Mid-Week Report: The Latest News, Products and Events

Vuelta firsts, Red Bull climbs and gran fondo season

Welcome to the Wednesday, August 29 Mid-Week Report…here’s what we have in store for you today…


Vuelta Espana 2018 – 73th Edition – 5th stage – Simon Clarke (AUS – EF Education First – Drapac)

Simon Clarke of EF-EducationFirst/Drapac wins stage 5 of the Vuelta out of the breakaway. Rudy Molard upset Michal Kwiatkowski and Team Sky taking the leader’s jersey in Spain. FULL STAGE 5 RECAP HERE . Have you missed a stage of the Vuelta? We’re here to help. Stage 4 RecapStage 3 RecapStage 2 RecapStage 1 Recap


There’s nothing more exciting in the world of cycling than that last mad dash to the finish line, the all-out leg clobbering final push that separates the meek from the mighty. Red Bull Bay Climb is a straight line sprint up the historic, near vertical Potrero Hill in San Francisco that promises to deliver those end-of-race moments for all involved.

Two categories of cyclists can participate in this event on September 8th: Fixed and Open. The Fixed category features a men’s and women’s division, but is restricted to a single gear. The Open category has a men’s and a women’s division as well and a “run-what-ya-brung” spirit: if you want to ride a fat bike, a mountain bike, or something in between, any two-wheel bike is welcome (as long as it’s human powered).

More Info: https://redbullbayclimb.splashthat.com/


Teammachines, Roadmachines, Timesmachines oh my.

Press Release:

With each season that passes, the engineering team at BMC continue to strive to develop top-tier bikes – after all, even the best must evolve to remain on the top step of the podium. Here at BMC it’s difficult to stand still, and all the efforts translate directly into advantages for the rider
With these latest bike launches, BMC is aiming to exceed your expectations once again, developing innovative engineering solutions and groundbreaking technologies to make your riding experience even more special. BMC would like to introduce you to some of the bikes from the new line-up. Here’s the full story


2019 Trek 520
Trek has released an all-new version of its legacy steel touring bike. 520 was introduced in 1983 as a dependable option for multi-day tours. Today, it’s the longest-running model in Trek’s history.


The all-new 520 keeps the spirit of a classic steel touring bike, but it’s stacked with modern features that help riders tackle more adventurous terrain. Check it out here


CeramicSpeed is delighted to announce that the exclusive, limited edition ‘Victory’ OSPW system, is now available online at http://www.ceramicspeed.com and at selected retailers.

The ‘Victory Edition’ is an exclusive edition OSPW System consisting of a hand-painted cage in a fine pearlescent finish, 3D-printed Titanium hollow oversized pulley wheels, and is available only for Shimano 9100 groupsets (13/19-tooth combination). Hand-painted with a unique color mix, the cages have been through several color testing phases, before the final design has been chosen. Due to the special paint used, all cages are in fact unique, as the pattern is different on each cage. ‘Victory edition’ will be priced at $1950.


3T announced a new line of performance wear. The LTD line satisfies the “real enthusiast” looking for a cycling kit that is technologically advanced. The extraordinary quality of the fabrics and the subtle details really make a difference. Visit their website: www.3t.bike

2018 Gran Fondo Santa Clarita

There is only one month and counting until the third annual Gran Fondo Santa Clarita presented by Road Bike Action. This is your chance to ride with the RBA crew, and many pro racers. The line-up has been stacked with serious riders over the last two years, including multi-time national champion Daniel Holloway (Team Intelligentsia Coffee), Jessica Cerra (Team Twenty16), Jennifer Tetrick (Team Twenty16) and Jon Hornbeck (Team Holowesko Citadel Racing). We look forward to seeing everyone next month.

Click here for more info


The RBA crew is heading up to ride the Mammoth Gran Fondo on September 8th. We will be participating in the pro-rider panel on, Friday, September 7th.

Situated to the east and south of Yosemite National Park, the Mammoth Gran Fondo takes riders along the east side of the High Sierra with views of the Sierra Nevada Range, Mono Lake and the White Mountains. 75% of the Gran Fondo route closed to through traffic! Other highlights include: all three distances timed, Signature Event Socks and Finisher’s Tech T-Shirt, 6 Feed Zones with Full SAG/Tech Support, Free Downloadable Photos, After-Party with Food/Beer/Live Music in the Village at Mammoth!

Read our ride review here: https://roadbikeaction.com/being-there-mammoth-fall-century-gran-fondo/

For more info and to register visit: https://www.fallcentury.org/


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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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