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

Take a look at the best of our trending stories from this week, March 30th, about the latest road bikes, tech, pro racing and more in the cycling industry.

GENT WEVELGEM RESULTS

Biniam Girmay (ERI – Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux)

Biniam Girmay won the prestigious Gent Wevelgem classic on Sunday, becoming the first Eritrean cyclist to win a one-day classic.

“This changes a lot in the future, especially for all African riders,” the 21-year-old winner said after his narrow and hard fought triumph.

“I felt confident over the last 250m, but I just came here for a good result, this is amazing.”

Girmay was part of a four-rider breakaway in the final 20 miles of the epic 155 mile run, and sprung an early sprint on his rivals from 250m from the line.

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LAZER’S UPDATED KINETICORE HELMETS


KinetiCore is a new benchmark for lightweight, protective helmets designed for every type of cyclist. It is a Lazer-developed rotational protection system that is patented and exclusive to Lazer products.  It will be available in six different models ranging from performance road, MTB, urban, and kids’ models. Lazer is launching with two road offerings, the pinnacle model is the Vento.

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BERNAL IS BACK

Colombia’s 2019 Tour de France champion Egan Bernal was back on a bike Sunday, two months after hitting a bus at speed in an accident from which he was lucky to escape with his life. The 25-year-old who was left nursing multiple broken bones has made a remarkable recovery, and posted on Instagram a photo  and video of him back in the saddle. He is seen wearing his Ineos team colors riding a bike with two others.

“The happiest day of my life. After two months and 20 broken bones here I am again and I want more!” he wrote.

The 2019 Tour de France and 2021 Giro d’Italia champion hit a stationary bus at full speed on January 24 riding at 35 mph. Bernal has said he “almost died” after smashing into the bus. The 25-year-old broke 11 ribs, a knee cap, a thigh bone, two vertebrae and a thumb, as well as puncturing both lungs.

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UCI GRAVEL WORLD SERIES UPDATE

An update from the UCI on the upcoming World Series of Gravel has revealed a 12-race calendar leading up to a yet to be disclosed world championship event this fall. The series spans the globe with events in the Philippines, Australia, the United States and Europe. Racers interested in the gravel world championship will need to qualify by finishing in the top 25-percent of their age category at a World Series event. The format appears similar to the current Gran Fondo World Series which features mass starts but unlike the gravel series currently excludes professional riders. The UCI has launched a website with more information.

UCI president David Lapartient welcomed the growing category of racing “I am thrilled that we now have an exciting and rich calendar of gravel events for riders with an adventurous spirit who enjoy cycling on unsealed roads and paths. The best among them will earn the right to compete in the inaugural UCI Gravel World Championships, the details of which will be released soon. The UCI Gran Fondo World Series is incredibly popular, and I am convinced that this concept will be equally successful for the gravel format.”

More info: www.ucigravelworldseries.com

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A HISTORY: CAMPAGNOLO LEGENDS

As the story is well told, Campagnolo’s venerable history began in a bike race in the late 20’s when a young racer by the name of Tullio Campagnolo was unable to easily remove his rear wheel due to frost bitten hands.  That was the experience needed for Tullio to return to his garage and design the world’s first quick release mechanism. By 1930 a patent for the QR skewer was filed and by 1933 a new component company, Campagnolo SRL was formed.

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CYCLING’S ORIGINAL DROPPER POST

With all the recent chatter of dropper posts, we went into the archives and dug up this gem from our sister ‘zine Mountain Bike Action. Just like the origin of many design cues hitting the road and gravel bike market now, dropper posts were originally created to tackle the novel rigors of mountain bike riding decades ago. Here’s what MBA had to say about the history of the modulating seat post.

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BIKE OF THE WEEK: FESTKA ONE

Festka launches a new generation of its ONE model. The One has gone through a significant upgrade and is now offered with integrated cables. Thanks to the use of 3D printing technology and 3D printed parts both derailleur and brake cables are routed internally inside a bike frame. Besides the clean look, cables are protected from the elements (dirt, water) or from being snagged or severed in a crash.

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