Welcome to the March 11th, Mid-Week Report!
BIKE OF THE WEEK: 3T STRADA
Our Euro issue bike build is finally finished and race-ready. Better late than never, and if you ask us it was worth the delay. The Strada is the 1x specific version and has the Carbon 3T Torno crank. The 42 Wolftooth tooth chainring is matched to a 10-33t cassette thanks to the 12-speed SRAM eTap drivetrain. A set of Hunt 48 Limitless Aero Disc Wheelset has a pair of 28mm Pirelli P Zero Velo tires and Tubolito Tubes. Staying on the Italian theme, we finished off the built with 3T cockpit parts and a Selle Italia SLR Boost saddle.
For more on this bike keep an eye out in an upcoming magazine. To build one for yourself head to www.3t.bike
DOES SERGIO HIGUITA HAVE THE COOLEST KIT IN PRO CYCLING?
Twenty-Two-year-old climber Sergio Higuita debuted the Colombian National Champ kit this week at Paris-Nice. Rain and succesful racing have kept the jersey under a jacket or the white Best Young Rider’s jersey, but we did get a good look at it during the team presentation. Keep an eye out for Higuita at the Tour de France this year, he should be a prime contender for the Under-23 Jersey, and it’ll be easy to spot him.
FFWD RELEASES THE TYRO
Designed to offer exceptional value, quality and versatility the new TYRO exceeds expectations in a sub $1000 carbon wheel set!
Based on one of the most popular mid-depth wheels on the market the F4, the TYRO features a 45mm deep tubeless ready rim with FFWD’s proprietary DARC ‘Double Arc’ profile for superior aerodynamic performance.
- 45mm tubeless ready full carbon clincher
- DARC aerodynamic profile
- UV Protected Decals
- Spoke Count: 24H Front/24H Rear
- Lacing Pattern: 2 Cross
- Hub Option: FFWD Ratchet Straight Pull Center Lock 12mm Thru Axle
- Hub Spacing: Front: 12/100mm, Rear: 12/142mm
- Components: DT Competition, DT Pro Lock Brass Nipples
- Freehub: Shimano/SRAM 10/11 or SRAM XDR
- Color(s): Matte Black
- Weight: 1695 grams +/- 5% (set)
- Rim Width Outside: 27mm
- Rim Width Inside: 19mm
- Recommended Tire Widths: Min: 23mm, Max: 40mm
- Maximum Tire Pressure: 130psi/9bar
- Maximum Recommended Rider Weight: 265lbs/120kg
- Accessories: FFWD padded wheelbag, tubeless rim tape and valves
WORKOUT WEDNESDAY: TIPS TO RIDE IN THE WIND
Tailwind ≠ Easy
When you are riding by yourself, a tailwind is a blessing. When you’re in a pace line or a peloton it can be anything but easy. The benefit of drafting is that you have less air resistance to fight through compared to the front riders. The problem with a tailwind is that it reduces the net air resistance for the riders at the front of the pack. When they can go faster, the benefit of drafting decreases and everyone has to work hard. You get less recovery sitting on the wheel.
Tailwinds are Hot
Air flowing over your body is crucial for evaporative cooling. Riding into a headwind increases the speed of air flowing over your body, which is why you can get cold in a headwind. In contrast, you can overheat in a tailwind because the net airflow over your body decreases as the difference between your speed and the wind speed decreases.
During the summer it is important to focus on hydration during prolonged tailwinds because you’re going to be sweating a lot. In cool weather it’s important to open up your layers in a tailwind so you can keep your clothing drier. When you turn into a headwind with sweat-soaked layers you will get cold very quickly. If you have a jacket or vest, reserve it for the headwind.
PHOTO OF THE WEEK: WORLD CHAMP TRAINING IN TENERIFE
Back at Tenerife.
No races for me and my @mitchelton_scott team till 23rd of March (and maybe even longer due to #CoronaVirus) In meantime we need to stay fit and 🤞 the Corona outbreak will not get worse. You can ride with us next weeks on @gozwift Check @mitchelton_scott! pic.twitter.com/cfgDUGeKmH
— Annemiek van Vleuten (@AvVleuten) March 11, 2020
After a slew of race cancellations and and voluntary team withdrawals, road race world champion Annemiek van Vleuten has taken to the volcanic island roads of Tenerife. Usually a hot bed for winter training rides, Tenerife features a variety of coastal roads and climbs up the island’s volcano, the Teide.
SHOWERSPASS CROSSPOINT GLOVES
ShowersPass Crosspoint glove is made with 3-layer Artexm windproof, waterproof and breathable technology for 3-season cycling. It’s the perfect glove for shorter rides in the rain (seams are not sealed) or longer road rides in cool weather when keeping hands protected from windchill is required. Strategically placed padding and low-profile design allows you to ride longer while maintaining dexterity. Reflective logos keep you visible at night, while the MapReflect colorway increases reflectivity at night. New low-profile design at the wrist and cuff cinch means more waterproof protection and a comfortable fit. Strategically placed padding keeps your hands in good shape to go extra miles in nasty weather.
2020 DKXL TRAINING CAMP: MARCH 26–MARCH 29
For 2020, the DKXL Training Camp is the latest member to join the Dirty Kanza family of training events. This 4-day training camp focuses on preparing participant’s mind, body, and machine for the rigors of the DKXL, other epic gravel endeavors AND gains you entry into the 2020 DKXL.
The DKXL is no laughing matter and requires a great deal of training, both physically and mentally. Camp athletes will learn through educational seminars, test their equipment on the gravel roads of the Flint Hills, and train their bodies with abundant riding. In addition, camp athletes will enjoy great locally sourced food, designed to keep you fueled throughout the weekend as well as some killer swag from our Dirty Kanza sponsors.
- Entry into the 2020 Dirty Kanza XL event
- 4 days of guided rides on sections of the DKXL course, led by some of the most amazingly talented and friendly gravel grinders around!
- Professional mechanic support both on and off the bike
- “Hot Topic” talks covering important DKXL survival info
- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner from locally sourced vendors
- 2020 DK Cycling kit (bibs and jersey, $200+ value)
- Great SWAG from top Dirty Kanza sponsors and other cool DK-branded gear
- Local discounts at participating merchants
- Lifetime friendships in addition to the satisfaction earned from putting in the work to achieve something great!
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.
NOVA EROICA CALIFORNIA – APRIL 4th
Want to experience the most challenging and spectacular gravel roads of the Central Coast of California? Join NOVA Eroica California! A group ride event with fun, timed segments open only to ROAD and GRAVEL bicycles. Starting separately from the Eroica classic event, NOVA Eroica take a step beyond vintage to celebrate the beauty of fatigue and the thrill of conquest also on modern bikes.
GRAN FONDO HINCAPIE 2020 – MARCH 28 AND MAY 2
After two successful fondos earlier this year in Greenville South Carolina and Boise, Idaho Gran Fondo Hicapie has two more events lined up for 2020. Join a host of current and former pro riders on the roads of Fort Worth, Texas and Chattanooga, Tennessee on March 28 and May 2 2020.
2020 DIRTY KANZA REGISTRATION OVER
2020, is here! Mark you calendars for the 15th annual Garmin Dirty Kanza on May 30, 2020. Lottery selection have been made and the lucky few that were chosen will have a chance to prove themselves on Kanza’s flint roads.
THE RIFT ICELAND – JULY 25, 2020
The Rift is a gravel race through the dark lava fields in the highlands of Iceland – taking place on the tectonic split between North America and Eurasia. An ever-growing battlefield that grows an inch every year.
The battlefield sculpted by volcanic eruptions is vast, rugged and unpredictable – making the Rift a challenge of endurance, mental fortitude and most likely the bare elements. And in the end – a gravel battle between the continents!
The course starts out of a small town along the southern coast called Hvolsvöllur. This incredible shoreline stretches from the greater Reykjavík area in the west to the magnificent Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon in the east. It is lined with countless natural wonders such as cascading waterfalls, black sand beaches, glaciers and volcanos – circumnavigating one of the most active volcanos on the island, Hekla.