Welcome to the March 24th, Mid-Week Report!
PHOTO OF THE WEEK: MILANO SAN REMO
Belgian rider Jasper Stuyven surprised the favorites to win Saturday’s Milan-San Remo one-day classic in Italy for the first ‘Monument’ success of his career. The Trek rider attacked late and held off the sprinters with Australian Caleb Ewan second ahead of last year’s winner Wout van Aert of Belgium. The 28-year-old Stuyven took the biggest win of his career with a well-time attack with 2.5km to go, sitting on Dane Soren Kragh Andersen’s wheel as Dutchman Mathieu van Der Poel began his sprint behind. Ewan, also second in 2018, and Van Aert overtook Van Der Poel late, but Stuyven had already won.
FIRST RIDE: BIANCHI ARCADEX
The iconic celeste hue ridden by Fausto Coppi and Marco Pantani is paired with a gloss navy blue that splits the front and rear end of the carbon frame at a 45-degree angle from the seat post to the fork.
A relatively traditional gravel geometry is attained with a 102.4cm wheelbase paired with a slack 71-degree head tube angle. Stack and reach on the Arcadex measure at 59.5cm and 37.4cm. Max tire clearance on the Arcadex is slim at 700x42cm.
FIRST LOOK: GARMIN POWER PEDALS
Garmin is launching the new Rally series of power meters. This comes after three generations of Vector power pedals. We tested the Vector 3 pedals some time ago and the convenience of a pedal-based power meter made them a top choice. The downside was durability and inevitably our test pedals suffered failure after a few too many pedal strikes on the road.
I got a new cycling computer about a month ago, but the wireless speed and cadence sensor have already gone flat. My previous computer was old and used a wired sensor with magnets on the wheel and crankarm. Is this a normal lifespan for the new units that don’t use magnets, or is there something else I can try?
I have gotten a few e-mails about the GPS computer’s accuracy in heavy tree cover, and the answer is to add one of these Bluetooth or ANT+ wireless sensors. They use an internal gyro to automatically determine wheel size and are surprisingly accurate. Their real downside is that they turn on with movement. This might sound convenient, and it is in normal conditions, but they power on from any movement. Since they don’t use a magnet to determine a full rotation, any movement powers them on.
BIKE OF THE WEEK:VAN DESSEL RANGE ROAMER
The 3/2.5 titanium alloy frame offers compliant, responsive and stable ride characteristics, along with performance. A threaded T47 bottom bracket means a wide range of crank compatibility without the hassles of Press-Fit. There is room for up to 700×45 or 27.5×2.25 tires. Fender/rack provisions, five bottle mounts and eyelets for a top tube bag increase its versatility. Available in three build options—starting at $4999 up to $6499 for the Campagnolo Ekar version.
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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