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.
PIRELLI PARTNERS WITH PINARELLO
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
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).
ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY TO FIELD 2 ISRAELI RIDERS FOR GIRO
SEA OTTER CLASSIC EXPO VIDEO
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