Mid-Week Report: The Latest News, Products and Events

Welcome to the September 4th, Mid-Week Report! 
Welcome to the September 4th, Mid-Week Report!


Spotted at @eurobike_show …cycling royalty Antonio Colombo….with a shameless RBA plug…celebrating 100 years of @columbus_official



Does standing in a supercooled environment for 2-3 minutes provide meaningful recovery benefits for cyclists? Whole body cryotherapy (WBC) is a recovery modality some athletes and cycling teams have added to their post-workout routines, but does it work?

How Cryotherapy Works

To experience WBC you need access to a chamber where you are exposed to temperatures between -110 to -140 degrees Celcius (-160-220 Fahrenheit) for up to 3 minutes. First, you enter an antechamber at -60 degrees C (-76 F) for about 30 seconds, and then pass to the cryochamber. To avoid the risk of damaging your skin, you have to be completely dry before treatment (no sweat).

The short-term exposure to extreme cold rapidly reduces skin temperature. However, the effects of WBC go far beyond cooling the skin, and may trigger changes in inflammatory response, hormone levels, pain perception, and more. The question is whether these changes are meaningful for endurance athletes, and whether you can achieve the same benefits from lower-tech methods.

Core Temperature

Cryotherapy has a similar effect on core temperature as immersion in very cold water. Initially, skin temperature drops significantly but core temperature doesn’t change much at all. Upon exiting the cold environment and rewarming, people experience “afterdrop”. Vasolidation in the skin and extremities mixes colder blood with the warmer blood from your body’s core – lowering core temperature. In the case of cryotherapy, a recent study found core temperature did decrease – but about 50-60 minutes after treatment. (Zalewski, 2014)

Parasympathetic Nervous System Activation
Strenuous exercise ramps up the sympathetic (fight or flight) nervous system, leading to increased heart rate and blood pressure, among other things. The recovery process after exercise depends partly on the activation of the parasympathetic nervous system to put the brakes on your racing heart. Exposure to cold, as with WBC or cold water immersion, causes peripheral vasoconstriction, which increases blood pressure centrally. This triggers the baroreflex, which kick starts the parasympathetic nervous system to bring heart rate and blood pressure down. (Zalewski, 2014; Louis, 2015)



Spain’s Mikel Iturria dug deep to register his first ever professional victory by winning stage 11 at the Vuelta a Espana on Wednesday. Iturria (Euskadi-Murias) pulled clear and despite his hefty lead shriveling in the last two kilometers, the 27-year-old held on for an impressive win in the Pyrenees.

Another Spaniard Jonathan Lastra (Caja Rural) was second, with America’s Lawson Craddock (Education First) coming in third, both part of a chasing pack that finished six seconds behind.

None of the 14 breakaway riders posed a threat to Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma), the Slovenian who retains the overall leader’s red jersey ahead of stage 12 on Thursday.



Let’s kick-off the new indoor season in style! We proudly present to you the NEO 2T Smart! This highly improved version of its predecessor made a big leap forward and offers a better ride feel, especially during climbs and sprints, has more power and it is even quieter. The Pedal stroke analysis is improved as well and can now be viewed with third party apps that support standard ANT+ cycling dynamics, enabling you to improve your power distribution and cycling performance with the software of your choice. Furthermore, this bike trainer is easier to use as it is compatible with almost all rear axles directly out of the box. The NEO 2T Smart provides an unprecedented indoor cycling experience and is available in Europe and North America by the end of September.

What’s new?

  • Even quieter
  • Highly improved ride feel in climbs and sprints
  • Pedal stroke analysis via the software of your choice
  • Directly compatible with all rear axles, except 135×12 and 135×10 

Price: $ 1.399,00 



Press release: Niner Bikes announced their updated range of RLT 9 gravel bikes for model year 2020. The new bikes feature added clearance for 50c tires, multiple fitments for frame bags, bottles, racks, and fenders, plus compatibility and cable routing to suit any combination of drivetrain components and dropper posts.

“Niner was among the first to embrace the gravel bike scene,” said Chris Sugai, founder and president of Niner Bikes. “From ‘Day 1,’ our mission has been to make riding on dirt better, period. These new gravel bikes incorporate a level of versatility and comfort that will improve anyone’s experience on the Road Less Traveled.”

Niner’s new gravel range includes the carbon fiber RLT 9 RDO, the RLT 9 Steel welded from Reynolds 853, and the RLT 9 aluminum. All the bikes are available in build kits ranging from high end Shimano GRX 800 and SRAM Force AXS to more affordable options like Shimano GRX 400 and SRAM Rival.

Every bike in the RLT 9 family is compatible with 700x50c and 650b x 2.0 tires. Every bike also features a total of 26 fixed mounting points to accommodate custom, strap-free gear bags, bottle cages, fenders, cargo racks, and more. The PF30 bottom bracket shells and cable routing can fit mechanical, electronic, geared, or singlespeed drivetrains. Cable routing is also included for dropper posts.

Niner’s new RDO carbon fiber fork is paired with every RLT 9 frame. The new fork includes accessory mounting points, internal routing for brake hose and hub dynamo wire, and 12x100mm thru-axle wheel fitment.

The new RLT 9 bikes are available in September. Pricing varies by frame and build specification.



For 2020 the legacy French brand is rolling out a wider-than-ever variety of road, aero, gravel and e-bikes, and the optimum all-rounder is the 785 Huez RS Disc. Available with a 12 speed SRAM Force eTap or Shimano Ultegra drivetrain with Vittoria carbon wheels and Mavic SpeedRelease thru-axles. Available in five sizes starting at $6000. For more: Look Cycles.


Press release: Live from the floor of Eurobike, the world’s biggest bike show, Zwift’s presenting their new Steering function, the first of their FutureWorks live testing and development program.
The Futureworks Steering function takes the form of a singletrack mountain bike trail in the new Titan’s Grove expansion, marking the first appearance of mountain bikes in the world of Zwift. Zwifters riding in the game using the Zwift Companion App will be prompted to see if they’d like to try out Steering as they approach this new trail in game. Once they respond, the game will quickly calibrate their handlebar-mounted mobile devices, transform their road bikes into a mountain bike, and they’re off, using the accelerometers inside their phones to steer their bikes in game.
This new function opens up a ton of possibilities, but most of all, it amplifies the fun and engagement of indoor training, making Zwift an even more immersive experience that relies on skill as much as raw physical power.
Alongside Steering, Zwift has also officially launched the Yorkshire 2019 UCI World Championship Road Racing course in game, featuring six new routes for Zwifters to experience, both for amateurs and for pro riders, who can use this course as a way to remotely recon the main event in late September.



The Mammoth Gran Fondo takes riders along the east side of Yosemite and the High Sierra with incredible views of the Sierra Nevada, Mono Lake, and White Mountains. 75% of the Gran Fondo route is closed to through traffic matching the incredible scentery with the appropriate calmness. Other highlights include: free event photos, all three distances timed, Signature Event socks, 6 Feed Zones with Full SAG/Tech Support, After-Party with Food/Beer/Live Music in the Village at Mammoth!

Website: www.mammothgranfondo.com


The city of Solvang, California will be the presenting sponsor for the third annual CTS Figueroa Mountain Gran Fondo cycling event. The event, to be held November 8-9, 2019, is produced by coaching company CTS and is anticipated to bring more than 800 cyclists and families to Solvang for festivities on Friday night and the gran fondo and finish line-party on Saturday.

As a result of the presenting sponsorship, the CTS Figueroa Mountain Gran Fondo will move its packet pickup and start/finish to downtown Solvang from Santa Ynez. Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley have a long history with national and international-level cycling events, including stages of the Amgen Tour of California. The area is also known worldwide as an ideal location for pre-season training camps for professional cycling teams.

“CTS has been hosting cycling camps in and around Solvang for 20 years, and my personal history with the area goes back further to 7-Eleven Pro Cycling Team training camps in the 1980s,” said CTS Founder and CEO, Chris Carmichael. “We established a year-round training facility in the Santa Ynez Valley nearly 10 years ago and I am honored to have the support of the city of Solvang and the community in this wonderful valley.”

Solvang Mayor Ryan Toussaint added, “The Santa Ynez Valley is a premier cycling destination and we welcome the CTS Figueroa Mountain Gran Fondo to Solvang.”

Kirk Nordgren, Event Director and General Manager of the nearby CTS training facility, said, “We’re proud to partner with the City of Solvang and local companies to create an event that’s great for cyclists and beneficial for the whole community.”

The economic benefit of bringing the CTS Figueroa Mountain Gran Fondo to Solvang was a priority for Solvang City Council member Chris Djernaes. He said, “Cycling is good for business. The event helps establish Solvang as a destination for cycling tourism, and our city will continue to reap the economic benefits throughout the year as cyclists return to visit our beautiful valley.”

About the CTS Figueroa Mountain Gran Fondo

On Friday afternoon and evening, riders will arrive in Solvang for packet pickup and the public is encouraged to participate in a cycling festival with activities for kids and families. Amateur cyclists participating in the event will all start together on Saturday morning and choose from four marked routes (100, 64, 44, and 31 miles) through the Santa Ynez Valley. The longer three routes feature an ascent of Figueroa Mountain, and all routes feature Ballard Canyon Road made famous to cyclists by the Amgen Tour of California. With the exception of the Start/Finish area, the course will be open to car traffic throughout the event. Riders will be supported on course with feed stations and mobile mechanics, and will return to Solvang for a finish line party with live music and locally sourced food and beer.

Website: www.trainright.com/granfondo


Hincapie Sportswear received confirmation on Monday that cyclist Lance Armstrong will ride in Gran Fondo Hincapie-Greenville. Armstrong, a former teammate of George Hincapie’s, partner at NEXT VENTŪRES, founder of WEDŪ, and host of “THEMOVE” and “The Forward” podcasts, will join George Hincapie for the ride.He also plans to air “THEMOVE” podcast while there.

“I’m excited to come to the ride,” says Armstrong. “We aired ‘THEMOVE’ at Gran Fondo Hincapie-Fort Worth, and it was a lot of fun to interact with the crowd there.”

George and Lance

“We’re thrilled to have Lance with us for another fondo,” says George Hincapie. “His presence in Fort Worth really helped to take the event up a notch. And everyone had a blast watching the podcast.”

The original Gran Fondo Hincapie, located in Greenville, SC, and now in its seventh year, has topped charts and received stellar reviews, acclaimed for the cycling celebrities in attendance, as well as the careful attention to safety, on-site viewing screens, course and segment timing, live tracking and streaming, live bands at the rest stops, and free family festival.

Also attending is three-time world champion Michael Rogers! He joins the list of cycling greats in attendance, including George Hincapie, Christian Vande Velde, Bobby Julich, , Justin Williams, Santiago Botero, and Victor Hugo Pena.

Website: www.hincapie.com/granfondo


2020, here we come! Mark you calendars for the 15th annual Garmin Dirty Kanza on May 30, 2020. Thank you for making this year’s race one of the best ever.

The random selection process for the 2020 race will open on January 6 through January 19. Selections will then be made on or before January 27.


Is there an awesome event happening closer to you? Send a link to david@roadbikeaction.com


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