NEWS & UPDATES!

March 20, 2014:

Although the weather forecast doesn't seem to convincing, it's the first day of Spring and time to finalize you plans to attend Le Cirque du Cyclisme in May. As time draws near, we are working hard behind the scenes to get all the final details in place. And while some things are not quite fully settled, the major pieces are locked in and loose ends are falling into place.

Host Hotel

If you haven't made hotel reservations, I strongly suggest doing so ASAP. The hotel WILL fill up, so don't procrastinate too long. Call the Best Western directly at 703-777-9400 and tell them you are registering for "The Cirque". Speaking of the hotel, I notice that there are a number of people registered there who have not yet registered for the event. if you are planning on attending, please register. It's important for our planning to have the number of participants identified so that we can issue contracts for food and services. You can register by going to the the Cirque site http://www.cirqueducyclisme.com/ and click on the registration button, or I've attached a copy of the mail-in form here too.

Theme

In our continuing effort to explore interesting aspects of the vintage bike universe, the theme for this year's Cirque is "Unsung Heroes". While Masi, Herse, Colnago, Singer, etc, etc have spent a lot of time in the lime-light, we are looking to highlight those lesser know marques. The often over looked, under appreciated, under exposed (and often under valued) gems. We want to bring them out of the woodwork so they can rub handlebars with the classic benchmarks we've always admired. Bring out something unusual or out of the ordinary and share your passion for the underdog. Maybe this will bring us full circle and we will go back to country-of-origin themes in the future. Who knows.

The Decal Preservation Initiative

As most of you know, Gary and Debra Prange, and their company SSSink (Screen Specialty Shop Inc), have been long-time sponsors and supporters of the Cirque. They have also been archiving and reproducing vintage bike graphic transfers for many years. We are using the Cirque this year to officially launch The Decal Preservation Initiative. Through this initiative, we hope to gather as many original bicycle transfers as possible so that SSSink can scan, recreate and archive as many as can be made available. The goal is to have an historic archive, and therefore a source, for future collectors and restorers. Gary and I have talked about this possibility for a while, and we want to take advantage of the CR community and the Cirque to help push this forward. SSSink already has an extensive library of vintage transfer art, but there are still marques for which reproduction graphics have never been made, or maybe have never before been available. We want to flush these original transfer out and preserve them for the generations of vintage bike devotees. And the best part is, all original transfers will be returned to the current custodians. Gary will be at the Cirque this year to talk a little more about the initiative. Start thinking about what you might have to contribute to this important cause.

Since the first day of Spring is just about over, this will have to to be all the news for today. More about the Presentations and Workshops in another UPDATE next week.

Please remember that the attendance list on the web site does not update automatically with each registration. We have to do that manually, and will start updating it every few days starting next week.

See you all soon!

 

 

Feb 17, 2014:

It's been a long, somewhat brutal winter in many parts of the country, particularly here in the East. However, I have in on good authority that SPRING really will arrive before too long. And with Spring comes time to think about THE premier vintage cycling event, Le Cirque du Cyclisme!!

I'm happy to announce that on-line registration for the Cirque is now up and running! As in past years, we are using BikeReg for this service. For direct access to the registration page, just click the link below. Please be aware that there is a small additional charge by BikeReg for this service, but the ease and convenience is well worth the minor cost. As an alternative, a downloadable mail in form for registration is available on the Cirque web site which can be accessed via the link below.

As introduced last year, and in our continuation to simplify registration, we have folded the $5 Sunday show admission fee into the single-fee full event price of $70. Everyone that signs up for the "Event General Admission" has full access to virtually all planned activities from Friday through Sunday, with the exception of a swap meet space and table/chairs for vendors on Sunday. Details are available in the event description on the BikeReg web site.

The format for the Cirque will be much the same as last year, with all activities centralized at the Best Western Hotel in Leesburg. I strongly encourage everyone to call and make reservations at the hotel as soon as possible. As always, the hotel WILL fill up, and you won't want to be scrambling for a room at the last minute. Remember, there is no penalty to canceling a reservations up to about 48 hours before check-in. Make your reservations now by calling the hotel directly at 703-777-9400 and be sure to tell them that you are registering for "THE CIRQUE".

We are still working on the exact schedule and details, and may shift some of the sessions around, depending on some factors that have not quite been worked out yet. We are planning even more workshops and demonstrations this year, but we hope that all those pieces fall into place within the next few weeks. All announcements and updates will be posted on the Cirque web site as soon as they are available. Our "ATTENDEES" list will start to be populated within the next week or so as well. That update process is a manual operation, so does not happen as soon as you register on line. We generally gather that info and update the attendance list every week or so, but more often as the event draws closer.

There are some very special things in the works, so finalize your plans now.

MORE TO COME SOON!!

Feb 11. 2014:  Registration should be up and running in a few days, with the mail-in registration form to follow shortly thereafter.  We already have a number of workshops and demos lined up and Chris Bishop will be one of the presenters! Stay tuned!

 

Jan 22, 2014:   We have a number of other very special things in the works, so please stay tuned!  Please also look to our web site for information about hotel accommodations, Leesburg and the surrounding area, and additional information as our program develops.  Start planning now.  This will be an event you don't want to miss.

                Wayne Bingham, Lovettsville VA USA
 

Date Rec’d

Last name

First name

City

State

General
Admission

Seminars

PP Vendor

Comm
Vendor

Table(s)

3/6/2009

Bingham

Wayne

Lovettsville

VA

x

x

 

 

 

3/6/2009

Weier

MJ

Lovettsville

VA

x

x

 

 

 

3/7/2009

Schmidt

Michael

Stirling

NJ

x

x

x

 

 

3/7/2009

Talbot

Bill

New Hartford

CT

x

x

 

 

 

3/7/2009

Granger

Ed

Lancaster

PA

x

x

 

 

 

3/7/2009

Young

Earle

Madison

WI

x

x

 

 

 

3/7/2009

Sanders

Tom

Lansing

MI

x

x

x

 

x

3/7/2000

Romeu

Gabriel

Chesterfield

NJ

x

x

 

 

 

3/7/2000

Romeu

Rita

Chesterfield

NJ

x

x

 

 

 

3/9/2009

Pryor*

Mitch

Portland

OR

x

 

 

x

x

3/10/2009

Swan*

Jamie

Northport

NY

x

x

 

x

x

3/11/2009

Haynes

Peter

Bayport

NY

x

x

x

 

x

3/11/2009

Haynes Guest

 

Bayport

NY

x

x

x

 

 

3/13/2009

bishop

Chris

baltimore

MD

 

 

x

 

x

3/16/2009

Klucha*

Matt

Colchester

CT

 

x

 

x

x

3/22/2009

Froke

J.B.

Pebble Beach

CA

x

x

 

 

 

3/22/2009

Froke

Benjamin

Los Angeles

CA

x

x

 

 

 

3/25/2009

Sanford

Ken

Kensington

MD

x

x

x

 

x

3/25/2009

Powers

Bob

Hicksville

NY

x

x

 

 

 

3/25/2009

Powers Guest

 

Hichsville

NY

x

x

 

 

 

3/27/2009

Putman

Clyde

Dallas

TX

x

x

 

 

 

3/27/2009

Dressner

Joel

Great Neck

NY

x

x

 

 

 

3/30/2009

Baylis*

Brian

La Mesa

CA

x

x

x

 

x

3/30/2009

St Martin

Marc

Livermore

CA

x

x

 

 

 

3/30/2009

Self

Mike

Cincinatti

OH

x

x

x

 

x

3/30/2009

Kruger

Kevin

Grantville

PA

x

 

x

 

x

3/30/2009

Potter

Tim

Okemos

MI

x

 

 

 

 

4/1/2009

Beletsky

Robert

E New Market

MD

x

x

 

x

 

4/1/2009

Beletsky Guest

 

E New Market

MD

x

 

 

 

 

4/1/2009

Brown*

Dale

Greensboro

NC

x

x

 

 

 

4/1/2009

Lee

Paul

Huntington

NY

x

x

 

x

x

4/1/2009

Lee

Rita

Huntington

NY

x

x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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