RBA’s Mid-Week Report

The latest news, products, and events

By Jon Hornbeck


The racing has begun for the 2018 season which means it’s time to show off all the new kits, bikes and bright pink team wrapped vehicles. This photo was shot recently at the EF – Drapac p/b Cannondale team camp where the entire team was together. This may be the only time this year that the whole team will be in one place at the same time.

Photo: RideArgyle, Matthew C Beaudin, Ian S Walton Photography


Press Release — The newest addition to the adidas Sport eyewear Sports Essentials line, the lightweight zonyk aero midcut has a stable fit and clear vision making it easier than ever to navigate quickly changing road and weather conditions.
With its ideally shaped lenses that offer a huge field of vision, even the smallest details are visible no matter how quickly you’re moving.To ensure the perfect vision, the lenses are customizable and available in a variety of options to match your needs: polarized, mirror, eye fatigue reducing LST, automatically tint adjusting VARiO, and brand new LST + VARiO combination.The zonyk aero midcut is available in a pro version, which comes with a removable sweat bar that directs the airstream towards the inside of the filters, aiding the climacool ventilation system and helping to reduce lens fogging.

Price: $209


Dirty Kanza throws all types of challenges at you

In the latest episode of the Road Bike Action show podcast we do a roundtable discussion on tips, tricks and past experiences of the Dirty Kanza. Joining us for the discussion is Neil Shirley who has years of experience consisting of his personal ups and downs and Yuri Hauswald who has claimed victory at the illustrious event.

You can listen to the show below and also on iTunes, Soundcloud and Stitcher.




A new pair of shoes have made their way into the office with the G Stilo from Gaerne. We have only put one ride on them so far but our first impressions are positive with their fit being more on the snug side, these shoes would be better for riders with a more narrow foot. We like where they have their Boa system retention dials as they don’t put pressure in a bad spot on your foot. One aspect we really enjoy is that they are very easy to take off with just one hand which is always a plus.

We’ll put the shoe through some more rides to see how they hold up in the long run and how clean we can actually keep them!


The saga continues for Chris Froome and his task to try to clear his name from his current asthma issues. The latest in the news now is that the Corriere della Sera newspaper has reported saying Froome may be ready to strike a deal with the UCI to shorten his ban. Froome though has gone on to say that these reports are completely untrue and will continue to fight to clear his name completely.

Froome is planning on lining up at the Giro this year where rumor has it that he will receive a show up fee of two million. If Froome can’t show legitimate reason on how he reached reached a level of 2000ng/ml of salbutamol in his urine, which is twice the legal amount he may receive a ban anywhere from 12 – 24 months.



Press Release —  The BWR is considered to be one of the country’s most challenging rides—for cyclists and tires. The rolling route over mixed terrain changes annually, but it’s typically similar to last year’s 140-mile ride, which included 41 miles on dirt and 13,000 feet of elevation gain. The 2018 BWR is scheduled for April 15.

“We are truly excited to partner with IRC Tire for the seventh edition of the Canyon Belgian Waffle Ride,” said, Michael Marckx, BWR creator. “To survive the unique, challenging and diabolical BWR course, there is no more important feature on our bikes than the tires we roll on. The wrong tires can spell disaster, but the right tires can ensure a smooth, successful, even joyous experience, and that’s why we have partnered with IRC Tire.”

Of the many tire choices available, IRC is highlighting two tires as its choice for the event. The Formula Pro 700c x 28 Light tubeless is perfect for road frames with limited tire clearance. The lightweight tire combines tubeless puncture resistance with a wider tread and cross-sectional shape. For frames with additional tire clearance the SeracCX Sand 700c x 32 tubeless is ideal for loose gravel and it rides well on road surfaces. This tire features an oversize diamond-file tread pattern and a wider tread. Both tires offer low rolling resistance and durability, essential for 140-plus miles of mixed surface riding and 13,000-plus feet of climbing and can be purchased via the BWR website store. For information on all IRC Tires visit www.ircbike.com.

Photo: Danny Munson


For the days when you don’t need a heavy layer, the Mavic Ksyrium Pro Longsleeve Jersey is an ideal choice. The highly breathable jersey provides exceptional sweat management through air mesh sections. UV fabric is used on the back and shoulders to provide additional protection from the sun. It features a fit that allows room for an undershirt, while still keeping with an ergonomic design. It uses a full zip design with three rear pockets (one with a zipper).

Price: $129.95


Attention Southern California cyclists! One of the best events of the year is approaching with the Rock Cobbler 5.0 on February 10th. Even if your not a Southern California resident this is an event worth making the trek to. With the diminishing amount of road race events currently being the new trend and the rise of gravel style events the Cobbler is an adventure in itself. Besides the amazing riding terrain which you encounter on the route the overall vibe of the event is what stands out. From the rest stops to the post ride shenanigans it’s an event you should consider trying out.

Registration for the Cobbler is still open and can be found here. 



On February 10, the 20th annual Tour de Palm Springs presents “Le Ride” in partnership with American Documentary Film Festival. “Le Ride” is the story of the first English speaking team to ride the Tour de France. Multi Award winning producer Phil Keoghan will be available for Q & A following the film. Check out what it was like to ride back in 1928. The Pacific Premier Cycling Team will be on hand to talk about the growth of cycling teams. Sign up for the Tour of Palm Springs.

In what very well may be a first, Thomson Bike Tours has announced their inaugural Gravel Tour that takes place in Spain for seven days and six nights. The 250 mile trip will take you from Barcelona to Girona with over 28,000 ft. of elevation gain. Thomson Bike Tours is one of the most respected tour operators in Europe.

Big news regarding the 4th annual Eroica California (April 14-15) that rolls from the central California town of Paso Robles is that in addition to the classic vintage bike “ride to the ocean”, the promoters have now added a new “race/ride” format for modern bikes, NOVA Eroica, will be open to all modern drop bar bikes and featuring timed race segments. Only 200 start positions are available for the inaugural edition and are filling up fast, register today!

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: letters@RoadBikeAction.com

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