Friday Roundup: Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Sign up for the 30th edition of the granfondo La Fausto Coppi Le Alpi del Mare 2017 – The international granfondo La Fausto Coppi Le Alpi del Mare has just opened registration. The event on the July 9 in Cuneo, Italy, celebrates its 30th birthday, with some special celebrations in the works. For now, all cyclists that will have their 30th birthday in 2017 (born in 1987) will pay only 30€ for their entry fee, no matter when they register. Everyone else will also pay a discounted price of 35€ if they register before Dec 31 2016. The routes will be the same as in 2016, with the mediofondo counting 111 km (2550m of climbing), and the granfondo of 177 km (4125m of getting up). FaustoCoppi.net

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Sign up for the 30th edition of the granfondo La Fausto Coppi Le Alpi del Mare 2017 – The international granfondo La Fausto Coppi Le Alpi del Mare has just opened registration. The event on the July 9 in Cuneo, Italy, celebrates its 30th birthday, with some special celebrations in the works. For now, all cyclists that will […]

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Pioneer power meters for Campagnolo, FSA & Cannondale now shipping, MTB coming in December

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Pioneer continues to show they’re serious about cycling by announcing models for Campagnolo, FSA and Cannondale road cranksets, plus options for Shimano’s latest Dura-Ace, XT and XTR models.

The upgrade to working with the latest Dura-Ace R9100 comes as no surprise since Pioneer sponsors several top pro teams and athletes. That one, along with versions for the Campagnolo alloy cranks, is now shipping in both single and dual leg versions. The Cannondale SiSL2 and Si cranks will come in left-side only options for now and are also shipping. Pricing without the crank arms is $499 for single leg and $999 for dual. Single leg measurement comes from the left crank arm and can be upgraded to add right leg at a later date.

The FSA SL-K carbon road version and mountain bike versions will start shipping in December for Trail XT and XTR cranks. That’s not all they showed at Interbike, though, check our coverage for a look at some prototype meters that capture data from the rest of your bike (and you).



Pioneer continues to show they’re serious about cycling by announcing models for Campagnolo, FSA and Cannondale road cranksets, plus options for Shimano’s latest Dura-Ace, XT and XTR models. The upgrade to working with the latest Dura-Ace R9100 comes as no surprise since Pioneer sponsors several top pro teams and athletes. That one, along with versions […]

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Scicon teases a new Aerocomfort 3.0 TSA bike bag with Bahrain Merida pro sponsorship

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We’ve been seeing lots of press releases from the new Bahraini pro cycling team that Vincenzo Nibali will ride for in 2017, but to be honest we’re not too concerned over which domestiques and sports directors will make the new team function day to day. On the other hand, sometimes buried in the PR is an interesting tidbit. This one takes the form of a new pair of bike travel cases from premium Italian bag maker Scicon. The new pro team will be traveling with new Scicon Aerocomfort Road and Triathlon 3.0 TSA Bike Travel Bags, as well as the updated Race Rain Bags and several others, all in their characteristic red. Jump past the break for a look inside the bags and a hint of what new tech they bring…

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We’ve been seeing lots of press releases from the new Bahraini pro cycling team that Vincenzo Nibali will ride for in 2017, but to be honest we’re not too concerned over which domestiques and sports directors will make the new team function day to day. On the other hand, sometimes buried in the PR is an interesting […]

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BH spins up affordable carbon endurance in new Fusion & Fusion Disc

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Built to offer the same level of endurance riding performance as their more expensive Quartz line-up at a more attainable price, the new Fusion & Fusion Disc bring a lot of the same carbon tech to a broader audience. Working off their race-bred carbon road bikes, BH worked to design a new bike to deliver more comfort for never-ending rides, build out of more affordable carbon materials and with a build spec to match. What resulted is a pair of bikes that balance comfort and stiffness, ideal for long distance riding…

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Built to offer the same level of endurance riding performance as their more expensive Quartz line-up at a more attainable price, the new Fusion & Fusion Disc bring a lot of the same carbon tech to a broader audience. Working off their race-bred carbon road bikes, BH worked to design a new bike to deliver […]

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Stair step over the Alps & slide down the other side with 8bar’s crit team

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Just a quick one here as we’ve seen the silly fixed gear antics from the 8bar crew before in their multi-day crossings of the Alps. But this year with their more organized (or at least better kitted out) crit racing team, they drove from their Berlin HQ down to Milan for the Red Hook Criterium at the start of October. The 8bar Team couldn’t resist pulling the van over as the hit the base of the Alps again to pedal up and over the Splügen Pass as they went from Switzerland across to Italy on their way to the Red Hook Criterium Milan 2016. Hop past the break to watch them huff it over the top, then skid precariously down the other side, as well as the official director’s cut from the race itself…

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Just a quick one here as we’ve seen the silly fixed gear antics from the 8bar crew before in their multi-day crossings of the Alps. But this year with their more organized (or at least better kitted out) crit racing team, they drove from their Berlin HQ down to Milan for the Red Hook Criterium […]

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Filament Spin Evolution winds up lighter, stiffer and stronger carbon rims

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Imagine a set of carbon wheels that claims to have 40% better impact strength, be 40% stiffer laterally, and about 20% lighter with a rider weight limit that’s about 30% higher than normal. Think that wheelset would weigh in at 1,035g? That’s what Filament Spin Evolution has done with their 25mm deep tubulars thanks to a non-standard construction method.

FSE isn’t the first brand to do filament wound carbon rim construction, that honor goes to Venn Composites and their REV wheels. FSE’s process brings the process in house using the same process used to create F1 driveshafts and by BMW. It was originally developed by DuPont decades ago, but hasn’t seen widespread use other than limited use by Wound Up forks and tubes for Calfee and a couple other small builders. Dan Kellerbee, FSE’s managing partner, says the process loves the cylindrical shape, which is why it worked so well for those products. They were already making rims for other brands using the traditional cut and layup process, but for their own brand they found a way to do filament spinning on the rim shape…

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Imagine a set of carbon wheels that claims to have 40% better impact strength, be 40% stiffer laterally, and about 20% lighter with a rider weight limit that’s about 30% higher than normal. Think that wheelset would weigh in at 1,035g? That’s what Filament Spin Evolution has done with their 25mm deep tubulars thanks to a […]

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Eating to win: Training, Race, and Recovery Nutrition with Team Sky’s Dr. Morton and SIS Nutrition

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Ian Boswell fueling up at the top of the climb.

Are you eating for your best performance? That seems like a fairly simple question, but based on the latest science, the answer might surprise you. As cyclists, for years we’ve been told that carbs are king. Want to perform your best for your race tomorrow? Eat pasta the night before the race. But as it turns out, the balance between carbs, fat, and protein might be a bit different than you’ve been  taught. Not only the balance, but the timing for each group to obtain your peak performance.

All of this was the subject of a recent even put on by Science in Sport. As the chief nutrition sponsor of Team Sky, SIS plays a critical role in the performance of their star athletes like Chris Froome, but there’s a lot more to the story than gels and protein powder. Real food is just as important as prepackaged performance nutrition, but it’s also not as simple as eating healthy and bumping up the carbs for race day.

To ensure that their team performs at their peak, Team Sky brought in renowned sports nutrition expert, Dr. James Morton. A researcher at Liverpool John Moores University, Dr. Morton also lends his services to other sports including boxing, Premier League football teams, and MMA. While each of those sports have unique nutritional needs for athletes to perform their best, Dr. Morton says nutrition presents a uniquely important role in cycling, and in a way that is still evolving…

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Are you eating for your best performance? That seems like a fairly simple question, but based on the latest science, the answer might surprise you. As cyclists, for years we’ve been told that carbs are king. Want to perform your best for your race tomorrow? Eat pasta the night before the race. But as it […]

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Review: OORR’s coffee infused, nanotech eco jerseys and bib shorts

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We first featured the coffee bean infused apparel of OORR (Out Of the Rat Race) as part of a Kickstarter round up, a few weeks back. But while a lot of Kickstarter products tend to be pie-in-the-sky tech that we can’t really offer much insight on since they tend not to be real yet, that’s not the situation here. In fact, we’ve actually been riding in the OORR kit since the start of the summer. We had the chance to test some preproduction samples that covered the range of warm weather jerseys and bib shorts that are on offer. So, we can safely say that they kept up comfortable through warm to hot riding, offered unique visibility, and delivered on a few unconventional performance features. There is some unique kit here, so it is worth having a closer look, and you have just under a week to get in on the deal if you are so inclined…

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We first featured the coffee bean infused apparel of OORR (Out Of the Rat Race) as part of a Kickstarter round up, a few weeks back. But while a lot of Kickstarter products tend to be pie-in-the-sky tech that we can’t really offer much insight on since they tend not to be real yet, that’s not […]

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Osmo Nutrition back in business to keep Peter Sagan on two wheels (or one)

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Maybe you didn’t even know they were gone, but Osmo Nutrition is back. Known for their ground breaking work in the nutrition space focused around the osmolality of hydration drink mixes, Osmo gained quite a few fans the last time around.

Most notably? That would probably be Peter Sagan. As the story goes, Peter first found Osmo after meeting Ben Capron, one of Osmo’s three co-founders, at the Westlake Village Inn during a Cannondale training camp. After cramping badly on the brutally hot stage two of the Tour of California in Palm Springs, Sagan and his team requested Osmo and ended up winning stage three the next day. He’s been on the product ever since – even if that meant having people buy it for him here in the states and hand carrying it over to Europe.

During an interview at the Sagan VIP ride, Peter said, “During my career, I understood also a lot of things in cycling, what is good for you. You have to explore what is good, what kind of training you have to do, what kind of product you have to use. Because you are meeting everyday a lot of people, right? And especially the sponsors, like everybody comes to you and says ‘this is the best, this is the best.'” Naturally, with that comes a bit of skepticism. But after trying the product and seeing the results in his racing, Peter was hooked…

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Maybe you didn’t even know they were gone, but Osmo Nutrition is back. Known for their ground breaking work in the nutrition space focused around the osmolality of hydration drink mixes, Osmo gained quite a few fans the last time around. Most notably? That would probably be Peter Sagan. As the story goes, Peter first […]

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