Friday, January 30, 2015

Litespeed Returns to the Pro Peloton

Legendary Brand Builds on Sponsorship Heritage with Astellas UCI Pro Team

Chattanooga, Tennessee - January 30, 2014 - Veteran bicycle manufacturer Litespeed has announced that they will sponsor the Astellas Pro Cycling Team for the next three seasons. The Astellas Cycling team was recently appointed to the Pro ranks by USA Cycling as a Continental road team and will be making their professional debut in the 2014 season.

"We're thrilled to be involved with the Astellas team and be part of the excitement surrounding professional American cycling for the future," said Peter Hurley, CEO of American Bicycle Group, parent company of Litespeed. "Our hometown will again host the USA Cycling Pro National Championships with our sponsorship support, and this year we will have the Astellas team representing our brand in that race and dozens of others on the national level."

The Astellas Cycling 2014 lineup will consist of 15 riders riding several different titanium and carbon Litespeed models based on their needs. The roster includes: Ryan Aitcheson (CAN), Andrew Baker (Greenville, S.C.), Cortlan Brown (West Bountiful, UT), Thomas Brown (Athens, GA), Brecht Dhaene (BEL), Brandon Feehery (Homewood, IL), Matthew Green (GBR), Stephen Hyde (Easthampton, MA), Max Korus (Elkins Park, PA), Clay Murfet (AUS), Michael Pincus (Pearland, TX), Jacob Rytlewski (Brownsburg, IN), Hogan Sills (West Lafayette, IN), Chris Uberti (Greenville, SC), Justin Williams (Tustin, CA).

"We are really excited that Litespeed has chosen to partner with Astellas for the next three years,” said Andrew Frey, team owner and director sportif. “Litespeed has a storied history in bike racing – particularly for a U.S. brand that designs and manufactures bikes in this country. We look forward to a long and successful relationship.”

Litespeed has previously sponsored notable pro teams such as Lotto-Adecco, Calyon/Litespeed, DFL/Cyclingnews/Litespeed, Ofoto-Lombardi and the LA Sheriff Pro Cycling teams throughout its history. Additionally, Litespeed bikes have been ridden to stage victories at the Tour de France and pro-level races worldwide.

About Litespeed Founded in 1986 and based in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Litespeed is the industry leader in the design and manufacture of elite titanium and carbon bicycles. Litespeed offers a wide array of racing bikes for road, mountain and cyclocross, available through its domestic and worldwide dealer network. For more information on Litespeed, please visit or @Litespeed_Bike.

Friday, April 11, 2014

2014 Litespeed M1

With a new frame design for 2014, the redesigned M1 arrives complete with full Shimano 105 components, Easton bar, stem seatpost and Shimano R-500 wheelset.  The elite unidirectional monocoque 24T carbon frame is loaded with features not normally found at this price point. 

New frame technology includes a box-section profile at the oversized PF30 BB to ensure optimum power transfer, while the unique design of the downtube improves aerodynamics for decreased drag and further improved stiffness. 

The new, tapered headtube provides precise handling and front end stiffness.  Fun and fast for a solid day of racing or training, this bike is ready to take what the road throws at it.  

Our carbon bikes are loaded with cutting edge technology and great component sets to provide a responsive, stiff, smooth and modern ride. The M1 offers the Litespeed badge and heritage, plus a bit of technology from both the C & L Series, at more aggressive price point. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Race Recap: 2014 Sunny King Crit

2014 Sunny King Criterium

Just as Stage 4 of the Redlands Bicycle Classic was coming to a close, the 2014 Sunny King Criterium was just getting started. As with the Redlands Classic, we had two teams riding Litespeed bikes in the Pro category: Astellas Cycling and Seasucker-Guttenplan. The race was exciting right from the start, as Astellas rider Chris Uberti did not hesitate to push the pace and ride off the front. Ultimately, though, David Guttenplan was able to set himself up for the sprint finish, coming in with an exciting 3rd place overall, while Astellas managed to place 4 guys in the top 25: Thomas Brown, Brandon Feehery, Hogan Sills, and Chris Uberti.

Pre-race shenanigans from Astellas Cycling, getting ready for Sunny King

David Guttenplan got some air time on the live feed

David right after an exciting sprint to the finish

Guttenplan on the podium. Wasn't the first time, definitely won't be the last.

Sunny King race-recap from Astellas rider Chris Uberti

Full race-replay, full results here

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Astellas Cycling: Redlands Classic 2014

Redlands Bicycle Classic 2014

From April 2 to April 6, Astellas Cycling competed at the Redlands Bicycle Classic, the longest running stage race in American history. Held in Redlands, California, the race consisted of five stages: a 59-mile Circuit Race, an uphill 7.8-mile TT, a 120-mile Road Race, a 90-minute Timed Criterium, and a 94-mile road race.

Stage 1- Circuit Race

for Stage 1 of Redlands Bicycle Classic

Brecht Dhaene placed 8th in the field on Stage 1, Cortlan Brown 15 seconds back, Jake Rytlewski, Matt Green, Max Korus, and Ryan Aitcheson, 20 seconds back, and Andrew Baker 51 seconds back. As a team, Astellas finished 9th overall.

Stage 2- TT

Andy Baker was first off for the team

Next for Astellas was Ryan Aitcheson

Followed by Max Korus

Matt Green ready to go

Last rider for Astellas was Brecht Dhaene

Andrew Baker was the top man for Astellas on Stage 2, finishing in the top 25,
Astellas Cycling as a team 10th overall.

Stage 3- Road Race

Brecht Dhaene took 6th in a field sprint, while Matt Green, Jake Rytlewski, Andrew Baker, Cortlan Brown all finished 20 seconds behind the leader. As a team, Astellas was in 12th overall.

Stage 4- Timed Criterium

At the start of the 90-minute timed criterium.

Max Korus was part of a breakaway that led the field for a large part of the race.

The wonderful hosts for Astellas Cycling Team.

Ultimately, Max Korus finished 5th overall in the crit, with Brecht Dhaene, Jake Rytlewski, Cortlan Brown, Andrew Baker, and Matt Green right behind.The team finished 4th overall for Stage 4.

Stage 5- Road Race, Final Results

Jake Rytlewski was the top Astellas rider on Stage 5, finishing 17th overall.

At the end of five days, Astellas Cycling Team placed 7th overall. Can't wait to see what's to come! Next race on the Astellas calendar is the Charlotte-Belmont Omnium.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Get to Know Astellas Cycling Team... Chris Uberti

New for 2014, we are proud to sponsor Astellas Cycling in the team's first year as domestic professionals. Get to know the team: 

Age: 26

Hometown: Northville, MI

When did you start cycling?

I started riding Mountain Bikes with my Dad in Middle School. I wore baggy pants and was into free-riding, and also thought that all the roadies with their shaved legs and tights were lame.

What do you like about cycling?

I love how it can be whatever you want it to be. For myself cycling has been a job, a form of transportation, a community, and a vehicle for exploration.

What do you not like?

The off season.

What do you do outside of cycling? Jobs, hobbies, family? 

Before I turned pro I was an Aerospace Engineer designing turbine components for aircraft engines and other turbomachinery. Currently I mostly ride bikes and brew my own beer.

When did you start riding with Astellas?

2014 Is my first year with the team.

How do you feel about becoming a Professional domestic team this year? 

I turned Pro last year with Smart Stop. I felt like I learned a lot last year and am ready to apply my new skills to the 2014 season.

What type of racing is your “specialty?” 

Lumpy road races, or Hilly Crits. I love tough races….except for ones that require you to have a body fat % below 10...I love pop-tarts too much for anything like that.

What races are you excited for this year? 

The US National Championship is a very cool race to be a part of. Also the Winston-Salem UCI race. By far the hardest road course I did last year, I got 2nd with my teammate winning the race. It’ll be incredibly tough with a better field in 2014.

What bike will you be riding this year? 

Anything else? Tips, tricks, advice? 

Ride slow. There’s too much stuff to enjoy in the world. If you’re plugged into music, have your head down, and crushing some interval, you’re going to miss out on some of the best aspects of riding.

Be sure to check out Chris Uberti's blog Rockets to Sprockets and follow him on Twitter @cuberti. And don't forget to check out the new Astellas Cycling website

Friday, April 4, 2014

2014 Litespeed Li2

Our long history of material knowledge and expertise has been meshed with new frame and bottom bracket technology to create the 2014 Li2. In fact, we spent over four years to develop and design this elite, UCI-approved racing bike. The Li2 uses every possible material advantage to improve ride quality and handling while maximizing power-to-pedal quickness and overall agility.

An example of trickle-down technology, the Li2 features the same frame technology as the L1R, only in 30t carbon. Combine our premier frame technology with a top-of-the-line spec that includes Ultegra Di2 components ad Reynolds Assault aero wheels, and the conversation is over before it even began.

The BB386 bottom bracket design not only provides increased stiffness and performance, but the larger bottom bracket size allows us to incorporate larger diameter tubing. The result is maximum power transfer. To take advantage of this, our proprietary Quadrilateral System creates a box shape to minimize frame flex while braking and power sprinting. Combine this with the reactive and precise, yet stiff, 1.125'X1.5' tapered steerer fork, and you have a bike that is begging to go fast.

Our design team continues to look for ways to include top-of-the-line, performance-enhancing technology into our frames, always striving to build the perfect ride. The 2014 Li2 offers a perfect example of our ability to help set the de facto cycling industry standards in the course of in-house applied, practical design.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Get To Know Astellas Cycling Team... Max Korus

New for 2014, we are proud to sponsor Astellas Cycling in the team's first year as domestic professionals. Get to know the team: 

Name: Max Korus

Age: 25

Hometown: Elkins Park, Pa

When did you start cycling?

I began cycling competitively in 2010. I was a walk on to the track team at the University of Pennsylvania, but I suffered repeated stress fractures in both of my feet. My roommate at the time was the president of the cycling club and he suggested I give the sport a try.

What do you like about cycling?

I enjoy the competition and the camaraderie.

What do you do outside of cycling? Jobs, hobbies, family? 

In the offseason I work odd jobs, ranging from construction to college admissions consulting. I ski and surf when I have the chance.

When did you start riding with Astellas? 

This will be my second season with the team (I joined in 2013).

How do you feel about becoming a Professional domestic team this year? 

I’m very excited about it. I think the team will have a lot of great opportunities.

What type of racing is your “specialty?” 

Time Trial/ All around.

What races are you excited for this year? 

I’m really looking forward to just about every race the team has on the schedule. If I had to single one out, it would be the Tour de Beauce.

What bike will you be riding this year?