Friday, April 24, 2015

Rapido Pump Head Kickstarter Update

I thought some of you might be interested in seeing this update.  More information here:

In our quest to build the best performing product possible, we have created a new prototype based on some design enhancements. The new prototype is more compact than the original prototype making it easier to get between tightly spaced spokes. In the picture below, the wheel diameter is 20". The new prototype is using a plastic slide ring for testing purposes only and the production version is still slated to use a stainless steel version like prototype #1.

Final Color Selections:

Due to minimum order quantities required by our factory, we had to narrow the color selections from 5 to 3. We have tallied up all of the color choices based on you the surveys that you answered and the winners are: Road Gray, Sunset Fire and Electric Frog

GCN: Top Ten Riders to Watch at LBL

Tour of Utah Announces 2015 Route

Heber Valley, Image copyright Casey B. Gibson/
The 2015 route is notable for a couple of reasons:  1. It marks the first time that the Tour of Utah will visit Idaho (briefly) 2. The Queen Stage to Snowbird (and as a result the Ultimate Challenge) will include 13,000 feet of climbing again this year.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Trek Recalls Nearly 1 Million Bicycles After Rider Paralyzed. Check Your Quick Release.

"This recall involves all models of Trek bicycles from model years 2000 through 2015 equipped with front disc brakes and a black or silver quick release lever on the front wheel hub that opens far enough to contact the disc brake," the CPSC statement said.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Cube 2015: Mark Your Calendars

I have been in contact with Tom Anderson, the City of Rexburg Race Director, and various other people who have been involved in the organization of the Cube cyclocross race in the past. We have agreed upon Saturday October 24th as the date for the 2015 Cube. More information will be forthcoming as we get closer to that date. The Cube has been a good event in the past and it continues to improve thanks to the help and involvement of the local cycling community.

La Fleche Wallonne Final 10 Kilometers

Monday, April 20, 2015

Saturday, April 18, 2015

In Memoriam Shane Watt

We have all been saddened to hear of the death yesterday of Shane Watt. Shane was a long-standing friend of the Tuesday Night Ride and an all-around good guy. Our most sincere condolences go out to his family and friends.

From Cameron: Steep Hill TV

I commented to Cameron Patch that I had had difficulty finding a good Riders-to-Watch preview video (like the ones that I have posted for other classics) for the Amstel Gold Race which takes place tomorrow. We also talked about the difficulty in getting live streaming coverage of cycling events and finding spoiler-free post race videos. Cameron suggested that I take a look at (link below) which serves as kind of an on-line clearing house of videos and live coverage to the major races. They have a link to live coverage of Amstel Gold in the morning. Thanks to Cameron for the link, I hope it will be helpful to our readers

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Kristin Armstrong returns to U.S. team for Pan Am TT -

It has been widely believed that Idaho's own Kristin Armsfrong would really like a third Olympic gold medal. Years ago, my family and I were able to watch what I believe was her professional cycling debut in the HP Women's Challenge as part of a composite Boise-based team. We felt a tremendous sense of local pride as she won two World TT Championships in addition to the gold medals. At 41 years of age, she has her work cut out for her, but I would not bet against her. Best of luck, Kristin Armstrong.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Exciting Paris-Roubaix Finale

I am pretty nostalgic today reminiscing about the golden age of extended same day and real –time coverage of the Spring Classics on OLN/Versus, especially the crown jewels Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix. That level of television coverage would probably have never existed in the US without Lance Armstrong’s domination of the Tour de France. Maybe, the current coverage would be better had it not been for Lance’s fall from grace.  More likely, today’s abysmal level of network coverage is due primarily to the short attention span and fickle viewing habits of American sports fans who would rather watch bass fishing than bicycle racing. In the meantime, let’s all be grateful for YouTube.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

The Guardian: Death of a Night Cyclist

Eddy Merckx - La Course en Tete (1974)

This is another great film that I bought from WCP at about the same time as Hell of The North. Also available now on YouTube.

A Sunday In Hell (1977). Full Length Version

This is a great movie. I purchased the DVD from World Cycling Productions about 10 years ago. I am amazed by what you can find on YouTube. Running time is about 1:45.