By Jon Hornbeck
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
When you think of cycling in LA you probably instantly imagine how it can’t be good as it’s littered with cars & traffic. How could that be any good for riding bikes? Well if you’d like to ride some of the best terrain in LA you may want to look into DZ Nuthouse. At the Nuthouse you will get away from the busy cars and traffic while out riding gravel with stunning back drops such as these.
Photos: Jose Mandojana
ZAP’S COLUMN & THE PRICE THAT’S PAID FOR PR
Best Irony of the Year—it was an award that could’ve been found in my tally of “Best of 2017” call-outs in the “Edtors’ Choice” story in the January 2018 issue. At the time, inclusion of a Best Irony award was complicated for various reasons. The first being that it brought with it a potential minefield of personal and professional conflicts. Second, the honor itself, while singular in nature, actually involves a collection of disparate issues. And last, I really wasn’t sure how relevant the Best Irony would fare with you the reader.
DZ NUTHOUSE PODCAST
Speaking of the DZ Nuthouse, we were able to get a first hand look at how the camp will be laid out with all the amenities on hand as we chat here with Ryan Steers and Dave Zabriskie about their upcoming camps.
3T STRADA ROAD BIKE ACTION GIVEAWAY
We have partnered up with 3T to giveaway this amazing new 3T Strada which retails at $5,000. No purchase or payment of any kind is necessary to enter or win this sweepstakes. Winners will be randomly chosen from all entrants.
The winner(s) will be determined in a random drawing to be held May 31, 2018 Winner(s) will be notified by email or phone no later than June 15th, 2018.
FIRST LOOK: FRANCO LATIGO RS1-D
Quite possibly the main reason why we love this bike so much is that it is actually manufactured in Northern Italy, utilizing Torayca’s top-of-the-line MJ series carbon. It isn’t made in Asia and then shipped to Italy where a “made in Italy” sticker is applied which is how some other bicycle manufactures go about it.
REDLANDS BICYLE CLASSIC
Press Release – The start of the 34th annual Redlands Bicycle Classic (RBC) is hours away as riders arrive in Southern California to tackle the 5-day stage race. Beginning with a return to Big Bear Lake for the opening stage time trial Wednesday and ending Sunday in Downtown Redlands with the Sunset Road Race. A diverse field of 25 men’s teams that total about 200 riders and 14 women’s teams making up about 100 for their field from 8 different countries, will line up at the starting line to compete.
“We are excited to have a full field, that is filled with exceptional talents from around the globe,” Marc Shaw said, Redlands Bicycle Classic president. “A new champion will come from this group of first class competitors and we are excited to watch them compete for their place in the RBC history books.”
TOUR OF CALIFORNIA ROUTE
CERAMIC SPEED LIMITED EDITION PULLEY WHEELS
For a limited time only, CeramicSpeed are offering their highly acclaimed pulley wheels both oversized (OSPW) and standard in a striking pink option.
CeramicSpeed’s OSPW will be ridden by all AG2R La Mondiale in this year’s Giro d’Italia offering the most efficient drivetrain performance on the market thanks to the extremely low friction of the CeramicSpeed bearings and the unique design of the overall system.
The pink pulley wheels will be available in the standard 11-tooth combination and all OSPW combinations. and is compatible with Shimano, SRAM and Campagnolo, fitting cassettes of up to 32-tooth*.
The key benefits to using CeramicSpeed’s OSPW:
- Gives riders of all abilities optimal performance, guiding the chain in its ideal line, performing smooth and precise shifting
- Delivers lower friction and a longer lifetime when compared to other high-end stock pulley wheels
- Includes race-winning CeramicSpeed bearing quality
- Offers simple mounting directly from the box
- Developed and handmade to the highest quality in Denmark
3T INTRODUCES 1X TORNO
The new Torno crank has been designed by co-owner and 3T art director Gerard Vroomen. It combines the aerodynamic knowledge of 3T with the carbon engineering and production skills of 3T’s sister company THM.
Thanks to its aero-optimized design, the Torno represents the perfect complement to the Strada and Exploro aero frames. The crank arms are very thin, thereby reducing their drag and lowering the Q-factor, so the rider can ride with a more aero foot position. The profile is very deep and elliptical, further cutting down drag. The structural design combines the right crank, spider and carbon axle into one part, increasing stiffness and reducing weight.
The new Torno weighs a mere 330g and is offered in the LTD range.
THE ROAD BIKE ACTION SHOW PODCAST: SEA OTTER
We sit down post Sea Otter Classic with Zap and fellow editor Troy as we discuss what stood out at this year’s Sea Otter Classic and maybe what didn’t stand out so much.
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: letters@RoadBikeAction.com