Last night I received three more sponsorship offers through the SponsorHouse website!
One of the offers was from GoPro. GoPro is a manufacturer of waterproof, digital cameras for the sports industry. They make three types of cameras, the Helmet Hero, which is a quick release camera for cyclists, the Motorcycle Hero, which is a quick release vehicle camera, and the Digital Hero 3, which is a sports wrist mounted camera. The GoPro cameras are BOMB proof, and waterproof to 100 feet.
I can't wait until I receive my Helmet Hero camera so I can start taking photos and videos of my rides. Too cool for words! Click HERE to see sample videos, of various sports, taken with GoPro cameras.
Go to my profile page on the SponsorHouse site to see all the latest news on who's sponsoring me, my upcoming race schedule and more.
Lynn Smythe AKA the Bike Diva
The Bike Diva is proud to announce that she has just received her first SPONSORSHIP offer from the Rudy Project. Rudy Project is a supplier of high quality road cycling helmets, time trial helmets, cycling glasses and accessories.
I never thought I would actually qualify to be sponsored by any of the cycling gear manufacturers. But I thought, what the heck, they can't say YES if I don't even apply for sponsorship. So I filled out a sponsorship application for Rudy Project and anxiously held my breath waiting for a response. I was practically jumping through the roof when I received notice from Chris Lupo, Director of Sports Marketing for Rudy Project North America, when he said my sponsorship application had been approved. YIPPIE!!!
My local supplier of Rudy Project sunglasses is:REAL EYES OPTICAL
406 E. ATLANTIC AVE
DELRAY BEACH, FL 33483
Visit the Rudy Project website, to find out the location of your local Rudy Project dealer.
I can't wait until my new time trial helmet, road bike helmet and cycling glasses get here!!!! WOO-HOO!!!!!
Lynn Smythe AKA the Bike Diva
Sunday, June 29, 2008 at 7:30 AM
Barton Park @ Lake Worth
10 South Ocean Drive
Lake Worth , FL 33460
This ride starts at Barton Park (SW corner of Lake Worth Municipal Beach lower parking lot). It goes south on A1A to Lauderdale-by-the-Sea in Broward County and then goes back to Barton Park. There are 4 rest stops along the way and SAG support.
Help support a good cause while participating in a wonderful road biking event. Choose from 10, 22, 40 or 62 mile ride options. My husband Rob and I plan on doing the metric century (62 mile) ride.
On April 26th of 2003, Lauren and her father were participating in a charity bike ride in Miami, FL (the MS150). During the ride Lauren was hit and killed by a reckless driver. This ride is to "Celebrate" Lauren's brief life. The money raised goes to the local MADD Chapter for their education fund to help prevent future, senseless tragedies.
Entry Fee: $35.00
Online Registration Closes:
06/23/08 05:00 PM
Register online at Active.com:Lauren Katzenstein Celebration Ride
Official Lauren Katzenstein Website
Registration begins on race day at 6:30 AM
Start time of race: 7:30 AM
Four distances to choose from: 10, 22, 40 or 62 Miles
The Bike Diva blog is hosted on the WebbleYou blog network. I just received exciting news. I've been chosen as the WebbleYou blogger of the month for the month of May!!!
Here's the post that's been added to the main page of WebbleYou:
Congratulations to Lynn at Bike Diva for being our May Blogger of the Month.
Lynn will receive a $25 Amazon gift certificate for her hard work and as a reward for being the Blogger of the Month.
Stop by the Bike Diva blog and congratulate her on this recognition!
What we are looking for in blogs in order for them to be considered the Blogger of the Month are:
* Daily or regular posts to the site
* Original and interesting content
* Use of pictures and layout of posts that draw the eye to them
* Dedication to the site
We also take into consideration some behind-the-scenes statistics such as site traffic.
Cool beans! I especially like the part about receiving a $25 Amazon gift certificate.
AFFORDABLE CYCLING SHORTS
A few weeks ago I found an ad for the Aero Tech Designs website in the back of a road bike magazine. They advertised cycling shorts, in colors, for only $29.95. It seemed too good to be true, so I popped on over to their site to find out more information.
They have both mens and womens padded cycling shorts available in a variety of colors and styles for only $29.95. They even offer cycling shorts in wild prints!
I ordered three pairs of shorts which arrived via USPS Priority Mail on Thursday. I received a pair of the purple women's pro cycling shorts - 8 inch inseam with gripper elastic around the legs, a pair of forest green/black swirl patterned women's cycling shorts - 8 inch inseam, and a red pair of the women's low rise cycling shorts with 4 inch inseam.
GREAT QUALITY SHORTS
I HIGHLY recommend this company!!!! The shorts are fantastic - I can't believe they are only $29.95. I've been telling all my friends about Aero Tech Designs. The shorts are very well made, have a nice amount of padding and are available in colors and patterns that I haven't found anywhere else. I will definitely be placing another order with them in the very near future.
ADDITIONAL CYCLING GEAR
In addition to the cycling shorts, I also ordered a pair of white/purple socks and some of those Jelly Belly Sport Beans. Aero Tech Deisgns also makes cycling gloves to match their bike shorts. The shorts can be purchased without padding to be used by hikers, runners, walkers and gym rats. They also have a number of cycling jerseys, saddles, seat covers, cycling wrap skirts, biking jewelry and baggy mountain biking shorts available on their website.
STYLISH BIKE DIVA
Aero Tech Deisgns also offers three styles of animal design jerseys which are available in both adult and children's sizes. The animal design jerseys cost $49.95 and you can choose from the giraffe, tiger or zebra styles. I'm trying to picture how I would look in the zebra jersey paired with the leopard print cycling shorts. I'm sure that outfit would get a lot of attention from the cycling community. Hmmm, now if they would just make a pair of leopard print cycling gloves to match, I just might have to go ahead and place an order - SWEET!!!
The cycling shorts are MADE IN THE USA - woo-hoo!!!!
I'm just curious as to how much riding everyone does. Do you keep track of how many miles you ride on each of your bikes? Does spinning class count!?!
Leave me a comment and post up your cycling miles. Mountain bikes, urban bikes, single speeds, even road bikes, and whatever other kind of bikes you may have. Unicycles? Time trial bikes? Tandems? Recumbents?
Although I own 4 bikes, the only one that really sees any mileage is my road bike.
I've ridden 1,494 miles so far on my road bikes this year. 400 miles on my Cannondale Synapse 2 and 1,094 miles on my new Trek Madone 6.5 - SWEET!!!
I keep a log of my miles on the Bike Journal site - I'm Bike Diva over there. Wonder where I got that name from!?!
Lynn AKA the Bike Diva
My friend Geoff, AKA The Goose, just posted this on the Club Mud forums.
Here are the words passed down from above. I give you the 10 Commandments of cycling:
1. Pray as you cycle, but not with your hands together and your eyes closed.
2. Thou shall not run red lights, except when there is no one else around; it shall be as the tree falling silently in the forest.
3. When a motorist cuts you off, offer up the sign of the cross. One finger pointed towards Heaven will not suffice.
4. Thou shalt wave to thy fellow cyclist. If he should ignore you, offer your blessing, and not “F--- you, moron.”
5. If three consecutive cyclists ignore your wave, you are exempt from the forth commandment.
6. If passed while climbing a steep hill by a Fred with a 30 inch granny gear, resist the urge to wish that his chain will jump over his plastic dork disc and rip every spoke from his rear wheel.
7. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s ass, nor his/her six-pack abs, or any other part of his/her body.
8. Before the sun sets on the Sabbath, thou shalt shave your legs.
9. The meek shall inherit the earth. Blingy equipment that is lighter than an anorexic butterfly, will not substitute for miles in your legs.
10. Thou shalt not lie. Thou shalt not go on Internet forums under a pseudonym and boast how you blew all your friends away on an 8,000-foot climb, when the biggest hill in your area is a bridge over the freeway.
My husband, Rob, and I participated in the Florida State Time Trial Championship on Saturday, May 31st. It was a 40k (25 mile) course out by 20 mile bend (4 miles west of Lion Country Safari) in West Palm Beach. We certainly didn't set any land speed records. I was the slowest of the CAT 4 girls, and Rob was the slowest of the CAT 5 guys. The family that rides slow together, stays together? We were bonding on wheels?
Everyone else in my category had time trial bikes. Can someone help us rob a bank so we can go buy some time trial bikes!?! And we want those fancy pointy time trial helmets too. There were junior bikers, 14-16 years old, that had pointy hats and tt bikes. Hey, we were ambassadors for the couch potato crowd - REPRESENT!!!!
The first 11-12 miles were great, I was keeping it at 21-23 MPH. But then we turned into the wind and the last 13-14 miles were directly into a 15+ MPH head wind. I think I crawled over the finish line at around 11 MPH, I didn't know it was possible to go that slow on a road bike.
Rob's speed: 1:24:15
Lynn's speed: 1:26:50
My start time was 10:56, Rob's was 11:08. TOO STINKING HOT!!!! Well, we may be slow, but at least we were out there doing it.
Here's a few pictures Rob took at the event. That's me in the light blue jersey, and the striped shorts. I'm the only one with a regular road bike and helmet.
BELOW: "Parking lot" on the side of the road.
BELOW: In line, last of the CAT 4 women racers.
BELOW: Forcing a smile, but really thinking "Am I crazy, I could be home sleeping!"
BELOW: Trying not to look totally terrified.
BELOW: First time trying the "real" racers start. Clipped in to my pedals, race official barely holding onto the back of my seat. As the other official counts down to zero, he lets go of the seat and away I go!
BELOW: The lone biker - "Are we there yet?"