Take a look at the best of our trending stories from this week August 4, about the latest road bikes, tech, pro racing and more in the cycling industry.
Three-time former world champion Peter Sagan will join TotalEnergies on a two-year deal next season, the French team announced on Tuesday. Sagan, 31, last won the title in 2017 and has been at Bora-Hansgrohe for five campaigns where he also won two of his seven green jerseys for sprinters at the Tour de France. He will be joined at the Pro Team outfit, who are eyeing promotion to the World Tour which comes with a 38-race obligation, by two fellow Bora riders in Daniel Oss and Maciej Bodnar.
Sagan, who reportedly earned five million euros ($5.93 million) a year at Bora will work under Frenchman Jean-Rene Bernaudeau at his new outfit.
From his days on the WorldTour to just two weeks ago when he enjoyed a run-away win at the Belgian Waffle Ride, Peter Stetina has come far as a pro cyclist. And what we like most about him is that he never faults an awareness of just being human. He is skinny, friendly and always exhibits a sense of humor…something we often can’t even get out of the fast guys down at the Rose Bowl with nothing close to his status as the real deal.
Here’s a great video on one of his recent efforts. Yes, it was on a mountain bike, and we’d prefer to see it done on a gravel bike – such is life – but he did use those goofy aero bars! Watch, learn and enjoy. Good job Peter.
When it comes to drop-bar drivetrains, the biggest limitation has always been the proprietary limitation that all-in-one controls offer. Sure, it is convenient to have the brake and shift mechanism seamlessly blended together, but it also offers nearly no deviation in terms of compatibility. You are limited to the components that are offered from whichever manufacturer you have.
Thanks to a big-thinking mountain biker, there is a new kid on the block who hopes to change this notion and allow users to mix and match, as well as upgrade without the worry of compatibility. Archer Components launched by Brandon Rodgers and Devin Carlson in 2015 in the mountain bike market with an electronic shift kit that allowed users the ability to modernize, upgrade and fine-tune mechanical drivetrains with push-button accuracy.
Germany broke the women’s team pursuit world record for the second time in two days on Tuesday to set up a blockbuster final against Great Britain for the gold medal at the Izu Velodrome. Germany’s Franziska Brausse, Lisa Brennauer, Lisa Klein and Mieke Kroeger posted a time of 4:06.159sec, which was even quicker than the mark of 4:07.307 they set on Monday.
Britain had briefly reclaimed the record on Tuesday with a blistering time of 4:06.748 but it stood for a matter of minutes before Germany went faster again.
Germany saw off Italy while Britain beat the United States and the two form teams will go head to head for the gold medal later on Tuesday.
The Sea Otter Classic, North America’s largest consumer cycling event set in beautiful Monterey, Calif. joins Life Time’s robust line-up of renowned athletic events. The acquisition leaves in place the Sea Otter Classic leadership team and Event Co-Founder and Director Frank Yohannan, and blends the mission of both organizations—to empower people to live healthy, happy lives and build community and connection through exceptional athlete experiences. The acquisition builds upon Life Time’s portfolio of cycling events, including UNBOUND Gravel, Crusher in the Tushar and the Leadville Trail 100 MTB.
“The cycling industry is in the midst of a transformation and Life Time is here to support it,” says Kimo Seymour, president, Life Time Media and Events.
By Paul Rider
Unbound XL is a 357 mile, non-stop, race with no sleep. It took me 34 hours and 30 minutes. My moving time was 30 hours and 47 minutes. The difference in elapsed and moving time is due to convenience store stops, water breaks, and pauses while attending to my gear. This year 125 riders signed up for Unbound XL. 46 riders crossed the finish line within the time limit of 36 hours. I was 42nd and every finisher ahead of me was younger, except for one.
At age 56, I still wonder what I’m made of, whether I’m tough. I’m curious to see what I’ll find at life’s edges. My goal was not to win, but to finish. I was searching for an epic journey. And since unlike the marquee Unbound 200 event which has aid stations (food, hydration, first aid, bike mechanics) along the route, Unbound XL is completely unsupported – as in no help from others.
Parts of Unbound gravel were awesome: fast rolling, limestone hard pack that allows smooth pedaling and aerobar tucks. Other parts of the Unbound route were extreme: washed-out gravel, ranch roads, punchy steeps, technical descents. Most of the climbs were sharp, not rolling hills. Officially, the route had 13,636 feet of total elevation.
My Garmin, and the headset computers of most other participants, registered 20,000+ feet for the route. Category 4 gravel, the gnarliest type, includes unmaintained roads with deep layers of sharp gravel. Neil Shirley, who authored the categories of gravel, offers Unbound gravel as an example of Category 4.
For the first 200 miles, I was overwhelmed by the course. I winced every time my Garmin directed me to a road with a sign that read “MINIMUM MAINTENACE, TRAVEL AT YOUR OWN RISK”. As a roadie with limited technical skills, the course difficulty far exceeded my expectations.
From skateboards to bicycles, Vancouver, Canada-based Landyachtz has a wealth of experience designing various modes of two- and four-wheeled transportation. We last tested their Columbus steel-framed ‘1146’ road bike (RBA, January 2019), which left us waiting on the next release from the Canadian crew. Landyachtz filled the one remaining hole in their drop-bar catalog with the AB1 gravel bike. AB stands for “adventure bike,” and Landyachtz hit nearly all the marks to achieve the optimal modern gravel machine. Best of all, it’s in stock and doesn’t break the bank.
In a cycling world dominated by carbon, Haley’s opinion is that Titanium can provide as good a ride if not better, plus have the longevity and durability that can’t be guaranteed by carbon. Titanium has long been regarded as the “forever bike” material — a smooth ride, extremely durable, yet lightweight, stiff, and strong. It’s got all the right buzzwords.
Haley can build your dream bike as a road bike, all-road bike, or gravel bike. It can be built with a stock geometry, but ideally, build it custom just for you at no extra charge. No nickel and diming, and no hidden charges. When you order a Haley, you’re getting a bike built exactly for you; for where you ride, and how you ride.
- All frames are hand-built in Colorado.
- Over 25 years of engineering and fabrication experience with Titanium.
- Build exclusively with US sourced, aerospace-grade 3/2.5 Titanium tubing.
- All head tubes, bottom bracket shells, and dropouts are machined in the USA.
- All frames come with your choice of finish: brushed raw Ti, or your choice of colors. Forks are painted to match and component paint matching is also available.
- Custom options are available at no extra charge: geometry, additional bosses, fender/rack mounts.
- All frames come with a lifetime guarantee against structural defects.
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!