MID-WEEK REPORT: THE LATEST NEWS, PRODUCTS AND EVENTS

Take a look at the best of our trending stories from this week October 27, about the latest road bikes, tech, pro racing and more in the cycling industry.

10 TIPS FOR EFFICIENT WORKOUTS

By Chris Carmichael, Founder and Head Coach of CTS

I’ve been a coach for more than 30 years and I’ve seen many innovations and technologies come and go in that time. And in the past several years there has been a surge in the number of devices, products, apps, and supplements promising to improve the effectiveness or convenience of training. Some are useful tools and others are not, and my coaches and I spend a lot of time evaluating which new technologies and products to use or recommend to athletes. Coaches and athletes have to be careful, however, not to lose sight of the truths we have learned about effective training and coaching over the decades. Here are my 10 truest statements about cycling training.

This is certainly not an exhaustive list, and in the comments I’d love to know what you’d add to it from your experience as an athlete or coach.

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WATCH: SRAM XPLR AXS ON THE SAGE STORM KING

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ABUS GAMECHANGER HELMET REVIEW

When it comes to safety and security, Abus is no stranger. Since 1924 the brand has offered all levels of home, business and personal security products. Their vast partnerships spread across many different markets. While the Abus name doesn’t have nearly the level of acclaim in America that they carry throughout Europe, it’s only because they’ve made a point of focusing on Europe.

How does this relate to cycling? Well, the brand has had a full line of helmets for some time, and a few years ago they decided to bring a few select models to the U.S. market. The initial urban lids did so well that they also decided to slowly bring their sports category, too. This is when we were introduced to the GameChanger helmet.

Sure, we had seen it worn in the pro peloton with the Movistar team for a couple of seasons, but getting one in the States was difficult due to the differing testing standards required between here and there. 

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CRONO CR1 CYCLING SHOE REVIEW

With a forty-eight-year legacy of subcontracting production in Treviso for too big to name Italian brands, the Stocco family behind Crono’s cycling shoes has proven their knowledge in the footwear industry. Over the last decade, Crono’s owner Stefano Stocco along with his brother Diego decided to use the family’s experience in Italian footwear to design cycling shoes with exceptional aesthetics while maintaining performance.

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$12,000 ITALIAN TRACK BIKES STOLEN

UCI 2021 Track World Championship Day 1 – Francesco Lamon – Simone Consonni – Jonathan Milan – Filippo Ganna (ITA)

Italian riders at the world track cycling championship in Roubaix, France, lost bikes worth around $12,000 each to thieves, local authorities told AFP. Authorities said the bikes disappeared late on Friday or early on Saturday, but did not say how many had been stolen.

“The Team forgot the recommendation to leave the bikes in the velodrome until the end of the championships,” Yannick Gomez, director of the departmental board for public safety, told AFP.

Gomez added a team vehicle was parked outside the team hotel for “many hours” without surveillance as the bikes were stolen. Heading into the last two days of the championships, the Italians topped the medal table with three golds and seven total medals. The competition organizers told reporters all the racers who lost bikes had already finished their participation. They also said the thieves took road bikes as well as track bikes, including some belonging to Ineos rider Filippo Ganna.

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BIKE OF THE WEEK: SPECIALIZED CRUX

Historically the Specialized Crux has been the dedicated cyclocross (CX) race bike in the line, while the Diverge is the go-to gravel bike. It seems that Specialized is changing it up, and the new 2021 Crux got a gravel facelift, and an Aethos facelift. All Crux models are geared for gravel and rolling on 38mm tires with updated geometry to be more gravel friendly. The frame is essentially an Aethos for off-road with geometry that is still very race-oriented.

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