News, Views and Insights

By Jon Hornbeck


Long before the day of private motor coaches and 18 wheeler team rigs, America’s top team tooled the countryside in this sweet Dodge van.

After 14 months of investigation UKAD has finally made their decision on the Wiggins debacle with clearing him and his mysterious package he received back in 2011. I thought a bit more would come of of this with all the grey areas which surrounded the matter but at the end of the day there was no proof of actual any wrong doing.

Read the full details here.  British cycling great Bradley Wiggins said he and his family had been subjected to “living hell” after United Kingdom Anti-Doping said on Wednesday it would not be charging him over a mystery package he received in 2011. Wiggins, the first British winner of the Tour de France, also warned he would consider his legal options after UKAD did not issue an “unqualified finding of innocence”.


Here’s a cool new product from Slica which we just got in the office and could be a good gift idea for the coming holidays. Silca is always one to put out premium products at this latest T-Ratchet set is no exception. The set retails for $99 and can be found here.

More from Silca: Weighing in at a mere 30 grams, the Ti-Torque is a featherweight in tool category, transforms a highly delicate maintenance function into an easy, highly portable, and on-the-go accurate adjustment. Equipped with a torque measuring extender that provides real-time feedback, the Ti-Torque beam now has three separate scales on it; 2-6, 3-5 and 4-8. This allows you to more easily see when you’ve reached your desired torque setting. Other feature highlights include interchangeable magnetic components to convert from a screwdriver to ratcheting T-Handle in seconds.


While we were down for the Mike Nosco Memorial ride we grabbed a few short interviews with riders that we ran into at the event. Hear from Jack Nosco himself, RBA’s own Zap, pro cyclists Justin Williams & Lauren Hall, professional motocross racers David Bailey, Christian Craig, Cole Seely and their trainer Blake Savage and even Neil Shirley sneaks in there as well. PC: VeloImages

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There’s a sudden controversy surrounding Phil Gaimon’s new book, “Draft Animals”, where he opines on the motor doping allegations that arose from Fabian Cancellara’s infamous winning attack during the 201o Paris-Roubaix. “When you watch the footage, his accelerations don’t look natural at all, like he’s having trouble staying on the top of the pedals. That #$%@# probably did have a motor,” Gaimon wrote.

The book however isn’t all full of motor accusations though. In chapter 31 Gaimon actually comes to the defense of Ryder Hesjedal for his infamous crash during the Vuelta a Espana where the Canadian rider’s rear wheel keeps spinning despite the bike lying on the ground. “I didn’t even really like Ryder, but I think it’s safe to chalk that up to physics. He didn’t have his own mechanic, so he would have had to install the motor himself in a bike that he didn’t have access to because it lives in a truck at the service course. I think Nate Brown was his roommate at the Vuelta, so where would he have committed this crime? More importantly, in a world of marginal gains where we’re all fighting tooth and nail for 10 watts, if Ryder had a motor, it’s fair to say he would have won at least one race that year.”


English Cycles and Handlebar Mustache collaborated on a limited edition run of socks with all profits benefiting the Willamette Animal Guild (W.A.G.).  This nonprofit organization provides low cost or free veterinary services in Lane County, Oregon. Look great, feel great and help save the animals. These limited edition socks will be released on Black Friday, November 24th, 2017 on and retail for $17.

The owners of both companies are passionate about animals and vegan to boot, so this collaboration was a natural fit. These impeccably designed socks are made in the U.S.A., and the profits go directly to helping animals. It’s the best $17 you can spend.  If you buy 2 pairs, HBStache will donate an additional pair to a homeless shelter.



Join World Champion Cyclist Peter Sagan in celebrating the resilience of Sonoma County with a ride and gathering to raise money for those affected by the fires. Made possible by Osmo Nutrition, Bike Monkey, Sonoma Pride, and Trail House Santa Rosa. For more info, or to register, go to

On Giving Tuesday, November 28th 2017, Sagan will be here in Sonoma County, to help raise funds for the fire survivors through Sonoma Pride and the King Ridge Foundation. Bike Monkey has teamed up with Osmo Nutrition, Sonoma Pride, and Trail House to put on an event giving 400 people the opportunity to ride with Sagan and witness first-hand the sorrow of the areas that were affected by the fires, as well as the beauty of the areas that were spared. After the ride will be food and celebration, and more opportunity to party with the charismatic world champion.

All proceeds from this event will go to those who’ve lost their homes in Sonoma County. / PC: Bettini


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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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