By: Jon Hornbeck
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
With Paris-Roubaix concluding this past Sunday it was an easy pick to find the Photo of the Week. This photo shows great emotion though as an unknown Lotto rider takes a moment by himself completely exhausted after making it through the Hell of the North. You can find more great photos of Paris-Roubaix in our post race gallery.
OUR ALLIED CYCLES TEST BIKE
The wait is over for us in the office as we received our new Allied Cycles test/demo bike. This bike is definitely the talk on the road right now as it is a full American made carbon bike out of Little Rock, Arkansas. There has been a lot of build up to this bike and we’re happy we finally have one in person to properly put to the test. We’ll be reporting more on this soon so be sure to follow along to see what we think of it.
Paris-Roubaix did not disappoint, well maybe if your name is Tom Boonen. For us fans though it ended up being another great race of the Spring Classics season. The race was a bit strange though as there was no clear break which established, a lot of attacks going yet not getting much space. After the high pace of the race the field just started to whittle itself down. In the last 30km the favorites really started to light it up and it looked as though it could be another Peter show but once he got away from the group an untimely puncture took him out of the race. Greg Van Avermaet showed his strength once again as he made the winning move of three and also did most of the work in the closing kilometers. Even with Zdenek Stybar sitting on most of the time GV still was able to take a convincing win. Boonen wasn’t able to make the winning move and crossed the line in a disappointing 13th.
BEING THERE: FONDOS
Over the weekend there were a couple of fondos/events with an RBA presence. Myself and Zap went down to San Diego to enjoy the Campagnolo Gran Fondo while one of our guest contributors; Janel Holcomb, rode in the E’Roica vintage ride. I was able to put my latest test bike; the Specialized S-Worls Shimano build, through a good five hour ride while Janel rode a vintage bike equipped with classic down tube shifters. Up next for events for us will be Sea Otter and The Dirty Reiver over in the UK.
Everyone please be sure to be on the lookout for some missing bikes and wheels as Twenty20 Pro Cycling had much of their equipment stolen. There is a $10,000 reward leading to information provided to return their equipment. You can find more info here on what to look out for.
FIZIK CUSTOM SADDLE
If anyone is in the market to make their saddle pop be sure to check out what Fizik offers with their custom saddle program. We were very excited when they gave us the opportunity to create our own design. Don’t worry it matches the intended bike its for very well!
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]