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By Jon Hornbeck


The San Dimas Stage Race begins this Friday with their infamous uphill time trial. Saturday will be their road/circuit race and Sunday is their downtown criterium. The SDSR has been a staple for Southern California racing for many year’s and continues to do so this weekend. If you’re looking to get in a block of racing this could be good to go join or if you want to just watch some exciting bike racing up close go check it out.

You can find more details about the San Dimas Stage Race here. 



Trek may be a little late to the Gravel game but they have finally introduced their full fledged dedicated Checkpoint which can handle all types of multi-surface riding. With seven different styles to choose from that includes carbon and aluminum builds, the Trek Checkpoint has multiple bottle cages, rack mounts for fender’s and bag’s, tire clearance of up to 45c and their IsoSpeed decoupler.

Our current test bike has an Ultegra drivetrain, carbon frame and Bontrager aluminum wheels which all together retails for $3,799.99.

Look at more up close photos and overview here.



Salsa is a brand long affiliated with creative bike design with a liking for all things gravel. And so it is that they are introducing a new line of entry-level adventure bikes. The Journeyman can roll with either 700c and 650b wheel sizes with up to a 42mm/2.1″ size tire respectively.

The aluminum frame accepts racks, fenders, and bolt-on packing accessories with a new Fantail fork in carbon (Shimano Sora builds) or aluminum (Shimano Claris builds). The retail prices are:

  • Journeyman Sora 700 – $1,099.00
    Journeyman Sora 650 – $1,099.00
    Journeyman Claris 700 – $899.00
    Journeyman Claris 650 – $899.00

For more info: Salsa Journeyman



Press Release – BONT Cycling, renowned for their race-proven anatomic fit, has added a deeper dimension to fit with the new Helix road shoe. Near a year in development, its innovative cable closure system takes fit to a whole new level – literally, a level just below the surface.

While the Helix may resemble other BONT Cycling shoes on the exterior – particularly the high performance Vaypor S – this new road shoe features a proprietary cable integration system that is a completely new approach to closure. Using the BOA system, BONT has developed a cable structure that goes into the upper, all around the shoe, through the carbon chassis and back through the other side of the upper.

The single BOA dial simplifies function for quick and easy on-the-fly adjustments. The system, in combination with an overlapping upper, allows for more adjustment and volume control. The continuous wiring spreads the load for a secure hold without localized pressure points.


OTTOLOCK CINCH LOCK VERSION 2 – is excited to announce some strong upgrades to the popular OTTOLOCK that makes the innovative multi-purpose gear lock even better.

Introducing OTTOLOCK Version 2 (V2) with features:

  • New Cerakote® anti-chip Paint
  • New durable Band Tip attached with Loctite® adhesive
  • Improved Locking Mechanism
  • Available in Stealth Black, Flash Green, and OTTO Orange
  • Designed and manufactured in the USA
  • 18mm wide band multiple high temper steel and Kevlar Layers
  • 3 resettable combination wheels / aluminum head
  • Available in 3 size lengths (18”, 30”, 60”)
  • MSRP: $55 (18″ Cinch Lock), $65 (30″ Cinch Lock), $75 (60″ Cinch Lock)



United healthcare brings us up to date with their latest from “In the Peloton” today; we meet the Ides of March with lots of racing updates and news.  The men’s team has been busy racing all over the world, from Europe to Asia we’ve been busy fighting for positions in the sprints and on the cobbles.

Part of the men’s team just wrapped up the Tour de Taiwan, with Jonny Clarke taking home 2nd on the overall General Classification, after two podium finishes in a row.  The final stage saw Sebastian Haedo sprint to 2nd out of the massive field.  An overall success for both our sprinters and climbers, the Tour of Taiwan is always an exciting stop early in our calendar.

The men in Europe raced at the Danilith Nokere Koerse, a hard 191.1km race with six cobble sections.  Tomorrow they head to the Handzame Classic in Belgium, then off to France for the GP Denainon Sunday.

The women’s team has been training hard, and a small group of them are headed to the Chico Stage Race on March 16th.  The next race with a full women’s roster will be the Sunny King criterium and Piedmont Road Race.



 Cyclists can now register for the 2nd edition of the CTS Figueroa Mountain Gran Fondo, presented by Figueroa Mountain Brewing. The event, scheduled for November 10, 2018 in Santa Ynez, California, features beautiful routes through the Santa Ynez Valley and an ascent of the iconic Figueroa Mountain climb.
Early bird registration ranges from $85-$125. This year’s Fig Fondo will be capped at 800 riders to ensure a great experience for all participants. Shareable registration link:
The full gran fondo route (Fig Epic) covers 96 miles and features 8800 feet of climbing, while a shorter medio fondo route (Fig Loop) will cover 44 miles and 5200 feet of climbing. Both routes will tackle the ascent of Figueroa Mountain, which gains 4000 feet in elevation over 9.6 miles. There will also be a family-friendly piccolo fondo route (Valley Ride) of about 31 miles through the Valley’s rolling hills. The Fig Fondo will once again feature the popular CTS Coach led pace groups. See Routes.







The first monument of the season happened over the weekend with Milano-Sanremo and boy did it not disappoint. One of the most exciting racing finishes we have seen in sometime where Nibali captured the victory while upsetting the sprinters by only a single second.

Take a look at 20 fantastic photos from the monument here. 


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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