Welcome to the June 26th, Mid-Week Report!
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
We spotted these 28mm Continental GPs clear the Colnago Concept Disc frame by their threads. Would you run this set up? Is it too aero?!? Comment on our Facebook post.
VIDEO: DONNELLY RUBBER
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 e-bikes.
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.
E-bikes 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 e-bike eliminates the fear of not being able to make it to the top. Put another way, an e-bike expands the range and routes people consider rideable, which increases the likelihood they’ll choose the bike for recreation or transportation.
E-bikes 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. E-bikes eliminate, or at least minimize, that concern. In my travels I’ve seen people in business suits and painters’ overalls riding e-bikes, 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. E-bikes enable people who are not – and may never be – very fit to achieve financial and time savings that make bike commuting a reasonable option.
E-bikes 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.
E-bikes might save your local bike shop
Local bike shops are struggling to adapt to a changing marketplace and flat to diminishing demand. E-bike 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 e-bike sales increased 91% compared to 2016. Trade publication Bike Europe estimated sales growth of 21% across Western Europe, a more mature market for e-bikes compared to the US. Purists may not like to see e-bikes lined up on the shop floor next to carbon race bikes, but selling – and particularly servicing – e-bikes could help stem the steady decline in the number of specialty bike shops in the US since 2000.
E-bikes 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.
E-bikes 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 e-bikes 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 e-bike enables me to spend more time pedaling outside on two wheels, I’ll gladly trade my F10 for a Pinarello Nytro.
RECAP AND RESULTS: TOUR DE SUISSE 2019
Colombian climber Egan Bernal wrapped up victory in the Tour de Suisse on Sunday in the perfect warm-up for his tilt at next month’s Tour de France.
The Team Ineos rider, who is the bookmakers’ second favourite for the Tour de France behind teammate and reigning champion Geraint Thomas, finished third in the 101.5km final stage around Goms to secure the title.
“It’s one of the biggest races that I’ve won. I’m really happy and it gives me a lot of confidence for the next races,” Bernal, who missed the Giro d’Italia after suffering an injury in training, told teamineos.com. Just before the race I had a big crash and I could not go to the Giro. So to come here and to win is really nice for me and the team.”
The 22-year-old Bernal topped the overall standings by 19 seconds ahead of Rohan Dennis, after tracking every move of the Bahrain-Merida man on Sunday, with the Australian finishing second on the day. Britain’s Hugh Carthy took the ninth-stage honors after a solo ride saw him cross the line a minute and two seconds before Bernal and Dennis.
Bernal rode last year’s Tour de France in support of Chris Froome, but this year is expected to be a title contender himself after the four-time champion was ruled out with injuries sustained in a horrific crash at the Criterium du Dauphine. Welshman Thomas pulled out of the Tour de Suisse after crashing on stage four, but will be fit for the start of the second Grand Tour of 2019 on July 6. Bernal took full advantage, seizing the advantage on the sixth stage in Switzerland, before winning the seventh stage and putting in a solid performance in Saturday’s time trial.
BIKE TEST: LITESPEED T1SL DISC
In today’s current bike market, carbon frames consume just about every category. Striving to stay relevant, titanium is usually reserved for the less race-inspired models, but, thankfully, Litespeed doesn’t agree. The T1sl offers a titanium frame with race-inspired geometry at a competitive weight. The bike’s handmade construction and attention to detail elevate the package even further. To keep up with the evolving industry, Litespeed now offers the T1sl with a disc brake option, and it’s more than just welding a flat-mount caliper mount onto the chainstay.
Of the three most frequently used grades of titanium (commercially pure, 3/2.5 and the high-end 6/4), the T1sl frame uses two different levels of titanium to balance performance and price. The beautifully sculpted and multi-edged top tube is made from a single sheet of 6/4 titanium that is folded, tapered and welded to increase stiffness while minimizing weight. This is welded to the oversized 44mm head tube. On our medium/large-sized test bike, it has a 15cm-long head tube.
To match the performance-oriented geometry, a Litespeed carbon disc fork helps maintain front-end stiffness. The ovalized 3/2.5 cold-worked material is used for the downtube and is comprised of a large-diameter tube that is vertical at the head tube and transitions to horizontal as it mates with the Press-Fit BB30 bottom bracket.
The bottom bracket is also milled down along the outer edges to minimize material and shed excess weight. The wheelbase measures 99.7cm, and the rear of the bike is short with 41.5cm chainstays on all sizes. The disc-specific frame has been upgraded to 12mm thru-axles with flat-mount calipers. Altogether this frame combines modern race geometry and tube shaping with first-rate craftsmanship and materials.
Our build used a Cane Creek headset, while most Dura-Ace-spec versions use a Chris King. We also opted for the upgraded 31.6mm Litespeed Ti seatpost over the 3T offering with a Prologo saddle. 3T Team parts were used for the stem and handlebars.
The wheels were the biggest change on our build, as it was delivered with a pair of Lightweight Meilenstein wheels over the catalog-correct Reynolds Aero 46 Disc hoops. While the Reynolds are a great option and better suit our style of riding, the opportunity to ride a set of Lightweight wheels was too hard to pass up. This does bump the price up even more over the already-premium level ($19,995). Last but not least is a Praxis PF30 bottom bracket that eliminated the need of adapters to step down to the 24mm Shimano spindle.
TOUR DE FRANCE STAGE ONE PREVIEW
The second Grand Départ held in Brussels after the one in 1958 will honor one of the country’s specialty: sprinting! Despite the fact that the day’s visit will take the riders on the roads of the Flemish classics, the perspective of a bunched finish in front of the Royal Palace remains the most likely. But a solo exploit can’t be excluded.
– C. Prudhomme
FIRST LOOK: PIVOT VAULT
Three weeks ago we rolled into Emporia, Kansas with a bike that we couldn’t really talk about. Sure, plenty of people saw the bike, but since the re-designed Pivot Vault was still in it’s pre-production phase, Pivot Cyclesasked us not to go “public” with the bike. So beyond some vague discussions about the bike for those who asked us about it, the retail info was off-limits – until today when the embargo was lifted and all the product spec was deemed “final.”
We’d actually first laid eyes on the new Vault at the Sea Otter. Having lost its original cyclocross leanings, the new version looked as gravel ready as they come with a new frame that featured increased tire clearance and a unique isolated seatpost for added compliance.
WHAT ABOUT THE PRODUCTION BIKE?
Pivot will be releasing two versions of the new Vault with five frame sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL for riders between 5′ (152cm) and 6’5″ (196cm). The bike is capable of running up to 700 X 45c and 650b x 2.0” wheel/tire combos. The complete bike is available in two configurations: with a Shimano Ultegra drivetrain for $5,199, and a SRAM Force eTap AXS for $6,699. A frame and fork will be available for $2699. Pivot claims a 998 frame weight.
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]