Mid-Week Report: The Latest News, Products and Events
Welcome to the February 12th, Mid-Week Report!
Welcome to the February 12th, Mid-Week Report!
BIKE OF THE WEEK: BRIXIA ALATA
Brixia is a new company from Italy drawing many years of experience from cycling’s top engineers. The brand draws its name from the historic name of the city of Brescia which has a long tradition of cycling. Alata is the shining star and represents the aero carbon road frame. With a custom mold, this carbon monocoque frame has a very low coefficient of drag and combines stiffness with very low weight. Alata is offered in disc brake version or direct mount brake, has clearance for 28c tires and can accept electronic or mechanical shifting systems. The frameset includes aero fork and seatpost for $3695.
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FIRST RIDE: WOLFPACK ROAD RACE TIRES
The Wolfpack brand might be new and when we first came across it, it seemed a bit silly. After only one name was mentioned the branding came together and the companies relevance skyrocketed. Wolfgang Arenz might not mean a lot to the end-user but for those in the know, he is the compound mastermind behind some of the most popular tires in the industry. Maybe you have heard of Black Chili Compound from Continental or GRIPTON Compound & Turbo Cotton Casing from Specialized. There are are a lot to list in his more than 25 years of work but this is what pushed the new Wolfpack brand to the top of our product test list.
For us, there was little introduction needed and we knew that if Wolfgang put his name on it we should pay attention. The new line of road tires uses a new ToGuard Compound that is engineered for tread surface contact. It increases grip across the entire tread surface area, providing a tire that improves turning and stopping. Turn harder, slow down and stop faster. ToGuard Compound also offers increased grip with even lower rolling resistance and improved flat protection.
The flat protection is one of the first things that caught our attention because the Wolfpack tires don’t use a belt style layer in the casing to minimize flats. Instead, the compound is inherently puncture-resistant, something all tire brands have been trying to figure out. That’s because the added weight and increased rolling resistance means that customers have to choose between performance or protection.
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Racing return to Colombia as the UCI calendar continues at Tour Colombia. 2019 Tour de Franced champion Egan Bernal, will lead a stacked Ineos squad as he looks to defend his 2019 Tour Colombia title. With aall th racing occoring above 6000 feet of altitude, the local is expected to have an advantage over the visiting Europeans.
RACING IN PARADISE
NOVA EROICA CALIFORNIA – APRIL 4th 2020
Want to experience the most challenging and spectacular gravel roads of the Central Coast of California? Join NOVA Eroica California! A group ride event with fun, timed segments open only to ROAD and GRAVEL bicycles. Starting separately from the Eroica classic event, NOVA Eroica take a step beyond vintage to celebrate the beauty of fatigue and the thrill of conquest also on modern bikes.
GRAN FONDO HINCAPIE 2020: MARCH 28 AND MAY 2
After two successful fondos earlier this year in Greenville South Carolina and Boise, Idaho Gran Fondo Hicapie has two more events lined up for 2020. Join a host of current and former pro riders on the roads of Fort Worth, Texas and Chattanooga, Tennessee on March 28 and May 2 2020.
2020 DIRTY KANZA REGISTRATION OVER
2020, is here! Mark you calendars for the 15th annual Garmin Dirty Kanza on May 30, 2020. Lottery selection have been made and the lucky few that were chosen will have a chance to prove themselves on Kanza’s flint roads.
THE RIFT ICELAND JULY 25, 2020
The Rift is a gravel race through the dark lava fields in the highlands of Iceland – taking place on the tectonic split between North America and Eurasia. An ever-growing battlefield that grows an inch every year.
The battlefield sculpted by volcanic eruptions is vast, rugged and unpredictable – making the Rift a challenge of endurance, mental fortitude and most likely the bare elements. And in the end – a gravel battle between the continents!
The course starts out of a small town along the southern coast called Hvolsvöllur. This incredible shoreline stretches from the greater Reykjavík area in the west to the magnificent Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon in the east. It is lined with countless natural wonders such as cascading waterfalls, black sand beaches, glaciers and volcanos – circumnavigating one of the most active volcanos on the island, Hekla.