The Road Bike Action Mid-Week Report is a weekly column where we review current events and new products coming through our office with the intention of keeping you up on all the latest slick tire goings on.
RALLY CYCLING TEAM LAUNCH
This past week we were invited to the Rally Cycling Team launch at the historic Honda Museum in Torrance, CA. This team presentation came at the end of the men’s camp and before the beginning of the women’s camp. The team presentation was set up with time available for talking with riders, staff, and sponsors about the upcoming season. After the team launch we grabbed an interview with newcomer to the team; Colin Joyce, which will be up online this week for reading as he talks about his transition from the U23 Axeon team to the Rally Cycling team.
A couple days following the team camp we went up to Oxnard to join the ladies camp for a day of riding. From being involved with team camps the last few years on the racing side it was a much different experience on being on the other end of the team camp and looking at it from an outside perspective. The team is run under the direction of former racer Zach Bell (look for an interview with Zach later this week) and he split the team into two groups simulating a breakaway and chase simulation. We had a bit of rain up in the mountains above Malibu but overall it was a good day of riding. I sat on the chase group and observed the girls work together as they measured their effort to pull in the break. Once the ride was finished the girls went into meetings and massage.
You can find more on the day spent with the women’s Rally Camp and video here: Rally Women’s Camp
MAMMOTH GRAN FONDO
The Mammoth Gran Fondo has opened registration up for this years event which will be held on September 9th hosted at the Mammoth Lakes Village. Road Bike Action has always attended this fondo as the route and scenery are among the most memorable. You may think being up in Mammoth there will be a lot of climbing on hand but with their century loop over rolling terrain only adds up to being just over 6k of climbing. However, it does all take place at nose bleed elevation! We always look forward to this event and we hope to see you there. Mammoth Fall Century
The BWR is back for its seventh year come May 21st. This event takes in the true Spring Classic vibe in San Diego and it is not for the faint of heart. We just joined them for the Source Endurance Survival Camp where we previewed most of the course and got an inside look at where the BWR came from and where they plan on taking it in the future. Last year this was one of the tougher rides where you really need to have your bike ready for what’s on hand. For a more in-depth look at the BWR, check-out our coverage of the Survival camp. Being There: BWR
A MOMENT TO SAVOR
We like it when young gun Americans win races abroad and so it was a shared victory of sorts when Travis McCabe took a big win on stage 3 of the Herald Sun Tour in Australia last week. New to the UHC squad, McCabe was in full command at the end of the 167km stage. “I think this and the Tour of Utah win that I had last year are the top two. This is my first year racing with UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling and getting an early season win, you can’t ask for anything else. It’s fantastic.” Congratulations Travis.
At the recent Dubai Tour there was a bit of boxing on hand as Astana’s Andriy Grivko punched Marcel Kittel (above) in the face as they were battling for position in the cross winds. While bumping shoulders and cutting over on riders is pretty common, there is no justification for hitting another rider in the face – especially the race leader. At the end of the day, racing bikes is racing bikes and when you cross that line and put somebody in danger, that’s not cool. Marcel could’ve easily had damage done to his eye as his glasses broke which could’ve resulted in season ending injury. Grivko was later expelled from the race and Kittel is asking the UCI for a suspension on the rider. Dubai Tour Wrap Up
CANYON TO LAND IN AMERICACanyon Bicycles will finally make its official presence in the States later this year. Already a top seller in Europe (with two World Tour teams riding under their banner), the American bike industry is certainly curious to see how this will impact the domestic marketplace as the German marque made their name on a consumer direct business model. Will this be a turning of the tides as other bicycle companies look to implement this business strategy? Only time will tell but with how fast everything has been changing we are curious where this will lead in the larger picture. Canyon Comes to America
In addition to the vast range of aluminum and carbon wheels to choose from, French wheel brand Mavic also has a growing menu of soft-goods that includes shoes, lycra and helmets. The Aksium Elite is the entry level of their four model helmet line and sells for $99.
Well that’s all for this weeks Mid-Week Report. Be sure to check back every Wednesday to see the latest which we have to comment on. If you have any questions, comments and requests, let us know: [email protected]