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

Take a look at the best of our trending stories from this week December 15, about the latest road bikes, tech, pro racing and more in the cycling industry.

2022 BIANCHI IMPULSO PRO REVIEW

Last year we tested the Bianchi Arcadex, the legacy Italian brand’s first clean-sheet design of a modern gravel bike and, priced at $3600, found it to be a capable off-road entry. Now Bianchi is adding to the dual-purpose mix with the Impulso Pro.

Where Bianchi’s signature Celeste-colored paint is a finish that ensures instant recognition in road cycling, the brand thankfully sees fit to rely on the blue/green hue as they continue to jump into the gravel world. The Impulso has been in their lineup, but it has recently come under the knife for a “Pro” carbon makeover. Unlike its aluminum predecessor, which is more dedicated to adventure gravel gurus, the new Impulso Pro aims to strike a balance of gravel and road for those of a racier mindset.

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CAVENDISH TDF FROM THE QUICK STEP POV

Dive behind the scenes of the. 2021 Tour de France with Deceuninck Quick Step and follow along as Mark Cavendish does the unexpected. We all know what happened but now we can watch the magic unfold from the Quick Step team point-of-view. Part one and two display the team work and planning that went in to the beginning of Cav’s historic run.

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GETTING MOUTHY WITH DAVE TOWLE

By Zap
Photo: Ryan Muncy

For anyone who has attended any number of U.S. road races over the last three decades, there is a good chance that you’ve heard Dave Towle’s voice booming from the loudspeakers. Not just a super fan, the Boulder, Colorado, resident is a veritable bike freak with an encyclopedic knowledge of all things bike racing.

Being big fans of bike freaks ourselves, after running into him at the Belgian Waffle Ride last summer, we decided to sit down and find out more about his side of the sport and how he’s evolved from announcing outdoor races to virtual Zwift racing.  Being as friendly and passionate about bicycles and racing  as he is, I would encourage anyone who hears Dave’s voice at an event  to introduce yourself in the hopes that some of his enthusiasm might rub-off on you!

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REMI CAVAGNA INVOLVED IN TRAINING CRASH

Remi Cavagna (FRA – Deceuninck – Quick-Step)

French road-race champion Remi Cavagna will undergo surgery after breaking a vertebra in a training accident, his team Deceuninck announced on Friday. The 26-year-old, who won a stage in the 2019 Vuelta, was involved in a crash with Belgian teammate Mauri Vansevenant at a pre-season training camp in Spain. Vansevenant broke a thumb in the accident. Cavagna was treated at a hospital in Valencia and is scheduled to undergo surgery on Monday, the Belgian team said, adding that the rider had suffered no nerve damage.

RBA/AFP Photo: Bettini

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CADEX 36 WHEEL REVIEW

The Cadex name has been associated with Giant in one way or another since the early 1990s, and it was only recently that the bike maker revamped the brand as a separate performance-oriented component entity.

And given how the world’s largest bicycle manufacturer has used its performance-oriented in-house manufacturing know-how to produce some category-leading frames, there’s an expectation that the brand would also push the limits of carbon wheel technology. Giant’s in-house Cadex 36 wheels utilize just about every speed-focused, watt-saving design available. 

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BIKE OF THE WEEK: FIREFLY X CLASSIFIED

Firefly is the first US bike manufacturer offering Classified’s shifting technology. Customers will be able to choose Classified’s Powershift hub and wheelsets on Firefly’s Road, Road Plus, All-Road, and Cross models.

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