by Jon Hornbeck
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
The long road ahead which was the view for 11:29 hours during this past weekend’s Dirty Kanza 200 in Emporia Kansas.
PC: Ian Matteson of ENVE Composites #RideENVE
CRITERIUM DU DAUPHINE
Now with the first Grand Tour out of the way with the Giro all eyes are on the upcoming Tour de France. With that in mind, most key riders who look to perform in July are currently at the Dauphine to finalize their prep and get their roster’s in order for the Tour. Out of the four stages so far two of them have been won by a breakaway which is more than usual. De Gendt is currently still in yellow after his victory on stage 1 and was able to back that up with a good time trial in stage 4. Come the mountains though the key climbers will look to test their legs and we’ll see who’s on point for next month. PC: Bettini
ASTANA TIME TRIAL FROM TOUR OF CALIFORNIA
Here’s a first-hand look at what it looks like to be in the team car during a World Tour time trial. While up in Big Bear for Tour of California we had the opportunity to jump in the Astana car to follow Matti Breschel.
FROM SHOULDER PADS TO CHAMOIS
The beauty of cycling is that it brings together a vast array of different makes of personal. Many people have quite the interesting story as to how they got into the sport of cycling and most of their backgrounds are different from the next. What started as a simple product test from a new company; Topical EDGE, it quickly turned into finding out quite an interesting background with the man who is leading the charge with Topical EDGE, Jeff Byers. Read his full story here.
THE DIRTY KANZA 200 RBA SQUAD
With the Dirty Kanza 200 this past weekend we were out in full force to represent Road Bike Action. The crew consisted of myself, Neil Shirley, Troy Templin and Janel Holcomb. We all had our individual experiences which will be written and shown in our upcoming magazine. Be sure to be on the look out once they hit the stands.
Janel had a good ride without many issues where she brought it home in a time of 12:13 finishing 3rd overall in the Women’s category.
Neil keeps chasing his white buffalo which is DK200 where he hopes to one day have his ride go without issues. Unfortunately, he ran into more flats this year and crossed the line in 12:20 at 50th overall for the Men’s Category.
Troy had a day full of flats with his first coming as early as 8 miles into the DK200. Troy soldiered on though and still finished with a pretty impressive time for all the stops he had to do. Troy finished in 13:56 crossing the line 235th overall in the Men’s category.
I was so happy to make it through with no mechanicals or flats. That being said though the legs, well that’s a different story. I was able to complete my first DK200 in a time of 11:29 crossing the line 8th overall.
BIKE TEST: WHY CYCLES R+
Why would one more bicycle brand decide to enter a market seemingly saturated with every type of bike you could ever hope to find? When Why Cycles launched late last summer, there was a clear reason why the Utah-based company decided one more brand was needed. Of their three models, just one is aimed at the road market, and in Why’s book, the road market has some very fuzzy lines. Take a look at our review here.
SPNDX STAMPEDE GRAVEL VOL. 1
Speaking of Gravel we’re just a month out of our SPNDX Gravel event we’ve been working on. Hosted out in Temecula wine country come join the RBA crew for a good ride and some good times to follow. There is a registration cap and you can learn more about the event 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]