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I need some advice. I have an inordinate fear of snakebite flats. So, even though I now ride on 32s, I still inflate to 70 psi. I know your answer is tubeless. But, I keep thinking if I do flat with tubeless, doesn’t the sealant make a big mess if I have to install a tube to get home? I’m wondering if you think Schwalbe Aerothan polyurethane tubes would be a good way to cut my psi by 20 for a softer ride? They are supposed to greatly reduce the chances of a pinch flat. Any thoughts?
Well, you are correct. I would say tubeless is a great option if that is your fear. How many times have you gotten a snakebite flat (rim pinches the tube between the tire and cuts slices in the tube that looks like snake eyes, aka pinch flat)? I try to weigh my options by looking at the amount of time ridden versus the number of occasions. Like flat tires while using ultra-thin race tubes versus regular tubes, it’s about 75 percent, so to me it’s not worth it.
Thinking back to the last time I got a snakebite (pinch flat), it was a double whammy and I double flatted. I was actually doing my best to hold onto Phil Gaimon’s wheel when he narrowly missed a chunk of dislodged concrete. I hit it square on, and it nearly put me over the bars, but by some miracle I saved it and even held my place in the echelon. About one minute later I was left sidelined with two flats.
Long story short, the situation that got me there was probably more dangerous than the actual flats, and no matter the pressure, it would have resulted in the same outcome. Next, the number of times I have had this happen on the road is so low, I can’t even calculate it, so I wouldn’t let it define all my road miles.
By Chris Carmichael, Founder and Head Coach of CTS
Longer endurance cycling events, including gravel races, ultraendurance or marathon mountain bike races, and gran fondos are the most popular forms of competitive cycling in the United States. There are still plenty of criteriums, road races, and cross-country mountain bike races out there, but the riders who do those are also jumping into longer endurance events – for fun, training, or competition – as well. This is reflected in the distribution of goal events cited by CTS Athletes, and after many years of preparing athletes for, and supporting athletes at, events like Unbound Gravel, SBT GRVL, the Leadville 100, La Ruta de los Conquistadores, and sportives including the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix, we’ve learned a lot of lessons about how to keep athletes in the game and get them to the finish line.
Obviously, there are a lot of things you do need to do in order to be successful in long distance cycling events. You have to train effectively, put in the miles and hours, incorporate structure and progression, fuel your training, and allow for adequate recovery. But, assuming you have done all of that and you arrive at the start of your event ready to go, here are some of the things you definitely don’t want to do once the starting gun goes off.
The new Wahoo Bolt adds color display, light sensor and is really a mini Roam with this latest launch. The original Bolt was launched in 2017 and reduced the size of the original Wahoo Elemnt significantly as well as implementing an aerodynamic profile. The New Bolt maintains almost the same compact size with a slight increase in profile.
Wahoo has quickly moved into one of the top cycling brands when it comes to technology. From indoor trainers to cycling computers and now with the purchase of Speedplay, they are offering an even wider range of products.
Colombia’s Egan Bernal won the 2021 Giro d’Italia on Sunday, the Ineos Grenadiers leader was given a hero’s welcome in front of Milan’s Duomo cathedral at the end of the stage 21 time-trial. The 24-year-old Colombian won two individual stages and completed the 2100 mile-plus course 89 seconds ahead of Italy’s Damiano Caruso while Briton Simon Yates was third.
The last day’s 18.6 mile individual time-trial was won by Bernal’s teammate, the time-trial world champion Filippo Ganna, who also won the opening day time-trial. The Giro win marks a return to form for Bernal who flopped when the cards were stacked against him at the 2020 Tour de France.
“The Maglia Rosa (leader’s jersey) is special. It’s the most beautiful race in the world’s most beautiful place,” Bernal said.
“I’ll never forget this Giro, and the way I won it, with attacks and sprinting on the flat for bonus seconds against Remco Evenpoel. That is who I am and the cycling I like,” said the champion.
Two years after suffering dreadful injuries in the Criterium du Dauphine, four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome is still struggling in his quest to regain full fitness. On Wednesday’s time trial in this season’s Dauphine, a stage he would likely have won in his prime, the 36-year-old dropped another two minutes over the 10 mile course.
Since his freak fall when trying to blow his nose at high speed, Froome has vowed alternately to get back to full fitness and win a fifth Tour, and now to at least to get to the start line. He broke a leg, ribs, an elbow and vertebrae in the collision with a wall and spent over a month in intensive care.
“I’m starting back from less than zero,” Froome told AFP after the accident.
“I don’t want to leave it there,” he added.
By Chris Carmichael, Founder and Head Coach of CTS
Many of the most popular events and iconic cycling destinations feature a lot of climbing, whether it comes in the form of mountain passes, endless rollers, or punchy power hills. If you live in an area with easy access to short and long climbs, you’re in luck because you can train on event-specific terrain. Cyclists who live in flat areas can still perform well in mountains or hilly terrain, they just have to be more creative in training. Here’s how to get it done.
Find or Create More Resistance
Going uphill, gravity is always robbing you of momentum. As your pedal stroke reaches less productive zones with your feet at the top and bottom, the bike slows more than it would during this same fluctuation in power output on flat ground. And the steeper the climb, the greater the challenge of maintaining momentum. If you don’t have gravity to fight against, you need to find another source of resistance. Although they are not perfect analogs to climbing, riding into a headwind or riding on gravel (or both) can at least replicate the momentum-robbing effect of climbing uphill.
Colnago is pleased to announce the first official bicycle in the history of the Tour de France in collaboration with ASO (Amaury Sport Organization), the race organizing company. There are only 108 units – just like the number of editions of the Tour de France from 1903 until today.
n a groundbreaking move for gravel cycling, and cycling in general, the inaugural edition of Unbound Gravel will be live-streamed on-demand by FloSports. It’s a massive upgrade for what will be one of the largest bike races in the country.
FloSports cycling division FloBikes has streamed races from the Giro d’Italia to the Spring Classics for areas around the world outside the usual television coverage. But this will be the first time that an American gravel race will be streamed live.
Big names are on the startlist for the 200 mile event like 2019 winners Colin Strickland and Amity Rockwell as well as WorldTour pros Quinn Simmons and Matteo Jorgenson, who just finished the Giro d’Italia. Team Twenty24 is sending a handful of racers including Shayna Powless and Natalia Franco. Former pros, Peter Stetina, Laurens Ten Dam, Ian Boswell, Ted King will line up as well.
The carbon Atlas, Alchemy’s flagship high-performance road bike, has a freshly modernized design while the overall experience of the bike remains intact. Building off technology advancements in recent years, the new model is faster, more aerodynamic, and more comfortable. The bottom bracket shell has been fortified to make the junction more stiff and responsive. The downtube has also been shaped for a livelier feel out of the saddle, as well as a more aerodynamic profile. A 27.2mm seat post will keep the rider comfortable on those extended adventures.
Utilizing tube-to-tube carbon construction makes it easy to interchange the seat stays for clearance of 38mm tires. Paired with a new all-road fork, it yields a very capable and vibrant go-anywhere machine. Alchemy’s award-winning carbon construction ensures that every Atlas will have the perfect blend of speed, agility and uncompromised performance. Framesets start at $4700 and complete bikes start at $8999 with Shimano Ultegra Di2 or SRAM Force AXS.
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!