Welcome to the July 10th, Mid-Week Report!
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Stage 4 of the 2019 Tour de France saw the yellow jersey of Deceuninck Quick Step’s Julian Alaphilippe lead out his teammate Elia Viviani in the final sprint. Viviani captured his first career Tour de France stage win and Deceuninck’s second stage win in a row. Alaphilippe and Viviani embraced following the stage. Later in the day, news broke that Deceuninck’s director Patrick Leferve announced that the team does not have the funds to match offers for Viviani from other teams and it is expected the Italian will leave the team after the Tour.
VIDEO: TDF ONBOARD FOOTAGE STAGES 1-4
WORKOUT WEDNESDAY: 7 REASONS TO EMBRACE E-BIKES
By Chris Carmichael
CEO and Head Coach of CTS
Recently, while riding a lightweight Pinarello F10 on the 10-mile commute between my home and office, a middle-aged man in work boots and overalls blew by me like I was standing still, and it brought a big smile to my face. Like many of you, I’m a diehard analog cyclist, but it’s time for all of us to embrace ebikes.
There is no downside to getting more people outside on two wheels. None. It’s good for the new people riding, good for the environment, good for a struggling cycling industry, and yes, it’s even good for devoted cyclists like you and me.
Ebikes eliminates fear of hills
In my experience, hills are second only to safety concerns as the most intimidating factor that keeps people off bikes. You and I may seek out hills for training and enjoyment, but most people get tired just looking at them. An ebike eliminates the fear of not being able to make it to the top. Put another way, an ebike expands the range and routes people consider rideable, which increases the likelihood they’ll choose the bike for recreation or transportation.
Ebikes make commuting more realistic
A lot of people like the idea of riding a bike to work, until they show up to a meeting in sweaty work clothes. Ebikes eliminate, or at least minimize, that concern. In my travels I’ve seen people in business suits and painters’ overalls riding ebikes, and everyone in between. In some places, commuting by bike can be as fast or faster than driving, but up until recently that was only true for reasonably fit cyclists. Ebikes enable people who are not – and may never be – very fit to achieve financial and time savings that make bike commuting a reasonable option.
Ebikes are still exercise
There might be a small percentage of people who start riding a pedal-assist ebike and transition into traditional road cycling or mountain biking, but the bigger potential benefit is the public health impact of simply getting more people to be more active than they are now. Plus, they provide a great draft for you and me.
Ebikes might save your local bike shop
Local bike shops are struggling to adapt to a changing marketplace and flat to diminishing demand. Ebike sales are one of the few bright spots in the industry. According to market research firm NPD, US road bike sales declined 12% in 2017 compared to 2016 and mountain bike sales grew 3%. Ebike sales made up a much smaller portion of the market ($77M vs $557M for mountain bikes and $413M for road bikes), but ebike sales increased 91% compared to 2016. Trade publication Bike Europe estimated sales growth of 21% across Western Europe, a more mature market for ebikes compared to the US. Purists may not like to see ebikes lined up on the shop floor next to carbon race bikes, but selling – and particularly servicing – ebikes could help stem the steady decline in the number of specialty bike shops in the US since 2000.
Ebikes increase visibility of all bikes
More people on bikes make cyclists less of an anomaly for drivers and pedestrians. Although research on the theory of “safety in numbers” is not conclusive, habituating motorists and pedestrians to expect the presence of cyclists may reduce the risk of collisions. Even more than the potential for safety in numbers, increased visibility normalizes cycling as a means of transportation and recreation. Perhaps the less we are seen as outliers the more we will be included in conversations about city planning and cycling-related legislation.
Ebikes make cycling infrastructure a priority for more people
It is hard to get people behind spending public money for cycling infrastructure when they have little to no personal connection to it. People tend to prioritize issues and expenditures they benefit from directly. While the ‘build it and they will come’ model of increasing ridership by first improving cycling infrastructure has proven effective, more people on ebikes is a way to apply positive pressure and influence on the demand side of the equation.
You might need one
As much as I love being the only motor on my bike, I’m not getting any younger and there may come a time when I – or you – need or want the assistance of an electric motor. Like many of you, cycling is an integral part of my life and I want to ride for as many years as I can. If years from now an ebike enables me to spend more time pedaling outside on two wheels, I’ll gladly trade my F10 for a Pinarello Nytro.
TWEET OF THE DAY: TOUR de FRANCE STAGE 4
Absolutely crying with laughter watching @SirWiggo on the moto for @Eurosport_UK’s @LeTour coverage. Along with bike racing, he was made to do this. His Instagram Stories are absolute gold too. Not just for laughs, his knowledge is impeccable ????????????????????????????????♂️???? pic.twitter.com/3IvkvHJ05o
— Mark Cavendish (@MarkCavendish) July 8, 2019
ARMSTRONG JOINS NBC SPORTS TDF COVERAGE
During stage 3 and 4 of NBC Sports’ 2019 Tour de France coverage, Lance Armstrong joined Phil Liggett and Bob Roll on screen for a break down of the action. Fielding questions from the studio like “Who will win the stage?” and “How long will Julian Alaphilippe keep the yellow jersey?” Armstrong looked confident and comfortable on screen.
Armstrong hosts The Move podcast where he breaks down the latest WorldTour races and other endurance sports news, The Texan is currently covering every stage of the tour with daily episodes of his podcast with guests like George Hincapie. So far this week, The Move is ranked first in the Sports and Recreation category on iTunes for listeners.
On May 29th, NBC Sports aired a 30 minute interview called Lance Armstrong: Next Stage. In it Armstrong said “I wouldn’t change a thing. I wouldn’t change the way I acted,” “I mean I would, but this is a longer answer.
TOUR DE FRANCE TECH: INSIDE WITH ENVE
Just as the 2019 Tour de France was kicking-off, we reached out to our old pal (and former RBA Editor) Neil Shirley to find out what went into the Utah based wheel makers effort to supply the Dimension Data team with wheels. In between all of his own gravel exploits, Neil is now the director of Sports marketing for Enve and plays a central role in coordinating relations and product development with the WorldTour team. Even though Mark Cavendish missed the team selection for this year’s race, Enve still has high-hopes for the carbon hoops used by the team.
THE REAL DEAL WITH NEIL
What role do you play as director of sports marketing?
My role is to manage all aspects of the partnership with a sponsored team, from the actual contract structure, to facilitating timely product deliveries, and most notably, ensuring R&D opportunities are not missed.
Earlier this year I spent a week with the team in South Africa at their training camp since they had some major changes in terms of new riders coming on and equipment changes. This year the team switched from Cervelo to BMC bikes, in addition to going entirely disc brake, so there were some big changes for everyone, not just the new guys.
An added piece to all of that was the fact the team switched from Chris King hubs over to the new ENVE hubs, which might not seem like such a big deal, but any equipment changes are typically met with caution. Being there in person with one of our engineers to take everyone through the hub design was integral in getting the team on board since we only had one chance to prove our hubs were up to the task and show both riders and mechanics that they would be durable enough to handle the rigors of WorldTour racing, while also offering the performance to take a 1900 watt sprint. By the time we officially launched the hubs in January the team had already accumulated over 100,000 miles on them without issue.
If problems do arise, or there’s specific feedback from a rider or mechanic that can help improve a product, an important part of my role is to relay that to our engineering team since one of the most valuable parts of our partnership is in the product development.
How long has ENVE worked with Dimension Data?
This will be 2019 our fifth season working with Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka. In that time, we’ve seen a fairly large shift in how people are riding bikes, notably road bikes. Our partnership allowed us to be out in front of the trend for road riders wanting higher volume tires (28mm +) thanks to our development of the 4.5 AR wheel with the team in 2016, which provided them an aerodynamic advantage in the cobbled classics when running tires in the 28-30c range. As it turned out, that became one of our most popular wheelsets and paved the way for us to add an additional AR model earlier this year, the 3.4 AR.
TACX LATEST TRAINER UPDATE
The biggest Grand Tour of all has just started and we decided to give it an extra colourful touch! We headed over to the start of the Tour de France in Brussels with our special NEO 2 Smart trainers in the eye-catching colours of the Tour jersey’s: yellow, polka dot, green and white. After the first stage, we handed out these trainers to our partner teams who claimed these jersey’s.
During the warm-up for the Team Time Trials on Sunday, the one of a kind white NEO 2 was used by Caleb Ewan of Lotto-Soudal who was leading the youth classification. It looked stunning! As the yellow jersey was on the shoulders of Mike Teunissen, he received the yellow NEO 2. But to celebrate 100 years of yellow jersey in style, we decided that all riders of Team Jumbo-Visma were able to warm-up on the yellow NEO 2. This took some attention, to say the least! Click on the button below for a selection of the best photos and videos we’ve made in Brussels.
During the Tour de France, the colored NEO 2 trainers will be passed along our partner teams. The question of course remains: which rider will bring the coloured NEO 2 trainer to Paris? Keep an eye on our social channels to stay informed!
2019 ZWIFT ACADEMY
The 2019 Zwift Academy is, as of today, open for riders around the world. It’s one of cycling’s biggest community driven fitness programs and we’re expecting a huge increase from the 35k riders that participated last year. The Academy program starts August 5th and runs through the end of September.
Of course, a pro cycling contract from returning partners Team Dimension Data and Canyon//SRAM Racing remains on the line for one male and one female rider. More than that, however, this program provides a massive community opportunity for programmatic and effective fitness, pushing a rider’s performance throughout the summer and fall with the support of a massive online community
Enrollees will be guided through a slate of on-bike workouts, races, and rides in Zwift, unlocking in-game apparel and gear and enjoying free access to Today’s Plan, one of cycling’s best online training tools. Best of all, Zwift will donate one Qhubeka bike to South African communities for every 10 graduates of the Men’s Zwift Academy.
Zwift Academy has become a premier talent ID tool for cycling with past winners boosting the performance of World Tour teams, some from far-flung corners of the world too distant to participate in the professional racing scene in Europe. 2019 will be no exception, with nearly 100,000 riders expected to participate in this year’s Academy.
CTS FIGUEROA MOUNTAIN GRAN FONDO
The city of Solvang, California will be the presenting sponsor for the third annual CTS Figueroa Mountain Gran Fondocycling event. The event, to be held November 8-9, 2019, is produced by coaching company CTS and is anticipated to bring more than 800 cyclists and families to Solvang for festivities on Friday night and the gran fondo and finish line-party on Saturday.
As a result of the presenting sponsorship, the CTS Figueroa Mountain Gran Fondo will move its packet pickup and start/finish to downtown Solvang from Santa Ynez. Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley have a long history with national and international-level cycling events, including stages of the Amgen Tour of California. The area is also known worldwide as an ideal location for pre-season training camps for professional cycling teams.
“CTS has been hosting cycling camps in and around Solvang for 20 years, and my personal history with the area goes back further to 7-Eleven Pro Cycling Team training camps in the 1980s,” said CTS Founder and CEO, Chris Carmichael. “We established a year-round training facility in the Santa Ynez Valley nearly 10 years ago and I am honored to have the support of the city of Solvang and the community in this wonderful valley.”
Solvang Mayor Ryan Toussaint added, “The Santa Ynez Valley is a premier cycling destination and we welcome the CTS Figueroa Mountain Gran Fondo to Solvang.”
Kirk Nordgren, Event Director and General Manager of the nearby CTS training facility, said, “We’re proud to partner with the City of Solvang and local companies to create an event that’s great for cyclists and beneficial for the whole community.”
The economic benefit of bringing the CTS Figueroa Mountain Gran Fondo to Solvang was a priority for Solvang City Council member Chris Djernaes. He said, “Cycling is good for business. The event helps establish Solvang as a destination for cycling tourism, and our city will continue to reap the economic benefits throughout the year as cyclists return to visit our beautiful valley.”
About the CTS Figueroa Mountain Gran Fondo
On Friday afternoon and evening, riders will arrive in Solvang for packet pickup and the public is encouraged to participate in a cycling festival with activities for kids and families. Amateur cyclists participating in the event will all start together on Saturday morning and choose from four marked routes (100, 64, 44, and 31 miles) through the Santa Ynez Valley. The longer three routes feature an ascent of Figueroa Mountain, and all routes feature Ballard Canyon Road made famous to cyclists by the Amgen Tour of California. With the exception of the Start/Finish area, the course will be open to car traffic throughout the event. Riders will be supported on course with feed stations and mobile mechanics, and will return to Solvang for a finish line party with live music and locally sourced food and beer.
SOURCE ENDURANCE CYCLOCROSS CAMP AUGUST 17-18
The 2019 Source Endurance Training Center Cyclocross camp will take place August 17th-18th with cyclocross mentors Master’s Nats podium finisher Steve Stefko and SE coach and longtime cyclocross athlete and enthusiast Kristen Arnold.
Just before the Colorado CX season, leave this camp with the skills and knowledge to have your best CX season yet. We will have morning coffee, a full day of CX riding, and expert instruction. We have barriers, grassy corners, run ups, off camber, SAND, everything you need to learn how to be the best cross racer you can be. Lunch and happy hour is provided after your hard days work each day. Please see the official schedule for details.
Price is $250 for the full camp. or $150 for a single day. Early bird pricing until June 30th. Unlimited SETCR Members save 20%. Current SE athletes, please contact Whitney at [email protected] for the member pricing.
Location: Source Endurance Training Center 1833 E Harmony Rd Fort Collins, Colorado 80528 (all the way around back).
- Saturday morning 9-9:30am Free coffee available, camp overview, meet the instructors
- Saturday morning session 9:30-11:45am Training ride (45 mins warm up) Interval hill session How to do over under/threshold training for cx Fundamentals of mounting and dismounting
- Saturday Lunch – Noon
- Saturday afternoon session 12:45pm – 3:00pm Secondary mounting and dismounting session Barriers Cornering Adding in Cornering, short grass corners, barriers and mounting.
- Sunday Morning – Coffee 9:00-9:30am.
- Sunday morning session is 9:30-11:45am Mounting + dismounting advanced Run ups Off camber riding, Sand
- Sunday Lunch – Noon
- Sunday Afternoon 12:45-3:00pm Run ups turns before run ups, off camber riding, Protecting the line, Mock Race
- Wrapping Up 3:15-4:00pm Closure, Happy Hour, sponsored by Source Endurance
LANCE ARMSTRONG TO RIDE GRAN FONDO HINCAPIE
Hincapie Sportswear received confirmation on Monday that cyclist Lance Armstrong will ride in Gran Fondo Hincapie-Boise. Armstrong, a former teammate of George Hincapie’s, partner at NEXT VENTŪRES, founder of WEDŪ, and host of “THEMOVE” and “The Forward” podcasts, will join George Hincapie for the ride on July 14, 2019. He also plans to air “THEMOVE” podcast while there.
“I’m excited to come to the ride,” says Armstrong. “We aired ‘THEMOVE’ at Gran Fondo Hincapie-Fort Worth, and it was a lot of fun to interact with the crowd there.”
“We’re thrilled to have Lance with us for another fondo,” says George Hincapie. “His presence in Fort Worth really helped to take the event up a notch. And everyone had a blast watching the podcast.”
The Boise Gran Fondo will be headquartered at Cecil D. Andrus Park near the Idaho State Capitol building, with the family festival on the lawn after the event. Packet Pickup will occur the day before the ride at the Boise Twilight Criterium. Proceeds for the event will benefit the Idaho Interscholastic Cycling League, which helps to facilitate the development of high school and middle school cycling teams and clubs.
The original Gran Fondo Hincapie, located in Greenville, SC, and now in its seventh year, has topped charts and received stellar reviews, acclaimed for the cycling celebrities in attendance, as well as the careful attention to safety, on-site viewing screens, course and segment timing, live tracking and streaming, live bands at the rest stops, and free family festival.
MAMMOTH GRAN FONDO REGISTRATION OPEN NOW
The Mammoth Gran Fondo takes riders along the east side of Yosemite and the High Sierra with incredible views of the Sierra Nevada, Mono Lake, and White Mountains. 75% of the Gran Fondo route is closed to through traffic matching the incredible scentery with the appropriate calmness. Other highlights include: free event photos, all three distances timed, Signature Event socks, 6 Feed Zones with Full SAG/Tech Support, After-Party with Food/Beer/Live Music in the Village at Mammoth!
2020 DIRTY KANZA REGISTRATION DETAILS
2020, here we come! Mark you calendars for the 15th annual Garmin Dirty Kanza on May 30, 2020. Thank you for making this year’s race one of the best ever.
The random selection process for the 2020 race will open on January 6 through January 19. Selections will then be made on or before January 27.
Is there an awesome event happening closer to you? Send a link to [email protected]