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74th Edition of Vuelta a España Bike Race

The trio of the world’s most exciting professional bicycle competitions wraps up for the 2019 season with the 74th edition of Vuelta a España spinning through three, late-summer weeks. This third Grand Tour scheduled Aug. 24-Sept. 15 in Spain follows the season starter, Giro d ’Italia, and the series grand dame, Tour de France.

“The line-up is looking good including World Champion Alejandro Valverde, Nairo Quintana, Miguel Ángel López and Steven Kruijswijk, the first riders to voice their ambition to succeed title defender Simon Yates. Also riding are Primoz Roglic and Richard Carapaz, who won this year’s Giro d ’Italia. After winning the Tour de France with Egan Bernalr, Team Ineos cannot be ruled out with a joint leadership of Wout Poels and Tao Geoghegan Hart,” said Ross Litherland, Sports Marketing Manager for Sports Tours International, a UK-based, officially sanctioned tour operator for this event. This is the international company that specializes in creating opportunities for visitors to vacation in the midst of the excitement of world-class cycling and running events.

This year Sports Tours International is the only company to offer stage-viewing privileges from the start to the predictably exciting finish of the tour. Following are examples of three pre-arranged vacations with a competitive cycling focus.

All programs include hotels accommodations in the most race-accessible locations, transport to watch the innovative, ground-breaking and colorful stages and ride support with airport, luggage and transfers. Exclusive VIP Vuelta stage access is included in all of its Vuelta tours.

* Sept. 4-Sept. 10: 2019 Vuelta a España – Basque Country and Asturias is a seven-day vacation complete with the excitement of the Basque onlookers who are focused on the exciting mountain stages of the tour in northern Spain. The gateway city is Bilbao, with overnights (andbreakfasts) here and in Oviedo. Airport transfers, daily guided bike rides and three dinners are included. The rate is £1199 per person double (£400 single supplement).

* Sept. 4-Sept. 16: 2019 Vuelta a España – Basque Country to Madrid over 13 days includes rowdy, passionate cyclists entering the final stages of the race with exclusive and ringside VIP hospitality experiences including at the finish line. Hotel accommodations with breakfasts are in Bilbao, Oviedo, Segovia and Madrid. Seven dinners are included. The rate is £1699 per person double (£690 single supplement).

* Sept. 10-Sept. 16: 2019 Vuelta a España – The Final Week is a seven-day vacation leading to the final decisive stages of the 2019 Vuelta from Segovia to Madrid. Guests lodge in beautiful Segovia at the foot of the famous aqueduct and in the center of Madrid for the tour’s final week. During this program guests arrive on the final rest day at Madrid airport for transfer to Segovia for a four-night stay. The following day, stage 17 from Aranda de Duero will most likely end up in a sprint finish in Guadalajara, just north of Madrid. Stage 18 will take place in the Sierra de Guadarrama, a mountain range close to Madrid, where Fabio Aru left it late to beat Tom Dumoulin and take the 2015 Vuelta title. This tough stage features climbs up the Puerto Navacerrada, Puerto de la Morcuera (twice) and Puerto de Cotos. Stage 19 travels from Ávila to Toledo and is made for the sprinters or fast finishers and the penultimate stage takes in hilly terrain between Arenas de San Pedro and Plataforma de Gredos. The final ceremonial procession into Madrid starts in Fuenlabrada and there will be a sprint finish on the traditional circuit in Madrid. Guests will enjoy VIP start Village and Finish line hospitality. The rate is £999 per person double (£360 single supplement). 

Lexus ES, Vaughn Lowery, 360 MAGAZINE, Seabrite Beach, NJ

Lexus ES 350 F Sport

By Flore Chaumont × Vaughn Lowery

Lexus just released their new ES 350 and it’s now available in over 90 countries. The entire skeleton and skin of the previous Lexus ES has been redefined to attract a broader audience – scoot over empty nesters. Coupled with its F Sport package, the new Lexus ES is destined to attract a much more youthful and active generation. So, we decided to take it on an impromptu road trip from Manhattan to Maryland and all the hot spots in between during this summer’s blistering heat wave.

Koichi Suga, General Manager of Lexus Design Division, describes it as the most aggressive change for the emblematic ES. And indeed it is, the car now comes across as being more boisterous and bold. From the outside, the car has distinctive features which are unique to the F Sport trim. The 19-inch five-spoke alloy wheels, the dual integrated exhaust outlet, the F Sport badging as well as the low hoodline and long shoulders really make this car appear track ready. The inside reveals the same vibe, with aluminum pedals, Hadori sword wave-patterned aluminum appointments, red double stitching and red race-inspired interior seats. The 3.5L V6 24 Valve DOHC engine produces 302 hp and 287 lb-ft torque. Although it’s front-wheel drive, engineers managed to capture the emotional response of driving a rear-wheel drive vehicle. And, with 25 mpg (combined city/hwy), you can spend more time driving and less time at the pump.

Lexus has been traditionally known for the quietness of their ride. With active noise deadening technology and sound insulating wheels (which absorbs impact and vibration on the tires), the car is extremely silent, even while in sports mode. However, for the diehard car enthusiasts, there’s a setting to amplify exhaust notes. Overall, the drive is orgasmic; and one can easily cruise in it for long periods of time, feeling comfortable and pampered with ventilated heat/cool front seats. We practically lived inside the cabin when temperatures reached over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Moreover, this year’s extra two inches of wheelbase allows backseat passengers to have additional legroom.

At $44,635, one would expect a manufacturer to sacrifice quality during the fabrication process. Contrary to one’s expectations, most materials used feel supple and soft, from the steering wheel to the dashboard. There are also three different types of woods incorporated in the overall interior design, including a matt bamboo finish, a nod to Japanese culture and heritage. An apparent step forward from its predecessor which was full of peeling plastics.

In addition, the car is well-equipped with innovative technology. The ES features a an animated gage cluster, a trackpad with tactile sensors as well as a sleeker instrument board. Tech savy drivers will be pleased to pair it with Apple CarPlay, Siri Eyes Free or Google Voice CTRL. Our favorite is Lexus Enform which is an intuitive system that allows you to speak to a live agent to obtain an address and have it sent directly to your vehicle’s infotainment system. The representatives are accessible 24/7 and help you stay alert if you succumb to driver’s fatigue while on a lengthy trip. This came in handy while we were in traffic or already in route to a location. Not to mention, all the safety technology is standard: blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking and lane departure assist.

In short, the all-new 2019 Lexus ES 350 F Sport has a bodacious body that contantly turns heads and a 10-speaker Lexus premium sound system to make them nod.

Experience amazing.

New Season Ticket Agreement between Sports Events

New Season Ticket Agreement between Sports Events 365 and Atletico Madrid will Allow Fans to Get Closer to the Team’s Football Stars.

Among other options, buyers of upgraded tickets from Sports Events 365 will be able to be part of the welcome team and arrive two hours before the match to receive the players.

Sports Events 365, the international provider of tickets for sports and music events worldwide, has expanded its existing season ticket agreement for the 2019/2020 season with Atletico Madrid, one of the leading clubs in Spain and Europe. This season is expected to be especially exciting due to the addition of Portuguese forward Joao Felix, the 19-year-old acquired earlier this year for 113 million Euro by the Spanish club. The wonderkid, who arrived at Atletico this summer, is already being dubbed the next Cristiano Ronaldo.

The expanded agreement offers fans new and unique opportunities before and after games. The options available include being part of the welcome team and arriving two hours before the match to receive the players; arriving four hours before the match for an exclusive guided tour through the Wanda Metropolitano stadium; a penalty shootout experience at the stadium 15 minutes after the end of the game and the midfield experience involving taking a picture on the field after the
match. The expanded agreement offers clubs additional sources of income.

“We are looking to offer this model first implemented with Atletico Madrid with other clubs interested in increasing their revenues,” says Sefi Donner, founder and CEO of Sports Events 365. He noted that demand for Atletico tickets witnessed phenomenal growth after the club won the 2018 UEFA Super Cup. Donner predicts “a further 15% growth in sales in the Spanish market in the coming year.”

Sports Events 365 also has season ticket agreements with other top La Liga clubs as well as with Italy’s AS Roma. The company is looking to sign similar agreements with other leading European clubs as part of its expansion strategy and direct contact with 60 major football clubs in Spain, Italy, England, France and Portugal. The season ticket agreements allow Sports Events 365 to cater to the needs of groups of tourists who are looking for a much larger number of tickets to
matches.

About Sports Events 365

Established in 2006, Sports Events 365 sells tickets to sports and music events which take place in 50 countries. Sports Events 365 has been selling tickets to customers from 150 countries to most of the 60,000 yearly events on its search engine. The company offers fully guaranteed tickets alongside personal and direct service seven days a week at competitive prices and selected technology tools for sharing content and online sales.

The range of sports events that the company offers includes tickets for football matches in major European leagues and international championships for teams. Sport Events 365 also offers tickets for prominent events in tennis, European basketball and rugby, along with American basketball (NBA), football (NFL), ice hockey (NHL) and baseball (MLB) events. The company’s website also offers tickets to concerts of world-class musical artists such as the Rolling Stones, U2
and Celine Dion. As a true global and multi-lingual organization, Sports Events 365 operates websites in 22 languages in addition to a large number of jointly branded websites with travel companies.

Please visit the Sports Events 365 site here.

RJ Word”You Played Yourself”

RJ Word Releases “You Played Yourself”

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Produced by Victor Magan

As is his signature seamless nature, RJ refuses to succumb to a singular genre – infusing a Latin dance flare into his usual pop-funk music style to create the masterful “You Played Yourself.” This single falls in line of a long list of original releases from RJ that you’ll want to play over and over again. His recent singles include the popular tracks ‘Love Hurts,’ ‘What You Need,’ and a feature alongside Pitbull and Rich The Kid on Juan Magan’s Latin pop single ‘Echa Pa Aca.’ RJ’s eclectic record collection and ever-evolving musical style of mixing international flavors, prove that he’ll be in the music game for the long run.

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Le Dîner in Blanc de Paris

On Thursday 6 June 2019, the 31st edition of Le Dîner in Blanc de Paris will take place in one of the most prestigious locations of the French capital.

Last year, several thousand international guests attended this wonderful event where the elegance of everyone’s white outfits gave the evening a magical and universal character. Watch the 2018 video here.
Again, this year, guests are invited from every continent, 30 countries and 90 cities around the world to share this beautiful dinner party infused with elegance, joy and friendship.

Along with American, Canadian, English and Australian guests, whose grand-parents landed 75 years ago exactly on June 6, 1944: D-Day, attendees will participate in the remembrance of this great moment of sacrifice and fraternity. Some of the world’s most important dignitaries will also come to Normandy and to Paris to commemorate this historic anniversary.

Le Dîner en Blanc brings a lot of happiness to everyone. Indeed, for a few hours, it’s a kind of magic that envelops the event, making guests more stunning, cities more beautiful and the future much brighter…. In their best attire and their most joyous mood, guests are reminded of the delight it is to share this amazing evening with strangers that can become friends in an instant.

Close your eyes and immerse yourself in the feeling brought by thousands of dazzling and sparkling lights, making your heart sing… once again.

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Free Philie

“Real 40 Year-Old Virgin “Bachelor” continues search for his one true love in America this Spring, 2019”

In this day and age it seems that romance has become an Instagram ideal; everyone striving to become the illusive “#goals” that are seen in the media. Since the birth of dating app Tinder in 2012, the dating world has been changed forever and social media has taken a strong hold over how we interact with others. Some may think real romance is a thing of the past or something that can only be seen on ABC’s The Bachelor. Shows that have fallen under the large umbrella of the Bachelor Nation have gained notoriety over the years for their strict formula of creating “true love.” Just last week football player Colton Underwood ended his search for love, seemingly as well as his reputation of being a virgin.

Philipp Hebestreit, a German 40 year-old “real-virgin bachelor,” hopes to follow in Colton’s footsteps by taking his search for love to the states. He launched his initial campaign “Free Philie” ten years ago, making headlines in his attempts to enlist the public in his search for the one. To launch his search in America Hebestreit will begin his search in New York City’s Time Square district later this month.

“My parents are my inspiration and the reason I began this campaign to find my one true love,” said Hebestreit. “They have been deeply in love for several decades and it’s the kind of everlasting love you just don’t see anymore.”

“Most Romantic Man in the World…” – Marie Claire

“Free Philie,” one of the largest searches for love in the word, began in 2008 with a lonely plea on Hebestreit’s personal blog. His post garnered the attention of a multitude of women and sparked his curiosity in expanding his search even further. He then took to the streets of several German cities with flyers and large posters. His efforts became even more elaborate with newspaper advertisements, recorded video messages, bulletins and cars equipped with “Free Philie” flags.

He began going even bigger with his attempts and traveling further in order to reach a wider audience. He donned a full body shield in Hamburg, sent out thousands of messages in bottles into the North Sea, advertised on electric boats in the canals of Amsterdam, placed speaking stands in London’s Piccadilly Circus, placed an inflatable Frog at the Eiffel Tower, and even more international exploits for love. Philipp Hebestreit has spread his “love art” as far as Austria, Switzerland, Norway and Italy.

“A phenomenon that is conquering the hearts of women around the world…” – Wall Street Journal

Hebestreit is one of the very few virgin men turning to the public in order to enter his first relationship. This aspect of his sexuality is what drew most of the attention to his search as Philip is amongst just 10% of European men of his age to remain virginal. Those choosing celibacy often keep this fact to themselves to avoid social backlash. As for Philip, he tackles this topic with pride sparking public discussion. It is through his “Free Philie” campaign that Philip has attempted to tackle the belief that male virginity in the Western world should be something to be ashamed of.

By bringing attention to the conversation of virginity, “Free Philie” gained international attention in the form of letters, packages, texts and emails from celebrities and other public figures from over 100 countries. He received gifts such as lingerie and nude photos to a “Medal of Knightliness,” and a 5 foot teddy bear that caused his P.O. box to be terminated.

While stateside, ten years after the campaign’s inception, Philip will begin in New York City and continue his travels with teasers on his whereabouts on his “Free Philie” social media accounts.

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The Odyssey At Ushuaïa and Hï Ibiza

THE NIGHT LEAGUE REVEAL LINE-UP FOR ‘ODYSSEY’ – THE 24-HOUR OPENING PARTY EXTRAVAGANZA AT USHUAÏA AND HÏ IBIZA

ADAM PORT, ADRIATIQUE, ANDREA OLIVA, ANII, ANNA, CHRIS LIEBING, DAMIAN LAZARUS, DENIS HORVAT, FJAAK, KEVIN DE VRIES, MATHEW JONSON (LIVE) , PAUL KALKBRENNER (LIVE), PEGGY GOU, REZNIK, RICHIE HAWTIN, STEPHAN BODZIN (LIVE), TALE OF US

18 May 2019 | Midday Saturday to Midday Sunday

Midday to 12am at Ushuaïa Ibiza | 12am to Midday at Hï Ibiza

24 Hour Passes on sale now.

The Night League, the team behind the award-winning Ushuaïa and Hï Ibiza, today reveals the line-up for Odyssey, a 24-hour opening party extravaganza taking place at Ushuaïa and Hï Ibiza on 18 May. This will be the first time two Ibiza superclubs have come together to throw an unforgettable 24-hour, outdoor-indoor opening party and have brought together a world-class roster of some of the most sought after underground acts to celebrate.

Taking the reigns at the iconic Ushuaïa Ibiza from midday to midnight will be revered Italian production partnership Tale Of Us, joined by German techno don Stephan Bodzin (live), international techno superstar Paul Kalkbrenner (live), rising icon Peggy Gou along with Copenhagen based DJ & producer Denis Horvat, rising Kompakt selector Anni and Keinemusik collective’s Reznik (who soundtracked the Odyssey teaser video). Clubbers will be able to party through the daytime and sunset at Ushuaïa for the first instalment of what promises to be the most epic opening party to date.

Then on to the award-winning Hï Ibiza when the sun goes down from midnight to midday, for the second installment, where Germany’s finest Adam Port will take the baton at 12pm in the ‘Theatre’ (main room). He will be followed by one of techno’s most sought after duos Adriatique and Crosstown Rebels boss Damian Lazarus, before the incomparable Richie Hawtin steps up to the plate to play his Hï Ibiza debut.  Tale Of Us will then return to bring the 24-hour extravaganza to an epic close, a true celebration of underground techno at its best.

Looking after proceedings in the ‘Club’ (room 2) Kevin de Vries will kick things off, handing over to one of Brazil’s finest exports ANNA, followed by Ibiza favourite Andrea Oliva, Canadian prodigy Mathew Jonson (live), Berlin techno duo FJAAK and deep techno stalwart Chris Liebing who will close the room. All these acts will provide the perfect soundtrack for an unforgettable opening, keeping the dancefloor moving right through until midday on Sunday.

Marking the official opening of both clubs and heralding the start to the 2019 Ibiza season, Odyssey is set to be a ground-breaking start to the summer. For the ultimate opening party experience, clubbers can opt for a 24-hour pass which gives access to both venues for the duration of the event, or individual day or night passes.

Tickets are now on sale at www.odyssey.art – grab yours now before they fly.

Ushuaïa Ibiza | Midday to Midnight

Tale Of Us, Stephan Bodzin (live) Paul Kalkbrenner (live), Peggy Gou, Denis Horvat, Anni,  Reznik

Hï Ibiza | Midnight to Midday

Theatre: Tale Of Us, Richie Hawtin, Damian Lazarus, Adriatique & Adam Port

Club: Chris Liebing, FJAAK, Mathew Jonson (live), Andrea Oliva, ANNA & Kevin de Vries

Get ready for a truly groundbreaking opening for the Ibiza season. Both 24 Hour Passes and individual tickets can be bought here.

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ABOUT HÏ IBIZA

Since opening its doors for the very first time in 2017, the multi-award-winning Hï Ibiza has played host to many of the biggest names on the electronic music scene. Welcoming thousands of party revellers from all around the world each week throughout the season, Hï Ibiza has fast become one of the most sought-after tickets on the island. With world-class residents, state-of-the-art design and sound, plus a commitment to putting the clubber at the centre of the experience, the groundbreaking club has proved itself a force to be reckoned with.

ABOUT USHUAÏA IBIZA BEACH HOTEL

Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel is a luxurious 417-room hotel comprised of two buildings: The Ushuaïa Club, featuring an amazing poolside stage, and The Ushuaïa Tower, offering breathtaking views of the Mediterranean. Ushuaïa is dedicated to providing the best outdoor entertainment venue coupled with a modern, cutting-edge hotel experience. Designed for the discerning traveller seeking the fun and entertainment associated with Ibiza, Ushuaïa continuously raises the bar –from Swim-Up room options, daytime parties hosted by celebrated DJs, to “chromotherapy,” the ability to set the mood to their rooms with LED lights, ensuring that the party never stops. Its collection of dining options is unrivalled, from Ibiza’s first premier steakhouse Montauk and Minami serving sushi and other Japanese delicacies, to The Oyster and Caviar Bar beside the pool and the relaxed Ushuaïa Beach Club providing the perfect fuel for Ibiza party-goers.

ABOUT THE NIGHT LEAGUE

Founded in 2001 by events entrepreneur Yann Pissenem, The Night League is a 360 music and entertainment company, dedicated to every facet of event and venue management. For almost two decades, we have created and delivered world-class music experiences through our globally-renowned in-house brands Ushuaïa Ibiza, Hï Ibiza, ANTS and Children of the 80’s, as well as collaborating with some of the world’s most influential artists, festivals and events to create bespoke, pioneering concepts, such as GangStar and DYSTOPIA. From our event producers, venue operators, booking managers, artist management, marketing and design teams, TNL consistently goes beyond expectations, fusing music and art to deliver profound experiences that invigorate audiences around the world

New Ruf Models at Geneva Auto Show

RUF TO UNVEIL FIRST PRODUCTION CTR ANNIVERSARY AND ALL-NEW RUF GT AT THE 89TH GENEVA AUTO SHOW

RUF Automobile will unveil the first production example of the RUF CTR Anniversary as well as the RUF GT next month in Geneva, Switzerland, kicking off the manufacturer’s 80th anniversary.

RUF Automobile GmbH, manufacturer and creator of bespoke sports cars that combine performance and suitability for everyday use, will unveil two cars at the 89th Geneva Auto Show on March 5 in Hall 5 at Stand 5030 of the Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland. The first production example of the RUF CTR Anniversary, known in prototype form as the RUF CTR 2017, will be unveiled alongside the all-new RUF GT. The pair will act as anchors in the RUF booth alongside several other RUF models from throughout the companies 80-year history, including the eRuf which was presented at the Geneva motor show in 2009.

The first production example of the RUF CTR Anniversary will be delivered to its owner during the Geneva Auto Show. The model was first announced at the 2017 Geneva Auto Show on the 30th anniversary of the original CTR and produces 710 PS (700 BHP) from its twin-turbo 3.6L, flat-six engine. Weighing in at just 1,200 kilograms (2,640 pounds), the 2019 RUF CTR Anniversary has a top speed of 360 km/h (223 mph).

The all-new RUF GT is a Porsche 991-based model acting as an extension of the previous generation of the Porsche 911. The RUF GT features a 3.0 liter flat-six engine producing 522 PS (515 BHP), 645 Nm (476 ft-lbs) of torque and has a total weight of 1,450 kilograms (3,197 pounds). The launch-control equipped 7-speed double clutch gearbox helps the car accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in just 3.4 seconds. The duck tail generates high downforce and keeps the RUF GT stable at its top speed of 320 kph (199 mph).

“Each year we hope to push the technological envelope further, creating a more enjoyable, more usable and better performing sports car,” said Estonia Ruf, marketing director of RUF Automobile GmbH. “The two cars being unveiled in Geneva are the pinnacle of their respective niche in the car world. They are the best options when it comes to pure driving pleasure. That was the goal from the start.”

This year marks the 80th anniversary for RUF Automobile, originally founded by Alois Ruf Sr. in 1939. The company will be celebrating its anniversary throughout 2019 both in Pfaffenhausen and at events around the globe. Use the hashtag #80YearsOfRUF to join in celebrating on social media.

The exact time for the press conference will be announced soon.For more information on RUF automobiles, visit the RUF website.

ABOUT RUF AUTOMOBILE GMBH

In 1939, Alois Ruf Sr. first formed his company, AUTO RUF, as a general service garage. The company grew and in 1949 he added a gas station to the company complex. By 1955, Ruf Sr. recognized a need in Germany for a full-size tourist bus and challenged himself to build his own to run this as a separate business. In 1963, the company began specializing in Porsche vehicles, a direction that Alois Ruf Jr.  vowed to continue when he assumed directorship of the company in 1974. In the following year, the first RUF-enhanced Porsche model made its debut. Now it is still family run by Alois and Estonia Ruf.

French Renaissance Anniversary

WEILL TO REPRESENT LOIRE VALLEY TOURISM BOARD FOR THE 500TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FRENCH RENAISSANCE

Geoffrey Weill Associates has been appointed US public relations representative of the Loire Valley Tourism Board, on behalf of Atout France, the France Tourism Development Agency, to promote the 500th Anniversary of the French Renaissance this year.

The year 1519 symbolically marked the start of the Renaissance, on the occasion of the death of Leonardo da Vinci at Amboise, the start of the construction of the Château of Chambord and the birth of Catherine de’ Medici in Florence. To mark the anniversary, the Loire Valley region, considered the birthplace of the French Renaissance, will celebrate the artistic, cultural, scientific and intellectual developments of this period with a number of celebrations held throughout 2019.

“We are thrilled to be working with the Loire Valley Tourism Board and Atout France to promote the celebration of such a fascinating period of history in France to travelers,” says Geoffrey Weill. “France is one of our favorite destinations in the world, and we are honored to have been invited to be a part of such a significant anniversary.”

Highlights in the Loire Valley region will include a large traveling digital show mixing contemporary artistic and musical creations, an international architecture competition, numerous exhibitions held in and around the châteaux of the Loire Valley and a variety of guided tours, banquets and international symposia.

To learn more about Geoffrey Weill Associates’ complete list of clients, visit their website.