The EVOC Bike Travel Bag, new and improved for 2012 (EVOC)

From the latest product news to details of routes
and events, our news round-up is a collection of short snippets of
information in one handy article.

Today we bring you news of Hydrapak’s successful defence of a patent infringement lawsuit filed by rival firm Source Vagabond Systems, a 29er demo day at Cambridgeshire-based Grafham Cycling, the new version of EVOC’s Bike Travel Bag, a music festival at the mountain bike world cup round at Fort William and much more.

Product and team news

Hydrapak wins patent infringement lawsuit

A US District
Court judge has ruled in favour of hydration pack specialists Hydrapak in a patent
infringement lawsuit filed by rival Israeli firm Source Vagabond Systems last
August. The lawsuit, which
contended that Hyrdapak’s slide-seal closure system used in their Reversible
Reservoir II infringed upon Source Vagabond Systems’ patent, was deemed invalid
and dismissed because of a lack of merit.  Judge Coleen McMahon delivered a summary
judgement of non-infringement, with the amount of sanctions to be awarded to
Hydrapak decided in a separate hearing at a later date.

29er demo day at Grafham Cycling

Cambridgeshire based Grafham Cycling, part of the Rutland Cycling group, is hosting a free 29er
demo day on Sunday 29 April featuring bikes from Trek, Kona, Scott, Giant,
Yeti, and Specialized. The Cambridgeshire cycling centre has a 9-mile
waterside demo route where riders can put the bikes through their paces. It’s located
on the shores of Grafham Water, less than two miles from the A1 near
Huntingdon. To demo bikes riders will need a credit card and proof of
ID. For prices, reservations and more information call Grafham Cycling on 01480
812500 or click here.

EVOC update Bike Travel Bag for 2012

EVOC have given their flagship Bike
Travel Bag
(£299) a facelift for 2012. The bag is made from a mixture of
Ripstop-Nylon fabric, tough plastic and thick padding, weighing in at a claimed
8.6kg. The shape of the rear is now rounder, making it easier to adapt the bag
to different types of frame such as road, TT, cross-country and downhill, with
an additional handle on the outside for improved transportation.

Exposed areas under high loads
have been reinforced, as have those prone to abrasion. Like the old model,
double layers of fabric and additional reinforcement rods offer protection for
more fragile components, as well as a protected recess to fit the rear
derailleur. The wheels get their own separate compartment for further protection, as do individual parts such as pedals, tools and spare parts, with room to spare for a
helmet and shoes.

Polar introduce TdF version of RCX5 training computer

Polar have unveiled a limited edition Tour de
France version of their RCX5 training computer. Evoking the Tour with its
yellow and black colour scheme, it’s the official computer of the race and has ‘Smart
Coaching’ features that allow you to plan your training in detail. These
include Race Pace, where you set a target time for a set distance and shows you
how far behind or ahead you in real time. 

While the 46g device,
which runs for up to 11 months without the need for battery replacement, is not
a bona fide GPS, a separate cigarette lighter sized unit can be purchased with
the ‘GPS’ set (£399.90) to track your movements. Other packs include the ‘Bike’
set (£339.90 with speed and cadence sensors) and ‘Premium’ (£489.50 with GPS,
speed, cadence). All three packs include a heart rate transmitter and are
available now.

Routes, racing rides

King Creosote confirmed for Fort William world cup music festival

A star-studded live music
line-up has been confirmed for the Fort
William world cup round
(9-10 June). The ‘Downhill Downtown’ area will play host to acts including King
Creosote, The Phantom Band, Admiral Fallow, Stanley Odd and Bwani Junction on the Friday and Saturday nights of the weekend, providing a soundtrack to the UK’s biggest
mountain biking weekend of the year. Weekend tickets to watch the music cost
£17.50 + booking fee.

Trans-Provence a go for 2012

The fourth Trans-Provence
mountain bike gravity enduro has been confirmed for this September, with Mavic on-board
as title sponsor. The seven day rally pits around 50 riders against each other across
300km through 26 timed singletrack descents. Won last year by France’s Jerome
Clementz, many of the world’s top cross-country, enduro and downhill pros will
once again grace the event in 2012.

Skoda reaffirm Tour of Britain support

Skoda will continue its vehicle sponsor partnership of The Tour of Britain in 2012,
as well as the race’s King of the Mountains Jersey, won last year by rising
star Jonathan Tiernan-Locke. It continues their long association with the sport,
dating back to the start of the company in 1895 when the founders Vaclav Laurin
and Vaclav Klement began manufacturing bicycles in their home town of Mlada Boleslav in the Czech Republic.
The route for the race, which will take place from Sunday 9 – Sunday 16
September, will be announced towards the end of April.

The car manufacturer will also provide support vehicles to The Halfords
Tour Series
, the 10 team, 11 date city centre race series that begins in
Kirkcaldy, Fife on Tuesday 15 May.

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