St. Helena (Napa Valley) Skills Clinic - November 2-3


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St. Helena - Napa Valley Skills Clinic
 
- November 2-3rd 2013 -
 
Have you ever felt uncomfortable descending down a mountain or riding in a paceline?

How about those moments of nervousness riding in windy or gusty conditions? Do you have difficulty climbing comfortably or with the proper recruitment of power? Your worries end here.

Studio Velo and its trained cycling instructors want to share the skills necessary for you to ride with confidence, improve your dexterity on the bike, and ensure that each and every ride is fun and safe. Your safety and the safety of riders around you is our top priority.

 
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Join us on Novemeber 2nd and 3rd for two full days of riding and cycling workshops. Explore the breathtaking landscape of Napa Valley with a full staff of trained cycling instructors and guides, coupled with full SAG support. Most importantly enjoy two days of gourmet meals and world-class wines prepared by the talented Chef Chris Dressick of The Station SF and SV:Travel.

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This weekend is for cyclists of all levels. Individuals will be grouped within a class of riders who have similar abilities and will participate in a variety of clinics. To top off the weekend, we will also ride two world-class routes that your guides will lead with full SAG (support & gear), along with the  Studio Velo Sprinter picking up the rear.
 


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What To Expect
 
Friday Night - (Optional) Wine Tasting at Velo Vino
 
Saturday - Full Day Riding, Multiple Skills Workshops, All Meals
 
Sunday - Full Day Riding, Multiple Skills Workshops, All Meals

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Lodging is not included, but we have a great selection of local hotels in and around St. Helena that you can check out here.

**We recommend booking now as Autumn months can fill up fast!
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Limited spots available and you don't want to miss out on this amazing weekend! Check out pictures of the Clif Family Winery and sign up for the weekend here.


 
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Rapha Summer Sale at Studio Velo

Rapha Summer Sale at Studio Velo
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Rapha Summer Sale Begins!
 
 
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Your favorite brand up to 40% off!

The sun is out, the weather is great and Rapha gear is on sale!

Summer is almost over but it could possibly be one of our favorite times of the year. The Rapha summer sale is now on and select items of their premium products are up to 40% off.

From head to toe we have the best of Rapha at amazing prices right now! Anything from their top-of-the-line yak leather cycling shoes to their Trade Team Caps, you won't want to miss out on these great deals.


To check out our awesome selection of Rapha Summer and a few Winter items on sale right now see our Rapha blog for what we have left in stock. Call the shop today to place your order (415) 380-1882 or email us at sales@studiovelocycling.com.

Also, be sure to check us out online for cool new products, sale items and our Bike of the week!
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Jerseys

From Merino Wool to Super light, eyelet Sportwool™ these jerseys are perfect for a range of climates.
 
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The Lightweight Jersey, Trade Team Jersey and Club Jersey all pictured above are all 25% off now! See available sizes and other sale items here.
 
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Jackets
Rapha Transfer Jackets, Rain Jackets and Softshell jackets all 15-40% off now!
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Prepare for the cold and rainy season now! See available sizes and other sale items here.

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Shorts
From boxers to 3/4 shorts ride or hang out in complete comfort thanks to Rapha!
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Team Sky Jeans and other great Rapha bottoms are highly discounted, don't miss out! See available sizes and other sale items here.
 
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Accessories
Can't get enough of Rapha accessories? Neither can we. Stock up on all your favorites today!

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Rapha cycling shoes now up to 25% off and City Riding Socks 40% off! See available sizes and other sale items here.

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Added Bonus!

In celebration of their win at the Tour de France this year, all Team Sky Apparel is still 15% off!
 
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Team Studio Velo / dZi Foundation Wins the Trois Etapes 2013

The Trois Etapes 2013 Pro-Am race was a special victory for our ENDLESS ASCENT team. We entered last year's inaugural TE 2012 competition with great expectations. Last year we successfully raised over $120k for our charity partner the dZi foundation and finished  sixth in the race. We were motivated to return this year, to improve our performance and to raise even more money for charity. 

What Is Your Endless Ascent?

The Endless Ascent awaits the SV/DZI team

The Studio Velo/dZi Endless Ascent team was ready to rock!

Smile for the TV camera!

The beauty and challenge of the French Alps and Trois Etapes 2013 awaited us each and everyday for 4 days. 

An Endless Ascent takes total teamwork, commitment and panache. 

Winning on the Col de L’Iseran for the village people of Nepal! 

 

It's TV time with podium girls!  Life is good! 

Our committed Endless Ascent team was victorious on every stage and finished on top of the podium at Trois Etapes 2013! Thanks to everyone who supported us as we raised nearly $200k for the dZi Foundation who is doing great work with the remote village people in Eastern Nepal. We salute all of our supporters and the Studio Velo cycling community for believing in us and this great cause.

Summer Sales and New Arrivals at SV!

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Summer Sales & New Arrivals
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Summer has hit us and we can't seem to make it slow down. Here at Studio Velo we are trying to share the summer love by bringing in some great new Taylor Stitch items.

A special congratulations to Studio Velo Founder, Scott Penzarella, and the rest of the dZi Foundation US team for placing first and dZi Europe for taking second in the 2013 Trois Etapes race in France! Great work men, we are very proud of you!

We are also offering some HUGE discounts on some of our top brands including Rapha, Light & Motion and Taylor Stitch!

Visit our website for blogs and our Bike Of The Week! Also, be sure to check out all of SV's cycle trips we have planned for this year.
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New Taylor Stitch!
Ever since we first laid eyes on Taylor Stitch, we have been in love! Made in San Francisco and fit to perfection, you will never want to wear anything else again.

New in the Summer Madras are made from 100% organic cotton, the perfect lightweight and breathable long sleeve button down shirt.

Also, check out the Blue Oxford Jack and White Oxford Jack now 30% off! Pair them with the Kurabo or Nisshinbo Copper Jean.

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Studio Velo & Taylor Stitch
As we flip through patterns and fabrics we can barely contain our excitement for the new Taylor Stitch custom for Studio Velo!

Judging from our last run of custom shirts with TS, you will not want to miss out on what is to come. Stay tuned for the new goodies to drop soon!
Check out Taylor Stitch for Studio Velo here!
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15% off all Sky apparel
We would like to congratulate Team Sky on an epic Tour de France win this year!

To celebrate their vicotry we are offering all Sky apparel at 15% off!
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Save on select Rapha apparel!
We also have an awesome selection of Rapha Summer and a few Winter items on sale right now!

We have Pro Team Jerseys, Women's Club Jerseys and more, get them before they are all gone!

See our Rapha blog for what we have left in stock and call the shop to place your order (415) 380-1882.
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For a limited time only you can pick up one of these amazing Light & Motion headlights, traillights, and commuter combo kits at up to 30% off!

Enjoy discounts on the Seca 1700, Seca 800, Urban 550, Urban 200, Vis 360 and the Commuter Combo!

 

 
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LOVE WHAT YOU DO & DO WHAT YOU LOVE

When friends and clients ask me why Studio Velo entered into the travel business with SV:Travel, now in its fourth season, I typically respond with a three-fold response: I wanted to travel more, to rides the great rides of the world, and to return with exciting stories to tell, photos to share and cultural learning to embrace in everyday life.  There is nothing more valuable to the staff at Studio Velo than to share rides, meals and experiences with friends and clients alike-- both home and abroad. 

 

Over the past month, I have been based between Spain and Italy. The month began with two, seven-day SV:Travel cycling trips to Piemonte, Italy, a cycling mecca beyond comprehension.  Subsequently, I headed south to scout out some new rides in Tuscany and Umbria, staying at one of the most incredible estates inTuscany, Borgo Pignano.  Thanks to a Studio Velo client’s super gracious invite and hospitality, this was quite an experience, one I hope to share with SV clients in 2014. 

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By the time I had finished the first two weeks in Italy, I had gained over 2.5 kilos. Despite riding nearly 1,000 miles and climbing over 45k feet over this period, I grew a nice "panna cotta" belly, as my wife says, and never felt better. It's hard to believe one can gain so much weight riding so many miles day after day. 

I had crashed once (never a fun thing to do early in a cycling trip), learned more Italian along the way, and drank way too much vino-- is that possible?  The adventure was full of ups and downs, but all in the all an incredible adventure..  Never regretting a moment, I was, however, genuinely looking for a bit of rest from the bike. Despite this desire, it was time for the next adventure to begin. 

 

A hot, desert-like region once conquered by more Mediterrainean cultures than nearly anywhere else in Europe, full of remote, old-world roads, the southern part of the Iberian Peninsula proved to be an area with a considerable amount of promise for a cycling trip. Having completed my graduate studies in Sevilla, Spain, many eons ago,  I was somewhat familiar with the remote white villages of Andalusia and wanted to return back for a look at a possible 2014 cycling adventure. This place was paradise.

 

 

 

After 7 days of scouting, the ingredients for an epic cycling trip were complied and it was time to heard north.  Next came a short trip to Barcelona, the  launching point for my return to Italy in preparation for the upcoming pro-amateur race in France (To learn more about the Trois Etape race, check out www.endlessascent.org).   

 

Upon arriving to Barcelona, I decided on a whim to reach out to Javier Maya, the brainchild behind the most incredible cycling store, PAVÉ.  It was over the course of two days that I was reminded why we do what we do, why we launched SV: Travel and why we strive to impart the best of Europe with our clients back home in the US.  

 

I sent Javi an email Friday evening to let him know that I was in Barcelona. Within 5 minutes, he effectively planned an epic weekend of riding while extending an incredible invitation to shares meals with his family, meet some friends and ride two amazing rides in the outskirts of Barcelona and in the Penedes wine region. 

 

 

 

 

It was 7:45am the next day and Javi was in the lobby of the Barcelo Sants hotel, taking my bags in hand and walking me to his van. (Take note, he too has a Mercedes Benz. Both shops have good taste I guess)  After a quick change, Javi in his PAVÉ kit, me in Studio Velo, we set off for a 4.5 hour ride.  Like all good, type A cyclists, Javi began with stout 325 watts effort up the first of many climbs of the day.  But like any stand-up shop owner, he saluted and talked briefly with many a client along the way.

 

By the time we hit the false flat at the top, I had averaged over 335 watts for far too long, killed my legs and was hanging on for dear life.  This guy was no joke. Former Ironman triathlete, now full-time roadie, Javi Maya is no ordinary  bike shop owner. It’s always a pleasure to ride with other shop owners, but it’s even more of a pleasure to see how an owner can put his 12,000 euro Time ZXRS through the paces while working the typical long hours that we do to live/work this business.

 

 

 

By the time we stopped for a quick coke (yes, I drink coke on hot days and when I have already burned nearly 2,000 calories in less than 3 hours), we had talked about so many industry stories, insights and casualties, I felt like I had been to a two-day industry conference. It was amazing. Here we are, two high-end, customer-centric bike shops half-way around the world from each other, but we had more in common than most neighboring bike shops and owners in the area.  Indeed, we whined about internet sales eroding the brick & mortar stores core business, the challenges of small businesses in general, and the lack of vision with the industry as a whole, yet we continued to remind ourselves that we love what we do. 

 

LOVE WHAT YOU DO & DO WHAT YOU LOVE.

 

 

Loving what you do is the key to the success of any business. And it shows in PAVÉ.  After two full days of riding, I told Javi that I really wanted to visit PAVÉ again.  It had been over a year since I first visited the store and it begged another walk around. Though not open, he graciously brought me over to PAVÉ, just minutes away from the Barcelona Airport and downtown Barcelona.  Few words can sum up PAVÉ.  You must see it to believe it.  I noticed my heart rate starting to elevate, excited by the entire look and feel of the store. I thought Javi was again dropping the hammer on me on the road, but rather he was showing me around with incredible enthusiasm. When one is patient about something, something he/she created, it can be felt. It’s contagious.  I love it!

 

 

Part of me wants to share PAVÉ with you; part of me realizes that at Studio Velo we already share the PAVÉ experience, just in Mill Valley. It occurred to me that PAVÉ and Studio Velo are like Sister Cities, two places that impart an experience, a feeling, an emotion every time you walk in the door.  They share commonalities, whether it be clothing brands like Rapha, bike brands like Time, or coffee machines supporting the slow-coffee movement and cyclist addiction for caffiene.

 

 

 

I invite you to join me for a visit to PAVÉ sometime. Or visit the next time you are in Spain. It’s worth the trip. Ask for Javi, he would be pleased to show you around.