Welcome to the November 4th, Mid-Week Report!
PHOTO OF THE WEEK: TDF 2021
Even though the Covid delayed 2020 running ended just a few weeks ago, the Tour de France promoters are coming out of the gates with a preview of the 2021 edition which looks like it will be as challenging as ever.
WORKOUT WEDNESDAY: RIDING WITH NEW CYCLISTS
By Chris Carmichael Head Coach CTS
While cycling plays a central role in our lives, for the general public, interest in bicycles comes and goes in waves. Ridership and new bike sales are soaring in 2020 as more people turn to cycling for transportation, recreation, exercise and commerce in response to the pandemic. And for the long-suffering cycling industry, it’s about time global events tipped the scales in favor of local bike shops. It’s great to see so many new and returning cyclists on the roads and paths, and we all play a role in helping them stick with it long-term.
I have been coaching for more than 30 years, from teaching people how to clip into pedals to developing and mentoring coaches who work with world champions. I believe humans have an innate desire to pass on knowledge to younger or less experienced people. That doesn’t mean everyone needs to be a teacher or coach, but as a community of experienced cyclists, we have a lot to offer new riders who have recently joined the tribe.
RIDING WITH A NEWBIE
Maybe there are new faces at the local group ride, or your niece or brother-in-law wants to go for a ride because cycling is now a common interest. If you are going to spend an entire ride with a novice cyclist, whether it’s 30 minutes or their first 50-mile ride, here are some ways to help them finish strong so they’re excited to go again.
1. Stop more frequently than normal
Experienced riders eat and drink while moving and are accustomed to riding an hour or more between breaks. Newer riders often forget to drink or feel nervous about reaching for a bottle while riding in group. They are even less likely to feel comfortable reaching into jersey pockets and opening wrappers, no matter if it’s just the two of you or a whole pack rolling down the road. And don’t wait for them to request a stop; they’re following your lead and may not know or tell you what they need.
ALL RIDERS TEST NEGATIVE AT THE VUELTA
The Vuelta a Espana peloton got the Covid-19 all-clear with no positive cases detected in the latest round of testing from the Grand Tour’s “bubble”, organisers announced Tuesday. The fourth round of controls for coronavirus was conducted on Monday.
“In total, all the 681 tests conducted on the second rest day were negative for Covid-19,” a Vuelta statement reported.
Riders, team officials and organizers were subjected to an initial round of tests on their arrival at the “race bubble” in Irun, in the Basque country, two days before the rescheduled Tour of Spain started.
Further tests were carried out just before the October 20 start with a third batch conducted on the first rest day on October 26.
Two Bahrain-McLaren team officials and two from Sunweb were found to be positive on the eve of the race getting under way, but no rider has been detected with the virus that is currently sweeping Europe in a second wave of the pandemic and which caused the scheduled opening three days in the Nertherlands to be cancelled.
The pandemic also forced organizers to reroute the sixth stage after border restrictions ruled out the planned ascent of the Col du Tourmalet in France.
THIS JUST IN: SOME ESSENTIALS
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MINT Socks is readying for autumn, rolling out its new line of merino blend cycling socks just in time for cooler temperatures. The first two models in an intended long line of light weight, 8” tall, Italian-made merino starter models introduce MINTs new Sheep Series. The made in Italy merino MINTs will retail for $24.
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