Welcome to the July 1, Mid-Week Report!
PHOTO OF THE WEEK: REMEMBER RACING?
Cycling’s Tour de France should have embarked from the Mediterranean city of Nice over the weekend, but a two-month coronavirus delay will heighten the drama on a “unique edition”, race organizer Christian Prudhomme told journalists.
The epic 107th edition will embark from the Promenade des Anglais in Nice on August 29 and culminate with the traditional dash around the cobbled Champs Elysees on September 20.
“It will be as singular as it will be unique,” Prudhomme promises of what was already a mouthwatering route through France’s five mountain ranges.
“A Tour has never embarked so late in the year. It’s still in summer, but outside the school holidays,” says Prudhomme, who feels there may be fewer than the usually expected 12 million roadside fans.
“The heat should be less intense,” he says of the sizzling temperatures that facilitate the roadside and hilltop carnival atmosphere in July.
“There will be more wind too,” he says, adding to the chaos the crosswinds cause on the race through some of France’s vast wheat plains, that will have long since been harvested.
“There will be fewer fans, but it will still be a party,” he says.
WORKOUT WEDNESDAY: ENDURANCE NUTRITION
By Chris Carmichael Founder and Head Coach of CTS
According to event registration data presented during a recent USA Cycling Zoom meeting on COVID-19, optimistic athletes signing up for events in the summer and fall are trending more toward gravel and mountain bike events. Gravel events were already growing in popularity, and the pandemic may accelerate that growth. These events are conducive to social distancing, in part because pelotons break up relatively quickly and riders pass through aid stations in relatively small groups.
As more riders venture out for long adventure rides, gravel events, and endurance mountain bike races, they face distinct challenges when it comes to staying hydrated and fueled. Aid stations or water sources are often few and far between, and based on weather and terrain you may be on your own for much longer than you anticipate. Whether you’re optimistically signing up for a summer or fall event or you’re embarking on your own gravel or mountain bike challenges, use these tips to stay hydrated and fueled.
Hydration determines your nutrition plan
Before getting down to details about what to eat and when, it is important to understand some overarching concepts. Hydration drives nutrition. Your hydration status significantly impacts your ability to break down and move the food you eat from your stomach to small intestine, and then transport nutrients into your bloodstream. Dehydration and hyperthermia slow gut motility, which means the energy you desperately want stays in your gut instead of reaching working muscles. Worse than that, as it sits there it increases your risk for gastric distress, and a sour stomach is one of the leading causes of DNF in ultradistance events. The lesson: prioritize hydration status over energy intake. You can fix an energy problem quickly, but fixing hydration- and hyperthermia-related problems is a slower process.
Separate food from fluids
One of the best ways to prioritize hydration is to keep your calories in your jersey pockets. Carbohydrate-rich sports drinks like Fluid Performance are designed to provide 25 grams of carbohydrate (100 calories) in about 500 milliliters of fluid. That is roughly equivalent to a serving of chews like Probar Bolts or most carbohydrate gels. I recommend incorporating sports drink into you fueling strategy, but to also make sure you have plain water or electrolyte drink so you can increase fluid intake in response to higher temperatures or harder efforts. You want the flexibility to adjust your energy and fluid intakes independently.
Fluid and Probar supply CTS Coaches and athletes with nutrition products for use during camps and events.
NEW PRODUCTS: NEW HOOPS
Spinergy’s GXX is a gravel-optimized, carbon wheelset from legendary hoop brand Spinergy. The GXXs focus on wide rubber with a 24mm internal rim width that Spinergy claims is suited for up to a 700x57mm tire which is about the same size as a 29×2.2 inch tire.
Spinergy’s rims are built in their North American factory, given the unrestricted access Spinergy can ensure consistent production many other international wheel brands cannot. The rims are built around a foam mold which enhances the strength-to-weight ratio of Spinergy’s carbon layup. Thanks to the wide rim bed, most gravel tires mount seamlessly. Rim tape is included with the wheels for a tubeless-ready setup.
Given their experience in the wheel market, Spinergy sifted thru their extensive inventory of road and mountain parts and opted to use durable Enduro sealed cartridge bearings in their alloy CNC machined hubs. This adds to the utility of the GXXs. Center Lock mounts keep the rotors in place.
Reserve Wheels was founded in 2014 by engineers from Santa Cruz Bicycles and hit the market in 2017. The motivation was simple; “we knew we could make the most durable strength-to-weight composite wheels on the market, and were prepared to back that claim up with a lifetime guarantee. So we did.”
Now the brand has partnered with their sister company Cervelo to incorporate aero options for road and gravel riding. The Reserve brand will now have a new online home www.reservewheels.com where you can find the full line of new road/gravel offerings as well as the mountain options.
For now, the new hoops will be offered as stock wheels on 2021 Cervelo bikes and will be available for the aftermarket later in 2020. Thankfully, Reserve got us a set of their new 50 wheels to try before they hit the market.
A bit of quick entertainment so you can see that durability has been one of the main driving factors for the, ’till now, dirt oriented wheels.
RESERVE 50 FIRST RIDE
Reserve will offer each of the new wheels in three build options all using DT Swiss hubs. For our set, we got the most affordable DT Swiss 350 hub version that will set you back $1800. There are 24 spokes front and rear laced to the 53mm deep carbon rims. The hooked bead measures 21mm internal and the rim profile measures 28mm external. This hooked bead internal profile has 0.4mm bead shelf that helps lock in tubeless tires but also accommodates traditional tube-type tires. Our wheels hit the scale with tubeless tape and valves installed at 764 grams on the front and 909 grams in the rear for a system weight of 1673 grams.
First and foremost, road tubeless setup was very easy. Both sets of tubeless road tires we tested went on by hand. When inflating for the first time in both cases we had to inflate the tires over 80psi to get the bead to seat over the raised bead shelf, pretty much locking them into place. We did deflate them all the way down and check bead retention and they remain in place, so refreshing sealant through the valve should be hassle-free.
On the road the wheels are stiff but it’s not an overwhelming and jarring experience. Thanks to the tubeless nature and the wide internal profile, our size 28mm tires measured out to 30mm. This allowed us to run pressures as low as 60 psi but normally around 65-67psi. This is the recommended range when using the SRAM online tire pressure guide. We don’t always follow it exactly but it offers a great starting point as well as a consistent baseline while testing different tires and wheels.
TOMMASINI FIRE GRAVEL
Hand-built at the Tommasini shop in Grosseto, Italy, with Columbus Spirit tubing in proprietary Tommasini tube shapes and a Columbus Futura Disc fork with tire clearance for 42mm tires. Choose either a sloping or horizontal top tube with custom geometry and paint at no extra charge. Rear rack mounts add utility to the frame. Tommasini’s Fire Gravel is a solid adventure bike that is built to withstand the abuse of gravel riding in a lightweight package thanks to the fine-tuned Columbus steel.
Weight: 1550 grams (frame)
Price: $3495 (frameset)
FROM THE ARCHIVES: VALENTIO CAMPAGNOLO
He’s not a cyclist. He’s neither an engineer nor a metallurgist. Like many other successful Italian businessmen, he’s conservative in appearance and in character. Still, this is Valentino Campagnolo, and unlike any other successful Italian businessman, he is the keeper of a flame. A keeper of an empire. Son of Gentulio Campagnolo, Valentino is an example of the burdens that a famous name and legacy can bring.
Not unlike his Japanese counterparts who carry the Shimano name, Valentino Campagnolo has a lot on his shoulders when he awakes each day. Just as it is with the Shimano brood, the burden has as much to do with the daily business of running a bicycle component company as it does bearing the family name itself. For Valentino, ‘Campagnolo‘ is a name that’s as entwined in the history of cycling as it is Italy itself.
On A Cold Day
In the annals of European bike racing, ‘Tullio’ Campagnolo was a bike racer of little note. But when his freezing hands were unable to remove a wheel during a cold weather stage in 1930, he visualized a quick release mechanism that would eventually lead to the empire known as Campagnolo SRL. Beyond the quick release, there was also the little gizmo known as the rear derailleur that he introduced in 1949 that would have a fairly large impact on the sport. Perhaps the one invention of his that would have ramifications well beyond the cycling tifosi and prove the ultimate Italianess of the Campagnolo name was the self-centering wine bottle opener that he received a patent for in 1966. A glass of Chianti, anyone?
Until you spend some time with Valentino, it’s not ever clear just how profound an impact his father’s legacy plays in his life. But ‘Tullio’ is a theme that he consistently returns to as he describes one vestige of the business after another. It is his father’s legacy, after all, that has spawned everything from countless Tour de France victories to the many bike geeks who ride across the globe living and breathing all things Campy. You know the type. Partisan zealots who fiercely defend the iconic brand by heralding every new product as innovation, who dismiss their less successful designs and proudly display the winged QR logo tattoo on their calf. It’s for all that that Valentino comes to work each day professing to always do better.
TEAM NOVO NORDISK VIRTUAL TALENT ID CAMP
Press release: Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes professional cycling team, is set to host its annual talent identification camps virtually due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. In its eighth year, the talent identification (Talent ID) camps serve as a key recruiting tool for Team Novo Nordisk to develop athletes for the men’s professional squad. Currently, 66 young athletes with type 1 diabetes from 25 different countries are slated to attend the virtual camp, which will be held from July 10-20.
“Since the team’s inception, we knew locating and developing athletes with type 1 diabetes was essential for the long-term success and sustainability of the project,” said Team Novo Nordisk CEO and co-founder Phil Southerland.
“This is the eighth year we’ve held talent identification camps, and they serve as a vital recruitment tool for our pipeline of talented athletes with type 1 diabetes. The strength and depth of our project have grown enormously thanks to these camps, but we are always searching for the next superstar who is living with diabetes.”
The Sufferfest training platform, which is part of Wahoo Fitness’ training ecosystem, will be at the core of the 2020 Talent ID Camp. Participants will complete The Sufferfest’s Half Monty Advanced Ramp Test before the camp to set and evaluate baseline values for FTP (functional threshold power), MAP (maximal aerobic power), and to refine their estimated NM (neuromuscular power) and AC (anaerobic capacity).
During camp, athletes will complete daily structured workouts on The Sufferfest app, including both cycling-specific workouts and cross-training. All athletes will complete The Sufferfest 4DP Full Frontal fitness test to get precise values across all four performance metrics (MAP, FTP, NM, and AC) and to help team management evaluate athletes. At the end of the camp participants will complete the Half Monty again to track improvement.
“Performance metrics are an important aspect of what makes young athletes suitable for a professional racing team,” said The Sufferfest founder David McQuillen. “The advanced fitness tests in The Sufferfest allow coaches and athletes to get deep insight into their strengths and areas for improvement. We’re proud to be able to partner with Team Novo Nordisk on their first-ever virtual Talent ID camp and help them as they work to set their 2021 roster.”
Since 2013, Team Novo Nordisk’s Talent ID camps have been held during the summer on the University of Georgia campus, which is Southerland’s alma mater. While this year’s Talent ID has shifted to a digital experience, the goals remain the same. Team Novo Nordisk is actively looking to find the next big talent to race for the world’s first all-diabetes professional cycling team.
“For nearly a decade, we get to watch the children attending these camps achieving one of their earliest dreams. It is an absolute honor to be a part of that milestone, and we don’t take it lightly that we are helping to create the next generation of heroes with diabetes,” said Southerland. “Through camp, children with diabetes are connected to their role models and given tools to empower their journey of living and thriving with diabetes. It gives me great pleasure that we expanded the 2020 camp to so many more athletes and I’m eager to meet all these future champions.”
The campers will race and train together on The Sufferfest alongside Team Novo Nordisk’s professional, development and junior riders while also working closely with licensed health care professionals to learn more about sports and diabetes management. The camps are open to young, active, endurance athletes ages 15-23 with type 1 diabetes.
What makes this year’s Talent ID camp unique is that the digital format allows for the Talent ID campers to ride alongside Team Novo Nordisk professional athletes. Historically the camps have been limited to about 25 athletes, but this year Team Novo Nordisk has expanded to nearly 70 campers.
Team Novo Nordisk, whose mission is to inspire, educate and empower everyoneaffected by diabetes, has nearly40 members across its development and professional teams and ambassador program.
To find out more about joining Team Novo Nordisk’s junior or development squads or to apply for a future Talent ID camp, visit www.teamnovonordisk.com.
MAMMOTH TUFF – SEPTEMBER 19th
There’s more to explore in Mammoth! The first official gravel ride on the mountain is set to take place September 19, 2020. A 45 mile “Tuff” course with 2000 feet of climbing and a 100 “Tuffer” course with 8000 feet of elevation gain are planned but no official course maps have been released. Mammoth Mountain is a favorite locale of ours and over the years we have continued to return to the annual Gran Fondo. With Mammoth Tuff now the following weekend we are planning to extend our stay to get in all of the best riding that Mammoth has to offer.