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

Take a look at the best of our trending stories from this week December 29, about the latest road bikes, tech, pro racing and more in the cycling industry.

AMY PIETERS REMAINS IN COMA

2021 UCI Track World Championship Day 4 – Roubaix France – Women’s Individual – Amy Pieters (NED) – Kirsten Wild (NED)

Three-time madison world champion Amy Pieters underwent surgery for head injuries and was placed in an artificial coma after  a crash on Thursday, her SD Worx team said Friday. The 30-year-old crashed Thursday on a training ride in Calpe, Spain, and underwent surgery in nearby Alicante later that day.

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ADIDAS GOES GRAVEL

If there is one funny thing about cycling, it’s how the sport has largely been off the radar for the big shoe brands. Sure, old-timers will readily recall the glory days of seeing Adidas in the Pro Tour under riders like Jan Ulrich, and of course there was Nike’s push with both  Lance Armstrong and Mark Cavendish.  But despite both examples of pro rider endorsement, neither brand has shown much staying power on the consumer side of things.

And so now, of all things,  we have Adidas jumping into the gravel game.

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TRAINING TO JUMPSTART 2022

By Chris Carmichael, Founder and Head Coach of CTS

There is no shortage of endurance challenges spanning the week between Christmas and New Year’s. Although the “Festive 500” – 500 kilometers between December 25-31 – remains one of the most popular, you can also find other distance-, duration-, and elevation-based challenges for the coming week. Instead of joining the challenge chorus, this year I want to encourage cyclists to use this week to jumpstart your 2022 training with a combination of cycling and strength training workouts.

What’s the purpose?

Coaches, podcasters, and YouTubers recommend training in the fall to minimize the loss of fitness gained in the summer. Instead, many athletes go relatively dormant and reach the end of December with a ton of ground to make up.

Ramping up training volume and intensity too quickly is one of the leading causes of injury for athletes. Though it’s more common with runners and triathletes, plenty of cyclists hinder early season training by hurting themselves in January.

This one-week training plan isn’t going to miraculously take your fitness to the next level. Rather, the idea is to prime your body so you are physically ready to match your newfound enthusiasm and commitment.

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11 TOP 2022 GRAVEL BIKES UNDER $3000

Whether you’re looking for your first bike or looking to make the move into the dirtier-side of drop-bar riding, one of the hurdles when looking for gravel bikes are their increasing price tags. As the demand for gravel bikes has grown so has the innovation bike manufacturers large and small have invested resulting in gravel bikes that cost as much as the latest Tour de France weapons. However, much like the road side of things, much of the best tech has begun to trickle down into more affordable price points. Take a look at these eleven notable 2022 gravel bikes that don’t break the bank.

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