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The Stradalli Cycle Euro trip (sort of like being in a Crazy movie).

Friday, November 18, 2016 10:39:08 AM EST5EDT

The Stradalli Cycle Euro trip (sort of like being in a Crazy movie).

 

Hey everyone 
 
The first problem we had was that the bikes for Cesar Grajales and Thomas Steinbacher ended up getting over charged by FedEx. Then they ended up being held by German customs. As well as all the clothing that was packed for the riders, marketing articles and shirts also ended up in impound in Germany.  A great start to our Euro trip. No bikes, it’s raining, its cold and a tax bill with a note saying  to meet us at customs in Pirmasens Germany .
When Tom landed He got an email that Cesar had his entry into the country denied by Lufthansa, after American Express told us all is set with his passport and green card for reentry into USA. Cesar ended up going to the Austria consulate ‎in Denver, Colorado and it was closed. This delayed Cesar a whole day. And with Tom was fighting with German customs, they missed the start in Austria for World Cup. And if you miss the prologue start you cannot qualify for the overall race win. So now sitting in Germany and it’s about 50 degrees and it’s raining, and raining, and raining.
Not a problem they figured. Let’s just get out of here. All they need to do is to change the flight tickets back but Lufthansa said because of law (blah blah) ‎Tom cannot return for minimum of 7 days.
So they called American Express. And because Tom is a good client of 16 years they will help but because all the tickets and fine print it will cost almost more money than the original 2 way ticket. So no matter how they do it or try it doesn't work. So far, not the most perfect trip.  The day of Tom’s flight to Germany he booked tickets for Cesar and himself to Columbia on August 27th for a business meeting on the 28th. While Tom was waiting for the email confirmation from Amex he was on the phone with Amex supervisors were informing Tom of the flight and of course that was also booked wrong (now at this point, just  imagine Tom’s heart rate with a long distance phone bill) 
While this was going on Tom also was trying to get an appointment with the German customs in his home town Pirmasens. Tom was about to lose his mind and was 2 steps away from getting arrested. German customs is run very black and white, never thinking outside of the box. They finally gave Tom his bike. They inspected his USED bicycles and then charged Double Taxes claiming that they are new bicycles. Then realized they were wrong and approved that the bikes are in fact USED and that they over charged him. It only took them an hour to realize this. But now they want Tom to go to Koln which is 350km away and fill out a form for their mistake and not ride the bikes, but to ship them back and maybe, just maybe, Tom can get his money back for the overcharge on the taxes. Sounds like a joke, but it’s not. Tom is stuck in Germany with not allowed to ride his bikes, Missed the World Cup race, it’s raining none stop, and it’s freaking cold out. And on top of that, German customs also tagged his bike with an official seal stamped on his bike, which they stated he cannot ride it with the seal on the bike. This has to be a joke.  The response from customs was “what can you do?” likes it’s a out of there hands.
Finally Amex called back and the rep says “ok I have multiple solution, let's look at them quickly because it is almost 5.30 and my shift is over soon”, OMG what the F@#% is this a hidden camera show?
Tom’s options are, He waits 7 days in Germany and they can give me a free exchange flight, but I have to pay exchange rate. Or Tom buys a new one way for more than originally 2 way. or in 5 days Tom can fly for a little cheaper or Amex can refund my money for the messed up Colombia flight (there messed up but Tom can say thanks for fixing it and giving MY own money back) or option number 4 Tom can get his Colombia flight money back and he can give Tom a super cheap flights directly to Columbia and also can change Cesar tickets for free by using the refund money to pay for it. So now Tom is flying Saturday with my bikes (with German tax seal on it) to Columbia and because He cannot go to Koln to the tax office and because he want to ride my bikes He cannot get his tax money back. How the heck after Tom explained 12 times to the customs people that Tom rides, sells eats, sleeps, bicycles they put a German seal on the bike and says just wait till the paperwork is done and the bikes go back to the USA (MAYBE) Tom is absolutely speechless about the thinking process of some people, how do you live in such a box. Now Tom finds out that the hotel in Austria also refuses to refund his money or even refused to refund partial money. So now Tom will be stuck in Colombia for 12 days till my meeting on the 28th. 
But life sometimes doesn't always go your way but as long as you can smile you’ll be fine.
Today is the first day they have a small break from the rain and Tom get dressed and walk out the door and boom, full blown rain AGAIN, ok back in the house and have coffee number 6.
About an hour later a little sun so now Tom said “Forget this I'm going”. With 3 shirts and jacket off he go. Awesome fun ride around his mom’s house back to my old neighborhood. But here we go again with more bad luck. A landslide and the road was closed. Tom just smiled and said “great trip”. He turned around and only knew the highway route so he ask a friendly German guy and his daughter, she looks at me and say “Hey you’re Tom from Florida we watched your show” and they all laughed Tom’s new friends said “no no go around this way it's longer and uphill but no cars and a fun road little rough but nice”. So Tom say thanks and smiles and go up this rough road he is right nice quite and fun, bad road but good, 30 min later up hill road turns into gravel and mud , Tom look around, nice woods and fields. But no paved road so back to square one. All Tom can think about all that happened in 3 days and smile and laugh it off. Finally he stopped a car and get good none gravel directions, now on his way home. A fun ride but guess what?  45 min away from home here it comes again, Rain and more rain even more rain. Downhill all the way back home in the rain nothing Tom can do but smile. Back at moms now writing this with a big smile coffee number 7 and a good home made German meal. 
Ok now let's see how tomorrow's 17 hour journey to Colombia will work out :)



See attached pictures of my nice German seal on my bikes and a succession from the 5 customs people not 2 ride. 1 hour at customs and tax office with 5 people. Now I know where our tax dollars go , lol lol live is amazing just ride and smile away.  :)
 
 
 
 

Hopefully I don't need to keep you guys posted and I'll be back to normal soon :)
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Colombia Adventure

Friday, November 18, 2016 9:57:31 AM EST5EDT

Colombia Adventure

stradalli carbon mtb, 29er, 650b, full-suspesion, colombia manizales, cesar grajales, tom thomas steinbacher,road trip-mountainbike

cesar and tom getting ready for there 7000 foot climb , wonder if tom can keep up :)

stradalli carbon mtb, 29er, 650b, full-suspesion, colombia manizales, cesar grajales, tom thomas steinbacher,road trip-mountainbike

amazing views everywhere 

3stradalli carbon mtb, 29er, 650b, full-suspesion, colombia manizales, cesar grajales, tom thomas steinbacher,road trip-mountainbike

this is mostliky the last time tom will see cesar 

stradalli carbon mtb, 29er, 650b, full-suspesion, colombia manizales, cesar grajales, tom thomas steinbacher,road trip-mountainbike

up up and more up

stradalli carbon mtb, 29er, 650b, full-suspesion, colombia manizales, cesar grajales, tom thomas steinbacher,road trip-mountainbike

last stop before going higher in to the clouds

stradalli carbon mtb, 29er, 650b, full-suspesion, colombia manizales, cesar grajales, tom thomas steinbacher,road trip-mountainbike

cesar grajales and tom steinbacher above the clouds 

stradalli carbon mtb, 29er, 650b, full-suspesion, colombia manizales, cesar grajales, tom thomas steinbacher,road trip-mountainbike

tom made it , cold tired beat up but with a smile, cesar is long gone

stradalli carbon mtb, 29er, 650b, full-suspesion, colombia manizales, cesar grajales, tom thomas steinbacher,road trip-mountainbike

stradalli 650b full suspension 

stradalli carbon mtb, 29er, 650b, full-suspesion, colombia manizales, cesar grajales, tom thomas steinbacher,road trip-mountainbike

toms new friends relaxing on the way down

stradalli carbon mtb, 29er, 650b, full-suspesion, colombia manizales, cesar grajales, tom thomas steinbacher,road trip-mountainbike

nice walk home from school with a smile and satying clean , wish some florida kids could see this picture

stradalli carbon mtb, 29er, 650b, full-suspesion, colombia manizales, cesar grajales, tom thomas steinbacher,road trip-mountainbike

up up and more going up

stradalli carbon mtb, 29er, 650b, full-suspesion, colombia manizales, cesar grajales, tom thomas steinbacher,road trip-mountainbike

tom was homesick and needed dunkin donuts in colombia :)

stradalli carbon mtb, 29er, 650b, full-suspesion, colombia manizales, cesar grajales, tom thomas steinbacher,road trip-mountainbike

tacking the local kids from the track to coffee and breakfast after track training

tour stage winner and top 5 finisher in the giro, awesome racer and does he climb

stradalli carbon mtb, 29er, 650b, full-suspesion, colombia manizales, cesar grajales, tom thomas steinbacher,road trip-mountainbike

back after 5 long hours to the hotel 

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Team Colavita/Fine Cooking/Stradalli Cycle Continues to Shine! 
Olivia Dillon Takes Sprinter Points Jersey in Tour of Utah!
 
 
 
Mary Zider, Lenore Pipes, Jen Purcell, and Erica Allar - Iron Hill Twilight Cycling Criterium
 
 
Team Colavita/Fine Cooking/Stradalli cycle toed the line at two separate races this past weekend and walked away with solid results in both events.  The east coast squad took to the line on the historical downtown streets of West Chester, PA as part of the Iron Hill Twilight Criterium this past Saturday evening. From the gun Team Colavita/Fine Cooking was ready to make their presence known with Erica Allar stringing out the peloton from the gun as she took the USA Crit's signature opening prime lap. From that moment on the team meant business gobbling up prime after prime, having representation in every breakaway attempt, and not allowing a rider to get away unmarked. It wasn't until 12 laps to go that Mary Zider's attack would be "the break". Along with Zider, other teams represented were Mellow Mushroom, Fearless Femme, and FCS Rouse.  The small break away worked to create a gap in excess of one minute on the field.   Ultimately the break ended up lapping the field at the beginning of the last lap which took the peloton 2 laps to go to 1 lap to go. This breakaway was instantly swallowed up by the peloton making for a very confusing finish!  Zider attempted to find her way through the chaotic peloton, narrowly missing out on a podium spot with a solid fourth place finish.   
  
On Monday afternoon the west coast squad lined up to contest the Cedar City Grand Prix which included a strong field of sprinters along with the reigning road and time trial national champion.  The four-corner bicycle criterium circuit in downtown Cedar City, UT with a slight uphill finish and strong winds made for an aggressive and challenging day of racing. Team Colavita/Fine Cooking/ Stradalli cycle’s small but strong roster of riders consisting of Lindsay Bayer, Olivia Dillon, Whitney Schultz, and guest rider Anna Grace Christensen raced aggressively throughout, focusing on leading Dillon out to earn sprint points on the three interim sprint laps with her Stradalli Carbon RP14 . The team was represented in key breaks and worked hard to set up for a strong finish. In the end, it was a great day - Dillon placed fifth in the field sprint after a leadout from the team and captured the sprint jersey.
Great amazing race weekend with fantastic results for team Colavita/Fine Cooking/ Stradalli cycle


 
Olivia Dillon - Winner of Sprinters Jersey at Tour of Utah
 
 
The west coast squad will continue racing at the Tour of Utah Women's Edition on Wednesday, August 6th

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Stradalli Helps Cyclists of Caldas Colombia Manizales, Colombia

Friday, November 18, 2016 9:28:24 AM EST5EDT

Stradalli Helps Cyclists of Caldas Colombia
Manizales, Colombia

A pleasant surprise was yesterday Alejandro Ruiz. He was cited at 7:00 am to the cycling track in Manizales Colombia , but did not know why.
Cycling Coach, Jhon Jairo Narvaez, chose Alejandro Ruiz for a new Stradalli carbon frame brought by Thomas Tom Steinbacher owner and CEO of Stradalli cycle, and cycling legend Cesar Grajales who came to the city to train week in the mountains and to pitch in and help the kids in need with some training tips , rides and some free Stradalli products. 

Junior cyclist Alejandro Ruiz  "I am very grateful, I needed it and hopefully this will help me in my cycling future ," said the young racer, who is gaining ground in the midst of difficulties and economic times.

. "It's a pleasure and honor to help and contribute in some way to improve the lives of these young riders," said Thomas Tom Steinbacher, CEO - Stradalli cycle

Meanwhile, Cesar Grajales, who led the charitable cause, was also happy: "One lived many difficulties and how to help now that we have, we do." 
Grajales came to town and made several upgrades to the Gualí, 4000 meters high above sea level, he is preparing for the Leadville 100 , largest MTB race in USA. 

Besides the frame given to Ruiz, Stradalli also gave them sports equipment to four other junior riders: 
Juan José Amador and Sebastian Ortegon, Manizales; Felipe Adrián Granada and Jordan Ramirez, Neira.

 

 

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Team Colavita/Fine Cooking/Stradalli Cycle Splits Squad to tackle both sides of the US! 

 Iron Hill Twilight Criterium and the Women's Edition of the Tour of Utah Rosters Announced!

 Stradalli, Tom Steinbacher, Jaco, Colavita, MTB, cycling, bicycle, Carbon bikes, Full suspension, racing, 650B, 27.5, Team Colavita – Stradalli Cycle, Erica Allar winning and taking the top spot again for Team colavita – Stradalli Cycle

 

Olivia Dillon...Photo credits Jonathan Devich

Edison, NJ- Team Colavita/Fine Cooking/Stradalli Cycle will send split squads this upcoming weekend to tackle both the Inaugural Women's Edition of the Tour of Utah and the Iron Hill Criterium. On the east side the team will compete in the USA Crit Series Iron Hill Twilight in West Chester, PA. On the west side the team will be racing in both the Cedar City Grand Prix in Cedar City, Utah and the Inaugural Women's Edition of the Tour of Utah in Tooele, Utah. 

The Iron Hill Twilight Criterium will start off the weekend this Saturday evening in the historic downtown of West Chester, PA starting at 6:45pm. The women will race the 40K course in effort to win the $7,500 purse.  

To learn more about this event visit:

http://www.ironhilltwilightcriterium.com/avante_salon.html

Watch Live!!

http://new.livestream.com/steadypace/events/3193858

The west coast squad will first compete in the inaugural Cedar City Grand Prix on Monday, August 4th. Running alongside the Cedar City Grand Prix, the men will begin day one of the Tour of Utah by completing a long mountain course. The men racing the Tour of Utah and women racing in the Grand Prix will share the same start/finish line! Following Monday's race the team will then head to Tooele, Utah to race on Wednesday, August 6th and participate in the Inaugural Women's Edition of the Tour of Utah presented by the Utah Sports Commission and Play Hard Give Back. This exciting new event will run in conjunction with the Pro men's Tour of Utah. For the first time in its 10-year history, the Tour of Utah will feature professional men's and women's teams competing on the men's stage 3 finishing circuit-a 15-lap race on Miller Motorsports Park's 3.5K course. 

To learn more about this event visit:

http://www.tourofutah.com/race/womens

Iron Hill Twilight Roster:

Erica Allar

Jen Purcell

Lenore Pipes

Mary Zider

 

Women's Edition of the Tour of Utah Roster:

Lindsay Bayer

Olivia Dillon

Whitney Schultz

Anna Grace Christiansen (Guest Rider)

 Stradalli, Tom Steinbacher, Jaco, Colavita, MTB, cycling, bicycle, Carbon bikes, Full suspension, racing, 650B, 27.5, Team Colavita – Stradalli Cycle, Erica Allar winning and taking the top spot again for Team colavita – Stradalli Cycle

Whitney Schultz ...Photo Credits Jonathan Devich


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César Grajales pedalea a lo grande en EE.UU.

Thursday, November 17, 2016 4:56:15 PM EST5EDT

César Grajales pedalea a lo grande en EE.UU.

 
27.5, 650B, bicycle racing, Carbon bikes, Cesar Grajales, Colavita / Fine Cooking pro cycling team, Colorado, Full suspension, Leadville race, Mounting Biking Race, Mtb race, Silver Rush, Stradalli MTB, Tom Steinbacher, Leadville Colorado
Lunes, Julio 28, 2014

 

LA PATRIA | Manizales

César Grajales es de aquellos ciclistas sin límites. Fue de los primeros ciclomontañistas que tuvo Caldas, pero se mantuvo en la ruta, la que después lo lanzó al profesionalismo en Estados Unidos.
En suelo norteamericano, con el paso de los años, ha mezclado la ruta con el ciclomontañismo. La semana pasada, con el grupo deportivo de Colavita - Stradalli, logró la segunda colocación en la Leadville Silver Rush 50 Mountain Bike Race.
"Esta competencia es clasificatoria a Leadville 100, la carrera más grande de MTB en EE.UU., que se corre siempre por encima de los 3 mil metros de altura sobre el nivel del mar", cuenta César desde suelo estadounidense.
César ha participado en esta competencia los dos últimos años, quedando décimo y quinto: "Espero hacer una mejor actuación y subir al podio".

27.5, 650B, bicycle racing, Carbon bikes, Cesar Grajales, Colavita / Fine Cooking pro cycling team, Colorado, Full suspension, Leadville race, Mounting Biking Race, Mtb race, Silver Rush, Stradalli MTB, Tom Steinbacher, Leadville Colorado
Posiciones

1. Cameron Chambers, 3.43,40; 2. Cesar Grajales 3.51,15; 3. Ryan Petry 3.51,54; 4. Cristhian Ravelo 3.55,44, y 5. Stig Somme 4.00,53.

http://www.lapatria.com/deportes/cesar-grajales-pedalea-lo-grande-en-eeuu-107701

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