Every site sponsor gets thank-you note and Trek have been here in July and August with a promotion for the new Emonda frame.
There’s also a reminder about the supporter caps and your chance to win one below too.
Trek have revamped their road range with the new Domane and Emonda frames this year and the firm is one of the manufacturers to have its own pro team. Readers following pro cycling will know Trek Factory Racing for their road team and there is the formal UCI ProTeam with its World Tour licence. But there’s also a wider squad with triathlon and mountain biking teams too.
You might see “just” a square box with an ad but this keeps the wheels turning. Sponsorship and ads make this site work, quite literally during the Tour de France when there are so many readers that there are extra bandwidth charges, the hosting company said there were up to 30 readers a second during July and there was a consequent drain on bandwidth. You might have got “error establishing database connection” error messages from time to time, hopefully this is fixed or reduced.
Luckily all the income doesn’t just go on IT hardware. It helps with detours to visit race courses for example several stages of the Tour de France to pick out hidden climbs in the Vosges or get the measure of the final time trial course. Looking ahead it’s helped with upcoming races like the Farrapona stage of the Vuelta and the Ponferrada course for the World Championships, fun to ride and helpful for previews. Thanks to Trek and their UK office for the support, they’ve been sponsors in April and last summer too.
On the subject of housekeeping, a reminder that new supporter caps are coming. There will be the option for a large one and also for a white one too. If you want and if you can, you can sign up online with Prendas as this helps them measure the demand – they promise it’s just to see how many people might be interested, it’s neither a pledge to buy from you nor are they harvesting your email address for marketing. Thanks for all the support so far.
Win a cap: finally if you’ve made it this far to read a note of thanks, here’s a small reward: pick the winner of Thursday’s Vuelta Stage 6 to win an INRNG cap and a bonus surprise too… don’t get your hopes up, it’s not an Emonda frame. Rules:
- leave your answer in the comments below (not Twitter or email please)
- the winner or closest pick will win
- in the event of a tie, a name gets selected at random
- get your answer in before 5.00pm Euro time on Thursday