Welcome to the October 9th, Mid-Week Report!
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Trek unveiled world road race champion Mads Pedersen’s Project One Madone SLR.
With its SAVE micro-suspension technology, also combined with the endurance-oriented geometry, wide rims/tires and Shimano Ultegra shifting, the Synapse SE is ready for whatever road you choose.
PRODUCT TEST: GIRO AETHER
As they have done throughout their three-decade history, Giro is once again pushing the limits of safety, comfort and style in cycling. Recently introduced in the Tour de France by Team BMC, the Aether is the NorCal brand’s latest pursuit of the next generation of helmet technology.
MIPS technology (Multi-directional Impact Protection System) is a patented plastic liner that has become a recognized safety feature for both pro and recreational riders alike. The purpose of the plastic liner is to reduce the effects of the linear force on impact by allowing for a small amount of movement in shear, which lets the helmet rotate independently from the head. By minimizing the compression forces on impact at a slight upcharge, MIPS is able to provide an added layer of safety over non-MIPS helmets.
The Aether takes the next step in the progression of the MIPS design with what’s now called “MIPS Spherical,” which is composed of an inner and outer shell. The inner shell works like the plastic liner from the previous MIPS technology, only more comfortably. The outer shell is progressively layered with a denser material at the base and six pieces of polycarbonate molds on the edges. Typically, when there are more pieces added, there’s usually less venting; however, that is not true for the Aether. With ventilation always being a critical priority, Giro designed vents that force air through the helmet by creating a space in between the two shells. The Aether’s design is more aerodynamic than Giro’s other performance road helmet, the Synthe.
PRODUCT TEST: WAHOO ELEMNT ROAM
Wahoo has been taking the cycling market by storm with their line of trainers and trainer accessories that have revolutionized the stationary cycling experience. These trainers have elevated the indoor experience for cyclists of all levels and abilities.
However, one of their biggest interruptions to the market has been in the GPS computer segment where they’ve truly rethought the user experience. Their latest release, the Elemnt Roam, will take the place as the flagship cycling computer and bump the original Elemnt out of production. With the Roam, they seamlessly integrated the smartphone and head unit, allowing users to bypass the need for a laptop or desktop computer to take full advantage of all the features.
VELON FILES ANTI-TRUST SUIT AGAINST THE UCI
The Velon Business group has filed an anti-trust complaint against the UCI to the European Commission that claims cycling’s governing body has been trying to hinder their operation. Velon represents 11 top cycling teams, including Team Ineos, UAE Team Emirates and Trek-Segafredo. They believe the UCI has implemented regulations which are designed to favour the business interests of the governing body at the detriment of the sport.
“In the past year the UCI has tried to stop what Velon and the teams have pioneered in their joint business on new races (the team v team “Hammer Series”) and technology,” a Velon statement said on Tuesday.
None of the “Hammer Series” events are part of the UCI’s World Tour, which is comprised of the leading races each year.
All of the major cycling races are privately owned, apart from the UCI world championships.
“In the past 12 months the UCI has used its regulatory power and political leverage to seek to block the business activities of Velon and the teams in an incorrect and unlawful manner,” the statement added.
The UCI told AFP that it had not received notification of the “filing of the complaint”.
“In keeping with its mission, the UCI will continue to work towards the implementation of a new organisation of men’s professional road cycling, with all its stakeholders and in the interests of all of them,” said the federation.
SANTA BARBARA 100 OCTOBER 19
Ride Santa Barbara 100 takes place in one of the most beautiful locations for cycling in the United States, from sandy shores to the foothills to the iconic climb on Gibraltar Road. Get a discount with promo code RBA15 for 15% OFF!
Four great courses for riders of all levels including:
100 mile + Gibraltar Challenge Time Trial
100 km + Gibraltar Challenge Time Trial
100 km Coastal Ride
34 mile Fun Ride
BIKE THE COAST SAN DIEGO NOVEMBER 1
Take in the breathtaking views of Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Solana Beach, and Del Mar! Everything starts and finishes on the beach at the spectacular venue of the Oceanside Pier with food, beer, music, expo shopping and fun. If you’re looking to take your family on an active family vacation or are looking for unique bike tour, considering joining us in Oceanside for this fun ride that’s appropriate for all skill levels from individuals to competitive groups to families, this ride is inclusive to all.
SAGAN GRAN ROADIE-OH NOVEMBER 8-10
For the first time in Southern California, fans and avid cyclists will get the opportunity to hang out with, ride alongside or get a signed jersey from the most popular cyclist on the planet, Peter Sagan. The Southern California Sagan Fondo, the Gran Roadie-Oh version, will actually be a three-day collection of different ways to get to know Peter Sagan on the heels of his recording-breaking seventh Green Jersey victory at the Tour de France. The festivities will run November 8 to November 10, 2019.
EVENT FEATURES – Courses: 150K, 100K, 50K
- 7:00 am roll-out from North City with CHP leading
- Controlled Roads for the leaders throughout
- Chip Timed Routes
- Timed King & Queen of the Sprint sectors
- On-course mechanic support
- SAG Vehicles
- Hundreds of enthusiastic Volunteers
- Unparalleled Finish Celebration at North City with the streets shut down to trafﬁc
- Post Event Feast at Urge Gastropub
- Live Music
- Challenged Athletes Beer and Wine Garden
- Unique 750ml Beer Bottle trophies for ﬁnishers
- Event Tee-shirts for participants
- Opportunity to buy signature event kits from Sportful, plus other merchandise items
- Course safety provided by SD Police, CHP, Sheriffs, Trafﬁc Control and Course Marshals!
Register here: www.roadieoh.com
THE RIFT ICELAND JULY 25 2020
The Rift is a gravel race through the dark lava fields in the highlands of Iceland – taking place on the tectonic split between North America and Eurasia. An ever-growing battlefield that grows an inch every year.
The battlefield sculpted by volcanic eruptions is vast, rugged and unpredictable – making the Rift a challenge of endurance, mental fortitude and most likely the bare elements. And in the end – a gravel battle between the continents!
The course starts out of a small town along the southern coast called Hvolsvöllur. This incredible shoreline stretches from the greater Reykjavík area in the west to the magnificent Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon in the east. It is lined with countless natural wonders such as cascading waterfalls, black sand beaches, glaciers and volcanos – circumnavigating one of the most active volcanos on the island, Hekla.
CTS FIGUEROA MOUNTAIN GRAN FONDO
The city of Solvang, California will be the presenting sponsor for the third annual CTS Figueroa Mountain Gran Fondo cycling event. The event, to be held November 8-9, 2019, is produced by coaching company CTS and is anticipated to bring more than 800 cyclists and families to Solvang for festivities on Friday night and the gran fondo and finish line-party on Saturday.
As a result of the presenting sponsorship, the CTS Figueroa Mountain Gran Fondo will move its packet pickup and start/finish to downtown Solvang from Santa Ynez. Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley have a long history with national and international-level cycling events, including stages of the Amgen Tour of California. The area is also known worldwide as an ideal location for pre-season training camps for professional cycling teams.
“CTS has been hosting cycling camps in and around Solvang for 20 years, and my personal history with the area goes back further to 7-Eleven Pro Cycling Team training camps in the 1980s,” said CTS Founder and CEO, Chris Carmichael. “We established a year-round training facility in the Santa Ynez Valley nearly 10 years ago and I am honored to have the support of the city of Solvang and the community in this wonderful valley.”
Solvang Mayor Ryan Toussaint added, “The Santa Ynez Valley is a premier cycling destination and we welcome the CTS Figueroa Mountain Gran Fondo to Solvang.”
Kirk Nordgren, Event Director and General Manager of the nearby CTS training facility, said, “We’re proud to partner with the City of Solvang and local companies to create an event that’s great for cyclists and beneficial for the whole community.”
The economic benefit of bringing the CTS Figueroa Mountain Gran Fondo to Solvang was a priority for Solvang City Council member Chris Djernaes. He said, “Cycling is good for business. The event helps establish Solvang as a destination for cycling tourism, and our city will continue to reap the economic benefits throughout the year as cyclists return to visit our beautiful valley.”
About the CTS Figueroa Mountain Gran Fondo
On Friday afternoon and evening, riders will arrive in Solvang for packet pickup and the public is encouraged to participate in a cycling festival with activities for kids and families. Amateur cyclists participating in the event will all start together on Saturday morning and choose from four marked routes (100, 64, 44, and 31 miles) through the Santa Ynez Valley. The longer three routes feature an ascent of Figueroa Mountain, and all routes feature Ballard Canyon Road made famous to cyclists by the Amgen Tour of California. With the exception of the Start/Finish area, the course will be open to car traffic throughout the event. Riders will be supported on course with feed stations and mobile mechanics, and will return to Solvang for a finish line party with live music and locally sourced food and beer.
LANCE ARMSTRONG TO RIDE GRAN FONDO HINCAPIE GREENVILLE
Hincapie Sportswear received confirmation on Monday that cyclist Lance Armstrong will ride in Gran Fondo Hincapie-Greenville. Armstrong, a former teammate of George Hincapie’s, partner at NEXT VENTŪRES, founder of WEDŪ, and host of “THEMOVE” and “The Forward” podcasts, will join George Hincapie for the ride.He also plans to air “THEMOVE” podcast while there.
“I’m excited to come to the ride,” says Armstrong. “We aired ‘THEMOVE’ at Gran Fondo Hincapie-Fort Worth, and it was a lot of fun to interact with the crowd there.”
“We’re thrilled to have Lance with us for another fondo,” says George Hincapie. “His presence in Fort Worth really helped to take the event up a notch. And everyone had a blast watching the podcast.”
The original Gran Fondo Hincapie, located in Greenville, SC, and now in its seventh year, has topped charts and received stellar reviews, acclaimed for the cycling celebrities in attendance, as well as the careful attention to safety, on-site viewing screens, course and segment timing, live tracking and streaming, live bands at the rest stops, and free family festival.
Also attending is three-time world champion Michael Rogers! He joins the list of cycling greats in attendance, including George Hincapie, Christian Vande Velde, Bobby Julich, , Justin Williams, Santiago Botero, and Victor Hugo Pena.
2020 DIRTY KANZA REGISTRATION DETAILS
2020, here we come! Mark you calendars for the 15th annual Garmin Dirty Kanza on May 30, 2020. Thank you for making this year’s race one of the best ever.
The random selection process for the 2020 race will open on January 6 through January 19. Selections will then be made on or before January 27.
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