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

A new Cannondale to charge, Kuat's latest rack and Rebecca's Private Idaho reg opens

Below you’ll find new products from Cannondale, Donnelly, Kuat and Colnago’s latest customization tool. We’ve found a few events for you to get ready for and some workout tips for your Wednesday. Welcome to the December 5th, Mid-Week Report!


Paul Sherwen died unexpectedly in his sleep and shocked the cycling community on Sunday. Sherwen, 62, participated in 40 editions of the Tour de France, 7 as a rider and 33 on the media side. The cause of the iconic commentators death is still unknown, but it has been confirmed by Ugandan officials.

NBC Sports released this statement:

“We are saddened to offer our condolences to the friends and family of Paul Sherwen, who passed away this morning at his home in Uganda,

“Paul was synonymous with the Tour de France in the U.S. and will be greatly missed by his legions of fans and the NBC Sports family, which was honored to be part of Paul’s 40th Tour last July.

Our thoughts are with Paul’s wife, Katherine, their children, and all of those in the cycling community who became Paul Sherwen fans over his many years calling the sport he loved.”


This is the time of year when a lot of athletes ask about strength training. Should they? Shouldn’t they? Should they lift heavy or light? Free weights or machines? And what about Crossfit? Coaches have been debating the effectiveness and necessity of strength training for endurance athletes for many years, and even my own view has evolved considerably. Ten years ago I would have told you that if you’re a cyclist, strength training is a waste of time and effort. Not anymore. FULL ARTICLE HERE


We received the Kuat Transfer 1 hitch rack this week. Assembly took less than 15 minutes thanks to the full size tools and simple set up. The Transfer 1 features secure cradles, an adjustable ratchet arm and a well-placed spring loaded foot pedal. Priced at $219 the Transfer 1 is on the less expensive side of Kuat’s inventory. www.kuatracks.com


Sure, e-bike haters are gonna hate, but while they carry on roiling in their bias, the rest of the cycling industry moves forward trying to find new ways to encourage more people to get out and ride bikes. Like the e-bike!

Cannondale is the latest big bike brand to introduce a drop bar/road specific e-bike with the new Synapse Neo. We first saw the bike in September at the Interbike show, but was told it wouldn’t actually arrive until next year. That will most likely still be the case for U.S. dealers, but now at least Cannondale’s press shop has dropped some solid info on the bike that wasn’t previously available.

The bikes are build on aluminum frames that utilize Cannondale’s own SAVE micro-suspension features to provide a more compliant ride. It also features the impressive new 500Wh Bosch PowerTube motor.



Team Sky unveiled their 2019 black and blue kit on Twitter this morning.  A short video shows 2018 Tour de France Champion Geraint Thomas, 2018 Giro d’Italia champion Chris Froome and 2018 Tour of California champ Egan Bernal. Team Sky’s 2019 title sponsor Sky as well as Ocean Rescue, Pinarello and Castelli all stand out on the design.



Press release: Never one to rest long on their gravel laurels, Donnelly Cycling is rolling out their latest tread with a tip of the hat toward Emporia, Kansas.  The new EMP is Donnelly’s most aggressive gravel tire to date and just might be the real diamond in the rough you’re looking for come June in Emporia, Kansas.

Each June, little Emporia – population of 25,000 – becomes the epicenter of the gravel world when dirt road junkies from near and far touch down in Emporia (airport code EMP) to take to the start line for a cycling adventure that, many say, put gravel racing on the map.  The event has become so popular it is now considered the product launching pad for the cycling industry’s all-things-gravel. But the DK200 (or 100 or 350 for that matter) are not the only colossal gravel events to task the rider with their most tenacious treads.

The EMP provides necessary traction when things get loose yet rolls with incredible efficiency when the terrain levels out. Beefy side knobs borrowed from the  BOS cyclocross tire offer cornering control and the protection belt helps ward off punctures. The center tread design borrows slightly from Donnelly’s MSO which, was considered the most aggressive in their steadfast gravel stable.

The EMP will be released by November’s end in a 700 x 38 tubeless ready retailing for $72 and in a 60 tpi foldable bead for $47. In Spring of next year, Donnelly will roll out their EMP 700 x 45 tubeless ready ($72) and 700 x 45 60 tpi, as well ($47).



Press release: Colnago officially enters a new era and is ready to fulfill your dreams. Starting today the Colnago C64, is more customizable than ever thanks to the online configurator My Sixty4. Users can create the C64 of their dreams by choosing the color of the frame, graphics and other details.

The configurator is available on the site www.colnago.com. It provides a space dedicated to personalization. Inside, it’s possible to choose the colors of the junctions. Also choose the tubes (glossy carbon, carbon matte or white glossy), logos, color style, seat post, handlebar tape and saddle. This will allow maximum customization to Colnago users for an increasingly unique ride.

The Colnago C64,  handmade in Italy, enters a new era and becomes more customizable thanks to My Sixty4.


For an in-depth look, check out our photo gallery here: www.roadbikeaction.com/first-look-merlin-extralite-xlr


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.

Registration info here

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.



Register here

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