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June 2, 2014 No comments

Retro Riding in Catalonia - 2014's La Pedals de Clip

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Retro Riding in Catalonia - 2014's La Pedals de Clip

Whatever's in those bottles it's definitely closer to Ice & Tonic than Isotonic.

What started in 2011 as an eight-man spin around the provinces of Barcelona and Tarragona this year swelled to a field of nearly 250 as Brooks descended upon northern Spain for the fourth edition of La Pedals de Clip, a retro-themed cycle tour of Catalonia. There were two routes of 47km and 72km for riders to choose from, both taking in some of the finest cycling landscapes in Western Europe, as well as some of the finest vineyard checkpoints. As with similar events such as the Retro Ronde and l'Eroica, it was steel frames from the '80s or earlier, gearing on the down tube, and brake cables up where we can see 'em. And while there were no explicit clothing regulations, it was expected that riding attire would be in keeping with the general Throwback Aesthetic. It being Spain, the KAS jerseys were thus understandably out in force, along with a La Vie Claire or two. And even one of our own. Race organizer Carles Soler was happy with how the ride went, and especially happy to have been able to host guest of honour, Spanish Cycling icon and "El Cowboy del Ciclismo" Jaume Mir for the day. Throughout his adult life Señor Mir has never been far from pro cycling, whether as masseur, publicist, team manager or mechanic. And on Sunday the portly figure of the be-sunglassed, moustachioed former Festina man was hard to miss on the course, whether he was shaking other people's hands or pumping his own legs. He dished out some of the prizes, too. We were delighted to have been able to supply some of them. We laid on some prizes, among them a Traveller, a B18 and the new Brooks Multitool. Given the wonderful setting and superb organization of the event, as well its continuing growth, it's probably safe to say that we'll happily be back in Catalonia again to help with La Pedals de Clip in 2015. And we warmly recommend any Retro ride hobbyists who haven't yet had the pleasure to pencil it in for May next year too. Up, down, left, right... Brooks has always been happy to show cyclists the way.