News, Views and Insights

By Jon Hornbeck


Here’s a photo treasure which we blew the dust off and pulled from our archives. None other then 7-Eleven teammates Ron “Wookie” Kiefel and Davis Phinney in attack mode back in the day. PC: RBA Archives.


“Today, Bicycling is losing about $1 million a year. and Runner’s World, while still making money, has seen its profits decline precipitously, said sources familiar with the title’s finances.” From the American Magazine Media Conference newsletter regarding the state of affairs at Bicycling Magazine following their recent purchase by Hearst.


Nicky Hayden was both a national and world champion throttle twister who loved everything on two wheels. A few months ago Nicky was killed when he was hit by a car while out training on his bike in Italy. Thanks to Specialized and Shimano, the Road2Recovery is collecting donations for their very worthwhile cause by raffling off this very trick, custom Specialized Venge in Nicky’s honor. Head to the Nicky Hayden Raffle for your chance to win.


If you’re like us, you’re as infatuated with all things Davis Phinney as we are. One of America’s greatest & winningest riders ever during his days on the vaunted 7-Eleven team, not to mention the father of current American hopeful Taylor Phinney. Davis is cycling royalty who unfortunately was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and in the years since he’s been fighting the good fight personally and through the efforts of the Davis Phinney Foundation.  Well, the DPF has teamed with Trek Travel to offer the chance to win the ultimate Tour de France travel experience next year. Simply by making a donation to the DPF you will have the opportunity to win as exclusive Trek Travel trip for two people which includes cash to purchase your airline tickets to Paris! What are you waiting for? Head to Trek Travel to donate today….maybe we’ll see you in Paris!


Haute Route is making a big push with their popular cycling events as they look to have 11 total cycling events in 2018 with three brand new US events. Their European events have been very successful in the past and with their Colorado edition last year it also did not disappoint. For next year US participants can check out the Haute Route events in Colorado again as well as San Francisco, Asheville and Utah.

More from Haute Route; Press Release:
Following the final event of the 2017 Haute Route Cycling Series around Mont Ventoux last weekend, Switzerland-based OC Sport announced a full calendar of 11 events for the 2018 season, including three new events in the U.S. The company’s commitment to the U.S. market reaffirms Haute Route’s position as the preeminent global multi-day event series for amateur athletes. Staying true to the hallmarks of every Haute Route, each U.S. event provides amateur riders with the authentic pro experience on and off the bike.  Athletes experience the best roads in the country and are fully supported with premium services typically reserved for the pro peloton.

SAN FRANCISCO April 20th to 22nd
ASHEVILLE May 18th to 20th
STELVIO June 8th to 10th
MAVIC ROCKIES June 23rd to 29th
ALPE D’HUEZ July 13th to 15th
MASERATI NORWAY August 3rd to 5th
PYRENEES August 18th to 24th
ALPS August 26th to September 1st
DOLOMITES, 3 days in September
UTAH September 14th to 16th
VENTOUX October 5th to 7th


With this current heat wave rolling through Southern California this product may not be at the top of our holiday list but this does look like a very cool product that Castelli has put out. Riding in cold weather requires many different options to have and this could be a new one to add to your list. More from Castelli on their new Rain or Shine product line:

Press Release: Rain or Shine (RoS) is a new line of products from Castelli that are designed to be phenomenal in dry weather, and your go-to apparel for those cool or cold dry days, even when there is a chance of rain. The key is utilizing all of the right materials available in Castelli’s vast collection, and applying them where they can get the maximum performance out of them. It also takes the right amount of patient restraint that comes from 134 years making the best cycling products to know when enough is enough and adding seam sealing just on the shoulders, and double stitching everywhere else.


Here at Road Bike Action we’re all about putting new product to the test. With the surge in new gravel products and how much we love gravel riding a good tire is a very key element to your setup on the bike. Depending on what type of terrain you are riding the equipment you have will differ. We have put these Mavic Allroad tires to the test on both road and gravel terrain and break them down in this video below. You can also get the spec’s and pricing here as well for these tires.


If you’re in the Southern California area this weekend and would like to join a ride for a great cause, you may want to head down to Murrieta for the Ride for Route 91 which benefits families who were affected by the tragic events that took place in Las Vegas. A GoFundMe page has been set up if you can’t make the ride but if you are looking to do the ride it is a $40 donation which includes sag support and an event hat. There will be food and vendors at the ride with the host venue being Jax bicycles. With three routes on hand, there are plenty of different options for any type of rider to participate in. You can register and find out more information here.


Ryno Power Carbo-Fuel provides a high load of immediate sustained energy. Carbo-Fuel mixes easily in any juice or water and is tasteless and colorless. It is perfect for replacing muscle glycogen immediately after each training session and also works perfect for carbo-loading before an event. Protein, vitamins, and minerals are essentially building materials for your body where Carbo-Fuel is fuel for your body. Solid carbs must be eaten at least three hours prior to activity where Carbo-Fuel can be taken 30-40 minutes prior to activity for lasting energy without the drag of a heavy meal in your stomach. You will not want to work out without it.

Well, that’s all for this weeks Mid-Week Report. Be sure to check back every Wednesday to see the latest news, views and products that have come our way. If you have any questions, comments or requests, let us know: [email protected]

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