By Jon Hornbeck
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
When the Belgian Waffle Ride say they’re not a gravel grinder, road fondo or race – it’s images such as this to show their multi-different road surfaces that go into the essence of the BWR spirit. Photo: Jake Orness
BELGIAN WAFFLE RIDE
Speaking of the Belgian Waffle Ride, it has now come and gone. This past Sunday 1000+ riders took to the course through out San Diego to earn their fair share of waffles & beer. The course was another dose of toughness plus the warm weekend made for a tough day in the saddle. Besides their growing numbers for the event their concept of what their ride is and where the future of US style events/racing may be unfolding in front of our eyes with events such as these. To read a full first person perspective from the ride check out my “Being There” article.
photo: Jake Orness
DIRTY KANZA PROJECT BIKE
Speaking of gravel, mixed surface and events the Holy Grail of gravel is approaching with the Dirty Kanza 200. I will be using this Orbea Terra as my project bike tand to make it Kanza ready I’ll look be upgrading the wheels and tires, changing the bars and tape, getting good, secure water cages and a couple good tight bags to keep some extra essentials in. We put a lot of effort into Dirty Kanza so be sure to follow us along as we will document our adventure online and have some good in depth first person perspective stories which will be in the magazine. It’s my first time knocking out 200 miles so I’m pretty excited about that although there is some nervousness to the task as well.
DUMOULIN CAUGHT WITH HIS PANTS DOWN
There was a bit of drama during yesterdays Giro stage as leader Tom Dumoulin had some stomach issues and had to pull over to the side of the road just when the race began to heat up to take an emergency “#2” nature break. Movistar and other teams took the child’s way out and pressed on instead of doing the gentleman gesture of waiting up for the current leader. I think this is a bit of a cheap shot by the rival teams as it was just day’s earlier where Quintana crashed and Tom went to the front of the race to slow it down to allow the Columbian to join back in the group. Dumoulin still kept his lead but his comfortable time gap is now gone. If he loses this Giro in Milan by the time he lost during his nature break there will sure to be some cold feelings there.
VIDEO: FRANKIE ANDREAU
While up at the Tour of California last week we caught up with many riders and key people to get some good interviews. Former racer and Tour de Fance TV commentator Frankie Andreu chats about the current race and what he’s been up to lately. Take a look at our video we did with United Healthcare’s Travis McCabe and be sure to follow along as we keep posting all of our other interviews we did while up in Big Bear.
TOUR OF CALIFORNIA UPSET
Speaking of Tour of California that race ended as well over the weekend with a pretty eventful last two days. I don’t think anyone would’ve expected George Bennet to take the GC win especially after his lack of time trial results in the past. He did show his form through out the week though and you could tell by his disappointment in missing out on victories during stage 2 and 5 that he was riding well and wanting a win. Going into the time trial though I had my money on Talansky trimming his deficit on Majka and taking the yellow jersey. Bennet wasn’t even a thought, I talked with some other riders before the time trial as well and most everyone had him written off. Last year in a shorter time trial at California Bennet crossed the line 38th 1:53 down on the winner Rohan Dennis and 1:36 down on Talansky. This year Bennet crossed the line 4th and only lost 2 seconds to Talansky. A massively big accomplishment for the Kiwi.
MAVIC CROSSMAX PRO SHOE
Speaking of gravel we got some new eye – popping Mavic shoes in the office recently that I’m quite excited about. It was a bit of surprise to see a bright red Mavic shoe as most shoes or product you will see from them shows off their signature yellow & black color scheme. Red was a good choice and we give them two thumbs up.
RIP NICKY HAYDEN
It’s unfortunate to have to bring this topic up again as it has become too common of late. On Monday morning Moto GP racer and former world champion Nicky Hayden passed away after being hit by car while training on his bicycle in Italy. Nicky was an avid cyclist and was admired by his peers in Moto GP and the cycling peloton as well. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family over their tragic loss.
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