Le Tour Recap: Been Mountain Biking

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by Byron on Jul 19, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Riding mountain bikes for the past few days with Scott Bikes during Scott Week, our Tour coverage will resume tomorrow, ‘till then have a look at this BBC article about racer body types.

One of the race’s most famous climbs, the Alpe D’Huez, a difference of three kilos could make a difference of up to two-and-a-half minutes over the 14km of the ascent.

Also see the AP’s interactive feature on the Tour. 

American Andrew Talansky became the latest top rider to abandon the Tour de France. Defending champion Chris Froome, two-time winner Alberto Contador and sprint specialist Mark Cavendish have already been forced out of the race due to injury after all suffered heavy crashes in a treacherous first half of the Tour.

And we’re tuning in again tomorrow.

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Chrome Mobile Factory Tour

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by Byron on Jul 18, 2014 at 12:53 PM

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Today and tomorrow in Seattle, at the new Chrome Hub, they’re making shoes, drinking beer, and offering discounts. Check the flyer for the details.

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Scott Week: Genius LT Tuned for Enduro

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by Byron on Jul 18, 2014 at 8:32 AM

Scott Genius LT Tuned

Scott Genius LT Tuned. Photo taken with Mike Schirf

Was having so much fun on the flow trails at Deer Valley, decided for the last run to try a double black. After 5 runs on Sunset and Naildriver, I walked the gnarliest sections of Twist and Shout. Had the spirit and desire, but not that technical of skills. The bike could totally handle it though, and I felt I let it down. Feeling like I owed the Genius something, raced against a setting sun to get the shot on a fire road between alpine meadows.

The Genius LT Tuned is refined for 2015 and it’s got the pop-on-the showroom looks, just look how the sun lit up the graphics. Compared to the Spark I rode in Sedona, the slack geometry is for aggressive trail riding and I kept my weight forward and arms out, steering the front end through the turns.

Richard from Pinkbike told me at dinner that the soul of mountain biking is in Enduro, which this bike was made to race. Considering that Enduro is inclusive with no rules, and anyone can compete on the same course as the pros, that’s now on my list of stories to write. I’ll do it with a bike like the Genius LT Tuned. I haven’t been to an Enduro, but expect it’s like gravel is to road now.

See more photos from Scott Week on G+. And if you’re interested in riding in Park City, at the first IMBA Gold Level riding resort with world class trails. I’ve ridden in Park City now several times and recommend White Pine Touring as a guide. Just a few weeks ago, I took the GT Grade on Mid Mountain trail and featured that story in Issue 14 of our magazine.

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Le Tour Update: Tour Delayed

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by Byron on Jul 17, 2014 at 6:36 AM


Breaking: Tour De France On Hold As Cyclists Ride Over To Creek To Check Out Bugs

Traveling from Seattle to Vegas for another Mobile Social, and now in Park City for Scott week, haven’t seen the Tour in a day. Then I learned from the Onion that the racing was delayed because Andre Greipel found some stick bugs down at the creek! Funniest commentary I’ve seen for a race that’s the most interesting and unpredictable Tour in decades. And why is that? As Patrick Brady said,

cause we’re not just waiting to see who Froome is gonna F up each stage.

For more entertaining views of the Tour, also see the Crash Graphic and what it’s like on the sidelines.

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Mobile Social Interbike 14

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by Byron on Jul 16, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Ride Started at Zappos

The ride started at Zappos HQ

After another fun Mobile Social in Vegas, that started at Zappos HQ, we’ll ride the Strip again during Interbike. That’s our traditional, annual ride and will post the details as soon as we have them.

What we know now is we’ll ride on Thursday, September 11th, to downtown again.

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Mobile Social SXSW V2V

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by Byron on Jul 15, 2014 at 6:09 AM

Tonight

We’re riding the Strip again tonight and this time with SXSW during V2V 14. We’ll meet at Zappos.com HQ by 6:30 for a mixer and then ride to the Tuesday Night Networking Party at Deuce Lounge in Aria.

See you there.

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Le Tour Stage 10 Recap: Breaking Bike News

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by Byron on Jul 14, 2014 at 1:42 PM

FP PHOTO / LIONEL BONAVENTURE

The news about a broken bike (or not) is a chaotic as this Tour. With Contador out, it leaves the race with no previous winner. As of 9:00 am, this is what I knew about his bike

Then APF published photos of #31 (Contador’s race number) with the downtube broke at the lower water bottle bolt and the seat-tube juncture. Spesh released a statement wishing Contador a speedy recovery and addressing the bike

We are concerned about the well-being of Alberto and will be keeping you up to date on information from the incident here. This is DS Bjarne Riis description of the crash, ““Alberto crashed on a fast and straight part of the descent. He was reaching for his pocket and the bike was swept away under him probably because of a bump or hole in the road. Alberto was in the shape of his life and the entire team had our eyes fixed on the podium in Paris and the work we would have to do to get there”. Reports from Tinkoff-Saxo are saying the team car drove over the frame and Alberto was given a new bike but, after riding 18km further with a broken leg he had to abandon. Please check back here for the most up to date information.

At the Tour, Caley Fretz published this report in Velonews

Initial reports on the Tour’s race radio, in French, and by NBC Sports’ Steve Porino, that Contador’s bike was “in pieces,” appear to be correct. “His frame snapped in half. They threw it in a heap in the back of the car,” Porino said, noting that he had arrived shortly after the crash.

Contador’s bike broke in the lower third of his down tube and on the top tube just in front of his seat tube. Both tubes were broken clean through, with just a few fibers holding the two pieces of the frame together.

As the story develops, note that bikes do break, and the number 31 Tarmac hasn’t made the Wikipedia list of conspiracy theories yet. Failures happen, as I’ve lamented in editorials, but not catastrophically, and from the photo, it looks like a bike that’s been doored (on a roof rack driven into a garage).

But where it failed suggests a massive downward force, not a crushing/sideways force. It’s impossible to say from that one photo and if crushed under wheels, those areas would’ve been flattened. With so much speculation, we probably won’t get forensics, the CSI treatment, or autopsy.

At this point of the Internet freakout, who’d believe it?

Mostly glad Contador is going to be okay and will say what was said to me about this year’s Tour from an insider

Total Shitshow.

That just got shittier.

UPDATE

And my guess that it looked “doored” is another version of the story from Cyclingtips who said that the racks of the Tinkoff Saxo got tangled with TeamBelkin’s car.

The badly damaged frame shown on French television did not occur in the impact, but rather was a spare machine damaged on the roof of the Tinkoff Saxo team car during the frantic moments after the Spaniard fell.

However, where are the tears, cracking? This is clean, sheared break.

UPDATE 2

A tweet of Contador’s bike, supporting the back-up bike, roof-rack version of events.

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Le Tour Stage 9: Tony, Tony, Tarmac

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by Byron on Jul 14, 2014 at 6:54 AM

Tony riding to the win

Martin riding to the win. Photo: Omega Pharma - Quick Step

That was a two Tony stage, as the AP reports

Germany’s Tony Martin took the stage win Sunday, and France’s Tony Gallopin took the yellow jersey during an up-and-down Stage 9 in the eastern Vosges mountains.

and I rode a new Tarmac like #panzerwagen did; well, not exactly like him, but the bike and here’s the review from issue 12

Tarmac

New Tarmac in matte black

The Zipp wheels I had with me in Maui earlier this year. A Bianchi like Lars Boom rode, the Bianchi Infinito CV, has been shipped to us to demo and we’ll get on that in the next few weeks.

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Le Tour Stage 9 Recap: Panzerwagon

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by Byron on Jul 13, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Slept in late after a busy week editing our mag and missed stage 8, but up in time for 9 and Panzerwagon!

Alone for about 144km, after riding away from the group, they chased but he held them off. Tony Martin is a “tank” and blitzkrieged the stage.

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