Red Bulling and Free Falling


The Redbull Rampage is happening live now and earlier in the week, Claudio Caluori previewed the course. What he was so scared about, happened when Richoli Rogatkin tried to scrub speed before the biggest drop in his run. The front wheel washed out and he fell off a 75-foot cliff. In Red Bull parlance, that was rad, and then he proceeded to sail over the hugely intimidating canyon gap and followed it up with a backflip at the end of his run.

Richoli’s fall preceded by Claudio’s narrated preview reminded me of that one time at Trestle, when I cleared a rock garden. The self dialogue included,

Why am I doing this, the bike can handle it (I think), I have body armor on!; stupid rocks, I hate this, I can’t believe I haven’t crashed yet; oh wait!, shit, what line do I take here.

And exactly what a roadie returning to the dirt is afraid of! Glad Richoli is ok and the rest of the competitors keep the rubber side down.

N1NO Relaxing

We’ve been following and sharing N1NO edits this summer. Now with the season over, and a World Championship win, here’a short video of him enjoying some of the best singletrails Switzerland has to offer.


N1NO Spark 700 RC

Valkenburg Teaser

Get your stream figured out to watch this race live when the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup heads to the famous Cauberg climb in Valkenburg, Netherlands.


Uploaded to Flickr by jdegraaf

Zwift Launches Structured Training And Monthly Subscription Plan


Later this month on the 29th, Zwift, an indoor cycling fitness entertainer, will introduce a new structured training program for a monthly fee. Living in the Pacific Northwest and self employed, if I’m inside riding, then the weather is REALLY bad or I didn’t plan my work week right. But for those that appreciate a good hard workout in front of their TV or computer with other players, Zwift is popular and over 300,000 rides covering 4.5 million miles have been virtually ridden. The structured training

  • Will launch as a Beta product with a selection of workouts
  • Will start with some pre-programmed workouts and will move to supporting user generated/created workouts
  • Others will be able to see when you are doing a workout by color coded hologram screen out front so they’ll know when you’re giving it a hard effort
  • ERG mode is supported on most smart trainers, to help you do near perfect intervals

Even though I have the worst-possible trainer discipline and will ride in all conditions but golf-ball hail and fog, I did spend time on the trainer a few seasons ago getting ready for CX Worlds. At that time, using the applications were harder than the workouts because of the software. Zwift is successful because they figured out a marketing opportunity and how to easily onboard users and make it fun. Call it gamified or whatever, Zwift is more entertaining than the reality TV I’d watch with the 80s metal playlist blasting, sweating into a towel.

When it launches, the new service will cost $10 or £8 with no commitment, except for you to get on the trainer. Who knows, maybe you’ll see me on there too….

SRAM Tech Wins Kona

As I wrote about earlier this week, SRAM’s involvement at Kona 2015 is as extensive as the aero tech crossover to road. Their live data feed was impressive too, providing metics and telemetry like we saw at the Tour this Summer from Dimension. The race finished a hour ago with Jan Frodeno winning with eTap and a Canyons bike.

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