Welcome to the July 3rd, Mid-Week Report!
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
This Saturday, the 2019 Tour de France kicks off in Brussels. The 21 stage Grand tour should have an added level of excitement with room for many underdogs to shine due to the loss of a few favorite like Chris Froome and Tom Dumoulin due to injury. Youngsters like Egan Bernal and Romain Bardet will have a chance to shine with their respective leadership roles. Road Bike Action will cover every stage of the Tour de France check out the latest tour news in the link below.
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WORKOUT WEDNESDAY: 7 REASONS TO EMBRACE E-BIKES
By Corrine Malcolm,
When it comes to cramping, especially exercise-associated muscle cramping (EAMC) almost everyone has a story. A story about that one time, in that one race, where that one muscle seized. Exercise-associated muscle cramps are defined as painful spasms, and involuntary contractions of skeletal muscles that occur during or immediately post exercise. So, for the purpose of this article, that would exclude cramps that occur outside of the context of exercise, or that are caused by underlying medical conditions such as nocturnal cramps, hypo/hyperthyroidism, and central or peripheral nervous system diseases such as Parkinson’s disease.
Cramping is by no means a new topic in the endurance community, and because EAMC can be debilitating in a race scenario cramping remains a hot topic. There have been decades of research dedicated to trying to figure out how we cramp, why we cramp, and how to stop cramps once they start. Despite our long affair with EAMC, we are not much closer to fully understand their etiology. If anything, our new understanding of EAMC is that they are complicated and likely stem from multiple compounding factors that make any one treatment or preventative technique unlikely to work for everyone, every time.
The Old Theories About Cramping
The advancement that has happened over the past 5 to 10 years however, is a clear move away from the original “dehydration & electrolyte imbalance theory” and an increased focus on the “altered neuromuscular control theory”. Starting in the early 2000s, study after study appeared that looked at hydration status and blood-electrolyte concentrations in endurance athletes, and over and over again there was no significant difference in the hydration status or blood-electrolyte concentrations of athletes who cramped and athletes who did not cramp on race day. Moreover, if you think about it, dehydration and electrolyte imbalances are a system-wide issue, which should cause system-wide muscle cramping. However, EAMC is most commonly localized two one or two major muscle groups and frequently occurs unilaterally. What that means is that EAMC primarily occur in asymmetry (one calf cramps). However, if muscles are cramping bilaterally (both calves) or become generalized/full body cramping, this can be tied more closely to extreme dehydration or hyponatremia, or a more serious medical condition.
FIRST RIDE: CANNONDALE SUPERSIX EVO
Following the Topstone is a redesigned SuperSix Evo. Lowered seat stays and a higher stack and shorter reach come together for an untraditional look from Cannondale. The third iteration of the Evo series received a few updates we have been waiting on, including clearance for up to 30mm tires. It is available in sizes 44cm to 62cm with SRAM and Shimano component options which range in price from $2200 to $11,500. Rim brake hold outs rejoice, Cannondale will produce a rim brake specific frame and fork available with a Shimano 105 or Shimano Ultegra mechanical gruppo.
Nathan Barry was the lead engineer for the project, he led the development of various designs until the production model was selected after testing at the San Diego Low Speed Wind Tunnel. The dropped seat stay design proved to reduce drag in the most common yaw angles for the greatest aerodynamic gains without compromising pedaling efficiency. Like other frames with dropped stays the SuperSix boasts improved vertical compliance that eats up noticeably more chatter than the previous model for a ride quality similar to Specialized Tarmac.
Cannondale parted from their classic round tubes and opted for more aero savings with the use of airfoil shaping throughout the frame. Gated steerer tube spacers are another addition to the SuperSix, since their first appearance on the SystemSix in 2018. They only fit under the stem and can be replaced by round spacers on top, however we prefer to just cut the steerer tube to the appropriate length for a clean look.
WAHOO PARTNERS AT THE TOUR DE FRANCE
Wahoo is an official partner to four Tour de France teams: Bora-Hansgrohe, Katusha-Alpecin, and stage-hunting French continental team Arkea-Samsic will all ride with the aerodynamic ELEMNT BOLT GPS cycling computer. Although his LottoNL-Jumbo-Visima team is not sponsored by Wahoo, Belgian star Wout Van Aert is also expected to ride with BOLT. Defending Tour champions Team INEOS will rely on the KICKR ecosystem — KICKR smart trainers, TICKR heart rate monitors, and KICKR HEADWIND smart fans on select stages — to warm up and cool down at each stage.
PURE CYCLES UNVEILS THREE NEW BIKES
Pure Cycles is launching three all-new models for the summer season. These three models are laser focused on providing great value, and quality. Their steel frames are built to last a lifetime and with modern groupsets, these bikes will be head-turners on any ride.
ADVENTURE GRAVEL APEX
When the forecast calls for grinding gravel, flaying fire trails, and jamming through the jungle, our Adventure Apex will get you and your gear all the way to basecamp without breaking a sweat. An upgraded edition of our Adventure Pro Series, the Apex features a SRAM Apex Groupset, an ultra-light carbon fork, and enough mounts to bring it all with you when you rollout the door. Where will your next adventure take you?
• 650B compatible, so you can swap rims and rock monster tires
• Gravel-ready geometry keeps you in control on loose surfaces
• Disc brakes provide unmatched stopping power
• Carbon Fork
• SRAM Apex Groupset
PRO AND PRESTIGE ROAD
Classic road bike looks with modern geometry and engineering makes this Pure Cycles Road Bike worthy of any climb. If you’ve got your eye on the top, this ride’s already heading that way.
• Tange 2 Chromoly mainframe.
• 3T Cockpit
• Shimano 105
• Hutchinson Fusion tires for a race-ready ride.
• Mercury S2C Alloy Wheels
• Tange Prestige Chromoly mainframe and a carbon fork for a light, comfortable ride.
• 3T Pro Cockpit
• Shimano Ultegra
• Hutchinson Epsilon tires.
• Mercury S2C Alloy Wheels
Pure Cycles was founded with one mission in mind: to get more people on bikes. For almost 10years they’ve been designing, developing, and delivering the coolest bikes on the market.
TOUR DE FRANCE PREVIEW: WHO IS THE FAVORITE TO WIN WITH FROOME OUT?
RBA Q&A: ADAM YATES
By Steve Thomas
As he skipped onto the podium and pulled on the race-leaders jersey, somehow Adam Yates managed to look sideways and spot me. There was a huge cheeky-boy grin that came right across his face as we made eye contact.
He’d done it. He snared his first-ever pro bike race victory with the GC title at the 2014 Tour of Turkey. Just a couple of days earlier I’d arrived mid-race on an all-night flight, and while walking to the start of the next day’s stage I spotted Adam Yates, or was it Simon?
The Yates twins are undoubtedly the hottest brother act in Grand Tour racing today. Recall back in 2018 that brother Simon almost won the Giro and Adam took the GC win at the Vuelta a Espana.
WHAT ABOUT ADAM?
It was back in 2016 that Adam made his Tour de France debut and finished in an incredible fourth place overall. This year the 26-year-old Brit will start the Tour once again as a podium favorite. We caught up with Adam as he prepares to pitch for Tour de France glory.
Adam Yates: We took different paths, but we’re pretty close, and we talk a lot—pretty much every day. I wasn’t good enough to get selected by the British Cycling Academy, whereas Simon was a little bit quicker and a little bit better at team pursuiting, so he was able to go with the program.
I had to find a different path, and at the time I was hanging out with my friend Josh Hunt, who was already in France and riding for a French team. I asked if they had a space, and they did, so I went over and spent a couple of years with that team. So, different paths, but in the end we both ended up on the same team.
ST: How did it happen that you both ended up signing for GreenEdge at the same time?
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]