Rogue Velo Racing Announces New Partnership

Well, unless you’ve been under an extremely large rock, in a cave, on another planet, you know that Rogue Velo Racing has just recently gone through some changes.  Biggest of all, is our new partnership with East Coast Bicycles of Norfolk, VA (Nawfick if Jen is telling it).  That said, we are super excited to have our good friend Mike Shipp and crew on board and are looking forward to some good fun together.  For example, we had our first CX practice of the season last night, and Mike rolls up on a Trek fatbike (and killed it around the CX course in case you missed it).  Yeah, he’s definitely one of us.

So with East Coast Bicycles comes the Goliath of cycling – Trek and their partner brand Bontrager.  I’ll admit – I was not all that familiar with the Trek line prior to this move, but as I did my research I realized that Trek is what they always have been: the leader in cycling design and performance.  With our partnership comes an amazing deal offered to us by Trek which they call “The Trek Great Athlete Program”.  Fantastic discounts on bikes and gear and an opportunity for us to really support a brand that cares about the future of this sport – while they gladly support us.  Win/win I’d say.  So when you’re ready to pull the trigger on your next CX rig, or are now in the position to finally throw a leg over a hot new Madone road bike, make sure you stop in and see Mike and crew at East Coast Bicycles.  We already have a bunch of great ideas for things coming in the near future – stay tuned!

Finally, I would encourage each and every one of you to drop a line or stop in and say thanks to Walt and Robert at Fat Frogs for their tremendous support over the last few years.  Without them, Rogue Velo Racing would have really struggled to get up and running.  Best of luck now and in the future to Walt and his crew.  Always class acts, and excellent ambassadors for cycling in our community.

Anyway, see you guys on the road and most definitely in the gravel!


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Like a glove

So how is it that after all of these years I finally convinced myself that a bike fit would make sense? Trust me – if you’ve ever considered having it done, think no more – Walt Gonzales at Fat Frogs Chesapeake is the jedi master of bike fitting and put me into a position that’s more comfortable and effective than I thought possible. Not only does he analyze every position and movement, but does the fitting with the aid of a Computrainer so that you can actually see the power numbers that are a result of the changes. Once again, our amazing bike shop sponsor proves they have no equal. Thanks Walt!

Kit Stuff, Arrival Dates, and Dues Info

I decided to start using the website a little more as the Google Group emails can get a little thick, and I didn’t want anyone not seeing important info. Plus, I’m a poor man’s Novelist, so you’d probably stop reading about halfway down.

First, the RVR t-shirt order will be at my house next Tuesday the 18th. Maybe I’ll hook a trailer to the SSCX and make house calls. But I’ll need at least one beer per stop…which means after a few houses, I’d likely just quit and forget what I was doing. So, we’ll figure it out.

The 2013 kit RE-ORDER (the one we just did for bibs/jerseys) is scheduled to arrive sometime around August 5th….in plenty of time to make sure everyone is 48% better looking prior to Devil’s Backbone on the 25th of August. That said, I would really encourage you to consider this event as this has become somewhat of a massive team ride that we’ve always been extremely well represented at. We typically ride it together and have a really good time (and even stayed dry once). If you don’t yet have a CX rig or need some advice on what to run, some of us know this thing inside and out at this point and would be happy to assist. I’d also really like to get a good team picture here, so if there’s anyway you can make it, let’s start talking this up. If we can get a giant crew to go, maybe we can try to find a house to rent or some such. We’ll discuss this more as it gets closer.

Along the same lines, Hilly Billy Roubaix is taking place on the 22nd of this month in Morgantown, WV and there are at least 5 of us going right now. This event is much like Devil’s Backbone with the exception of the fact that the roads are horrible and the climbing is shorter but typically steeper. Think Kabul on a CX bike. Hard event, but a lot of fun. We have a number of rooms reserved already, so if you want to jump in, let me know soon.

Next – dues. We’ve been talking about this for a while, and some of you have been asking how to submit these. I set up a team PayPal account where these can be submitted. We’ll use these funds for USA and VA Cycling fees, as well as other things that come up throughout the year – we’ll always keep the accounting transparent so that everyone can see how the money is used. I am going to put together a spreadsheet here shortly, and will likely post it somewhere within our Google group so everyone can see it. In addition, if anyone happens to lock down any financial sponsorship dollars, we’ll put that there as well. Yearly dues will be $30. I’m not going to deadline it or anything right now as I know that everyone has had to turn their pockets inside out for kit money. Just try to get it in when you can.

The PayPal address will be sent to you via our Google Group as this site is public (don’t want it out there for everyone to see).

Please note: If you Paypal the account using a CREDIT CARD, you have to add the fee. I got popped on a few of them for the t-shirt order because the amount you sent isn’t the amount I received. If you aren’t sure how this works, read about PayPal fees here:

Lastly, I know everyone is waiting patiently for the kit order. Their target is still the 17th, so until we’re over I can’t really make too much noise. As soon as I hear anything at all, I’ll let everyone know.