We have had a fantastic start to the cyclocross season. Racing in North America and Europe is in full swing. We had a different off-season than normal because the growing Australian cyclocross community was racing throughout our spring and summer. Our Australian dealer, Cyclocross Minded Australia stoked the excitement down under.
In New England, where cyclocross has never been more popular, the post-2017 USA National Cyclocross Championships buzz never wore off. Having the event in our “backyard” was great for Horst Engineering and Cross Spikes™.
The UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup kicked off last week at Jinglecross in Iowa, and continued with the Trek CX Cup in Wisconsin. Both races were very successful and our Cross Spikes™ were on the podium at both events. It is extra special to highlight the successes of our female ambassadors. Kaitlin Keough (Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld) was second in both Iowa and Wisconsin. Ellen Noble (Aspire Racing) scored her first World Cup podium with a third in Wisconsin. Ellen was also third at CrossVegas. Caroline Mani was fifth in Wisconsin and fourth at CrossVegas. Emma White (Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld) was first U23 rider at both World Cup races. In the Trek CX Cup C2 race, Katie Compton took the victory.
We have our best line-up of ambassadors ever.
We are making progress with sales in the United Kingdom and Europe. The partnership of Kris Auer and Stefan Wyman, two well-known names in the global cyclocross community, are representing us as principle dealers.
In July, when the last of our Cross Spikes™ patents arrived, we hit another milestone. We are proud to be part of a growing and healthy sport and excited about the season ahead. Thank you to our customers, who value what we do.
The first Cross Spikes News™ of this young season launched last week. Check it out.
Horst Engineering had its annual ISO9001 and AS9100 surveillance audit and it was another successful result. Earlier in the summer, our Sterling Machine operation passed their annual audit, so the entire Horst Engineering Family of Companies’ quality management system is now certified to the new Revision D of AS9100.
Our Quality Assurance page will be updated when the new certifications are issued, but you can go to that page any time to view our current quality approvals and background on AS9100D.
Horst Engineering received its first ever international patents, one for each of our six Cross Spikes™ designs. This culminates a two year effort and major investment to solidify our position as the innovator of the premier cyclocross and mountain biking toe spike system. Our late founder, Horst Liebenstein, learned the tool and die trade at a German bicycle factory. He would be proud of this achievement.
Our Cross Spikes™ system is the most comprehensive toe spikes solution available for enhanced traction and performance. Compatible with most mountain shoes, They are designed for the rigors of cyclocross, but are excellent for mountain biking, gravel grinding, and mixed-surface adventures. Our six core models, Kits, and Pro Kits are available in stainless steel and Titanium.
See our Patent & Intellectual Property page for more details.
Horst Rolf Liebenstein (second from right standing) circa 1930.
Cross Spikes™ are available direct through our online store for USA and international customers. They are also available through a network of bicycle retailers in the USA, Australia, United Kingdom, and Europe.
Distributors and bicycle retailers, contact sales directly for information about bulk orders and wholesale pricing: email@example.com
This week’s Hartford Business Journal features our use of Goodwin College’s Advanced Manufacturing Mobile Training Lab. Our General Manager, Arthur Roti, was asked about our partnership with Goodwin and the positive impact on our business.
Check out our prior post about the Goodwin College relationship. We are longtime supporters of Goodwin’s mission and value the contributions they have made to the community. They are working hard to support the needs of local manufacturers by developing people with next generation manufacturing skills.
Yesterday was special but bittersweet. We honored Rick (Rit) Gdovin, Sr. before his retirement after 22 years with Horst Engineering in our thread rolling operation, and 20 more with Egan Machine; a company we acquired in 1995.
Pictured L-R: Steven Livingston, Rick Gdovin, Jr., Rick Gdovin, Sr., Stanley Livingston, Scott Livingston, and Adeline Livingston.
You don’t replace 42 years of skill, but Rit left a legacy at our 71-year-old #familybusiness as many others before him have. He went home with a custom Gerstner and Sons machinist chest that was made in Ohio, by another multi-generation family business.