Every year, right before the tour we get either an update to a drug scandal or a new scandal. And this time it’s Floyd’s failure in the appeal process. The CAS scolded Floyd’s team for their aggressive tactics and attempts to embarrass and shame the lab.
What do you think? Did Floyd hurt his own case? Was he El Dope the whole time?
While the physics of this “bike” might be understood if photographed during the day… I’d like to think this peddle powered enigma, (much like Sasquatch), only appears at night. It wanders the streets of Minneapolis, and as seen here, is startled by the bright flash of a camera.
Given Switzerland’s small geographic area dominated by urban and wooded terrain, defensive military bicycle units, have been conscripted for more than 100 years. The Swiss military surplus bicycle photographed here is known as MO-05. Amazingly this single speed bicycle remained virtually unchanged from its introduction in 1905 and the design was in service for nearly 85 years. (It was only slightly modified to include a drum brake in models after 1911.) This example was procured in Switzerland and is equipped with dynamo light, leather satchels for storage, and ball hitch trailer for transporting stretchers. It’s owner Carl, uses this hefty bike for cargo applications, and you may see him riding near his home in West Seattle.
For the NW region, Mavic came to Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood to give retailers an in-person look at the new apparel and shoe line. Regional rep Karlee Brandner hosted the event at Brouwer’s Belgian cafe. With plenty of beer and pommes frites on hand, Mavic softgoods marketing director Glen McKibben, on loan back from France, presented the debut apparel line under the prestigious rim and wheel manufacturer’s brand. Bike Hugger had a chance to ask about the new road shoe, Zxellium.
The Zxellium (don’t hurt yourself, just say “zell-ium”) is Big Yellow’s shoe for demanding riders including Pro Tour animal Thor Hushovd. The “Energy” outsole is just 5.5mm thick to bring the ball of the foot very close to the pedal spindle but still provides enough power transfer for the fiercest sprints. The “Energy Lock” is a minimalist heel cup designed to provide lightweight yet effective support at the rear of the shoe.
A new ratchet buckle was designed with pro rider input, stressing toughness and ease of adjustment in tactically precise moments like just before surge for the final sprint. The toe cap is cleverly designed to remove pressure points that some riders, myself included, experience with other shoes. Mavic also uses a 3-layer construction process called “Ergo Lite” for Zxellium’s upper. Using light weight and supple mesh and microfibre materials that are primarily bonded rather than stitched, Mavic produces a comfortable yet supportive unit.
At 275gr per shoe, the Zxellium will retail for $300. Interestingly, there are two shoes in the road line that are even lighter. The Zxellium Ultimate ($450) uses a higher modulus sole that is just 4mm thick to drop 30gr, while the Huez ($400) sacrifices the ratchet to bring the weight down to just 195gr per shoe.