Monday, June 05, 2006

Newsletter 4, June, Winter 06 (Ozzie Special)

Hello All,
It’s Really Winter
Winter is really here, I can see snow on Mt. Campbell from my office window. Need to be brave now, must go outside and ride my bike.

A Visit to Aireal
I know what you’re thinking; it’s all glamour and overseas travel being a bicycle distributor, well not really. Although I did make a very quick trip across the Tasman to visit Robbie and Mick Warren of Aireal Australia. Aireal are based in Bathurst, home of Mt. Panorama, if you’re not a petrol head, ask one of your mates. Bathurst is legendary around the world. Anywho, Robbie and Mick are hard at work making Aireal products as fantastic as possible. A lot more work is being done in house so they can make sure the quality is high. While I was there, they were testing single speed hubs, ceramic bearings and their new release symmetrical hubs. All very exciting stuff. You can see a picture of Mick hard at work. Oh yeah, I might have been in Ozzie.

I would just like to say that I quite like Sydney now. Not sure what has changed, it still has too many people and too many cars but…it has so much diversity and even seems like it has culture. You can get good coffee, if you know where the Sydney Allpress cafĂ© is. The food is fantastic and even the wine tastes OK. Locals are friendly and at the cutting edge of consumerism, they have an Ikea. A big thanks to Matt, Jayne and Isabel Klein for making our stay in Sydney so enjoyable.

One of the Worlds best Drives
When in the mainland, do what the mainlanders do, go and see the country. Our Christchurch based friends Ritchie and Mel had an engagement do at Mt. Cheeseman. This was another opportunity to hit the road for the weekend and catch up with friends from around the country. NOW, if you haven’t driven through Arthur’s pass, put it on your “must do list”. This piece of road is an engineering marvel and also has some great scenery. Don’t tell anyone, but there is NO traffic either. We got to Mt. Cheeseman late and missed the epic ride. We were in time for the party.

Santa Cruz media coverage
For all you Santa Cruz fans out there, I highly recommend purchasing the June edition of Mountain Bike action. The MBA has the Nomad on the cover, a Blur XC shoot-out review and the new Santa Cruz ad, which is hilarious, but if you don’t get it, you won’t get it.
The latest Spoke magazine has got a full page ad of everyone’s favourite “non-model”, Rob Smail and NZMTBer has an interview with Jenna Makgill and Lauren Campbell.

Increasing Market Share
A very BIG congratulations to my little brother, Taky and his wife Claudia. The Stylianou mountain bike clan has just been increased by one 2.2kg baby boy. Look out for my new nephew at the next race in a few more years. Good on you guys.

Racing overseas
There seems to be a constant stream of my friends heading and returning from racing overseas. Amanda Davies is back after racing in Belgium and Fort Williams world cup races. Both races were wet and challenging and although Amanda did not do as well as she hoped considering there were over 100 women in each race, we all know she raced well. Amanda also managed fit in a conference and sight seeing while in Europe.

Annika Smail has also been competing in the northern hemisphere for a few months now and recently finished 14th in the world cup round in Fort Williams, Scotland. This must be the fastest Blur in the world cup circuit now. Well done Annika.

Jenna Makgill has loaded up her V10 and heading to North America. Lauren Campbell is boxing her V10 up as we speak; she is also heading to North America. Brenda Clapp and Chris Burr are also in North America and you should be able to catch up with their adventures on www.vorb.org.nz. Good luck with the racing and hopefully those selectors are watching.

Welcome aboard
As part of our world domination strategy, we are happy to announce that Eddie Masters will be joining the team. I think Eddie will complement the team well. For those of you they aren’t paying attention, Eddie took out the under 19 DH national championship race in sunny Nelson.

Mr. Santa Cruz
The other BIG news is that Rob Roskopp will be coming to Rotorua for the World champs.
Talk to you all soon
Thanks again for your support;
Mike and Sandra.

We hope to be in Auckland soon to pick up the next shipment o Santa Cruz’s, meet my new nephew and see Tony Hutcheson before he leaves for the UK.