Ride with us in Spain this Spring

Sa Calobra, the most challenging climb on the island of Majorca.

This coming Spring, we are offering three trips to Spain: two trips to Majorca and one to Girona.

The first trip, March 6 – 14, is a Performance training camp in Majorca. This is for the cyclist who trains and/or races at a competitive regional level and wants to optimize their time in Majorca with structured training miles that will set themselves up for a successful season. Competitive paces will be set on rides with short breaks for refueling and regrouping. Performance monitoring and testing will be conducted throughout the week. This Camp needs a minimum of 6 guests.

The second trip, April 10 – 18, is a Touring camp in Girona. This camp is limited to 15 guests.

The third trip, April 17 – 25, is a Touring camp in Majorca. This camp is limited to 25 guests.

The two Touring camps are back-to-back, whereas you can choose to join us on either trip, or both. We will be transferring from Girona to Majorca on Saturday April 18.

Please note that the first and last dates of each trips are travel days.

Feel free to contact Paul with any questions, concerns or funny stories from past trips: (212) 706-0025 or paul@signaturecycles.com.

To register for any of these trips, please use the booking form at GPM10′s website: http://gpm.studiofivedesign.com/signature-cycles-booking-form/.


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Majorca Performance Training Camp, March 6th - 14th


The week will be about improving performance and will include tests and drills to develop a power profile for each cyclist. We will have a professional sports scientist present who will provide individual consultation and feedback. The rides will be structured and include new routes that will get progressively more difficult through the week with the final 3 days averaging 145km each day in the mountains. Total distance for the week will be 800Km.

Please contact Paul at paul@signaturecycles.com for pricing details.

The trip includes the following:

Private airport transfers from Palma based on the scheduled pick up times
Four star hotel accommodation for seven nights including breakfast and evening meals
Seven days of riding led by professional guides with top-level race experience
Constant vehicle support
A professional mechanic to maintain the bikes for the duration of the trip, as well as to assist with assembly and packing
A packed lunch on the ride days
A range of quality sports nutrition products

This trip requires a minimum of six cyclists.

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Girona, April 10th - 18th


Riding in Girona:

There are a good variety of routes for all levels and Girona itself is a beautiful city to explore off the bike with wide a variety of Cafes and restaurants. The ride terrain out from Girona offers smooth roads with rolling hills and a number of longer climbs with gentler gradients. There is also a stunning Mediterranean coast road and high mountains with access to the foothills of the Spanish Pyrenees. The roads are mostly traffic free and the drivers are considerate to cyclists. There are approximately 70 professional cyclists based year round in Girona, which says a lot about the quality of the riding and training there. The ride distance for each day will range from 110km to 150km and comprise of a number of the established training routes and include the climbs of Els Angels , Mare de Deu del Mont (14km, average 5% with sections of 12%), Rocacorba (13.8km, average 5.6% with sections of 10.5% and Ryder Hesjedal holds the record of 27mins and 45 seconds) and Sant Hilari (26km average 3.5%)

The Hotel is yet to be determined. Last year we stayed at the AC Hotel and we want to get something in the town, without the climb back up to the hotel.

The price per person is $3900 including:

  • Private airport transfers from Barcelona based on the scheduled pick up times (TBC).

  • Four star hotel accommodation with a single room for seven nights including breakfast and four evening meals.
  • Three evening meals at select local restaurants.
  • Seven days of riding led by professional guides with top-level race experience
  • Constant vehicle support.
  • A professional mechanic to maintain the bikes for the duration of the trip, as well as to assist with assembly and packing.
  • Lunch on the ride days with coffee stops.
  • A range of quality sports nutrition products.
  • Signature Cycles/GPM10 Jersey.
  • Airport transfers are from Barcelona and the transfer time to Girona is approximately 90 minutes.

Girona sample ride schedule:

Day 1 – Els Angels – 40Km, 400m
Late afternoon ride to check bikes which include a 10km climb (average 3%) before we descend to Madremanya. We continue back towards north Girona and return to the hotel via the old town.

Day 2 – Tossa-Sant Grau – 118km, 1800m From our hotel overlooking Girona, we descend into the town itself where we pick up the road south towards Llagostera. The terrain is flat here, and at times you would be forgiven for thinking it was a sunny day in Belgium due to the concrete road surface and surrounding traditional farmland. However, at Llagostera the scenery changes dramatically as we cross a small range of hills that separate the interior from the coast. This culminates with an 8km descent to the seaside town of Tossa de Mar which boasts the only remaining fortified medieval town still standing on the Catalan coast, the Vila Vella enceinte. We stop for coffee here before heading to Saint Felui de Guíxols on the coast road.

The coast road is the highlight of the ride and it winds its north through a series of natural harbors and coves for about 25km. The road surface is perfectly smooth, the climbs rarely very steep, and the views are always stunning. Once we reach Saint Felui, we turn inland again and tackle the longest climb of the day to the village of Romanyà de la Selva. The climb is about 6km and averages around 5%. From the summit at about the 80km mark, we ride back to Llagostera and return to Girona.

Day 3 – The Volcanoes – 110Km, 1050m
After a detour through the old town of Girona where we pass the fortified door to the apartments where Lance Armstrong and Tyler Hamilton once lived, we ride north out of town on the C-66. Bizarrely, all the local professional riders pass this way when riding north, despite the fact that it is a dual carriageway. During the season, Team Garmin can often be seen practicing for the team time trial along this stretch of road. We leave the C-66 after around 10km and begin to ride further inland towards Banloyes. The road is essentially traffic free and climbs steadily into the Parc Natural Zona Volcànica de la Garrotxa. This natural park is made up of around forty extinct volcanoes, the distinctive craters of which can still clearly been seen from the air today.

We stop in the medieval town of Santa Pau for coffee before a fast descent then brings us to Olot on the 55km mark. From here we commence the return leg of the ride, skirting the southern edge of the natural park and ascending a final climb that begins in Les Planes de Hosteles. The climb continues for around 3.5km at 4%. From the summit there remains about 30km, and the road is predominantly a steady false flat descent, allowing us to maintain a quick pace all the way back to Girona.

Day 4 – Mare de Déu del Mont – 130km, 1750m
The ride takes us to the foothills of la Mare de Déu del Mont, a magnificent mountain that stands above the rest. We’ll go around its base with steep but short ups and downs. It is one of the hard climbs the pros do from Girona and is really difficult! It can be optional, but expect a 14 km climb that peaks around 17%

Day 5 – rest day
Vist to Garmin Service Course. The group will also need to arrange and pack for check out on Thursday morning – Luggage and will be transferred to the Hotel La Placa where we will be based Thursday and Friday night.

Day 6 -Costa Brava North – Begur and Medieval Empordà – 125km, 1340m
Climbs of Romanya and els Angels on the way back. Riding part of Costa Brava and through Medieval Villages.

Day 7 – Rocacorba -120km, 1430m
Depart Girona in the direction of Lake Banyoles to ride the famous Rocacorba climb (13.8km, average 5.6% with sections of 10.5%). “Rocacorba is a beautiful mountain, rising up out of the gentle rolling Catalunya landscape surrounding Girona. “The road that snakes up it is brutal, at times bringing the best climbers in the world to grapple with their bikes. To reach the top of Rocacorba offers a sense of achievement few mountains can match. Climbing for climbing’s sake; that’s what Rocacorba is about“ – David Millar

GPX files of the routes can be provided if you would like them.


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Majorca, April 17th - 25th


We are offering another epic week in Majorca. Last year’s trip was spectacular; we had 7 straight days of sunshine. We had a wonderful time and came back with plenty of miles in our legs to kick off our season and flatten any hill in the NY area.

This year’s trip promises to be a week of steady climbing, rolling hills through olive groves, beautiful switch back descents, more food than one can eat, and endless laughs and sunshine.

The itinerary for the week and details of what you will be receiving are below.

Price per person is $3000, which includes:

  • Private airport transfers from Palma based on the scheduled pick up times (TBC).
  • Four star hotel accommodation at Club Pollentia with a single room for seven nights including breakfast and four evening meals.
  • Three meals per day, plus two evening meals and one lunch at select restaurants serving excellent local cuisine.
  • Seven days of riding led by professional guides with top-level race experience.
  • Two separate groups professionally guided by two experienced cyclists and each group with a dedicated support vehicle.
  • A professional mechanic to maintain the bikes for the duration of the trip, as well as to assist with assembly and packing.
  • Lunch on the ride days with coffee stops.
  • A range of quality sports nutrition products.
  • Professional photographer to record the trip.
  • Two Signature Cycles/GPM10 jerseys.
Majorca Sample ride schedule:

Day 1 – Arrival day (Saturday). Relaxed ride out to Cap de Formentor, 2-3 hours.‘This is a beautiful but hilly route out to the lighthouse at Cap Formentor, and a great ride to do late in the afternoon’

Day 2 – San Salvador (150km – 6 hours) A fairly flat route inland to San Salvador Monastery – 1 significant climb (7k + poss. bonus climb) ‘The is a long day but a plenty of time to chat as we will mostly stay as a bunch out to San Salvador after which it is every man for himself for the climb to the Monastery. There are grand views from the top and across the island with a nice cafe to have lunch before the ride back’

Day 3 – Sa Calobra (85km) First day in the mountains – Sa Calobra via Selva – ‘the most spectacular descent on the island with a 9km (700m) climb back up from sea level’

Day 4 – Deia and Valldemossa (140km) Mountain and costal ride via Lluc – Coll de Puig Major -Deia – Banyalbufar – Coll d’ es Pi – Coll de sa Gremola. ‘We ran this ride for the first time two years ago, which everyone thought, was very tough but worth it for the long descent off the Coll de Puig Majo into Soller. Deia is beautiful but the coastal road to Valdemossa is very hilly… if there is southerly wind the ride back across the island will be testing’

Day 5 – Rest day – ‘Nice gentle spin in the morning then do you own thing or relax by the pool’

Day 6 – The Classic mountain loop (160KM) The Longest Day’ – 160km, 7+hrs Major Mountain Day!! – 3 major climbs (25-30k). ‘This is the classic mountain loop and used by many pro teams on training camps and always features as the BIG mountain stage in the UCI Tour of Mallorca’

Day 7 – Coastal ride to Arta 100km – Bunch ride out to Arta and back ‘Once we reach Arta there is a technical climb and descent to a remote monastery followed by a nice lunch stop before heading back’.



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World Bicycle Relief Fundraiser Results

Our fundraiser event for World Bicycle Relief broke all records thanks to our partner The Movado Group and our generous family of donors. We raised $107,000, providing 800 specially designed, locally assembled Buffalo Bicycles to students, healthcare workers and entrepreneurs in rural Africa. These bikes will help connect them with education, healthcare and economic opportunities.

Thank you all for your support,
The Team at Signature Cycles

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Left to right: Bob Parlee (Parlee Cycles), Efraim Grinberg (The Movado Group), & F.K. Day (Founder of World Bicycle Relief) at our WBR fundraising event.

Dear Friends,

Lori-headshotOne of my favorite women in history, Eleanor Roosevelt, said, “Do one thing everyday that scares you.”

For the last 17 years I have worked in the bicycle industry and have enjoyed an abundance of fruitful experiences. I have worked for one of the most renowned custom builders, Ben Serotta. I have owned my own retail business, Cycling Specifics in North Carolina. I have been a bike fitter, a frame designer, a sales person, a marketer, an event planner, a tour guide, a consultant, an educator, and hopefully, a mentor. I have grown as a professional in an industry that I hold great passion for. I have been privileged to work with the very best.

I’ve come to realize that the only thing that scares me these days is my daily commute on I-95. Who’s going to cut me off? Is there already an accident? Will I be late? These are not the questions that stoke my sense of wonderment.

With the recent relocation of Signature Cycles Manhattan, Paul is finally in a position to breathe easy and spend more time developing his business. He will be able to spend more time at our Greenwich studio, already a successful business, but one that has yet to reach it’s full potential. This gives me a new freedom to explore the many other interests and passions I have. I’m not sure if this comes with age, but I have an intense feeling that “I’m not done yet”. There are more amazing opportunities ahead that need to be explored … I haven’t finished living my personal legend.

Lori-Saturday-RideAnd so with good health, bountiful experiences and a confident attitude, I will be leaving Signature Cycles at the end of October. People often say as a gesture of encouragement, “I’m sure you’ll land on your feet”. I believe I will too, maybe after first landing on my knees a few times. ☺

What does this mean for you? It means you’ll continue to have the pinnacle in cycling services, products and experiences. Signature Cycles was built on best practices using the best products and the best people. Justin, Abraham and Paul have been my friends, my colleagues and my mentors. I don’t need to tell you how good they are … you already know that.

One of the greatest gifts we have is the gift of Wonder. We see it in children’s eyes, we see it as our dogs sniff the ground and dig the earth. I’m off to chase my Wonder. Thanks to each of you for adding to my incredible experience at Signature Cycles. I am absolutely sure that when we meet again and you ask how I am, I’ll say “Wonder- Full”.

I am honored that I had a hand in making your cycling dreams come true.

See you on the road,

Lori

Lori can be reached at (203) 485-0500 or her personal email, lorihoefer@gmail.com.

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Edie (left) and Paco, the outgoing shop dogs of Signature Cycles Greenwich.

World Bicycle Relief Fundraiser and Drawing

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Signature Cycles has been delivering dream bikes to cyclists for the last 15 years. To many of us cyclists, a bicycle is a recreational tool – we use it to train, race or commute. We search for the perfect, high-performing bike to chase our dreams and goals. Yet, to many more people around the world, a bicycle is a critical, sustainable form of mobility, where mobility can mean the difference between seeing a doctor, getting to school, or making a living – or not.

We are proud to continue our partnership with World Bicycle Relief to make dreams come true for students and workers in rural parts of Africa. This year, we will be hosting an extraordinary drawing and exclusive event on November 12, in conjunction with Movado and World Bicycle Relief.

The Drawing

For $134, the cost of one Buffalo Bicycle, you can offer the gift of mobility. Donors can donate via our fundraising page, or visit our donation station in either of our studio locations in Manhattan or Greenwich, CT. Your contribution will also enter you in our exclusive drawing:

* Donate 1 bike = $134 = 1 ticket (minimum amount for drawing ticket)
* Donate 6 bikes = $804 = you’ll receive 1 free ticket! (7 tickets total)
* Donate 12 bikes = $1,608 = you’ll receive 4 free tickets! (16 tickets total)
* Donate 24 bikes = $3,216 = you’ll receive 11 free tickets! (35 tickets total)

The three extraordinary prizes featured are:

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Custom Parlee Cycles Z Zero

A custom carbon Parlee Z Zero is 100% made to order, with the optimum performance characteristics and technical requirements perfectly met for each individual rider.

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Movado Parlee 2014 Limited Edition Automatic Chronograph

DYNAMIC Movado Parlee takes its name and inspiration from the world’s most advanced, lightweight race bikes. INNOVATIVE It incorporates 250 layers of unidirectional carbon fiber, the ultra-lightweight material perfected by Parlee Cycles. AERODYNAMIC A unique tubular framework creates a fluid, ultra-modern silhouette. PRECISE Powered by a fine ETA caliber A07 Swiss automatic chronograph movement. RARE Limited to a total of 250 pieces.

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Majorca Spring Training Camp 2015

Join Signature Cycles for an epic week of steady climbing, rolling hills throughout the olive groves, beautiful switch back descents, and endless laughs and sunshine in Majorca, Spain.

The Exclusive Event

A premier fundraising event, hosted by Movado | Signature Cycles | World Bicycle Relief, will take place on November 12 in Manhattan, for top supporters from 2013.

For all entrants to this drawing, you need not be present to win one of the three prizes.

Through these fundraising efforts, we hope to provide more than 750 specifically engineered, culturally appropriate bikes to help make an impact by providing an entire community the opportunity of independence, mobility and livelihood through the use of dependable bicycles.

Thank you for your support,
The Team at Signature Cycles

Click here for our World Bicycle Relief donation page.

What Happens in Greenwich, Stays in Greenwich…

SIGNATURE CYCLES TRADE SHOW

October 23, 2014    5pm – 8pm
Signature Cycles Greenwich

You don’t need to travel to Vegas to see the newest 2015 products from Zipp, Assos, Rapha, Shimano, Specialized, Cycleops, and SRAM. Spend an evening with us in a “Trade Show” environment seeing, touching, and learning about the latest greatest cycling products. Manufacturer Representatives from each company will share their knowledge and expertise.

Want to learn what makes the Zipp Firestrike the fastest, most efficient new wheel? Try the all new PowerBeam from Cycleops … one of the coolest indoor training systems on the market. Ride strong and fast in the new 2015 styles from Rapha and Assos. Take a test ride on a Fat Boy from Specialized, guaranteed to spread a smile across your face.

Spread the word, bring a friend. RSVP is appreciated: lori@signaturecycles.com

Fall Foliage Ride – Sunday October 19th

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Our favorite ride of the year is the ever-popular Signature Cycles Fall Foliage Ride. This year the 5th Annual Fall Foliage Ride is scheduled for Sunday, October 19th.

The scenic 40-mile ride through Fairfield and Westchester counties will begin at Signature Cycles’ Greenwich location at 14 Railroad Ave. The incredibly scenic ride will wind its way up to Armonk, NY with a rest stop at Adopt A Dog. After a brief refueling and “puppy fix” riders will ride back to Greenwich on some of the best roads the area has to offer.

Ride leaders will accompany various groups accommodating paces starting at 14mph and up. Road bikes are required for all group riders. Cue sheets will be available for any riders wishing the tackle the route on their own.

Registration begins at 7:30am at Signature Cycles, 14 Railroad Ave. A $50 donation will go directly to Adopt A Dog to support their untiring efforts to provide dogs a safe haven until they find their furr-ever home .

RSVP/Questions : lori@signaturecycles.com

Half a Wheel

Half a wheel can make the difference between a bad day, good day and a great day. We have all been there, staring at half of a wheel with mixed emotions.

My last two summers have been mixed with emotions when it comes to riding. Last summer I had an external Iliac bypass, which sidelined me until the spring when I got to test my new plumbing in Majorca and Girona. Four weeks after spinning mega miles in Spain, I was flying at our local Saturday club ride. Winning the sprint was more of a choice rather than a lucky possibility. I was back and felt invincible. It didn’t last long though. Just a few weeks after feeling like superman, I was exposed to my kryptonite. My right leg started to fatigue during any power efforts and my Garmin confirmed that sustained wattage of more than twenty second wasn’t feasible anymore.

Not riding with the “A” group wasn’t an option. I didn’t have the energy or the desire to find a new group of riders that would tolerate my idiosyncrasies on the bike. After getting medical confirmation that my right leg had only 60% blood flow, I elected to get angioplasty to reopen my artery, so I can rejoin my group of comrades on the bike.

Before.

Before.

Ten days have passed since the procedure and today’s club ride was going to be the test. My last few rides had me off the back or dropped before the serious climbs even were in site. Today’s goal, get over the climbs and hopefully finish with the group. Continue reading

We’re Moved! Our New Soho Studio is Open!

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For the past fifteen years you have reminded each of us, every day, why we continue to choose the business that we are in. Time and again, you came into our 80 West End location, and trusted us with your cycling needs, challenges and desires. You have trusted us with your friends, family, and peers. For this we give you our heartfelt gratitude and thank you for being a part of the Signature Cycles family.
 
We wanted to give you the exclusive opportunity to see what is to come.
 
Laser focus on what, when, and where is best for you, your schedule, and your cycling goals. 
 
By Appointment Only:
Your time is valuable. The more time you can spend on your bike and less time worrying about your bike, the more you will enjoy your cycling experiences.

Concierge:
Don’t lift a finger, let us come to you. We have partnered with NYC’s leading courier service to bring you another first. We redefine door to door service in cycling style. 

Service:
Built from the ground up, a cutting edge Shimano Service Center equipped for today’s evolving electronic innovations. Leading the industry in technology, skill and professionalism. You deserve the best. 

Focus:
Our Focus is you.
You are the foundation of our success, and we want you to know how much we appreciate your business. We look forward to making your cycling experiences the most enjoyable ever. 
 
Looking forward to seeing you at our new location,

The Signature Cycles Team

131 Varick @ Spring St
New York, NY 10013
 
For Directions Click HERE!

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Where Does Your Bike Sleep?

We all have to find the right spot to store our bikes when we’re not riding them and depending on where you live and the logistics of your space, bike storage can require a bit of creativity.

Whether you’re a city flat dweller, have a 3 car garage, or need to navigate stairs to get your bike on and off the street, you want a safe and easily accessible location so nothing discourages you from getting your bike out on the road.

Do you have a cool storage system or DIY solution? Does your bike sleep in your bedroom? Do you hang it from the ceiling? Do you squeeze it into a closet? We want to know – Where Does Your Bike Sleep?

Send us a photo and description of your bike and we’ll share it in our Signature Cycles #wheredoesyourbikesleep album. You can upload your photo directly to our Facebook wall or send us an email at info@signaturecycles.com . Please include your name, a description of your bike and anything else you’d like to share about your personal bike storage solutions.

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CT Challenge Kick Off Party – Join Signature Cycles’ CT Challenge Team

Signature Cycles in Greenwich, CT is proud to host the 2014 Connecticut Challenge Kick Off Party on Thursday, March 27 at 6pm. Join us for light refreshments, video clips from previous rides and hear about how you can become a participant or join the Signature Cycles CT Challenge Team. Jeff Keith, cancer survivor and co-founder of the CT Challenge and The Center for Survivorship will share his inspirational story of survivorship.

Update: Jeremy Howard – Ultraman and Ironman finisher, USAT coach for Lifesport, and event technical advisor for the CT Challenge Ride will be on hand to greet guests and give his perspective on the CT Challenge. Scroll down for more info on Jeremy and his accomplishments.

The CT Challenge tops our list as “The Best Organized Benefit Ride in CT”. On July 25 -26, 2014, over 2000 riders will embark on various cycling routes in Fairfield County and will raise over $2,000,000 for cancer survivors across the State of Connecticut.

The CT Challenge supports hospitals and community organizations across the State through the CT Challenge Survivorship Network so survivors can receive the unique care they need, right in their local community. Last year, CT Challenge programs impacted over 38,000 cancer survivors.

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Please join us:

March 27, 6:00 pm
Signature Cycles Greenwich
14 Railroad Avenue

Your RSVP is greatly appreciated: lori@signaturecycles.com