By Jon Hornbeck
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
The winning move during Strade Bianche as Tiesj Benoot attacks Romain Bardet and Cyclocross World Champion Wout Van Aert. Benoot had the ride of his life in the rain covered dirt roads as he captured his professional victory for the young Belgian 23 year old. Photo: Bettini
ROKA SIGNS DAN MARTIN TO EYEWEAR SPONSORSHIP
Press Release – ROKA the Dallas-based performance design company, has announced the signing of professional cyclist Dan Martin. The Irish veteran who finished sixth at last year’s Tour de France is the first UCI World Tour rider to test and wear ROKA’s new Advanced Performance for Extreme Conditions (A.P.EX) eyewear, the lightest high-performance optics in the world.
“We designed the new advanced performance eyewear for the most demanding athletes, and no one demands more from their gear in extreme conditions than a cyclist of Dan’s caliber,” says ROKA co-founder and CEO Rob Canales. “Every last detail matters when you’re trying to win the most grueling multi-week stage race on the planet. With A.P.EX, Dan will now have the lightest and most comfortable eyewear in the peloton, with a completely customized fit that’s unlike anything else on the market.”
The A.P.EX collection is the lightest performance eyewear on the market, weighing between 18 – 25 grams. The unique design gives high-performance athletes an unparalleled level of vision and comfort, even in the most grueling conditions.
NEW BOTTLE CAGE WITH THE TACX CIRO
Press Release – The Tacx Ciro is designed for great strength with minimal use of materials, each element in its shape is analysed for functionality and reduced to a minimum. By reinforcing its black shell with Carbon and giving it a strong skeleton of glass fibre compound, we were able to highly simplify its shape while keeping its strong clamping force intact.
Thanks to the minimalistic design and use of materials, the Ciro is lightweight, only 29g. The resulting pure and slim shape respects your bike and lets you show of the design of your drinking bottle. As it is available in a variety of colours and both a matt and shiny finish, this high quality bottle cage matches any bike. The new cage retails for $19.99.
MICHELIN – STARRED CHEF MATT ACCARRINO JOINS HAUTE ROUTE
Press Release – Michelin-starred chef and avid cyclist Matthew Accarrino is joining Haute Route, the world’s most prestigious multi-day event series for amateur cyclists, as its Official Chef and Culinary Ambassador. In this role, Accarrino will serve as a culinary advisor to Haute Route, sharing exclusive nutrition tips and recipes with Haute Route participants, and cooking at select Haute Route U.S. events.
“Matthew was dedicating his life to becoming a professional cyclist when a severe leg injury in his teens ended his dream of cycling professionally. Over the course of his year-plus recovery, he began cooking and has been ever since. With hard work and determination, he’s been able to combine his two passions of cycling and cooking to great success,” said Haute Route North America Chairman Alain Lambert. “We are thrilled to share with our riders his culinary expertise in fueling the body for maximum performance at Haute Route events.”
As part of the partnership, Accarrino will share nutritional advice, fueling tips, nutrition hacks and exclusive recipes for Haute Route participants, with an eye toward preparation and recovery around multi-day events. The acclaimed chef also plans to cook a pre-event dinner in San Francisco, kicking off the event with a special meal for Haute Route participants the night before stage one. He will also host a ticketed VIP dinner event during Haute Route San Francisco at SPQR, and will cook at least one meal for participants of the Mavic Haute Route Rockies.
OUR OWN STRADE BIANCHE EXPERIENCE
We were so excited after watching Strade Bianche Saturday morning while seeing the rain soaked dirt roads that we decided to get our own similar ride in as well. It just so happened to be raining a bit here similar to over in Italy which lead to some amazing terrain. These roads are found in Temecula, CA.
TOUR DE BIG BEAR RETURNS WITH CYCLING FESTIVAL
Press Release – The Big Bear Cycling Association (BBCA) announced today it has scheduled its 9th annual Tour de Big Bear cycling event for Saturday, August 4, 2018.
“Last year’s Tour de Big Bear was a sell out for the eighth consecutive year, with a record 2100 riders,” says Craig Smith, president of BBCA. “In 2017, we announced new route changes to Tour de Big Bear and the HC Gran Fondo and in 2018, we are very excited to add Snow Summit Mountain Resorts Crafts & Cranks, a mountain bike racing and craft beer festival, and the SPNDX Stampede Gravel Ride to the Big Bear Cycling Festival.”
The only weeklong cycling festival in the United States, the Big Bear Cycling Festival features events and activities that draw thousands of visitors to Big Bear Lake for a few days up to a full week. The Cycling Festival is perfect for the serious cyclist looking for last minute training at altitude before Tour de Big Bear or the recreational cyclist wishing to simply enjoy riding roads and trails in a beautiful mountain landscape.
NEW TO THE ROAD BIKE ACTION OFFICE
One of our new bikes to show up in our office for testing is the 3T Strada. We had one earlier this year when they were first being released but didn’t get much time on the Strada. We now have our test bike which we are eager to get out on the road and see how the 1x really handles against all those other 2x road bikes.
This 3T Strada is equipped with a Sram Quarq ready crank set, aluminum 3T wheels, Sram Force drivetrain and 3T bar, stem and seat post.
VIDEO: STRADE BIACNHE FINAL 40 KILOMETERS
TEAM SKY & BRADLEY WIGGINS BACK IN THE NEGATIVE SPOTLIGHT
Former Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky crossed an “ethical line” by using drugs to enhance performance and not just to treat medical need, a damning report by lawmakers said on Monday.
Russian computer hackers revealed in 2016 that the British rider had applied for therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs) to have injections of the powerful corticosteroid triamcinolone before three of his biggest races, including the 2012 Tour de France, which he won.
The Commons digital, culture, media and sport committee report said MPs believed that triamcinolone, used to treat asthma, “was being used to prepare Bradley Wiggins, and possibly other riders supporting him, for the Tour de France”. “The purpose of this was not to treat medical need, but to improve his power-to-weight ratio ahead of the race,” it added.
VIDEO: TIRRENO ADRIATICO STAGE 1 HIGHLITES
VIDEO: INSIDE THE ELEVATE – KHS TEAM CAMP
We recently got the chance to go behind the scenes and “sit in” on the final day of the Elevate – KHS team camp while they we’re in San Diego. We take a look at the full behind the scenes of what these professional rider’s actually do other then just ride their bike.
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: letters@RoadBikeAction.com