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Hincapie takes a piece of us with him

I’ll admit I’m a George Hincapie fan… not a fanatic, but certainly a fan. Part of it has to do with the man himself, but a large part of it is that George takes a little bit of me and my community everywhere he goes. Added to that is the fact that he has never let us down in the way he has conducted himself — both here in Greenville and around the world.

When he left HTC-Columbia, I wasn’t real thrilled. I liked Bob Stapleton and the chemistry in the team seemed genuine. Of course, it doesn’t hurt when a team dominates like they did in stage wins.

Bob is still the same and while several riders left the team, it appears the same camaraderie exists among the remaining and newer riders. However, with George moving over to BMC I find myself drawn to learn a bit more about the wild card team that is showing itself worthy in the Tour Down Under. I might find myself checking the general classifications for two teams this year!

Anyway, I happened across this article on CyclingNews.com and thought I would archive it here at LowCadence.com.  If you are a George or BMC fan, I think you will enjoy this up close look at the 2009 National Champion’s steed. The BMC STX01 RaceMaster is a nice machine!

Photo from Cyclingnews.com click image for gallery.

Photo from Cyclingnews.com click image for gallery.

After Greipel’s first win, I saw him put his arm around George’s shoulder. That Hincapie Sportswear USA National Championship kit looked pretty good standing out from the crowd around. I couldn’t help to think of the crew over off Pete Hollis Blvd when I saw it. There was a piece of Greenville right there on the roads of Australia. More than that, there was one of Greenville’s best ambassadors doing what he does best… riding a bike and encouraging a younger rider.

Unfortunately, for the big guy, he had a little tumble in the beginning of Stage 3 and had to get patched up a bit. Then he had trouble with his front wheel. However, he came back to finish with the main group – just 1 second behind the winner. That puts him in 19th place in the general classification only 20 seconds back. More important is the fact that BMC has moved into 3rd on the team classification. This bodes well for fans who want to see George and his team in the major races of the year.

POA Cycling Team will ride in style

After a little trouble getting through customs due to a misplaced packing slip, my team’s kits arrived for us to pick up yesterday. So, I left work about 30 minutes early to head over to Sunshine Cycle Shop to pick mine up. I’m very pleased that we are using the same design this year, but I was a little disappointed with one mix up.

First for the good news. These kits got a bit of attention when they came out last year. Some say they are a little busy, but most people I run into really like them. Riding in other cities, I’ve been stopped and asked about the design.

2010 POA Cycling Team jersey

2010 POA Cycling Team jersey

After a ride in Austin, Texas, I swung by Mellow Johnny’s, Lance Armstrong’s bike shop in Austin, to look through Kevin Livingston’s Pedal Hard facility. As I was getting ready to walk out, Kevin interrupted a conversation he was having to say to me, “Great kit. Where is it from?” I told him and he said, “It grabs attention like a Rock Racing kit, but without the garishness.” From a former pro, that was pretty cool!

We are going with Hincapie Sportswear again this year. This particular kit is the Hincapie Velocity line. The jersey is a 12 panel jersey with breathable panels where you want them most to help keep you cool. The fabric is very light weight and slick. I’m sure a properly fitting one would have you sliding through the wind.

The bibs are my favorite item. Lycra leg bands now replace the little rubber leg grabbers that used to be around the legs. The cut is good and the padding in just the right places. It is also made to hold up well over a long season of wear.

The Lycra leg bands include the Giant logo

The Lycra leg bands include the Giant logo

Of course, it all wouldn’t happen without our sponsors. A special thanks to Piedmont Orthopaedic Associates for being our primary sponsor and Eastside Chiropractic for giving us both financial support as well as some incredible service support. You are very appreciated and I’ll sing your praises!

A shot of some of the great sponsors

A shot of some of the great sponsors

So as I was there at our sponsor Sunshine Cycle Shop to pick up my uniform, I picked up my packages to take a good look. The first thing I saw was an “L”. Uh oh. This was the bad news.

The night we test fitted the Velocity line, there was a lot of going back and forth about what size to get. For me it seemed that the large bibs fit best, but the medium jersey was definitely what I needed. However, what happened is behind us, but I ended up with a large jersey… and folks, it is LARGE.

At first I was pretty disappointed. I was really looking forward to finally getting the stuff and then to have it not be right kind of got under my skin. Now I’m getting over it. Sure it is large, but I can still wear it and and Dr. Mruz told me, I can always get it altered.

I do have to throw this in as a parting picture. This kit also means something to me because it is the first time my company is sponsoring a cycling team. It is a small deal, but who knows what the future will hold… Worthwhile Racing?

The seeds of something bigger?

The seeds of something bigger?

Alright… let’s go racin’ boys!

You can wear it too – for less

Yesterday it was announced that Hincapie Sportswear would be the official supplier of clothing and accessories for the BMC race squad.  Of course, I couldn’t understand why George didn’t point to my blog in his tweet instead of Cyclingnews.com’s.  I mean, who are those guys anyway?

Well, here is a piece of Hincapie news that won’t end up on Cyclingnews.com.  It is that time of year for the Hincapie Sportswear Warehouse Sale.  It is time to clear out the 2009 stuff (and a bit of 2008 as well) to make way for the boxes of 2010 inventory.  Steve Baker and the crew over at the store want us to help them out.

Hopefully, I’ll be feeling up to getting over there tomorrow – Friday, October 2 from Noon until 7 p.m.  Don’t look for me Saturday (from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.) because I’ll be over at the POA Cycling Fall Extravaganza.  I’ll be sure to leave you some stuff if you decided to go that second day.

So, what will be there for you?  Baker tells us they’ll have “jerseys, shorts, jacket, accessories…even jeans and prototype samples of items we didn’t carry in the product line.  You’ll find many different styles, colors and sizes for men and women.” Sound good? This sounds even better… “The discounts will be significant, so don’t miss this chance to find some great deals on some new Hincapie gear.”

Head on over and save some money.  With the money you save, you can help me with my ride to Austin with the Challenge to Conquer Cancer crew.  Today is October 1 and I said this would be the final day I would bug you about it.  So, you’ll see no more countdown notices at the end of my blog posts.  Thank you to all of you who have given.

1 day left to help me raise $5000.
$1355 raised so far to fight cancer.
Give to my fight today!


George Hincapie finally gets to race in his own clothes

It appears that Hincapie Sportswear, “manufacturer and marketer of distinctive clothing for the performance cyclist,” has found it’s way at last into a higher profile sponsorship.  The company announced today that it has signed a sponsorship deal with the BMC Racing Team (BMC) for 2010.

Hincapie will provide BMC with premium cycling apparel and accessories.  But wait, that’s not all!  BMC riders will also be sporting Hincapie Premium Denim and protecting themselves on those long hot training days with Hincapie SkinDefense SPF 30 Sunscreen.

“We’re very excited about our new partnership with BMC Racing,” said Rich Hincapie, president of Hincapie Sportswear. “This is an awesome opportunity for us to showcase our products to the entire world through the team and the new relationship. We’re especially excited that George will be able to finally race and train in his own apparel.”

Tour de France stage winner and recently crowned US Professional Road Race Champion, George Hincapie has signed a two year contract with the BMC Racing Team. He will be racing in Hincapie Sportswear apparel for the first time in his long career.

“I’m very excited to be racing in Hincapie apparel next year,” said George Hincapie, 5-time Olympian and co-owner of Hincapie Sportswear. “I love the stuff we make and I haven’t been able to wear it that much on my other teams. The team opportunity is great for me as well. I started my professional cycling career with Jim Ochowicz, and I’m pleased to be joining him again.”

I wonder if that was one of the things that attracted Hincapie to the contract with BMC?  This could have as much impact on his future as any success he might see on the bike.  It will also be interesting to see what type of designs come out of the relationship.

Hincapie plans to make BMC Cycling Team apparel available to the public through Hincapie dealers and on the company’s website, www.Hincapie.com. Look for the new apparel design to be announced soon.

Getting into the head of George Hincapie

The documentary that many of us have been waiting for is now available.  The new Web site for the DVD “A Ride With George” is now live.  You can see a trailer for the movie and order your own copy right on the site.  See it at aridewithgeorge.com. You can read my review here.

I have not seen it yet, but some people who have – and who know George – say it is spot on.  It is going to be interesting to see how the filmmakers get the professional rider to talk!  This is the result.

Here is the official release sent out by Hincapie Sportswear last evening.

Greenville, SC —Hincapie™ Sportswear, Inc. (Hincapie), manufacturer and marketer of distinctive clothing for the performance cyclist, will release “35 Years, 677,000 Kilometers, 81 Minutes: A Ride with George Hincapie,” a documentary film on the life of one of America’s greatest cyclists.  The official movie trailer for this feature-length documentary can be viewed at www.aridewithgeorge.com.

“We are super excited about this new film,” said George Hincapie, Tour de France Stage Winner and co-owner of Hincapie Sportswear.  “I think it will give people a really unique look at what my life is like racing and training all over the world.  Chusy’s really talented and this is not like any documentary you’ve seen before.”

Directed by Anthony “Chusy” Haney-Jardine, whose last film “Anywhere, USA” won a Special Jury Prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, “35 Years, 677,000 Kilometers, 81 Minutes: A Ride With George Hincapie” features a unique look into the private life of professional cyclist George Hincapie.  The film captures the emotion behind the athlete and explores what motivates one of the world’s greatest cyclists.  Lance Armstrong, Christian Vande Velde, David Zabriskie, Phil Liggett, Paul Sherwin and many other top level professionals and cycling personalities share candid stories and insights about Hincapie and his incredible journey to the highest level of the sport.

“In this era of me-me-me, George’s message of teamwork and selflessness is truly inspirational,” says Chusy. “I hope other people will find inspiration from his example.”

“35 Years, 677,000 Kilometers, 81 Minutes: A Ride with George Hincapie” is available now on DVD.  Hincapie will distribute the DVD through Hincapie Bicycle Dealers and sell it directly on the website, www.Hincapie.com.  Additional public screenings of the movie may be scheduled in major cities across the country this summer.

For more than 50 years, the Hincapies have dedicated themselves to excellence in the sport of cycling.  Through Hincapie Sportswear, they are combining the lessons they have learned on the road with excellence in customer service, quality craftsmanship and stylish designs, to create the most comfortable, functional and stylish cycling apparel in the world.

I’ll let you know what I think when I see it.  Update: See my review of the movie here.

This race will go forward

Before I write anything else, let me express my gratitude to the Greenville Hospital System and Duke Energy Carolinas. They are making today’s blog post a happy one. Their support of the USA Cycling Professional Championships allows the event to avoid the struggle many races around the country are facing.

On a day when yet another race was postponed for the year, media and invited guests gathered at Hincapie Sportswear for the formal announcement of the fourth Greenville Hospital System USA Cycling Professional Championships.  The Time Trial will once again be attempted at the 6.9-mile course at Clemson University – International Center for Automotive Research on August 29.  The Road Course will follow the same course as last year on Sunday, August 30.

Things were not always rosy for the race. Even before the 2008 race there were rumors that the event would be moving from Greenville.  There were also some struggles with funding even then.  However, Greenville Hospital System stepped up to the plate and then Duke Energy Carolina followed to bring the race around the bases.

New for this year will be two events for U.S. Handcycling.  Close to 30 elite athletes are expected to compete in a time trial and a criterium as part of the U.S. Handcycling Series, presented by the Paralyzed Veterans of America.  Ryan Barnett was there to speak on behalf of these athletes.

It is my hope that I can upload video clips of the entire press conference.  Unfortunately, I’m having some issues getting YouTube to accept some of the video files. As soon as these issues are resolved, I will be displaying the video here.  Following is the first of the series:

Stay tuned for more video – including George Hincapie’s comments.

Rock was on the babes. Hincapie was on the leader.

Happened across this video following a Twitter link. Low and behold, it is Greenville’s own Steve Baker having a sublime time steaming some signature sublimation from Hincapie Sportswear out in Cali. Hey, I want one of those things! How about a LowCadence.com logo in that little box!


HINCAPIE SPORTSWEAR JERSEY PRINTING – ATOC’09 from CYCLEFILM on Vimeo.

Once you are done with this video, head on over to Cyclingfilm Cycling Media Services at Cyclefilm.com. I found some pretty neat stuff over there. Of course, I was drawn to the Tour of California stuff first off. It shows two things are important for good video — equipment and an eye for the shot.

I know it’s about Hincapie Sportswear, but I don’t think they mind if we also see it as a little bit of Greenville finding its way out to the left coast. Way to represent… and come on podium girls… Rock & Republic has better cycling fashion that Hincapie? I don’t see many riders wearing trucker caps!

Update: Here I was thinking I had posted something first just to find out that Steve had posted this video to his blog yesterday!