RBA MID-WEEK REPORT

By @JonHornbeck

 

LOGAN OWEN STICKS TO HIS WORD

Photo: Davey Watson
Photo: Davey Watson

 

We caught up with Logan Owen a couple weeks back for an upcoming magazine issue where we interviewed him for our “Being Pro” segment. We asked Logan what he thought he would need to do this season to step up to the World Tour in ’18 with his response being; “I’m going to have to put together a solid Spring campaign, win a couple races during that time, earn my share of podium results as well and show that I am one of the strongest U23 riders in the world.”

Logan did just that as he won in Portugal during stage 4 of the Volta ao Alentejo which was his teams; Axeon Hagens Berman, first race of the season. Most riders always come into the year with big ambitions and talk of winning races, etc. It’s rare though to call it out and come through just a couple weeks later. By the looks of it Logan’s choice to skip cyclocross this past season and focus more on rest is already starting to pay off as he looks to gain the results necessary to move up to the World Tour next year.

 

BEING THERE: WAHOO FITNESS

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This past week we had the pleasure to be invited by the Wahoo Fitness crew to come up to San Luis Obispo and join them for a few days of riding and meet and greats. The founder/CEO himself was their as well; Chip Hawkins, and we had a great one on one video interview with him where he told his story of the beginning and current direction of Wahoo, which can be found here. Wahoo looks to be onto great things as we are very fond of their ELEMNT cycling computer and KICKR trainer. Besides learning about their products on hand it was great to hear the entrepreneurial success which the founder has found in his career thus far. This just shows that a great idea with proper work and knowledge can really turn into a great company in a short amount of time.

 

TOUR OF ALBERTA RETURNS THIS YEAR

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The Tour of Alberta will return this year after dropping from five stages down to four. The first stage will take place exclusively inside of the Jasper National Park with the following three stages all starting and finishing in the Edmonton Metro area. This hybrid hub and spoke model is being implemented for the race’s longevity as the Alberta economy is still recovering. It’s nice to see a large race look to change direction to look out for the big picture of the race being around and not seeing it disappear as such other races have been recently. With out the multiple stages finishing in one town then to another town this will drastically reduce the overall cost. It’ll be interesting to see if other races adopt this strategy for the future.

 

EVENT BUILDING TIPS

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With the recent growth in non-racing events; gravel events especially, we looked to get some information on a few tips to putting on such events. A couple weeks ago we rode the Rock Cobbler which is a growing gravel event put on by Same Ames of Sam Barn Events who puts on all types of events. He offered in his key 5 tips on what he believes is necessary for a successful good time. With the growing trend in fun events and a bit of downfall in road racing we believe more events the better! Take a look at Sam’s 5 Tips for event building and start getting the wheels turning on what cool new event you can bring to life.

 

NEW YEAR, SAME PETER

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We had our first weekend with a peak into the Classic’s this past weekend and Peter is back firing on all cylinders. He was the most consistent of any rider over the weekend as he took third on Saturday during Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and then backed that result up with winning Sunday at Kuurne-Brussel-Kuuurne. The curse of the rainbow stripes seems to be a distant thought now for Peter as he looks to be even more confident and dominant this year. Besides Peter’s racing dominance he brought his personal charm to the headlines as well with his post race video’s that went viral quickly.

If this is what were on track for from Peter this year were looking forward to his racing performance and perhaps even more his personality which he doesn’t shy away from.

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=LtwlVEmLwFs

 

BIKE TEST: FELT FR2

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We recently did a bike test on the new Felt FR2. Having raced the Felt FR1 the past two years with the Holowesko-Hincapie team I really became fond of the bike/company. One aspect which I was surprised to see for the new models was how they implemented the rear brake to go under the bottom bracket shell. This may be more aero and compliment the look of the bike better, but unfortunately you lose braking power with that new placement. Recently it seems to be a growing trend for bicycle brands to move the rear brake caliber. I still prefer better braking though with the traditional rear brake mounted on top of the seat stay. Take a look at our full bike review of the Felt to see what else we thought of it.

 

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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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