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By Jon Hornbeck

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

There were many new bikes and products on display at the recent Sea Otter Classic but this prototype Niner had everyone talking with praise and controversy as well. Niner will look to debut the new gravel bike come 2019.

You can take a more in depth look at the prototype here.

 

PIRELLI PARTNERS WITH PINARELLO

Press Release – Pirelli announces its OEM partnership with the prestigious Villorba (TV) bike maker, whereby Pirelli will provide its PZero Velo tires to 100% of Pinarello’s Dogma F10 bicycles in the 2018/2019 catalog.

Saying Dogma F10 amounts to saying the bike that has won everything, the dream bike, the range-topping model of Pinarello, a glorious brand, and one of the best, if not the best and most prestigious Italian bike makers, surely one of the most popular, whose products are admired and sought after the world over.

For its top-of-the-range bikes, Pinarello has chosen Pirelli’s new PZero Velo tires, entering into a partnership that is a natural point of arrival for the two brands, as well as a new point of departure.

 

GIANT REV COMP HELMET

Giant is expanding its lineup of performance helmets with two new models featuring the MIPS brain protection system. The Rail SX MIPS trail helmet and Rev Comp MIPS road helmet both represent an evolution of popular models developed with input from Giant pro racers.

The all-new Rev Comp MIPS is inspired by the pro-level Rev helmet, a favorite among WorldTour pros including Giro d’Italia champion Tom Dumoulin. Designed for everyday road riding performance, this all-rounder introduces new features to optimize its comfort, protection and versatility.

 

LIEGE – BASTOGNE – LIEGE

AFP – Luxembourg’s Bob Jungels produced yet another surprise victory from distance in cycling’s Spring Classics, winning the Liege-Bastogne-Liege on Sunday after a solo breakaway from 20km out.

Canada’s Michael Woods came second with France’s Romain Bardet third to complete an unexpected podium at the end of the 258km race that took 6hrs, 24min and 44sec. Jungels, of the powerful Belgian Quick Step team, had made a break from 20km as a decoy, he admitted after the race, but he opened such a gap that the chief contenders failed to galvanise themselves until it was too late. Photo: Bettini

Read more about the race here. 

 

SEA OTTER CLASSIC: ENVE COMPOSITES

With the popularity of disc brakes emerging in the sport there is one aspect to the technology that isn’t the greatest, the longer length of time it takes to remove the wheel. Enve has fixed that though with their new system that includes a simple thru-axle lever with the benefits of something similar you would see on a normal skewer system.

Their Road Disc Fork with Speed Release uses their fork and new technology to remove the wheel similar to the older ways in the fact that it’s very simple and quick. Watch the video below for a more up close visual on how the system works.

 

HAUTE ROUTE SAN FRANCISCO

HR – The day began under the iconic Golden Gate Bridge as riders gathered near the Presidio in the early morning light for the second stage of Haute Route San Francisco. Following a beautiful first stage in Oakland, the group was buzzing with excitement for the panoramic ocean views and a ride through the redwoods on the classic North Bay 90-mile route with 8,500 feet of climbing.

Haute Route continues with their next events in Asheville (May 18-20), Rockies (June 23-29) or Utah (Sept 14-16).

To find out more about participating in an upcoming Haute Route click here. 

 

ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY TO FIELD 2 ISRAELI RIDERS FOR GIRO

Press Release – Israel Cycling Academy will start the historic Giro d’Italia in Jerusalem next week with a pair of Israeli riders in a lineup which includes both experienced and young cyclists.
The decision taken by the first Israeli team to ever start a Grand Tour means that both Guy Sagiv (23) and Guy Niv (24) will set the milestone of being the first Israeli riders to race a Grand Tour.
Joining them at the Giro will be Italian Kristian Sbaragli, Australian Zak Dempster, Latvian national champion Krists Neilands, former Canadian national champion Guillaume Boivin, Belgian Ben Hermans, and Spaniard Ruben Plaza. 

 

SEA OTTER CLASSIC EXPO VIDEO 

 

Well, that’s all for this weeks Mid-Week Report. Be sure to check back every Wednesday to see the latest news, views and products that have come our way. If you have any questions, comments or requests, let us know: [email protected]

 

 

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