What's In This Month's Newsletter
Was that the sun we saw this past weekend? Here in the Bay Area you would have missed spring if you had closed your eyes for more than five or ten minutes. Hopefully the weather from this past weekend will be what is coming as we all need to get more time on our bikes.
We have packed this newsletter full of fun and interesting stuff. We have a great Q&A with one of the riders from the Wonderful Pistachio Cycling Team, also a short summary of what it was like to ride the Tour of Uruguay (we think California has bad roads), some extraordinary results from the athletes that we sponsor as well as kick ass testimonials on Edge Design products. Also don't forget to come join us at the upcoming Steven Cozza's Giro Bello Classic on the 25th of June.
Remember, we want to create a conversation about cycling and cycling gear with you, so feel free to send me an email at ernieperreira [at] gmail [dot] com and I will respond back to you as soon as possible.
Chief Cyclist and Owner
Here is a summary of the articles in this month's issue of Shred With The Cutting Edge:
Edge Design Wheels - Tough Enough for Paris Roubaix?
Q&A with Tim Farnham of the Wonderful Pistachio Pro Cycling Team
Outstanding Testimonial on Edge Time Trial Bars
Treat the Bum With Care - Edge Design Saddles
Edge Design Sponsored Athletes' Race Results
Join Us At Steven Cozza's Giro Bello Classic
Here's a powerful testimonial on our Edge Design Sidewinder carbon wheels' performance in the Vuelta of Uruguay by Sterling Magnell, member of the Wonderful Pistachios Pro Cycling Team. Sterling was part of the Wonderful Pistachio team that ventured "down South" for the event this Spring. What with this review, we wouldn't be surprised if a set made it into and through Paris Roubaix for 2012.
"Uruguay was a tough race, crosswinds, bad roads, rain and 100 miles stages. My 8.5 Sidewinders performed like champions every day without fail. One day I lost both water bottles and my Garmin broke due to the road conditions. Wheels? FINE!!
For a full carbon clincher this is a first for me as they gave me a lot of confidence in my race wheels going into any competition under any conditions. As I weigh in at 200lbs and am a sprinter, I ask a lot of my wheels, I can't think of a tougher real time, in competition test for any wheel. I can openly endorse and recommend the Edge Sidewinders to my racing and recreational peers with full confidence."
We thought it would be fun if Ernie talked with one of the leading riders for the Wonderful Pistachio Pro Cycling Team and get some insight as to what it takes to be a professional cyclist. We hope you enjoy this short but fun interview.
Ernie: How did you get into cycling especially since being so "brawny", I am sure you were involved in a lot of contact sports?
Timmo: I was a swimmer since I was 6 years old through most of high school. After I went to college I kept eating and ballooned from 165 pounds to 205. So I purchased a bike to lose some weight.
Ernie: Most memorable/favorite race?
Timmo: Philly. Hands down!!
Ernie: Favorite training meal?
Timmo: Denny's Grand Slam. bacon, pancakes, oatmeal, and toast.
Ernie: Favorite cycling route
Timmo: The infamous King Ridge in Sonoma County. I know I'm fit when I can do that and not feel zapped.
Ernie: What do you eat on the bike (if anything) and why?
Timmo: I love chocolate powerbars. Brownie, chocolate fudge, chocolate peanut butter... All good. The fruit smoothie ones are awesome too. But on longer rides it is nice to have "real food" too. I make banana Nutella hotdogs.
Ernie: What is your most important bike related "object" that you cannot do without?
Timmo: Dura Ace
Ernie: Why live in Santa Rosa?
Timmo: The bike community is great. Lots of amazing routes. Lots of good vino too ;-)
Ernie: Other then ride your bike, what else do you enjoy doing?
Timmo: I am kind of a foodie. So I love experimenting with cooking, coffee production methods, and dining out. It's a good thing I bike much! Really I'm just a fat kid at heart.
Ernie: Thanks alot Tim and good luck on the upcoming races.
A testimonial from Matt Abbott, a seasoned racer and time trialist:
They’re super light, fully adjustable, very comfortable, and sexy as hell! The over-sized grips at the end of the extensions really help keep your hands and wrists comfortable and made me feel like I had better control of the bike. The arm rests are fully adjustable and do a great job of cradling your arms and keeping them tucked in with no effort. The wings are very aero and stiff; they feel solid even while cranking on the brake handles in a sprint. In short: these bars make the pain and suffering of a TT a lot more bearable!
Another Great Testimonial on the Edge Design Saddles From Another Successful Road Racer
This has to be the most comfortable saddle I've ever ridden. Usually with racing saddles I'll start to feel my sit bones digging into it after several hours and end up with saddle sores. After testing the Edge saddle on several long training rides, my legs were the only part of my body that was hurting afterward. No sores, no numbness! I've finally found the saddle that helps keep me comfortable even during the most grueling ride. If you have ever had similar issues with your saddle I strongly suggest that you check this one out!
Edge has sponsored several teams and individual riders have been burning up the races. This includes great results from the Wonderful Pistachios Pro Cycling Team, Firefighters Cycling p/b Advocare, the Red Peloton and the Early Bird Women's Developmental Cycling Team. Although the list of podiums and wins would be too extensive to list completely here, we have summarized the more notable results. You can always follow our facebook or twitter accounts to see timely results.
We are very proud of our sponsored athletes and look forward to many more successful results.
We are a sponsor of the Steven Cozza's Giro Bello Classic on the 25th of June. If you are free that day, why don't you come ride this event. There are multiple route options that showcase many of Sonoma County's beautiful scenery. Registration is still open, although we hear it is filling up fast, so don't wait.
This scenic tour includes rest stops at La Crema Winery, Robert Young Winery and Trentadue Winery as well as the challenging, yet breathtakingly beautiful Geysers climb (Century Route only). Expo/After-Party features great Sonoma County cuisine and live music all afternoon.
We will also be at the Expo/After-Party so make sure you come by and say hello. We will have a couple of demo bikes as well as a great sample of our products for you to look at. This is going to be an awesome event so don't miss out.
To find out more about the Giro Bello or to register, please visit the Giro Bello website.