La Veloce Vita

 
2017 DUCATI SUPERSPORT

 
I don’t ride motorcycles but if I did, I’d ride a Ducati. Italian bred, they are works of art – powerful pieces of sculptural engineering that even to those who may never straddle one, are just plain sexy.

I’ve been on some pretty awesome press trips, and would have dreamed to be invited to Seville, Spain to test the new 2017 Ducati SuperSport, recently awarded the title of  “Most Beautiful Bike” at the prestigious EICMA Motorcycle Show in Milan, Italy. Lucky for distinguished writer and long time motorcycle aficionado Jake Bright, he got to go. Thrown in with some of racing’s best, his love of motorcycle riding clicked back into gear speeding around the track and through the Spanish countryside…

“LA VELOCE VITA”

by Jake Bright

 

The world starts to resemble an impressionist painting while tucked under the windscreen of a Ducati at 140mph. That’s where I found myself recently, clad in full leather gear on Spain’s Circuito Monteblanco race track. Only minutes prior, I had not ridden a motorcycle for several years. Days earlier I was on the frigid U.S. East Coast without even a helmet.
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2 Runners, 5 Shoes

 
TWO RUNNERS: SARAH & CLAUDIA

 
Looking for a little motivation to get you out on the road? How about a new pair of running shoes! We asked Nike, Asics, Newton, Hoka, and Brooks to send us their top picks for a lightweight neutral trainer. Since different runners like different shoes, I invited Sarah Toland, co-author of Lindsay Vonn’s recently published book, Strong Is The New Beautiful, and a 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier in the 5K and 10K, to road test these running shoes with me. She’s a tall and lanky gazelle of a runner, while I’m shorter and more compact in my running style  — what Sarah describes as “a recreational marathoner with zeal”. My goal is simply to get from point A to point B. Hers is to do it fast! Here are two different runners thoughts on five of the newest top trainers:

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NIKE LUNARGLIDE 8 $120

Nike says: The LunarGlide 8 offers breathable support and exceptionally soft cushioning to help you glide through your longest runs. Engineered mesh provides comfortable breathability while Flywire technology adapts to your foot for a secure fit. The soft, contoured Lunarlon midsole has precision-lasered cuts on the sides that collapse during footstrike to help you reach a smoother stride. A dynamic support platform adds comfortable, lightweight stability without weighing you down.

Sarah says: I loved how the Lunarglide fit my narrow foot and offered a great combination of a firm feel and well-cushioned ride. I wish it was a bit more springy and responsive, otherwise it might be my favorite out of all those we tested.  Read More

 

The Gift of Sport: For the Snow

 

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For that skier, snowboarder and all around snow lover,

here are 9 great gift ideas they will be sure to love all winter long!

 

LEFT COLUMN: ROXY & COURREGES SNOW JACKET $599.95. House of surf and snow, Roxy, comes together with house of style, Courreges, for a mod capsule collection of sportswear that includes this snowboard jacket. Slim fitting in white, accented with pops of orange, the jacket offers the protection required in the most adverse weather conditions and the warmth of PrimaLoft® Gold insulation.

ELECTRIC ELECTROLITE GOGGLES $120-$160. The award-winning new Electrolite goggle is one of the lightest on the market, weighing just 77 grams and flexible enough to fold in half. It features a compression molded silicone strap; fixed dual cylindrical thermo-formed anti-fog, anti-scratch, anti-reflective lens; and is available in a wide range of great colors and finishes.

POC BLOCK STRIPE BEENIE $40. From POC´s Team Gear collection, this sporty color blocked hat keeps you warm in style from the slopes to the trails to the lodge.

KJUS MENS BT 2.O GLOVE $399. These game-changing Bluetooth ski gloves keeps hands warm while you make and receive phone calls without taking your smartphone out, with an integrated OLED display shows who’s calling. A waterproof speaker and microphone are built into the gloves, which are also incredibly warm, comfortable and 100% waterproof.
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The Gift of Sport: For The Cyclist

 

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THE GIFT OF SPORT CONTINUES WITH

GREAT IDEAS FOR THAT SPECIAL CYCLIST… BE IT HE OR SHE!

 

ROW 1: KESTREL RT-1000 $1899. This sleek flat bar road bike offers a dream ride for any cyclist. From long training rides to cruising around town, the carbon fiber Kestrel RT-1000 combines a fast aerodynamic design with high performance Shimano components, and an upright geometry that delivers comfort too. POC FONDO LIGHT MEN’S JERSEY $99. With a sophisticated 3-tone monochromatic design, the POC Fondo features a lightweight wicking fabric, with a full-length front zipper and mesh inserts under the arms for optimal flexibility, breathability and comfort. Three cargo pockets on rear too.

ROW 2: CASTELLI ELEMENTO 2 7X(AIR) WOMEN’S CYCLING JACKET $399.95. For that ultra stylish but hardcore cyclist, the Castelli Elemento is ready to take on the rain, wind, and winter cold. The lightweight quilted 7x (AIR) fabric blocks wind and water while remaining permeable to air, and the inner layer is a soft, insulating microfleece. WindShear panels on the arms and shoulders, articulated fleece collar, and raw-edge wrist cuffs that easily fit under gloves, are a few more features determined to make any rider love winter cycling. SILCA SUPERPISTA ULTIMATE PUMP $445. With a name that befits its design, the Silca Superpista bicycle pump is as much a work of art as a tire inflator, and the “ultimate” gift for the cyclist who has everything. With a hand-turned rosewood handle inspired by top-of-the-line Japanese knife makers, a stainless steel barrel and hardware machined to NASA-level tolerances for performance, and a hose originally designed for race cars, inflating one’s tires becomes an aesthetic experience with this pump. GIRO KNIT MERINO GLOVES $27.95. For chilly rides to and fro, these warm New Zealand merino wool cycling gloves feature rubber dotted palms for grip and touchscreen-compatible fingers — all in a stylish two tone package. More colors available.
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Trailblazers

 

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As fall kicks off we’re hitting the trails in style. Whether hoofing it up the hill

or strolling through the park, we’ve got the layers you need to stay warm, dry and looking good on all your outdoor excursions this season. 

 

ROW 1: ARC’TERYX ATOM LT HOODY $259. This lightweight, breathable, insulated hoody is ideal as a stand-alone piece in fair weather, or as a layering piece in colder conditions. TIMEX EXPEDITION SCOUT $57.95. Featuring INDIGLO Night-Light, a brightly colored strap, and 50m water resistance, this new Timex field watch is rugged enough for the trail but stylish in town as well. PATAGONIA PERFORMANCE BETTER SWEATER JACKET $149. The performance version of Patagonia’s Better Sweater Jacket adds supple Polartec Power Stretch fleece to create the perfect mix of lightweight cozy warmth with mobility.

ROW 2: ADIDAS OUTDOOR TERREX AGRAVIC GTX $149. Light, fast and stable, this trail running shoe features Boost™ energy return for responsive cushioning; waterproof and breathable GORE-TEX to keep feet dry; and Continental Rubber bike tire tread for extraordinary traction. DISTRICT VISION NAGATA SPEED BLADE $249. Nagata Speed Blade sunglasses feature ultra-lightweight nylon and titanium frames with D+ lens for superior visibility in changing fall light conditions.

ROW 3-4: TOPO WOMEN’S MOUNTAIN PANTS $98. On the trail or on the road, these midweight ripstop cotton hiking pants feature a trim tailored fit that flatters all day, with just enough extra room for your outdoor activities. LEICA MONOVID 8X20 MONOCULAR $449. From the most trusted and sought-after optics maker comes the simple but highly practical Leica Monovid. Measuring only 4 inches and weighing a mere 4 ounces, this minuscule telescope can be stashed in your pocket, ready to magnify any natural wonders spotted along the trail.L.L.BEAN UPCOUNTRY WAXED COTTON DOWN VEST $149. Ruggedly chic in town or country, this warm waxed cotton quilted vest is waterproof, wind resistant and insulated with advanced 650-fill Downtek. TOPO DESIGNS X WOOLRICH SPAN DAYPACK $179. For all your outdoor and indoor activities, this backpack is roomy enough to stash and organize your essentials. With a Woolrich wool exterior and durable, water-resistant pack cloth interior, it features adjustable padded back straps, a waterproof leather bottom, a clip-closure top flap, and an interior laptop sleeve. ICE BREAKER WOMENS SPRITE HOT PANTS $40. Sexy, comfortable and breathable, these super-soft merino wool shorty shorts make the perfect bottom layer for the great outdoors or cozy indoors.

 

Gold Medal Goggles

 
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As Michael Phelps, Katie Ledecky, and Ryan Lochte, continue to rake in the gold at the Summer Olympics in Rio, their flashy swim goggles are making as bold a statement in the pool as their record breaking times. With a stealth wrap-around style and intimidating mirrored lens, this new breed of swim goggles is designed to provide the competitive edge. Offering unprecedented field of vision and hydrodynamics, here are four gold medal goggles that will have you swimming like an Olympian too.

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CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT: SPEEDO FASTSKIN 3 ELITE MIRRORED GOGGLES $75. With a 3D goggle seal, these goggles hug the eye socket, without leaving marks, to ensure maximum leak resistance — most importantly during starts and turns. Patented goggle strap features a tensioning scale that allows for a consistently accurate and secure fit with significantly less strap tension, so goggles feel more comfortable too.

ARENA COBRA ULTRA GOGGLES $59.95. As seen on 100m breaststroke gold medalist and world record holder, Adam Peaty, these ultra race goggles combine no-drag hydrodynamic design with extra wide peripheral vision for unbeatable performance in the pool.

TYR STEALTH MIRRORED RACING GOGGLES $17.99. Constructed with a low profile design, these sleek goggles offer a streamlined fit for minimal drag. Latex free, this performance goggle also has durable, hypoallergenic silicone gaskets that provide a comfortable, watertight seal and maintain their shape over time.

MP MICHAEL PHELPS XCEED GOGGLES $54.99. Featuring perfect clarity, 180 degree field of vision, and a low profile design, these are the signature swim goggles of Michael Phelps that he developed with longtime coach Bob Bowman. Need we say more?

 

Time For A SUPgrade

 

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If you’ve been Stand Up Paddleboarding for a while now — preferring the serene waters of a bay or lake over ocean waves, but still riding a traditional surfboard shaped SUP — it might be time to graduate to a race or touring board. With a nose shaped more like a kayak, called a “displacement hull”, these sleek and streamlined boards are designed to go fast and straight, cutting though choppy waters and gliding with ease.

Touring boards are generally more stable and are wider than race boards, designed for recreational paddlers, while race boards tend to be narrower, designed for more advanced and competitive paddlers. Touring boards come in a variety of different lengths, depending on personal preference, while race boards are either 12’6 or 14 ft. As we kick off the second half of the summer, here are 6 of our favorite race and touring boards ready to take your paddling to the next level.

RACE SUPS: STAND UP PADDLEBOARDS BUILT FOR SPEED

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FROM LEFT: STARBOARD ALL STAR $3499. Combining stability with speed, the All Star is the most popular and versatile race board in the Starboard lineup. Ideal for both beginner and elite level riders, the concave bottom shape provides speed on flatwater, and though narrow at 23″, stability and control from the side planes and sharp rail edge. With a noticeable flex, energy is generated from the body moving up and down during paddle strokes. As with most race boards, it is available in a 12’6 and 14 ft. length.

SIC MAUI 12’6 TWC $1699. If you want a fast all around fitness/race board that has a bit more width for added stability, this is your board. Stability is the key to SIC boards winning pedigree and design philosophy that you are fastest when standing on your board as opposed to lying in the water next to it. The wave piercing bow and dual zone rocker offer low drag in calm waters with the stability needed in choppier conditions. Sharp rails at the tail shear water to maximize speed.

NAISH GLIDE 12’6” X30 GS $1999. The Glide 12’6″ X30 GS is the ideal choice for riders of any level who want increased stability for touring, enjoying downwind ocean runs, recreational racing, and fitness training. It features a penetrating V nose and a flat rocker for phenomenal gliding performance on flat water, with ample thickness and width for stability and planing in the ocean.
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The Pro Shop

 
JOHN MCENROE, TOMMY ROBREDO, JIM COURIER AND FEW OTHER PRO RACQUET STASHES AT RPNY

 
As the players take the court at the Wimbledon Championships now underway, it’s hard to miss the massive tennis bags slung over their shoulders, packed with the multiple racquets they will use throughout the match. Individually wrapped in clear plastic bags, you might notice an RPNY logo printed on the side. Each racquet is exactly the same, with absolutely no variation, and likely has been customized to precise specifications by a man named Roman Prokes.

Tucked away on the second floor of a nondescript building on East 51st street in Manhattan is RPNY – the secret weapon of the pros and any other tennis player who wants to feel like one. Owned and run by Roman Prokes, 55 years old and originally from the Czech Republic, RPNY has been open since 2002. Prokes has been customizing and stringing tennis racquets since 1991 for such players as John McEnroe, Jim Courier, Maria Sharapova, Caroline Wozniacki, Tommy Robredo and Andre Agassi, just to name a few, and these same services are available to anyone who wants the perfect racquet to better their game.
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