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This Shoe-Insole Company is Making Headways on Tour

With all the time golfers spend on their feet while they’re on the course, comfort is key. Though comfortable shoes are important, ALINE, a shoe-insole company gaining popularity on tour, might be something to consider for those looking for some support for their feet. The ALINE insoles feature a shock-absorbing gel, a biomechanics-friendly suspension system and ribs on the insole to help maintain better balance and stability on the course. This technology helps keep your body properly aligned, which minimizes the fatigue we all feel in our feet after a tough walk. The suspended structure also helps back, muscle and joint pain, and will help avoid foot injuries such as plantar fascitis. The company boasts that more than 100 tour players, including Kevin Na, 2157794Kelly Kraft and Ken Duke, plus caddies and teaching professionals are using the inserts. For more info, click here. —Claire Rogers

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ALINE Dealer and User To Coach US Ski Team

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AZCARATE TO COACH THE BEST OF THE BEST IN CHILE
Ellicottville (NY) locals know Miguel Azcarate for many things. He’s a former professional ski racer from Spain. He and his wife Kimberly Reading own the landmark Mud Sweat n’ Gears Ski and Snowboard Shop. He is the Training Center Director at Holiday Valley. He’s a longtime ski coach who operates the Ligety Weibretch Summer Ski Camp in Mount Hood, Oregon, coaching alongside Ted Ligety and Andrew Weibretch.
  
Now he’s adding something new to his long list of credentials: Azcarate was asked by U.S. Ski Team to be a guest coach at the men’s fall speed camp in Chile. “I’ve worked with many coaches and athletes from the World Cup and U.S. Ski Team for the last seven years at our summer ski camp in Mount Hood,” Azcarate explained. “These athletes are the best skiers in the world, so I’m looking forward to this opportunity,” he said of his upcoming 2-3 week-long trip.
In Chile, Azcarate will be coaching Ligety and Weibretch, as well as Marco Sullivan, Steve Nyman and Travis Ganong, although no specific duties are on the docket as of yet. “I will be helping with anything they need,” Azcarate said.
The camp will be held at Corralco Ski Area, a premier race training venue in the southern part of Chile. While heading to Chile may be a culture shock to many, Azcarate is very familiar with the country. “I spent many years ski racing in Chile, specifically at Portillo, La Parva and Termas de Chilan. I’m really looking forward to skiing in Chile again,” he said. Unquestionably, Miguel knows the sport of skiing. Azcarate originates from San Sebastian, Spain and has skied throughout Europe and North and South America. He took a liking to ski racing at a young age in the western Pyrenees Mountains and started racing extensively throughout Europe. Through skiing and the love of travel, Azcarate made his way to Ellicottville, and has called it home for the last 30 years.
Permission was granted by the Ellicottville Times to recreate the above article written by Alicia Dziak

Key to Winning Tour de France? 500,000 Pedal Revolutions

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This year’s Tour de France is drawing to a close this Sunday as today marks the 19th stage of the epic 2,200 mile, 21 stage race. Running over a variety of flat, hilly, mountainous and high altitude terrain, the Tour is considered one of the most prestigious endurance events in the world, the equivalent of running a marathon every day for a month.

Cannondale-Garmin attack on stage five of the 2015 Tour de France
Cannondale-Garmin attack on stage five of the 2015 Tour de France

Yet for all the money spent on high performance bikes (which might cost more than your car), amateur riders and spectators might not consider the importance of the simple act of pedaling efficiently.

It’s something the pros know all too well. Considering the average pedal rate, or cadence, of a professional cyclist is around 90-100 revolutions and the Tour takes around 85 hours to complete, the historic event involves roughly 500,000 crank revolutions. Seen in this way, it’s half a million steps to victory.

Given this raw math, the pros spend hours refining their pedalling technique for maximum efficiency. They know small improvements in this simple act will produce more wattage per stroke and be multiplied by half a million revolutions in the end.

Wasting motion can mean the difference between victory and defeat and consequently it’s important that the leg and foot are aligned in the pedaling motion. ALINE’s patented lower leg alignment products allow cyclists to move their feet the way nature intended for improved balance, control and power transfer. By balancing the foot within the cycling shoe, ALINE products mean improved efficiency, less fatigue and injuries.

ALINE has been producing insoles for professional cyclists for the past ten years now and we’re happy to assist cyclists and triathletes in their pursuit of victory. Contact us if you are interested in how ALINE can help improve your cycling.

ALINE and GURU Launch Online Training Center for Cycling Insoles

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ALINE and GURU Launch Online Training Center for Cycling Insoles

Wilton, Conn. (June 15, 2015) – ALINE Systems, an official partner of GURU (a Dorel Sports brand), has launched a new online training center for the brand’s cycling-specific insoles.

“ALINE is committed to providing our retailers with the necessary tools to engage consumers with our product,” said Derek Carroll, ALINE President. “Access to online training will allow our retailers to easily retain product knowledge and deliver outstanding results for their customers.”

ALINE partnered with GURU in 2013 to launch a new cycling-specific insole available exclusively to GURU retailers. Utilizing a laser-guided fitting platform, ALINE insoles provide a full-foot interface to properly align a cyclist’s legs to deliver optimal pedaling performance from the ground up.

“GURU recognizes the value in delivering a complete bike fit experience that goes beyond bike positioning,” said Morten Kristiansen, GURU General Manager. “ALINE provides our retailers with access to a premium brand to elevate their fit services.”

GURU retailers can access ALINE training here: http://Academy.ALINE.com and learn more about Aline at www.ALINE.com.

VB1.1ABOUT DOREL INDUSTRIES INC.:

Dorel Industries Inc. (TSX: DII.B, DII.A) is a world class juvenile products and bicycle company. Dorel creates style and excitement in equal measure to safety, quality and value. The Company’s lifestyle leadership position is pronounced in both its Juvenile and Bicycle categories with an array of trend-setting products. Dorel’s powerfully branded products include global juvenile brands Safety 1st, Quinny, Maxi-Cosi, Bébé Confort and Tiny Love, complemented by regional brands such as Cosco and Infanti. In Recreational/Leisure, brands include Cannondale, GURU, Schwinn, GT, Mongoose, Caloi, IronHorse and SUGOI.  Dorel’s Home Furnishings segment markets a wide assortment of both domestically produced and imported furniture products, principally within North America. Dorel has annual sales of US$2.6 billion and employs 6,300 people in facilities located in twenty-four countries worldwide.

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MEDIA CONTACT:

Bill Rudell

805.553.9746 | bill.rudell@cyclingsportsgroup.com

Hubbard Preps for NFL Combine in ALINEs

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When the difference between a first or fifth round selection can hinge upon tenths of a second, athletes will do everything they can for that extra advantage. Within IMG Academy’s NFL Combine training program, the Athletic and Personal Development staff have been proactive in the research and application of performance technologies to encourage their athletes to reach the next level. ALINE Systems, a leader in movement efficiency and functional mechanics, is one of a number of performance companies who lend their expertise. ALINE’s role during the initial NFL Combine athlete assessments was to evaluate each athlete’s lower body mechanics. Adrian Hubbard, a 6’6’’, 252-lb standout linebacker for the Alabama Crimson Tide, was one of several players who took special interest in the ALINE advantage.

As part of the initial assessment, Hubbard was fit using cutting-edge fit stand technology and provided a pair of ALINE Performance Insoles. He quickly noticed the difference in power transfer and response when working on his approach and agility drills, “I can really feel my legs staying straighter and my knees don’t collapse inwards. A lot more powerful and quicker response.” With his body in the correct bio-mechanical position, power was being driven to the proper engines to fuel him. Hubbard, a Georgia native, opted out of his final year of eligibility to chase his NFL dreams. During his tenure at Alabama with Coach Nick Saban, Hubbard won 2 BCS National Championships, 1 SEC Championship and garnered multiple personal accolades.

Recently, Hubbard was fortunate enough to be one of the elite athlet’s selected to play in the Reese’s Senior Bowl. In the midst of a hectic training and travel schedule he forgot to transfer his ALINEs into his practice cleats on Day 1 of Senior Bowl practice, and felt something was off. He did not make that mistake again during practice or during his game, and made an impressive six tackles at the Senior Bowl. At the conclusion of the game, in the hustle and bustle of interviews and saying goodbye to fellow pigskin warriors, Hubbard forgot to retrieve his cleats with the ALINEs inside. Once back on the IMG Academy campus, he was relieved to find another pair waiting for him.

IMG Academy aligns with a variety of industry leading performance companies to provide each NFL Combine athlete with every edge possible leading up to the ‘world’s toughest job interview’. The integration of ALINE provides athletes with a product and service that not only prevents future injuries, but also helps increase athletic performance though proper alignment.

Winter Games Athletes Around the World

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ALINE is excited to share our list of Winter Games Athletes using our product at ESPN X Games and now to represent their countries.  These elite athletes are like you,  they want to Move Better so they Feel Better and Perform Better.  If ALINE can do it for them, we can do it for you!  Let’s root on our US Winter athletes as well as our athlete friends from around the world!

ALINE XGames Athletes participating in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics
ALINE XGames Athletes representing the US and Abroad
Name Event Nation
 Danny DavisLouis Vito  Snowboard HalfpipeSnowboard Halfpipe  USAUSA
Jarryd Hughes SBX Australia
Aimee Fuller Slope Style Board Great Britain
Helene Olafson SBX Norway
Lindsey Jacobellis SBX USA
Jussi Taka SBX FINLAND
AJ Kemppainen Free Style Skiing Finland
Henrick Harlaut Free Style Skiing Sweden
David Wise Free Style Skiing USA
Isabel Derungs Slope Style Board Switzerland
Silje Norendal Slope Style Board Norway
Yuki Tsubota Free Style Skiing Canada
Alex Deibold SBX USA
Cameron Bolton SBX Australia
James Woods Free Style Skiiing Great Britain
Sven Thorgren Slope Style Board Sweden
Charles Guldemond Slope Style Board USA
Nick Baumgartner SBX USA
Kim Lamarre Free Style Skiing Canada
Faye Gulini SBX USA
Jaqueline Hernandez SBX USA
Jamie Anderson Slope Style Board USA


IMG Junior Golf Tour hits the links in the Northeast for ALINE Systems Junior Open

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ALINE Systems Jr. Open at Wyncote Golf Club
ALINE Systems Jr. Open at Wyncote Golf Club

The IMG Junior Golf Tour teed off in Oxford, Pa. for the ALINE Systems Junior Open at Wyncote Golf Club, Oct. 26-27. Chilly temperatures and high wind gusts could not stop the competition from heating up among a field of 68 players from seven states. In the Boys 15-18 division, Liam McAnally of Downingtown, Pa. carded solid rounds of 76-79 to secure his first-career Tour victory. “It was very cold and windy out there so I just tried to focus on keeping my shots low and out of the wind as much as possible,” McAnally said of his performance. “The key for me was my short game; being able to get up and down when I missed greens.”

McAnally recently finished fifth in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) state tournament. Incidentally, McAnally wore a pair of ALINE insoles, which he says he has in every pair of shoes he owns, through the weekend.

In the Girls division, 13-year old Kaitlyn Lees of Bryn Mawr, Pa. turned in scores of 87-76 to secure the victory. Meanwhile, Alex Chin of Chatham, N.J. finished with rounds of 78-81 to claim his second Tour title after winning his division at Berkshire Valley earlier this month.

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Title sponsor ALINE Systems provided all participants with free ALINEment analysis on site, and sponsored the #PowerStraightUp par-five contest on the ninth hole. Winners in the par-five contest were chosen for achieving the lowest aggregate score, with Andrew Bowyer of Summit, N.J. and Kaitlyn Lees earning free pairs of ALINE insoles for their performance.

The ALINE Systems Junior Open marked the sixth event on the IMG Junior Golf Tour calendar, and the last Northeast event in 2013. The event was hosted by Wyncote Golf Club, which is ranked by Golf Magazine as the ‘No. 5 course you can play in Pennsylvania.’  AJGA Performance Based Entry was awarded to the top five finishers in the Boys division and the Girls division winner. The Tour gets back underway at the PGA Golf Club – Ryder Course in Port St. Lucie, Fla., Nov. 9-10. The Tour will return to the Northeast in 2014 at Heron Glen Golf Club in Ringoes, N.J., April 5-6.

– To see original article plus more visit IMG Junior Golf Tour site at: http://www.imgjuniorgolftour.com