Welcome to the October 2nd, Mid-Week Report!
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
The Yorkshire 2019 World Championships continued through appalling conditions.
MADS PEDERSON TAKES THE STRIPES
Denmark’s Mads Pedersen sprung a huge surprise when he emerged from a rain-drenched Yorkshire road
race with cycling’s world title on Sunday. After 261km and over 6 hours and 27 minutes of exhausting racing in hostile conditions that took a huge toll on the field, the 23-year-old unleashed an astonishing late burst. He left a devastated Italian Matteo Trentin and Swiss rider Stefan Kung trailing in the silver and bronze positions.
“That’s an unbelievable day, I didn’t expect this morning,” said the Segafredo-Trek team rider, who enjoyed great success at under-23 level.
“It was just survive, survive, survive. Then hope for the best in the sprint,” said Pedersen, who was far from favourite to beat Italian 30-year-old Trentin, usually a crack in the sprints. “When I saw the finish line, I thought, ‘anything can happen’,” he said.
GRAVEL RACING’S POWER COUPLE
Just as I spoke about in my column, if there’s one thing we pride ourselves on at RBA, it’s our enthusiasm for riding bikes and doing the work ourselves. In short, we don’t hire freelance writers to tell you how hard Dirty Kanza is or how certain products stack up at mile 180.
And no different from what consumers should expect from anyone who is pumping out editorial content, we prefer to get new product info from people who know what they are talking about.
If there has been one downside (among the many) to the growth of PR firms inundating us with endless hype about the latest and greatest products, it’s when those doing the touting have plenty of communication skills but
little actual bike riding knowledge to draw on for their testimony.
Luckily, from people like Tom Ritchey to Boyd Johnson, the bike industry (versus the hype industry) is still filled with plenty of people we can rely on for a hands-on knowledge that lends credence to their products. We know everyone has their own bias, but at least we can be confident that not only do they talk the talk, but they also walk the walk. And that is where Nick and Kristen Legan come in.
THE DAY JOBS
The Legans are a Colorado-based couple who over the years have polished their resumes by putting in hundreds of thousands of miles on the bike. At Dirty Kanza they lined up together for the 350-mile-long DKXL (Kristen’s finish was 26 hours, 22 minutes, and Nick rolled in at 28 hours, 36 minutes). Currently, both are affiliated with Shimano—Nick the recently hired road product manager and Kristen who works for Shimano’s PR firm, Dispatch Communications.
In addition to being the author of Gravel Cycling, 40-year-old Nick has been a long-distance bike racer for years. He is a veteran of Dirty Kanza, Trans Iowa, Gravel Worlds and the Tour Divide.
“They know product and they know suffering—and we like that.”
While Nick was off on his solo rides, 33-year-old Kristen was one of six women to ride the entire Tour de France route one day ahead of the men in 2012 to help advocate for equality in women’s cycling. Kristen is a pro cyclocross racer and has podiumed the DK200 more than once.
A preference for titanium frames is apparently something they share, as Nick was aboard a beautifully painted Mosaic mounted with a Lauf fork and Dura-Ace drivetrain, while Kristen was on a Firefly built up with Shimano’s latest GRX drivetrain.
Despite their brand affiliations, Kristen and Nick have more than proven themselves in the trenches. They know product and they know suffering—and we like that. We had a round table with the Colorado couple following their DKXL effort to find out how the husband-and-wife team handled the elements.
SANTA BARBARA 100 OCTOBER 19
Ride Santa Barbara 100 takes place in one of the most beautiful locations for cycling in the United States, from sandy shores to the foothills to the iconic climb on Gibraltar Road. Register before 9/20 with promo code RBA15 for 15% OFF!
Four great courses for riders of all levels including:
100 mile + Gibraltar Challenge Time Trial
100 km + Gibraltar Challenge Time Trial
100 km Coastal Ride
34 mile Fun Ride
BIKE THE COAST SAN DIEGO NOVEMBER 1
Take in the breathtaking views of Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Solana Beach, and Del Mar! Everything starts and finishes on the beach at the spectacular venue of the Oceanside Pier with food, beer, music, expo shopping and fun. If you’re looking to take your family on an active family vacation or are looking for unique bike tour, considering joining us in Oceanside for this fun ride that’s appropriate for all skill levels from individuals to competitive groups to families, this ride is inclusive to all.
SAGAN GRAN ROADIE-OH NOVEMBER 8-10
For the first time in Southern California, fans and avid cyclists will get the opportunity to hang out with, ride alongside or get a signed jersey from the most popular cyclist on the planet, Peter Sagan. The Southern California Sagan Fondo, the Gran Roadie-Oh version, will actually be a three-day collection of different ways to get to know Peter Sagan on the heels of his recording-breaking seventh Green Jersey victory at the Tour de France. The festivities will run November 8 to November 10, 2019.
EVENT FEATURES – Courses: 150K, 100K, 50K
- 7:00 am roll-out from North City with CHP leading
- Controlled Roads for the leaders throughout
- Chip Timed Routes
- Timed King & Queen of the Sprint sectors
- On-course mechanic support
- SAG Vehicles
- Hundreds of enthusiastic Volunteers
- Unparalleled Finish Celebration at North City with the streets shut down to trafﬁc
- Post Event Feast at Urge Gastropub
- Live Music
- Challenged Athletes Beer and Wine Garden
- Unique 750ml Beer Bottle trophies for ﬁnishers
- Event Tee-shirts for participants
- Opportunity to buy signature event kits from Sportful, plus other merchandise items
- Course safety provided by SD Police, CHP, Sheriffs, Trafﬁc Control and Course Marshals!
Register here: www.roadieoh.com
THE RIFT ICELAND JULY 25 2020
The Rift is a gravel race through the dark lava fields in the highlands of Iceland – taking place on the tectonic split between North America and Eurasia. An ever-growing battlefield that grows an inch every year.
The battlefield sculpted by volcanic eruptions is vast, rugged and unpredictable – making the Rift a challenge of endurance, mental fortitude and most likely the bare elements. And in the end – a gravel battle between the continents!
The course starts out of a small town along the southern coast called Hvolsvöllur. This incredible shoreline stretches from the greater Reykjavík area in the west to the magnificent Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon in the east. It is lined with countless natural wonders such as cascading waterfalls, black sand beaches, glaciers and volcanos – circumnavigating one of the most active volcanos on the island, Hekla.
CTS FIGUEROA MOUNTAIN GRAN FONDO
The city of Solvang, California will be the presenting sponsor for the third annual CTS Figueroa Mountain Gran Fondo cycling event. The event, to be held November 8-9, 2019, is produced by coaching company CTS and is anticipated to bring more than 800 cyclists and families to Solvang for festivities on Friday night and the gran fondo and finish line-party on Saturday.
As a result of the presenting sponsorship, the CTS Figueroa Mountain Gran Fondo will move its packet pickup and start/finish to downtown Solvang from Santa Ynez. Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley have a long history with national and international-level cycling events, including stages of the Amgen Tour of California. The area is also known worldwide as an ideal location for pre-season training camps for professional cycling teams.
“CTS has been hosting cycling camps in and around Solvang for 20 years, and my personal history with the area goes back further to 7-Eleven Pro Cycling Team training camps in the 1980s,” said CTS Founder and CEO, Chris Carmichael. “We established a year-round training facility in the Santa Ynez Valley nearly 10 years ago and I am honored to have the support of the city of Solvang and the community in this wonderful valley.”
Solvang Mayor Ryan Toussaint added, “The Santa Ynez Valley is a premier cycling destination and we welcome the CTS Figueroa Mountain Gran Fondo to Solvang.”
Kirk Nordgren, Event Director and General Manager of the nearby CTS training facility, said, “We’re proud to partner with the City of Solvang and local companies to create an event that’s great for cyclists and beneficial for the whole community.”
The economic benefit of bringing the CTS Figueroa Mountain Gran Fondo to Solvang was a priority for Solvang City Council member Chris Djernaes. He said, “Cycling is good for business. The event helps establish Solvang as a destination for cycling tourism, and our city will continue to reap the economic benefits throughout the year as cyclists return to visit our beautiful valley.”
About the CTS Figueroa Mountain Gran Fondo
On Friday afternoon and evening, riders will arrive in Solvang for packet pickup and the public is encouraged to participate in a cycling festival with activities for kids and families. Amateur cyclists participating in the event will all start together on Saturday morning and choose from four marked routes (100, 64, 44, and 31 miles) through the Santa Ynez Valley. The longer three routes feature an ascent of Figueroa Mountain, and all routes feature Ballard Canyon Road made famous to cyclists by the Amgen Tour of California. With the exception of the Start/Finish area, the course will be open to car traffic throughout the event. Riders will be supported on course with feed stations and mobile mechanics, and will return to Solvang for a finish line party with live music and locally sourced food and beer.
LANCE ARMSTRONG TO RIDE GRAN FONDO HINCAPIE GREENVILLE
Hincapie Sportswear received confirmation on Monday that cyclist Lance Armstrong will ride in Gran Fondo Hincapie-Greenville. Armstrong, a former teammate of George Hincapie’s, partner at NEXT VENTŪRES, founder of WEDŪ, and host of “THEMOVE” and “The Forward” podcasts, will join George Hincapie for the ride.He also plans to air “THEMOVE” podcast while there.
“I’m excited to come to the ride,” says Armstrong. “We aired ‘THEMOVE’ at Gran Fondo Hincapie-Fort Worth, and it was a lot of fun to interact with the crowd there.”
“We’re thrilled to have Lance with us for another fondo,” says George Hincapie. “His presence in Fort Worth really helped to take the event up a notch. And everyone had a blast watching the podcast.”
The original Gran Fondo Hincapie, located in Greenville, SC, and now in its seventh year, has topped charts and received stellar reviews, acclaimed for the cycling celebrities in attendance, as well as the careful attention to safety, on-site viewing screens, course and segment timing, live tracking and streaming, live bands at the rest stops, and free family festival.
Also attending is three-time world champion Michael Rogers! He joins the list of cycling greats in attendance, including George Hincapie, Christian Vande Velde, Bobby Julich, , Justin Williams, Santiago Botero, and Victor Hugo Pena.
2020 DIRTY KANZA REGISTRATION DETAILS
2020, here we come! Mark you calendars for the 15th annual Garmin Dirty Kanza on May 30, 2020. Thank you for making this year’s race one of the best ever.
The random selection process for the 2020 race will open on January 6 through January 19. Selections will then be made on or before January 27.
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