Sunday, September 23, 2007

We will be closed Monday September 24th through Friday September 28th. PedalPlay will be back open Saturday September 29th, 10am - 6pm.

PedalPlay will be attending Interbike Trade Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.
With over 1,000 of the top brands and nearly 22,000 attendees from over 60 countries, Interbike is the ultimate blend of industry leaders and innovative products in the bicycle business. Interbike is the largest bicycle trade event in North America and one of the most important stops on the global trade show calendar. Prepare for three packed days of exhibits, product launches, meetings and a celebration of the bicycle business at Interbike 2007.

The CENLA Fat Tire Festival will be taking place the weekend of Sept 28-30 in Alexandria, LA. There will be a Friday night ride, a group ride and circuit race on Saturday as well as music and band Saturday night.

The cross country race will be Sunday morning. It is the 7th race of the South Central Regional Championship Series ( It will be a double points race with a festive enviroment for adults and kids alike all weekend long!! Hope to see everyone there!

For more information go to:

Please see the below listed website for information on
the upcoming Bicycle Tour in West Monroe, La. on Nov.
10th starting at 8:30 a.m.

The terrain is more like St. Francisville. If you
guys are interested I have some special prices for the
hotels in West Monroe. Please let me know.

Proceeds will go to the Salvation Army, we will have
long sleeve tshirts, door prizes, post ride lunch, SAG
support, rest stops.

Thanks, I hope to see you in North Louisiana.


Thursday, September 20, 2007

Due to the pedicted rain and an early LSU game on Saturday, which I was
unaware of the 2:30 PM kickoff time, the TT event for Saturday morning will
be moved to another day.

I need to consult all the event calendars and find an open date.

I'll email as soon as I find a date.



This Saturday is the 4th event in the series for the BRBC Individual Time Trial Series.

Date / Time: Saturday, Sept. 22nd. Registration opens at 7 AM and first rider out at 8 AM.

Location: The split on River Road approx. 3 miles south (down river) from the intersection of Gardere (Hwy 372)

This is 10.6 mile loop and is open to all levels of riders from beginners to advanced. Cost is only $5 for those that are not members of the BRBC. That one-time $5 gets you a membership to the BRBC and you're in for the rest of the TT series.

Come on out and see what you've got.

If it rains, the event will be rescheduled as soon as an open weekend is available. Helmets are required. Event #2 was rained out and will be rescheduled.

World record shattered! Speed biking on snow at 210 km/h.

Austria’s Markus Stoeckl, 33, set a new world record at the weekend for series mountain bikes on a renovated high-speed La Parva run in the Chile’s Alps when he hit a speed of 210.4 km/h (130.7 mph). He shattered an eight-year-old record by an incredible 23 km/h (14 mph).

For years there was little news to report about speedbikes on snow, the world’s fastest vehicles without propulsion. In the 1990s, there had been a number of classic, unforgettable duels between two Frenchmen, Eric Baronè und Christian Taillefer, who set a series world speed records as they sped down the French Alps clad in rubber suits and aerodynamic helmets with spoilers attached to their bodies while riding on futuristic speeding projectiles that had only a faint resemblance to bicycles. The only other racer who came even close to keeping up with the French duo was a young man from Kitzbühel, Markus Stoeckl. Because he could not afford an expensive prototype at the time, he rode in the series bike class and managed to set a world record in that category at 187.013 km/h at Les Arches in 1999. Eric Baronè’s record in the prototype class of 222 km/h had stood since it was set at the same time.
After that, interest in France dropped off, as Markus Stoeckl explains: no races, no championships, no runs. Since then, the giant nicknamed “Hercules“ (he weighs 100 kg, or 220 pounds, and stands 1.90 metres, or 6 foot 4 inches tall) has taken part in “normal“ downhill races, founded his own company, and set up his own World Cup team “MS Intense Racing“. He was on an assignment in Portugal when he found out that the old speed track in La Parva, Chile was being renovated. He did not hesitate and quickly jumped on a plane to South America after hurriedly packing his old helmet, speedsuit and his new “Intense M6“ bike.
Just seven days later, on Friday, 14 September at 11:18 a.m., Stoeckl was standing at the highest-possible starting point directly beneath the cliffs in front of a 2000 meter long and 45-degree steep slope. The conditions for the record run were far from ideal. Because South America’s springtime weather had melted away much of the snow alongside the piste, shrinking it to a narrow strip set up between bare mountain cliffs, it was not possible to gradually raise the starting point for test runs. The final test run took place from a spot that was hundreds of metres below the starting point where a top speed of 178 km/h was recorded.
Because the protective visor on his helmet kept fogging over, Stoeckl was also forced to hold his breath for the 40-second run. “I knew that this would be my only chance,“ he said. The record run went off without a hitch. There were no problems whatsoever and despite hitting a speed of 210.4 km/h it all seemed somehow unspectacular.
Markus Stoeckl has now tasted success and he wants to try to break the other age-old records set by Eric Baronè – but with better preparation and first-rate material. Fernando Habash, who is in charge of the La Parva ski resort, has promised he would have a course suitable for records set up.

“At the end of the run, I had the feeling that I was somehow watching the run myself.“

“The planning for the trip to Chile was so hurried that I ended up having to use my street shoes for the world record run.“

Paul Cusick
Intense Cycles

Monday, September 17, 2007

Guru factory tour and 2008 line up of bikes!
I must say I am very impressed with Guru's factory! Their Bicycle production line is like a well oiled ceramic bearing, precise, with each guy knowing exactly what they have to do before or after their production phase, amazing, simply amazing! Guru's assembly line of how they make their bikes from scratch is likes Mom's home cooking, good to the last drop. They have 3 engineers on staff auto-cad your frame from your measurements, then picking the right tube stuck. Then mitering the angles, or hand laying up the carbon fiber, picking the right mold, resin content(carbons best is 70% carbon, 30% resin), the right pressure in the molds, the precise temperature to have all the carbon mono-cock and then joined together for a custom one off every time, perfection is what I saw! One welder welds the scandium or titanium, the welds are so smooth, beautiful, exact! the prep before the frame goes into paint is labor intense, and all the sanding in-between coats is why Guru has the best paint job in the business. The paint booth is made in Italy and cost Guru $50K just to move it to their current location 4 months ago. I can see a Ferrari being painted in this same booth. Can I say top of the line, spare no expense to produce in house the best bikes in the world! After the factory tour I put my money down on a custom Geneo Carbon frame set, wouldn't you?

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Scott just received his passport today, so he's heading to Montreal, Trudeau, Canada Wednesday through Friday. Scott's going to see Guru's frame building factory, see and test ride Guru's 2008 bike line. He will be taking a bike fitting class on Guru's ultimate fitting cycle! Scott will update you with the latest info, pics and such when he can, so, check back to the website for the latest scoop on Guru! Check them out at