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Eddy Merckx Urban Bike Project 2011

Imagine a specially designed Eddy Merckx bike for riding in the city: a real urban bike. what would it be like?

Made of steel – it’s got to be strong, and got to be sturdy – it’s able to withstand the rough roads and cobble stones of a city; it would have built in safety features: lights, reflectors, a bell, and a simple gear change; it would be beautiful and cool looking – with an old school shifter, integrated wiring, comfortable pedals and a space for the number plate.

The inspiration for this bike is of course ‘the’ famous World-Hour-Record bike – conceived and ridden by Eddy himself. No frills, no fluff – just strong, fast and perfectly proportioned. We’ve got two, and both are inspired by that incredible feat of sporting endeavour.

The first is the ‘Cannibal Limited Edition’. Beautiful, sleek and made for urban biking, it’s a mixture of our rich heritage and new technology giving a bike that can be used everyday, everywhere – safely and comfortably. The second is our ‘Mexico City Series’ – similar to the Cannibal Limited Edition but just that much easier to use in the city with its flat horizontal handlebars and 14 gears.

It’s just the beginning, more “urban bikes” will beat the road, but for now Eddy Merckx Cycles have delivered the first ultimate Urban Bike – because for some cycling is more than just a Sunday outing, it’s become a new way of life.

Eddy Merckx’s new ‘urban bike’ concept, built with a comfortable lugged steel frame and with a versatile geometry that can accommodate a variety of different builds.

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Tom Steels’ training methods with Team Quick Step in 2011


Tom Steels of Belgium raises his arms as he crosses the finish line to win the third stage of the Tour de France cycling race from Nantes to Laval, western France July 6 1999.

Team Quick Step is happy to announce that they’ve reached an agreement with Tom Steels for the 2011 season. He’ll sign on as a trainer while also following riders from the team’s car as sports director in some of the races on the international calendar.

“We’re happy to have Tom with us – says Team Manager Patrick Lefevere – After a series of meetings with our staff we managed to work out a deal. His training methods are considered valid and efficient. Tom will also get the chance to put all his experience as a rider and his vision of the race to work for the team as occasional sports director for some particular times during the season.”

“The Powertec training method I use – explains Steels – is based on a scientific approach to training. It’s a system that analyses and elaborates data collected from the athletes through power measuring instruments used by every rider during trainings and competitions to improve their performance. My thanks to the squad for the faith they are showing me. I’m sure that our collaboration will deliver mutual benefits. I’m very happy to be working with one of the strongest teams in the world. I also know many members of this group, whom I’ve already had the chance to work with, back when I was a rider.”

More about Tom Steels…

Tom Steels was a Belgian professional road bicycle racer, specialising in sprint finishes and one-day races. He was one of the top sprinters in the peloton.

Steels began his professional cycling career in 1994 with the Vlaanderen 2002 team , winning eight times in his first two seasons. His breakthrough was after he signed with Mapei in 1996. That year he won Omloop Het Volk, and Gent–Wevelgem. In 1997, he rode in his first Tour de France, and looked capable of a stage win after coming second on Stage 2[2]. However, during the sprint for the finish for the sixth stage he found himself blocked and boxed in by other sprinters and in frustration threw his water bottle at another rider, for which he was thrown out of that year’s Tour [3]

His best season was 1998 when he won the national championship for the second time and returned to the Tour de France to win four stages. He was also national champion in 2002 and 2004 and won five more stages in the Tour. 2006 was his first year as a professional that he failed to win a race.

Victories
1994
* Stage Tour de l’Avenir
* GP Zele

1995
* 1 mei Prijs Hoboken
* Stage West Virginia Mountain Classic
* GP Rik Van Steenbergen
* Dwars door ’t Pajottenland
* Stage Ronde van Nederland
* Grote Sluitingsprijs Putte-Kapellen

1996
* Omloop Het Volk
* Gent–Wevelgem
* Stage, Tour de la Mediterranée
* 2 Stages, Tour of Belgium
* Stage, Volta a la Comunidad Galega
* Kustpijl
* Criterium Aalst

1997
* Belgium national road championship
* Vuelta a Mallorca
* 4 Stages, Paris–Nice
* Stage, Tour de Luxembourg
* Stage, Tour de Suisse
* 2 Stages, Tour de la Région Wallonne
* Schaals Sels Merksem

1998
* 4 Stages, Tour de France
* Belgium national road championship
* Trofeo Pollensa-Alcudia
* Trofeo Magalluff-Calvia
* 2 Stages, Ruta del Sol
* 2 Stages, Parijs-Nice
* Dwars door België
* Criterium Aalst
* Oostrozebeke
* GP Merelbeke

1999
* 3 Stages, Tour de France
* Gent–Wevelgem
* 2 Stages, Ruta del Sol
* Stage, Paris–Nice
* Stage, Driedaagse van de Panne

2000
* 2 Stages, Tour de France
* Stage, Tour de la Mediterrannée
* Stage, Paris – Nice
* Stage, Driedaagse van De Panne
* 2 Stages, Tour de la Région Wallonne

2001
* Stage, Deutschland Tour
* 2 Stages, Tour de Suède

2002
* Belgium national road championship
* Stage, 4-jours de Dunkerque
* Stage, Tour de Catalonia

2003

* Stage, Étoile de Bessèges
* Stage, Tour of Belgium
* Stage, Tour de l’Autriche
* GP Heusden

2004
* Belgium national road championship
* Stage, Étoile de Bessèges
* Stage, Tour de Luxembourg
* 2 Stages, Tour de l’Autriche
* Dernycriterium St Niklaas

2005
* 2 Stages, Étoile de Bessèges
* Stage, Volta ao Algarve
* Stage, Driedaagse van De Panne-Koksijde

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2011 Eddy Merckx EMX-7 Anniversary Limited Edition – Bike Reviews

If you were a world famous cyclists, how would you celebrate your 65th birthday? Eddy Merckx will launch a 2011 EMX-7 Anniversary road bike in celebration of his birthday and 525 victories.

The 2011 Eddy Merckx EMX-7 Anniversary features Merckx’s major wins on special lightweight carbon fiber wheels. This EMX-7 has Xs weaved throughout the frame, internal cable routing, among many more features, making it unlike any other released.

Building the 2011 Eddy Merckx EMX-7 Anniversary Bike was accomplished with three factors in mind. First, the company concentrated on the stiffness in the head tube. From there, designers turned their attentions to the shaping. Lastly, they focused on its aerodynamics.

We were told only 200 will release, and at the time 50 were already sold. What is jaw dropping is the retail price, which comes in at a whopping $21,000!

  • 62HM 1K / HS Fiber combination
  • Carbon Laminate +
  • OSR Technology
  • Airfoil shaped tubing
  • Airfoil Shape seat tube design
  • Aerofork design
  • Internal cables (smooth design)
  • Asymmetric chain stay
  • Tapered head tube 1,5 – 1 1/8 inch
  • Oversized bottom bracket
  • Sizes – 50 / 52 / 54 / 56 / 58 / 60

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Wouter Weylandt just misses win in Sluitingsprijs


The peloton in full sprint with 100m to go.

Today the peloton started in the Sluitingsprijs Putte-Kapelen, the traditional final race of the Belgian cycling season. A five man lead group dominated the race, but in the eleventh and final local lap they were caught by the peloton. So a bunch sprint had to bring the decision in this last Belgian race of 2010. Wouter Weylandt was looking for another win, but he was beated by Adam Blythe. Weylandt had to be satisfied with a second place.

The race was also Tom Boonen’s final race of a troubled 2010 season. The Quick Step team leader has opted not to ride the Giro del Piemonte on Thursday and will now focus on completing his rehabilitation treatment on his knee.

Result
1. Adam Blythe (GB)
2. Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step
3. Stefan van Dijk (Ned)

36.Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step
78. Kurt Hovelynck (Bel) Quick Step
79. Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quick Step
106. Nikolas Maes (Bel) Quick Step
126. Kevin Van Impe (Bel) Quick Step


Wouter Weylandt put up an impressive sprint but he was beated by Adam Blythe


Podium (l-r): 2nd: Wouter Weylandt (Quick Step), 1st: Adam Blythe (Omega Pharma – Lotto), 3rd: Stefan Van Dijck (Verandas Willems)

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Paris-Tours: Weylandt finishes 8th; Dario Cataldo wins GP Beghelli

Paris-Tours
Belgian rider Nikolas Maes dominated Paris-Tours with a long breakaway. Together with Saramotins, Flecha, Pichon, Jorgensen, Meyer, Krivtsov and Geschke he was in the front for a long time. The eight escapees took a maximum lead of 4 minutes, but the peloton kept them under control. After 203,5 kilometres Geschke attacked on the Côte du Crochu, Maes was the only one who could follow him. They took a small lead, while their former companions were caught with 20 kilometres. Five kilometres later Maes and Geschke were caught also.

The peloton prepared itself for a bunch sprint then, the last one on the Avenue de Grammont. The planned tramway will relocate the finish before next year’s race, making this edition the last to use the classic finish line. In this year’s bunch sprint the Spaniard Freire took the win in front of Furlan and Steegmans. Wouter Weylandt finished the race in 8th place.

8. Wouter Weylandt (Bel)
51. Sylvain Chavanel (Fra)
87. Matteo Tosatto (Ita) 1.22
92. Kurt Hovelijnck (Bel) 2.29
125. Nikolas Maes (Bel) 5.39
132. Andreas Stauff (Ger) 7.15
136. Tom Boonen (Bel)
167. Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) 11.46


Nikolas Maes in the breakaway


Wouter Weylandt finished the race in 8th place


Tom Boonen rolls in with the pack

GP Beghelli
Italy’s Dario Cataldo (Quick Step) won the GP Beghelli race in Italy with sprint that left his rivals distanced by several bike lengths. Cataldo gave Team Quick Step a beautiful victory in the GP Beghelli. Cataldo was the strongest in a group sprint after 198 kilometres. The 25-year-old Team Quick Step rider edged out a small group of about 15 riders in a final sprint, after the group broke away from the peloton on the Zappolino slope, around 5 kilometers prior to arrival. Cataldo started the sprint early, but managed to fence off attacks from Jacob Fulgsang and Daniele Pietropolli, edging them out on the Monteveglio finish line. At the podium in Monteveglio Cataldo was accompanied by Fuglsang and Pietropolli.

“I’m very happy both for myself and the team”, said Cataldo after his first individual success in his career. “I got close to victory more than once this season. My dream of a stage win at the Giro d’Italia lasted until about a few meters from the finish line during the L’Aquila stage. Eventually success came today, in a race that is maybe not ideal for my characteristics as a rider. I felt really good this morning and I think I managed to exploit in the best possible way the only point in the race where a difference could be made: the Zappolino slope. During the sprint I only thought about giving everything that I had left, without looking at my opponents. I really, really wanted this win! This success is a reward to my consistence in the 2010 season. Now the Giro di Lombardia awaits me. I would like to do well in that race both for myself and for the team… and in order to honor my season once again.”


Dario Cataldo (Quick Step) opened a gap on the climb to the finish


Dario Cataldo (Quick Step) left his rivals well behind him on the rising


Trophy for Dario Cataldo (Quick Step Cycling Team)

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Joo’s Blue EMX-1 Bike Check

Joo, who used to ride BMX during his younger days, has decide to pick up road cycling together with his group of friends. This is his first road bike and EMX-1 with Eddy Merckx performance geometry that suits him best. EMX-1 has a slightly taller head tube and shorter top tube for a more upright position. It had been designed with both performance and comfort in mind. More comfort, better fit and feel equates to better results on the bike. Check out how it’s set up…

  • Frameset: Eddy Merckx EMX-1 (24HM UDM Toray Carbon)
  • Fork: Eddy Merckx UDM Carbon
  • Handlebar: Selfcof White Alu Handlebar
  • Bar tape: Lizard Skins
  • Stem: Selfcof White Alu Stem
  • Saddle: Prologo Scratch Pro (Upgraded)
  • Seatpost: Eddy Merckx 3K Carbon Wrap
  • Groupset: Ultegra 6700
  • Wheelset: Fulcrum Racing 5
  • Tyre: Vittoria Zaffiro Pro


Selfcof Handlebar & Stem


Ultegra 6700 Crankset


Prologo Scratch Pro Saddle


EMX-1 Seat Stays provides greater lateral stiffness and vertical compliance


Ultegra 6700 Shifter feature carbon lever blade

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Let’s give our full support to Quick Step Cycling Team

Team QUICK STEP will be working on several fronts during this weekend of races. In Italy the riders from the Belgian team will be lining up for the start of the Giro dell’Emilia on Saturday the 9th, and for the GP Beghelli on Sunday, October 10th. Meanwhile, on the same Sunday in France, QUICK STEP riders will be busy in the Paris-Tours, the Classic dedicated to the fastest wheels from the group.

PARIS-TOURS (2130hrs @ Eurosport LIVE)
Event Data: 10/10/2010
Riders: Tom Boonen, Sylvain Chavanel, Kurt Hovelijnck, Kevin Hulsmans, Nikolas Maes, Andreas Stauff, Matteo Tosatto, Wouter Weylandt.
D.s: Rik Verbrugghe.

GP BEGHELLI
Event Date: 10/10/2010
Riders: Dario Cataldo, Dries Devenyns, Addy Engels, Mauro Facci, Branislau Samoilau, Kevin Seeldraeyers, Thomas Vedel Kvist, Marco Velo.
D.s: Davide Bramati & Luca Guercilena.

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