Welcome to the March 3rd, Mid-Week Report!
PHOTO OF THE WEEK: HUNT’S HOOPS
British wheel-maker Hunt, released a new deep-dish 60mm carbon wheelset dubbed the 60 Limitless Aero Disc.
Price: (EZO): $1519
Price: (CeramicSpeed): $1859
Rim Width: 34mm external, 21mm internal
Hubs: FastEngage 7.5 Hub SPRINT, with an engagement rate of 7.5°. 20/24-hole. Multi-point pawls, with 48 ratchets within the hub shell. Center-Lock Disc.
Bearings: CeramicSpeed & EZO Available
Spokes: Pillar Elliptical Spokes, PSR Wing 20 14g Straight Pull Black
Tires size: Tubeless and clincher-ready, optimized for 25-28c, compatible
Freehub options: Shimano/SRAM 8/9/10/11 speed, SRAM XD/XDR, Campagnolo 8/9/10/11/12 speed
FIRST RIDE: LANDYACHTZ AB1
From longboards to bicycles, Vancouver-based Landyachtz has a wealth of experience designing self-propelled transportation. Our last test of their 1146 Columbus Steel-framed road bike (RBA January 2019), left us waiting on the next release from the Canadian crew. Landyachtz filled the one remaining hole in their drop-bar catalog with the AB1 gravel bike. AB stands for Adventure Bike, Landyachtz hit nearly all the marks to achieve the optimal modern gravel machine. Best of all it’s in stock and doesn’t break the bank.
THE QUEEN OF PAIN
By Rebecca Rusch
Risk = Reward
My curiosity drew me to Alaska and the Iditarod Trail Invitational three years ago. Could I survive a winter bike expedition in the Last Frontier? I found out I could. Grit got me through my rookie year. Preparation and training got me through the 2nd year despite some of the worst weather in the race history. I am back in Alaska ready to race my third Iditarod Trail Invitational as I build on experience in winter ultra bike packing.
2019, my rookie year, I was fearful and inexperienced. I survived on true grit and the kindness of Mother Nature. In 2020, I was confident and prepared and I needed every ounce of strength and preparation. Last year taught me that I’m resilient, powerful and capable in any environment.
Popular ride recording app Strava made a few minor tweaks in the last couple of weeks but maybe you haven’t noticed. Here’s a round-up of the changes.
- LOCATION IN FEED: A general location of a users workout appears right next to the time stamp in the activity feed.
ENHANCED INDOOR RECORDING EXPERIENCE: Athletes recording activities indoors will see elapsed time, starting time, and heart rate (if a HR monitor is attached) instead of distance and speed as they would for an outdoor activity with GPS.
CLEAR STATS: Uploaded activities will show time, heart rate (if available) and calories (if available).
MORE RELEVANT INDOOR SPORT CATEGORIES: CrossFit, elliptical, stair stepper, weight training, yoga, workouts can be tracked.
- MOBILE ACTIVITY SEARCH: Athletes now have an easier way to search for a specific activity by name, instead of scrolling through their workouts to get there.
BIKE OF THE WEEK: TEAM DSM SCOTT ADDICT
The Addict RC was specifically designed to fit the needs of UCI World Tour teams. Its combination of lightweight, stiffness, integration, and comfort make the ADDICT RC the perfect weapon to strive for glory at Grand Tours and Classics. The frame and fork are built out of HMX SL carbon fiber and come in weighing just 790g for the frame and 320g for the fork. Click here to read our review of the Scott Addict RC 20.
FIRST LOOK: NINER RLT E9RDO
We just received a Niner RLT e9RDO (yeah, it’s a mouthful) and couldn’t be more pleased on two features. 1. How about the Electric Moss Green finish?! In a word, beautiful. 2. Niner went upscale and spec’d the latest Bosch Gen 4 Performance Speed motor, which owing to it’s Class-3 designation means you can enjoy pedal assist up to 28 mph. Given that so far the majority of drop bar e-bikes are spec’d with the lower speed Class 1 motor which cuts off at 19 mph.
RACING NEWS — OMLOOP HET NIEUWSBLAD
Davide Ballerini continued his strong start to the cycling season by sprinting to victory on Saturday in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, the opening Belgian classic of the year. The Italian sprinter who rides for Deceuninck-Quick Step edged Briton Jake Stewart of Groupama in the bunch finish at the end of the 124 mile run from Ghent to Ninove. Sep Vanmarcke of Israel Start-Up Nation was third.
In a race that was marked by the usual attacks, Ballerini was part of one dangerous breakaway that also included heavyweights Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe and Belgian Greg Van Avermaet.
26-year-old Ballerini won the first two stages of the Tour de Provence earlier this month but the victory in a WorldTour level race was the biggest of his career.
“It’s a dream come true,” Ballerini told broadcaster Eurosport.
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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