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

Welcome to the August 21st, Mid-Week Report! 
 Welcome to the August 21st, Mid-Week Report! 



Tour de France 2019 – 106th Edition – 8th stage Macon – Saint Etienne 199 km – 13/07/2019 – Crash – Geraint Thomas (GBR – Team INEOS) – Gianni Moscon (ITA – Team INEOS) – Michal Kwiatkowski (POL – Team INEOS)

If you ride a bicycle long enough, you eventually end up on the ground. Sometimes it’s from your own mistake, and sometimes it’s the result of mistakes riders make near you. Other times – hopefully more rarely – it can be from a collision with a vehicle. Whether you’re able to get back on the bike the next day or it takes longer to recover and get back on the bike, regaining your confidence on the road or trail sometimes depends on how you fell off of it.

Note: All of the advice below assumes you are physically and cognitively healthy enough to return to outdoor cycling. While I believe it is good to get back on the bike soon, I also encourage athletes to follow doctors’ orders and be conservative when coming back from injuries.

Have a Plan

The culture of cycling glorifies jumping right back into the race after a fall. We routinely see pros crash hard and then jump back on their bikes and soldier on, despite shredded shorts and blood running down their leg. With amateurs I often see riders get back on the bike the day or a few days after a crash, and try to put it behind them, only to realize later than they’ve developed a fear of repeating that crash. Without having a plan to address the anxieties that stem from a fall, you just tend to become a more fearful cyclist. A crash can take your confidence down a notch, but by proactively addressing skills, habits, and anxieties, you can get back to descending, cornering, group riding, or riding in traffic with the confidence you had before – or perhaps with even more.




When it comes to performance most riders will go to extreme lengths for very small advantages. Bike upgrades, shoes, helmets and new kit materials only scratch the surface of where we as cyclist spend our hard-earned cash. Well, one of our favorite products is getting an upgrade and we can’t wait. Amp Human has gone through some name changes as the company was in search of the best way to market their unique product. It seems it’s once again getting a new name but this time it’s because the product is getting an improved formula.


The new formula call Next Gen PR Lotion is promised to improve the application process while maintaining and protecting the underlying technology. But let’s step back a moment and review what the original PR Lotion also known as Topical Edge (originally) is and does. PR Lotion is a proprietary pre-workout lotion that gives your body more bicarb, a natural electrolyte. This allows you to push your limits over the normal perceived limit. Bicarb occurs naturally in our bodies and its role unlike other electrolytes is to neutralize the acid that builds up in our muscles when we ride hard. Applying PR Lotion before and even after a ride will aid in the body’s ability to recover faster and perform better.



Italy’s Felice Gimondi, who won five Grand Tours in his career, died on Friday at the age of 76 after suffering a heart attack while swimming in Sicily.

“A great champion who made our sport more human has left us, a great man,” said the Italian cycling federation in a statement.

Nicknamed ‘The Phoenix’, he won the Tour de France in 1965, the Giro d’Italia in 1967, 1969 and 1976 as well as the Vuelta a Espana in 1968. Gimondi remains just one of seven riders in history to have won all three of the sport’s greatest prizes.

His Tour de France win in 1965 came in his debut year as a professional while his 1976 Giro victory at the age of 34 was hailed as the ‘Miracle in Milan’ by newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport. Overall, he spent five decades in the sport as a rider and administrator while also going into the insurance business.

As well as the Grand Tours, Gimondi captured a number of Classics and elite races, including the Milan-Sanremo in 1974, the Paris-Roubaix in 1966, two Tour of Lombardies in 1966 and 1973 and a Paris-Brussels double in 1966 and 1976.

He famously triumphed at the 1973 world championships in Barcelona where he outsprinted the great Eddy Merckx, Freddy Maertens and Luis Ocana to take victory.



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!

Register here: https://events.com/r/en_US/registration/peter-sagan-fondo—the-gran-roadie-oh-san-marcos-november-764331


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.



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.”

George and Lance

“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.

Website: www.hincapie.com/granfondo




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!

Website: www.mammothgranfondo.com


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 david@roadbikeaction.com


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