Welcome to the January 27th, Mid-Week Report!
PHOTO OF THE WEEK: RACING IS BACK
FIRST LOOK: RIDLEY KANZO FAST
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JUST IN: WTB PROTERRA GRAVEL WHEELS
Proterra gravel wheels are available individually or as a $649.90 wheelset that performs well above its pay grade. Every Proterra hub uses high-quality bearings and a responsive six-pawl freehub design with 3.7 degrees of engagement to deliver the performance you expect of a high-end wheelset without the high-end price tag. Eliminating the frustrations that come with proprietary parts, Proterra wheels combine the simplicity of double-butted J-bend spokes with the dependability of Sapim secure lock nipples. Even maintenance should be a positive experience, which is why all Proterra hubs are easily serviced without the need for fancy tools.
VIDEO: QUINTANA ROO GOES ROAD
Quintana Roo has 30 years of racing pedigree, specializing in world-class triathlon and time-trial bikes but only a handful of ventures into the drop-bar category. 2020 marked QRs first attempt at a modern, aero road frame, disc brakes and all.
Quintana Roo started with the goal of redefining what they call the “Super Road” category. It’s essentially what we’ve been calling a modern road bike. Think aero-influenced tube shaping, 30mm-plus tire clearance, and of course disc brakes. The carbon SRfive frame is the result.
Engineered using the same wind tunnel testing and CFD analysis used to develop the triathlon gear that Quintana Roo became known for, the SRfive oozes wind-cutting shapes all-around. The V-shaped down tube is labeled with classic Quintana Roo branding. A truncated-airfoil seat tube connects low-profile seat stays and 41.5cm chainstays.
BIKE OF THE WEEK: RIDLEY PRO TEAM BIKES
Ridley recently delivered Lotto Soudal’s 2021 team bikes. Takes a look through Ridley’s array of purpose built team bikes with top of the line Super Record EPS components from Campagnolo.
FREEMAN DOPING TRIAL COMES TO A CLOSE
A tribunal into the conduct of former British Cycling doctor Richard Freeman was told Monday that its “inextricable conclusion” must be that he ordered testosterone for doping purposes. Almost two years after it started, the fitness-to-practice hearing has finally reached the summing up stage, with General Medical Council lawyer Simon Jackson making his closing arguments first.
Freeman, also charged in his former role with Team Sky (now Team Ineos) has already admitted 18 of the 22 charges against him, including ordering testosterone to British Cycling headquarters in 2011 and lying about it. But he denies he did so knowing or believing it was to be administered to a rider for the purposes of doping.
Freeman’s defense is that he ordered the Testogel having been bullied into doing so by former British Cycling technical director Shane Sutton to treat his erectile dysfunction, something the Australian has vehemently denied. Jackson, however, questioned Freeman’s reliability as a witness. Turning to the allegedly threatening text message, he said: “Why not bring the text to the attention of the police, certainly your solicitor? None of this happens.
“Surprise, surprise, when proceedings are under way, there have been UKAD (UK Anti-Doping) interviews, you’re just about to start the first hearing, what happens to critical evidence, alleged threats from the man you say you ordered the Testogel from?
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