PHOTO OF THE WEEK
The Tour de France has finally moved into the mountains where they have begun their three day trek through the Alps. We will finally see who will take control of the race here and while doing so we’ll be in for some spectacular views!
BIKE TEST: RIDLEY FENIX SLX
Belgium is known for their harsh riding conditions and seasons, with riders demanding a lot from their equipment. Ridley is a Belgium-based company that has been designing their bikes around these conditions and sending them off to riders around the world.
The Fenix SLX is a revamp of their Fenix SL, which was originally introduced as a rim brake frame for all-purpose riding. With a new set of disc brakes and a lighter frame, the Fenix SLX was created in hopes of being a go-to bike for riders looking to wander the mountains and back roads.
TREK ANNOUNCES MAJOR WOMENS PROFESSIONAL TEAM
Press Release — Trek has announced the creation of a new professional women’s road team for 2019 with the intent of racing the UCI Women’s World Tour.
The team will be backed by a new standard of support that will include a dedicated director sportif, assistant director sportif, and support staff. The team will also receive shared support from Trek-Segafredo staff and Trek Factory Racing Manager Luca Guercilena.
“Trek is committed to changing the world by inspiring more people to ride,” said Trek President John Burke, “and our world-class women’s road team will be filled with passionate racers who are out to inspire. We’re putting full support behind our athletes so they can focus on their profession and be the best they can be.”
CRUSHER IN THE TUSHAR RECAP
Beaver, Utah- The Crusher in the Tushar once again proved anything but predictable in both the weather and riders that would be standing on the podium. By Saturday afternoon, two first-time winners proved to be up to whatever challenge the Tushar Mountains could dish out, with Lauren De Crescenzo (DNA Cycling) having an incredible return to racing after a two and a half year absence caused by a severe accident. On the men’s side, it was another unexpected name at the top, with 21-year-old professional mountain biker Zach Calton (Spry-LPW) putting in an impressive performance.
As the 600 riders arrived in Beaver for check-in on Friday, the weather picked up right where it left off last year with rain greeting everyone and rekindling the memories from the finish line hail storm. But by race morning, the clouds had lifted enough to allow full view of the mighty Tushar Mountains that would dole out 10,000 feet of climbing over the 69-mile course that featured a 60/40 split between dirt and paved roads.
BIKE TEST: CERVELO R5
No stranger to pro-level performance, Canadian-brand Cervelo offers their R5 not just to consumers but also to the members of the Dimension Data WorldTour outfit. With an all-new frame geometry, the R5 is completely redesigned from its previous generation. Whether you’re a die-hard rim-brake rider or someone looking to add disc brakes to their lineup, the Cervelo made sure to make the R5 available in both versions.
CERAMIC SPEED “VICTORY EDITION” SYSTEM
Press Release: CeramicSpeed is delighted to announce a fantastic one-off competition and exclusive limited edition Over Sized Pulley Wheel System (OSPW).
Running from 16th-29th July, CeramicSpeed are offering a money-can’t-buy replica of Romain Bardet’s Factor O2 – the recently launched Romain Bardet special edition frame kit, including Black Inc cockpit and seat post worth nearly €20,000; an identical bike to the one he will be using at the
Tour de France with a world-class finishing kit, including:
- Factor O2 Frame Kit including Black Inc. cockpit and seatpost
- A limited ‘Victory Edition’ CeramicSpeed OSPW System with a hand-painted cage in a unique, glitter iridescent finish
- A set of the newly launched Mavic Cosmic Ultimate Tubular TDF Edition wheels
- Fi’zi:k Arione R1 saddle
- Shimano Dura-Ace 9100 Di2 groupset
- CeramicSpeed Headset
- CeramicSpeed Bottom Bracket BBright Bottom Bracket
ELITE – FUORIPISTA
Press Release: Adriano Design – winner of several international awards – designed for Elite an iconic bike that combines sculptural and architectural beauty with remarkable functionality, allowing for a training session that faithfully recreates a real road race on your bike. FUORIPISTA represents a new way of interpreting a fitness accessory, no longer gym exclusive but so beautiful that becomes an object of desire, to show off, to praise, one you would ride with pride and joy. A dream machine along with you would ride away some of the most spectacular cycling routes in the world, virtualized on a tablet mounted on its front.
Target MSRP (USD): $16,000
Target Availability: Custom Orders Available Starting November 2018
Learn more at http://www.fuoripista.eu.
TOPEAK CUBICUBI SERIES LIGHT SYSTEM
The CubiCubi Series is a new modular light system release by Topeak. It includes different options of adapters, mounts, and mounting boxes to give the rider the best set up for whatever they have ahead of them. The CubiCubi utilizes one lamp, with the option of three different cartridge battery options, for multiple brightness outputs.
Target MSRP (USD):
- CubiCubi 1200 – $129.95
- CubiCubi 850 – $119.95
- CubiCubi 500 – $99.95
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