Welcome to the October 21st, Mid-Week Report!
PHOTO OF THE WEEK: GIRO IN THE SNOW
The Giro entered its final week greeted with fresh snow in the dolomites. The Stelvio, a classic Italian mountain pass that crosses a 9000 foot summit, is slated for thursday’s stage 18. American Brandon McNulty earned a brief stint at fourth this week but has drifted back to 13th 6:10 behind race leader, Joao Almeida.
WORKOUT WEDNESDAY: FALL TRAINING FOR +40
Despite the fact athletes didn’t have a lot of events to participate in during the 2020 summer season, the rapid approach of cooler weather and shorter days means there’s a change coming to training for most of us. Staying closer to home and not interupting training with races and events has ironically led many masters cyclists and athletes over 40 to reach new heights in fitness. With an eye toward a great spring and summer in 2021, here’s what to do this fall.
Step up the Strength Training
Masters cyclists, and any athletes over 40, benefit from year-round strength training. Maintaining muscle mass is an important part of keeping metabolism from dropping. Strength training exercises can be an important part of maintaining bone mineral density, which is particularly important for older cyclists who have spent years participating in a non weight-bearing sport.
On the bike, strength training can help you go harder longer (fatigue resistance), and reduce the chances for injury by applying novel stresses to tendons and ligaments so they develop strength outside the limited movement patterns of cycling.
I have incorporated a small amount of resistance training in my weekly training schedule for the past several years, and in the fall and winter I increase the frequency and number or exercises I use. During the summer I prefer to spend more hours on the bike, so I reduce the time I devote to strength training. This time of year is a good opportunity to shift the time balance to include more strength training. I recommend spending 20-30 minutes 3-4 times a week on strength training.
THIS JUST IN: ARE YOU READY?
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.
With the 42 Limitless Gravel Disc, HUNT set out to develop the premier performance gravel wheelset, optimizing gravel-specific aerodynamics through patented Limitless Width Technology, and balancing those aerodynamic gains with another critically important attribute for riders moving fast over inconsistent surfaces: crosswind stability (steering moment).
The wind tunnel results below depict the performance of HUNT 42 Limitless Gravel Disc wheels among a range of world-class aero wheels commonly used in competitive gravel racing. The data suggests that the HUNT 42 Limitless Gravel Disc is the most aerodynamic gravel wheelset, offering the rider a small power gain of 0.05W, or 6 seconds of advantage when compared to the next best-ranked offering over the course of a 200-mile race averaging a speed of 32 km/h and power output of 317W (Note: the 3T Discus 45|40 was not available to test, as it was not released to the public when testing occurred).
With the use of patented Limitless construction, HUNT was able to create a wheelset that offers an extremely wide rim profile with a truncated edge (blunted spoke bed) to help airflow remain attached to the system, while maintaining low overall weight and providing day-in and day-out performance and durability on the harshest gravel roads.
For years, the Infinito R1 has occupied the position of power as head of fizik road racing shoe royalty. A staple on the feet of top WorldTour athletes and atop the sport’s grandest podiums, the Infinito R1’s iconic design and ground-breaking performance have cemented its place in history while leading the way to countless unforgettable victories.
Fizik is introducing the heirs to the Infinito family throne: the Vento Infinito Carbon 2 and Vento Infinito Knit Carbon 2 road racing shoes.
Fizik’s road racing shoe range is expanding, both the Vento Infinito Carbon 2 and Vento Infinito Knit Carbon 2 adopt the opposite approach to performance, designing their latest racing shoes from the ground up following a less-is-more approach, removing all that is unnecessary in the pursuit of victory.
Starting at the bottom, the latest Infinito features an entirely new R2 outsole with an engineered carbon fiber layup that saves weight while delivering increased stiffness for more efficient power transfer.
For a precise fit and even pressure distribution, the Infinito arch support configuration is coupled with the BOA® Fit System, allowing for individualized and micro-adjustable volume control of the instep and forefoot areas.
Lastly, fizik gives riders two ways to take the winner’s title: choose between supple, yet strong Microtex uppers, as featured on the Vento Infinito Carbon 2, or opt instead for the Vento Infinito Knit Carbon 2, built with advanced knitted construction techniques that save weight while seamlessly integrating ventilation.
Vento Infinito Carbon 2: $350
Vento Infinito Knit Carbon 2: $380
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