Monday, September 19, 2005

Newsletter - September 05

Hello All,

End of an Era
Some days you wake up and find the world has changed outside of your control and nothing you could have, sensibly, done to prepare for it. What am I rabbiting on about? Pack&Pedal going into receivership. Now there will be enough people getting their last words in on why it happened, so I just want to say that Pack&Pedal is a mostly happy memory to me. I can tell stories of P’nP sponsored riders getting the P’nP van sideways, in loose gravel, over the Cardrona Ranges, or back garden parties under the P’nP marquee. The stories go on and on, so ask me next time you see me. I have met a lot of good people through the shops in and I’m sorry to see it go. I am probably one of the few people to have been a customer, a sponsored rider, an employee and a supplier. They were the first shop to take on the Santa Cruz brand when we become the distributors. So Pack&Pedal have been a BIG part of my life. I wish everyone who is looking for new jobs, the very best and I would also like to say THANKS for everything.

Classic Blur
Its official, Santa Cruz will no longer be making the Classic Blur. Another thing I have to adjust to. Wow, this bike was a revelation when it came out, it was the first bike I’ve ridden that I honestly thought was better than the reviews. It has morphed into the Blur XC, Blur LT and Blur 4X.

New Bikes being ridden now
While I’m waiting for my personal Nomad to arrive, Jonathon Gooder has been thrashing his factory fresh Blur XC at the N-Duro, Sandra has taken her apple green LT for a gentle ride in Blenheim and Taky Stylianou has christened his Nomad in Riverhead. All getting the big “thumbs up” too.

International News
Well hasn’t everyone done a great job of escaping the New Zealand winter and getting more mountain bike “k’s” under their belts.
Jonathon Gooder went home to visit the family and dropped into the Santa Cruz factory to pick up his Blur XC. Trish Wrigley and Cullum Smith made it to Crankworks, Rob and Annika Smail are still sifting (training) in Europe and Jason Hill and his mate rushed over to do the TransRockies race. This brings me to the next topic.

Racing
TransRockies race is a 7 stage race over 7 days. It’s really big event, check out transrockies.com for more info. Anyhow Congrat’s to Jason Hill and Craig Phillips for their 9th place finish in the open men class, very well done. Laurence Mote and Josh Barley finished 1st & 2nd place at round 3 of the Canterbury winter series. That must put us ahead in the team points! Amanda Davies finished well with a 4th at the Highlander and Dale Cragg got a 4th in the short course on his DH set up VP-Free. That’s a single front chain ring, in a class of 51 riders. I see Jonathan Gooder finished well at the Highlander too. That new Blur XC is working well. First round of the Top of the South series, Brenda “Bob” Clapp won the open women’s class and I got a 3rd in the Vet’s. Don’t forget that the Day/Night thriller is on 1st October. Get those big gear grass skills tuned up. This time around Ground Effect will be sponsoring the Men’s team. Expect a couple of new faces in both the men’s and women’s team too.

Aireal Australia
Exciting new “bling” products. I would like to introduced Robbie, Luke and Mick of Aireal Australia. They make very funky stuff that we will now be distributing. Check out airealindustries.com.

Official Welcomes
Welcome to the Team, Jason Hill and Chelsea Wills. Both will be racing Blur XC’s this year. Both these riders have been on teams that have somehow manage to beat the Santa Cruz night race teams….by a few seconds. So if you can’t beat them, get them to ride for your team!
Nomads
Right, last warning. If you want a Nomad, order NOW! That simple. And you NEED a Nomad!

Thanks again for your support,
Mike Stylianou & Sandra Williams
PS. Thanks for the knives P’nP.