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

Winter workouts, a look inside Trek and CX highlights

We’ve got Winter workouts that’ll give you the edge at when you’re back on the bike, A look inside Trek’s Midwest headquarters and a recap from cx nats. Welcome to the December 19th, Mid-Week Report!


Photos: Pat Carrigan

We continue to enjoy the latest gravel bikes from Donnelly and Salsa on our local fire roads.  The G//C and Warbird are both gravel worthy rigs that are ready to conquer the dirt.


Traditional low-intensity base training works, but very few full-time working parents can increase training time to 12-20 hours/week for 2-3 months. A well-structured program of short, high-intensity intervals works, too, and the fact one works doesn’t mean the other can’t. It means different paths allow different people to achieve similar goals. For time-crunched athletes in the real world, here’s what you should and shouldn’t do to build a bigger and more powerful aerobic engine.

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Cycling does a lot of great things for your body, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t sometimes a pain in the neck… or shoulders… or back. Back pain is one of the most common complaints we hear from cyclists, whether new or experienced, young or old. Here are some practical tips and exercises you can use to build a better back for cycling.

Your back isn’t just your back

No part of your body operates in isolation, least of all your back. As the crucial link between your powerful legs and your upper body, your entire core has a lot of work to do. When your back gets sore from cycling but is generally pain-free during activities of daily living, you have to consider the whole system ­– hamstrings, quadriceps, hip flexors, glutes, core muscles, spinal extensors, and on up into the upper body.

Back pain, particularly lower back pain, is a sign there’s something or several different things wrong, but the solution is often difficult to pinpoint. As a result, the exercises included later in this article are purposely conservative because – depending on the person – aggressive exercises can matters worse instead of better.

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More than a bicycle manufacturer, the Trek family is made up of a handful of subsidiary brands that, in addition to well-known entities like Bontrager and Trek Travel, also includes a handful of back-end business units that support their vast empire of bike shops around the globe.

Like Harley-Davidson, Trek is a badge of manufacturing and marketing pride for the Badger State of Wisconsin. Created in 1976, the family-owned bike company laid the foundation for what has evolved into a modern facility located in the quiet town of Waterloo. From those humble beginnings, Trek has become one of the world’s biggest bike brands with sales revenue that is reported to top one billion dollars annually.

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Of all the hard parts found in the Bontrager catalog, their wide selection of wheels has always been the most impressive. For 2018 the crew from Waterloo is adding new members to their family of performance-driven Aeolus wheels. Created with the goal of improving the Aeolus D3 design, the revamped Aeolus XXX line features three unique rim depths—28mm, 47mm and 60mm. The wheels are available in clincher and tubular designs, and while all rim brake models are available immediately, the Aeolus XXX 4 and Aeolus XXX 6 Disc models will be available in the summer.

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Fourteen-time Elite Women’s cyclocross champion Katie Compton (Colorado Springs, Colo./KFC Racing p/b Trek Knight) took control of the reigns on the first lap and dominated the four-lap contest. She rode solo across the line in 52:23 to capture a 15th consecutive Stars-and-Stripes jersey.
“I didn’t get a great start. I clipped in, but then my foot popped up on my second or third pedal stroke so I had to regroup a bit. I just knew that it’s a long race and it’s a long course. It’s easy to lose a lot of time if you make a mistake in the descent,” said Compton, who used her experience and skills to surge ahead of Ellen Noble (Kennebunkport, Maine/Trek Factory Racing CX) on the early chicane descent.
“The whole race I wasn’t thinking about winning, I was just thinking about being smart and keeping one foot ahead of the other,” Compton continued. “The hills were really hard, so yeah, I didn’t think I was quite going to win until I was going over the barriers on the last lap. At that point I knew that if I made a mistake I could get to the finish line by running.”
With afternoon sun trying to peak out and spotlight the action, Stephen Hyde (Easthampton, Mass./Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld) successfully defended his Elite Mens title in 1:07:09. Hyde battled against his teammate Curtis White (Delanson, N.Y./Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld) until he pulled away on the sixth and final lap to claim his third consecutive championship. Crossing the line 27 seconds later, White took second.
“It feels unreal, it really has been such an up and down season,” Hyde said. “Unfortunately, more downs than ups, but this week has been great. I was able to actually pull it off on such a heavy, heavy course. And Curtis is doing so well this year. It’s his first Elite Men podium, so it’s pretty unreal to able to get it.”
“It was a course that I knew I wanted to be in front for a lot of these sections. No one had a clean race. I wanted to stay away from the carnage. Hyde came with me and we slowly grew the gap,” added the 23-year-old White. “I’m thrilled to have the race that I did and come away with second. I came into this weekend knowing that I did everything that I could to get myself the best chance to fight for the win.”
Twenty-year-old Gage Hecht (Parker, Colo./Alpha Bicycle Co./ Groove Subaru) bypassed riding in the U23 contest to compete with the elite riders. He rode solo for most of the race to earn bronze in his first Elite Men’s championship.
“I was starting to cramp everywhere. I was just exhausted, and all I could think about was coming through that finish line. It was a really tough day and I’m really happy with the result, happy to be on the podium,” said Hecht.“Going into next year, it will be a little bit more confidence that I can hang with these guys and compete with them.”



It is that time again….the time of year when the weather starts to get “cooler” and another year of 4 Day to Fitness is upon us. This year’s edition of 4 Days to Fitness will be starting on Saturday, December 29th and completing on January 1st, 2019. As always, we will be getting in solid miles on the surrounding roads and hills of Santa Clarita.

4 Days to Fitness Routes and Details
Each day will start at 8:30 AM from the parking lot adjacent to the bike path near McDonald’s off McBean Pkwy. 27103 McBean Pkwy, Santa Clarita, CA 91355

There is NO cost other than helping out with gas for any follow vehicle we might have. Everyone is responsible for themselves. Please know the routes for each day or have them loaded on your GPS head units. Have tools and supplies to fix any issue you might have.

4 Days to Fitness is about getting in good social base miles. This is not a race, so please do not impact the group if your riding goals are different from the group. That being said, there will be an opportunity every day to stretch out the legs. Those sections will be covered at the start of each ride.

Look for most days to average between 17-19 mph. Due to the wide-ranging fitness of the group, expect multiple groups to form along the routes. We will have one to two re-groups each day to allow these groups to reconnect with the main group.

Everyone is responsible for themselves, so please make sure that you know the route and are self-sufficient in case you get dropped from the group or have a flat tire. Obey all rules of the road and have fun!

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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!



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.

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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.


Peter Sagan (SVK – Bora – Hansgrohe)

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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