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Tweet, tweet!

Posted in News on March 19, 2010 by J

Might as well, right?

The Big Show

Posted in News on March 11, 2010 by J

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Finally, the official trailer for Anthill’s new mountain bike film, Follow Me. The official premiere will take place at Sea Beaver April 16th (conveniently scheduled at the same time as the best thing ever). Regardless, the DVD and iTunes download will both be available in May.

Go to anthillfilms.com to pre-order, see videos and pics from the film and find out about premier tour stops near you.

Music: Emika, “Double Edge”

Stalk Your Heroes, Legally!

Posted in News on November 27, 2008 by J

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In an effort to provide further transparency into his ongoing efforts to take over the cycling world once again, Lance has set up a Twitter account.

For those of you that aren’t quite as technologically hypersensitive or obsessive-compulsive as the average blogger, Twitter is a social networking site that works in “microblogging” and specializes in allowing its users to update their accounts in real time, usually by way of a smart phone or some other Blackberry-type device. Ol’ Armstrong has taken to it quite rapidly.

For instance, do you know what movie he saw last Friday? I do. Or how about what kind of burrito he ate on Nov 12th at 7pm? Well, I know that too. It’s like following him around in an unmarked ’85 Econoline, without all the pesky French authorities to slow you down.

I’m especially geeked because I’m genuinely excited for the epic Armstrong vs Levi vs Landis vs Basso vs Hamilton slugfest that is waiting to go down at the TOC this year. Not to mention the Giro and the Tour. I honestly can’t get enough of this stuff.

For your convenience, we’ve included a link straight to his Twitter (yep, sounds dirty) on the right of your screen.  Here’s hoping for 8.

When I Was Your Age

Posted in News, Races and Events on November 18, 2008 by J

“Damn. How cool would it have been if they had this when I was a kid?” is the typical response when someone finds out about this. 

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From the same folks who pioneered the NorCal High School Mountain Bike Race League, comes its counterpart to the South. The SoCal Interscholastic Cycling League has been set up to provide junior racers with a full race schedule and a real training program.

Their 1st annual Cycle Fest dinner fundraiser will take place this Saturday featuring mountain bike demi-god/snappy suit wearer, Gary Fisher and Tony Cruz of US Postal and BMC fame.  It’s $125 a seat, and all the proceeds will go towards funding this worthy organization. 

If you go over to SoCal ICL’s website, you can also bid on a number of items in a silent auction which will culminate at the ‘Fest. Plus, you can learn more about volunteering, donate gear, or start a scholastic cycling club or team.

Thank You God…

Posted in News on November 16, 2008 by J

So, the new 2009 Cyclepassion calendar is now available. Although I’d like to write some witty, yet introspective diatribe concerning said item; I’ll just get to the point:

Gary Fisher Subaru pro XC racer Willow Koerber is Miss April and November. Enjoy.

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You can pick up the new calendar over here, and see Willow’s gallery over here.

While you’re there, be sure to note that she’s totally engaged and can totally kick the crap out of your slow ass on a bike.

Hence The Name…

Posted in News on November 13, 2008 by J

mercury-cougar-1aYou know, we like to joke about our feline friends that prowl slopes above the San Gabriel Valley. But every now and then, it gets real.

Last week, Arcadia police took down a 140 pound cougar in the backyard of a residence in the foothill community.

From the SGV Tribune:

Officers said the mountain lion had just mauled a dog to death and was charging at police when they shot the cat with an assault weapon. Arcadia police Sgt. Dean Caputo said the mountain lion – believed to be a 140-pound female – may have been the same cat that killed a dog in Arcadia a few days earlier and attacked two dogs in Glendora last week. One was killed.”

Read about it  here and here.

Full Words Are For Losers

Posted in News on November 12, 2008 by J

sram_logo Word just rushed into Kitty Bait headquarters about a new Sram mountain group for 2010 to be dubbed “XX.” Much in the same way Sram parlayed their ownership of Avid and Truvativ into road groups, there will now be an entire mountain set for you to obsess over (wait, is it just me?). Since this will be marketed toward the XC high-end, expect to see a full on, top of the line kit on par with Red to go head to head with XTR. We’re thinking the introduction of an 11-32 conical steel (Ti, maybe?) cassette, a Sram branded Noir-type crankset, Doubletap shifters, and a superlight Elixir brakeset would be likely. If they were really crazy, maybe a 2×10 mountain drivetrain? A Zipp tooled carbon wheelset? Hopefully if H-Ball is involved with development, we can see the triumphant return of X Ray Violet on a bevy of trinkets.

Luckily for us, Kittybait has an experienced staff of engineers on the payroll, and they were able to construct a pre production rendering of what XX will look like.

The 65-32 crank is poised to set the industry on its collective ear. You heard it here first.

All that being said, it’s just speculation. Nothing will be announced until next spring, but be sure to take a good look at Blackbox XC racers starting at Sea Otter in 09. One thing is for sure, none of these parts will be as exclusive or racy as the Bontrager XXX offerings. I mean, there’s a whole additional X in there.

UPDATE: We beat cyclingnews.com by more than 24 hours on this one. Take that, Huang!
Seriously, though. We love you guys.

UPDATE 2: In the days following Sram’s announcement of XX, word spread across the internets like wildfire. I think the best quote, however, comes from a forum post at mtbr.com:

“Im not going to say im excited, but if the Boner Police are here, I demand a lawyer!”

– Hand/of/Midas, mtbr.com user, comments on Sram XX