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Velobici announces ‘writing competition’

To celebrate the British run of success at the Tour de France, as well as the launch of its UK made road wear collection, Velobici has announced a ‘writing competition’.

Founder of the clothing label Chris Puttnam told BikeBiz: "We’ve three writing categories: The Bike, The Race and The Ride, so your story doesn’t have to be about professional racing. It can be about your own rides, your own memories. Entries should be no more than 1,000 words (there is no minimum, to encourage the odd Haiku!) and to submit your entry, simply email it to, stating clearly which category you are entering."

The closing date is 10pm on 17 August 2012 and the winners will be announced during September.

The six judges are: Chris Puttnam, founder of Velobici; Adrian Bell of Mousehold Press; Matt Rendell, cycling author and journalist; David Harmon, Eurosport’s lead English language commentator; Matt Stephens, 1998 British Road Race champion and pro rider between 1998 and 2011 and Andy Ward, cycling doctor and writer. Two judges will preside over each category, submitting their favourite two to a ‘grand final’ where all the judges will decide on the three ultimate winners.

The winner of the Race category will receive a set of the new road wear, a choice of Van Abel or Van Dapper (Jersey & shorts); winner of the Bike category will win a choice of a Classic Bob Maitland or Tommy Godwin jersey, and the winner of the Ride category will win a Lombardy Classic Cardigan with matching Seamless Merino Scarf and Gloves. For female winners, we have a set of Ella Paris or Ella Nice as well as a set of Velobici’s soon-to-be-released women’s wear, a technical vest and briefs. Each winner will receive a copy of the latest publication from Mousehold Press and all three finalists will also be recorded by commentator David Harmon and made available as a podcast on the Velobici website.

The newly available Roadwear collection includes four items: two jerseys and two sets of bib shorts. Each item is made from a Meryl/Lycra actisystem fabric, which makes them exceptionally soft but durable. The Lycra in the fabric stretches five times its own length and has moisture management technology.

BikeBiz profiled the UK manufactured label back in May. You can read more on the product and how to open a trade account here.

Full competition rules have been posted on the Velobici website.

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