Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Killer Team Profile: Team Cycles Brixton

Some of the riders from Team Cycles Brixton

1. What is the mission of your team?
To create an approachable and supportive developmental program in tandem with an elite level racing team in order to promote women's participation in competitive cycling events.

2. What do the riders on your team have in common?
Well, it's a women's team, so we're all women, and we ride Brixton bikes.  But in addition, the women on Team Cycles Brixton are not afraid to try new things; they're willing to put it all out there. They are also willing to sacrifice for the team, to work for their teammates.  These women work so well together they have been compared with some of the biggest ProTour teams in Europe.

3. What does the team do for fun?
Post-race sushi dinners at the Fish Joint in Oceanside!

4. How does the team push itself to succeed?
The women on the team encourage each other to reach their full potential.  In addition through team tactics, the women will work for each other, in that sense sacrificing to each other in order to get a teammate on the podium.
Team Cycles Brixton Riders love our "Hottie" sock!

5. What is something that nobody knows about the team?
Much of the growth of the team is sheer coincidence.  For example, we met our awesome graphics arts/team branding expert, Todd at Peloton Design at a gas station in Tucson while on a road trip because he noticed the bikes on top of our car! It's amazing how many of our sponsors and teammates came about simply by being in the right place at the right time.

6. What does your team love about SockGuy socks?
Super comfy and tons of awesome designs!

Monday, February 14, 2011

LUV this sock!

Limited Edition Valentine's Day Sock: Kisses

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Killer Team Profile: Whole Athlete-Specialized Cycling Team

Team Whole Athlete-Specialized .. nice socks!
Team Page

1. What is the mission of your team?
Our mission is to invest in the future of our youth and the sport of cycling by supporting the development of Junior & U-23 cyclists at the regional, national and international levels, and to provide opportunities for young cyclists to race and ride together while embracing our philosophy of dedication, integrity and fun.

2. What do the riders on your team have in common?
All of our riders have proven their dedication to the sport and demonstrated a potential to rise beyond regional success.  Most importantly, they have shown the right attitude, tempering ambition with humility and the drive to succeed with a willingness to give back to their community.

3. What does the team do for fun?
Ride our bikes, of course!

4. How does the team push itself to succeed?
Success for The Whole Athlete - Specialized Team is not just measured by the number of podiums or national champion jerseys.  Success is getting more people on bikes, introducing a younger sibling to racing, or learning how to better balance the demands of top-level competition with scholastic goals.  The team is continually striving to improve on previous results and help more riders make the transition to the highest levels of competition while maintaining true to our core values.

5. What is something that nobody knows about the team?
The roots of our team catchphrase, "It's business time."  It's true origin is a closely guarded secret.

6. What does your team love about SockGuy socks?
They are the best blend of high style and high-performance - just like our team!

Thursday, February 03, 2011

San Francisco to Long Beach Ride

Ryan Cady, one of our fearless leaders at SockGuy, completed an awesome ride down the coast last weekend. Aside from being jealous, we are stoked for him. Here is a recap and some pics.

Here is Ryan (in the middle) with Frank Schroeder on the left at a lookout point in Carmel.

Q&A With Ryan
1. Why are you doing the ride?
Just because I was invited and it’s a great group of people and a fun challenge.

2. Who is doing the ride?
Kevin Kruger has been organizing this ride for 15 years or more. He took it over from another friend who started it. It’s basically a group of accomplished amateur racers now racing in the “masters” (35 years old and up) category.
Mile 60 of 135 in Big Sur. 5 musketeers (of 18 total): Tom, Miguel, Ryan, Joe and Greg. It was a great day - we passed Hearst Castle and saw tons of whales and sea lions down the coast.

3. Where is the ride (to/from)?
Day 1 is San Jose to Carmel. Day 2 Carmel to SLO. Day 3 SLO to Ventura. Day 4 Ventura to Long Beach where Brian Keats (owner of SockGuy client La Habra Cyclery) lives.

4. Tell me something funny that happened on the ride.
New invitee Chris Daggs and finally returning veteran Frank Trottman, his roommate, were woken up at 7:30 (roll out time) on the second day by 15 guys ready to roll out for the longest day. They had to race to get ready and eat in the van as they drove to catch up to the rest of us who left on time. Energy bars and no coffee before an 8-hour day of riding is not a good way to start!
Here is the early photo when we got ambushed by the rain before I got my jacket on!

5. Is this an annual event? If so, when did it start?
Yes it is annual and has been going on for at least 20 years I believe.

6. Anything else I should know?
SockGuy Dad, Bob, drove the sag vehicle for the 2nd year in a row.

Final day ventura to long beach (finish). stop at Santa Monica to change
into dry clothes. Who says it doesn't rain in Socal? Good thing I've got my
killer rain jacket courtesy of our friends at Showers Pass Clothing in
Portland. 90 miles in the rain? No problem!