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A quick guide to keep your toes warm, a good read and a good cause

BRRR the temps are hitting the low 60s here in Socal and we’ve scrounged up our vests and arm warmers. We prepared a quick guide to keep you warm if you’re dealing with temperatures a bit more extreme than us. And a new book is making its rounds through our office. Welcome to the November 14th Mid-Week Report.



Tour de France 2018 – 105th Edition – 8th stage Dreux – Amiens 181 km – 14/07/2018

Remember a warmer time? Four months ago on July 14th the Tour de France was winding through the country roads between Dreux and Amiens. Dylan Groenewegen would go on to capture one of his two stage victories.


Gerard Vroomen and Phil White making the Baracchi

To Make Riders Faster is not just another cycling book but a multi-stage, multi-year Tour de é of which so many were a part. There are few in the cycling industry who were not watching and many who wished to be involved. Cervélo athlete’s, bike owners, business partners, in some way, felt select. And if you knew anything at all about the cycling industry at that time, you were scratching your head, wondering how they were doing it. This is that story.

To Make Riders Faster can be purchased directly from the website www.tomakeridersfaster.com. The book retails for $70 CDN and $53 USA dollars.


Bontrager JFW Winter Cycling Shoe with Boa Fit System, $199.99

As Jack Frost weather creeps in and toes start to freeze reach for the JFW Winter Shoe to extend your riding. This cold weather shoe was designed specifically for dedicated rides who want to stay warm and dry without having to worry about bothersome shoe covers as temperatures range from 40F to 25F. It features the Boa Fit System for a precise fit and easy adjustment on the fly, a neoprene water-resistant upper that completely covers the ankle to keep feet warm and dry, and highly visible colors and reflective elements to be seen when it matters most.


Northwave Extreme RR 2 GTX, $320

If you’ve ever had trouble finding a shoe that fits Northwave provides  a wide range of sizes from 34-50. The Extreme RR’s are rated adverse weather. Northwave’s proprietary SLW2 retention system aided by the integrated heel keep your feet locked in and warm.



Bootie Winter, $99 – Lightweight, zip-free overshoes that deliver needed thermal protection with an ergonomic cut that eliminates wrinkles.


A new set of carbon hoops have just rolled into the RBA office, and may we say first impressions leave us anxious to mount some tires. The Fulcrum Racing Zero Carbon DB C19 has a 30mm deep profile, 26.5mm external width, and a 19mm internal width. Our test set hit the scales at 1488g with tubeless valves and lockrings for the rotors.



Kuat released the Transfer rack. It’s available in a one, two and three bike options with the durability and quality that is expected from Kuat. The transfer uses a spring loaded foot pedal at the pivot and features a low profile for easy of storage. The Transfer is Kuat’s most affordable rack yet, starting at $219 for the single bike.



12th stage Tour de France – Christopher Froome (GBR – Team Sky)

Four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome will kick off his 2019 campaign by riding in the Tour Colombia for the first time in February, the Briton announced on Wednesday.

The 33-year-old won a third straight Grand Tour title earlier this year at the Giro d’Italia, but lost his Tour de France crown to Sky teammate Geraint Thomas.

Froome started his 2018 season at the Ruta del Sol in Spain, but has recently been training in Colombia and in the new year will instead look to emulate Egan Bernal, who won the inaugural race in his home country nine months ago.

The second edition will take place from February 12-17 in Antioquia, where Froome’s rivals could include Spanish veteran Alejandro Valverde.


There are two more SoCalCross races this weekend at March Air Force Base in Moreno Valley. This is the same location that hosted the UCI SoCalCross race last year. The course will feature punchy run-ups, short and technical descents and a thick grassy baseball field section on the course.

Catch the RBA crew at the Turkey Trot race the following weekend.

Check out their website: socalcross.org


Padres Pedal the Cause is taking place on November 17th. The ride donates all of the proceeds to cancer research. There is a 25, 55 ,88 and 100 mile route offered as well as stationary bike and 5k run options. With nearly two million dollars raised to date, over 2350 participants are signed up to support The Cause.

Check out their website:  https://gopedal.org/

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