The Results Are In! West End’s X Factor Musical I Can’t Sing! Announces Full Casting

first_imgThey’ve got the X Factor! Full casting has been announced for London’s new musical comedy and fictional X Factor spoof I Can’t Sing!. The show will feature Ashley Knight as boyband manager Louis, Victoria Elliot as pop queen Jordy, Simon Bailey as the host of X Factor and Billy Carter as Executive Producer. They will join previously announced Olivier Award winner Nigel Harman, Cynthia Erivo and Alan Morrisey. Performances for this quirky production will begin at the London Palladium February 27 with opening night set for March 26. 

I Can’t Sing! features choreography by Kate Prince, design by Es Devlin, lighting design by Jon Clark, sound design by Gareth Owen and musical supervision by Philip Bateman. London The cast will be rounded out by Simon Lipkin, Joe Speare, Katy Secombe, Charlie Baker, Shaun Smith, Rowen Hawkins, Luke Baker, Adam J Bernard, Jenna Boyd, Cyrus Brandon, Gabrielle Brooks, Scarlette Douglas, Kelly Ewins, Scott Garnham, Cherelle Jay, Faisal Khodaukus, Jaye Marshall, Brian McCann, Max Parker, Joseph Prouse, Steven Serlin, Kirstie Skivington, Philippa Stefani, Gary Trainor and Alex Young.center_img View Comments Directed by Sean Foley, I Can’t Sing! features music by Steve Brown and a book and additional lyrics by British comic Harry Hill. The production tells the story of Chenice (Erivo), who lives in an ITV blackspot because her grandad’s iron lung interferes with the signal in her caravan—she’s the only girl in the world who has never heard of The X Factor. When she accidentally stumbles into an audition with her talking dog, she starts a journey to both stardom and love. I Can’t Sing! goes beyond the microphone and under the judges’ desk to reveal the (not necessarily accurate) story of heartache and laughter that keeps millions tuning in every week.last_img read more

Sondheim Makes History, Lea Michele Does a Cannonball and the Bumpus Hounds Are Hungry Again in This Week’s Datebook

first_img SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14 THE GREAT WAR TAKES FLIGHT With The Snow Geese closing tomorrow, this is your final weekend to catch Tony winners Mary-Louise Parker and Victoria Clark and Tony nominee Danny Burstein on Broadway at MTC’s Samuel Friedman Theatre. The Chekhovian story of a widow (Parker) facing financial ruin and the deployment of her sons overseas in World War I, Sharr White’s family drama is packed with great performances in every role.  ALSO: The characters in Every Day a Visitor get cranky for the last time at the Clurman Theatre; one of Broadway’s most musical clans open the Graff Family Holiday Special at 54 Below. ALSO: Catch a slew of Broadway alums including Tom Hanks, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, Bradley Whitford and Kathy Baker in the Mary Poppins-inspired film Saving Mr. Banks; Lea Michele chats about her new album on Ellen. MONDAY, DECEMBER 9 MONDAY ON THE COUCH WITH STEPHEN He’s here! He’s. Still. Here! HBO’s starry Stephen Sondheim documentary Six by Sondheim features re-stagings of six of the icon’s most popular songs including “Something’s Coming,” “Opening Doors,” “Send in the Clowns,” “I’m Still Here,” “Being Alive” and “Sunday,” plus never before seen archival footage of the musical legend and his muses. With appearances from TV stars and Broadway vets like Jeremy Jordan, Darren Criss, America Ferrera, Jackie Hoffman, Will Swenson and Audra McDonald, this is a doc you won’t want to miss. WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11 RALPHIE TO THE RESCUE, AGAIN With all the holiday hubbub stressing you out, it’s the perfect time get a jolly good laugh, so head to the Theater at Madison Square Garden to see A Christmas Story.  Four vets of the Tony-nominated Broadway production (Dan Lauria, John Bolton, Erin Dilly and Caroline O’Connor) reprise their roles in this tuneful hit. Nothing says “Merry Christmas” like some garish dancing leg lamps! THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12 CHESTNUTS ROASTING IN TIMES SQUARE James Barbour is closing out his Holiday Concert at 54 Below with a bang! For his final performance, Barbour will be joined by a special guest, two-time Tony nominee Mary Testa, currently winning laughs in off-Broadway’s Disaster! The two powerhouse vocalists will duet on a plethora of holiday favorites, so head to 54 Below ‘cause baby, it’s cold outside! ALSO: Tony winner Len Cariou opens a three-performance run at 54 Below, while Broadway vet Chip Zien closes his 54 Below cabaret debut. Already sick of the cold weather? We’ve got some Broadway love to keep you warm! Soothe your mood with the documentary Six by Sondheim, groove to Lea Michele’s new single and celebrate the season with Ralphie saving the day in A Christmas Story. Check out this week’s list of must-see concerts, last-chance shows and lots more. ALSO: Murder Ballad alums Rebecca Naomi Jones, Caissie Levy & Juliana Nash reunite in concert at 54 Below; Ian McKellen chats Broadway and Hobbits on Letterman; Mike Birbiglia makes ‘em laugh on Jimmy Kimmel Live. SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15 THE CUTE BUS IS LEAVING THE STATION Hurry up and catch that bus! Second Stage’s Little Miss Sunshine, starring Tony nominees Will Swenson and Rory O’Malley and the wicked-ly talented Stephanie J. Block, closes today. The high-energy musical features a score by William Finn and book by James Lapine, plus nine-year-old Hannah Nordberg as little miss misfit Olive, who’s too cute not to brighten up your Sunday! TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10 FUNNY GIRL GOES BOOM She came in like a cannonball! Get ready to download, Gleeks, because Lea Michele releases the first single from her debut solo album Louder. Written by Sia and entitled “Cannonball,” the song features a promotional photo that’s more Miley and less Rachel Berry, but we’re super excited Broadway vet Lea is going pop! (We just hope she keeps campaigning to play Fanny Brice.) ALSLO: Tony nominee Euan Morton gets jazzy at 54 Below; Carey Mulligan talks Inside Llewyn Davis on Jimmy Kimmel Live. ALSO: West Side Story legend Carol Lawrence opens Handle With Care at the Westside Theatre; Arthur Darvill plays his last gut-wrenching performance in Once; off-Broadway says goodbye to One Night … and Star of David. ALSO: Original Jersey boy Daniel Reichard opens It’s Christmas…Again at 54 Below; just in time for Saving Mr. Banks, Mary Poppins 50th Anniversary Edition CD is released; Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 releases a deluxe original cast recording two-disc CD; Wicked alum Donna Vivino’s debut CD is released; Billy Crystal talks 700 Sundays on Letterman. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13 WAITING FOR ROMEO Orlando Bloom and Ian McKellen make the magical leap from Broadway to the big screen in The Hobbit: The Desolation of the Smaug. Going from a star-crossed lover (Bloom, in Romeo and Juliet) and existential thinkers (McKellen, in Waiting for Godot and No Man’s Land) to an elf and a wizard, the stars reprise their portrayals of Legolas and Gandalf in this classic tale of rings. There are sure to be special effects Broadway could never afford! View Commentslast_img read more

Family Concerns

first_imgAIRMAN & FAMILY READINESS CENTERThe Airman & Family Readiness Center, in Building 962 at the corner of Ninth Avenue and Avenue I, serves as a focal point for assisting military members and their families, retirees and civilian employees. Core programs and services include: Personal and Family Readi- ness, Personal Financial Readiness, Transition Assistance Program, Air Force Wounded Warrior Support, Personal and Family Work Life Education, Employment Assistance, Relocation Assistance Program, Air Force Aid Society, Volunteer Resource Program, Exceptional Family Member Program — Family Support, School Liaison Officer, Casualty Assistance and Survivor Benefit Program. Plans are in the works to relocate the A&FRC, along with the Airman’s Attic, to Building 960. The A&FRC is open 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday. All services are free. Call 940-676-4358 for information and assistance.AIRMAN’S ATTICThe Airman’s Attic is in Building 962 on the corner of Ninth Avenue and Avenue I. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday. All items in the Attic are donated and are free. Donated items include clothing for the entire family, uniforms, books, toys, household items and small appliances. Furniture items are not available through the Airman’s Attic due to lack of space. Call the Attic or the Airman & Family Readiness Center at 940-676-4358.SCHOOLS ON BASETwo school districts serve the three Shep- pard housing areas. Freedom Estates children attend schools in the Burkburnett Indepen- dent School District. Kindergarten through fifth grade attend the John Tower Elemen- tary School, within walking distance. Junior and senior high school students are bused to schools in nearby Burkburnett. Children residing in Wind Creek Village housing attend schools in the Wichita Falls Independent School District. Elementary students attend Sheppard Elementary School, located in the Wind Creek Village Housing area. Other students are bused to nearby Kirby Junior High School or Hirschi High School. Children living in Heritage Heights are bused to either the Wichita Falls or Burkburnett schools depending on the specific location of their assigned housing.MADRIGAL YOUTH CENTERChildren of active-duty and retired military members, DOD and NAF employees can complete year-round programs of recre- ational, cultural, educational and social activities through the base youth programs. The center has a well-equipped gymnasium and game, computer, music, gymnastics and multipurpose rooms. Programs are for youth ages 5 to 18, with some instructional classes and sports programs. Summer and school-age care programs are available for children from kindergarten through sixth grade. These include crafts, physical fitness activities, tours, bowling, skating, swimming and outdoor fun. The center is the hub of youth sports programs, including Little League Baseball, T-ball, softball, flag football and basketball. Instructional classes include tap and ballet as well as piano. The School Age Care program recognizes the needs of working parents and their children and offers SAC as a year-round program. Youth programs offer a before- and after-school pro- gram, holiday camps, summer day camps and day camps for elementary intercession. Parents can visit the facility and meet the staff before making the decisions concerning child care. The program is open to all children in kinder- garten through sixth grades for Sheppard, Kate Haynes and John G. Tower elementary schools only. The Youth Center office is open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and is closed weekends and holidays. Hours for open recreation during the school year are 3 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 940-676-5437.EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIESThe Human Resources Office (HRO) provides management and administration of the Non-Appropriated Fund (NAF) personnel at Sheppard Air Force Base. The HRO advises and provides assistance to management in meeting personnel needs and solving personnel problems while ensuring programs and actions comply fully with the spirit and intent of laws, regulations and policies. The HRO also assists applicants seeking employment for various positions in the Force Support Squadron, inprocesses employees and maintains records for about 450 NAF employees.The 82nd Force Support Squadron is always looking for friendly, outgoing people to work in its many facilities. Positions range from rec- reation aide to Child and Youth Development assistants to food service workers, office automation clerks and waiters. We no longer accept paper applications in person. All NAF positions may be reviewed and applied for through www.nafjobs.org. For more information, call 940-676-6394. CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTERThe Child Development Center is equipped to care for children from 6 weeks to 5 years old. There is also an enrichment program available to preschool children ages 3 to 5 years old. Hourly care is available with reservations from ages 1 to 5 years old. There are a variety of payment options available. Normal hours are 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for children 6 months to 5 years old. For children 6 weeks to 6 months old, hours are 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The CDC is normally closed weekends and holidays; however, it is open on the third Saturday of the month for “Give Parents a Break.” For more information, call 940-676-2038.FAMILY HOME DAY CAREThe Family Child Care Program offers listings of licensed child care in base/affiliated housing units to active-duty military, DOD civilians and contractors. Services are offered for children 2 weeks to 12 years of age through our program to include: full-time, part-time, hourly/ drop-in, before- and after-school, weekend, evening, volunteer, PCS, extended duty, shift, subsidy and special needs care. Special needs care includes children with asthma, allergies, physical impairments, etc. For more information, contact the FCC office at 940-676-9023.last_img read more

30 Things to Do Near Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield Georgia

first_imgIntroductionWelcome to Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield, home to the historic 3rd Infantry Division. The installation offers a number of recreational activities to enjoy during your time here: bingo, bowling, camping, golfing, swimming, and more. Off post, there’s even more to explore.For more information on things to do around Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield, visit the Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield Leisure Travel Services website. LTS offers special military discount tickets to many local attractions, as well as national favorites like Walt Disney World and Universal Studios. Whatever travel destinations you seek, LTS staff can help you plan your trips with assistance with airline tickets, hotels, rental cars, and even cruises.Read on to learn about 30 things to do in Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield.Suggested Read: Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield Georgia: In-Depth Welcome CenterCOVID-19 NoticeDue to the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, the following venues may be operating under limited hours of operation or closed due to post or local community restrictions. Check the venue’s website or call for current hours of operation and information on attendance guidelines and restrictions.30 Things to Do Near Fort Stewart and Hunter Army AirfieldKnow what you are looking for? Click the number(s) to go right to where you want to go:(1) Stewart’s Special Events(2-3) Indoor Recreation(4) Bowling(5-9) Gyms(10-16) Pools(17-18) Outdoor Recreation(19) Fishing(20-22) Golfing(23-25) Parks, Rivers, and Lakes(26-27) Shooting Ranges(28-30) AttractionsFort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield Special Events1. Stewart’s Special EventsFort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield offer the military community a number of special events and programs throughout the year. Events include the fall and spring carnivals, with games, amusement rides, food, and more. And the annual Independence Day Celebration has live music and a spectacular fireworks display. For a full list of upcoming events, visit the Stewart-Hunter Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation website.Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield Indoor RecreationCheck out these post venues for indoor fun away from the sun.2. Hunter/Stewart Bingo1020 Hero RoadBuilding 405, Fort StewartPhone: 1 (912) 767-4200135 Duncan DriveBuilding 6015, Hunter Army AirfieldPhone: 1 (912) 315-4606Hunter/Stewart Bingo hosts bingo games at Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield simultaneously. The caller is at Hunter Army Airfield and is live-streamed to players at Fort Stewart. Paper and computerized options are available. The average payout is $8,300 per night!3. Club Stewart1020 Hero RoadBuilding 405, Fort StewartPhone: 1 (912) 767-4717Club Stewart serves up great food and has a variety of venues for special events. Professional catering and party planning services are available. Special events at Club Stewart include holiday brunches, dinner theater, comedy nights, festivals, and military and civilian social events. Visit the club’s website for menus and details on upcoming events.Fort Stewart Bowling Alley4. Marne Bowling Center54 Steele Ave.Building 402, Fort StewartPhone: 1 (912) 767-4866Strike up family-friendly fun at Marne Bowling Center. The center has 36 lanes, bumper lanes for children, leagues, and party packages. If you get hungry, grab a snack at the center’s Strike Zone Cafe.Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield GymsFort Stewart has four fitness centers and Hunter Army Airfield has one. Facilities are free of charge to authorized patrons. The centers offer an array of state-of-the-art exercise equipment, exercise classes, sports courts, running tracks, saunas, and more. Amenities vary at each center, so be sure to visit the Stewart-Hunter Family and MWR website for more information.5. Caro Fitness Center1592 William H. Wilson Ave.Building 708, Fort StewartPhone: 1 (912) 767-47636. Johnson Fitness Center370 Vanguard RoadBuilding 8437, Fort StewartPhone: 1 (912) 435-93067. Jordan Fitness Center496 W. Sixth St.Building 608, Fort StewartPhone: 1 (912) 767-57428. Newman Fitness Center215 W. Sixth St.Building 439, Fort StewartPhone: 1 (912) 767-30319. Tominac Fitness Center314 Billy Mitchell Blvd.Building 919, Hunter Army AirfieldPhone: 1 (912) 315-5078Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield PoolsThe aquatics program at Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield offers lap swimming, water aerobics, open swimming, swimming lessons, and drown-proofing. Visit the installation’s Family and MWR website for more information on pool and splashpark hours of operation and programs.10. Bryan Village Outdoor PoolBuilding 7098, Fort StewartPhone: 1 (912) 767-270111. Corkan Outdoor PoolBuilding 446, Fort StewartPhone: 1 (912) 767-857512. Corkan Splashpark440 Lindquist RoadBuilding 444, Fort StewartPhone: 1 (912) 767-988413. Hunter Outdoor Pool and SplashparkBehind Building 6015, Hunter Army AirfieldPhone: 1 (912) 315-578614. Johnson Indoor Swimming Pool270 Vanguard RoadBuilding 8437, Fort StewartPhone: 1 (912) 435-930615. Newman Indoor Swimming Pool215 W. Sixth St.Building 439, Fort StewartPhone: 1 (912) 767-303416. Tominac Fitness Center Indoor Pool314 Billy Mitchell Blvd.Building 919, Hunter Army AirfieldPhone: 1 (912) 315-2819Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield Outdoor RecreationWant to explore the great outdoors? Check out these post attractions.17. Corkan Recreation AreaIntersection of Hero Road and Lindquist RoadFort StewartPhone: 1 (912) 767-9884The Corkan Recreation Area offers affordable indoor and outdoor activities for the whole family. The area includes an outdoor swimming pool, a splashpark, miniature golf, picnic areas, Cypress Sam’s, and a recreation center. Cypress Sam’s is a multilevel, indoor play structure with slides, ball blasters, volcanoes, and more than 6,000 balls to throw, shoot, and play with. The recreation center has roller skating, laser tag, and bounce houses. Party packages and inflatables rentals are also available.18. Low Country Adventure CentersAddress 1Fort Stewart Road 48 South, off Highway 144 eastBuilding 8325, Fort StewartPhone: 1 (912) 435-8213Address 2313 Stratofortress RoadBuilding 8454, Hunter Army AirfieldPhone: 1 (912) 315-9354 or 1 (912) 315-9554The Low Country Adventure Centers at Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield have everything you need for your outdoor recreation pursuits. The centers have information on post campgrounds, picnic areas and pavilions, shooting ranges, and more. The centers also have a variety of equipment and boats available for rent. You can rent party gear, inflatables, games, campers, trailers, skiffs, deck boats, canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, kite boards, and more.Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield Fishing19. Fishing and Hunting at Fort Stewart and Hunter Army AirfieldThere are many opportunities for hunting and fishing in Georgia, including several on post. Fishing season is year-round in ponds and rivers. Prime bass, redbreast, and crappie are found each spring. Alligator and deer hunting is also allowed during applicable seasons. For information on post access, permits, and gun registration on post, visit the Stewart-Hunter Family and MWR website.Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield Golf Courses20. Hunter Golf Course1548 S. Perimeter RoadBuilding 8205, Hunter Army AirfieldPhone: 1 (912) 315-911521. Taylors Creek Golf Course1766 Gulick Ave.Building 2150, Fort StewartPhone: 1 (912) 767-2370The 18-hole Hunter Golf Course features play among Spanish Oaks and Georgia Pines. The 18-hole, par-72 Taylors Creek Golf Course features a clubhouse with a pro shop and a driving range. Both courses are part of the Southeastern Georgia Adaptive Golf Program.Taylors Creek Golf Course and Hunter Golf Course also offer FootGolf. FootGolf is a sport that combines elements of soccer and golf, with players kicking a soccer ball into a 21-inch cup instead of the regulation 4.25-inch golf hole.22. Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa1 Resort DriveSavannah, GA 31421Phone: 1 (912) 201-2000Found on the Savannah River near Savannah’s historic district, the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa is a great place to stay while you take in Savannah sights. The hotel has a day spa, tennis courts, and the only PGA championship golf course in the Savannah area. Fine and casual dining can be found at the resort’s Champions Bar & Grill, Escape Pool Bar & Grill, and Midnight Sun Lounge, as well as coastal dining at Aqua Star.Parks, Rivers, and Lakes23. Hallstrom LakePerimeter Road, across from the AAFES gas stationHunter Army AirfieldPhone: 1 (912) 315-9354Hallstrom Lake has two playgrounds, a fishing pier, and restrooms.24. Holbrook Pond and CampgroundFort Stewart Road 48 South, off Highway 144 EastBuilding 8325, Fort StewartPhone: 1 (912) 435-8213 or 1 (912) 435-8205Primitive and RV campsites are available at Holbrook Campground. Reservations can be made at Fort Stewart’s Low Country Adventure Center.25. Lotts Island Campground and MarinaLotts Island Road, off Rio RoadHunter Army AirfieldPhone: 1 (912) 315-9354Lotts Island has basketball and volleyball courts, a fishing pier and cleaning station, a playground, picnic tables, grills, boat slips, and primitive and RV campsites. Visit the website for information on campsite reservations and fees.Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield Shooting Ranges26. Paintball Course574 Fort Stewart Road 48 S.Building 8323A, Fort StewartPhone: 1 (912) 435-8213Challenge your friends at Fort Stewart’s paintball course. Equipment rentals and paintball supplies are available. The course is open to patrons 8 years of age and older. Youth under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.27. Shooting Sports at Fort Stewart and Hunter Army AirfieldAccess to the rifle, pistol, archery, and skeet and trap ranges is granted through the Low Country Adventure Centers. For more information on the ranges and their regulations, visit the Stewart-Hunter Family and MWR website.Attractions Near Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield28. The Historic Savannah Theatre222 Bull St.Savannah, GA 31401Phone: 1 (912) 233-7764Built in 1818, the Historic Savannah Theatre is one of the oldest continually operating theaters in the country. The venue now operates as a stage theater and presents multiple shows throughout the year. For a list of upcoming shows and performances, visit the theater’s website.29. Savannah Historic DistrictMuseums, monuments, historic landmarks and homes, parks, shops, restaurants, and more can be found throughout the Savannah Historic District. Take a guide-led tour, ride a ferry along the Savannah River, climb aboard a horse-drawn carriage, or hop on the trolley and take in all the sights. For more information on Savannah’s historic district, check out the Visit Savannah tourism website.30. Tybee Island802 First St.Tybee Island, GA 31328Phone: 1 (912) 786-5444A popular vacation spot, Tybee Island is a barrier island near Savannah. This 3-square-mile hot spot has white sand beaches, bike trails, shops, restaurants, and lots of opportunities for fun in the sun.ConclusionFort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield are full of fun opportunities, and the surrounding area offers even more things to do. Whether you want to camp under the stars of the Georgia sky, play a round of bingo, or explore historic Savannah, you’re sure to make plenty of wonderful new memories.The appearance of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) visual information does not imply or constitute DoD endorsement.last_img read more

Team Sky Takes One-Two at Tour Down Under’s Cancer Classic Crit Opener

first_imgTeam Sky made one heck of a professional bike race debut today at the Santos Tour Down Under.  The new British team made a compelling case for being invited to the Tour de France by moving their paceline to the front of the pack somewhere in the two-to-go lap.Pulling at a ferocious pace, Sky’s Russell Downing pushed the needle into the red zone before moving aside for teammate Matthew Hayman to lead out.  Columbia-HTC started coming around, almost blocking Sky’s riders against the barriers, but the boys in black-and-blue came back around and Chris Sutton led Greg Henderson to victory, giving Team Sky first and second in the opening Cancer Classic Criterium.“It does not get any better than that,” said Henderson. “We were joking about winning today and putting ourselves out there on the map for the new sponsor.“They are an unbelievable team, I dont think I have ever been on a lead out that was as fast as that. In the end my job was pretty easy, I just followed Chris Sutton and the rest of the fellas. Wow what a feeling.”The pace and tactics were more than expected given that the results from today’s crit don’t add to the overall time or points for the Tour Down Under, and it’s clear that Team Sky came to play.Armstrong, meanwhile, showed real strength in a mid-race five-person breakaway, saying he felt “better than last year.”“I felt like I tested them a little bit,” said Armstrong. “We had a few good weeks in Hawaii so I know I’ve got a bit of power, but sometimes it’s better to be up on those small groups than to be back fighting with 100 guys for every wheel and every corner.“Everybody was completely going for it, no talking and only a little bit of looking around after the corners to see how close they were,” he added. “You get inside 10 (laps to go) and then to seven and six and you think ‘uh oh’ … if there’s a crash in the field, if two teams can’t get together or don’t get together, you just never know.“…I certainly felt better today than last year – but last year in this event I felt a little like a monkey screwing a football, too,” he said. “It was not pretty last year, this year was a little more comfortable.”Photo by Graham Watson.  Check out his full gallery from today’s event here.last_img read more

Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

first_imgEvents12 Hours of Iron Maiden tomorrow – Who cares if it is last minute. You are totally up for it; it’s a holiday weekend, so what else do you have planned?  Their longest race of the year kicks off this Saturday, and a perfect day of sunshine and warm temps is in the forecast.  Head down to the flowy trails at Tannehill in McCalla, AL and get in a good day of racing on the mountain bike. ChainBusterRacing.comJoin Southeast Endurance in April for the Harbison 100 Marathon XC – The grassroots Southeast Endurance Project team is hosting the 100km marathon cross country race in Columbia, SC on April 16th. Come out to Harbison State Forest to join in a tough race with serious competition, as they tune up 6 weeks ahead of the US Marathon XC National Championships down the road in Augusta, GA on June 4th. Details on their Facebook.Advocacy6 days left to help the Great Bike Giveaway dole out up to 600 bikes to special needs kids – The Great Bike Giveaway 2016 by The Friendship Circle closes Wed, Mar 30. So far 100 adaptive bicycles are being given away. There are only 6 more days to raise enough funds so ALL the kids can receive bikes. Support this great mission by donating any amount, casting your votes, and spreading the word. FriendshipCircle.org2016 nomination open for the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame – Each year the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame accepts nominations for annual inductees, as five new members can be recognised each year. Up until the Apr 15 deadline, MMBHoF wants to hear who we think has had a lasting impact on the sport. MMBHoF.orgTrainingWomen get your trail on with 14 Trek Dirt Series camps this year – North America’s first, longest-running, and leading women’s mountain bike camp, the Trek Dirt Series, opened up registration for the year and already has had 500 sign up. Join the largely female coaching staff, many of whom are professional coaches, teachers and professors in their “day jobs”, as they focus on building high-end skills in an incredibly supportive environment. 14 women’s specific and 4 co-ed camps will run across North America at 11 locations, starting Apr through Sep. DirtSeries.comJoin a new virtual Road Cycling Summit this April – From Apr 6-10 the folks behind the Cycling 360 podcast are hosting a free online conference to help improve your riding and cycling experience. The Summit is a series of 20 webinars with experts from around the cycling world, with topics like how to plan your training, how to stay motivated, to how to become a better climber. Everything is free, so give it a shot. RoadCyclingSummit.com. Celebrate new gear with Kitsbow & win in Obsessives #Roadventure Giveaway – To go along with the launch of their new road collection, Kitsbow has teamed up with 10 co-sponsors to create the Obsessives #Roadventure Giveaway. The prizes are the ultimate kit for your #roadventure. Among other items, winners will receive: Kitsbow road kit, a Santa Cruz Stigmata CC frame, a SRAM Red CX drivetrain, Strava Pro membership, a Smith Overtake helmet, and more. Check it out and sign up before Apr 15 Kitsbow.com…last_img read more

Leaked Photos Of 2011 HTC-Highroad Team Kits

first_imgAs many pro cycling teams head to their December training camps, much anticipation and speculation has swirled around what teams will be wearing for the 2011 season. Saturday, ahead of the January 1 embargo on the official HTC-Highroad team photos, team member Mark Renshaw posted a sneak peek of his team kit, along with a shot of sprinter Mark Cavendish, on his Twitter page. On the same day, Irish national champion and HTC-Highroad team member Matt Brammeier also Tweeted a shot of his national champion’s kit. See all the photos after the break.Renshaw posted this photo on his Twitter, previewing the HTC-Highroad team kit for 2011.Renshaw also posted a picture of sprinter Mark Cavendish sporting the new team colors. Irish national champion Matt Brammeier released this photo of his custom team kit.What do you think? Thumbs up? Thumbs down? Let us know in the comments section below!last_img read more

SOC14: Stage Race Shows off Scapin Ivor and Anouk Road Bikes

first_imgIf you’re looking for a road bike with custom options that will stand out from the crowd and you like the sound of made in Italy, Scapin’s redesigned Ivor is definitely worth a look. As reported previously, the new verison of the Ivor eliminates the integrated seat mast in favor of an adjustable aero seat post to make traveling with and adjusting your saddle height much easier. Offered in 11 stock sizes, the Ivor also has a full custom made to measure geometry available along with a choice of color and personalization at no charge.Check out the details plus the all new Scapin Anouk, next… Scapin’s new Anouk could be viewed as a more affordable version of the Ivor built with stiffness and comfort in mind with more trail and a longer front-center. At $2199 for the frame and fork the Anouk is certainly much cheaper than the Ivor but lacks the custom options. The frame features a PF86 bottom bracket, tapered head tube, 27.2 seatpost. Complete bikes with the build kit shown only with Mavic Ksyrium wheels will retail for $3,495.scapin.comstage-race.com Using Scapin’s TT Matrix frame design, the frame uses monocoque pieces which are then joined in a tube to tube construction method. Combined with their Comfort Flex Seat stay system Ivors should be a fast, comfortable ride. Framesets retail for $4,999 through Stage Race Distribution.center_img A number of aero seatpost designs suffer with slipping posts. Either you tighten them to the point that they don’t slip and risk damaging the carbon, or hit a bump and have your saddle drop an inch. Scapin solves the issue with a dual clamp seat post collar that tightens both around the frame and around the post. The top of the post still has the signature Scapin flair, but instead of acting as a seat mast cap, it’s built into the post.last_img read more

IB13: Pearl Izumi X-Project Finally Sees the Light, PRO Leader Road Shoe Gets Lighter,…

first_imgThe new super neon colors will sit next to the original black with neon highlight colors we saw back at the launch. Pearl has been teasing the new PRO Leader shoes for awhile, but the details are finally here. Wanting to produce one of the lightest, best fitting road shoes around, PI started with a 0.9mm thick, seamless Second Skin upper, which ends up the thinnest on the market. Power Web TPU material keeps the upper from stretching and keeps your feet firmly in place.To attach the shoes to your feet, Pearl ditched triple Velcro in favor of one centrally located Boa dial. The dial pulls from both sides for a bi-directional closure for better comfort, plus it gets the dial out of the way in case of a crash. Even with the Boa, PI managed to cut out weight resulting in a 240g shoe. While the X-project is the high end shoe designed for riding as well as hiking, PI has updated the X Alp line as well with the new Enduro 4. At $120 the shoes won’t break the bank, and they feature a unique carbon rubber outsole to provide plenty of grip for your off the bike adventures. On the chamois side of things, Pearl was showing off their new PRO anatomic 1:1 chamois which has been a project 2 years in the making. By dropping high density foam into an articulated foam base, Pearl claims they were able to make a chamois that is both extremely dense and comfortable while staying highly breathable. Pearl was proud to point out that they build all their own chamois rather than simply ordering them from a manufacturer. Anatomic 1:1 chamois will be spec on all 2014 PRO shorts.center_img The last bit of product newness is actually a byproduct of their racing tech. PI has used their Speed Sleeve design in their skinsuits for awhile now, and it hit them – why not use this for a cycling specific base layer? All of this design work is put into jerseys only to put a basic t-shirt base layer on underneath that tends to bunch up when in cycling position. The new Speed Sleeve base layer eliminates the bunching and offers next to skin comfort under the sleekest jerseys.Incorporating their Minerale wicking material, there will be three versions available including sleeveless and long sleeve depending on the weather. Pearl Izumi had a bunch of new stuff on display at Interbike, but maybe the most exciting was the final release of the long awaited X-project mountain shoes. Ever since we attended the launch of PI’s wonder shoe, we’ve kept mum on final availability. The good news is that our shoes have been great, better news is that the only issue with the shoes that caused the delay has been addressed, and better still the green 1.0s will be available this week! The rest of the colors (2 colors for each model) and models should all be available by the end of the year.Check out the rest of the goods including Pearl’s impressive new PRO Leader road shoes after the break!last_img read more

Out of their Powerlogic Lab, rh+ Speed brings aero kit from bibs to helmet

first_imgAn rh+ aero rain jersey aims to do away with flapping in the wind when the weather turns foul, and get the same aero add-on benefit. The 120€ SpeedRain shell is a compromise between a rain vest and a rain jacket in what is essentially a 3/4 sleeve wet weather jersey. It gets similar on-the-bike pre-shaping (especially around the neck), but here uses a 4-way Polyester stretch fabric that still claims 10,000 mm/ca waterproofing. It gets taped seams around the shoulder and arm to keep water out where it really matters. The heart of the Speed line is the SpeedCell jersey. Developed to limit drag, it uses a well-formed and pre-shaped fit tailored for an aggressive on-the-bike position. It combines a DrySkin front with a textured Dual Cell back, and adds a 3D mesh panel at the back that together create a slippery jersey that minimizes drag of the rider’s back. Pockets are streamlined to lay flat out of the wind and sleeves are cut long with a flat finish end to transition smoothly to the lower bicep. The 150€ jersey is available in black, grey, and white. The new Speed line from rh+ comes out of more development and testing with their Fundación Contador development team. The product of the in-house rh+ technological development group at their Powerlogic Lab, Speed was a project to bring together aerodynamics, temperature regulation, and overall comfort to a broader range of users than just road pros. Rh+ sees the benefit of aero improvements across all types of riding, especially for things like granfondo racing, XC and marathon racing where cyclists often spend a lot of time out on their own, but aerodynamics have traditionally been ignored. The Speed line-up starts with an aero cut SpeedCell jersey and bibs, and expands tin include a rain shell jacket and paired helmet and sunglasses. Take a closer look at each after the break…images courtesy of rh+Rh+ designed the Speed line around the needs of cyclists in general, not just their discipline. As such every cyclist can benefit from better fitting and better performing kit. That said, by sponsoring the rh+ Polartec Fundación Alberto Contador Team, rh+ has been able to pull in the expertise from developing their team race kit and having the chance to properly test it in real riding conditions. To complete the aero rh+ Speed setup, they suggest adding the newly introduced fast Z Alpha helmet. Rh+ claims that the MIPS helmet delivers much better aerodynamics than typical helmets, and way better ventilation than current aero offerings. That places it somewhere in between, as a happy medium style helmet for all types of riding. Top it off with a pair of 135€ Olympo Triple Fit shades. The glasses build adjustability into their nose piece and temples to ensure a close and comfortable fit, keeping the wind out.zerorh.com The SpeedCell bib shorts use the same waffle textured Dual Cell fabric on the sides to break up air as it passes over the rider’s spinning thighs, and a 3D mesh back and bib straps to keep cool. The 175€ bibs use Elastic Interface’s new Lìege dual-density chamois for long ride comfort on either road or trail, and also add nice little features like a rear radio pocket, reflective details, and seams that are claimed to sit especially flat. Like the jersey, the bibs are available in this grey, a similar white with red accents, and an all-black version.last_img read more