Roubaix copyright holder says Specialized overstepped the mark

The CEO of Advanced Sports International (ASI), the company which owns the worldwide rights to the Roubaix trademark, has said that Specialized overstepped the mark in preventing a Canadian bike shop owner from using the name.

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ASI CEO Pat Cunnane told Bicycle Retailer that his company has no problem with retailer Dan Richter calling his store Cafe Roubaix.

“We have reached out to Mr. Richter to inform him that he can continue to use the name, and we will need to license his use, which we imagine can be done easily,” Cunnane said.

The story began earlier this week when Richter told the Calgary Herald that Specialized lawyers had told him to change the name of shop. The general manager of Specialized Canada told the Calgary Herald that Specialized had an obligation to protect its trademark, or risk losing it.

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Cunnane told Bicycle Retailer that he has reached out to Specialized but has received no reply as yet:

We are in the process of notifying Specialized that they did not have the authority, as part of our license agreement, to stop Daniel Richter … from using the Roubaix name.

While ASI does have the authority to object to Mr. Richter’s use of the name and while we at ASI understand the importance of protecting our bicycle model names, we believe that Mr. Richter did not intend for consumers to confuse his brick-and-mortar establishment or his wheel line with our Roubaix road bike.

And we believe consumers are capable of distinguishing his bike shop and wheel line from our established bikes.

Click here to read more at Bicycle Retailer.

Pellizotti to stay with Androni after Astana debacle

Franco Pellizotti appears set to stay at Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela after a deal with Astana fell through due to concerns about Pellizotti comprising Astana’s committment to the Movement for Credible Cycling.

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Cycling News reports that Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela manager Gianni Savio will need to convince the team’s sponsors to find the extra funding to keep Pellizotti on board, but that such a deal is near completion.

“I’ve gone back to my pool of sponsors and asked them if they’re willing to make an extra effort to sign Franco. I’m still waiting for some replies but I expect to know in a few days time,” Savio told Cycling News.

“I’d spent on my planned budget and completed my roster with Johnny Hoogerland, Kenny Van Hummel and Marco Bandiera. However if I can gather the resources, I’d be happy to have Franco stay on with us for 2014.”

Click here to read more at Cycling News.

Astana not looking to replace Pellizotti

In the fallout from Astana’s decision not to take Franco Pellizotti on, there was some speculation about which of the many out-of-contract riders might take the Italian’s spot on the Kazakh team.

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But now the team has revealed that they won’t be filling the space left by Pellizotti’s departure.

“We have a full squad now, headed into the 2014 season. There are no current plans to sign any more riders,” spokesman Chris Baldwin told VeloNation.

Vuelta a España winner Chris Horner, former Olympic champion Samuel Sanchez and former Belkin rider Luis Leon Sanchez, among many others, are all still without a contract for 2014.

Click here to read more at VeloNation.

UCI finalises WorldTour teams for 2014

The UCI announced overnight that the eight WorldTour teams that didn’t get their 2014 licenses in November have all now been granted those licenses.

The UCI Licence Commission has awarded multi-year WorldTour licences to Astana Pro Team, Lampre-Merida, Movistar Team, Orica GreenEdge, Sky Procycling and Team Europcar.

Team Argos-Shimano, which was cited by the UCI for irregularities in its initial application, and Trek Factory Racing,which is transferring a licence from RadioShack Leopard, were also granted registration for next year.

The 18 WorldTour teams for 2014 will be: Ag2R La Mondiale, Belkin – Pro Cycling Team, BMC Racing Team, Cannondale, Fdj.fr, Garmin Sharp, Omega Pharma – Quick Step Racing Team, Team Katusha, Team Tinkoff Saxo, Lotto Belisol, Astana Pro Team, Lampre – Merida, Movistar Team, Orica GreenEdge, Sky Procycling, Team Europcar, Team Argos – Shimano, and Trek Factory Racing.

Click here to read more on the UCI’s website.

Igor Anton joins Movistar

Movistar Team has rounded out its 2014 roster with Basque climber Igor Antón, who joins Eusebio Unzué’s squad after nine years in the ranks of Euskaltel-Euskadi.

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Anton has achieved stage victories at the Giro d’Italia (1), the Vuelta a Espana (4) and the Tour de Suisse (1) in recent years and will ride with Movistar until the end of 2015.

Text via Movistar press release.

Organisers unveil four-stage Dubai Tour

Race organisers have unveiled the four-stage route for next year’s inaugural Tour of Dubai which will run from February 5 to 8.

Rui Costa (centre) and Joaquim Rodriguez (left) are confirmed starters for the inaugural Tour of Dubai.

Rui Costa (centre) and Joaquim Rodriguez (left) are confirmed starters for the inaugural Tour of Dubai.

The race will consist of a 10km opening time trial through central Dubai and three road stages of between 120km and 170km in length.

Confirmed starters for the race include world champion Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida), Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Team), Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), Marcel Kittel (Argos-Shimano), Peter Sagan (Cannondale), and Joaquim Rodríguez (Katusha).

The race will be contested by 16 eight-rider teams, 11 of which will be WorldTour teams.

Click here to read more at VeloNews.

Organisers confirm routes for Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Gent-Wevelgem

Race organisers in Belgium have confirmed the routes for Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (on March 1) and Gent-Wevelgem (March 30) with no major reworkings for either route.

Peter Sagan solos to victory at the 2013 Gent-Wevelgem.

Peter Sagan solos to victory at the 2013 Gent-Wevelgem.

Gent-Wevelgem will feature nine climbs while Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, the opener for the Belgian road calendar, will feature 10 climbs including the popular Muur-Kapelmuur.

It’s the first time the Kapelmuur will be included in the Omloop for three years and race organisers confirmed that fans will be able to line the climb.

Click here to read more at VeloNews.

Interview with Lewis Rattray

Our friends over at BrewCX have published an interview with one of the few Aussies who has taken the plunge to race cyclocross overseas, Lewis Rattray.

You might remember some of Lewis’ work for CyclingTips in recent years and in this interview Lewis chats to the guys at BrewCX about the realities of racing ‘cross in Belgium, some tips for riding in sand and his goals for the upcoming season.

Yamaha’s latest electric motor for bikes

Here at CyclingTips we don’t spend too much time paying attention to electric bikes but we couldn’t help but be interested in this latest electric bike motor from Yamaha.

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This 250W electric power-assisted motor for bikes was displayed at the Tokyo Auto Show last month and weighs roughly 3kg. In the photo above the motor is mounted on a Cherubim with Campagnolo with the whole setup weighing roughly 12kg.

As far as electric bikes go that’s pretty light, and it certainly isn’t as ugly as some of the electric bikes on the market!

Click here and here to see a bunch of photos of the motor installed on the Cherubim.

Dear Motorist

This video has been doing the rounds on social media over the past few days but if you haven’t seen it already, we highly recommend it. It’s a simple but effective piece about road safety that highlights just how vulnerable we cyclists are when riding on the road.

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Click on the image above to get through to the video.

Women’s A Grade at the 2013 Tour of Bright

This is a great video from women’s A grade at the recent Tour of Bright and we highly recommend taking a look. We’re not quite sure who made it as we get a “page not found” error when we try to go to the original video. But to whoever did put it together, kudos, and thanks for sharing!

Click here to see the video.

Road Bike Party 2 – Martyn Ashton (and friends)

Incredible stunts and amazing tricks all completed on a Colnago C59 Italia? It can only be a Road Bike Party!

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Lycra-clad trials legend Martyn Ashton’s first Road Bike Party was a YouTube sensation, so a sequel had to be made, bigger and better than before! Martyn was in the middle of filming when his life was transformed by an accident during a trials display which has left him paralysed from the waist down. Courage, determination and great friends have helped Martyn to complete his vision for what a Road Bike Party is.

Click on the image above to get through to the video.

The Rocacorba Recap

And finally this morning, here are a few things you might have missed:


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Today’s feature image was taken by Kristof Ramon on stage 7 of this year’s Eneco Tour and shows the famous Kapelmuur climb in action. The Kapelmuur returns to Omloop Het Nieuwsblad in 2014 for the first time since 2011.