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

Welcome to the May 20, Mid-Week Report!

Welcome to the May 20, Mid-Week Report!


Well, here we  are blowing through the month of May when we would be putting the finishing touches on our annual trek to Emporia, Kansas for the Dirty Kanza…alas, we are instead hunkered down social distancing ourselves on group rides.


The second best thing about pro bike racing (after #1. it’s so damn hard) … is the team commitment – one for all and all for one. Froomie getting a helping hand at the 2018 Tour de France.  Will the Tour happen as planned on August 29? Photo: Bettini.


PedalEd developed the Mirai men’s summer cycling kit using advanced fabrics that are ideal for hot-weather riding to provide improved breathability. Made from one of our lightest synthetic blends to better regulate body temperature, the innovative fabric acts to pull sweat away from the skin to the surface where it quickly evaporates, creating a cooling effect and avoiding discomfort. Providing all-day comfort, the Mirai men’s bibs, for example, are designed around a bacteriostatic chamois with dual-density foam by Elastic Interface designed to carry you further.

The Mirai collection is cut slim for a performance fit and is available in five bold colors, and when elevations increase, weather shifts and temperatures cool, the Mirai gilet and Mirai jacket provide two levels of packable wind and rain protection, great for chilly descents, evening rides or nights spent under the stars. For more: PedalEd.


If you’re either having trouble with your position, or are simply looking for a replacement stem that saves some weight and money, have a look at the latest aluminum offerings from Wren. The four-bolt face plate stems are available in a wide variety of lengths (40-120mm) and either a 6 or 17 degree rise.  $79. For more: Wren Sports.


By Chris Carmichael
With in-person bike races and gran fondos cancelled due to the pandemic, event directors are getting creative to keep the community engaged, motivate people to ride, and offer cyclists opportunities to compete. Some are hosting virtual races and challenges, and others are creating cycling segment challenges on known race and gran fondo courses, or a local climb or time trial segment. If you’re getting ready to go for the win or set your personal best time on the route, here are some tips to go faster.
Cycling segment challenges can be set up multiple ways. For legacy events with known courses, riders might be challenged to ride the whole route or portions of the route, with the leaderboard based on times recorded via Strava or RidewithGPS on a specific day or within a date range. Other challenges may be on a popular local climb or traffic-free stretch of road. The great thing about these challenges is that they can be done while respecting physical distancing guidelines.



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We all know that the world we are living in at this very moment is nothing we expected when we turned the page to 2020. Nonetheless, we are in a time where we all have to consider the implications of big crowds gathering together.
From all of us in Emporia, it’s important to relay just how very much we love the Garmin Dirty Kanza and the community that gathers around this event. With all things considered, we are postponing this year’s event to the weekend of September 10 – 13, 2020. And while we were hopeful our traditional date would work, we are also excited to have a September date to plan for – it will be an amazing way to come back together and celebrate.
“These last few weeks have proven that the work we are doing to flatten the curve is having an impact. And while we will be closer to all coming together to ride bikes and celebrate the human spirit, May 30 just seems too risky. It is with the health and well being of our athletes, staff, volunteers, and the community of Emporia that we have decided to postpone the 2020 race date to the weekend of September 10 – 13, 2020.”
– Jim Cummins



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.



The Belgian Waffle Ride announces two new events in two new locations. We have added the second BWR in Asheville, NC on Sunday, August 30, and the third will be in Cedar City, Utah on Saturday, October 1
The events are limited to 1250 riders each and sell-out quickly. Registration is open.



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