September 2012 Archive

It’s been a very busy week for Team Gates Carbon Drive, and it’s tough to keep up with posting all the action and great results for the team!

Raleigh Hodala frame, Easton wheels, TRP brakes & levers and FSA components!


Last week, action started for the team with twisty, fast, staircase-filled racing at Valmont Bike Park. I think everyone in the single speed race was surprised by the depth of talent and speed present at the start line – a great sign for an action-filled season here in Colorado! Jesse Swift, Taylor Nye, Carlos Casali, Garrett Davis and Taylor Jung represented for Gates. And at the end of a fast race, it was Swift and Nye filling the second and third place steps of the podium!

Jesse Swift and Tayler Nye filling the 2nd and 3rd spots on the Valmont podium!


Meanwhile Mitch Westall took an impressive 4th place in the 35+ Masters race against the geared guys! Cristina Begy flew the colors in the Women’s Open race, also with an impressive showing against the geared racers. And just to mix things up, I was up in the mountains, racing my Gates Belt Drive mountain bike to a 3rd place in a biathlon with the Colorado Biathlon Club.

Casali, Davis, Nye and Swift swooping through the Valmont Bike Park course.


After a quick day off the team packed up and was off to Las Vegas for Interbike and the CrossVegas race. There the team was ready to face-off against hot temperatures, a power-robbing course that was all grass and impressive competition. However Taylor Nye flew (literally!) to a second place finish in the Single Speed race, and fourth place overall! Cristina Begy impressed everyone, racing on the only single speed in the Women’s UCI race.

Cristina Begy flying under the glare of CrossVegas lights.


No time to rest, the team was right back to Colorado for another weekend of racing. This time the weekend started in Longmont at the always-popular Xillinx course. This time Taylor Nye wasn’t going to be denied, and he took the win as Carlos Casali redeemed his flat tire in Vegas taking second place! Taylor Jung powered through to 8th place. Later in the day we also had newest member of the team Ryan McFarling representing with a strong 11th place in the Masters Open race against another strong field.

Brian Hutchison in 3rd place at The Queens of Cross race in Golden, CO.


Sunday meant yet another day of racing, this time in Golden with the Queens of Cross race. Early in the day Mitch Westall was again in the Masters Open race, impressing all with a 4th place finish. I raced the Single Speed race, and after a long week, I was happy to ride strong for a 3rd place finish. And then later in the day, Cristina Begy took the win in a rare Women’s Single Speed race! Congrats Cristina!

This weekend the team will be right back to action with racing on both days! Check back in to see what kind of results the team will be able to post.

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The lead up to SSWC has been great. I’ve met a ton of cool people from South Africa and all over the world and gotten to ride in both South Africa and Swaziland. On my first real ride down here at the Groenkloff Nature Reserve, I saw giraffe, zebra, ostriches, wildabeest, impala, hartebeest, kudu, mongoose and sable antelope all within the first hour. It was awesome!

I’m really looking forward to the race tomorrow. The course is true Africa. The trails are mostly just cow trails so they meander back and forth slowly making their way from A to B. There are tons of thorns, a good, hard climb, and some super fun singletrack descents. The REEB and belt drive are holding up spectacularly and people keep stopping me to ask about it. It’s a great conversation starter and has made me quite a few friends!

There is going to be some stiff competition tomorrow for the SSWC tattoo, but I think I have a good shot at the title. I know Garth (SSWC 2010 Champion) is here as is Dax Massey (finished 3rd at Breck Epic). There is also a rumor that Barry Stander (represented South Africa in the Olympics this year) will be participating…

I’ll let you know how it goes!

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Attending Eurobike is a fascinating experience for bicyclists due to the massive size of the trade show and the sheer variety of bike models and brands. While the European bike market has been slower to adopt some trends such as 29er mountain bikes, Europe is ground zero for commuter and transportation bikes and the global boom in electric bikes. Another trend we spotted at Eurobike? Even more bike models and brands with Gates Carbon Drive instead of chains. Below are some of the many 2013 models that European bicyclists will be riding next year. Even the kids want one, as the little dude above showed in the Velotraum booth. Scroll down for an assortment of snapshots from the show.

Above is the Inc commuter from Avanti.

The E-Line C electric bike from Bergamont

Foldable bike from Bernds

Bernds tandem

Black Braid full carbon sub-5 KG singlespeed

Black Braid carbon fixie

BMC Urbanchallenge

Breezer Beltway

Full carbon Coren singlespeed, for those with an extra 25,000 Euros to spend

From iconic Italian brand De Rosa

De Rosa Milanino

The Belter children's bike from Early Rider won a Eurobike innovation award

e-Jalopy electric from Greenwheel

Fahrradmanufaktur T-Belt Lite

Globe Roll 8 Rare

Grace Easy e-bike

Grace MX enduro e-bike

The JAB from Japan

Koga World Traveler

Koga World Traveler 29

Mi-Tech with Pinion gearbox (locked up because everyone wants to steal this one)

Nicolai trekking bike

Indonesian brand Polygon

Sandman Gobi fat bike

Santos Race Lite

Sweet styling on this limited edition Schindelhauer fixie

Easy to see why Schindelhauer won the Eurobike Best City Bike award in 2011

Schindelhauer Ludwig XIV

The Scott SUB will get you noticed

Smart E-Bike

Specialized Source 11

Tour de Suisse

Tout Terrain Amber Road

Tout Terrain Via Veneto

Tout Terrain X-Over

Van Nicholas Amazon

Van Nicholas Pioneer

Van Nicholas Zion 29er

Veloheld Drive

Veloheld Path

Congratulations. You made it to the end, which means you probably want to get a belt drive bicycle. This kid, too.

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The October issue of Men’s Journal illustrates a growing media consensus: Gates Carbon Drive is the perfect application for commuter bikes and city bikes. Two of the four bikes featured in the article headlined “Smooth Commuters” are equipped with Carbon Drive.

Here’s what MJ says about the Source 11 from Specialized: “We recommend this ultrasmooth, bombproof ride if you want a bike that can slay sprints to work and long hauls on weekends, too.” In addition to the Carbon Drive, the Source 11 features a Shimano Alfine 11 internal hub for easy and clean shifting, internal cable routing for a sleek appearance, dynamo-powered lights, plus fenders and racks for all-weather practicality.

The magazine featured the Source 11 in its 2012 color scheme. Below is the 2013 model.

Men’s Journal also included the Budnitz No. 1 from Budnitz Bicycles, a boutique brand that is gaining lots of buzz due to its blingy belt-drive models. MJ says it “impressed by its spry handling and impact-absorbing ride.”

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Our pals at Oskar Blues Brewery and REEB Cycles took a trip East to compete in the Pisgah Stage Race. Riding his REEB 29er with Gates Carbon Drive, Chad Melis and his ride partner took first in the relay category, which involved the two riding alternate stages during the five-day event. Congrats gents.
Check out the video of Chad talking about the roots and rocks on the course, and the Carbon Drive on his bike. Says Chad: “The belt was money.”

Watch more videos on Big Bikes Media & cyclingdirt

And check out the rutted, rocky and wet-leave-covered, root-crossed action in this video, which looks downright scary to this dusty and bone-dry Western rider. Carbon Drive has a big following in the singlespeed community in Colorado, where Gates is based. REEB’s foray East will hopefully create a beachhead for belt drive racers on the right coast–especially with the opening of the new Oskar Blues Brewery location in Brevard, North Carolina, tucked in the singletrack Mecca of Pisgah National Forest.

Watch more video of 2012 Pisgah Mountain Bike Stage Race on cyclingdirt.org

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