Mid-Week Report: The Latest News, Products and Events

Welcome to the March 20th Mid-Week Report! 

Spring is in the air, the RBA crew has been on hand for numerous product launches and bike shows, welcome to the March 20th Mid-Week Report! 


Over the weekend the Sacramento Convention Center hosted the North American Handmade Bicycle Show. This Moots Routt RSL gravel bike was one of the many custom bikes that caught our eye. It was painted by the team at Black Magic Paint for Studio Velo in Mill Valley, California.


More athletes are turning to mindfulness and meditation

Mindfulness is a state of being present in the moment and focused on the full experience of the here and now. Meditation is a technique that can help people direct their thoughts and focus their attention. Guided meditation apps like Headspace have lowered the barriers to learning about and trying mindfulness meditation, and have helped expose many more people to it.

Mindfulness meditation can be very beneficial for athletes and company leaders. Quieting the mind and letting distractions fall away brings you into the moment so you’re ready to give your full attention, cognitive ability, and creativity to the task before you. Mindfulness meditation has been shown to reduce emotional reactivity, reduce the tendency to ruminate and dwell on thoughts or situations, improve a person’s ability to adapt in stressful or negative situations, an improve a person’s working memory.

The entrepreneurial spirit has and continues to change the world we live in. We need people who see opportunities where no one else does, and who have the courage to take the risks required to bring those opportunities to life. But to have longevity and long-term success, entrepreneurs also have to learn to take better care of their physical, mental, and emotional health.




In what easily qualifies as one of the bike industry’s most recently over-hyped new product roll-outs, Bontrager hosted a handful of journos in New York to present a new line of Bontrager helmets that feature a proprietary safety technology dubbed WaveCel.

While any step forward in improving the safety of cyclists is laudable, the PR run-up to the helmet’s  launch had set cycling keyboards ablaze wondering just what product would be unveiled that promised to  “change cycling forever.”  Change cycling forever?  Thankfully, that  claim was given some shade when a later press release arrived narrowing the focus to  instead calling the new product “the biggest advance in helmets in over 30 years.”


Bontrager is releasing a line of four helmets (2 road, 1 mountain, 1 commuter) that use an exclusive  safety technology to bring cyclists a new level of added protection.

All four  helmets use a Boa retention system. Unique also to Bontrager’s helmets is the crash replacement guarantee where they will provide free post-crash replacement within the first year of use.

The following info is everything that was supplied from Trek/Bontrager prior to the NYC launch. Look for more once we not only get our hands on the helmet, but more importantly, our heads inside one.



Tirreno Adriatico 2019 – 54th Edition – 7th stage – Primoz Roglic (SLO – Team Jumbo – Visma) – photo Dario Belingheri/BettiniPhoto©2019

Slovenia’s Primoz Roglic won the Tirreno-Adriatico cycling race on Tuesday finishing just one-second ahead of
Britain’s Adam Yates after the seventh and final stage. Roglic, 29, of Team Jumbo-Visma, had been trailing 25 seconds behind the Mitchelton-Scott rider Yates in the overall standings going into the final 10km time-trial.

“It’s unbelievably close,” said Roglic, who will be team leader at the Giro d’Italia for the first time.

“I felt stronger on the way back. Before the start I was confident that I’d win but I only could control myself. I’m glad it ended well.”

Yates held the overall lead throughout the race after Mitchelton-Scott won the opening day team time-trial but said after the major climb stage this weekend that his 25sec lead would unlikely be enough to clinch the overall win due to Roglic being faster against the clock. But then Yates, who will lead his team at the Tour de France, came within a hair’s-breadth of the win that had viewers craning their necks at the line.

Dane Jakob Fuglsang of Astana was third overall 30 seconds adrift of the winner after the run down the flat Adriatic seafront at San Benedetto del Tronto. European time-trial champion Victor Campenaerts of Belgium, riding for Lotto, clocked the fastest time of 11 minutes 23 seconds early in the day to win the seventh stage just 0.03sec ahead of Italian Alberto Bettiol (EF Education First). Dutchman Jos van Emden (Team Jumbo-Visma) finished the stage in third place at 4 seconds.

“I rode a perfect time-trial,” said Campenaerts.

“I knew I had to be strong on the way back where the headwind was really strong. This victory, my first in the World Tour, is important also for my confidence in beating the world hour record next month.”

Tom Dumoulin of Team Sunweb finished seventh on the day, the Dutch rider moving up to fourth overall at 1min 25sec ahead of French pair Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) and Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep), who were just over 2min 30sec adrift in the general classification.

Former ski jumper Roglic follows his victory in the UAE Tour in the United Arab Emirates earlier this month.


NAHBS 2019

Builders, media and fans filled the floor of the Sacramento Convention Center.

Okay, so you say you’re a bike geek? A bike lover? A cycling aficionado?  Well, if so,  don’t say you haven’t been given ample warning.  During the second week of March the North American Handmade Bicycle Show returned to Northern California for three days only. And this my friends is where you will not only find some of the most beautiful people, but better still, some of the most beautiful bikes in the world.

For over a decade frame builder and show founder Don Walker has hustled his ass around the nation trying to promote the ancient craft of handbuilt bikes. And every year, no matter what the destination of the roving show, he’s been able to outdo himself from the previous year. The Sacramento venue has twice already provided the biggest crowds in the show’s history and this year should be no different.

A Dean cyclocross bike stood out with its orange highlights.
This besparkled Mosiac was turning heads with its eTap AXS components at the SRAM booth.


Craig Calfee’s deigns deserve to hang in a museum. This bamboo frame  speaks to the builder’s creativity and craftsmanship.



Geraint Thomas (GBR – Team Sky)

Sky and 21st Century Fox have agreed the sale of Team Sky to chemicals giant Ineos, Team Sky announced on Tuesday.

Ineos, owned by Britain’s richest man, Jim Ratcliffe, will become the sole owners from May 1 and will continue to fund the current team in full, honouring all existing commitments to riders, staff and partners, the statement said.



The launch of Team Ineos will take place at the Tour de Yorkshire, which starts on May 2.

“Cycling is a great endurance and tactical sport that is gaining ever more popularity around the world,” said Ratcliffe, who has an estimated fortune of £21 billion ($28 billion, 24.5 billion euros).

“Ineos is delighted to take on the responsibility of running such a professional team,” he added.

Team Sky riders have won six of the last seven Tour de Frances.



Paris Nice 2019 – 77th Edition – 8th stage Nice – Nice 110 km – 17/03/2019 – Nairo – Egan Bernal (COL – Team Sky) – Michal Kwiatkowski (POL – Team Sky) – photo Roberto Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2019
Sky’s 22-year-old all-rounder Egan Bernal won the Paris-Nice eight-day cycling race on Sunday after a battle of nerves with his Colombian compatriot Nairo Quintana of Movistar. Bernal powered through crosswinds earlier in the week and put in a solid time-trial before a thrilling mountain ascent gave him the overall lead at the summit finish on Saturday.
With a solid 49 seconds overnight lead and a strong Sky team around him Bernal then finished a few seconds behind Sunday’s stage winner, Spain’s Ion Izagirre of Astana, to seal a landmark win in his young career. “Even if there were a few tough moments I had a huge team around me today and that made it a matter of staying calm, staying  concentrated and taking care on the descents,” Bernal told the press after his win.
Movistar captain Quintana made a concerted effort to drop Bernal and his Sky teammates with 15km remaining and at one point was in the virtual lead by a few seconds before eventually finishing just 10sec ahead of Bernal after the tricky hill-laden 110km loop around Nice.
Bernal was looked after on Sunday by team leader Michal Kwiatkowski of Poland, who ended the race in third overall having wilted on the steep climb on Saturday whilst wearing the leader’s jersey. The Colombian joined Sky at the start of last season where he won the Tour of California in his first appearance and then served as a powerful lieutenant to Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas at the Tour de France. Bernal is set to race the Giro D’Italia in May where he will be co-leader with Gianni Moscon.
“I’m only 22 and I have great deal to learn. But I’ll do my best. Paris-Nice is just an eight day race while the Giro and the Tour are huge. But it’s my first Tour as leader and I’ll aim for the top three,” said Bernal.
“Many riders have won a one-week tour, but a three week one is a different matter,” he said.



Southern California meets Italy in this celebration of cycling, food, and San Diego’s picturesque water front. Held in beautiful Downtown San Diego, the two-day festival features a mass-start, timed Gran Fondo with 4 route options, timed King and Queen of the Mountain competitions, The Bike & Fitness Expo with guest speakers and bike, health and fitness clinics. Challenging and inspiring routes, outstanding Campagnolo ride support, delicious food on course, followed by an Itialian Feast at the Finish. www.sdgranfondo.com



Gran Fondo Hincapie is a series of events that welcomes riders of every skill level for a weekend of riding and celebration of all things cycling. Join current and past professional cyclists, weekend warriors, and first-time riders on routes planned and tested by George Hincapie himself. The Hincapie family currently hosts events in Greenville, South Carolina; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Fort Worth, Texas; and Boise, Idaho; with plans for continual expansion to other areas across the United States and the world.

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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