Take a look at the best of our trending stories from this week September 2, about the latest road bikes, tech, pro racing and more in the cycling industry.
For the first time in Shimano’s history, they are simultaneously launching two separate levels of drivetrain platforms—Dura-Ace and Ultegra. The two new drivetrains are their first 12-speed road offerings, as well as their first attempt at a wireless system. While all of the latest features are significant, the one that is going to change the layout of the modern drivetrain is that Shimano is no longer offering cable-actuated drivetrains at these two levels.
ADDING ONE GEAR
While Shimano was the first drivetrain brand to offer up an electronic system (2009), they are the last of the “Big Three” to make the move to 12-speeds for drop bars. However, unlike the others, they are maintaining the same hub body, which means that for consumers that want to upgrade, 11-speed wheels are compatible with the new cassettes without any modifications.
Shimano is launching with two cassette offerings,11-30 and 11-34, and will have an 11-28 next year. Shimano is also maintaining their existing chainring offerings with 50-34 and 52-36, but adding a new 54-40. There will also be a few larger sizes for triathlon and pro racers, but Shimano is planning on the 50-34 and 52-36 being the most popular. In addition, they are offering a 160mm crank through 175mm lengths, with Dura-Ace adding 167.5mm.
While the big news is that Shimano road is now 12-speed with a hybrid wireless connection, Shimano also decided to go all-in with a dual launch. Dura-Ace R9200 and Ultegra R8100 for the first time in Shimano history launch simultaneously. We haven’t had a chance to ride the new Ultegra, but if it’s anything like the Dura-Ace version we’ll be happy. Here are some images we captured of the new Ultegra drivetrain at the Dura-Ace launch.
Stage 18 of the Vuelta a Espana took place over 101 miles took place from Salas to an summit finish atop the Altu d’El Gamoniteiru in northern Spain. The mountainous stage was similar to stage 17 with four categorized climbs and tough slopes in the finale. Multi-stage winner Michael Storer and David De La Cruz animated the final climb ahead of the favorites though both were caught following a decisive attack by Egan Bernal with 3 miles to go. Primoz Roglic, Sepp Kuss, Enric Mas and Miguel Angel Lopez joined Bernal’s move but Lopez counter attacked opening a 30 second gap with two miles to go. The final mile consisted of 10-percent-plus gradients that topped out at 19 percent. Roglic and Bernal shared attacks within the final mile in an attempt to limit the gap to Lopez. With 500 meters to go the gap dropped to 22 seconds and the mountain top fog thickened. Lopez’s moved proved successful as he crossed the line solo to win stage 18. Roglic and Bernal’s efforts kept Lopez within 14 seconds. Roglic now leads Enric Mas by 2:30 and Miguel Angel Lopez by 2:53. Egan Bernal moved into fifth overall at 4:43 with Jack Haig in fourth at 4:36.
LA VUELTA STAGE 18 RESULTS
|1||LÓPEZ Miguel Ángel||Movistar Team||4:41:21|
|2||ROGLIČ Primož||Team Jumbo-Visma||0:14|
|3||MAS Enric||Movistar Team||0:20|
|4||BERNAL Egan||INEOS Grenadiers||0:22|
|5||HAIG Jack||Bahrain – Victorious||0:58|
|6||DE LA CRUZ David||UAE-Team Emirates||0:58|
|7||MÄDER Gino||Bahrain – Victorious||0:58|
|8||MEINTJES Louis||Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux||0:58|
|9||KUSS Sepp||Team Jumbo-Visma||1:06|
|10||YATES Adam||INEOS Grenadiers||1:07|
|1||ROGLIČ Primož||Team Jumbo-Visma||73:24:25|
|2||MAS Enric||Movistar Team||2:30|
|3||LÓPEZ Miguel Ángel||Movistar Team||2:53|
|4||HAIG Jack||Bahrain – Victorious||4:36|
|5||BERNAL Egan||INEOS Grenadiers||4:43|
|6||YATES Adam||INEOS Grenadiers||5:44|
|7||KUSS Sepp||Team Jumbo-Visma||6:02|
|8||MÄDER Gino||Bahrain – Victorious||7:48|
|9||MARTIN Guillaume||Cofidis, Solutions Crédits||8:31|
|10||MEINTJES Louis||Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux||9:02|
With the recent closure of Inyo National Forest and strained firefighting resources during these difficult times, we are sad to announce the cancellation of the 2021 Mammoth Gran Fondo. While there are no fires threatening Mammoth Lakes or the surrounding areas at this time, wildfires continue to spread across the west and firefighting resources are extremely limited. Our thoughts are with the firefighters and communities across the west affected by these fires.
There are three options for your 2021 Mammoth Gran Fondo registration – receive a full refund through imATHLETE with no penalty, defer your registration to the 2022 Mammoth Gran Fondo scheduled on September 10, 2022 or donate your registration fee to support youth programming in Mammoth Lakes. Instructions for each option are available on MammothGranFondo.com. Any riders that have not opted for one of the 3 options by November 1, 2021 will be automatically deferred to the 2022 Mammoth Gran Fondo event. If you have any other questions, please send an email to [email protected]
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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.