Welcome to the October 16th, Mid-Week Report!
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
The affable Taylor Phinney announced the end of his professional cycling career today. Phinney, 29, looks to pursue a future in art. After a crash in 2014 that altered his racing career the American has dawdled in the peloton. More recently he has been feature in Rapha ‘s “Gone Racing” video series.
FIRST LOOK: SIDI GENIUS 10
The Genius 10 is a ground up redesign of Sidi’s best selling model, the Genius. Key features include the Tecno-3 dial system for a fit that contours around the foot for the length of the entire shoe. The soft instep closure system is a wide, anatomically curved strap combined with a soft, thermo-formed EVA pad that distributes pressure evenly over the instep area.
The soft instep closure system is adjustable from both sides, to perfectly center the EVA pad over a high or low instep. The carbon composite 20 insole is nylon with injected carbon fiber. Markings on the sole facilitate proper cleat installation. The polyutherane heel is replaceable.
Sidi’s proprietary Tecno-3 system and Soft Instep Closure System is fully replaceable, breathable, supple and durable thanks to the vented Technomicro microfiber upper with cooling mesh panels. The Sidi reinforced heel cup stabilizes and supports the heel. Anatomically shaped plastic, reduces heel slip and provides increased power transfer. And provides additional foot protection in the event of a crash.
Retail Price: $299.99
FIRST LOOK: NEW HOOPS FROM REYNOLDS
Built with quality components like Reynolds Allroads hubs, Sapim CX-Sprint spokes, and the new super-fast carbon AR80 rim, the AR80X wheelset is essentially like buying speed. The sleek new rim profile matches well with higher volume tires and the geometry offers outstanding aerodynamics and great crosswind stability, outperforming a standard box rim in aero speed and performance. Available with rim and disc brake options, instantly improve your race times with a new set of AR80X wheels.
One of the best aero wheel deals on the market, the AR80 Series utilizes the same sleek carbon rim as the AR80X for an aerodynamic advantage, but at a more competitive price. You get our 100% CNC-machined TR3 hubs, durable Sapim Sprint spokes and brass nipples, and the quality and performance we’re known for. With the AR80 Series, achieving new speeds is more attainable than ever.
EDDY MERCKX HURT IN CRASH
Cycling legend Eddy Merckx, 74, was out of intensive care on Monday after being treated for a serious head injury
suffered when he fell from his bike. The five-time Tour de France winner was hurt Sunday during a bike outing
with friends and taken to hospital in Dendermonde, near Ghent in Belgium, Het Nieuwsblad newspaper reported Monday.
Stephane Thirion, the rider’s friend and biographer, told AFP in the evening that Eddy Merckx had “left the intensive care unit”. The hospital declined to comment. Earlier, former Anderlecht footballer Paul Van Himst, a long-time friend of the cyclist, told local television: “I contacted his wife Claudine yesterday. She said he is doing well given the circumstances.”
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. Get a discount 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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