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

Welcome to the May 27, Mid-Week Report!

Welcome to the May 27, Mid-Week Report!

 

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: DIRTY KANZA WEEKEND

Not a fan of gravel? Don’t blame me, blame (Dirty Kanza founder) Jim Cummins!

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

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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.

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• Suspension brings weight and fun
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• Upgrades are sure to be plenty

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Weight: 23.31 pounds
Sizes: XS, S, M (tested), L, XL
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RACING NEWS

Tour de France 2019 – 106th Edition – Egan Bernal (COL – Team INEOS)

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

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

 

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.

www.mammothtuff.com

BWR EXPANDS 

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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