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By Jon Hornbeck


The seventh annual Belgian Waffle Ride occurred over the weekend in San Marcos, California where 1,200 riders battled a course of all terrain throughout the day which ended with Lost Abbey beers. This was the most successful event they’ve had to date which much exposure following the ride, and plans for next year’s event already in the works.

Photo: Topher Riley / Pinned Grit



The Belgian Waffle Ride isn’t just a stand alone ride but the culture it brings is second to none. Take a look at our photo gallery to see the action prior to the ride, during the ride and most importantly after the ride.

BWR Photo Gallery



SILCA is set to enter the bottle cage market with the SICURO Titanium Bottle Cage. This product has been in development for over a year now and they are currently finalizing tooling and systems for full-scale production at their Indianapolis headquarters.

Cages will be available for purchase by early August.



Mavic has announced an expanded Allroad range that now includes additional wheel and tire options to meet the needs of a broad range of riding terrain, plus apparel with designs tailored to deliver a more comfortable fit.
The Allroad line of wheels has grown to include the Allroad Pro UST Disc ($1100), Allroad Elite UST Disc ($800), Allroad Elite UST($800), Allroad Elite Road+ Disc 650b ($800) and Allroad UST ($300). A larger 40c Yksion Allroad XL UST tire is a new addition and joins the Yksion Allroad UST tire, which is now available in both 30c and 35c widths.
On the apparel side, the line has a unique and relaxed look, featuring the Allroad Fitted Baggy Short, Allroad Jersey, Allroad Thermo Long Sleeve Jersey, Allroad Insulated Vest, and the Allroad Pro Shoe (September 1st availability for the shoe). US pricing for the Allroad apparel is still yet to be determined.



Press Release – A few months after its return to the cycling world, Pirelli signs its first technical collaboration agreement with a professional cycling team, and it does so with Irish Pro Continental team Aqua Blue Sport.

The official event to mark the comeback of Pirelli tires to professional bike racing will be the forthcoming edition of the Amstel Gold Race, the tough one-day Ardennes classic, where the choice of tires will surely make a difference.

With this first collaboration agreement, Pirelli brings to cycling its unique approach to technical partnering. As it has done with all its top-notch sports partners, with the Aqua Blue Sport team Pirelli has entered into an agreement that is meant to serve first and foremost as an opportunity for growth and R&D work on the product. Pirelli’s role in sports partnerships, in fact, does not consist solely of providing branded tires, it entails genuine technical collaboration and an on-going exchange of feedback with the teams, leading to the development of specific and unique tire solutions.

For Aqua Blue Sport, Pirelli has developed a new, specific tubular tire, which the team has been testing in recent months, in various contexts and on-road tests. It is a 28 mm tire, specially developed to maximize the aerodynamic characteristics of the 3T Strada. When training, instead, the Aqua Blue Sport team uses the 28 mm PZero Velo tires already available on the market.



Dave Zabriskie and business partner Ryan Steers have set off to create a new style of cycling camps called DZ Nuthouse which revolve around riding gravel in the Malibu area. We had the opportunity to join them on a test event as they prep for their first official camps later this year, along the way we managed to ask Dave his best gravel tip…



New to the cycling tech world is the introduction of the Campagnolo 12-speed drivetrain. Campagnolo once again gets there first, but more then that they have re-designed their entire drivetrain. Chief Editor Zapata Espinoza went over to Gran Canaria (aka the Canary Islands)for the launch and to see what all the buzz was about.

We caught up with Zap once he returned states side to get the real story on what was going on over there.



We’re currently making our way up to the Sea Otter Classic where we will be spending the rest of our week checking out all of the new product on hand. Be sure to check our site and social channels daily as we will be showing off everything new we see there with video as well.




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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