Take a look at the best of our trending stories from this week January 6, about the latest road bikes, tech, pro racing and more in the cycling industry.
Three-time champion Mathieu van der Poel has pulled out of the 2022 cyclocross world championships in the US due to a back injury, the Dutch cyclist announced on Wednesday. Separately, Belgium’s Wout van Aert, who won the championships in 2016, 2017 and 2018, said he would also miss the event.
“Because of back pain I have not reached the desired levels since the Tour (de France),” Van der Poel said in a statement, issued by his Alpecin-Fenix team.
“I just want to get rid of it,” added Van der Poel, who led the Tour de France for six days on his debut last year, before quitting ahead of the ninth stage to focus on the Tokyo Olympics.
“The only cure turns out to be a longer rest period and it would be stupid to interrupt this,” Van der Poel said, adding it was a “disappointment” not to be able to defend his rainbow jersey in Fayetteville, Arkansas later this month.
While there is no shortage of gravel events to be found on the calendar this year, there is only one Unbound 200 which over the years we have often likened to the Daytona 200 of gravel events. Of course, the one downside to Unbound’s massive popularity has been the number of entries they receives which far outnumbers capacity. And so there is a lottery (open until January 18). If you have any desire to partake in this historic event located in the region of Kansas called the Flint Hills – the time to jump in is now!
It’s certainly not a news item that in the last few years the traditional world of bicycle sales has swiftly deviated from what we would call normal. Apart from the COVID-crazed impact in 2020 and 2021, the consumer-direct sales model has quickly accelerated some of these changes.
Where the German brand Canyon is all by counts responsible for fomenting the consumer-direct sales model that’s so greatly impacted (and altered) the industry’s historical reliance on local bike shops to sell bikes, American builder Litespeed has embraced their own path.
Three-time world champion Peter Sagan said on Tuesday he had contracted coronavirus. Sagan, 31, who won the last of his world titles in 2017, has won stages on all of three Grand Tours and also contracted the virus last February.
“My brother Juraj and I took Covid-19 tests which, unfortunately, came out positive,” Sagan said on Twitter.
“We have symptoms related to the virus and we are following the corresponding guidance set by the relevant authorities. I’ll keep you posted,” he added.
Four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome said on Monday he will delay his return to competition after suffering knee pain while training. The 36-year-old Kenya-born British cyclist believes he pushed himself too hard in the early weeks of training as he seeks to improve on an underwhelming debut season last year for Israel Start-Up Nation. Froome, also a two-time Vuelta champion, has failed to return to the top of the sport since suffering horrific injuries in a crash prior to the fourth stage of the Criterium du Dauphine in 2019.
“I’m not too sure where I’m going to start the racing season,” he said on his YouTube Channel.
“This is definitely going to push everything back slightly.”
“For the last 10 days or so, I’ve been getting quite a lot of pain on the outside of my knee while I’m pedalling.
What do you get when you mix product from the renowned trio of Gerard Vroomen, Campagnolo and Hed Cycling? Simply, your choice of gravel bike from Open Cycles built with a selection of drivetrain components and wheels from Italy and Minnesota respectively.
Starting wit their signature dropped chainstay design, the Open line of gravel bikes of course are responsible for busting the gravel door open on new dual-purpose bikes. From the original UP to the monster truck-like WiDe, we have never been disappointed in the performance of any of Vroomen’s offerings. And now, the bikes can be had with the gravel inspired Campy Ekar 1x drivetrain and the Hed Emporia wheels.