Archive | February, 2011

Big Congratulations to Team Type 1 – Gran Premio Regio Insubrica 2011

28 Feb
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Big congratulations to Team Type 1 coming 2nd in the Gran Premio Regio Insubrica – 2011. They really seem to be enjoying riding their new Colnago M10 frames! These guys really are a shining example of everything which is good and great about professional cycling! Photos – Cyclingfans. 

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Colnago Master TT – 30th Anniversary Edition.

26 Feb
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Our good friends over at the excellent web site called  Italian Race Bikes recently featured a selection of photographs of a highly collectible Colnago Master TT – 30th Anniversary model. Its truly a work of art. Enjoy!
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Interview with Peter Nisbet – Windwave UK

24 Feb

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A few days ago, Colnago Con Brio caught up with Peter Nisbet, who is the Managing Director of Windwave UK.  Peter very kindly took some time out  to speak with us about Colnago. Windwave are the UK agent and distributor for Colnago. Windwave have a very impressive business portfolio, looking after and representing Colnago, FSA, BBB, Marzocchi, Lucozade and Traitor Cycles etc. Please see the below interview –

Colnago and their pro teams which they sponsor had an incredible year in 2010, has this success had a significant increase in sales of Colnago bikes and frames in the UK?

 We have seen some very good growth in 2010. There have been several factors to support this. Colnago have generally increased their P.R and advertising, the main brochure is always superb and the website has been improved plus there is an I Phone app.We had  our strongest stand to date at the Cycle Show in October, more people than ever. Bbox Bouyues had a fantastic tour and we received  a lot of press and T.V coverage.  Charteau winning the King of the Mountains and  stage wins for Voeckler and Fredrigo  were the icing on the cake.

Since the launch of the C59 Italia, it has received glowing reviews from the world-wide press and Colnago customers. How has the demand been from the UK market

 The reviews have been glowing and rightly so. We have huge interest in the C59. We are finding that C50 customers are now being tempted to change their frames. I think that due to the  tube shapes they feel it is more of a continuation of the C50 than the EPS was.

Whilst we are on the subject of new frames, the Colnago M10 has most certainly placed Colnago at the cutting-edge of monocoque frame design and technology. Its a frame that offers the customer, performance,comfort and all round ability. Has it been popular with the UK customers?

Sales for the C59 picked up really quickly due to the early launch last July. The M10 came through a little later so did not benefit from the TDF publicity, this said it is really motoring now. The M10, due to it’s monocoque construction. weight and cutting edge appearance is attracting customers over from other  brands. The Europcar team will use the  M10 this season which will raise the profile in the racing community even further.  Importantly, with this frame  Colnago are now appealing to a new generation of riders

Speaking as an EPS owner, I’m pleased to see Colnago have kept this frame within the 2011 range. Are you still seeing a great demand for the EPS?

To be honest sales of the EPS have slowed. Customers for high end frames are focusing on the M10 or C59 and racers  are still buying the CX-1 for it’s sprint performance.

Your stand at the recent London Bike Show was very impressive. Did you find that there was a significant marked interest in Colnago?

Our stand was the busiest it had ever been The extra space and general appearance of the booth attracted more people to us than ever before

Are you bringing in the new range of Colnago cycle clothing and other Colnago accessories for the UK customers?

The full range of the Italian produced clothing is now in stock as are the accessories.

How important is the UK market to Colnago?

It is very important to me of course and yes Colnago also see the UK as an important market. Colnago recognized that by supporting us we can grow the brand presence in the UK. The growth in road cycling  in the UK is  a significant factor and increases potential.

How often do you get out to Cambiago?

About 4 times a year, in fact I am off in the morning and will visit the painting facility in Florence for the first time. FSA Europe are only about 5 miles from Colnago so I am able to visit both companies during one trip.

Do you have any Colnago roadshows planned within the UK for 2011

Unfortunately not as yet. We were down to do Bike Radar live again but it has been cancelled.

What Colnago are you presently riding?

My  winter commuter has been a WC Cross which has been ideal especially through the snow. Once the weather settles I will be back on my EPS in AKIT.

Colnago Con Brio would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank Peter for taking time out to speak with us. Please note – since this interview Colnago have now launched the EPQ which replaces the EPS within the range.

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Peter also informed Colnago Con Brio that they have just taken delivery of a stunning Limited Edition, Colnago C59 Italia -King of the Mountains frame-set. This was produced by Colnago to mark the fantastic victory of Anthony Charteau in the 2010 Tour de France. This frame is for sale and can be ordered through your local Colnago dealer. If you are interested, please get in contact with your dealer as soon as possible. There is only one available. The size is 52 sloping. Please see the below pictures –      

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The new Colnago EPQ frameset

23 Feb

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Folks……hot off the press from Cambiago. Colnago have just launched their brand new EPQ frame-set. The new EPQ will be replacing the EPS within the range. Watch this space for more information!

 The Colnago evolution continues with the re-design of their highly popular EPS frame set.

The new EPQ is created with internal derailleur cables, the super stiff squared rear stays “Q-Stay” and is available in Di2 specific!

The Colnago EPQ is the perfect balance between weight, strength, rigidity & comfort!

This is available to order now.

  • Derailleur Internal cable
  • Squared Rear stays ( Q-Stay ), same as the one used on C59 frames
  • The EPQ frame is also available for Di2 version
  • The colors available are: PR99 – PR82 – MTBK

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Colnago -Team Europcar Round Up.

21 Feb

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Thomas Voeckler claims the Haut Var Crown

Thomas Voeckler finished second in Draguignan, after breaking clear of the peloton alongside Antonmarchi with 7km of the 207km stage remaining.Voeckler – who finished third in Saturday’s opening stage – has enjoyed a fine start to the season, adding the Haut Var crown to his opening-stage triumph at the Tour Mediterraneen a fortnight ago. Voeckler said, “A month and a half ago, I didn’t think I was going to go as well as I’ve done since the start of the season” .Jeremy Foy launched the first definitive escape of the stage, but was reeled in by the peloton on the final ascent of the Cote des Tuilieres.The trio of Pierre Roland (Europcar), Arthur Vichot (FDJ) and Laurent Mangel (Saur-Sojasun) launched the next attack, but were swallowed up soon after reaching the summit.Voeckler and Antomarchi then launched their decisive attack on the way back down the mountain, and forged a half-minute lead which they held for the remainder of the race. Assured of first place, Voeckler eased off the gas as the finish line neared – offering Antomarchi a first win of the season, and second place in the general classification.

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Thomas Voeckler Interview – Translated from French

Thomas, you started at the right time to get the Tour du Haut Var. Alone, it would have been difficult?
It is true that the arrival of Julien Antomarchi was beneficial to me, especially as I knew it worked well. In the Mediterranean Tour, I had already found. We had put a great attack in the Mont Faron on the last day. I knew I had no strength to décramponner Rinaldo Nocentini Tuilières the coast. I was aware of since arriving in Grimaud Saturday. I knew my only chance was after, following the attacks. I had an ally and it fell very well with Julien Antomarchi. On arrival, there is no gesture of Lord of me, that’s not it at all. Each had merely an interest to collaborate.

After your 3rd place in Grimaud, there was a stab to Draguignan, you think?
It must be said that a second overall, it’s nothing and it’s a lot at once. Arriving at the same time as Samuel Dumoulin and Rinaldo Nocentini, was lost to me, knowing that they are still faster than me. If I was in the same time as them after the first stage, I would perhaps not take many risks on the end. He was sure and certain that I did not have the legs to drop Nocentini in an ascent, as it is very good climber, so I knew I had to try after the last rib.

And it worked …
Yes, it worked, it’s easy to say now, but it sure it was this tactic that was used then. The objective was mainly from a lower-ranked runner than me but still well positioned for the general that his teammates play their card. It was mostly that is only two so that everyone plays something and rolls without ulterior motive. At three, it did more because we have started to calculate, there was the stage for him, the general for me.

The manner with which you seem to impose cheer you up?
On arrival at Grimaud Saturday it happened as I wanted, except that I was overtaken by two runners stronger than me. The guys put me as often. I received a very large group. Today, everything that could happen was better to win, finish third or 10th because no difference to me.

That mean to you Tour du Haut Var, you had already won two years ago?
In the years since my victory in 2009, the Tour du Haut Var is run over two days, but it remains the first semi-classical French calendar, preceded by two stage races in value. The Tour du Haut Var is an appointment. There were several teams of first division so it has much value. It has a special flavor to win, especially on two years apart. There is one and half months, I would not have thought it to be as operational early in the season.

Despite a stage victory in the Tour Méditerranéen and ultimate success in the Tour du Haut Var, you feel not even be at your best?
No, although I will not make the wrong modest either. But I admit that I still have work to do and I do not think 100% of my abilities. To summarize, this is a great day for Team Europcar and a nice start to the season. What is taken is taken and it’s been a few victories between Gabon, Bessèges, Tour Med and the Haut Var. A big hats off to all my teammates.

The fact of you being involved in the survival of the team this winter did it cost you in your preparation?
It would be inappropriate to say that because it’s probably my best start to a season with that of 2009. But we did a lot of noise around the arrival of Europcar, who came to save us all. We all rallied, we all supported Jean-Rene Bernaudeau in its efforts, through and beyond the limits. Today we do not regret when you see it happening as well in terms of results and level of the atmosphere. Now I am a runner, I can have an opinion, but since the introduction of the team, Jean-René knows that when I get home, I’m with my family and I did not think of the team . I may not be a rider like another but I do not spill my office. It is already that I’m leading the way, that’s enough, that’s my job. There are enough good people in the team to do the rest.

Europcar connects the victories but the French continue their festival since the beginning of the season?
Yes, that’s fine. So good, so it does not top 15 in the Tour de France and we do not win six stages as last year, we’ll still get slapped on the wrist, but we appreciate things when they are there .

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News on Anthony Charteau after his crash in South Africa.

Anthony Charteau has had to abandon the Tour of South Africa on Stage one after a bad crash. The winner of the 2010 Tour de France KOM title, dislocated his collarbone when he hit the ground hard with 50 kilometres remaining in the stage that started in Pretoria.

Anthony fell in no particular race situation and admitted it was entirely his fault. He said, “I looked behind to see where my teammates were and I touched a rear wheel. The crash was inevitable,” said the race favourite, who won the Tropicale Amissa Bongo three weeks ago.

He was imensley disappointed as the injury means a setback to his good form. He said,  “I have to get an MRI scan back in France to define the degree of the dislocation. Generally, this sort of injury means ten days off the bike. I’m bummed – this injury is definitely annoying. I had made the Tour of South Africa and Cholet Pays-de-Loire my objectives, and I am very disappointed.”

Anthony will still be able to race Cholet, the second round of the French Cup on March 20, but perhaps not on the same level. But all in all, he hoped to be back to his current form in one month.

 

Colnago Heritage – Tradition of Excellence

21 Feb
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Colnago Master 55th Anniversary – style and elegance.

18 Feb

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Some years ago, I was very fortunate to meet the styling legend, Massimo Tamburini who created the MV Agusta F4. I asked him, “what were you thoughts behind creating one of the most iconic motorcycles of the age”. He turned and looked at me and said, “basically, I wanted to create a motorcycle which is beautiful from every angle with performance to match”.

When I first saw the Colnago Master 55th Anniversary model at the London bike show, Massimo’s statement came flooding back. Here was a bike which grabbed your attention. It was even quite magical. It just glowed like the jewel of India from the royal crown. People were literally spell bound as they gazed lovingly at this bike. It to was beautiful from every angle. It was a moment I will never forget!  

To celebrate their 55th Anniversary, Colnago made an extremely limited edition bicycle called “Master 55th Anniversary”. Only ninety nine bikes were made for the worldwide market. This special edition is a true work of art and is highly sought after by Colnago enthusiasts around the globe. With Colnago’s legendary trade mark of meticulous attention to detail, this bike is a true masterpiece.

With gold and silver highlights and hand-finished cut- out lugs, the Master combines elegance and style. the Master is paired with the famous Precisa chrome steel fork developed by Ernesto Colnago to improve ride feel and handling of the bicycle. Precisa – Italian for “precise” – describes the straight-bladed fork, and is a distinctive trademark for all Colnago forks which have followed. This model uniquely features a deep gloss black paint on top of jeweller quality nickel plating and with subtle gold accents and embellishments adorning the tubes and stays.

There is no other way to describe the finished article other than stunning. With its special Colnago Master55 head badge and gold leaf signature scroll on the down tube, the overall look is of elegance and style.  

I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank Norbet (Benny 1 Benny) for the photographs of his stunning Colnago Master 55th Anniversary!

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