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Welcome to the June 12th, Mid-Week Report! 

 Welcome to the June 12th, Mid-Week Report! 


Chris Froome during his recon ride this morning.

Chris Froome will miss the Tour de France after hitting a wall and suffering severe injuries in a training accident at the Criterium du Dauphine on Wednesday, Team Ineos leader Dave Brailsford has confirmed.

“It’s clear he’ll take no part in the Tour,” Brailsford told French television while four time Tour de France winner Froome was being treated at the scene in a parked ambulance.

“He is in a very, very serious condition,” said Brailsford, adding that the racer was having difficulty speaking and would be helicoptered to hospital.




Chris Carmichael leading a ride through the Southern California heat

Maintaining body temperature within a narrow range (97-99 degrees Fahrenheit) is not an easy feat for humans, particularly when you consider all the things that can push body temperature up or down, including air temperature, humidity, clothing layers, medications, dehydration, body size, and exertion. We also have to add age to the equation, because our response to heat stress changes throughout our lifespan. For athletes in the 50-70 year range, here are some things to keep in mind when training in the heat.

How Age Affects Heat Loss

Babies, children, and the elderly are at greater risk for heat-related illnesses compared to young and middle-aged adults. In the early years, babies and children have less skin surface area available for evaporative cooling (sweating), so in hot environments they can store a lot of heat and struggle to get rid of it. In addition, children – especially very young children – often lack the ability, autonomy, or understanding to move out of a hot environment, remove clothing layers, or reduce activity level.

On the other end of the spectrum, the elderly can also be at greater risk for heat illness due to a lack of mobility, but even physically active older adults suffer more than younger adults in the heat. In response to passive exposure to a hot environment (not exercising) for 3 hours, a 2016 study showed that both younger (19-28yrs) and older (55-73yrs) groups responded similarly in the first hour, but that the older group stored more heat (heat loss decreased) as time went on. They cited reduced blood perfusion to the limbs as a potential limiting factor for evaporative cooling in the older group.


Reduced sweat response in older athletes was also observed in another 2016 study that examined sympathetic nervous system activity in response to heat. They found that older adults (67yrs) had a reduced vasodilation reflex in the skin compared to younger adults (23yrs), meaning both groups responded to heat exposure by dilating blood vessels in the skin, but that reflex was blunted in aged skin.




British rider Adam Yates moved in to the overall lead at the Criterium du Dauphine following Wednesday’s tricky 26.1km time-trial after his compatriot Chris Froome was seriously injured in a high speed crash during a practice run before the start of the fourth stage. The four-time Tour de France winner was blown into a wall by a gust of wind and reportedly suffered at open fracture of the femur. Team Ineos said Froome would miss the Tour de France due to his injuries with the 34-year-old helicoptered to hospital after lengthy treatment at the scene.

“He is in a very, very serious condition,” said a sombre Ineos pricipal Dave Brailsford.

The stage itself was won by Belgian Jumbo rider Wout Van Aert in 33:38, ahead of American rider Tejay Van Garderen at :31 with Dutch all rounder Tom Dumoulin in third at :47.

“It’s a first WorldTour race win. I can’t believe it,” said Van Aert, who is ninth in the overall standings at :30.

“I didn’t know it was possible to win on this level so I’m super happy,” said the 24-year-old former cyclo-cross champion who has come second on two previous stages here.

Yates, 26, actually finished sixth on the day to claim the yellow jersey in a race where he came second last year.

“That was a good time and a good day for me,” said Yates, who will race the Tour de France. We have one sprint stage tomorrow, so hopefully the sprint teams will help us control, and then it’s straight to the mountains,” he said of the eight day route that finishes with two major days of climbing this weekend. We’re in the jersey now and hopefully we can hold it all the way to the end.”

Yates leads overnight leader Dylan Teuns by just four seconds, Van Garderen is third at 6sec while Denmark’s Jakob Fuglsang of Astana is just 7 seconds back.

France’s Thibaut Pinot in sixth at 25s and Nairo Quintana of Colombia in 10th at 40 seconds, stand out as potential eventual winners too.

Thursday’s fifth stage is a 201km ride through flat planes.



For most of us, designing and building a bicycle frame and starting a new bike brand is not the sort of occupation we fall back on later in life. However, when Ben Schultz, James Woolcock and Dean McGeary found themselves on the dole after Toyota closed the Melbourne, Australia, office they worked at in 2014, the three engineers banded together to make their shared passion for cycling work for them, thus the Bastion frame was born. 

With a market already deluged with carbon frames, the trio were determined to do something different. By combining the first 3D-printed titanium lugs to meet the ISO standard for a frame, with carbon from a local Australian distributor and rear stays that they manufactured themselves, the resulting frame was an eye-catching carbon bike of breathtaking beauty and design.

Now offering three custom frame designs—Road, Road Disc, Cross Disc—with three different carbon layups available that affect performance and handling, Bastion is proving that custom frame building can be a fruitful
new beginning.   




Renowned as one of the most forward-thinking designers and manufacturers of premium carbon bikes, is set to rewrite what’s possible in a sub-700g road frame by unveiling its latest model, the Factor O2 VAM (Velocità Ascensionale Media), available immediately (6th June).

Continuing Factor’s commitment to innovation, speed and performance through cutting-edge engineering, the O2 VAM introduces class-leading levels of integration, versatility, and ride dynamics into an ultra-lightweight package.

Not only does the O2 VAM challenge riders’ expectations for what is possible in a sub-700g road frame, but it also represents a breakthrough in carbon bike manufacturing: Utilizing a revolutionary method of carbon compression moulding, Factor was able to remove a significant amount of weight from the carbon lay-up by applying ultra-high levels of pressure to expel any unnecessary resin, thereby enabling superior ply compaction. The result is a frame that is not only lighter but also stronger than the O2.

Additionally, Factor has incorporated advanced materials including TeXtreme®, Nippon Graphite pitch fiber, and boron fiber into the O2 VAM to maximize stiffness and rigidity while still maintaining the stand-out compliance and rider comfort of the ViSTA.



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.”

George and Lance

“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.

Website: www.hincapie.com/granfondo


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!

Website: www.mammothgranfondo.com

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