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.
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
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.”
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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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.
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!
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