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

Take a look at the best of our trending stories from this week September 16, about the latest road bikes, tech, pro racing and more in the cycling industry.

FIRST LOOK: SIDI SHOT 2 RUST

Rust is the new color trend and it seems to be here to last. As the name suggests, it is a combination of red-orange-brown, very similar to iron oxide, and it has become really popular in recent months.. Everyone seems fascinated by this retro shade and Sidi could not stand its charm and launched a new limited edition for its Shot 2.

The totally rust tinged upper shoe, made in TechPro Microfiber, a lightweight water-repellent and eco-friendly material, will give every cycling outfit an elegant and sophisticated touch. Plus, the Sidi logo on the side and the mesh inserts – which provide for great breathability, creating an ideal inner microclimate – are in black, perfectly matched with an over-the-top shade like the rust one.

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FESTKA AUDI ROVER RALLY CUSTOM

Festka customer Antti Peltonen  is a lifelong fan of rally car racing. It was in his native Finland where, as a boy in the mid-80s, he fell in love with this motorsport discipline as a boy. That era was the heyday of the short-lived Group B in which the most powerful rally cars ever competed. “It was the roar of the five-cylinder Audi Quattro engines that left an indelible mark on my memory,” Antti reminisces. “As a seven-year-old kid I was blown away by the sheer insanity of how rally stars, such as Hannu Mikkola, Markku Alen, Timo Salonen and Henri Toivonen, drove.”

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BOB ROLL’S 7 LOVES OF ITALY

1) SICILY

Sicily is so achingly gorgeous that when you see it, if your Oakleys aren’t stained with tears you should check your chest cavity to be sure your heart is still beating. Most Sicilians have relatives in the U.S., and wherever we raced there, we were given a gracious reception. There are Ancient Greek ruins everywhere that the locals don’t seem to notice. If you can imagine a vineyard and orange groves growing inside the acropolis you are on the right track. I raced in Sicily many times, especially at the beginning of the season, and found it to be invariably fantastic. The island’s reputation as a mafia stronghold has kept the tourism riff-raff to a minimum and is refreshingly void of shops selling themed rubbish. Is the reputation warranted? Well, one night during the early season week-long ‘Week Of Sicilian Cycling’ every single bike, car, mussette, cap, tire, cable and shoelace was stolen from the team hotel where the whole professional peloton was staying. After negotiations with the proper local ‘family’ all was returned and the race resumed.

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LA VUELTA 2022 TO START IN UTRECHT

Tom Pidcock (GBR – Ineos Grenadiers) – Primoz Roglic (SLO – Jumbo – Visma) – Richard Carapaz (ECU – Ineos Grenadiers)

La Vuelta 2022 will start in Utrecht in the Netherlands, organizers announced on Monday. The first three stages of the race will take place in the Dutch city, which was the starting point for last year’s edition before having to be cut due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Next year’s la Vuelta, one of cycling’s three grand tours, will take place between August 19 and September 11.

“These months of waiting have not altered our desire to collaborate (with the Netherlands),” said la Vuelta director Javier Guillen in a statement.

“It will be an historic start, which will mark a milestone for Spanish and Dutch cycling,” he added.

This year’s Vuelta finished earlier this month with a third consecutive victory for Slovenian Primoz Roglic.

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TOUR OF BRITAIN STAGE 8 RESULTS

Wout Van Aert (BEL – Jumbo – Visma) – Ethan Hayter (GBR – Ineos Grenadiers) – Julian Alaphilippe (FRA – Deceuninck – Quick-Step)

Wout Van Aert pipped Ethan Hayter to the Tour of Britain title after the Belgian won a dramatic sprint finish in the final stage on Sunday. Van Aert turned on the power to get past Mark Cavendish and Andre Greipel on the seafront in Aberdeen. With Hayter boxed in, the bonus seconds gave the Belgian the overall win by six seconds from the Ineos Grenadiers rider. The Jumbo-Visma rider crossed the line before looking back to see where Hayter was, sparking a jubilant celebration when he realized his fourth stage win of the week had clinched the title. If Britain’s Hayter had finished second in the stage, he would have held onto the overall lead. World champion Julian Alaphilippe completed the final podium.

The peloton made hard work of chasing back a six-strong breakaway on the 107 mile stage from Stonehaven, but finally reeled them in with 3 miles left. Hayter held a four-second lead overnight but, as Cavendish and Andre Greipel lit up the sprint battle early, he found himself out of position as Van Aert powered away. Van Aert’s debut appearance in the Tour of Britain was history-making. His tally of four stage victories is the joint-most in the modern incarnation of the race. He also became only the sixth rider to have won stages in England, Scotland and Wales.

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HOW TO RIDE UPHILL FASTER

By Chris Carmichael, Founder and Head Coach of CTS

A cyclist’s speed going uphill is the product of power, weight, and technique. The first two get the lion’s share of the attention, but the last one can make a huge difference in how comfortable, confident, and economical you are on climbs. Improving your body position on the bike gives you the opportunity to maintain momentum instead of losing it, use your body weight more effectively, spread the work of climbing across more muscles to improve fatigue resistance, reduce back pain, and prevent numbness in your hands.

There are two basic body positions on the bike for climbing: seated and standing. Most people will spend more time climbing in the saddle, interspersed with shorter periods pedaling out of the saddle. How you sit on the bike and where you position your body when you’re out of the saddle can be the difference between dragging yourself up the mountain and dancing on the pedals.

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BIKE OF THE WEEK BIANCHI IMPUSLO PRO

It’s not hard to imagine yourself owning and riding a Bianchi, they always look and ride so well. As it turns out the oldest bicycle brand continues to evolve and deliver new bikes, this time recycling a name that has been in the line for some time. The Impulso has been in the catalog but it recently got a little more than a facelift. Unlike its full gravel comrade the Arcadex, the Impulso Pro remains the all-road carbon king for a perfect balance of gravel and road.

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EROICA CALIFORNIA CANCELLED

Dear Friends of Eroica,
Due circumstances surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and above all, not wanting to add more tension to an already very complex situation, together with local partners we have decided to postpone this years’ edition of Eroica California. The new dates for the event are now set from April 29th to May 1st, 2022, where we are already focusing our energies to once again welcome you to the roads of the Central Coast.

We are deeply sorry for the inconvenience and complications that this decision implies for all those who were already registered, but thereasons for this decision are, we believe, clear and robust: to protect the participants and guests of Eroica California, as well as the citizens of Cambria, Cayucos and San Simeon, against the risk of a resurgence in the pandemic at some time in fall 2021, and to guarantee the international participation that has characterized this event since the very beginning. Obviously, such diverse attendance, the hallmark of Eroica California, will remain unfeasible in the coming months.

And in case one more reason was needed, we need to maintain the inner nature of Eroica California. Beyond the ride through the stunning landscapes of the Central Coast, this event is meant to live special moments full of friendship and good wine. Strict compliance with health protocols, which in principle will remain in place, would profoundly distort this experience.

More info: Eroica California

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