupies 375m2 of prime retail space offering a unique shopping experience as well as something for all customers.
Independent bicycle dealer and founder of Tri UK Chris Boon said “we are so excited about the Giant Store, we believe it offers our customers both existing and new a completely different appeal and retail experience”
Giant Stores offer a professional retail outlook in a friendly and approachable environment, the store offers something for all whatever the discipline from performance enthusiasts to leisure cyclists, junior riders and everyone in between.
Boon continued “our business is established in the Triathlon market and we believe the Giant Store will serve this and so many other customers, with Giant we have a bike for all.”
The latest edition to the Giant Store family accompanies stores across the UK; to read more about Giant stores or to find a store in your local area visit www.giant-stores.co.uk
Giant propose to roll out further brand stores in key target locations. Further potential stores are already being planned and Giant are in discussions with independent partners.
GIANT STORE DUBLIN LADIES RIDE
Giant Store Dublin are running ladies rides, every Friday at 7pm from the store.
Bring along your racing bike for 90 minutes out to Killiney Hill for a lap, beginner through to advanced.
For more details please contact the store.
GIANT STORE SHOREHAM ROAD BIKE RIDE - SUNDAY 28TH OCTOBER
SUNDAY MORNING RIDE WITH THE GIANT STORE SHOREHAM
Join the staff & customers of the Giant Store Shoreham for a road bike ride around the beautiful Sussex countryside.
Meeting on Sunday 28th October at the Giant Store, Shoreham at 08:50am for a 09:00am roll out, the ride will take in 30 – 40 miles of gentle country lanes (& maybe a quick coffee stop) before returning to the Giant Store for approximately 11:30am.
Please note that this is the day the clocks go back one hour, so you can make the most of an extra hour in bed & get a morning ride in – Its win-win!
To make the ride manageable and enjoyable for all, the maximum group size can be no more than 30 people. Therefore, please e-mail the store at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible to reserve your place!
We look forward to hearing from you.
Giant Shoreham Ladies Night a hit!
Thursday saw a large group of female cyclists attend the Giant Store Shoreham Ladies Night - with champagne, nibbles and a goody bag for everyone who attended.
Giant's globe-trotting Product Manager Dave Ward was on hand through the night offering the best nutrition, training, technical and bike fit advice in Giant Shoreham's welcoming retail environment which stocks the widest range of Giant bikes and cycling gear.
Speaking after the event Giant Shoreham owner Rod Lambert said;
"We can't promise big Dave every week but the usual helpful and knowledge Giant Shoreham staff are always on hand till 8pm on a Thursday night!"
Thanks to everyone who attended and be sure to check the Giant Facebook Page for future events.
SUNDAY RIDE WITH THE GIANT STORE RADLETT
This Sunday its the perfect time to stay committed to riding through Autumn - what better way to motivate yourself than a nice road ride with like minded cyclists?
Giant Store Radlett are running a road ride this Sunday - starting and finishing at the Giant Store on Watling Street. Here are the details;
- Start time: 9.30am (Giant Store open from 9am)
- Distance: 20-40 road miles depending on the group - no-one gets left behind
Duration: 2-3 hours depending on the group
Meet: Giant Store Radlett
Finish: Back at the Giant Store Radlett
From this Sunday we are also starting our new Sunday opening hours - from Sunday 14th October the store will be open from 9am - 2pm - so you can pop into the Giant Store before heading for your Sunday lunch.
The popular Turbo Tuesdays will start again on Tuesday 6th of November - more details nearer the time.
We look forward to seeing you on a Sunday ride soon - for more details contact the store at email@example.com or 01923 850 327 - and don't forget to follow us on Twitter @GiantRadlett
NEW OPENING HOURS AT GIANT STORE TWICKENHAM
8th October 2012 - filed under STORE NEWS
The Giant Store Twickenham have new opening hours, you can now book a bike service in Twickenham and browse the latest Giant bikes and cycling gear during these hours;
Thurs: 9 -8
Fri: 9 -6
Sun: 12 -5
A HATRICK OF 100 MILE TT TITLES
This weekend saw Giant Shoreham's time trial specialist, Rob Pelham add the East Sussex Cycling Association (ESCA) 100 Mile TT title to the Southern Counties Cycling Union (SCCU) & Sussex Cycling Association (SCA) titles he has already picked up this season;
"During the SCCU race there was a fierce electrical storm with the heaviest rain I have ever raced in. Fortunately this was quite localised & I finished in glorious sunshine." said Rob.
"On the startsheet for the SCA 100 there were quite a few 'big names' from around the country, all in search of a fast 100 time for their British Best All-Rounder qualifiers so I was particularly pleased to be the only rider under 4 hours & in doing so winning the event by nearly 7 minutes from second place."
The race Rob really wanted to do well in was the ESCA.
"Part of the course uses my clubs home 10 mile course. It also passes within a mile of home so my Wife & Son were able to come out & cheer me on in the closing stages. This was probably the hardest I have ever raced. The temperature on the day in the 80's really added to the difficulty & without my helpers on the day handing up drinks bottles I'd never have finished. In the end it turned out to be a close race between me & Andy Miles who'd travelled over from Kent. My finishing time of 3:54:52 was 1:03 quicker than Andy. 3rd place was another 7 minutes back."
Congratulations Rob on a great season!
GIANT SHOREHAM GO RIDE!
On a sunny Saturday morning in August Rod Lambert, owner of Giant Shoreham, joined a large group of junior riders at a post-Olympic 'Go-Ride' event hosted by local club V.C. Jubilee and British Cycling at nearby Lancing Manor recreation ground.
With free skills coaching available, bikes to borrow, time trials, racing, medals and lots of prizes available it was no wonder there were lots of smiling faces with girls and boys of all ages and abilities out to emulate their Olympic heroes.
"VC Jubilee are our local club," explained Rod, "and we like to help them out by supporting their members and events whenever we can. The club are very well organised and whilst they organise training and racing across all the cycling disciplines they never forget the fun element as well. It always helps me to get through working another Saturday at the shop when I see all the kids go past the window on their club ride."
GIANT SHOREHAM, BIG DOG
Giant Store Shoreham recently attended the Big Dog mountain bike race at Stanmer Park, Brighton.
Brighton's premier endurance MTB race, now in it's fourth year, attracted a large field all of whom were intent on enjoying themselves. The racing through the forest was testing with slippery mud and roots made even more treacherous by an early-morning downpour giving rise to some spontaneous tree-hugging! But as the hours went by the course dried and the lap times got steadily faster. The number three proved a charm for Giant Shoreham staff member, Phil Allen as his team of three, wearing race number 333, came third in the men's team event!
One lucky visitor to the Giant stand got a pleasant surprise when he won a pair of tickets for the ladies' Olympic mountain bike race the following Saturday.
Giant Store Shoreham owners Rod and Maria Lambert had a great time;
'I always enjoy attending local cycling events', said Rod.
'It gives us a chance to catch up with all the cycling gossip and see people of all descriptions out enjoying their bikes. One rider I spoke to turned out to be a paramedic on the Sussex police air ambulance based just across the river from us at Shoreham airport. He promised to give us a wave next time he swoops over the shop. Maria had a long chat with the ladies of Stilettos On Wheels, the organisers of the UK's first female-only mountain bike race which is to be held at Stanmer Park later in the year. Hopefully we can help them out.'
Thanks to everyone who came along to the Giant Shoreham stand on the day.
SHIVER ME TIMBERS!
Captain Jack Sparrow recently popped to see the Giant Store Bromley at the Bromley Festival, pictured here trying out something from the Giant treasure chest under the watchful eye of store Manager Cedric.
Thanks to everyone who came along to the Giant Store Bromley stand - we look forward to seeing you again in store soon.
ROB PELHAM IS 50 MILE CHAMPION
Giant Store Shoreham rider Rob Pelham rode his Giant Trinity Advanced SL to victory in the East Sussex Cycling Association 50 Mile TT Championship.
After narrowly missing out on the title last year by a mere 12 seconds, Rob was determined not to be the bridesmaid again in the 2012 championship.
Speaking of his tactics for the race Rob said;
"The course is basically 2 x the local 25 miler. Starting last I was able to make rough timechecks on the other favourites at around the halfway point. I seemed to be a handful of seconds down but had faith in my pre-race schedule of starting easy & finishing hard."
"The last 10 miles to the finish were my quickest despite the crosswinds which had picked up as the race went on. The Giant Trinity Advanced SL seems to relish the windy conditions & simply got faster & faster as I closed in on the finish"
The trust in his strategy of racing a negative split race was well founded as Rob recorded 57:27 for the first 25 & 55.42 for the second with a total race time of 1:53:09 giving him a winning margin of over 1 minute & 30 seconds fom second place.
STEPH WHEATLEY WINS NORLAND 50MILE TT
31st May 2012 - filed under STORE NEWS
Giant Store Radlett rider Steph Wheatley recently rode her new Giant TCR Advanced W to victory in the Norland 50 mile time-trial.
Norland 50 mile Time trial Sunday 13th May 2012
"A time trial is a race against the clock with the aim to complete the distance quickly as possible. Each rider sets off at 1 minute intervals. They are held of various courses throughout the country. This race was held on F1 course which is known for being one of the fastest.
The aim of this race was to prepare me for the bike section of my 70.3 triathlons later in the year as they are 56 miles which is a similar distance. However, this is a difficult distance for a time trial as you have to remain focused and concentrate the whole time.
With the Giant TCR Advanced W fitted with Giant P-SLR1 aero wheels and Giant Connect SL aero bars I was ready to go. As I started I concentrated my effort of keeping my cadence high and maintaining a good aero position. The TCR felt responsive as I pushed to increase the speed. As the miles ticked by I kept doing mental checks to make sure I was on track.
At the half way point I check my average speed and time and was pleased to see that I was within the target I had set for myself. As I started the last lap I dug deep into the pain cave and pushed on. In the final few miles I managed to pass 2 riders who had set off in front of me. I crossed the finish line in 2.19 which I was really happy with.
This result has given me confidence for a strong bike leg of the 70.3 Ironman triathlons later in the year."
LIVERPOOL STORE RIDE OUT THIS SUNDAY!
The Giant Store Liverpool are pleased to announce another store ride out for this Sunday, 27th May 2012!
Breakfast will be served at the store from 10am and the ride will commence at 10.30am.
The route will involve a ferry ride to the Wirral with a ride out in the direction of Hooton - riders can then decide whether they want to jump on the train back to Liverpool or cycle back. There is a 20% off food offer at the Elevator café (situated next door to the Giant Store Liverpool) for all of the riders who take part.
Bike hire is available in store! Contact the store via email or phone, or pop-in to sign up for the ride!
0151 707 6116
JOIN US FOR THE NORWOOD JUNIOR BIKE RIDE!
On Sunday 10th June join Giant Radlett for a great family day out - the Norwood Junior Bike Ride.
With a choice of 5 or 10 mile routes for 7 - 14 year olds, and 1 or 2 mile toddle routes for under 4's it's a great opportunity to get outdoors and raise money for a great cause.
We will be open early on the day offering servicing and pre-orde bike checks along with special in-store offers. All event participants will be entered into a prize draw to win £500 to spend at the Giant Store Radlett.
Visit the Norwood Junior Bike Ride website for more details and to register today.
MEET ENDURA RACING AT GIANT STORE RUTLAND
The Endura Racing team will be coming to The Giant Store Rutland from 2pm on Tuesday the 29th of May.
It's your opportunity to meet the team before they compete in the Tour Series in Peterborough that evening.
Come along to the store, meet the team's star riders and grab some signed Endura Racing Team goodies.
GET INTO THE FESTIVAL SPIRIT
If you haven't experienced a 2012 Giant Road Bike, Mountain Bike or Hybrid Cycling Technology electric bike - now is your chance.
On Sunday 10th June, between 10am - 4pm, Giant Store Shoreham will be at the Seahaven Cycle Festival in The Salts Recreation Ground on Seaford seafront.
With a large selection of Giant TCR and Defy carbon road bikes and mountain bikes including the Giant Anthem X and Anthem X 29'er, Trance X and XtC 29'er it's a great opportunity to enjoy trying soem of the finest bikes available. If you want to try somehting different there will also be Giant Twist Express Hybrid cycling Technology electric bikes. Just bring along your helmet, a bank card and valid photo ID and try them for free.
Please contact the store if you would like to confirm sizes and models available in advance.
This promises to be a great day out for all the family. The Seahaven 100 road ride will start and finish at the festival, the Sussex Veteran Cycle Club will be parading their penny farthings and boneshakers, plus trade stands, BMX competition, junior cycle skills course and the Brighton to Seaford Jaunt 'tweed run' will arrive after lunch to the sounds of Seaford Silver Band.
Come along and check out the Giant demo bikes and see how bicycle manufacturing has progressed over the last 100 years.
GIANT SHOREHAM'S ROB PELHAM VICTORIOUS
10th May 2012 - filed under STORE NEWS
When Giant Store Shoreham's Rob Pelham is not in the store he likes to pair up with his Giant Trinity Advanced SL and compete in time trials - the race of truth.
Over a busy Easter period Giant Shoreham's very own Rob Pelham teamed up with his Lewes Wanderers club-mate, Nick Dwyer, to defend their title as the Sussex Cycling Association Two-up Time Trial champions - a competition which sees two riders compete together as a team battling against the clock.
Riders arrived at the SCA headquarters in persistent drizzle, which meant the roads on the technical and twisty route were greasy. The tricky conditions on the two-lap circuit, that included rolling sections around Partridge Green and long, fast straights along the busy A24, did not deter Rob and Nick as they stormed round to retain their title with a fast time of 1hr 4min 2sec.'
GIANT RADLETT SUPPORT NORWOOD JUNIOR CHARITY RIDE FOR SECOND YEAR RUNNING!
8th May 2012 - filed under STORE NEWS
The Giant Store Radlett are proud to announce that they are supporting the Norwood Junior Charity Ride for the second year running.
The Norwood Junior Bike Ride takes place at Haberdashers' Aske's Boys School in Elstree on the 10th June.
The fun filled day includes a 5 or 10 mile cycle route for 7 - 14 year olds as well as a short 1 - 2 mile toddlerthon for under 4's. Along with food, stalls and games there will also be a bouncy castle and face painting. Fun for all the family!
The Giant Store Radlett are also offering a prize bundle on the day with potentially £500 of prizes up for grabs!
All moneys raised on the day go to the Norwood Charity who work to benefit the local community and causes.
ITS LADIES NIGHT!
Giant Store Liverpool Ladies Night: Thursday May 3rd 7:30pm
Giant Store Liverpool Ladies Night is an opportunity to find out the essential bike mechanics to keep you on the road and how to achieve the perfect riding position with Giant UK’s Product Manager.
Get your body ready and keep it going with a talk from local physiotherapists Joints and Points.
All this whilst browsing the latest Giant bikes and Liv Gear with a glass of bubbly and appetisers.
Goodie Bag for ALL Ladies
Places are strictly limited so to book your place please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to welcoming you.
GET RIDING WITH LIVERPOOL'S FRIENDLY GIANTS
The Sea Odyssey Giant's made a big splash recently, but they aren't the only Giant's in Liverpool!
Our recent store ride saw a great turn out with around 20 riders taking in the sights of Liverpool at a lesiurely Sunday morning pace before heading to the Elevator Cafe for Sunday brunch.
This Sunday we are doing it again! Come along at 10am on Sunday 29th April to the Giant Store on Parliament Street and join us for a ride around Liverpool.
Even better we have Joints and Points on hand offering post ride warmdown exercises and massage and you get 20% off after the ride in the Elevator Cafe so you can treat yourself.
The ride is completely free but please email us at email@example.com to let us know you are coming.
We look forward to seeing you Sunday!
GIANT STORE LIVERPOOL BIKE RIDE
Get ready - the second Giant Store Liverpool is this Sunday!
You can still have a bit of a lie in - you need to be at the Giant Store on Parliament Street in Liverpool at 10am as we will be leaving the store around 10:15am.
Last time we took in a ride of around 10 miles but we will cater to all abilities so come along and give it a go.
You get a free bike check from our mechanics, and we’ve got physiotherapists who will be giving free massages and cool down activities.
You also get 20% discount from the Elevator café next door when we return back - so you can treat yourself to some post ride lunch.
If you're coming then please get in touch and let us know - email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0151 707 6116
TAKE A SPIN ON THE NEW SOUTH DOWNS EBIKES!
4th April 2012 - filed under STORE NEWS
The South East’s first Electric Bicycle Network launched on the South Downs on Tuesday 3 April, giving visitors the opportunity to hire and ride ebikes around the rural lanes and trails of England’s newest national park!
In the beautiful South Downs National Park, a new fleet of electric bicycles for hire are bringing the simple pleasure of cycling within everyone’s reach. It’s cycling, but not as we know it. Electric bicycles dismiss headwinds and flatten hills. Now everyone can enjoy the great outdoors on two wheels.
Strategically located hire points have been set up at local businesses in the western end of the national park creating a network that will allow visitors to hire and return their bikes as it suits them. Between hire points are beautiful country lanes, special rights of way, visitor attractions, inns and tea rooms to enjoy. Riders can charge up their ebike at these stop-off points while enjoying the region’s finest food or drink. This will increase custom for local outlets, while reducing the overall impact of visitor traffic.
Ebikes benefit a rider by allowing them to cycle in comfort, powering up hills and arriving refreshed at a destination. They are a healthy and near zero carbon way to enjoy beautiful parts of Hampshire and Sussex, and they help promote tourism that preserves the character of the countryside.
Nick Heasman, Western Area Manager for the South Downs National Park, said: “By hiring electric bicycles people can explore the South Downs’ quiet country lanes and help to reduce traffic congestion and pollution in the national park. This is also a terrific opportunity for local attractions, shops and cafes to become charge or hire points and work together to encourage visitors to enjoy the park more sustainably.
“The electric bicycles open new parts of the South Downs National Park up to the less agile, allowing more people to access the big hills and experience landscapes that were previously open to only the fittest cyclists.”
CPRE Hampshire has partnered with Electric Travel to provide local management and expertise. Camilla Swiderska, Sustainable Transport Campaigner for CPRE Hampshire, said: “Last year CPRE ran a trial in Medstead and Four Marks which proved that ebikes are easy and fun to ride and very popular with people of all ages. So we thought that a new pool of ebikes in the National Park would be great for eco-tourism and the wider countryside. The South Downs National Park loved the idea and the national Electric Bicycle Network team has helped us make it a reality. I can’t wait to see them finally go into action.”
A half-day hire will cost in the region of £15 per person. They are suitable for adults and teenagers, aged 14 and over.
The organisers would welcome applications from more hotels, B&Bs and tourist venues to join the network as Hire Points. This will help the scheme to reach its full potential in the coming months. More charge sites are also needed, where riders can stop, enjoy a drink, food or an attraction whilst their batteries charge.
So far, there are four Hire Points in scenic and strategic locations covering parts of the iconic Shipwright’s way, traffic-free Forestry Commission sites, a key national park railhead in Petersfield and heart of the park market town, Midhurst. They are:
- Quench Cycles, Alice Holt Forest
- Cyclelife, Petersfield
- Crank Cycles, Alton
- Cowdray Farm Shop, Midhurst.
11 Charge Points have also come on board including destinations and attractions such as Jane Austen’s House Museum in Chawton, the National Trust at Hinton Ampner, Bramdean, Langrish House Hotel in the Meon Valley and the Rural Life Centre in Tilford near Farnham. A full list of businesses involved is attached.
Steve Garidis, co-founder of the Electric Bicycle Network, said: “We’re thrilled to launch the South Downs Electric Bicycle Network – our first in the South East – in partnership with the South Downs National Park and CPRE. This beautiful area has rightly become protected as a national park, and now practically anyone can explore its scenic lanes and trails on two wheels, whatever their level of fitness and however hilly it is!”
For information about the scheme please visit the website: www.electricbicyclenetwork.com or telephone local CPRE Hampshire manager, Camilla Swiderska on 07768 123457.
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SUNSHINE FOR THE FIRST GIANT STORE LIVERPOOL RIDE
This Sunday was the first Giant Store Liverpool ride out and we couldnt have asked for better weather.
We had a great turn out and set off for our ride which took in a 10 mile loop; along the waterfront to Otterspool, through the park and up to cycle a full loop of Sefton park before heading back to the Giant Store.
Speaking after the ride Jon from the Giant Store team said;
"Everyone had a fab time and we were greeted by a physiotherapist once we arrive back at the store who took us through specific stretches to do after finishing a ride. All riders then enjoyed 20% off food and drink at the Elevator cafe next door! Well done everyone who came.......Roll on our next store ride 15th April 10am!!"
GIANT STORE GUILDFORD 1ST BIRTHDAY BASH
This weekend at Giant Store Guildford we are celebrating our first birthday!
Come along on Saturday 31st March between 9am and 5:30pm to the Giant Store on Epsom Road, Guildford (at the old Sanford Garage) and join us for a cuppa and a cupcake.
We look forward to seeing you in store.
GIANT STORE BRISTOL 29ER DEMO DAY
Giant Store Bristol are having a 29'er Demo Day on Saturday 28th April from 09:30am.
The event is at Leigh Woods, near Clifton Bridge. Type 51.466295,-2.648048 into Google Maps or contact the Giant Store Bristol if you are unsure of the location.
We have Anthem X, XtC Composite 29'er and Anthem X 29'er available to demo but you need to book your place in advance. Call the store on 01454 620 771 or email email@example.com - we look forward to hearing from you.
GET RIDING WITH GIANT STORE LIVERPOOL
Looking for cycling buddies in Liverpool or fancy a ride with like minded cyclists? Giant Store Liverpool and City Giant Liverpool are having a store ride out on Sunday March 25th.
Starting Sunday 25th March, meeting at the Giant Store on Parliament Street in Liverpool at 10:30am all cyclists are welcome to join the team on a leisurely 10-12 mile ride.
Even better; if you come along and take part you can get a free bike check from our mechanics after the ride.
Participants can also enjoy 20% discount at the Elevator Café next door to the store after the ride.
And if thats not enough we will be having physiotherapists from Joints&Points to show effective warm ups, cool downs and stretches and also give your calf’s some attention with a FREE massage.
And one final thing before we run out of breath from all therse great incentives ...all participants will also receive a free goody bag!
We can't think of many better ways to spend a relaxing and healthy Sunday (and we arent starting that early so no excuses).
For more details call the Giant Store Liverpool team on 0151 707-6116 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can keep up to date with the latest news by following us at www.Twitter.com/GiantLiverpool and on our Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/GiantStoresUK
For any more information contact the store on 0151 707-6116 or on Twitter at @GiantLiverpool
GIANT STORE CAMBRIDGE IS GROWING
14th March 2012 - filed under STORE NEWS
They say time flies when you are having fun and it's hard to believe its nearly 3 years since the Giant Store Cambridge began offering a whole new Giant cycling experience in the University city of Cambridge.
The Giant Store Cambridge will soon offer an even wider choice of the latest mens, ladies and childrens mountain bikes, road bikes, city bikes and commuting bikes as well as a great selection of cycling accessories.
The store will begin expanding into adjoining premises on Hills Road, Cambridge towards the end of March which will means it will need to close for a short period - but the bigger, better store will open again in early April.
Not only will the new store offer a greater selection on display but they will also be increasing their workshop and servicing capacity. So if you are a student whose city bike is in need of some serious TLC or a roadie looking to keep your race bike in tip-top condition you will be back on the road even quicker.
Be sure to pop in and check out the new look Giant Store Cambridge from April 3rd 2012! In the meantime you can keep up to date with the latest news, promotions and competitions on our Giant Stores Facebook Page.
ATHLETE BLOG: KATIE HEWISON
12th March 2012 - filed under STORE NEWS
So here it is, my first ever blog and I feel very proud and fortunate to be writing this as a sponsored Giant athlete. For those who don’t me, my name is Katie Hewison and I am an elite dauathlete and triathlete, and the current World Duathlon champion.
I got into multisport just 2 years ago when I decided to transition from fell running and road running, through a fast track talent programme sponsored by Barrie Wells and supported by British Triathlon. This allowed me to train full time in Loughbrough, however I recently married in July and through endless injuries I decided to relocate to live with my husband Sam in Pirbright. This was the best move I have made as I am extremely happy here, which was displayed when just 3 months later I claimed my first ever World Title!!
This brings me on to Giant Guildford, and how I have just received my brand spanking new TCR Advanced women’s bike through Giant Guildford, and what a beauty she is!!
Basically I live, train and work part time in Guildford, which led me to often calling into the new Giant store. I got chatting to the wonderful team at the store who agreed to sponsor me for the forthcoming year and I couldn’t be more excited!! If you want friendly service, and someone who knows there stuff then Simon, Mitch and Calvin are the ones to see, they have fitted me perfectly to my new bike using their in-store bike fitting service. I often suffer with tight lower back and shoulders, but with the bike being specifically built for me I can honestly say this is the comfiest I have ever felt on a bike!
So the next stop for me is to get fit and get some solid training in following close to a 5month lay off with a stress fracture to my foot after, but follow my progress as I keep you updated with my blogs 2012 is going to be a good year J
RABOBANK-GIANT DOMINATE CYPRUS FINAL
5th March 2012 - filed under STORE NEWS
It was a busy weekend for the Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team, with riders competing at early-season XC races in Europe and the U.S. Highlights included a dominating team showing in Cyprus and a podium finish in Austin, Texas.
Swedish National Champion Emil Lindgren led the final race of the Cyprus Sunshine Cup start to finish. Racing his Giant XtC Advanced SL, Lindgren escaped off the front at the end of the first lap of the seaside race in Amathous. He built up a small gap and held it to the finish, but it was team tactics that helped deliver the win.
Behind the Swede was his Swiss teammate Fabian Giger, who was in position to take the overall win in the three-race series. Giger was able to mark other chasers but didn’t have to attack with his teammate out front.
“My teammates were perfect, in the way they controlled the chasing group,” Lindgren explained after his win. “It’s great to have that start into the season, for me and for the team.”
Giger ended up finishing second, 14 seconds back, to take the overall series win. And completing the fantastic team effort was Dutch rider Henk Jaap Moorlag, who finished fifth. Both Giger and Moorlag rode XtC Composite 29ers.
Meanwhile, the U.S.-based riders Adam Craig and Katie Compton were racing at the Mellow Johnny’s Classic in Texas, the opening event of the 2012 US Pro XCT.
Compton, just a few short weeks after wrapping up her World Cup cyclocross season, had an impressive showing, finishing fourth on her XtC Advanced SL.
In the men’s race, Craig got his season off to a solid start, finishing 7th on his Anthem X 29er.
FLYING FRENCHMAN STEPS UP TO EXPERT
1st March 2012 - filed under SPONSORSHIP
Giant Store Radlett's Flying Frenchman was recently in action in the first round of the Midlands XC Race Series - stepping up to the Expert category for the first time.
“It was the first time I was going to race in a new category in Expert, as well as racing the new bike that Dan at the Giant Store Radlett sponsored me for the new season. It is the Giant XTC 29er Composite 0.”
Describing his new steed for the 2012 season Franck said;
“The bike is lively and extremely fast – it doesnt take any more effort than a 26” wheel bike to accelerate and it just keeps the speed better. The bottom bracket area is so rigid you can feel all the energy that you are pushing through your legs going straight to the wheels. This is the advantage of the PowerCore bottom bracket.”
“The bike feels very direct and not sluggish on tight turns. You can really feel the wheel turning when you are changing direction. It’s also extremely comfortable. I have been running a lower tyre pressure than I am used to, running just 25psi. That gave me great traction and comfort, without sacrificing on the speed.”
“All in all, this is an amazing bike: a great race, trail or just fun bike.”
Now for the race.
“I didn’t really know what to expect. I only expected a much higher pace and only hoped not to finish last. The start was really fast. I mean faster than what I was used to in Sport and it didn’t slow down. I had a pretty good start and quickly a group of half a dozen guys formed. We stayed together for the 1st lap, but I backed down a bit. It is very early in the season and I know that I am not yet fully race ready. I kept a pace that I know I could maintain for the whole race without losing position.”
Forming part of the chase group after the 1st lap when a lead group of 3 crafted a gap Franck worked hard before backing off for the final lap.
“I finished 7th in my first outing in Expert. I am very happy with that result and it was really unexpected. I didn’t push as hard as possible and I kept a fair bit under my feet. It was a good race. I am now on holidays abroad for 3 weeks, and will come back to race the 1st round of the National Series at Sherwood Pines. I am very excited about it. I will be able to concentrate on my training without thinking about work.”
JODY CUNDY VICTORIOUS AT PARA-CYCLING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN LOS ANGELES
12th February 2012 - filed under STORE NEWS
Jody was off to a tricky start in the 4km Individual Pursuit at the Para-Cycling Track World Championship’s after a Commissaire standing on the track in the back straight forced Jody to quit his first qualification run. Luckily for Jody, the UCI recognized this error and allowed Jody a restart, but this also meant that he had no other rider to race against.
Nevertheless, Jody rode a strong race finishing in a time of 4:55.958, which was good enough to place him third and therefore into the Bronze medal ride off later today. In the final for Bronze, Jody will now be facing Roberto Garcia Alcaide (ESP) who qualified in a time of 4:57.622.
After the race, Jody said “this was the hardest pursuit I have ever ridden and unfortunately not one of my fastest. I am still quite please though to have made it into the final for Bronze after having to start a second time. I came around the first corner and saw the Commissaire standing on the track, so I didn’t have a choice but to slow down and abort the attempt. There was very little time to refocus before my second qualification run and having no one to chase didn’t make things easier neither. But that’s just the way it was and I tried to make the best of the situation.”
After qualifying third in a time of 4:55.958 in the morning, Jody was facing Roberto Garcia Alcaide (ESP, 4:57.622) in the final for Bronze that night. Motivated by his unlucky qualification run, Jody was off to a quick start and well ahead of his opponent after lap 2 already. Quickly closing in on Alcaide, Jody did not waste any time and managed to catch the Spaniard in lap 5 to take the Bronze medal. After the race, Jody said “We had not planned to go for the catch so it was quite a surprise to have him in sight after lap 2 already. I was a little disappointed with my performance this morning when I was off pace, so we decided to change a few things and ride the same schedule again. I felt much better tonight than I did this morning.”
Even though Jody did not manage to improve on his previous World Championships performance in Montichiari where he won a Silver, Jody feels confident that his result is a step in the right direction: “Ultimately, London is my main goal and I am still learning in the pursuit. It’s a very different event to the kilo but I am not a million miles off from where I want to be, so everything is pointing into the right direction. Of course, I would have liked to post a faster time in the qualifying as my time didn’t reflect my good shape at the moment, but it is all about the learning experience and we learned a lot today!
After today’s pursuit, Jody is now looking forward to his favorite discipline, the 1km Time Trial, in which he is defending champion and WR holder. “I am in good form and I feel much more in control riding the kilo, but the track in LA is not as fast as Manchester or Montichiari, so breaking my WR will be tough”.
After winning the Bronze medal in the 4km Individual Pursuit the previous day, Jody was up in the 1km Time Trial today to defend his World Championship crown. As the defending Champion, Jody got to start last giving him the advantage to see the times of his competitors. The time to beat then was that of Jiri Bouska (CZE) who had posted a 1:09.025, almost 4 seconds slower than Jody’s WR time of 1:05.144. With a seemingly manageable task on hand, Jody was already more than a second up on Bouska’s time after the first lap. He managed to maintain the momentum to increase this lead to a comfortable 3.024 seconds crossing the line in a Gold medal winning time of 1:06.001.
But despite winning the World Championship title, Jody admitted after the race: “I have to say my legs felt like jelly this morning, they felt awful. It’s the first time before a kilo I didn’t really feel ready for it, so it was all about getting the ride out. I went flat out of the gate but after a lap and a half, it already didn’t feel very fast. I tried to give it everything and by the time I got towards the last lap, I just tried to keep it going. I kind of switched into pursuit mode as it’s almost pursuit pace by the time you get to the last lap. And when I came down the back straight I overheard the commentator saying that I was more than 2 seconds up, so I knew that we should be able to get it.”
“I am a little annoyed to be .001 away from a 1:05 and also it’s the first time ever, that I’ve won a World or Paralympic title and not broke the world record at the same time, but I shouldn’t be too disappointed. We might have got my taper slightly wrong or maybe just didn’t have enough recovery from the flight and the travel, but we can learn from that and that’s the important bit”
After successfully defending his Kilo title today, Jody will be racing in the Mixed Team Sprint alongside Darren Kenny and Sarah Storey on the final day of the competition tomorrow. A rule change after last year’s World Championships - allowing fewer points per team - had forced the British coaches to reorganise their team sprint line-up, and other Nations will be running different teams as well.
“It will be a complete mystery this time” Jody said, “We don’t know what orders teams are running, which riders they have selected, but we will just focus on ourselves, get the best out of each other and be safe and technically correct. As long as we do everything within our control and make sure everything is right from our end, we’ll see what happens. But I think we’ve got the team that can win.”
The final day of the competition saw Jody racing in the Mixed Team Sprint alongside Darren Kenny and Sarah Storey. The GB team started into the competition as defending Champions and WR holders, however a rule change after last year’s World Championships - allowing fewer points per team - had forced the British coaches to reorganise their Team Sprint line-up. So today’s race was “a complete mystery” as Jody put it before the competition.
Tension was on after the Chinese posted a time of 51.152 but GB’s Darren Kenny got the team off to a great start. With Sarah loosing a little bit of time on lap two however, it was down to Jody to secure GB a ride in the final. And Jody did just that crossing the line in 51.114, only .038 ahead of China.
With both teams that close, it was obvious that the final for Gold would be a tough one for Darren, Sarah and Jody. And disaster stroke at the start of the first lap already, when Sarah slipped through the attachment on her handlebar, which she uses to compensate for the lack of grip caused by her disability. Sarah said “ I slipped out of it in the first banking which gave me an even bigger gap on Darren than this morning. The one thing that has never happened before, happened today, which is very annoying.”
Having issues with her handlebars, Sarah struggled to get onto Darren’s wheel and more importantly into his slipstream. Unsurprisingly then, GB was down after lap two and it was down to Jody again to try to make up the lost time. Unfortunately for him though, the damage was already done and the time gap too big to make up, so the GB team had to settle for Silver in a time of 51.175 behind the Chinese who rode a 50.564. The first time since 2007 that Great Britain has not won the Team Sprint title.
After the race, Jody said “We gave it all, but we lost to the better team today. Unfortunately, we had some issue with Sarah’s handlebar attachment, which had a deadly knock on effect. She lost Darren’s wheel so she didn’t get the benefit of his slipstream and as a result faded more towards the end of her lap. As a consequence, the delivery speed dropped so my lap wasn’t as fast as it could have been neither.”
One of these things will be to add more Team Sprint training into their programs, as Jody explained, “I think if we had practiced more, we could have been better. Maybe we have been a bit complacent with the Team Sprint because we’ve always won it comfortably, but we literally did our trial and no practice. Effectively, we had only done one training session in this line up, so it’s probably our own fault for not practicing.”
However, Jody and the rest of the team feel confident that they can win back the Team Sprint crown in London. Jody said: “We’ve got a lot of things technically, that we can pick up easy, free speed. The Team Sprint race has been a lot more competitive than we expected, but we’re not a million miles off from where we were last year and from where we need to be right now. I don’t think we’re out of this at all, I think we’re in a strong place for London.”
Although these World Championships have not been Jody's most successful ones, he emphasized the fact that the London Paralympic Games are his main focus for 2012 "We have been working incredibly hard, but there is still a lot more work to do for London. I've defended my kilo title and picked up a silver and a bronze in the team sprint and pursuit, so I cant complain. What has been really amazing though is the support myself and the team have been getting from the fans back home! I'd like to say thank you to all of you, it really does mean a lot to me and I can't wait to get to London and perform in front of a home crowd!"
Jody will now enjoy a brief holiday with his family in Los Angeles, before returning to the UK and starting his intensive preparations in the run up to the Paralympic Games.
IT MUST BE GLOVE!!! COMPETITION!!!
9th February 2012 - filed under COMPETITIONS
To celebrate the month of love in February Giant are giving away 25 pairs of Velocity Giant gloves to 25 of our lucky facebook fans!
To be in with a chance of winning all you need to do is head over to the Giant Stores facebook page at www.facebook.com/giantstoresuk and 'Like' our page to become a fan! Then head to the promotions section to enter the competition! Simple!
Full terms and conditions are detailed over on the competition page and please note we will require contact details for distributing prizes.
Let us show how much we Glove you and enter It Must Be Glove today!
GET CYCLING WITH GIANT STORE CAMBRIDGE
7th February 2012 - filed under STORE NEWS
Buying a new bike is now even easier!
Giant Store Cambridge are now offering finance on bikes between £500 and £5000. If you are looking at buying a new bike - choose one of the best mountain bikes available to tackle the trails, snap up a great new bike for a Summer sportive or charity ride or find a nippy city runaround to save on fuel costs - and you can take advantage of 0% finance over 12 months.
Even better if you want to get truly kitted out when you buy a new bike you can add cycling gear such as a helmet, waterproof cycling jacket, lights and a lock into the package.
For more details head into the Giant Store Cambridge today on Hills Road, Cambridge.
For full Terms & Conditions please ask in store. T&C's overview;
0% available for terms up to 12 months.
4.9% available for terms up to 24 months.
10% minimum deposit
Minimum purchase value £500, up to max of £5000.
No discounts on goods and no sale items financed.
Not in conjunction with any other offer.
Once a bike has been purchased, further items such as accessories at the time of sale can be included in the finance package.
A MONTH IN THE SADDLE WITH GIANT SHOREHAMS MAGIC JOHN!
6th February 2012 - filed under STORE NEWS
Hey there grappling fans, welcome to the engine room. This is the place where I can let off steam and let you in on what’s going on behind the scenes with Twelve Months in the Saddle.
So, the Big Idea is that the photographer Phil Ashley and I are traipsing around Europe knocking out an iconic bike ride each month for a year. In order to get it ready for next Christmas, we need to do all the winter ones this year, so we actually started with November.
We deemed the Exmoor Beast the ideal autumnal ride, so we spent a weekend riding and shooting in Devon and Somerset. We got perfect weather for the pictures, but not so perfect for enjoying yourself… hail storms and torrential showers, roads strewn with debris and localised flooding, the odd pile of ice here and there, all followed in quick succession by electric blue skies and low, golden sunbeams.
It’s not easy for Phil to ride and snap, so we usually take an assistant with us who will drive the car and snap away under Phil’s direction. I was none too pleased when, riding up an 18% stretch of wind-blasted moorland into icy daggers of hail, I noticed the assistant huddled over the heater in a steamed up car in a little car park. “Why weren’t you getting that?” I asked when he caught up with us over the top. “Get out in the car? In that? You’re having a Steffi Graf, mate.”
Thus, for our fantastic frosty blast along the South Downs last week, Phil was equipped with a new gadget: the remote control. Set up the tripod, get the shot right, ride through the frame, press the button. Genius. Only problem? Riding downhill on icy chalk with one hand holding a little black box instead of the handlebars. I’m sure I speak for everybody when I tell you how disappointing it was to report that he failed to fall off. That is the picture everybody wants to see, Phil. It’s time to take one for the team. For the glory of literature.
Until next month,
RADLETT GOES 7 DAYS A WEEK!
1st February 2012 - filed under STORE NEWS
The Giant Store Radlett are pleased to announce that as of the week commencing 6th February the store will be open 7 days a week!!!
Due to popular demand the store management reviewed their current trading hours and felt that the advantages of opening an additional day per week would help better serve the local cycling community.
Store Director, Dan Chapman, said; 'The cyclists of Radlett and St Albans are on their bikes 7days a week so we thought we would serve them the same...the extra day also gives the Monday morning commutors opportunity to nip in and buy their everyday cycling essentials'.
The amended opening hours now also include an extra hour in the morning for all you early-bird cyclists!
The full store opening hours as of 6th Feb 2012 are as follows:
Monday 9am - 6pm
Tuesday 9am - 6pm
Wednesday 9am - 6pm
Thursday 9am - 6pm
Friday 9am - 6pm
Saturday 9am - 6pm
Sunday 10.00am - 4pm
SHOREHAM SHOWDOWN - THE RESULTS!
Virtual bike racing event features local cycling stars!
Saturday night saw the big-hitters in local cycling take to the stage at The Ropetackle centre in Shoreham. The stars were there to battle it out in virtual-reality bike racing to claim the title of Giant Shoreham Showdown Champion 2012.
Giant Store Shoreham owners Rod and Maria Lambert and the whole team at the Giant Store next door organised the event to raise funds for The Ropetackle Centre following cuts in the centre's funding.
"When we're not riding our bikes we enjoy a good night out with some good music or comedy," said Rod. "So when we knew The Ropetackle were struggling it seemed like a neighbourly thing to do."
Local legend Sean Yates, a former pro who has worn the Tour de France Yellow Jersey and is now head of Team Sky came along to lend his support. He was surely impressed by the quality of the riders going head-to-head on static bikes with their efforts displayed in the virtual world on the giant screen behind them. The racing route may have been virtual but, with a packed crowd roaring them on, the riders were certainly giving it their all. Check out the video here!
Each round was raced over a different route, which included Shoreham Airport runway, Brighton Pier, Hove Park, and The Mall in London. The tense final between Liam Yates and Felix English was a punishing duel down the Champs d'Elysees in Paris, which saw Felix take the overall honours. Sarah Dwyer reached the semi-final stage to take top lady's spot.
Felix English achieved notoriety in 2010 when he beat multi-Olympic gold medal winner, Sir Chris Hoy in the opening round at the World Track Cycling Championships in Poland. Still only 19, Felix has signed to ride with professional team Rapha Condor this year.
Liam Yates, 18 years old, is the eldest son of Sean Yates. He is a talented BMX rider and has just taken up road cycling.
A mixed field also featured Brighton crime-thriller author Tom Bale who reached the quarter finals.
For more information about Giant Stores events along with competitions and promotions join our Facebook page.
GIANT SHOREHAM SHOWDOWN!!!
How fast can you go without going anywhere?
Giant Store Shoreham have organised a head-to-head virtual bike racing event at The Ropetackle Art Centre on Saturday 28th January.
The event promises all the excitement of head to head bike racing without having to brave the chilly January conditions or risk a puncture - courtesy of Ropetackle Centre's big screen.
To come and watch or if you are feeling fit participate in this exciting community event, please contact us email@example.com / 01273 463579.
Cost is £8 for adults and £4 for under 16's with all proceeds going to Save Ropetackle.
To keep in touch about future events why not join us on Facebook! Click here to visit our page and click on the 'Like' button.
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