Welcome to the March 10th, Mid-Week Report!
PHOTO OF THE WEEK: MVDP AT STRADE
For centuries past, Sienna’s Piazza del Campo has been home to many dramatic moments as its played host to the famous Palio horse race. This last weekend the historic city center played host to a duel of a different kind as Mathieu van de Poel aboard his Canyon Aeroad out raced Julian Alaphilippe for a historic win at the 2021 running of Strade Bianche.
FIRST RIDE: SIDI SIXTY
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FIRST LOOK: PREVAIL 2
Cooler heads will always prevail, which is why the new S-Works Prevail II Vent is the coolest helmet Specialized has ever made. Its massive cooling power helps better regulate a riders body’s temperature to keep you cooler so that riders will always be ready when their ride heats up.
CAV IS BACK
British sprinter Mark Cavendish had to settle for second on Sunday after Belgian Alpecin rider Tim Merlier stole past him on the inside to win the Monsere GP. The last of Cavendish’s 146 career wins came on the Dubai Tour in February 2018, and the 35-year-old shouted in anger after crossing the line in second.
Cavendish won 30 Tour de France stages in his prime and is hoping to notch some farewell wins in a last fling with Belgian outfit Deceuninck-Quick Step, who gave him a one-year deal in January.
BIKE OF THE WEEK: GT GRADE CARBON
Probably one of the most underrated gravel bikes on the market is the GT Grade Carbon. The Grade Carbon has a flip-chip fork on Pro and Expert models to tune the ride to your needs. The ultra-thin seat stays are comprised of two lightweight fibers – carbon and fiberglass. The solid fiberglass core provides toughness and damping; the carbon fiber outer layers act to control stiffness, resulting in Dual Fiber Dynamics. There are three build levels with prices starting at $2000.
FIRST LOOK: TIFOSI SLEDGE LITE
The Sledge family broadens with the release of Sledge Lite. Sledge Lite features a semi rimless frame making this latest cycling pair even lighter than its brother Sledge. Sledge Lite welcomes the sunny days ahead!
When you ride wearing Sledge Lite, you will appreciate the comfort and safety this shade provides. Equipped with interchangeable, polycarbonate lenses, athletes win with unobstructed views and eye protection. The frames are made with Grilamid TR-90, making them notably lightweight, flexible, and strong.
Check out Sledge Lite’s 4 color options: Crystal Pink, Crystal Smoke, Matte Black, and Matte White/Black. All come with the frame’s primary shield lens along with two additional lenses that may be swapped into the frame. Each lens is ideal for different lighting conditions. The smoke tint is best for full sun afternoons, all-conditions red is great for overcast rides, and a clear lens provides eye protection in low light. Sledge Lite retails at $69.95-79.95.
Tifosi is the word for Super-fan. That is exactly who we are and who we make our eyewear for. Our mission is to provide technically advanced eyewear to enthusiasts of all sports and outdoor activities. We design, test, and torture our product to enhance your sport whether you’re running a 5k, riding your first century, or playing 18 holes on Sunday. Tifosi defines us. We are enthusiasts about our product, our sport and our fun. We are moms, dads, coaches, players, volunteers, survivors, team, success, and family. We are Tifosi.
RACING NEWS: HEALTH AGEING TOUR FINALE
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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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