Pattanaphong Khuankaew/iStock(NEW YORK) — The father of a Sarah Lawrence College student pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of sex trafficking, extortion, forced labor and other offenses in Manhattan federal court.Lawrence Ray is accused of targeting his daughter’s roommates and subjecting them “to sexual and psychological manipulation and physical abuse.”Prosecutors said in court Wednesday that some of the material they have gathered from the victims includes sexually explicit images and Ray berating them.The allegations stem from so-called therapy sessions he provided to Sarah Lawrence College students after he moved into his daughter’s on-campus housing in 2010. Ray moved in after he was released from a prison sentence for security fraud. He moved into a one-bedroom apartment with several of the roommates on Manhattan’s Upper East Side in 2011.Ray presented himself as a father figure to the students and learned “intimate details about their private lives, vulnerabilities, and mental health struggles under the pretense of helping them” during the sessions, according to the indictment.Yet instead of helping, he alienated them from their parents and convinced several that they were “broken” and “in need of fixing by Ray,” the indictment claimed.In some cases, he allegedly made up lies about the students and when they denied it, he would subject them to interrogations that included “sleep deprivation, psychological and sexual humiliation, verbal abuse, threats of physical violence, physical violence, and threats of criminal legal action” — actions that then garnered false confessions, according to the indictment.Ray used the confessions to extort money from the students and for those who couldn’t pay, he ordered them to drain hundreds of thousands of dollars out of their parents’ savings accounts, open lines of credit, engage in real estate fraud and in one case earn money through prostitution, according to the indictment.He was arrested Tuesday in Piscataway, New Jersey, and was with one of the students identified in the indictment and one of his daughter’s roommates at the time, authorities said.Sarah Lawrence College called the charges “serious, wide-ranging, disturbing, and upsetting,” according to a statement from the school sent to ABC News.The statement also noted that the school conducted an investigation into the accusations against Ray in 2019, after a lengthy profile appeared in New York Magazine’s The Cut, which detailed his dealings with the Sarah Lawrence College students. The school found the investigation “did not substantiate those specific claims,” according to the statement. A spokesperson for the college did not respond to ABC News when asked what specific claims were investigated.In that profile from The Cut, Ray denied mostly all the accusations and did not talk about his past, but did admit to taking money from one of his alleged victims that she earned through escorting.Ray is being held without bail. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Fiyafest happens on the 2nd Friday of JazzFest and raises funds for The Roots of Music and this year featured two stages and a special indoor VIP stage. After Fiyafest most attendees boarded the Creole Riverqueen for a thrilling sonic excursion down the MIssissippi River. Later, at the Publiq House, Robert Walter’s 20th Congress performed with Carly Myers and Karl Denson. Meanwhile, at Cafe Istanbul, Rising Appalachia performed an unannounced 2nd set due to the energy the crowd brought to the room. These enchantresses sing from the heart and can handle stringed instruments with finesse and grace. It’s always nice to hear a banjo if you can during JazzFest. Taking the stage at just before 4am was The Nth Power at The Maple Leaf. Playing until the venue made them stop, this is probably the newest and freshest band on the block; emitting songs that are expressions of who they are as people – it is a breath of fresh air from the bands that aim for a particular sound and don’t use the music as a vehicle for expression. “The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: A Celebration of Mac and His Music” at the Saenger Theatre was a star studded affair. The room has a ceiling that imitates the night sky, and the soldout crowd underneath it was filled with locals and cagey jazzfest veterans. It was a textbook PARTY throughout the entire event. The show began with NBC’s Brian Williams introducing announced special guest Bruce Springsteen who traded verses with Dr John during opener “Right Place, Wrong Time”. From there, Dr John left the stage and it was revolving door of guests paying tribute. Nearly every performance invoked full body goosebumps including Cyril Neville’s spirit stirring rendition of “Indian Red”, Allen Toussaint on “Life”, and John Fogerty pulling out the Gary U.S. Bonds song “New Orleans.”. Widespread Panic busted out of of Dr John’s funkiest songs, “Familiar Reality”, off of his album ‘Sun, Moon, & Herbs’ (an album that features Eric Clapton on slide guitar and Mick Jagger as a backup vocalist). The show closed with a special-guest packed rendition of the classic “Iko Iko,” popularized by Dr. John himself. Check it out: The Bear Creek All-Stars late night show at One Eyed Jacks on Wednesday night has become a can’t miss annual event. The lineup was bigger and better than ever this year, featuring Cyril Neville, Karl Denson, Ivan Neville, Eric Krasno, Adam Deitch, Nick Daniels, Ian Neville, Nigel Hall, Alecia Chakour & The Shady Horns. Though the lineup was epic, the sonic soundscape was a bit too muddy when backing guest vocalists, but the groove was never lost; so goes the territory of superjams. Ivan Neville and Cyril Neville trading vocal duties was a lot of fun. After opening day at the fairgrounds, Preservation Hall Jazz Band also held its first of seven ‘Midnight Preserves’ concerts, which raise money for The Preservation Hall Foundation. Not much has changed in the historic room that is Preservation Hall, the aesthetic combined with music in the midnight hour is a recipe for timelessness. The band performed songs from their recent release “That’s It!” as well as standards like “Go To The Mardi Gras” – even infusing it with call and response “We’re gonna jump / And shout / We’re gonna tear this mother out!” The days between Jazzfest weekends are also known as the “Daze Between” and rightfully so. A weekend at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival can take a lot out of you, so a breather between weekends is welcome, but that doesn’t mean the great music stops! Monday Night saw the Blue Nile host its annual Frequinox gig. The crowd of mostly locals and those in it for the ‘long haul’ made for a fun environment; the room really began to boil during “Express Yourself” as dancing and smiles spread throughout the Blue Nile like wildfire. Before taking a setbreak, the Infamous Stringdusters were announced as the evening’s special guests and would perform a few songs by themselves, including “Sitting on Top of The World” – Hearing only stringed instruments and harmonies, un-amplified, inside the hall, was an acoustic treat. The two bands later performed together; the small room of about 100 people all hollered when Jeremy Garret’s fiddle went toe-to-toe squeal-for-squeal with 81 year old Charlie Gabriel’s clarinet. Afterward, the bands marched into the courtyard behind the hall and played for the moon and stars. Later, uptown, Galactic was just getting started at Tipitina’s, where they would play until sunrise. Check out this video of the band playing “Black Dog” at 2 AM, with guest vocalist Maggie Koerner. Thursday Night at the Maple Leaf was the trio of Johnny Vidacovich, Marco Benevento, and George Porter Jr. The three are all fully capable of backing up and taking the lead and the way they passed the spotlight around was a musical treat. They stormed through instrumental versions of sngs like “Heard it Through the Grapevine” and “Fever”. Meanwhile, at the Royal Family Ball, Soulive played a set with Maceo Parker before new age funk stalwarts, Lettuce, took the stage dressed like they were auditioning for Sun Ra’s Arkestra. Though the crowd was too big for most clubs in New Orleans, it wasn’t quite big enough to fill up Mardi Gras World, so the sonics suffered a bit, but a crowd wanting to dance doesn’t have their good time dampened by things that are out of their control. The set swelled into an amazing hyper active “Chocolate City” which segued into “Busting Loose”, which Lettuce crushes. After a big day at the fairgrounds, complete with Phish’s first JazzFest appearance in nearly 20 years, Saturday night saw new New Orleans resident, Eric Benny Bloom, along with Wil Blades, Adam Deitch, and Eric Krasno throw down an impressive set of Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder tunes. A swinging “Way You Make Me Feel” and a hard hitting “Billie Jean” were the highlights. Enough can’t be said for Eric Benny Bloom’s ability to front most of the vocal melodies through his trumpet making the room pop with the peaks of his solos. The high water mark of the first weekend took place at the Joy Theater, a great room for live music with a general admission floor and a seated balcony. The Word performed a two-set scorcher. The first set contained only instrumentals, including a great outing of “Ride Me High” by JJ Cale. Luther Dickinson would grab the room by the balls with a guitar solo before letting go and letting the room be washed away into the bliss of John Medeski’s organ or Robert Randolph’s pedal steel. Randolph pulled out all of his tricks, playing with the entire pedal steel rig resting behind his neck. The second set featured possibly the greatest washboard solo of all time from Cody Dickinson. It started with him sending the washboard through some cool effects before the star studded sit-in affair began. Randolph moved to the drums, Eric Krasno walked on stage guitar in hand, Luther Dickinson moved to the bass, Roosevelt Collier sat down at the pedal steel, and Nikki Glaspie sat down on keys next to Medeski. Eventually, Robert Randolph picked up a slide guitar behind Roosevelt and Cody moved back to the drums. On the final note of this super super jam, Cody Dickinson’s cymbal went flying off of his stand. The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival celebrated its 45th year in 2014. While the food and sonics of the fairgrounds are unparalleled, some argue that the truest light of JazzFest shines in the darkness of night. The following is a personal musical highlight reel of one man’s late night adventures over the course of 11 nights of JazzFest. The first Thursday, before the festival even began, played host to Stanton Moore Trio at The Blue Nile. Drummer Stanton Moore, flanked by Robert Walter and Will Bernard, thanked the crowd for finally making this annual jazzfest gig a soldout event. After DJ Kevvy Kev spun a perfect selection of tracks during setbreak, The trio reemerged and were joined for a few songs by Nigel Hall and Eric Krasno. From raucous rockers to soft heartfelt displays of emotion (see: Aaron Neville singing “Please Send Me Someone To Love”) this is one of the greatest concerts this writer has ever attended. When the DVD of this show comes out, buy it. Later, at dba, Roosevelt Collier held court for an all-night Jimi Hendrix tribute while The Whip cracked backbones at Blue Nile. At around 6am on the Blue Nile Stage, the band left and DJ Kevvy Kev started spinning while Adam Deitch hopped on Stanton Moore’s drum set and, like a junkie for the groove, put an extra punch in every track Kevvy kev put through the speakers. Uptown Wednesday night at Tipitina’s, Brownout paid tribute to Black Sabbath. Lead singer Alex Marrero channeled his inner Ozzy and Ronnie James Dio throughout the set. After a few songs he would change his guayabera shirts and pants color schemes before culminating with a jacket that had tassles hanging down from both arms. A few doors down at The Maison, DarkWave was performing. A sinister trio consisting of Skerik, John Medeski, and Adam Deitch, DarkWave was quite possibly the prize of the Daze-Between. Roosevelt Collier made an appearance on stage and around time for a typical setbreak, the band showed no signs of slowing down. Medeski faced some adversity in his organ’s sound completely failing at times, at its worst it prompted a great Skerik & Adam Deitch duel before Medeski’s organ came back online and skerik blew down the melody to “Acknowledgement” from John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme”. Some people in attendance were visibly moved and disturbed by the wild and psychotic grooves and melodies DarkWave emitted; overhearing people headed for the door, eyes wide, declaring “this is too fucking weird,” for this writer, is the ultimate sign that one is in the right place. It felt as though they would play all night but the show eventually had to end so Medeski could make a 4:30am flight. But not before Skerik gave all the props in the world to Medeski for persevering through playing a wounded organ and letting everyone know “There is no melodica in the darkness.” The Little Gem Saloon played host to The Fantastic Four featuring Eric Krasno, Adam Deitch, Robert Walter & The Shady Horns. After opening with Funk Inc’s “Kool Is Back” the band tore through rare grooves and dance numbers backed by the genius of Adam Deitch’s drumming, which fueled every project he played with all week to new heights. Words By: Scott T As the show ended, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe stormed the stage at Tipitina’s where an all night dance affair transpired; culminating with a beautifully nasty tribute to the music of Rick James. A funky send-off to a great 11 days of New Orleans music.
TALLADEGA, Ala. – Ty Dillon was eager to get the rundown from his brother.On Wednesday at Richmond Raceway, Austin Dillon got a chance to test a prototype of the Next Gen car NASCAR plans to introduce into the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2021. The car was assembled by Richard Childress Racing in collaboration with NASCAR.RELATED: Next Gen car makes debut at Richmond testBefore practice on Friday at Talladega Superspeedway, Ty got feedback from his brother.“Yeah, I just talked to him right before first practice for about 20 minutes,” Ty Dillon said. “He is really excited about that car. It’s totally different. There are so many things different about it that I’m like, ‘That’s going to happen? They are going to do this with that car?’ I would have no clue what that look or feels like.“He said it was crazy and a whole lot different. It’s exciting for our sport. Our sport needs to continue to grow and evolve. That’s the kind of steps we need to take in all aspects of the sport.”The early returns indicate the Next Gen car should set a new performance standard for NASCAR’s top series.“All he told me is that it stops really good, it turns really good, it feels lighter and faster,” Ty said of Austin’s test run in the car. “Just some different little things and some new unique aspects that I didn’t even know were things on the car they are working on trying. It’s all still in a development stage of a car, but it sounds exciting. I think it’s going to be a lot of good things for the sport…“I think the car reacts more to driver input and driver ability… It gives the driver more opportunity to show what he can showcase. That’s exciting for all of us.”
Phish — Amy’s Farm — Auburn, ME — 8/3/1991 — Set OnePhish — Amy’s Farm — Auburn, ME — 8/3/1991 — Set TwoPhish — Amy’s Farm — Auburn, ME — 8/3/1991 — Set Three[H/T JamBase][A version of this article was originally published on 9/21/18] In 1991, Phish was on the precipice of a breakthrough. The group was graduating from the small dive bars and college shows they had consistently performed up until that point to filling larger venues across the country. To cap off a thoroughly successful tour with Giant Country Horns in July of ’91, the group hosted a free gathering in Auburn, Maine, on August 3rd, 1991, at Larrabee Farm, also known as Amy’s Farm.During the free show on the 42.8-acre property, Phish played three sets, bringing a congregation of fans that was, at the time, unprecedented in size for the band. The performance at Amy’s Farm foreshadowed the band’s bright future, with the day’s festivities widely considered to be a precursor to their now-famous festivals, a tradition that began in earnest with 1996’s The Clifford Ball.High-quality (for 1991) video of the soundcheck for Phish’s performance on Amy’s Farm on August 3rd, 1991, surfaced back in 2018, thanks to Vimeo user and Phish.net co-founder Matt Laurence.Enjoy this newly surfaced, throwback Phish video below, Many thanks to Matt Laurence for releasing this to the masses and preparing more video from Amy’s Farm to release in the future!Phish – “Poor Heart” (Soundcheck) — Amy’s Farm, 1991
Load remaining images On March 11th, I drove down to Covington, KY to see Pigeons Playing Ping Pong at the Madison Theatre. The following day, March 12th, the music world stopped turning.That was the single worst day of my now nearly one-year tenure at Live For Live Music, and it wasn’t just because of the hangover—though that certainly didn’t help. A lot has happened in the intervening seven months as not just concerts but the entire world at large adapts to the new post-COVID society. Pigeons Playing Ping Pong are one of the many public institutions to have been forced to confront these modern times, doing so in the form of a drive-in concert at Legend Valley in Thornville, OH on Saturday.The cyclical feeling of seeing Pigeons—the final “real” concert I saw before the PPE curtain came down—on the Time To Drive-In Tour fall tour was overwhelming. First off, it was easily the furthest I had ever been from the Baltimore-bred bird band while they performed. Then, here I was at Legend Valley—the home of The Werk Out (and, formerly, of Resonance), a venue that was instrumental to my formative years in the live music scene—hardly recognizing this sterilized incarnation of my old stomping grounds.But when the band took the stage, the lights came down, and they fired up “Havana”, it all came flooding back. Though Pigeons is certainly not regarded on the heavier side of the jam spectrum, the show unfolded in a particularly mellow direction as the band segued into “Julia”. Though unfinished, the feel-good singalong got the blood pumping out there on the cold Ohio night. Things kept rolling on with “White Night”, as the set continued with rather cursory jams as the sensation of live music was delivered via quick-hit fan-favorite tunes.As guitarists Jeremy Schon and Greg Ormont rattled off the opening notes to “King Kong”, the tempo of the evening finally began to shift into second gear. However, it wasn’t long before that momentum snowballed into the onslaught of Black Sabbath‘s “War Pigs”, seemingly out of nowhere. Things had finally begun in earnest—nearly halfway through the first set—and the show was on.After segueing back into “King Kong” to complete the sandwich, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong cooled off for a spell with “Lowdown”. The fairly recent composition, debuted November 17th, 2019 at a VIPPPP show at Denver’s Globe Hall, is built around a melodic riff from Schon that is faintly reminiscent of the opening from Dopapod‘s “French Bowling”. Though the song, much like Pigeons, is diametrically dissimilar to Dopapod, the poppy tune is a welcome first set addition to Pigeon’s continuously-growing arsenal.After a roaring “Kiwi” that reverberated through the Valley, at long last the first big jam vehicle of the Time To Drive-In show came with a fitting “Time To Ride”. Emerging as the initial highlight of the evening, the reliable mode of transportation into improvisation served up exactly what the jam-hungry audiences were starving for after a slew of brief—though beloved—staples. Then, to top off the feat, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong brought “Julia” back around from earlier to finish that last verse and close the first set.One of the most convenient things about drive-in concerts, though this may go without saying, is the luxury of having your car right there. As temperatures dipped just below 50 degrees in central-Ohio, it was refreshing to get back in the car, crank up the heat, and blast Sum 41‘s All Killer No Filler for a setbreak recharge.As the band returned for set two, it was immediately clear that the “Time To Ride” from set one was merely a warning shot fired across the audience’s bow as Pigeons queued up “Henrietta” for yet another sonic exploration. After a thorough telling, the band dropped straight into the instrumental “Weightless” that served for a downtempo improv session, reminded the crowd that the band was in no rush and there was still plenty of game to be played.Before long, “Weightless” gave way to the stomper “Fade Fast” which teed up another driving jam that took a brief detour through the theme from Knight Rider. Though many millennial audience members may not have recognized the score from the 1980’s David Hasselhoff-led TV drama, the song was a fitting cover for Pigeons Playing Car Songs.After segueing back into “Fade Fast” for one more run through the swan dive of a chorus, the band dipped into another instrumental with “Avalanche”. The tune, featured on PPPP’s most recent album, Presto, was one of the last big feats of the evening as the band drove home the roaring track as the clock began to wind down. Up next came Scrambled Greg‘s ode to hydration, “Water”, for a refreshing quick hit.Fulfilling many fan’s requests—and supplying a must-have for any great Pigeons show—came the always-reliable “Poseidon”. One of the band’s quintessential songs, it came as the last notable jam of the evening and was reminiscent of many Pigeons shows throughout the years, some of which may have even occurred at Legend Valley under more felicitous circumstances.With time for one more before the break, Pigeons went with “Snake Eyes”. Coming in after “Poseidon”, the tune had some big shoes to fill but served the purpose of giving the crowd every moment of music before everyone—band and audience alike—returned to the dystopian reality of 2020. A simple encore “Doc” added passionate punctuation to a rejuvenating and inspiring evening.Though this was certainly no ordinary Pigeons Playing Ping Pong show—nor a typical trip to Legend Valley—the success of the evening put on display the perseverance of the band, the fans, the venue promoters and organizers, and the live music scene in its entirety. Pigeons, in a rare sight for this day and age, is out on the road every weekend in October as the Time To Drive-In fall tour rolls East through Connecticut, Maryland, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Virginia. For tickets and tour dates, head to their website.Scroll down to check out a gallery of images from Pigeons Playing Ping Pong at Legend Valley on October 3rd, courtesy of photographer Adam Berta.Setlist: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong | Legend Valley | Thornville, OH | 10/3/20Set One: Havana > Julia > White Night, King Kong > War Pigs > King Kong, Lowdown, Kiwi > Time To Ride^ > JuliaSet Two: Henrietta, Weightless > Fade Fast > Knight Rider Theme > Fade Fast, Avalanche, Water, Poseidon, Snake EyesEncore: DocNotes:^ UnfinishedPigeons Playing Ping Pong | Legend Valley | Thornville, OH | 10/3/20 | Photos: Adam Berta
CHICAGO (WLS) – Police say 32 people were injured when a CTA Blue Line train derailed at the O’Hare station early Monday. The eight-car train derailed at the station about 2:50 a.m. CTA spokesman Brian Steele said the front two cars suffered the most damage. At least ten ambulances were called to the scene. Of the injuries, four were serious, 28 were in good condition, and none appeared to be life threatening.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreDogs will have to move out of the spotlight as man’s best friend because Snowflake the duck breaks the record for most loyal companion.5-year-old Kylie Brown became a mother last summer when the little duckling actually imprinted on the toddler, and ended up followed her everywhere and treating her like its real momma.GET MORE ADORABLE PET STORIES ON OUR NEW GOOD NEWS APP—> Download FREE for Android and iOSThe two have been inseparable ever since; Snowflake even wears a diaper so he can stay with Kylie around their house in Freeport, Maine.(WATCH the Steve Hartman video below via CBS – *NOTE that CBS restricts viewing to North America. See a copy on Youtube)Quack About This Cuteness To Your Friends… Click To ShareAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
Wednesday, members of Special Olympics Notre Dame and Best Buddies, two clubs dedicated to serving individuals with intellectual disabilities, will call upon their fellow students to participate in “End the R-Word Day” by signing banners and taking a pledge to stop using “retarded” as an offensive term, Special Olympics Notre Dame co-president and junior Laura Gardner said.Kelly Konya | The Observer “End the R-Word Day is a day about raising awareness about the dehumanizing effects of the word retarded for those with intellectual disabilities,” Gardner said. “The movement was started by Soeren Palumbo, who was a Notre Dame grad, and Tim Sharver from Yale in 2009.”Special Olympics Notre Dame co-president and senior Mo Connelly said using the word “retarded” often seems harmless but in fact offends people with intellectual disabilities by making them feel marginalized and inferior.“Many people often say, ‘it is only a word,’ but that is just not the case,” Connelly said. “In our society today, the R-word is used in a context that relates individuals with intellectual disabilities with something bad or wrong.“In order for everyone to truly practice acceptance and tolerance in our culture, the first step to take is to promote inclusive language that does not set apart a group of individuals as any less of a person than another.”Gardner said events throughout the day will draw attention to the “dehumanizing” effects of the R-word on individuals with intellectual disabilities.“Basically it invalidates their humanity,” Gardner said. “They are intelligent; they’re sisters, fathers, sons, friends. It’s a slur that puts people down.”Members of Special Olympics Notre Dame will be stationed in the LaFortune Student Center, the Hesburgh Library and at both dining halls during meal times and will ask students to show support for End the R-Word Day. Best Buddies will also host events to raise awareness, Gardner said.“We’re doing banner signings for students on campus to pledge with their signature to stop using the word retarded in a derogatory way, and Best Buddies is having their fashion show with models from a local center,” she said.Palumbo, a former Notre Dame Special Olympics president, initiated the first-ever “End the R-Word Day” while he was still a student at Notre Dame, Connelly said.“[Palumbo] decided to announce it as he was presenting for a Special Olympics event over five years ago,” Connelly said. “Luckily the idea spread like wild fire, and he was able to work with Special Olympics National to begin the ‘Spread the Word’” campaign and truly jump start this magnificent cause.”Connelly said students who are not involved with Notre Dame Special Olympics or Best Buddies should still participate by taking the pledge to stop using the word retarded.“Sign our banners and encourage others to do the same,” she said. “Most importantly, remember that our campaign is a year round effort to end the R-word. Have the courage to remove it from your vocabulary, and encourage others to do the same.”Contact Lesley Stevenson at [email protected]: best buddies, disabilities awareness, notre dame best buddies, notre dame R word, R word, spread the word to end the word
Multi-talented Broadway alum Bobby Conte Thornton has joined the upcoming reading of Conversations with Mother, a new two-person play written by Matthew Lombardo (Tea at Five). Thornton will appear alongside Tony winner Beth Leavel (The Prom) in the previously announced reading, directed by Noah Himmelstein, slated to take place on September 12.Thornton, best known for his Broadway debut in A Bronx Tale: The Musical, will play Bobby Collavechio, son to Leavel’s title character, in a work that spans over five decades. The funny and ardent series of vignettes chronicles the most sacred and complicated of relationships.Industry professionals interested in attending should email [email protected] View Comments Beth Leavel & Bobby Conte Thornton (Photos: Emilio Madrid-Kuser & Caitlin McNaney for Broadway.com) Star Files Beth Leavel Bobby Conte Thornton
Danish ceramic bearing specialist, CeramicSpeed, has a new partnership with current Ironman World Champion, Frederik Van Lierde.Following the success of CeramicSpeed in 2013, the company has entered the new year with a ‘commitment and effort to the global triathlon market with the announcement of Frederik Van Lierde as global ambassador.’On the OEM market CeramicSpeed is recognised for its on-going work alongside the likes of Specialized and SRAM. Omega Pharma – Quick-Step, Team Tinkoff-Saxo and Team Astana have been long time users of CeramicSpeed products along with multiple world-class triathletes including Leanda Cave, Tyler Butterfield, Eneko Llanos, Greg and Laura Bennett, among others.The company is keen to ensure Ironman World Champion Van Lierde has every performance advantage available to him through the use of its high quality, low friction products.“As a company we couldn’t be happier,” said Martin Banke, Managing Director for CeramicSpeed.“Frederik is an exceptional individual who really understands the importance of our products. A true champion. Frederik is always looking to better his setup, save on watts and stay on top of the world in terms of performance. Our products allow us to be a part of Frederik’s victory whilst helping him save crucial watts. It is a fantastic partnership.”Frederik Van Lierde’s Cervélo P5 will now be fully equipped with CeramicSpeed pulley wheels, bottom brackets and wheel bearings. A saving the company emphasises at being between 6 – 9 watts.“In the cycling industry there is no bearing product that carries the same reputation for quality, reduced friction and all round performance as CeramicSpeed does,” said Van Lierde from his training camp in Spain.“To be the best and stay the best you need to chase every percentage gain, especially in equipment. CeramicSpeed products are simply not comparable. I am very excited about working closely with the entire CeramicSpeed team.”Van Lierde will get his 2014 season underway at the Abu Dhabi International Triathlon on 15 March. Frederik will be aiming for his third victory at Abu Dhabi having taken the win in 2011 and 2013.CeramicSpeed was founded in 2004 with all products handmade at the company’s HQ in Denmark. The company specialises in ceramic bearings for the cycling industry distributed across more than 20 countries. Since 2007, SRAM has been using CeramicSpeed bottom brackets; and since 2011 Specialized has been delivering all S-Works road frames with CeramicSpeed bottom brackets and wheel kit bearings.Pro tour teams Team Tinkoff-Saxo, Omega Pharma – Quick-Step and Team Astana are riding CeramicSpeed products. Within MTB the company sponsors Team Superior Brentjens. Additionally, CeramicSpeed products are ridden by some of the world’s leading triathletes, including: Leanda Cave, Tyler Butterfield, Greg and Laura Bennett and Eneko Llanos.www.ceramicspeed.com Related