2 - 06/01/2020 22:34:14

Squamish's Seth Sherlock will be joining Intense Factory Racing in 2020.( Photos: 7, Comments: 1 )

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8 - 06/01/2020 19:00:55

Argentinian National Champion Sofia Gomez Villafane joins the team for 2020.

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4 - 04/01/2020 15:17:16

Our Enduro team was created in 2018 with the aim of returning to the world of elite competition in the Enduro World Series. We have always claimed that the team is a long-term project taking note of the feedback from team members, in order to continue moving forward. We have taken a giant leap forward for the 2020 season with the arrival of Damien Oton and a reconfigured team at every level. The Frenchman, two-time Enduro World Series race winner and three times second place end-of year overall in the competition, joins us after a difficult year due to injuries. Damien was one of the big names to follow in 2019 after being runner-up in 2018. “It’s been a tough year with the broken back and scaphoid injury, but I’m very motivated now and can’t wait to start”, says Damien. Furthermore, Damien has developed his professional career in the same team after changing his job as a plumber to become a professional Enduro rider in 2014. “I’ve had some awesome years in my previous team, if I am what I am today, it’s partly thanks to that as well. I needed some extra motivation for the new season, which I have now by joining Orbea. Plus, there are several aspects that I like about the brand, like its proximity to the Pyrenees -where I live- and also the way they operate. Different to the rest”, the rider adds. He’s quite clear when talking about objectives. “I’m very competitive and I want to take the Rallon to its first podium in one of the EWS races. All the same, I’m fairly consistent so I hope to be battling for the top positions this year. Plus, I also want to help the younger riders in the team”, he concludes. “Damien is a very experienced world class rider. He’s a big plus for the team. He looks very focussed and competitive but is always prepared to lend the rest of the team a hand”, says Team Manager, Primož Štrancar. Along with the French rider, Vid Persak completes the team for the Enduro World Series. The Slovenian continues his progression and we’ll have to keep a close eye on him this season, especially in his home country event where finished fifth in the 2018 EWS. Pro Team and National Team Another new development this season to compete in the European and Spanish events is the creation of a national team to complement the pro team. This will include the European Enduro Series and the Spanish National Enduro Championship. The team is made up of Gabriel Torralba, five-time Spanish Enduro Champion who has been in the Orbea Fox Enduro Team from the start in 2018, and Edgar Carballo, member of the Spanish team in the Enduro World Series Trophy of Nations and outstanding DH rider in Spain.

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4 - 03/01/2020 15:01:00

Damian Oton will join Slovenian Vid Persak on the team.( Photos: 4 )

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2 - 21/12/2019 12:34:13

Loic Bruni heads to North America to tune up his wet weather skills.

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2 - 17/12/2019 10:51:16

Greg Van Avermaet has reportedly been riding an updated TCR since at least the 2019 World Championships in Yorkshire, but it is still yet to be formally announced. Tim de Waele / Getty The new fork appears to bow out from the head tube more substantially than the 2019/2020 model, but cables are still routed semi-externally. Justin Setterfield / Getty The Giant TCR is one of the most iconic road bike frames, and it appears that a new model may well be on its way, with Greg Van Avermaet and other Team CCC riders recently being pictured using TCR bikes with subtly different tube shapes to the existing frameset. Reports and rumours have been circulating for months about Olympic road race champion and Team CCC rider Greg Van Avermaat riding an updated version of the TCR. It appears the new model may soon be ready for release though, with photographs uploaded to Team CCC’s Twitter account showing GVA and other Team CCC professionals using the new model at the team’s pre-season training camp: Filming with @ridegiantbikes & @CADEXCycling ????????! #TotalRaceBike #overachieve pic.twitter.com/Fhj5gVMkje — CCC Team (@CCCProTeam) December 14, 2019 #aeroiseverything The new frame appears to keep a similar overall profile to the outgoing model, but like the women’s specific Liv Langma frame, the TCR looks to now use truncated aerofoil tubing on the fork, head tube, down tube and seat tube. It also seems that the fork legs have been widened. Rather than extending straight down to the dropouts, they now bow out slightly. The effect isn’t anywhere near as radical as on the Hope HB.T track bike, but the intended effects (improving the fork’s aerodynamic interaction with the front wheel and managing airflow around the riders’ legs) may be somewhat similar. Giant has also refined the headset area, with headset spacers that now integrate more cleanly with the stem – again, much like the Liv Langma. Another training ride closer to the start of 2020 ????????! #preseason #RideForMore pic.twitter.com/UxQC0EpbJh — CCC Team (@CCCProTeam) December 14, 2019 Giant doesn’t seem to have gone all-in on aerodynamic optimisation though. Cables, for example, are still routed semi-externally from the handlebar into the frame and fork, rather than through the stem and headset, as we are becoming accustomed to seeing on top-end road bikes. And from images posted on the Team CCC Twitter account, the new TCR (which is likely to be a 2021 model year, given that 2020 bikes have already been released) will be available in either rim or disc brake versions. The objective of all of these changes is presumably to make the lightweight/all-round TCR more aerodynamically efficient because, as we all know, #aeroiseverything. Indeed, while the design of the TCR was considered radical upon its release in the mid-nineties, its boxy tube shapes, derived from Giant’s pure focus on stiffness-to-weight ratio, has left the TCR arguably looking a little dated in recent years, compared to the multitude of lightweight, semi-aerodynamic bikes (such as the Scott Addict RC, Specialized Tarmac and Cannondale SuperSix) that are so ubiquitous now. At the time of writing, no official announcement has been made, but new bikes are often launched around the time of the Spring Classics or Tour de France. In the meantime, we’ve asked Giant for comment and will update this article in due course.

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4 - 17/12/2019 09:17:17

Greg Van Avermaet has reportedly been riding an updated TCR since at least the 2019 World Championships in Yorkshire, but it is still yet to be formally announced. Tim de Waele / Getty The new fork appears to bow out from the head tube more substantially than the 2019/2020 model, but cables are still routed semi-externally. Justin Setterfield / Getty The Giant TCR is one of the most iconic road bike frames, and it appears that a new model may well be on its way, with Greg Van Avermaet and other Team CCC riders recently being pictured using TCR bikes with subtly different tube shapes to the existing frameset. Reports and rumours have been circulating for months about Olympic road race champion and Team CCC rider Greg Van Avermaat riding an updated version of the TCR. It appears the new model may soon be ready for release though, with photographs uploaded to Team CCC’s Twitter account showing GVA and other Team CCC professionals using the new model at the team’s pre-season training camp: Filming with @ridegiantbikes & @CADEXCycling ????????! #TotalRaceBike #overachieve pic.twitter.com/Fhj5gVMkje — CCC Team (@CCCProTeam) December 14, 2019 #aeroiseverything The new frame appears to keep a similar overall profile to the outgoing model, but like the women’s specific Liv Langma frame, the TCR looks to now use truncated aerofoil tubing on the fork, head tube, down tube and seat tube. It also seems that the fork legs have been widened. Rather than extending straight down to the dropouts, they now bow out slightly. The effect isn’t anywhere near as radical as on the Hope HB.T track bike, but the intended effects (improving the fork’s aerodynamic interaction with the front wheel and managing airflow around the riders’ legs) may be somewhat similar. Giant has also refined the headset area, with headset spacers that now integrate more cleanly with the stem – again, much like the Liv Langma. Another training ride closer to the start of 2020 ????????! #preseason #RideForMore pic.twitter.com/UxQC0EpbJh — CCC Team (@CCCProTeam) December 14, 2019 Giant doesn’t seem to have gone all-in on aerodynamic optimisation though. Cables, for example, are still routed semi-externally from the handlebar into the frame and fork, rather than through the stem and headset, as we are becoming accustomed to seeing on top-end road bikes. And from images posted on the Team CCC Twitter account, the new TCR (which is likely to be a 2021 model year, given that 2020 bikes have already been released) will be available in either rim or disc brake versions. The objective of all of these changes is presumably to make the lightweight/all-round TCR more aerodynamically efficient because, as we all know, #aeroiseverything. Indeed, while the design of the TCR was considered radical upon its release in the mid-nineties, its boxy tube shapes, derived from Giant’s pure focus on stiffness-to-weight ratio, has left the TCR arguably looking a little dated in recent years, compared to the multitude of lightweight, semi-aerodynamic bikes (such as the Scott Addict RC, Specialized Tarmac and Cannondale SuperSix) that are so ubiquitous now. At the time of writing, no official announcement has been made, but new bikes are often launched around the time of the Spring Classics or Tour de France. In the meantime, we’ve asked Giant for comment and will update this article in due course.

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4 - 12/12/2019 15:00:51

David Trummer moves up to the YT Factory Team after a breakout season.( Photos: 5 )

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4 - 10/12/2019 14:51:16

e*thirteen just announced two new wheelsets, both of which see not only new rim dimensions, but also a completely updated hub design – and an interesting one at that. The two versions are named after their inner diameter with the IW24 weighing 1,350 grams and IW28 weighing 1,520 grams. e*thirteen was kind enough to send out a set of the latter, but we’re just now getting a chance to bolt them up to an appropriate bike aimed at light duty trail… Details SRAM XD Driver or Shimano Microspline 1520 grams claimed (1581 grams our scale, with valves & rim tape – 29″) 6º engagement DT Swiss Competition Race spokes Aluminum nipples with washers Lifetime warranty Intended use: Light duty trail $1778 USD/pair Some of the biggest news here is the all new hub design. e*thirteen joins the tool free hub world with their own unique approach. In lieu of dealing with cone wrenches, there are two knurled end caps. So to pull the hub apart, simply unscrew them with your hands, then pull the axle out and yank the freehub so you can access it for a rebuild. To put it back together, reverse the process – you don’t need to crank down to tighten the axle by the way…The knurled caps will just keep spinning and spinning – the tension is set internally. There are two rim profiles for IW24 and IW28 – as you might have guessed there is a 24mm and 28mm, but in addition, the latter is shallower and wider to support wider tires. The former is deeper and narrower for aerodynamics and an ultra light weight as it’s aimed at XC racing. The wheelsets also have 24 and 28 hole spoke counts respectively. No centerlock option. That’s OK, it’s useless anyway…After all, who wants to carry a 2 foot long bottom bracket tool with them on the trail in the event things loosen up. e*thirteen utilize a 3-cross lacing pattern at the spokes, and varying spoke thicknesses. In the case of the IW28 wheels that we’re testing, they use DT Swiss Competition Race 2.0 / 1.6 / 2.0 spokes. The more XC oriented IW24 uses DT Swiss Revolution 2.0 / 1.5 / 2.0 spokes. Both wheelsets use aluminum nipples and washers. As you might expect with e*thirteen wheels, you’ll also get their nifty high flow tubeless valves which, unlike most, can be tightened down nicely with an actual tool (a 4mm allen key). Last, but not least e*thirteen backs the wheels with a lifetime warranty. We’ll keep you posted on how they work out in the coming months. e * thirteen

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4 - 27/11/2019 18:01:07

Thanks to the annual bargain-fest that is Black Friday, Rapha has reduced a huge number of products including jackets, jerseys, tights, gloves, accessories and more by up to 50 per cent, and it ends on Monday. Black Friday bike deals | The best offers for cyclists in 2019 Let’s not forget, internet retail giant Wiggle also stocks Rapha, and is currently running an online archive sale of old stock, some with added discounts on top of the previously reduced prices, making some discounts an impressive 70 per cent off. We’ve collected a few of the best below. Be sure to check out the full collection to see all of the deals! Rapha Brevet Insulated Jacket £150 £112.50 The Rapha Brevet Insulated Jacket is a great option for long-distance randonneurs. Rapha Rapha’s Brevet collection is aimed at long-distance riders and randonneurs. The Insulated jacket contains Polartec Alpha insulation to keep you warm when the weather turns against you, while remaining light, breathable and packable. Save 25% on the Rapha Brevet Insulated Jacket from Rapha Rapha Brevet Reflective Gloves £80 From £40 Make sure your signals are always seen with these Rapha Brevet Reflective Gloves. Rapha In any endurance event or long-distance ride, dawn and dusk can present certain problems with visibility, and having your hands seen is extremely important for signalling. These reflective Brevet gloves come in four colour options and have reflective and hi-vis details. They’re designed for dexterity as well as protection, and feature a thin layer of Polartec Power Shield Pro fabric for insulation and breathability. Save up to 50% (dependant on colour) on Rapha Brevet Reflective Gloves from Rapha Rapha Classic Winter Jacket £260 From £155 The Rapha Classic Winter Jacket could well be the brand’s most versatile jacket. Rapha Arguably the brand’s most versatile jacket, the Classic Winter Jacket is cut from Polartec Power Shield Pro fabric, providing breathable insulation that is waterproof and windproof. The Chartreuse colour — an eye-catching bright yellow — will keep you visible all day and has the biggest discount. Save up to 40% on the Rapha Classic Winter Jacket from Rapha Rapha Classic Winter Tights with Pad £200 From £120 Now complete with a chamois pad, the Rapha Classic Winter Tights are a comfortable choice. Rapha Rapha’s Classic Winter Tights, now with a chamois pad, are constructed from Thermoroubaix fabric that’s designed to be super stretchy. Well thought-out features include an extended rear panel for extra warmth, and single joins at the knee for added elasticity. Save up to 40% on Rapha Classic Winter Tights with Pad from Rapha Rapha Souplesse Winter Tights with Pad £210 From £126 All the promises made by the Classic Winter Tights, but in a Souplesse package. Rapha In a similar vein, these Souplesse Winter Tights with Pad offer women the same protection from the cold but blended with breathability and comfort. Save up to 30% on the Rapha Souplesse Winter Tights with Pad from Rapha Rapha Commuter Jacket £100 £80 We rated the Rapha Commuter Jacket four stars. Rapha Rapha Commuter Jacket review We gave this jacket four stars because it provides great visibility, has a generous fit and is really practical for any commuter cyclist It features a hydrophobic membrane to repel water and is packable enough to fit in your jersey pocket. Plus, it’s extremely comfortable to boot. Save 20% on the Rapha Commuter Jacket from Rapha Rapha Pro Team Race Cape £220 £154 Featuring Shadow fabric, this Race Cape promises waterproofing, breathability and a great fit. Rapha The Pro Team Race Cape is claimed to be waterproof, breathable and close-fitting, and loved by the EF Education First team. It’s constructed around three-layer water protection and where neoprene once featured, Shadow fabric has now replaced it. It doesn’t absorb water so should feel lighter and less bulky than before. Save 30% on the Rapha Pro Team Race Cape from Rapha Rapha Souplesse Race Cape (women’s) £220 From £88 Rapha’s pro riders are reported to love this Souplesse Race Cape. Rapha Much like the men’s Pro Team Race Cape, the women’s Souplesse Race Cape is constructed from Polartec fabrics, which are ideal when you’re in need of a breathable, waterproof outer shell. It’s said to be a favourite of Rapha’s pro riders. Save up to 64% on the Rapha Souplesse Race Cape from Rapha Rapha Pro Team Long Sleeve Thermal Jersey £150 From £75 Warmth shouldn’t always come at the expense of weight, as the Rapha Pro Team Long Sleeve Thermal Jersey demonstrates. Rapha Insulation often leads to bulk, so creating a garment that is both thermal and performance-oriented can be difficult. In designing the Pro Team Long Sleeve Thermal Jersey, Rapha’s solution was to use a slightly thicker fabric than that used in the Aero version. It features a fleece inner lining for added comfort, and is designed with the dedicated winter trainer in mind. Save up to 50% on the Rapha Pro Team Long Sleeve Thermal Jersey from Rapha Rapha Souplesse Thermal Jersey (women’s) £150 From £75 Rapha’s Souplesse Thermal Jersey is bound to be a favourite in the winter. Rapha Similar to the men’s Pro Team Long Sleeve Thermal Jersey, this is designed to be less bulky than its competitors while keeping riders warm. Cut in Rapha’s race fit and finished with the soft fleece brushed-back inner lining, it’s bound to please. Save up to 50% on the Rapha Souplesse Thermal Jersey from Rapha Rapha Pro Team Thermal Bib Shorts II £200 £150 The Rapha Pro Team Thermal Bib Shorts II are claimed to be windproof and waterproof. Rapha These thermal bib shorts are made from the same windproof and waterproof panels that feature in the Winter Tights, and can be paired with some leg warmers for rides when the weather is changeable. Compared to the non-thermal Pro Team bib shorts, these have a longer leg and a higher cut to keep out the cold. Save 25% on Rapha Pro Team Thermal Bib Shorts II from Rapha Rapha Women’s Classic Jersey £110 £71.50 Nothing beats a classic, particularly when it’s made from performance Merino. Rapha This Classic jersey is cut from Rapha’s RPM150 fabric, which is its performance Merino for an interesting new twist on a classic choice of wool. It’s designed to be soft and breathable while providing superior moisture wicking. Its streamlined cut promises aero gains and makes a great jersey for any woman who’s setting out to win. Save 35% on the Rapha Women’s Classic Jersey from Wiggle Rapha Lightweight Shadow Jacket £195 From £97.50 Rapha’s proprietary Shadow fabric is claimed to be both light and waterproof. Rapha The Lightweight Shadow jacket, as suggested by the name, is constructed from Rapha’s proprietary Shadow fabric. More than that, though, it’s been given the DWR (durable water repellent) treatment, which is claimed to result in a lightweight, packable and durable jacket. Save up to 50% on the Rapha Lightweight Shadow Jacket from Rapha Rapha Souplesse Bib Shorts II (women’s) £180 From £90 The Rapha Souplesse Bib Shorts II are the benchmark against which many other shorts are measured. Rapha If you’re using a particular brand’s bib shorts to benchmark the quality of others, it’s going to be Rapha. They’re soft, stylish and seriously comfortable for all-day riding. Available in four colours, the Souplesse Bib Shorts II come with Rapha’s Classic women’s chamois and has had its upper re-shaped and cut from mesh fabric that is highly stretchy, moisture-wicking and fast drying. Save up to 50% on Rapha Souplesse Bib Shorts II from Rapha Rapha Souplesse Gloves £70 £45.50 The Rapha Souplesse Gloves are stylish, dexterous and warm. Rapha These gloves are designed for between-seasons cool weather, when your hands need to be covered but not overheated. Their dual-layer construction includes the same water-resistant and breathable fabric used in the Pro Team Race Cape, and produces low-bulk and low-profile gloves with good dexterity. What’s more, the polka dot design looks good. Save 35% on Rapha Souplesse Gloves from Rapha Rapha Souplesse Long Sleeve Aero Jersey (women’s) £150 £97.50 Is this the fastest Rapha jersey ever? Rapha Rapha claims that this is its fastest race jersey ever, thanks to the blend of smooth fabrics with rough textures and bonded seams, which it says provides an aero advantage. The fabric is light and stretchy, with interior pockets constructed from a breathable mesh. Save 35% on the Rapha Souplesse Long Sleeve Aero Jersey from Rapha Rapha Merino Arm Warmers £45 £31.50 Treat your arms on a cold morning with these Rapha Merino Arm Warmers. Rapha Treat yourself to some luxury this Black Friday with Rapha’s Merino arm warmers. They’re designed to be lightweight and insulating, while promising breathability, fast moisture-wicking and itch-free softness. Currently only available in size Large. Save 30% on Rapha Merino Arm Warmers from Wiggle Rapha Overmitts £90 £22.50 Don’t knock the lobster claw ’til you’ve tried it. Rapha Okay, they may look ridiculous but there’s merit in this ‘lobster claw’ style overmitt, and that’s serious warmth. They may look bulky but they’re claimed to offer great dexterity for shifting and braking, and keeping your fingers next to each other generates warmth. At a quarter of the retail price, these are a bargain not to be missed. Save 75% on Rapha Overmitts £90 from Wiggle Rapha Weeklong Bag Large £240 £168 With an 80-litre volume and a multitude of straps, this Weeklong Bag is super versatile. Rapha A great option for any multi-day cycling trip, Rapha’s Weeklong bag is spacious and versatile. It has 80 litres of capacity and can be either carried like a duffle bag or worn as a backpack. It’s constructed with a durable and hardy water-resistant coating to help protect belongings, while the leather binding and herringbone webbing offer a touch of elegance. Save 30% on the Rapha Weeklong Bag Large from Rapha

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