The whole package

Interbike goodie #3: 100% Speedcraft Air eyewear

My nose has sniffed the future of endurance sports and it was beautiful. Day one of Interbike gave me the opportunity to get an up close and product-y with the 100% Speedcraft Air eyewear. This is the fancy, pricey, 80’s vibey eyewear that three-time World Champion Peter Sagan wears when he wins a brutal one […]

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Bike Christmas times 500

Interbike 2018. An exhilarating blur.

  I’m in the recovery process from Interbike –too much cool stuff, too much to take in, a biking smorgasbord, a cycling apparel all-you-can-eat, a died-and-gone-to-heaven experience. I did the opening day on Monday and when you walk through the big Reno-Sparks Convention Center doors and into the multiple halls, it’s an intense rush of […]

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ARO 3

Interbike goodie #2: Oakley ARO 3 helmet

Oakley made their big entry splash in helmets last year to much hoopla. After all, it’s Oakley, they lead the eyewear industry, they go big or stay home, if they’re doing something new, it’s got to be awesome. They turned out a road and aero helmet and pretty soon WorldTour teams Dimension Data and Katusha […]

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Heating element

Interbike Goodie #1: Reform moldable carbon saddle

Sit bones get the personal touch. The Reform saddle comes from a company named Landyachtz is a company I’d never heard off out of Vancouver, Canada. They got their start in, off all things, longboards but then branched out into bikes and saddles. There are a million saddles out there that attempt to dial in your […]

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Simon wins Vuelta a Espana

Thoughts on 2018 Vuelta a Espana

The Helta Skelta Vuelta has done it again. Who among us would seriously entertain the argument that the Spanish grand tour isn’t the most riveting, surprising and competitive event compared to the tightly scripted and Sky-dominated Tour de France and Giro d’Italia? The 2018 edition was exciting from beginning to end with aggressive racing, closely […]

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Jelly jams

Jelle Wallays holds off peloton by a millisecond.

Jelle Wallays (Lotto Soudal) and Sven Erik Bystrøm UAE Team Emirates timed their game with the charging peloton down to the microsecond. They fooled the sprinters and left them empty handed. The duo crossed the line in Lleida after 180.5 kilometers in the saddle with about forty riders finishing on the exact same time. Key difference: Wallays […]

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Valverde closes in

Good news and bad news from the Balcón.

Alto del Balcón de Bizkaia. Sounds musical in that weird Basque way. There was good and bad on the insane 20%+ grades on stage 17 of the Vuelta a Espana. The GC battle came into even higher focus and some big names slipped away in definitive fashion. Adios Nairo Quintana. Put the 2018 season down […]

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Yates Vuelta

Rest day Vuelta pondering. Yates? Quintana? Who?

First, let’s all admit what a joyful experience the Vuelta a Espana has been so far. Isn’t it wonderful to watch mountain stages in a grand tour where there isn’t a Team Sky rider anywhere to be seen? No Froome, no line of Sky jerseys at the front, strangling the life out of the race. […]

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Surprise!

Rodriguez stuns Majka on La Camperona climb.

You gotta feel for Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe). He thought he basically had stage 13 and the last three 3k’s in the bag, Vuelta victory with his name on it. He’d done a lot of work to power the jumbo-sized Vuelta break and kept killing off rivals until it was down to just himself and Dylan […]

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Herrada in red

GC rivals let Herrada swipe red jersey. A Voeckler deja-vu?

Another crazy day in the Helta Skelta Vuelta. Take a siesta for ten minutes and something else unexpected happens. A career domestique like American Ben King (Dimension Data) wins not one, but two stages from breakaways. The combative and underachieving Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) saves his season and possibly his career prospects with a sprint victory. […]

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Almost

Pinot scores 12 seconds on Vuelta rivals. WHOO-HOO!!!!!

Poor Pinot. Frenchman Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), a serious contender for overall victory in the Vuelta a Espana, decided to take the race in his own hands. He decided the endlessly rolling, up and down stage 11 from Mombuey to Ribeira Sacra-Luintra He busted his ass all day, in the breakaway of 19 riders, driving at […]

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Make that number two

Viviani crushes it in Fermoselle.

This is about as straightforward a stage as you can ever watch. No drama, no surprises, no mishaps. The 172.5 kilometer stage from Salamanca to Fermoselle was a guaranteed bunch sprint. The run in was long and straight as an arrow without single corner to derail up a train. It’s was a pure speed, power team […]

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Ben Again

King shocks peloton again in Vuelta.

  When Ben King (Dimension Data) won stage four with aggressive and smart riding, it was the feel good story of the Vuelta a Espana. It was nice guys wins for once, domestique gets magic moment in sunshine, genuine, selfless team-first rider actually stands on podium in grand tour, with pretty girls and champagne. So […]

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Well-timed.

Gallopin erases bad luck with Vuelta stage win

Useful bike racing advice for winning grand tour stage: don’t go too early or too late. Of course, after racing all day under a hot Spanish sun on constantly undulating roads with all the stresses of trying to stay safe and up front, the mental calculations and instincts can prove faulty. Also, guys just get […]

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