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Introducing Olympia Snow

POSTED ON Friday, February 10, 2017  - POSTED IN Latest News, News

Olympia Snow is thrilled to announce the fall 2017 launch of a complete new line of high quality snow apparel. After 15 years of producing some of the finest adventure riding apparel in North America, we needed a new challenge… The result is an outstanding and dynamic lineup of premium snow apparel.

Olympia Snow offers the ideal fusion of high tech features and unique functionality to create exceptional snow apparel. The new lineup embodies Olympia’s core values, but also embraces some new attributes, like fl air and attitude.

Scheduled to launch in Canada in the fall of 2017, our Olympia Snow garments will combine the very best materials with unparalleled precision, craftsmanship, comfort and style. Whether you’re spending the weekend in the freezing temperatures of the north or simply taking your sled out for a short ride, our Olympia Snow apparel is sure to keep you warm and comfortable, no matter what Mother Nature has in store for you.

“Staying true to the traditions of our motorcycle apparel and inspired by tomorrow’s trends in Powersports gear, we’ve put together a truly incredible new line of winter gear. Design and technical features were seamlessly combined to make the perfect garment for any winter condition and activity” says Philippe Bouthillier, Olympia Senior Designer.

Olympia is an active participant in the Powersport industry, including trade/consumer shows and dealer events. In addition, the upcoming Olympia Snow gear will be the offi cial snow apparel supplier of Motovan’s revolutionary Black Rider Program.

For more information on the new Olympia Snow apparel, follow us via Olympia’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/olympiamotosports). We’ll periodically post new info, images and videos throughout the year, culminating with the highly anticipated fall launch.

About Us: Since our humble beginnings almost 15 years ago, Olympia has grown steadily to become an important player in the premium riding apparel segment. From the outset, we’ve continually listened to consumer concerns and preferences. This valuable knowledge has helped us stay ahead of the curve, guided our design approach and helped us create high quality, affordable apparel. Our core values have always included an emphasis on premium components and unique features. These crucial elements have been the cornerstone of our success from day one and we’ll continue to highlight these characteristics as we enter the Snow category in the fall of 2017.

Carlo Paladino Inducted in Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame

POSTED ON Thursday, January 26, 2017  - POSTED IN Latest News, News

MOTORCYCLING LEGENDS AND CHAMPIONS TO BE HONOURED AT ELEVENTH ANNUAL CANADIAN MOTORCYCLE HALL OF FAME INDUCTION BANQUET AND REUNION

The Board of Directors of the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the third member of the Class of 2016. Carlo Paladino will be honoured at the 11th annual Induction Banquet and Reunion which takes place February 25, 2017 at the Sheraton Montreal Airport Hotel in Montreal, Quebec.

Carlo Paladino charged onto Canadian shores in the summer of 1963 like a blast of wind from across the Mediterranean. What brought him here is a love story. His sweetheart emigrated in 1961 but Carlo was bound by two years of military service. He finally arrived in 1963 and he and Maria were married shortly after.

Carlo had a dream of owning his own business and envisaged a national operation. Starting from scratch, and with a bank loan guaranteed by the equity in his home, he kept stock in his basement and delivered goods in a rusty old truck, keeping up a brutal schedule, starting early and working late. Today Motovan operates out of Quebec, Edmonton and London and employs 200 people across Canada as well as facilities in the U.S.A.

Since the beginning Motovan has been a generous supporter of motorcycle sport in Canada with financial contributions, donation of product and linkage of riders with product suppliers worldwide. Carlo helped sponsor Yvon, Mario and Miguel Duhamel in both motocross and road racing since the early 1980s and contributed clothing and helmets to Jean-Sebastien Roy since the days JSR was a junior rider. Others include Marco Dubé, Guy Giroux, Steve Crevier, Pascal Picotte and Jordan Szoke. In the past 15 years alone Motovan has contributed more than $5 million worth of product at wholesale value to amateur and pro racers well as $2 million toward race series and other organized events.

“Carlo Paladino’s activities in the motorcycle community make him a perfect candidate for the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame. His legendary enthusiasm for sponsoring racers, events, and virtually anything to do with motorcycles will not be forgotten. The Chair of the Board and the Directors are pleased and honoured to welcome Carlo to the Class of 2016”.


Tickets for the Eleventh Annual Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and Reunion are available at www.canmoto.ca.

Founded by Bar and Hedy Hodgson in 1999, the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame preserves and promotes Canadian motorcycle history for the benefit of the motorcycling community and public. Sponsored in part by the Motorcyclists Confederation of Canada (MCC), the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame is a non-profit association with charitable status. It is governed by an independent board of volunteer directors representing every region of the country. Since the first induction banquet in Toronto in 2006, over 100 distinguished motorcyclists and organizations have been inducted into the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame.

For information about past inductees, historic motorcycle collections, event sponsorship, the Roll of Honour and tax-deductible donations, visit www.canmoto.ca.

2017 Schedule Set for Rockstar Energy Drink Mx Nationals – Presented by Motovan

POSTED ON Wednesday, December 7, 2016  - POSTED IN Latest News, News

Rockstar Energy MX Nationals

Stouffville, ON — December 6, 2016 — Stallybrass Promotions Inc. (SPI) is pleased to announce the series schedule for the 25th Anniversary of the Canadian Motosport Racing Corporation (CMRC) sanctioned 2017 Rockstar Energy Drink Motocross Nationals presented by Motovan. Coming off the most successful year of racing in the two featured classes, with record breaking attendance and a line-up of world class pro motocross athletes, the 2017 series is promising to take yet another step forward.

 

It looks like there will be another intense battle in the MX1 class, as 2016 Champion Davi Millsaps is contracted to remain in the USA, meaning the 2017 title is up for grabs. Matt Goerke, Kaven Benoit, Colton Facciotti and a host of top pros will lead the way in the big bike class. MX2 Champion Cole Thompson returns to defend his title against a host of up and comers including Canadians Shawn Maffenbeier, Dylan Wright and Jess Pettis. It’s early and teams are still filling out their rosters, hoping to develop their best opportunities to take home each respective title.

 

Positive changes were made to the schedule in 2016, resulting in a dramatic increase in series attendance. To continue this positive theme, the second round of the series will now be held at the Blackwater MX Track in Prince George, British Columbia. Prince George is the largest market in northern BC and is packed with off-road motorcycle and motorsport racing enthusiasts. The Blackwater track, located less than 15 minutes from the city, is a natural terrain track laid out on the side of a mountain, providing spectators with excellent views of the entire track.

 

Update your calendars! The 2017 Rockstar Energy Drink Motocross Nationals will feature a summer full of intense, live motocross racing. For more details, visit www.mxnationals.ca, “Like us” on Facebook www.facebook.com/CMRCMX and follow us on Instagram CMRCMX and Twitter @CMRCRacing.

 

2017 ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MOTOCROSS NATIONALS – SERIES SCHEDULE

Sunday, June 4                  Whispering Pines Raceway, Kamloops, British Columbia
Sunday, June 11               Blackwater MX Track, Prince George, British Columbia
Sunday, June 18               Wild Rose MX Park, Calgary, Alberta
Sunday, June 25               Moto Valley Raceway, Regina, Saskatchewan
Sunday, July 9                    Gopher Dunes, Courtland, Ontario
Sunday, July 16                 Motocross Ulverton, Ulverton, Quebec
Sunday, July 23                 Pleasant Valley Motorsport Park, Truro, Nova Scotia
Sunday, July 30                 Riverglade MX Park, Moncton, New Brunswick
Sunday, August 6             Motocross Deschambault, Deschambault, Quebec
Sunday, August 13           RJ Motosport Park, Barrie, Ontario

Zox Helmets is Proud to Announce the Sponsorship of Tim Tremblay for Snocross and MX in 2017

POSTED ON Tuesday, November 29, 2016  - POSTED IN Latest News, News

Nov. 28, 2016 – Zox Helmets is proud to bring Snocross Champion and MX stand-out performer Tim Tremblay into the fold for the complete Amsoil 2016-2017 Snocross Championship and the 2017 summer MX season. Look for Tim throughout the U.S. in the next few months as he competes for the crown in the Professional Snocross Series, starting in Duluth, MN (Nov. 25-27). He’s also proudly supported by BRP, Amsoil & the U.S. Air Force. Tim’s summer 2017 schedule will be divulged at a later date.

Tim has chosen a high quality, lightweight competition helmet from our new Z-Series lineup, the MATRIX Carbon (with custom paint). The Matrix Carbon is available in six vibrant colours (with existing graphics), plus solid black. The Z-Series line was just recently launched to answer the call of consumers looking for a quality helmet with loads of safety and technical features all at an affordable price.

‘’We’ve been supporting Tim for many years in MX racing throughout Canada and the time felt right to extend our sponsorship to include his main discipline in the U.S. (Snocross), as we’ve successfully started to sell Zox Helmets south of the border through MTA Distributing. Tim perfectly embodies our new line of Zox helmets and we’re happy to continue our adventure together as we push towards new heights,” states Mike Paladino, Vice-President of Sales & Marketing.

For more information on the new Z-Series premium line of helmets, please click on www.zoxhelmets.com.

Blade Revamps Handlebar Lineup

POSTED ON Wednesday, October 26, 2016  - POSTED IN Latest News, News

Blade Revamps Handlebar Lineup

We’re proud to introduce several new Blade product offerings, from the ultra durable Steel Series Handlebar to the aerospace grade Profile Series Aluminum Handlebar. Our lineup has been completely revamped and now features a bold new look and a wealth of options, all at very attractive price points.

From the use of select materials, like aluminum alloy, to a shot peened & anodized finish (for an optimal fatigue life), no detail has been overlooked. In addition, our handlebars and crossbar pads are easily customizable, with several bend options and colours available.

“A few years ago, Blade innovated with its patented “Triple Y” technology, which added rigidity and reduced vibration in the handlebars. Today, technology has evolved once again and we now rely on advanced metallurgy and choose only the best aerospace grade alloys for our bars,” says Francois-Olivier Dagneau, Blade Product Development Manager.

For more information on Blade products, please visit our new, consumer friendly website at www.bladebarz.com.

About Us: Developed almost ten years ago to address the consumer need for a durable, yet affordable handlebar, Blade has consistently delivered on these features. From the very beginning, we’ve been a part of the North American racing community, on a local, provincial/state and national level. In addition, Blade is delighted to support Motovan’s Black Rider Program by supplying its new and improved handlebars to several top motocross riders.

Leatt GPX 5.5 Helmet Race Review with Michael Da Silva

POSTED ON Monday, October 3, 2016  - POSTED IN Latest News, News

As a professional and passionate young motocross racer I have tested and worn a multitude of different helmets in my career. One of the best helmets I’ve worn so far is the Leatt GPX 5.5 and here’s why.

When racing, there is nothing more important than your health and safety. A crash could cause substantial damage to your body, including your head and brain, which makes the helmet you’re wearing very important. Most helmets are DOT approved, which assures the rider that their helmet meets a certain safety standard. Not all helmets provide adequate protection. I have personally crashed wearing many other helmets and no helmet has ever left me feeling safer than the Leatt GPX 5.5.

After crashing this summer at the third National of the year and breaking the scaphoid in my left wrist, I left the crash thankful that I was wearing a Leatt helmet. After speaking to people who witnessed my crash, they all wondered how I didn’t suffer a concussion, considering I hit the ground head first. So, I examined my helmet and noticed that it really did a great job at absorbing the impact. This proved to me that the 360 turbine technology developed by Leatt, along with multiple other great safety features, really does help reduce the probability of a concussion.

Not only does the Leatt GPX 5.5 provide superior safety protection, it also helps my ride. Although some racers prefer riding with ear plugs, I would much rather hear the sounds of the bike and the sound of other riders during a race. I now hear every sound so clearly that it helps me shift at the perfect time and I’m always in the right gear.

The incredible air flow venting has proven to be very helpful in longer national races. This great feature helps keep my core temperature lower for a longer period of time, allowing for superior concentration and focus, helping me to minimize on my mistakes.

In conclusion, I can proudly say that Leatt helmets have proven to be of superior quality. They offer better impact absorption, great air flow and beautiful design….I love my Leatt helmet.

Features and Specifications

Anti-microbial high evaporating snap out dual liner system :
• Ergo fit foam layer
• MoistureCool Tech layer

Other features :
• Hydration ready (Optional internal hands free drinking kit available)
• Zero friction removable patent pend safety cheek pads
• Visor with breakaway function to reduce risk of hyperextension in a crash
• Leatt® Race Ready Design – prepared for ejection helmet removal system
• Certified and tested: ECE2205/DOT
• Estimated weight for large size helmet 1250g +/- 50g

Sizing:

  • #XS (53-54cm – 20 ¾ – 21 ¼ inches)
  • #S (55-56cm – 21 5/8 – 22 inches)
  • #M (57-58cm – 22 ½ – 22 ¾ inches)
  • #L (59-60cm – 23 ¼ – 23 5/8 inches)
  • #XL (61-62cm – 24 – 24 ½ inches)
  • #XXL (63-64cm – 24 ¾ – 25 1/5 inches)
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