Take a look at the best of our trending stories from this week July 8, about the latest road bikes, tech, pro racing and more in the cycling industry.
Seven-time winner of the Tour de France green sprint points jersey Peter Sagan dropped out of the 21-day race on Thursday ahead of a flat run to Nimes due to an inflamed knee. One of cycling’s superstars, Sagan was a key rival standing in the way of British ace Mark Cavendish, who can level Eddy Merckx’s all time record for stage wins with victory here on stage 12.
The Slovak fell on stage 3 hurting his knee in a fall in the bunch sprint that put the brakes on his bid for a record eighth Tour de France green jersey bid.
As one of America’s original houses of titanium, Litespeed has always been on the cutting edge of titanium bicycle design and American-based manufacturing. And when it comes to gravel bikes, Litespeed was among the earliest brands to get us a test bike (2015). Despite lacking what’s now become the “proper” tire clearance, the bike marked the beginning of the Tennessee brand’s journey towards a gravel horizon.
Here it is, six years later, and Litespeed now has a family of dual-purpose bikes, with the Watia being the latest addition. As one of the few gravel bikes available in time for our annual foray to Emporia, Kansas, to compete in the Unbound Gravel (formerly Dirty Kanza), our test bike endured a double dose of different gravel conditions.
If you’re like us, you’ve no doubt been on a group ride when someone suffered a flat tire and they have neither the tools or even a spare inner tube to make the fix. And then they stand next to their bike with that dumb, helpless look on their faces. Maybe, in fact, that was you at one time!
We’re always amazed at how frequently we ride with people who think they need nothing more than a phone tucked into their jersey pocket to help them out of a jam. In addition to a spare tube and tire iron, it also makes good sense to bring a multi-tool along on every ride, because you never know when that “anything can happen” moment arrives and a 5mm Allen is needed.
The problem with a majority of multi-tools is that while they’re decked out with Allen wrenches and maybe a flat-head screwdriver, the one tool that can be most helpful is not there—a chain breaker. And this is especially true with gravel riders who find themselves out back where non-Uber drivers will find you.
As full of ourselves as we are, this magazine can only be at its best when we make the effort to fill the pages with the bikes, products, places and people that reflect what the readers are interested in. To that end, we produce this “Reader Survey” annually, which helps provide your favorite cycling editors with a snapshot of who you are.
And sure, it will take a few minutes for you to fill out the questionnaire, but really, aren’t a few minutes spent with this worth the opportunity to win a free Shimano Ultegra-equipped Canyon Ultimate to dazzle all your friends with on the next group ride?
After years in the making, SCOTT releases its brand new Addict Gravel, a bike which was designed with nothing less than the following in mind- Be fast on tarmac, feel comfortable on any kind of rough terrain, and provide superb handling on gnarly trails. “Our goal from day one was to build an ultimate gravel bike which you can also take for an adventure”, William Juban, Head of Road Bike Engineering at SCOTT says. “One bike which can do it all. The result is the probably fastest, most capable, and most fun gravel bike the market has to offer.”
Raucous crowds cheered Wout van Aert to a frantic stage 11 win on the Tour de France on Wednesday after a double ascent of Mont Ventoux. UAE leader Tadej Pogacar retained the overall lead by more than five minutes over his pursuers. Exultant Jumbo rider Van Aert crossed the summit of ‘the Giant of Provence’ alone in his Belgian champion’s shirt on a baking day.
“There’s loads of Belgians here,” said Van Aert, who played to the crowds bending his ear to their acclamation.
“It’s my best victory ever,” said Van Aert, who finally reaped his reward, after his attacking riding helped light the Tour fuse on the opening stages.
On this iconic climb, where Tom Simpson died in 1967 and where Eddy Merckx, Marco Pantani and Chris Froome climbed to memorable wins, Van Aert’s effort was magnificent.
There are two new wheels in the peloton this year: the new Metron 45 SL Disc Wheels and Metron 60 SL Disc. They officially debut at the 2021 Tour de France with Vision sponsored teams EF Education-Nippo and Team Bahrain-Victorious. The concept behind the project has been focused primarily on aerodynamics. The Vision engineer’s goal was to create the most aerodynamic and performance-enhanced wheels in the world.
As Road tubeless has gained prominence and more wheel and tire manufacturers are fully supporting road tubeless setups, Dynaplug is ready when the road gets rough. Today marks the launch of two new tool options, The Dynaplug Air Road and Carbon Ultralite Road Racer. Each tool has been redesigned specifically for the needs of the modern Road cyclist, providing puncture repair and inflation options to expedite the flat repair.
The 2021 edition of the Tour de France has been eventful and without a doubt, the bike of the week has been the yellow Canyon Aeroad CFR ridden by Mathieu Van Der Poel.
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!