Take a look at the best of our trending stories from this week May 19, about the latest road bikes, tech, pro racing and more in the cycling industry.
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MATEJ MOHORIC CRASH CAUSED BY…?
Ah yes, the wishy-washy opinion of another arm chair racing/technology expert…this time in the analysis of Matej Mohoric’s frightening Stage 9 crash at the Giro d’ Italia. Here we have “Pedaler” dissecting the high-speed endo first with an admission that he doesn’t “want to be that guy to say his disc brakes locked up” before going on – and without any definitive proof – concluding that the crash was the fault of the Merida rider’s disc brakes.
What we find so irresponsible about Pedaler’s guess is that it comes based on his assertion that “We know disc brakes on road bikes during a descent can overheat, seize and lock-up.” Really?! Is that opinion or fact? Who is the “we” that he refers to?
“I think, I’m not sure…but in my opinion I would have to go with the fact that his front caliper seized.”
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THE 5-POINT NEW BIKE CHECKLIST
I just got a new bike, and I’m not very mechanically inclined. Is there a checklist of things to check before my first ride?
Any time I get a new bike, whether it’s been ridden by someone else or not, I always check a few things. First
is the headset and ensure it is correctly tensioned. A loose headset can lead to a number of long-term problems if left just a bit loose. Most bikes have a specific Torque setting dependent on the parts.
Number two is all of the stem bolts. Make sure the stem is straight and the bars are at the appropriate position, then use a torque wrench to set them. Remember not to torque just one bolt down then the next; do a little on each back and forth until the correct torque is achieved.
HUNT 4 SEASON X-WIDE REVIEW
With the fast pace of gravel technology hitting the market, there has been a surge of new designs for everything from frames and shoes to handlebars and wheels. The up-and-coming British hoop makers at Hunt have stayed on top of the trends, allowing them to capitalize on a glaring hole in the wheel market—affordable rims that are optimized for the demands of gravel riding.
EROICA CALIFORNIA 2021
The 6th Edition of Eroica California will be back in Cambria on the 18th and 19th of September 2021. Under the warm Central Coast sunshine, the team has been building new and nurturing old relationships with our surrounding communities to ensure Eroica California 2021 will be the best edition yet.
We are now open registration at $150, so register now for the best-value Coastal California Eroica Experience. The crashing waves and ocean breeze off the Cambria coast are cooling things off as we ride into the fall season. We wish you all happy and safe riding!
QUICK STEP RIDER REAR ENDED
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Deceuninck Quick Step’s Pieter Serry hit the deck after the BikeExchange team car rear-ended the rider 7 miles from the stage 6 summit finish. The 32-year old bounced off the hood of the BikeExchange vehicle as it appeared that race director in the official’s car was chatting with the driver of the BikeExchange team car moments before the incident. Serry was drifting off the back of the peloton as the team car came up from behind. Serry was able to remount his bike and finish the stage 14:37 behind first-time stage winner Gino Mader.
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THE GIRO TESTS NEGATIVE
Giro d’Italia riders and their entourages all returned negative samples for Covid-19, organizers announced on Tuesday following the third batch of testing on this year’s peloton. The 600 PCR tests conducted during the Giro’s first rest day matched the negative findings from last week’s two tests. One cyclist Tomasz Marczynski of the Belgian team Lotto-Soudal was withdrawn as a precaution because of symptoms related to the deadly virus ahead of Sunday’s ninth stage.
At the 2020 Giro two entire outfits were taken out after positive cases for coronavirus at Jumbo-Visma and Mitchelton-Scott.
The first of the three Grand Tours resumes on Wednesday with Colombia’s 2019 Tour de France champion Egan Bernal wearing the leader’s pink jersey.
BERNAL ATTACKS ON THE GRAVEL
Colombian Egan Bernal tightened his grip on the overall Giro d’Italia lead after Wednesday’s 11th stage won by Switzlerand’s Mauro Schmid. Team Qhubeka’s Schmid won the 100 miles stage as part of a long range breakaway while 2019 Tour de France winner Bernal extended his overall lead in Tuscany. Belgian Remco Evenepoel was one of the big losers of the day, as the race resumed after Tuesday’s rest day, falling behind in the final 12 miles to drop two minutes and eight seconds to Bernal, who gained time on all his rivals. The 24-year-old Colombian was at ease throughout the day and perfectly mastered the final 20 mile section of white dirt roads that also feature on the Strade Bianche one day classic.
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POGACAR REVEALS SEASON PLANS
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— @UAE-TeamEmirates (@TeamEmiratesUAE) May 19, 2021
Defending champion Tadej Pogacar on Wednesday announced a low key build up to the 2021 Tour de France Grand Depart in Brittany in late June. Pogacar will race the Tour of Slovenia 9-13 June and the Slovenian national championships, avoiding classic Tour build up races the Criterium du Dauphine and the Tour of Switzerland.
Since winning the prestigious Liege-Bastogne-Liege at the end of April, the UAE leader has been under the radar, set to begin altitude training in Sestriere in Italy this week.
“I feel good and ready to aim for my next targets,” the 22-year-old Pogacar told his UAE team.
“Last time I raced the Tour of Slovenia my teammate (Diego) Ulissi won it so UAE are the defending champions. I’m pleased to go back there. It’s a race I’d dearly love to win.”
Former Giro d’Italia winner Tom Dumoulin will return from a four-month break in June eyeing the Olympic Games later this year. Dumoulin, 30, who won the Giro in 2017, stepped away from the sport in January and will race in the Tour de Suisse which runs from June 6-13.
“The rider of Team Jumbo-Visma has made this decision together with the team as he has recently found the joy in cycling again,” Jumbo said.
“After the Swiss stage race, the former world time trial champion will also appear at the start of the Dutch time trial and road championships. Dumoulin also has the ambition to go to the Olympic Games in Tokyo,” they added.
Cycling events at the re-scheduled Olympics start on July 24 with the men’s road race, six days after the final stage of this year’s Tour de France.
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BIKE OF THE WEEK: CANYON GRIZL
The six models of the Grizl will be available in seven sizes (2XS – 2XL) and priced from $2,199 to $4,899. Thankfully, the six bike line enjoys nary a single black-on-black color treatment and we are instead treated to a variety of finishes that are model specific. (see them all here)
As opposed to the Grail which preceded the Grizl by three years, Canyon says the new bike is intended for more hardcore off-road riding. Alas, to better describe the bike’s intended use, Canyon saw fit to create a new category of dual-purpose riding by describing the Grizl’s real purpose…verbiage they picked up from the “cool kids” called “underbiking”?!
Check out our First Ride Review of the Grizl CF SL 8
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