Mid-Week Report: The Latest News, Products and Events
Keep on riding, Team Sky needs a new sponsor, Interbike has been cancelled
There’s a lot of events and sponsorships coming to an end in the cycling community but the Mid-Week Report is here for you. Welcome to the December 12th, Mid-Week Report!
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Interbike has been cancelled for 2019. Parent company Emerald decided to cancel the trade show after its first year in Reno in 2018. If a financially stable option arises, Emerald plans to bring Interbike back for 2020.
WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: IMMUNITY BOOSTING TIPS FOR CYCLISTS
Eat for immunity
Cold salads, green smoothies, and celery sticks seem a touch less appealing when munched while bundled up in a wool sweater, but it’s important to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables year-round to maintain your immune system’s strength. Seasonal finds like carrots, sweet potatoes or winter squash, and hearty greens like kale, chard, or collard greens are all loaded with vitamins and minerals – and many can even be locally sourced throughout the winter.
One time-saving idea is to prepare a big pot of a veggie-loaded soup or a pan of roasted vegetables on the weekend, so that it just takes a quick reheat to enjoy nutritious meals or snacks throughout the workweek. I often make quick, lazy-woman winter soup by heating up some greens, a protein choice like tofu or leftover chicken, and some pasta or rice into a store-bought broth for a five-minute meal.
A strong-believing contingent will tell you that garlic has particularly strong immunity-boosting properties – and there is even some science to back up that theory. Toss extra garlic in your soups, stir-fries, and roasts for a double health-flavor boost.
THIS JUST IN: LASSO REACTIVE SUPPORT SOCKS
Lasso sent us their latest athletic compression sock. The reactive support socks are designed to improve blood flow, prevent injuries and improve performance. We will be trying these out over the next few weeks.
SKY PULLS SPONSORSHIP
The future of cycling giant Team Sky was thrown into doubt on Wednesday after British media company Sky announced it was ending a partnership that has delivered six Tour de France titles in the past seven years.
Team Sky have clocked up eight Grand Tour wins since their formation, but they have also been plunged into controversy for using special exemptions to administer drugs that can enhance performance.
The outfit, which has 322 wins in total since 2010, will operate for the last season as Team Sky in 2019 and could continue under a different name if a new backer is found, a Sky statement said.
BEING PRO: ALEX HOEHN
Hometown: Lenexa, Kansas
You recently won the U23 Road Race National Championships. What went into that effort?
First of all, I went into the race with really good form, as I just finished a big training block for the Tours of Utah and Colorado. Going into the race I knew there would be a split in the field. When and where it was going to happen, I wasn’t sure, but I knew I had to be there to have a chance. Our whole team was active from the start, making sure that no one was up the road in a move without one of us in it.
Halfway through the race is about when the split happened, and because I was at the front most of the day, I was able to jump across and make it into the break. We drove it pretty hard for about 30 kilometers, taking a minute out of the field. With about 30 kilometers to go, a lightning storm caused an hour break in the race and was pretty crazy, because I wasn’t sure how my body was going to react from that long of a pause. I found myself in a great position, because I knew most of the guys were starting to fade and I felt comfortable.
Six kilometers from the finish I made an attack and brought three guys with me, and a kilometer after that I hit it hard once more and dropped all three. From there I went solo to the line and never looked back. A lot of discipline and focus went into that effort, because I had to make sure that I didn’t get ahead of myself and jump too early and get countered, as there was only one optimal time to make my move. There was a lot of tactics and explosive power that came into play that I was able to use to finish off the race.
Never mind that Focus doesn’t sponsor a team racing in the Tour de France. This is another German brand that has shown itself to be quick on the draw by producing exciting models for every known segment of cycling. Founded by former pro racer Mike Kluge, the brand’s DNA is infused with performance-oriented intent.
It’s obvious from looking at the Paralane that Focus put some real time and energy into the frame’s design. In short, from the angled edges of the head tube to the flattened seat tube, shapely chainstays and top tube, there’s not a single tube that can be described as round.
The frame is available in six sizes. In addition to the hidden fender mounts, also has a removable seatstay bridge to mount the rear fender. Cable routing is all internal. The 99.6cm wheelbase was in the just-right range. It was not too short like an aggressive race bike but not too long like a touring bike.
2019 TOUR OF CALIFORNIA HOST CITIES ANNOUNCED
The 2019 Amgen Tour of California will cover a variety of terrain showcasing many of California’s most well-known and iconic settings and landmarks allowing different types of specialists in the peloton to shine throughout the week. With several fast and flat sections on tap in Sacramento, Morgan Hill and Pasadena catering to sprinters (not to mention a start overlooking the famous WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca ), climbers will face challenges in South Lake Tahoe, the Diablo Mountain Range outside Stockton where they will reach an elevation of 4,625 feet, and on multiple climbs between Pismo Beach and Ventura. Fans and teams alike will count down to the men’s and women’s Queen Stages from Ontario to Mt. Baldy, which will feature a grueling 26-mile fan-favorite climb to the summit finish, a day that will shake up the leaderboard and can make or break the quest for the overall victory.
Video Here: https://roadbikeaction.com/2019-atoc-route/
VIDEO: PETER SAGAN TAKES A SHORTCUT
Watch it again here: https://roadbikeaction.com/video-hop-along-peter-sagan/
REBECCA’S PRIVATE IDAHO REGISTRATION
Registration for the 7th annual Rebecca’s Private Idaho is officially open!
As part of the effort to always deliver a world-class experience they’ve made a few exciting updates for 2019. In addition to the fan favorite 100 mile Big Potato, the 60 mile French Fry is improved with a little more time on Wildhorse road and a little more distance to enjoy the stunning view of the Pioneer Mountains and a loop turnaround. Back by popular demand are The Queen’s Stage Race and the Tater Tot 20 mile course with field sizes limited to 200 for each. So there’s really something for everyone!
Also new this year is the Duo category for the Big Potato and the French Fry route! Inspired by the popular category in mountain bike stage races, this duo category gives people the chance to ride with a teammate, friend, partner and be scored together!
GET READY! DIRTY KANZA 2019 REGISTRATION OPENS SOON!
The registration process described pertains to the 200-mile, 100-mile, 50-mile, and 25-mile distance options for the 2019 Dirty Kanza. (DKXL and High School will utilize separate processes.)
Individuals will have the opportunity to submit their name for participation in the 2019 Dirty Kanza from January 1, 2019 at 8:00 am CST, until January 13, 2019 at 11:59 pm CST. Registration for event entry selection will be free of charge. However, credit card information will be collected at the time you submit your name for consideration. Your credit card will be charged only if you are accepted to participate in the event.
Leadville Trail 100 Registration Open
Entrance into the 2019 Leadville Trail 100 MTB Lottery is now open (as of Saturday, December 1st, 2018 at 10 A.M. MT). The lottery will remain open until Monday, December 31st, 2018 at 11:59 P.M MT. Winners will be notified in mid-January and automatically charged the $450 registration fee.
You may register for the LT100 MTB Lottery as an individual or a group. A maximum of four family members, friends or teammates can click the group registration option. Group members will register individually, however use the exact group name to signify being part of a group. This will mean that either your entire group will be successful in the lottery or not – assuring no one will be left out! Please note that if a member of your group has completed the LT100 MTB under the designated sub-12 hour cut-off eight or more times or they have volunteered 10+ hours in the 2018 season they will be forfeiting their guaranteed entry.
SAGAN DIRT FONDO REGISTRATION OPENS 12/13
Early Bird Rate: $125 per person for long and medium routes. $35 per person for non-competitive “Rollout” option (23 non-timed miles).
- Of course, the opportunity to ride with and meet 3x World Road Racing Champion Peter Sagan!
- Traffic controlled intersections *(See “Ride Rules” on “More Info page”)
- Competitive categories and prizes to top finishers (except “Rollout”)
- Post-Race festival entry
- Sumptuous, abundant post-ride meal
- Beer for participants over 21
Register Here: https://www.saganfondo.com/dirt/truckee
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