Mid-Week Report: The Latest News, Products and Events

Welcome to the April 29, Mid-Week Report!

Welcome to the April 29, Mid-Week Report!


Press release:

Americans and people throughout the world have faced challenging times due to the COVID-19 pandemic. And while our lives have been forever changed, we do believe that we can get through this together, but not without healthcare workers on the front lines who continue to fight for us.

Supplies continue to run low across the United States as the infection spreads, putting healthcare professionals at risk of contracting or spreading the virus. Tifosi has commissioned professional grade face shields for health care workers. The face shields are made with a thick anti-fog plastic that will cover the entire face, forehead foam to protect and ease pressure after long hours of use, and an elastic band to secure the shield.

Together we all can help to slow the spread of COVID-19 and one of the ways Tifosi can do this is by helping to properly protect those working in healthcare. That is why Tifosi is donating a face shield to health care facilities during the month of May for every pair of sunglasses sold on our website.

Health care professionals are risking their lives to fight the COVID-19 virus and do not have the privilege to stay home. It is critical that health care workers and first responders stay protected in order to do their jobs. Our hope is that Tifosi will be able to help them do that. These individuals are our neighbors, friends, and family, and because of them, we are Tifosi!

Tifosi is the word for Super-fan. That is exactly who we are and who we make our eyewear for. Our mission is to provide technically advanced eyewear to enthusiasts of all sports and outdoor activities. We design, test, and torture our product to enhance your sport whether you’re running a 5k, riding your first century, or playing 18 holes on Sunday. Tifosi defines us. We are enthusiasts about our product, our sport and our fun. We are moms, dads, coaches, players, volunteers, survivors, team, success, and family. We are Tifosi.

Support Tifosi at: www.tifosioptics.com


Leg raises, lunges, and lots of squats are part of what’s behind the rise of 22-year-old Colombian superstar Sergio Higuita. EF Pro Cycling’s young climber wasted no time stepping into his GC contended role since signing with the team mid-2019. In his first WorldTour stage race, Higuita finished second at the Tour of California behind rival up-and-comer Tadej Pogacar. Higuita started 2020 off guns blazing by earning the best young rider awards at Tour Colombia and Paris Nice. Watch some of Sergio Higuita’s  basic strength training moves here.


Sure we all love the great outdoors but not everyone currently has that luxury. So here is one of the many options for those staying indoors and logging miles.

The Neo Bike Smart is pushing everything we know about indoor cycling to the next level. Designed to create an unprecedented, unique and immersive experience. The combination of its unique features like road feel, gear feel, virtual gears, air fans, dynamic inertia and downhill drive makes cycling indoors surprisingly realistic and more fun. With customizable touchpoints, it even feels like cycling on your road bike. Completely silent, an integrated display, programmable control buttons, phone and tablet holder are all enabling an easy way of using your preferred applications.

This sweet rig will set you back $3200, but for more indoor options check out our Ultimate Indoor Riding Guide


We perform a lot of bike fits, and we have the opportunity to see a lot of cyclists at events and camps. Bike fit is more than a collection of angles and distances, and before we start measuring or moving anything it’s important to talk with the athlete and examine the bike they brought in. Here are three common problems we’re looking for, and that you should consider for yourself.

Good Pain vs. Bad Pain

Pushing through the pain is an attitude cyclists are all-too-familiar with. Toughness is at the root of cycling culture, and you don’t have to look hard to find images of cyclists gritting it out in incredibly adverse conditions. Generally, that toughness is a good thing. It’s what pushes athletes to train hard and get the most out of their potential.



We all know that the world we are living in at this very moment is nothing we expected when we turned the page to 2020. Nonetheless, we are in a time where we all have to consider the implications of big crowds gathering together.
From all of us in Emporia, it’s important to relay just how very much we love the Garmin Dirty Kanza and the community that gathers around this event. With all things considered, we are postponing this year’s event to the weekend of September 10 – 13, 2020. And while we were hopeful our traditional date would work, we are also excited to have a September date to plan for – it will be an amazing way to come back together and celebrate.
“These last few weeks have proven that the work we are doing to flatten the curve is having an impact. And while we will be closer to all coming together to ride bikes and celebrate the human spirit, May 30 just seems too risky. It is with the health and well being of our athletes, staff, volunteers, and the community of Emporia that we have decided to postpone the 2020 race date to the weekend of September 10 – 13, 2020.”
– Jim Cummins


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There’s more to explore in Mammoth! The first official gravel ride on the mountain is set to take place September 19, 2020.  A 45 mile “Tuff” course with 2000 feet of climbing and a 100 “Tuffer” course with 8000 feet of elevation gain are planned but no official course maps have been released. Mammoth Mountain is a favorite locale of ours and over the years we have continued to return to the annual Gran Fondo. With Mammoth Tuff now the following weekend we are planning to extend our stay to get in all of the best riding that Mammoth has to offer.



The Belgian Waffle Ride announces two new events in two new locations. We have added the second BWR in Asheville, NC on Sunday, August 30, and the third will be in Cedar City, Utah on Saturday, October 1
The events are limited to 1250 riders each and sell-out quickly. Registration is open.



The Rift is a gravel race through the dark lava fields in the highlands of Iceland – taking place on the tectonic split between North America and Eurasia. An ever-growing battlefield that grows an inch every year.

The battlefield sculpted by volcanic eruptions is vast, rugged and unpredictable – making the Rift a challenge of endurance, mental fortitude and most likely the bare elements. And in the end – a gravel battle between the continents!

The course starts out of a small town along the southern coast called Hvolsvöllur. This incredible shoreline stretches from the greater Reykjavík area in the west to the magnificent Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon in the east. It is lined with countless natural wonders such as cascading waterfalls, black sand beaches, glaciers and volcanos – circumnavigating one of the most active volcanos on the island, Hekla.

Website: www.therift.bike


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