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We are excited to share that Rich Maines, SockGuy Sponsored Cyclist, won 1st place solo male single speed in the 12 Hours in the Wild West race in New Mexico. It is a ripping fast course with over 14 miles per lap of pure single track and over 1700 feet of climbing
Rich was trailing 1st by 30 seconds after 3 laps and steadily pulled ahead. “I had my doubts about sustaining the pace that was set by the leader, but decided to go full gas and then some on lap 4 when I noticed he had a slow transition. I was able to hang on and create a gap of a few minutes.” Rich had his fastest split time during lap 4 and ultimately came in 18 minutes ahead to take the win. “It felt really good to have a strong race while enjoying some of NM’s finest trails.”
The race was put on by Zia Rides and Eco Servants, an AmeriCorps program, received a portion of the profits from this great event. This program helps to build trails and teach young people life-skills, and has helped build, maintain, and staff the race course.
Since 1988, IMBA has been bringing out the best in mountain biking by encouraging low-impact riding, volunteer trail work participation, and cooperation among different trail user groups, grassroots advocacy and innovative trail management solutions. IMBA’s staff, chapters, clubs and members work to benefit the entire mountain bike community.
Through a partnership with IMBA and MTB Project.com, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)—a division of the Department of the Interior—will add mountain bike trails to upcoming map products on a state-by-state basis. The partnership between the USGS and IMBA/MTB Project will facilitate high-quality trail data on official USGS map products, including “The National Map” and US Topo quadrangles, which are official repositories of data and are used to inform countless other mapping products.
Over the past two years, IMBA and the MTB Project team have been working closely together to build a comprehensive mountain bike trails database. To date, the effort has catalogued more than 35,000 miles of trails, and allows IMBA chapters, members, and the general public to provide detailed trail data and descriptions via the MTB Project website. MTB Project and IMBA verify the quality, accurateness and legality of all trail data provided. This successful crowdsourcing effort has provided mountain bike trail data through mobile and web apps and, soon, improved US Topo maps. If you’d like to help support their efforts you can done to their Annual Fund that powers many of their programs.
Josh Lawton at the IMBA says ‘’ We love you all there at SockGuy. Thanks a ton for all the support this year and in previous years especially’’. We LUV you too, IMBA and we’re proud to be on your feet!
The City of Chicago’s Bicycling Ambassadors are a team that SockGuy is proud to sponsor. Here’s more about what they’re doing in their community:
1. What are Bicycling Ambassadors?
The City of Chicago’s Bicycling Ambassadors are the bike education and outreach team from the Chicago Department of Transportation. We talk with schools in Chicago about biking more and biking safely. We work with people of all ages throughout the city each summer. Together with police officers, the Bicycling Ambassadors educated over 8,000 Chicagoans on how to safely share the road. In addition to the citations, 5,000 warnings were given by police to motorists and cyclists at events. Bike safety events were held at peak commuting hours at the most high-crash and high-profile intersections identified by crash data and ridership, in addition to requests by CDOT, police, aldermen and community groups.
During the 2013-2014 school year, the Ambassadors outreach included:
• 650 Public and Private Events
• Direct contact with 83,000 people; 38,000 of those being children and youth
• 75 Bike Safety Enforcement Events
• 212 School Events
• 154 Chicago Park District Day Camps
• 1,600 helmet fits
2. Why was the organization created?
The goals of the Ambassadors are safety, encouragement, and education for cyclists and pedestrians, reducing crashes and making Chicago a safer place for active transportation. The Safe Routes Ambassadors and the Bicycling Ambassadors are the largest and longest running program of their type in North America.
3. When was the organization created?
In 2001, the Bicycling and Safe Routes Ambassadors program is now starting its 14th year.
4. What is something everyone should know about the organization?
We have a youth program called the Junior Ambassadors that works with us for 6 weeks during the summer, which is the only peer-to-peer outreach program of its kind in the nation. These folks are high school aged kids that team up with the adult ambassadors to teach younger kids about bicycling safety. It’s the only peer to peer program of its kind that reaches so many kids.
5. What can people do to support the organization?
Our organization and staff are funded through a Federal Highway Safety grant through the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Division of Traffic Safety, but folks can definitely support us. Nearly all of our equipment is donated, so if people also want to make an in-kind donation, we will definitely take it. If you’re in Chicago take a ride on the lakefront trail and grab a map from one of the Ambassadors, or go to our website (www.bicyclingambassadors.org) and request us to come to your events.
6. Why did you choose SockGuy to make your socks?
The Bicycling Ambassadors spend hours and hours riding and standing,
so we need comfortable, durable socks, and SockGuy is, of course, the obvious choice.
7. What do you like best about SockGuy socks?
SockGuy socks are super comfortable and they have so many different interesting designs. Mostly, though, they are comfortable.
Team Swift is a non-profit community based youth bicycling organization that develops everyone from elite bicyclists to beginners.
Since its inception, a guiding principle within Team Swift has been to contribute positively and significantly to cycling in America. Riders on the Team Swift team range from 10-18 years old. The team helps move them through the different stages during development as junior cyclists by bringing them resources such as equipment, coaching and technical advice.
Plus, coaches teach them the etiquette of cycling to help create good ambassadors for our sport as well as good community members.
SockGuy is proud to support these young athletes and to be on the team’s feet!
“They fit great, don’t slide down and keep your feet cool. It’s a winning combination!”
-Luke Lamperti (current USA Junior National Road Race, Time Trial & Criterium Champion)
“I’ve never experienced any problems with SockGuy socks like I may have had with other brands. Whether I’m out on a short recovery ride or a long endurance ride, the socks keep my feet blisters free and dry. They’re so comfy that I even wear my team socks off the bike.” – Emily Abraham
“With other socks I can feel them on my feet. SockGuy socks are so comfortable and well fitting that I forget they’re on. They wick moisture away from my feet very fast so my feet never get hot or sweaty inside my shoe. Even during the 2014 U.S.A. Junior National Criterium when my jersey and shorts were soaked in sweat and looked like I had gone swimming, my socks stayed dry.”
Good luck to Team Swift in all of their races this year!
Meet Die Hard SockGuy Fan David Bender from Wichita Falls, TX.
David loves cycling, restoration, and running. He especially loves cycling because it makes him feel amazing! The burning sensation in his legs while riding makes him go faster.
He LUVs SockGuy because “These socks are really comfy.”
In his spare time, he is working on restoring a 1964 F100 Styleside.
For more information about David and his riding adventures, visit his blog.
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Meet Die Hard SockGuy Fan, Nate Hoffman from South Haven, Minnesota. Here he is with his friend after getting 1st and 2nd at a spring 5K.
Nate loves triathlons and running because it gives him the runners high. In fact, Nate has run over 500 races!
He loves SockGuy because of our comfy fit, many styles to choose from and customizable designs. Nate has never blistered in our socks, which says a lot since he’s run over 500 races!
Nate, we are glad you LUV SockGuy!
And to follow Nate’s journey, visit his blog.