By Jon Hornbeck
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Michał Kwiatkowski shows off his dedication as he does a bit of recon work for San Remo. Even the snow can’t keep the Polish rider away from navigating the roads of Italy. This weekend though Michal will be lining up to contest for another victory during Strada Bianchi where the white dirt roads of Tuscany may be a bit wet and muddy with the weather forecast.
VISION/FSA SUPPORT ALL LEVELS OF PRO CYCLING
Vision and FSA are proud to be sponsoring a range of pro cycling teams for the 2018 race season with their top of the range components including handlebars, wheels, stems, seatposts and the K-Force WE wireless groupset. PC: Bettini
The WorldTour teams sponsored by Vision and FSA this year are:
Astana Pro Team, Bahrain–Merida Pro Cycling Team, EF Education First-Drapac and Team LottoNL–Jumbo.
UCI Professional Continental teams are:
Burgos-BH, Euskadi Basque Country–Murias, Israel Cycling Academy, NIPPO Vini Fantini, Team Novo Nordisk, UnitedHealthcare, Vital Concept and UCI Women’s Cycling Team – Cylance Pro Cycling.
UCI Continental teams are:
Fundación Euskadi, Jelly Belly powered by Maxxis and Team One Pro Cycling.
DEDA ELEMENT GRAVEL BAR
The GRAVEL100® model is an evolution from Deda famousZERO100 road bar.
Based on the RHM shape to maintain short reach, the 12° flare at the drops offers more stability and preserving the typical drop bar brake/shifter feel.
The slightly aero top section is designed to be ergonomic and to allow comfortable hand positions.
This makes GRAVEL100® handlebar the best choice for gravel racing and riding.
ELEVATE – KHS PRO CYCLING TEAM PODCAST
We went down to the Elevate – KHS Professional Cycling team camp while they were in San Diego wrapping up their camp. The second year Continental team has a great young roster of riders looking to gain some expirience and results this coming season.
In this episode we chat with new Australian recruit racer Scott Law, director and former professional Heathe Blackgrove, sprinter Cory Williams, new recruit Sam Bassetti and team owner Paul Abrahams.
DEVINCI HATCHET BIKE REVIEW
Best known for their long-travel mountain bikes, the Canadian brand Devinci has over the years begun making a move into the world of drop bars. And as the category definition of a skinny-tire road bike has begun expanding to include fatter-tire dirt bikes, it would seem that Devinci is poised for the evolution of adventure and gravel bikes to arrive at their door.
And that’s where their line of Hatchet bikes begins. The Hatchet was first launched in 2016 with three aluminum models, and for 2017 they’ve added four carbon models to their lineup. With as strong a heritage in mountain biking as they have, the brand’s dirt origins are visible in their frame geometry, as well as their aggressive off-road-oriented marketing.
- Good price point
- Large tire clearance
- A bit on the heavy side
Weight: 19.18 lb.
Sizes: 50, 52, 54 (tested), 57, 60cm
MAVIC COMETE PRO CARBON SL UST
Mavic’s new Comete Pro Carbon SL UST wheelset isn’t just one of the fastest wheels you’re going to find out there, it’s also one of the most user-friendly thanks to the tubeless UST rim and tire design. At 64mm deep, the wheels are made for high-speeds in either time trialing or road races with rolling terrain.
Because the rims are designed with the included Yksion UST 25c tires in mind, the rim width and shape is optimized for the wheel and tire system. Since we are seeing more disc brake equipped time trial and aero-road bikes hitting the market, Mavic made sure the Comete Pro wheels are available in a number of options, including disc and rim brake versions.
PIRELLI NEW “ALL SEASON” PZERO 4S TIRE
Based on the color coding they use for F1 motor -racing, the blue label PZero Velo 4S is the showcase for the all-season tires and are ideal for autumn and winter. They offer high puncture protection and outstanding grip in wet conditions in addition to optimal comfort, and durability.
The PZero 4S is the perfect tire for the changing conditions we are all experiencing during this transitional time of year. Take a look at this great all-season tire from Pirelli and let me know if you’d be interested in taking a set of review tires for a spin.
- Pirelli’s SmartNET™ Silica grants both rolling efficiency and wet grip, delivering an all-season tire with outstanding performance
- Tread design developed with FGD (Functional Groove Design) and ICS (Ideal Contour Shaping) technologies provide great handling and water dissipation, even in harsh weather conditions
- Overall increased SmartNET™ Silica tread pattern thickness in addition to an aramid fiber puncture-resistant belt ensure extensive mileage and reliability in bad weather and cold temperatures
- Weight : 700 x 23c = 205g
- Weight : 700 x 25c = 220g
- Weight : 700 x 28c = 250g
- Casing: 127tpi
- MSRP: $65
PEARL iZUMi NEW COLLECTION
EARL iZUMi expands its Aero Apparel Collection, making Patented Speed Sleeve technology available to more riders in new Spring 2018 Jerseys.
Developed through PEARL iZUMi’s athlete centric Speed Shop program to be at the zenith of engineered aerodynamics, the patented Speed Sleeve is designed to stretch between the upper arm and torso, creating a smooth shape that acts like a fairing. Textured Transfer Aero fabric helps smooth airflow around the rider and special pattern engineering eliminates wrinkles to further reduce drag. Additionally, longer sleeves with raw edge hems wrap more of the upper arm, a significant source of drag, in textured aerodynamic fabric to provide every advantage for all-out performance.
TRAVIS MCCABE INTERVIEW
What can you expect out of yourself to keep improving on your success from this past year?
One thing I did recently was that I got another bike fit. We went over my position and improved it to be more efficient, which should help me stay more relaxed on the bike. I think there’s more improvement to be found there, but I’m also working on my strengths and developing the efficiency to race for five hours. I need to improve my top-end speed to be able to sprint at a higher caliber. I’ve also been working with a sports psychologist to help define when the best time to sprint is, where to sprint and how to use those clutch moments to take advantage of those opportunities at the bigger races.
You’ve been through your fair share of ups and downs with teams folding. How have you managed to deal with negative setbacks yet still drive forward with your training and racing?
For me, it’s really about setting goals. I’ve also learned that there are certain factors that I don’t have control over, such as my race schedule or the team surviving, so I focus on controlling the goals that I do have and sit down with my coach to ensure that I’m staying on track. I have both short- and long-term goals, and achieving the short-term goals is what helps build a platform to meet those long-term goals. With the diversity of the ups and downs that comes with racing, you just have to put your head down and fight through it all. Also, I was fortunate enough to be a desired rider, so with teams folding, I was able to get on another team fairly easy. The bottom line is that you just have to keep chipping away and stay positive.
STRADE BIANCHE 2017
With Strade Bianche on tap for this weekend lets take a look at last year’s race to refresh our minds on what we have to look forward to. This year though the roads may not be as dry and dusty as parts of the course are covered in snow currently. Either way there will be some great racing on hand!
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