Posted by: thebikediva | January 29, 2009

Rabobank to Compete in 2009 Amgen TOC

tour-of-california-logoPRESS RELEASE
Rabobank Pro Cycling Team to Compete in 2009 Amgen Tour of California

California Team Includes Cycling Stars Oscar Freire, Robert Gesink

ROSEVILLE, Calif., Jan. 27 /PRNewswire/ — The Rabobank Pro Cycling Team will compete in the 2009 Amgen Tour of California professional cycling race, the third year of the team’s participation. Rabobank’s California team will include cycling stars Oscar Freire, 3-time World Champion and winner of the green jersey (points classification) in the 2008 Tour de France, and Robert Gesink, Best Young Rider (2007 and 200 8) and stage 3 winner (200 8) of the Amgen Tour of California.

The fourth annual professional cycling road race takes place from February 14th - 22nd, traveling through 16 host cities down the coast and through the Central Valley, along a demanding 9-day, 750-mile course. Under a 3-year sponsorship agreement, Rabobank is the Official Bank and a Founding Partner of the Amgen Tour of California through the 2011 event.

To celebrate the race, Rabobank is offering two new “Spring Classic” and “Grand Tour” CD products in its bank branches and at the Rabobank tent in the race’s Lifestyle Festival. The race passes through many towns where Rabobank currently has a presence or intends to grow.

The full Rabobank team for this year’s Tour will include Mauricio Ardila, Stef Clement, Oscar Freire, Robert Gesink, Pedro Horrillo, Bauke Mollema, Grischa Niermann, and Pieter Weening, under the leadership of Sports Director Erik Breukink, former Dutch cycling champion and winner of 4 stages and best young rider in the Tour de France. Cycling legend Hennie Kuiper — World Champion, Olympic Gold Medalist, winner of Paris-Roubaix and 3-time Tour de France stage winner — will provide cycling insights and race commentary at private Rabobank events.

Rabobank, a AAA rated global financial services leader and one of the largest, safest banks in the world, has sponsored a cycling team for 12 years. The Rabobank Cycling Team consists of a professional team — the 3rd ranked UCI ProTour team in the world, a continental (development) team, and a cyclo-cross racing team.

Watch for the Rabobank Pro Team as they race in the 2009 Amgen Tour of California:

Saturday February 14: Sacramento (prologue)
Sunday February 15: Davis to Santa Rosa
Monday February 16: Sausalito to Santa Cruz
Tuesday February 17: San Jose to Modesto
Wednesday February 18: Merced to Clovis
Thursday February 19: Visalia to Paso Robles
Friday February 20: Solvang (time trial)
Saturday February 21: Santa Clarita to Pasadena
Sunday February 22: Rancho Bernardo to Escondido

Source: Rabobank

CONTACT: Lynne Burns for Rabobank, +1-212-365-4303

Web Site: http://www.rabobank.com/

Posted by: thebikediva | January 28, 2009

Trail Leader Pro by Tech4O

logo_tech4oA few months ago, I decided I wanted to obtain some sort of high tech gadget to keep track of my running workouts. I use a Garmin Edge 305 on my road bike, so I was originally thinking of saving up for a Garmin Forerunner 405. I saw an ad for Tech4O in one of my running magazines, Runner’s World perhaps? I visited the Tech4O website to find out additional details on the products they carried.

I ended up getting a Trail Leader Pro, which retails for $199.99. The Trail Leader Pro arrived right around the holidays, so I wasn’t able to test it out right away. I had family visiting from out of state for 2 1/2 weeks, the kids were on break from school, and my husband had a couple of out of state business trips, so I wasn’t getting in as much running as I normally do. I finally took a look at the Trail Leader Pro right after Christmas. I was training for my next half marathon, the ING Miami Marathon, and thought it would be a nice piece of equipment to use on my training runs.

Tech4O Trail Leader Pro

Tech4O Trail Leader Pro

Bells and Whistles
The Trail Leader Pro is the ultimate running partner. It comes with a heart rate monitor, wireless PC USB link and software.  The Tech4O Trail Leader Pro has a myriad of functions of interest to road runners, trail runners, hikers and adventure racers. I’m not the most technical savvy person out there, so I am still learning how to use all the features.

Trail Leader Pro Heart Rate Monitor

Trail Leader Pro Heart Rate Monitor

Trail Leader Pro Features

  • Highly Accurate Accelerometer-based Exercise Mode
    (speed, distance, calories, steps, pace measurement)
  • Time
  • Weather Forecast
  • Alarm
  • Chronograph
  • Count Down Timer
  • Pacer
  • Temperature
  • Altimeter
  • Barometer
  • Digital Compass
  • 2.4GHz Heart Rate Measurement
  • PC Link Capability

Distance Mode
I normally use my Tech4O Trail Leader Pro in distance mode. Distance mode shows three lines of data. The lowest line displays the time of day while the middle line displays total miles run. My favorite line is the top line which you can toggle to display:

  • Calories burned
  • Exercise time
  • Moving time
  • Current speed
  • Maximum speed
  • Average speed
  • Pace
  • Steps
Trail Leader Pro PC Link

Trail Leader Pro PC Link

Operator Error
At the end of the half marathon at ING Miami, the TLP read 12.1 miles instead of 13.1 miles. I’ll have to tweak my stride setting, which is currently setup to 36 inches. I do run/walk ratios and the further I run, the shorter my strides become and the more walking I do. So guesstimating my stride length has been a bit of a challenge. I was pretty sure I didn’t have it set quite right, I’ve been using Map My Run to map different mileage runs starting from my house, and the Trail Leader Pro has been registering just a bit less than what the Map My Ride site says I’ve been running. I figured running the half at ING Miami would be the final test to see if I needed to go in and readjust my stride length.

I’m also not sure if I’m using the logbook mode correctly. I followed the Trail Leader Pro manual to erase the memory before I left for ING Miami. The TLP beeped approximately 4 1/2 miles into the race saying that my memory was full. I had the same problem the very first time I attempted to use the TLP in logbook mode, 4 1/2 miles in to a 8 mile run it beeped and said the memory was full. I’ll have to see if there is a way to increase the memory capacity. The PC link and software will be pretty useless if the memory fills up after only 4 1/2 miles. I’ve done two half marathons so far, and will be doing my next half at the A1A Ft. Lauderdale Marathon on February 22. I would eventually like to attempt a full marathon and  would love to be able to use the logbook function for my training runs.

I’ll keep you updated on my continued use of the Tech4O Trail Leader Pro. I’ll also let you know if I get the problem with the logbook mode figured out.

Take care,
Lynn Smythe AKA the Bike Diva

Posted by: thebikediva | January 27, 2009

Lowrance Outdoor GPS Handhelds

PRESS RELEASE

Lowrance(R) Introduces New Endura Series of Outdoor GPS Handhelds

Navigation Leader Unveils New Touch-Screen Devices with Full-Featured GPS Mapping for Outdoor Enthusiasts

TULSA, Okla., Jan. 26 /PRNewswire/ — Lowrance(R), a world-leading brand in marine electronics and GPS navigational systems since 1957, announced today the introduction of its next-generation handheld GPS devices. The Lowrance Endura Series consists of three innovative touch-screen GPS handhelds for the outdoor market: the flagship Sierra — the most powerful and complete out-of-box GPS experience available, the Safari — the most versatile navigator for any outdoor experience, and the Outback — setting a new standard in affordability and ease of use. Offering best-in-class pre-loaded and aftermarket map content, as well as compatibility with open community content, the Endura Series elevates GPS navigation to new heights.

The Lowrance Endura Series of handheld GPS devices is the product line that outdoor enthusiasts have been waiting for,” said Jens-Thomas Pietralla, president and CEO of Navico. “With detailed on-board mapping, tremendous expansion capabilities and access to community content, the easy to use Endura line is equally suited for hiking, mountain biking, hunting, fishing, backpacking and geocaching, as well as cycling, snowmobiling, off-roading, paddlesports and skiing.”

Lowrance Endura devices offer a range of preloaded maps and provide a micro SD expansion slot supporting up to an additional 32GB of storage for mapping, pictures and MP3 audio files. The pre-loaded content includes Intermap’s Accuterra(TM) mapping, extensive outdoor trail networks and Points of Interest, as well as the NAVTEQ(R) road network for the contiguous 48 states with an upgrade option on Sierra and Safari for full-featured turn-by-turn navigation. In addition, Lowrance offers a full range of optional mapping content including Fishing Hot Spots(R) and other national and international map content. Fully customizable, all three models accept many public domain files and community-based content such as GPX trails and general outdoor POI’s.

Fully waterproof to the IPx7 standard (submersible), the compact Endura Series offers a comfortable grip and robust housing with rubberized armoring. The devices measure 5.1-inch high x 2.3-inch wide x 1.1-inch deep (130 mm x 60 mm x 31 mm) and weigh a scant 5.8 ounces (165 grams) without two AA batteries. The handheld devices include a high-resolution 2.7-inch (6.8 cm) color touch-screen display, mini-USB port for power and data cables, and two reinforced attachment loops. All models in the Endura line are protected by a one-year limited warranty.

Price & Availability
The Lowrance Endura Series GPS Devices, Sierra, Safari and Outback have a suggested retail price of U.S. $549.99, $384.99 and $229.99, respectively, and will be available for purchase in May 2009 through authorized Lowrance dealers and distributors. For more information on the complete Endura line and compatible mapping products, visit www.lowrance.com/Endura, or call 1.800.324.1356 in the USA or 1.800.661.3983 in Canada.

* The Lowrance Endura line consists of three innovative touch-screen GPS handhelds for the outdoor market: the flagship Sierra — the most powerful and complete out-of-box GPS experience available, the Safari — the most versatile navigator for any outdoor experience, and the Outback — setting a new standard in affordability and ease of use.

  AccuTerra is a GPS mapping product provided by Intermap Technologies

  About Navico and Lowrance:

The Lowrance(R) brand is wholly owned by Navico Holding AS, a privately held, international electronics company. A leader in outdoor recreational GPS electronics and currently the world’s largest marine electronics manufacturer, Navico is the parent company to five well-established brands: B&G(R), Eagle(R), Lowrance(R), Northstar(R) and Simrad(R). www.navico.com - www.lowrance.com

Source: Navico

CONTACT: Andrew Golden of Rushton Gregory Communications,
+1-617-413-6521, agolden@rushtongregory.com, for Navico

Web Site: http://www.lowrance.com/
http://www.navico.com/

Posted by: thebikediva | January 26, 2009

Lock Out Bicycle Thieves

PRESS RELEASE

London Design Student Locks Out Bike Thieves

LONDON, January 26/PRNewswire/ — A London student has come up with a canny design that could help prevent thousands of bikes being stolen.

Dominic Hargreaves, 23, a student at the UK’s top design school, the Royal College of Art, has had three bikes stolen since he moved to the capital last year. And he’s not alone: On average a bicycle is stolen every 71 seconds in England.

Looking at this urban problem as a design challenge, the young designer realised that the only way to overcome the problem was to lock the bike somewhere out of the reach of thieves. Dominic’s solution? A bike lock located 8 feet above the ground. Well out of reach of bike thieves.

How does it work? iq

The bike cradle can be fitted to any wall and is attached to an electronic hoist which lowers to the ground when triggered by the owner’s remote control. The mechanism can also be programmed to read an oyster card if located at a tube station, or indeed any public location. Once the bike is placed into the cradle and locked in position, the user then activates the hoist to pull the bike up onto the wall. The bike is then safely out of the reach of thieves and their bolt cutters. Dominic believes the idea would work on domestic dwellings such as houses or blocks of flats as well as public spaces like railway or tube stations, where the bike can be activated by a smart card.

With politicians and health professionals alike increasingly trying to encourage more people to ‘Get on their Bikes’, Hargreaves’ invention could be the very thing to make the campaign a success.

The design is one of the winners in the GBP15,000 iQ Design Challenge set by Toyota to Royal College of Art students and alumni to create products that respond to modern urban life, along with a computer aid designed to help “two-finger” typists increase their speed and accuracy, and a quick-release, hygienic ice cube tray that avoids the perennial problem of cubes flying out when the tray is twisted.

For further information or interviews please contact Aine Duffy, RCA Media Relations on +44(0)7736-460575 or e: aine.duffy@rca.ac.uk

Source: Royal College of Art

For further information or interviews please contact Aine Duffy, RCA Media Relations on +44(0)7736-460575 or e: aine.duffy@rca.ac.uk

Posted by: thebikediva | January 25, 2009

Saris Stationary Bikes Recalled

PRESS RELEASE

Saris Cycling Group Recalls Stationary Bicycle Trainers Due to Fall Hazard

WASHINGTON, Jan. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

  Name of Product: Stationary Bicycle Trainers
  Units:        2,000
  Manufacturer: Saris Cycling Group, of Madison, Wis.

Hazard: A handle pin on the bicycle trainer can loosen during use, causing the machine to become disengaged, and pose a fall hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recalled trainers are a stationary frame that allows bicycles to be converted into stationary bicycles. The recalled models include: CycleOps Pro Series Trainer models 9014 (SuperMagneto Pro), 9331 (JetFluid Pro), 9460 (PowerBeam Pro), 9321 (JetFluid Pro Winter Training Kit), and 9322 (SuperMagneto Pro Winter Training Kit) without the secondary locking pin. The model number and style names are printed on the left side of the main frame of the trainer.

Sold at: Independent bicycle retailers nationwide from October 2008 through November 2008 for between about $400 and $1200.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers with the recalled bicycle trainers should immediately stop using the product and contact Saris Cycling Group to receive a replacement trainer.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Saris Cycling Group at (800) 783-7257 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, visit the firm’s Web site at www.cycleops.com, or e-mail the firm at custsrv@saris.com.

Source: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

CONTACT: CPSC Media Contact, +1-301-504-7908

Web Site: http://www.cpsc.gov/
http://www.cycleops.com/

Posted by: thebikediva | January 23, 2009

Amgen’s Breakaway From Cancer Initiative

PRESS RELEASE

Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancer Initiative Expands to Help Cancer Patients Access Broad Spectrum of Cancer Resources and Services

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., Jan. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — In an ongoing effort to raise awareness of the comprehensive continuum of resources available to cancer patients and their caregivers — from prevention to education, patient care to advocacy and financial support –Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancer(TM) initiative has expanded its charitable partners to now include the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, Patient Advocate Foundation, Prevent Cancer Foundation and The Wellness Community.

Amgen created Breakaway from Cancer in 2005 as a complementary component to its sponsorship of the Amgen Tour of California, an annual world-class cycling event that takes place in February. Leading up to and during the nine-day, 750-mile 2009 professional cycling event, which begins in Sacramento on Feb. 14 and ends in Escondido on Feb. 22, multiple Breakaway from Cancer activities will take place to recognize, honor and celebrate cancer survivors.

One person alone does not beat cancer. It takes a team. Amgen’s sponsorship of the Amgen Tour of California provides us with an opportunity to support the millions of people affected by cancer,” said Stuart A. Arbuckle, vice president and general manager of Oncology Business Unit at Amgen. “Amgen is proud to work with our Breakaway from Cancer nonprofit partners to raise awareness of the vital programs and services they provide that support people fighting cancer.”

All Breakaway from Cancer awareness and fundraising programs will benefit the initiative’s four 2009 charitable partners, and representatives of these four organizations will travel with the Amgen Tour of California, hosting a Breakaway from Cancer information booth at the Lifestyle Festival held in each of the finish cities along the route. Additionally, the Lance Armstrong Foundation and Stand Up To Cancer will join forces with the Breakaway from Cancer campaign during the Amgen Tour of California to help spread the word about working together to conquer cancer.

Breakaway from Cancer Charity Rides

To raise awareness and funds for people affected by cancer, Breakaway from Cancer charity bicycle rides will take place in San Francisco and Thousand Oaks, Calif. on Sunday, Feb. 8. The San Francisco ride will encompass a moderate 25-mile course, and Thousand Oaks will offer either a 25- or 50-mile course. Both events will feature finish line activities. In addition, participants in the San Francisco ride will have the opportunity to meet professional cyclist and Amgen Tour of California stage winner George Hincapie and Thousand Oaks cyclists will meet Team Columbia riders. Interested riders can register by visiting www.breakawayfromcancer.com.

Since the inaugural Amgen Tour of California, I have been a part of the Breakaway from Cancer initiative,” said Hincapie. “Nearly everyone is touched by cancer, including my family, and it’s important for those affected to realize they don’t have to face the illness alone. Just as in cycling where it takes a support team to help a rider break away from the pack, it takes a strong support network to help a person with cancer face the many hurdles throughout treatment.”

Breakaway Miles During the Amgen Tour of California

In honor of cancer survivors everywhere with the spotlight on one special local survivor, Amgen created the Breakaway Mile — an honorary one-mile bike ride that takes place at the finish line of the Amgen Tour of California, prior to the stage conclusion of the professional race. The Breakaway Mile will take place in four 2009 race host cities: Santa Rosa, Modesto, Paso Robles and Escondido. Each Breakaway Mile will feature a local cancer survivor and an Amgen scientist who plays a crucial role in developing breakthrough medicines. Similar to the support team that helps a cyclist breakaway from the pack, it takes a strong support network to help a person break away from cancer.

More information about the Breakaway from Cancer initiative, including valuable services and programs offered by Amgen’s partners, is available at www.breakawayfromcancer.com.

About Breakaway from Cancer

Founded in 2005, Breakaway from Cancer(TM) is a complementary component to the Amgen race sponsorship. Breakaway from Cancer strives to raise awareness of the important resources available to cancer patients from prevention to education, and patient care to advocacy and financial support. The initiative includes charitable partners the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, Patient Advocate Foundation, Prevent Cancer Foundation and The Wellness Community, and it also has joined forces with the Lance Armstrong Foundation and Stand Up To Cancer. Learn more at www.breakawayfromcancer.com.

About Amgen

Amgen discovers, develops, manufactures and delivers innovative human therapeutics. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen was one of the first companies to realize the new science’s promise by bringing safe and effective medicines from lab, to manufacturing plant, to patient. Amgen therapeutics have changed the practice of medicine, helping millions of people around the world in the fight against cancer, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and other serious illnesses. With a deep and broad pipeline of potential new medicines, Amgen remains committed to advancing science to dramatically improve people’s lives. To learn more about our pioneering science and our vital medicines, visit www.amgen.com.

About the Lance Armstrong Foundation

At the Lance Armstrong Foundation, we fight for the 28 million people around the world living with cancer today. There can be - and should be - life after cancer for more people. That’s why we kick in at the moment of diagnosis, giving people the resources and support they need to fight cancer head-on. We find innovative ways to raise awareness, fund research and end the stigma about cancer that many survivors face. We connect people and communities to drive social change, and we call for state, national and world leaders to help fight this disease. Anyone, anywhere can join our fight against cancer. Join us at LIVESTRONG.org.

About the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship

The National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS) is a leading cancer advocacy organization founded by and for cancer survivors more than 20 years ago. Its priorities are to advocate for quality cancer care for all Americans and to empower people with cancer to advocate for themselves. Believing that access to credible and accurate patient information is fundamental to understanding and receiving quality cancer care, NCCS provides tools and information for people to become strong advocates for their own care or the care of others. The award-winning Cancer Survival Toolbox(R) and other resources and information are available at www.canceradvocacy.org or 301-650-9127.

About Patient Advocate Foundation

Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) was established in 1996 as a national 501(c)3 organization with a mission of safeguarding patients with chronic, life threatening, and/or debilitating illnesses assuring access to care, maintenance of employment and preservation of their financial stability. Through this work, its patients have come to rely upon PAF as the providers of educational tools and direct support which allow them to gain access to quality healthcare. For more information, visit www.patientadvocate.org.

About Prevent Cancer Foundation

The Prevent Cancer Foundation was started in 1985. Today, it is one of the nation’s leading health organizations and has catapulted cancer prevention to prominence. Through healthy lifestyle choices, you can reduce your risk of breast, cervical, colorectal, lung, oral, prostate, skin and testicular cancers.

Since its inception the Foundation has provided more than $106 million in support of cancer prevention and early detection research, education and community outreach programs. The Foundation’s peer-reviewed grants have been awarded to more than 300 scientists from more than 150 of the leading academic medical centers nationwide. This research has been pivotal in developing a body of knowledge that is the basis for important cancer prevention and early detection strategies. For more information, please visit www.preventcancer.org.

Stand Up To Cancer

The Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) initiative raises awareness and funds to accelerate ground-breaking research that will get new therapies to patients quickly. Launched in May of 2008, SU2C is a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, and draws on the industry’s resources in the fight against the disease as never before. On September 5, ABC, CBS, and NBC donated airtime for the first-ever three-network simultaneous broadcast of a fundraising special aimed at rallying the public around the goal of defeating cancer. SU2C’s “Dream Team” approach will eliminate barriers that often inhibit creativity and collaboration in cancer research, by enabling the best and brightest scientists from leading institutions across the country and internationally to work together. The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is charged with conducting expert scientific review of the projects and administering the funds, under the direction of a prestigious Scientific Advisory Committee. For more information, visit www.standup2cancer.org.

About The Wellness Community

The Wellness Community is an international, non-profit organization that provides support, education and hope to people with cancer and those who care for them. By providing free professionally-led support groups, educational workshops, nutrition and exercise programs, and stress reduction classes, The Wellness Community helps individuals affected by cancer learn vital skills that enable them to regain control, reduce isolation and enhance quality of life. The Wellness Community also collaborates with academic and medical partners to conduct evidence-based research and provide training in the field of psychosocial oncology with the goal of improving outcomes and quality of life for cancer patients, cancer survivors, and the individuals who care for them. The Wellness Community assists individuals affected by cancer at over 100 locations worldwide including 24 U.S.-based and 2 international centers, 73 satellite and off-site programs, and online at www.thewellnesscommunity.org.

  Source: Amgen

CONTACT: Kristen Davis of Amgen, Thousand Oaks, +1-805-447-3008, or
Alison Liebich, +1-415-839-8739

Web Site: http://www.amgen.com/
http://www.breakawayfromcancer.com/

Posted by: thebikediva | January 22, 2009

Bike Diva’s 15 Minutes of Fame

growing-bolder-logo1

Hello everyone,

I’ve got some very exciting news to report.

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by Katy Widrick, Executive Producer of the Growing Bolder Media Group. Katy wanted to know if she could interview me for the Growing Bolder 5 Questions With… segment. Katy just emailed me to let me know the article is online. Check it out - my 15 minutes of fame!

Here is the link to the article: 5 Questions With Lynn Smythe. Kind of cool to be the interviewee for a change, rather than the interviewer.

Take care,
Lynn Smythe AKA the Bike Diva

Posted by: thebikediva | January 22, 2009

Cycle Through Germany

PRESS RELEASE

Cycle Germany’s Romantic Roads on New Nordique Tour

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 22 /PRNewswire/ — Cycle through Germany’s most enchanting areas from Wuerzburg to Fuessen using Nordique Tours new cyclists customized itinerary. Beginning with a five day/four night package from May 15 through Oct. 15, 2009, Nordique Tours will tailor the trip based on the cyclist’s expertise and the mileage wanted to cover each day.

The basic package is priced at $557, per person, double occupancy or $892 for single. Additional days can be added to the itinerary for $139 per day, double occupancy or $225 for single. The package includes daily breakfast, a city sightseeing voucher for a walk or visit to a castle along the route and luggage transportation from each hotel to the next one on the itinerary. Bicycle rentals are available at $26 per day, using all terrain bikes with seven gear transmission, lights and carrier. Helmets are required in Germany and must be brought on the trip since rentals are not available.

Cyclists will experience three areas in Germany–Franconia, Swabia and Upper Bavaria. The route is gentle, undulating countryside that runs along the Rivers Tauber and Wornitz before it crosses the Danube and heads South.

For more information about this new cyclist package, Contact Nordique Tours at 1-800-995-7997 (Monday through Friday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. PDT) or visit its web site at www.nordiquetours.com.

Nordique Tours is owned and operated by Picasso Travel, one of the largest air consolidators in North America in business for more than 28 years. Picasso Travel is a member of ASTA, IATA, CLIA, USACA, ARC and BTC.

Source: Nordique Tours

CONTACT: Nancy Vaughan of Vaughan Communications, +1-602-912-9126,
nvaughanpr@aol.com, for Nordique Tours

Web Site: http://www.nordiquetours.com/

Posted by: thebikediva | January 20, 2009

Announcing Run Diva Blog

run-diva-bannerHello everyone,

I have some exciting news.  My brand new Run Diva site is up and running. Bike Diva turned one year old, in January 2009, and a few months ago I started thinking about starting a Run Diva blog.

After a 18 year hiatus from running, I decided to add running back into my fitness routine. I decided I wanted to attempt a marathon, before I got too much older. On December 7, 2008 I competed in my first half marathon, at the Marathon of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, Florida. On January 25, 2009, I will be running the half at the ING Miami Marathon - wish me luck!

Marathons, half marathons, 5k, 10K, trail running and other running events will be covered on Run Diva. Multisport events which include running, such as duathlons, triathlons and Xterra events, will also be covered on Run Diva.

I will also be reviewing many running related products and gear on the Run Diva site. Go to the Product Endorsement page to see which products have already been reviewed, along with a listing of products that will be reviewed in the future.

I am trying to get my domain name, www.rundiva.net, to point to my Run Diva TypePad blog, but so far, no luck. I am definitely NOT a computer diva! So for now, the link to get to Run Diva is http://rundiva.typepad.com/run_diva/. Hopefully I’ll get it figured out within the next few days.

Take care,
Lynn Smythe AKA the Bike Diva and now the Run Diva

Posted by: thebikediva | January 20, 2009

2nd Annual Spring Fling of Cycling

deland_09

What: 2nd Annual Spring Fling of Cycling. Presented by WAM Events.

When: Saturday January 31st & Sunday, February 1st.

Where: Deland, Florida

Details: The criterium race takes place on Saturday, while the road bike race occurs on Sunday. The length of the road race varies between 14 and 63 miles depending on what racing class you are in. This is a FPS (Florida Points Series) race which is sanctioned by USA Cycling.

The criterium race takes place on a 1.1 mile circuit near the Deland Airport. The road race takes place on a 7 mile course which starts from the Spring Garden Ranch Horse Farm in DeLeon Springs.

Registration: Register online at the Bikereg.com website: 2nd Annual Spring Fling of Cycling. Online registration closes on Wednesday, January 28th.

Take care,
Lynn Smythe AKA the Bike Diva

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