Rondo Bicycles to headline partner dukes weekender

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The Dukes Weekender team are delighted to announce a collaboration with gravel bike brand Rondo as the headline partner of the inaugural Dukes Weekender event.

Distributed in the UK by Edinburgh based Hotlines, Rondo (www.Rondo.cc) are one of the most innovative brand leading the new gravel revolution as a new cycling discipline.  

We literally could not be more excited to be working with Rondo,   we’ve already had them out for a little spin on our route, mixing it up on the forest roads and blasting a few lochside paths and they definitely ride as great as they look… Their mantra is “less talking, more riding” so we’ll let the bikes do the talking for us.

We’ll be working together with the team at Hotlines to showcase the bikes and they’ll be around on the event weekend to let you take a look and a wee spin!  Here is what their marketing manager Dave Flynn had to say:

'For us Rondo is the perfect fit for this event as the Ruut bikes with their innovative flip-chip fork mean you’ve got a hillclimber for Saturday and a comfortable, ride-all-day gravel bike for Sunday. Plus we’ve had a peek at some of the route and now we can’t wait to ride!!’

We’ll be continuing to bring you guys more news about the event.  The film/talk night is shaping up to be an absolutely amazing night with one or two famous names of Scottish cycling making an appearance...  Once we’re ready to announce this we’ll be offering tickets out to those who have entered the enduro and hillclimb first.

Enter The Dukes Weekender here!

For those of you in media world you can find the full press release text below:

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Press Release – Rondo partner with the inaugural Dukes Weekender event

2018 has seen the launch of the first ever ‘Dukes Weekender’ Cycling Festival coming September 8th/9th 2018 to Aberfoyle and the surrounding Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park in Scotland.   Today the team are delighted to announce the partnership with the gravel bike brand Rondo.

Distributed in the UK by Edinburgh based Hotlines, Rondo (www.rondo.cc) are an innovative brand leading the new gravel revolution as a new cycling discipline.  The Dukes Weekender festival includes a 60km gravel enduro around the stunning Trossachs landscape.  This event format mixes non competitive social riding with competitive timed stages and mixing forest roads, lochside trails and cycle paths.  All this will be complimented with an amazing closed road hillclimb event up the iconic Dukes Pass the day before along with a kids event and also a film and talk night.

Partner in the brand new Dukes Weekender event, rider and organizer Rob Friel said ‘with our 60km gravel enduro taking on some of the most stunning scenery in the Trossachs the partnership with Rondo is the perfect fit for the event.  The team at Rondo and Hotlines have been so enthusiastic about our event and the collaboration is going to push the whole weekend to a new level.’ 

Dave Flynn, marketing manager of Hotlines claimed the establishment of the Dukes Weekender was hugely exciting for the brand; ‘We’ve worked with the team behind The Dukes Weekender in the past and know they’ll make sure this will be the cycling festival of the year. For us Rondo is the perfect fit for this event as the Ruut bikes with their innovative flip-chip fork mean you’ve got a hillclimber for Saturday and a comfortable, ride-all-day gravel bike for Sunday. Plus we’ve had a peek at some of the route and now we can’t wait to ride!!’

‘The people behind Rondo are what makes the brand special. Wanting to create bikes for real cyclists, most probably like you, who just want to get on and ride… Their mantra is “less talking, more riding” we’ll let the bikes to the talking for us.’

More details about the event are still being released weeks.  For all the information and latest news please visit www.dukesweekender.com

 

Notes to Editors

The Dukes Weekender will be on September 8th & 9th 2018 in Aberfoyle, Scotland.  All the information can be found at www.DukesWeekender.com

More information on Rondo and the full range can be found at rondo.cc.

 

The Dukes Weekender is a collaboration between:

·      Rob Friel: Former Scottish XC Mountain Bike champion and 2017 2nd placed Scottish Alba Road Series

·      Stu Thomson:  Former international mountain bike racer and founder of the Cut Media video agency www.cutmedia.com.  Stu is the film maker/director behind iconic Danny Macaskill cycling films such as ‘The Ridge’, ‘Imaginate’ and ‘Wee Day Out’.

·      Frazer Coupland:  Partner in No Fuss Events (www.nofussevents.co.uk), the Fort William based events company behind adventure and cycling events such as the Scottish Enduro Series, 10 Under the Ben and The Big Ben Triathlon

Our mission is to:

“To create a family focussed festival of cycling that will bring people to Aberfoyle and surrounding area to share our passion for cycling and love of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.”