Welcome to the August 7th, Mid-Week Report!
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Team Lotto Soudal lined up for stage four of the Tour of Poland to commemorate 22-year-old teammate Bjorg Lambrecht following his fatal crash the previous day. Lotto Soudal riders will take part in today’s fifth stage of the despite the loss, the team announced. Lambrecht tragically died following a crash on Monday’s third stage after losing control of his bike and colliding with a concrete bridge over a ditch.
“It has been decided that all our Lotto Soudal riders will start in stage five of the @Tour_de_Pologne today and will ride for Bjorg,” the team tweeted ahead of the start from the Wieliczka Salt Mine.Team members and staff held discussions late into Tuesday night over whether the riders would continue in the race, according to Polish agency PAP. Organizers neutralized and shortened Tuesday’s fourth stage, as Lambrecht’s fellow Lotto Soudal riders wore black armbands and took part in a minute’s silence.
They then repeated the homage and stopped cycling at the same distance where Lambrecht had crashed a day earlier. His parents had seen him off at Monday’s start and were waiting for his arrival at the finish line, race organizers said.
He was resuscitated on the spot, then taken in a critical condition to a hospital in Rybnik, where he died on the operating table.The city’s public prosecutor has opened an investigation into the causes of the incident.
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WORKOUT WEDNESDAY: ESSENTIAL SKILLS FOR ANY RIDER
Why Bike Handling Matters
Obviously, good bike handling skills are most important for keeping the rubber side down. But staying upright is only one benefit. Great handling skills are essential for maintaining your position in a pack, and for moving up toward the front. Your ability to corner smoothly saves a little bit of energy on each turn, which adds up to a ton of energy by the end of a road race, gran fondo, or criterium.
Here’s a list of skills you need and how to get them. Each of the sections below can be an entire article itself. For the purpose of this article, I’ll keep it brief on each skill and I’ll include links to more detailed articles on this website focusing on specific skills when possible.
Every time you lose ground in a corner you have to expend energy to make it back up. This is one of the top reasons riders get split off the back of a pack. Over time even a strong rider gets worn out by all the short accelerations to get back on the wheel. To improve your cornering, read this in-depth article and remember the following:
- Look through the corner to where you want to go. Your bike goes where your eyes go, so don’t look down at the wheel in front of you or at the pothole you want to miss.
- Focus your weight or pressure on your outside foot (which should be pointed down) and inside arm. The pressure on the outside foot is your traction, and the pressure on the inside arm is the trajectory of the turn. If you need to reduce the radius of a turn (turn sharper), apply more pressure to the inside arm to tip the bike to the inside.
- In a pack, it’s better to let a small gap open up as you enter a corner than to let that gap open on the exit. In other words, if you float into the corner and maintain more momentum than the riders ahead of you, you’ll close the distance as you go through the turn and come out on the wheel and hopefully without as much need to for a high-power acceleration.
- If turns are wet, gravelly, or you’re on an unstable surface, keep the bike more upright. The more you lean, the further your center of gravity moves away from the contact patches of the tires. When traction is lower, you want to keep your center of gravity closer to midline.
TWEET OF THE DAY: WORLDTOUR TEAMS REMEMBER LAMBRECHT
The biggest tragedy possible that could happen to the family, friends and teammates of Bjorg has happened… Rest in peace Bjorg… ❤️ pic.twitter.com/9u9LZkp2Rt
— Lotto Soudal (@Lotto_Soudal) August 5, 2019
ELIA VIVIANI SIGNS ‘AMBITIOUS’ DEAL WITH COFIDIS
Olympic champion Elia Viviani and Deceuninck Quick-Step rider Fabio Sabatini will join Cofidis next season, the French team announced on Monday.
Viviani, 30, who plans to defend his 2016 omnium track gold medal at the Tokyo Games next year, has a stage win at each of the three Grand Tours, including a victory in Nancy in the Tour de France last month.
“I noticed when talking to manager Cedric Vasseur and sporting director Roberto Damiani how much Cofidis wanted to sign me and they presented an ambitious project to me,” he said.
“I really appreciate their wish and drive to create a dynamic around me and the confidence they have shown in me with the arrival of my friend Fabio.
PRODUCT TEST TIME ATAC XC 12
Time has been pumping out road pedals since the late ’80s and mountain bike pedals since the early ’90s, and over the years they have maintained a proprietary feature called “Bio-Performance,” which allows their pedals to adapt to the rider’s Q-factor needs.
Knowing that Time’s road pedals are a proven entity (RBA, May 2018), with the rise in gravel riding, we decided it was time to see how the French-made pedals worked in the dual-purpose world.
The Time ATAC XC 12 uses a carbon pedal body with titanium spindles and is the highest-end version in the series of five XC models. The entire XC 12 package (pedals, cleats and hardware) weighed in at 292 grams. The titanium axles have a max rider weight of 200 pounds, but the rest of their XC line uses either a hollow or solid steel axle with no limit.
9 EURO BIKES YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT
CASATI ESPRESSO XCR
Founded back in 1920, the Casati frame shop in Monza is still at it with a selection of carbon and steel bikes. The fillet-brazed stainless steel Espresso XCR uses Columbus tubing and is available with custom options.
Like their high-end Diamante, the carbon monocoque Astra is available in both disc and rim brake options and either Shimano or Campagnolo build kits with MicroTech wheels. Available in six sizes.
With their original roots in Torino, Italy, starting 70 years ago, the Gios name lives on with a line of carbon and steel frames. There are three versions of the monocoque Aerolite frame. (including a disc friendly and team edition), each available in six sizes starting at $2500.
CTS FIGUEROA MOUNTAIN GRAN FONDO
The city of Solvang, California will be the presenting sponsor for the third annual CTS Figueroa Mountain Gran Fondocycling 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]