Welcome to the August 14th, Mid-Week Report!
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
We ran into our pals Floyd Landis and Dave Zabriskie at the Leadville Trail 100 over the weekend. The dynamic duo were out supporting the event and cheering on the riders. When they saw the Open WI.DE we brought out to race they were stoked on the massive tire clearance and most of all its relatively low weight at only 18.24 pounds.
If you haven’t noticed, the expanding gravel bike scene pushing itself towards the fringes of where a drop-bar bike can go, Andy Kessler and Gerard Vroomen founders of seven-year-old Open Cycles, are partially to blame for the rapid increase over the last few years.
Open’s initial release of the U.P. over three years ago, had us left us impressed here’s what we had to say about it “With a frame design unlike any other that maximizes its versatility for both on- and off-road use, Gerard Vroomen engineered the best gravel bike to date.”
Now drawing on the success of the U.P., Open Cycles once again goes for gold, our test bike was spec’d with 650b Enve G27s, Schwalbe 2.3 tires, an Enve cockpit and seat post, and a 1x 12-speed SRAM Force eTap AXS drivetrain completes the build.
VIDEO: OPEN WI.DE FIRST LOOK
WORKOUT WEDNESDAY: WORK ON YOUR CLIMBING
There are three main areas that need to be addressed when you want to become a better, stronger, and faster climber. First you have to increase your maximum sustainable power. This increases the pace you can sustain for prolonged climbs, and in the best case it also means you can ride more comfortably while others are riding at their maximum sustainable power outputs. Second, you have to develop the “agility” to handle repeated changes in pace on a long climb, whether they are caused by a change in the pitch of the climb or an attack or surge from other riders in the pack. And last, you have to develop the power to launch an attack and – and this is the critical part, because anyone can attack – continue riding fast to the summit.
ClimbingRepeat Intervals are a straight-forward workout designed to increase your maximum sustainable climbing power. The intensity for the intervals is just below your maximum sustainable power output, meaning you’ll be asking for full power from your aerobic system and also tapping into your glycolytic system. Accumulating time at this intensity forces your body to adapt so you can produce more power from the aerobic engine, which means you’ll either be able to stay with the leaders more comfortably or have the power to push the pace even higher.
ClimbingRepeats are very effective for increasing the maximum power you can sustain for the duration of a long climb. The intensity for these intervals is 95-100% of your CTS Field Test average power (CTS Field Test instructions and calculations), 95-97% of your CTS Field Test average heart rate, or an 8-9 on a scale of 1-10. During these efforts, you should feel like you’re going hard, but that you could accelerate in response to an attack if you needed to. These efforts should not be as intense as a time trial.
Beginners should complete two, eight-minute ClimbingRepeats. Intermediate riders should complete three eight-minute intervals, and advanced riders should complete three 12-minute intervals. The recovery between intervals should be half the duration of the interval (4min for 8min intervals, 6min for 12min intervals). Be careful not to start the intervals too hard; spend the first 90 seconds gradually getting up to speed.
TWEET OF THE WEEK: LAWSON CRADDOCK TAKES THE LEAD IN UTAH
— The Tour of Utah (@TourofUtah) August 13, 2019
After an untimely flat in the last 10km saw Elevate-KHS rider James Picolli be forced to chase through the team cars to the peloton which led to an eventual 20 second drafting penalty. EF-Education First’s Lawson Craddock was able to move into the overall lead after a second place finish on Monday.
VIDEO: GRAVEL BIKE PARK SHREDDING
Enduro rider Michael Prokop shows us what happens when you bring a gravel bike to a mountain bike park.
BIKE OF THE WEEK: FLANDRIA COMP
Flandria’s refresh of the popular Competition model brings disc brakes for 2020, full internal cable routing (suitable for both Di2 and mechanical groups), and generous clearance for up to 35mm tires. The Competition Disc was prototyped on the harsh roads of Northern Belgium, and its Belgian geometry excels on rough terrain, offering comfort and super smooth, stable handling. The Competition Disc is only available in the iconic Flandria Red color scheme that was ridden to over 1446 professional victories by the Flandria factory racing team between 1959-1979. Finished with a real head tube badge (no stickers here), and NOT available in Black! Clear coated unidirectional carbon stem and seat post are included.
Designed to standout not just performance but aesthetic as well, Spinergy’s latest release the FCC 4.7 is available in numerous colorways to personalize your rig. Rim and disc brake rims are laced to alloy hubs with a 16/20 spoke combo. Another standout feature is Spynergy’s use of PBO synthetic fiber spokes is impressive with a claimed strength 3 times stronger than stainless steel at half the weight which means less rotational weight fora more responsive wheel. More info at www.spinergy.com
THE LATEST CLASSIC HEAVY METAL
Boulder Colorado’s Mosaic Cycles brought a revamped steel frame to their catalog this week.Dubbed the RS-1, it “blends cycling’s oldest frame material with 21st-century tubing technology to create a thoroughly modern road bike with the classic look and signature ride feel of high-performance steel tubing.”
“Having a really solid steel road bike in our line-up really completes the models we offer,” said Aaron Barcheck, Mosaic Cycles founder and lead framebuilder. “We’ve brought our own Mosaic perspective to the steel road bike; all the things you’d want out of a modern bike with the timeless ride qualities of a premium steel frameset.”
Rider-specific custom geometry and tube set
Columbus Spirit HSS performance steel tubing
Chris King Dropset Headset
threaded 68mm bottom bracket
tapered head tube
Braze-on front derailleur mount
Mechanical/ Di2/EPS/ Etap shifting available
Choice of Mosaic paint layouts and 45 stock colors
Six-week lead time
Complete builds from $8,900 ($12,000 as shown in photos with Dura-Ace and Enve build)
SAGAN GRAN ROADIE-OH NOVEMBER 8-10
For the first time in Southern California, fans and avid cyclists will get the opportunity to hang out with, ride alongside or get a signed jersey from the most popular cyclist on the planet, Peter Sagan. The Southern California Sagan Fondo, the Gran Roadie-Oh version, will actually be a three-day collection of different ways to get to know Peter Sagan on the heels of his recording-breaking seventh Green Jersey victory at the Tour de France. The festivities will run November 8 to November 10, 2019.
EVENT FEATURES – Courses: 150K, 100K, 50K
- 7:00 am roll-out from North City with CHP leading
- Controlled Roads for the leaders throughout
- Chip Timed Routes
- Timed King & Queen of the Sprint sectors
- On-course mechanic support
- SAG Vehicles
- Hundreds of enthusiastic Volunteers
- Unparalleled Finish Celebration at North City with the streets shut down to trafﬁc
- Post Event Feast at Urge Gastropub
- Live Music
- Challenged Athletes Beer and Wine Garden
- Unique 750ml Beer Bottle trophies for ﬁnishers
- Event Tee-shirts for participants
- Opportunity to buy signature event kits from Sportful, plus other merchandise items
- Course safety provided by SD Police, CHP, Sheriffs, Trafﬁc Control and Course Marshals!
CTS FIGUEROA MOUNTAIN GRAN FONDO
The city of Solvang, California will be the presenting sponsor for the third annual CTS Figueroa Mountain Gran Fondo cycling event. The event, to be held November 8-9, 2019, is produced by coaching company CTS and is anticipated to bring more than 800 cyclists and families to Solvang for festivities on Friday night and the gran fondo and finish line-party on Saturday.
As a result of the presenting sponsorship, the CTS Figueroa Mountain Gran Fondo will move its packet pickup and start/finish to downtown Solvang from Santa Ynez. Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley have a long history with national and international-level cycling events, including stages of the Amgen Tour of California. The area is also known worldwide as an ideal location for pre-season training camps for professional cycling teams.
“CTS has been hosting cycling camps in and around Solvang for 20 years, and my personal history with the area goes back further to 7-Eleven Pro Cycling Team training camps in the 1980s,” said CTS Founder and CEO, Chris Carmichael. “We established a year-round training facility in the Santa Ynez Valley nearly 10 years ago and I am honored to have the support of the city of Solvang and the community in this wonderful valley.”
Solvang Mayor Ryan Toussaint added, “The Santa Ynez Valley is a premier cycling destination and we welcome the CTS Figueroa Mountain Gran Fondo to Solvang.”
Kirk Nordgren, Event Director and General Manager of the nearby CTS training facility, said, “We’re proud to partner with the City of Solvang and local companies to create an event that’s great for cyclists and beneficial for the whole community.”
The economic benefit of bringing the CTS Figueroa Mountain Gran Fondo to Solvang was a priority for Solvang City Council member Chris Djernaes. He said, “Cycling is good for business. The event helps establish Solvang as a destination for cycling tourism, and our city will continue to reap the economic benefits throughout the year as cyclists return to visit our beautiful valley.”
About the CTS Figueroa Mountain Gran Fondo
On Friday afternoon and evening, riders will arrive in Solvang for packet pickup and the public is encouraged to participate in a cycling festival with activities for kids and families. Amateur cyclists participating in the event will all start together on Saturday morning and choose from four marked routes (100, 64, 44, and 31 miles) through the Santa Ynez Valley. The longer three routes feature an ascent of Figueroa Mountain, and all routes feature Ballard Canyon Road made famous to cyclists by the Amgen Tour of California. With the exception of the Start/Finish area, the course will be open to car traffic throughout the event. Riders will be supported on course with feed stations and mobile mechanics, and will return to Solvang for a finish line party with live music and locally sourced food and beer.
SOURCE ENDURANCE CYCLOCROSS CAMP AUGUST 17-18
The 2019 Source Endurance Training Center Cyclocross camp will take place August 17th-18th with cyclocross mentors Master’s Nats podium finisher Steve Stefko and SE coach and longtime cyclocross athlete and enthusiast Kristen Arnold.
Just before the Colorado CX season, leave this camp with the skills and knowledge to have your best CX season yet. We will have morning coffee, a full day of CX riding, and expert instruction. We have barriers, grassy corners, run ups, off camber, SAND, everything you need to learn how to be the best cross racer you can be. Lunch and happy hour is provided after your hard days work each day. Please see the official schedule for details.
Price is $250 for the full camp. or $150 for a single day. Early bird pricing until June 30th. Unlimited SETCR Members save 20%. Current SE athletes, please contact Whitney at [email protected] for the member pricing.
Location: Source Endurance Training Center 1833 E Harmony Rd Fort Collins, Colorado 80528 (all the way around back).
- Saturday morning 9-9:30am Free coffee available, camp overview, meet the instructors
- Saturday morning session 9:30-11:45am Training ride (45 mins warm up) Interval hill session How to do over under/threshold training for cx Fundamentals of mounting and dismounting
- Saturday Lunch – Noon
- Saturday afternoon session 12:45pm – 3:00pm Secondary mounting and dismounting session Barriers Cornering Adding in Cornering, short grass corners, barriers and mounting.
- Sunday Morning – Coffee 9:00-9:30am.
- Sunday morning session is 9:30-11:45am Mounting + dismounting advanced Run ups Off camber riding, Sand
- Sunday Lunch – Noon
- Sunday Afternoon 12:45-3:00pm Run ups turns before run ups, off camber riding, Protecting the line, Mock Race
- Wrapping Up 3:15-4:00pm Closure, Happy Hour, sponsored by Source Endurance
LANCE ARMSTRONG TO RIDE GRAN FONDO HINCAPIE GREENVILLE
Hincapie Sportswear received confirmation on Monday that cyclist Lance Armstrong will ride in Gran Fondo Hincapie-Greenville. Armstrong, a former teammate of George Hincapie’s, partner at NEXT VENTŪRES, founder of WEDŪ, and host of “THEMOVE” and “The Forward” podcasts, will join George Hincapie for the ride.He also plans to air “THEMOVE” podcast while there.
“I’m excited to come to the ride,” says Armstrong. “We aired ‘THEMOVE’ at Gran Fondo Hincapie-Fort Worth, and it was a lot of fun to interact with the crowd there.”
“We’re thrilled to have Lance with us for another fondo,” says George Hincapie. “His presence in Fort Worth really helped to take the event up a notch. And everyone had a blast watching the podcast.”
The original Gran Fondo Hincapie, located in Greenville, SC, and now in its seventh year, has topped charts and received stellar reviews, acclaimed for the cycling celebrities in attendance, as well as the careful attention to safety, on-site viewing screens, course and segment timing, live tracking and streaming, live bands at the rest stops, and free family festival.
MAMMOTH GRAN FONDO REGISTRATION OPEN NOW
The Mammoth Gran Fondo takes riders along the east side of Yosemite and the High Sierra with incredible views of the Sierra Nevada, Mono Lake, and White Mountains. 75% of the Gran Fondo route is closed to through traffic matching the incredible scentery with the appropriate calmness. Other highlights include: free event photos, all three distances timed, Signature Event socks, 6 Feed Zones with Full SAG/Tech Support, After-Party with Food/Beer/Live Music in the Village at Mammoth!
2020 DIRTY KANZA REGISTRATION DETAILS
2020, here we come! Mark you calendars for the 15th annual Garmin Dirty Kanza on May 30, 2020. Thank you for making this year’s race one of the best ever.
The random selection process for the 2020 race will open on January 6 through January 19. Selections will then be made on or before January 27.
Is there an awesome event happening closer to you? Send a link to [email protected]