Friday, March 30, 2012
Well, I am happy to report that I received and email from Foundry Cycles (http://foundrycycles.com) telling me that I am a semi-finalist in the Foundry Tradesman/woman search! I can't describe how great I feel and what an awesome opportunity this could be! I am 1 of 6 in my region (Southeast USA) to be chosen. They will have the top 3 from each of 5 regions chosen bios etc posted on their website by April 5th. If I make it that far, that's when the sweating starts! Starting April 5th, public voting will begin on their website. I'm really hoping I have what it takes to make the top 3 and then eventually win the spot for the Southeast region! This is an incredible opportunity and I really hope I get to be a part of it. I would love every second of being a brand ambassador for a company that really seems to have their stuff together. A little history of Foundry: Foundry Cycles is a new brand of carbon fiber bikes (they offer a road, cross, and 29er hardtail) stemming from Quality Bicycle Products. They are based out of Bloomington, Minnesota. The idea behind the brand is to offer high-quality, dependable bikes that are hard working and purpose-built for people who ride hard. They are not developing these bikes to be in a low price bracket. Lower price tags would mean cutting corners on manufacturing and/or sticking on cheaper components. That's not in Foundry's vision. They are offering a top notch product that they believe the consumer will view as a long-term investment. I think this is a great idea. Their 3 offerings are available in any color....as long as it's black. Foundry looks at their products as being purpose-built tools and not a flashy advertisement. I like to think of them as the stealth bombers of the cycling world. Have I gotten to experience them first-hand yet? No. So why am I writing about them and giving my point of view? I have done a lot of research on them. I've been into Mountain Biking and the Cycling scene since the early 1990's, so I feel I have a decent amount of experience with the industry. Also, I know what I like when I see it! I am going to sign off for now, but please remember to check their site on April 5th and put in a good word or vote for me! In the meantime, just head to their website and check out the lineup of precision cycling tools that they are offering!