No question the course features create a great show for the spectators but the real attraction is the quality of the fields. In both the women’s and men’s fields I have the #1 and #2 ranked riders internationally: Katie Compton and Helen Wyman on the women’s side and Lars Van der Haar and Sven Nys on the men’s side. Plus you’ve got the rest of the riders from 14 nations - it’s an international field surpassed only by the world championships.
Ever since getting back into mountain biking and riding Scott Bikes, been following N1NO, and he just won the world championships. His 4th and the biggest moment of his #huntforglory campaign in 2015.
The race unfolded perfectly for N1NO. In the first lap he managed to get down the technical section in first place while Julien Absalon was held back by some fast starting riders. After two days of rain the sun was out, but in some sections the track was still very slippery. The technicality of the course played a huge part in deciding the outcome. None of the racers got through without little mistakes or crashes. Even N1NO had to get off the bike few times, less than the rest of the field however. He demonstrated that once again when it comes to tricky sections, nobody can keep up with him. After the first lap Julien Absalon closed the gap. While Jaroslav Kulhavy was out of contention with a broken rib, his fellow countryman Ondrej Cink put in an awesome showing. He was the only one staying close to the leading duo and eventually won the well deserved bronze medal. At the front N1NO was playing yoyo with his big rival Absalon. Always gaining some seconds on the descents, and letting let him close the gap again after. Midway through the race it started to look a bit different. N1NO made a mistake on a technical uphill and immediately Absalon launched an attack. But Absalon’s luck would run out. N1NO got back on and soon took the lead again. With One and a half laps to go it was this one traverse in the woods, full of slippery rocks and roots that decided the race between Julien and N1NO. Even though N1NO only gained 4-5 seconds there, it added up to be 10 seconds at the end of the descent. From this moment on it was all out to the finish. Sometimes Julien would get within 5 seconds, then N1NO would once again gain time. One little mistake and the race would be totally open again. N1NO resisted the strong pressure from Julien and brought the 10 second lead all the way to the finish line.
First it was the Pinks and now the Cohos are running in Elliott Bay, near Hugga HQ. Today, another fisherman rode up with this old Raleigh Technium. As noted on our Instagram, a great second career for that bike….
Just arrived on our Amazon store is the latest in Biologic’s case line, the SportCase for iPhone 6. Earlier this year, the case won a Design and Innovation Award at Computex and it combines robust protection with a secure mounting system. The SportCase is manufactured with a tough hard plastic shell bonded to anti-shock thermoplastic rubber with an AnchorPoint mount system. So your phone is mounted and protected on the bike, in the car, or wherever you’re traveling with it. The thickened corners provide extra cushion from the drops and non-slip texture helps prevent them. Shipped for free with Prime, the SportCase retails for $34.95.
Today the Sage/Lucky Envelope Brewing cyclocross team was announced for the 2015/16 season. As you can see on the back of the jersey, Bike Hugger is involved as a media partner. The Sage/Lucky team will focus on strong race results in the Pacific Northwest, Single Speed Worlds, and Nationals, but more importantly connecting with, and contributing to the cycling community. “Sage is extremely proud and excited to partner with Lucky Envelope Brewing,” said Sage Cycles owner David Rosen. “Sage has been a feature on the Portland cross scene for the past couple of seasons, and by partnering with Lucky Envelope Brewing we are able to expand our racing schedule throughout the Northwest. Lucky Envelope Brewing is a true supporter of cycling and an ideal partner.”
“After meeting with Sage and hearing about the vision for their quality-crafted cycles, we saw many similarities with our business goals here at Lucky Envelope Brewing,” said Raymond Kwan of Lucky Envelope Brewing. “Our decision was largely driven by Sage’s desire to build a relationship between their brand and the CX community, both on and off the course.
Pint of Lucky Envelope Beer
That meeting took place at Lucky Envelope’s brewery in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, WA. As Raymond told me, “Cyclists are a major part of our customer base and of interest to our staff, so this sponsorship extends the Lucky Envelope family beyond the tasting room and into the growing cycling community in the Pacific Northwest.
The tasting room
Sage and Lucky are excited about the new team and so am I with the rest of the story to follow. It’ll start at CrossVegas later this month with events at Lucky’s tasting room to follow; and, of course, at the races too.
Ever since Velib, Barclays, bCycle, CitiBike and the like, we’ve noticed the bike share boom too. And while I believe that capital would be better spent on infrastructure, instead of sharing schemes, the numbers are impressive. City Lab breaks them down in a visual story that started with free bikes in Amsterdam…
Does it feel like suddenly, bike-share programs are everywhere? The seemingly simple concept has indeed swept across the globe in a matter of just a few years. This is the story of just how quickly a great idea can spread when combined with the right technology—and a few fateful bumps along the way.
Seattle’s bike share kicked off last year, and is also reporting success with a major corporate partner, Alaska Airlines.
One cyclist out of every team gets a pool noodle, which he may use to sabotage the competition in any way he sees fit. Think about how awesome it would be to see a bunch of grown men with their serious game faces on, participating in one of the most grueling tests of endurance and fortitude in all of sports, but also a few assholes mixed in just beating the shit out of people with pool noodles.
In this artistic rendering of the Tour Pool Noodles, the eventual winner Froome is also seen wearing the Pool Noodle Marie Antoinette Wig on the podium!
Based on our (apparently unlucky) experience with di2, we’re concerned about reliability of electronic shifting. On a ride at Eurobike, GCN get’s the quotes from Scott McLaughlin, SRAM’s Global Director of Drivetrain Development, that we’ve been wondering about. Highlights include an enormous about of field testing and laboratory testing for 5 over years; including, at least 100 systems out on the road.
We’ll ride SRAM Red eTap in a couple weeks in Vegas during Interbike.
Exquisitely timed for the launch of another electronic group, last night at Tuesday Worlds, an SBCU racer says, “forgot to charge my bike,” and was stuck in the 39 for 12 laps. I’ve had my angry moments with di2, failed for Mark V once, and while understanding why cyclists are into it, I prefer mech shifting and not being isolated from the drivetrain by servo motors. That’s not to say I and Hugga aren’t into the new and welcome the opp to ride eTap, we just try to decompress as much as possible on rides and limit the amount of devices with batteries. Don’t like to spend a lot of time stuck in the 39 either or fighting with skipping chains.
So with that electro shifting intro, let’s get on with it…here are the photos and all-caps from SRAM’s PR at Eurobike this week. As soon as we ride it, I expect at Interbike, reports and posts to follow. MSRP is $2,758 for the groupset.
Utilizing 128-bit encryption, eTap shift signals are transmitted and received in accordance with SRAM’s proprietary wireless protocol known as AIREA. Each time an eTap groupset is paired, a new encryption code is generated and assigned to the components in this group to ensure complete shifting security.
All of the underlying tech in our new SRAM RED eTap groupset such as wireless shifting, advanced battery power management and mechatronic technologies are all meant to serve one ultimate purpose, to facilitate the most intuitive and consistent shifting available. This shift logic is called eTap. Right lever makes it harder, left lever makes it easier, both levers shift the front derailleur. Simple, unmistakable, and intuitive.
Drop bars exist to give riders multiple hand positions. SRAM RED eTap Blips turn each of those positions into a location that can be shifted from. With two Blip ports available on each drop bar shifter, multiple positions can be connected without any additional hardware. Easily placed underneath bar tape with no need to cut the tape to expose the switch, Blips maintain the beautiful lines of your cherished ride.
Blips are available in lengths of 150mm: 6g, 230mm: 7g, 450mm: 8g, 650mm: 9g
SRAM RED eTap brake levers and derailleurs are compatible will all SRAM 22 cranksets, chainrings, chains, mechanical brakes, and cassettes with a max cog size of 28-teeth.
SRAM engineered intelligent, energy efficient wireless components. In addition to providing easy to understand LED power indication, sensors within each wireless component power up the component automatically when your ride starts, and enter sleep mode automatically at the end of your ride to extend available riding time between charges. Every component features LED power indication.
SRAM’s proprietary Yaw front derailleur cage rotates to maintain a consistent angular relationship with the chain for ideal shifting performance in every gear combination.
EASE OF CHARGING
eTap batteries are literally a snap to remove and charge. Just flip the tool-free battery latch up and slide the battery up and out of the derailleur. Then snap the battery into the USB powered charger and connect the charger to any USB power source or A/C USB adaptor. A full charge takes only 45 minutes to complete.
Whether you are a Mac or PC user, SRAM RED eTap can communicate with your computer. Firmware updates are handled quickly and wirelessly using the USB stick included with complete aftermarket groupsets. We worked with Garmin throughout the development process to develop communication capability between eTap and Garmin GPS devices. Please contact Garmin for GPS model compatibility information.