Welcome to the May 27, Mid-Week Report!
PHOTO OF THE WEEK: DIRTY KANZA WEEKEND
The final week of May is here and typically we’d be in Emporia, Kansas preparing for the world’s best gravel race, the Dirty Kanza 200. Instead, we’re preparing for the second weekend of September and the rescheduled DK200. www.dirtykanza.com
NEW PRODUCTS: THESE JUST IN
ROSE PRO SL
CANNONDALE TOPSTONE LEFTY
For decades now Cannondale has been known as a bike brand not afraid to push the limits with new innovation. Sometimes the pushiness has paid off, sometimes not. Things like their radical Lefty suspension fork have proven themselves over time, but it definitely took a while for it to truly get dialed in. As with the rest of the industry, the explosion in popularity of the gravel segment has brought a new willingness to approach bike design and technologies differently, with suspension proving to be the ultimate arbiter of possibility.
• Suspension brings weight and fun
• Same great platform
• Upgrades are sure to be plenty
Weight: 23.31 pounds
Sizes: XS, S, M (tested), L, XL
Several races will be staged in the run up to the rescheduled Tour de France which starts at the end of August, the updated UCI cycling calendar revealed.
As the ban on the sport is lifted the first race in France will be the Route d’Occitanie between August 1-4 followed by a one day mountain challenge at Mont Ventoux and then the Tour de l’Ain from August 7-9. Also packed into the program is the shortened Criterium de Dauphine between 12-16 August and then the four-day Tour du Limousin from August 18.
The International Cycling Union insisted the dates would be constantly evaluated according to the health situation regarding the coronavirus pandemic in the country.
The Tour has been rescheduled to embark from Nice on August 29 from its original June start date in an attempt to make sure the sport’s central financial pillar can be staged this season.
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DIRTY KANZA RESCHEDULED
– Jim Cummins
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.