Sixteen teams were selected in compliance with the agreement passed with the International Cycling Union (UCI) in September 2008:
Omega Pharma – Lotto
Team Saxo Bank
Euskaltel – Euskadi
Footon – Servetto
AG2R La Mondiale
BBox Bouygues Telecom
Cofidis, le Crédit en ligne
Française des Jeux
Lampre – Farnese
Liquigas - Doimo
The six teams that have been invited by the organizers in order to compete in the 97th Tour de France are:
Garmin - Transitions
BMC Racing Team
Cervélo Test Team
Beginning in 2011, in compliance with the agreement passed between the organizers of the three main Tours and the International Cycling Union (UCI), the first 17 teams of the world ranking established at the end of 2010, according to the sporting results of the teams, will be automatically selected. The other teams will receive wild cards from the organizers.
In Europe, people know what enduro bikes are for; they’re for racing enduros, of course. The enduro racing format is comparable to motorcycle enduro or the auto rally racing that’s found in the US. Riders take on multiple stages over the course of a couple days and they do it on what we consider trail bikes; total lowest time wins.
The Rallon 30 features Shimano’s XT component group supplemented with Formula RX brakes and Fox 32 Talas RLC fork. The model costs $4,199.
The Rallon 50 swaps for Shimano SLX and a Fox 32 Float RL fork for $3,199.
The first 150-200 Rallons shipped to the US should be available in May at select dealers.
Subaru have done it, Peugeot have just started doing it again, and Ferrari joined forces with Colnago to do it too – and now BMW have produced a bicycle which apparently combines “state-of-the-art technology and exclusive design”.
The German car company’s M series d
Now they’ve put their name and famous M badge on a two-wheeled machine, the M Bike. The spec includes Shimano’s SLX mountain bike groupset, hydraulic disc brakes, a Manitou Match suspension fork with 80mm of travel – and slick tyres.
According to BMW: “Anyone who rides this sporty speed bike through the city or takes a short tour through the countryside will immediately attract a lot of attention − at least for a few seconds. The high total gear ratio transmission delivers astonishing speed.”