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They race is pretty special. If you haven’t been or haven’t seen the
pictures check out this video. 2500 bikes rolling out together for
the start of one of the biggest and most iconic races in the US.
Again, I couldn’t go it without your support. Whether its been for
this season or since my first Chequamegon in 2003 I’m really really
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US National Champion gears up for cyclo-cross season
Atlanta, GA (August 12, 2014) – ProGold Lubricants has signed US Cyclo-cross national champion Katie Compton for the coming 2014-2015 ‘cross season.
“The major goals for the season are to win a third consecutive World Cup overall title, to win the US national title in Austin and to try to make that top step of the podium at Worlds,” said Compton. “Overall, I want to have a healthy and fun season. I love what I do and feel honored to represent ProGold Lubricants.”
“We hope this partnership will help Katie to have a successful world-wide racing campaign this season and aim to help her win Worlds,” said Bruce Dickman of ProGold Lubricants.
Compton and her partner and mechanic Mark Legg will use ProGold products to keep her Trek bikes running smoothly in what are often infamously wet and muddy conditions during the ‘cross season.
“I’m really particular about my setup and racing cyclo-cross can brutal on bikes,” said Compton, who has won 22 UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup rounds to date. “I can feel the smoothness in the chain when I use the ProGold Xtreme lube. There’s less vibration in the drivetrain, and it feels nice. When the bike feels nice, it’s easy to get into the flow of racing without distractions. Working with ProGold this season is a natural fit for us.”
ProGold’s Xtreme Lube is a chain lube for long distance and extreme off-road conditions. It bonds to metal surfaces and resists build-up and tackiness in addition to shedding water. While ProGold’s ProLink chain lube is good for everyday use on clear sunny days and in good conditions, less is more with ProGold’s Xtreme lube.
Compton will be using more than just ProGold’s proven, popular lubricants. The Blast Off Aerosol degreaser quickly cleans bike parts with no scrubbing by stripping away sticky grime and removing caked on debris with ease. Leaving behind no oily residue, Blast Off dries quickly and with no water rinsing as it deep cleans and flushes dirt, grime and grease away – perfect for use in pits at ‘cross races.
ProGold’s Foaming Citrus Degreaser, Degreaser + Wash and Chain Shine will help Legg deep clean Compton’s drivetrains after each race while the industrial strength ProGold’s Pro Towels come in handy for all sorts of cleaning purposes when travelling on the road.
“Right now, because I’m training in the hot weather here in Colorado I reach for the ProGold aerosol Helmet Cleaner and Deodorizer every day. Helmets and shoes get sweaty and no-one likes to put on a smelly helmet before they head out for a ride,” said Compton. “It’s super quick to use, I just grab the can as soon as I come in from a ride, a quick spray later it’s nice and fresh again. I discovered it works well on shoes too, I can say it’s nice putting on a nice pair of citrus smelling shoes.”
Legg is the person who takes meticulous care of Compton’s equipment before, during and after races.
“Mark is excited to have the support of ProGold this year,” said Compton, “and I mean he is really excited. Having felt how well the ProGold products work, his excitement has rubbed off on me, too.
When you are living out of hotels, vans, and suitcases it’s not always easy to be prepared when it’s time to clean or maintain your bike. Even if you don’t travel with your bike, no one wants to spend lots of time scrubbing their bike. I certainly do not want to. The ease and effectiveness of ProGold products (many of which come in travel/individual packaging) ensures that cleaning my bike on the road is not a daunting task.
One of my favorite products is the BIKE SHINE bike polish. It makes the flat black of our Wilier bikes look great. Black collects dirt, dust, drink mix, and whatever you encounter on the road. Not only does the polish make your bike shine like new, it also helps keep it that way. Repelling dirt, dust, and water by forming a protective layer on the surface of your frame, to keep it cleaner for longer. When applying the polish it is important to keep it away from your brakes and braking surfaces. I apply the polish to a rag, other soft cloth, or paper towel and then wipe down the frame with the polished rag. It takes less than 60 seconds!
Clean bikes work better and last longer. But more importantly they LOOK COOLER! ProGold has all the products you need to simplify your cleaning process. Don’t spend a lot of time cleaning your bike, just spend the that time choosing the right stuff to do the job quickly and correctly.
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ProGold’s comic book series continues with Voyager #3! The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived has successfully traversed the harsh cliff-side trails of the Forgotten Valley. However, saving the world from enslavement by extraterrestrials will be no easy task; as he enters the final leg of his journey, aliens aren’t the only ones out to get him.
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Using the word “mechanic” is accepted for pit workers during a cyclocross race, but the racers do not come in for mechanicals as much as they do for a clean bike. A racer may roll a tire or drop a chain, but when they come in the pit for such it isn’t because they still plan on victory…it’s just to finish at that point. The racers coming in to exchange their 35 pound mud coated rigs, they are still dogs in the fight and need the advantage of a clean 16 pound bike with nothing impeding their drive train or clogging up the brakes.
Most races’ pit mechanics are just standing there just in case and may do a bike exchange for a racer that wants a different tire selection or air pressure, but it is feast or famine. Muddy races provide a certain challenge for the pit staff, methodically washing a bike and freeing the drive train takes more work and less patience than simply turning a limit screw or adjusting PSI. Your job is to not let the race conditions decide the race for your athlete. You have to know how much time between pits you have to get the task done, you have to figure out what “good enough” is and you have to know what resources you have available.
Any good pit crew should have two mechanics, tools, a wash bucket and an array of brushes for every surface of the bike and drive train, and then comes the necessary fluids.
A week and a half ago was the Masters Cyclocross World Championships in Louisville KY. I went to Kentucky on Friday to be a pit mechanic for 3 races throughout the day. Upon getting set up for the first race of the day we realized that the previous day’s mud was still there, NOT frozen back over like we’d though it would but instead insulated by a light fluffy layer of snow. This was about to be a GROSS day despite the 18 degree high for the day! We set up shop in the pits only to find that the pressure washers were completely frozen up and would not be available. This was a MAJOR problem.
Being dedicated to making sure our racers would be limited by the conditions as little as possible, the selection of fluids I mentioned earlier became more important than ever!
Being a ProGold user, Prolink aerosol, Xtreme and I would soon learn Blast Off were the selection for today.
Once we filled our wash bucket and added de-icer to it to keep it liquid the races were off. We would soon see that any attempt to hand wash these bikes resulted in iced over drive trains and pedals that were unable to be lubed. Realizing that a completely clean bike was improbable with out the pressure washers we focused on removing clumps of mud by hand, clearing the brakes and focusing on a clean, freely shifting drivetrain. Blast Off became the game changer during these races. It’s powerful solvent quickly melted away the ice and mud from drive train and pedals, clearing a catalytic path for Xtreme to be applied and the powerful propellant did it’s name sake proud BLASTING stuff it was aimed at OFF.
After a lubed drive train with Xtreme, Prolink coated all the derailleur pivots, pedals and down tube to keep a barrier between components and mud for quicker removal next pit stop.
I would say that after three races in these conditions our selections were fruitful because two out of three landed on the podium in the World Championships!
Thanks to Bruce for that second can of Blast Off, we began to panic when we emptied the first one!
I reckon I should also give a shout out to Pro Towels for cleaning the mud off of my brush handles when I got back home too!
Here are a couple of photos from the Georgia Cyclocross State Championship from earlier this month.
The race was held at Sandy Beach Park located on Lake Tobesofkee in Macon, GA. Cyclo-Cross challenges riders with a variety of obstacles, tight turns, steep climbs, and descents. The course is just over 2 miles long with the races lasting either 30 minutes, 45 minutes, or 60 minutes.
ProGold Lubricants has been on a mission this year to spread the word about its amazing products, which included sponsoring numerous events over the last 18 months.
ProGold is also pleased to announce its own list of Ambassadors for 2013. These ambassadors will help spread the ProGold love through social media, blogs and clinics throughout the country.
Along with a whole list of team sponsorships, Trips for Kids events, Ladies’ clinics, trail work days, and numerous other events, ProGold will continue to support cycling into the coming years. As the new year approaches, ProGold needs your help in making sure your LBS (Local Bike Shop) is carrying your ProGold products. Please go in and ask the owner to carry your favorite ProGold Products.
As ProGold continues to grow and expand its line in 2013 you will see the ProGold team in several places this year. Check out this website for further details. We are planning a major trip to the northeast next year along with stops in AR, MI, WI, PA, CA, IL, OH, NY, VT, TX, and of course our friends north of the border, Canada!
Please remember to always Ride Well, Ride Safe.
We just wanted to let you know about one of ProGold’s newest products, Helmet Cleaner and Deodorizer. What does this product do? Well, according to the boys in the lab, it does exactly what it sounds like!
Just spray this aerosol foam all over the dirty parts of your helmet and let it sit for about one minute. Then, wipe clean with a rag.
You can also use this stuff to get rid of odors in your helmet. Same deal: just spray the foam inside your helmet, let it sit, and wipe clean. ProGold Helmet Cleaner and Deodorizer removes the root causes of foul odor without damaging helmet liner and padding.