MID-WEEK REPORT: THE LATEST NEWS, PRODUCTS AND EVENTS
Welcome to the February 24th, Mid-Week Report!
Welcome to the February 24th, Mid-Week Report!
PHOTO OF THE WEEK: WINDSWEPT ROADS
WorldTour racing returned to the windswept roads of the UAE Tour. Tour de France champ Tadej Pogacar has taken over the lead after four stages. The UAE Tour concludes on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
ROAD TUBELESS BREAKDOWN
By Troy Templin
Here’s a funny thing about the tubeless revolution currently afoot in the bike industry—it’s really nothing new. Currently, while there’s a big debate about the efficacy of hooked-versus-hookless rims with tubeless tires, you’ve been rolling on hookless rims on your car or your motorcycle since time immemorial. In fact, bicycle wheels, too, have been hookless, then called straight-sided for decades until the bike industry moved to hooked rims (Crotched) as a means of countering diminishing production standards and higher pressures.
Road tubeless isn’t new, but the amount of suitable products to the category has exploded in the last two years. Much of this is due to the gravel category that has redefined the drop-bar category. Gravel has exposed the road category to tire sizes beyond 23mm while redefining the boundaries set on road bikes generations ago. Tubeless for bicycles was started by Mavic way back in 1999 with their UST system, but it wasn’t until 2001 when Stan’s NoTubes really changed the tubeless market. While UST never really took off, it did help set the foundation for where we are today.
The problem today is that despite over 20 years of R&D, much of the information pertaining to tubeless use is outdated and, even worse, it doesn’t apply to current road offerings at all.
BIKE OF THE WEEK: CANNONDALE TOPSTONE
When it comes to gravel many want to test the waters and see if it is for them without breaking the bank. Cannondale has a full line of gravel-ready rigs that are well spec’d but won’t empty your pockets. The Topstone Alloy 1 is a great option and even comes with Shimano GRX. The Topstone 1 retails for $2150 and is available in five sizes.
FIRST LOOK: VIELO R+1
The father and son behind this British brand offers a unique 1x aero road bike, starting with an 880-gram frame and room for up to 32mm tires. Available as a frameset or a choice of five complete bike builds starting at $5350. The R+1 Alto features a SRAM eTap AXS drivetrain with your choice of Zipp or DT Swiss wheels.
UAE TOUR STAGE 4 RESULTS
Irish rider Sam Bennett claimed the sprinting honours with a 50th career win on the fourth stage of the UAE Tour on Wednesday as Slovenian Tadej Pogacar retained the leader’s red jersey. Bennett, riding for Deceuninck-Quick-Step, beat David Dekker, Caleb Ewan and Elia Viviani at the end of the 204-kilometre stage that started and ended at the tourist resort of Marjan Island.
“It feels good to win my first sprint of the season,” said the 30-year-old who won the Tour de France sprint green jersey in 2020.
“I was really nervous before the sprint because it was the first fast bunch finish of the year for me.”
|1||BENNETT Sam||Deceuninck – Quick Step||4:51:51|
|2||DEKKER David||Team Jumbo-Visma||0:00|
|3||EWAN Caleb||Lotto Soudal||0:00|
|4||VIVIANI Elia||Cofidis, Solutions Crédits||0:00|
|5||MOSCHETTI Matteo||Trek – Segafredo||0:00|
|6||ACKERMANN Pascal||BORA – hansgrohe||0:00|
|7||BAUHAUS Phil||Bahrain – Victorious||0:00|
|8||NIZZOLO Giacomo||Team Qhubeka ASSOS||0:00|
|9||GAVIRIA Fernando||UAE-Team Emirates||0:00|
|10||GROVES Kaden||Team BikeExchange||0:00|
|1||POGAČAR Tadej||UAE-Team Emirates||12:50:21|
|2||YATES Adam||INEOS Grenadiers||0:43|
|3||ALMEIDA João||Deceuninck – Quick Step||1:03|
|4||HARPER Chris||Team Jumbo-Visma||1:43|
|5||POWLESS Neilson||EF Education – Nippo||1:45|
|6||SKJELMOSE JENSEN Mattias||Trek – Segafredo||2:36|
|7||CATTANEO Mattia||Deceuninck – Quick Step||2:38|
|8||CARUSO Damiano||Bahrain – Victorious||2:38|
|9||FERNÁNDEZ Rubén||Cofidis, Solutions Crédits||3:32|
|10||MASNADA Fausto||Deceuninck – Quick Step||4:47|
ALL-NEW MONTANA GRAVEL RACE
Cyclists Jess Cerra and Sam Boardman launch “The Last Best Ride,” a new gravel race set for August 22, 2021, in stunning Whitefish, Montana.
Montana native, Jess Cerra, and her partner, Sam Boardman, announce “The Last Best Ride,” a new gravel race that will showcase some of the state’s most spectacular outdoor offerings. Set for August 22, 2021, The Last Best Ride will explore Whitefish, views of Glacier National Park, and beyond over a short and long course. Routes will be announced later in the spring. Registration is open and will be $175.00 for the long course event and $145.00 for the short course, with discounted entries for collegiate riders.
In the spirit of Montana’s unofficial moniker, “The Last Best Place,” which stems from the 1988 bestselling book of the same name by Annick Smith and William Kittredge, Cerra and Boardman hope to capture the essence of Whitefish as an adventurer’s destination through a race experience. “After exploring the gravel roads of Whitefish all summer, we thought, ‘wow, this would seriously be one of the most beautiful gravel venues in the entire country,’” Boardman says. Racers can expect stunning mountain views, unique terrain, and test-your-mettle climbs throughout the course.
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