🎉 Stage 100 🎉
aerodynamic glasses, a dream pain cave and a Bentley for a win
Hello, and welcome to our hundredth newsletter! This week we have everything from road racing to cyclocross, aerodynamic sunglasses to revolutionary groupsets. We also ask the question, what would you buy if you won a World Tour race?
Welcome to our 100th newsletter! I know it’s only small, but it feels like quite the landmark. I haven’t been here since day one, but I’ve led the newsletter for over a year now. Here’s to the next hundred.
It snowed today in Girona. I was heading out on a normal endurance ride with some intervals, and although a little chillier than normal, I was not expecting snow. While riding up the Hincapie (Santa Pellaia) climb, a snowstorm came out of nowhere. Now, it was good fun riding up, but I was questioning my life decisions riding down.
I got to the bottom, shivering out of my skin and booked it home as fast as I could. Two frozen feet, one demoralised Joe, but another training ride in the bag!
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Road racing is a go
Argentina, Australia and Mallorca, there is road racing happening all over the world currently. Over in South America, Sam Bennett and Fabio Jakobsen have been going to war in the sprints. Jay Vine tied up GC at the men’s TDU, and the Great Ocean Road Race is on the calendar this weekend.
Then Mallorca, it may be snowing on the Spanish island, but keep your eyes out for some explosive racing there too.
⏱ 5-minute read
POC's aerodynamic sunglasses
Where do aerodynamic gains end? According to POC, not at sunglasses. In my eyes (how’s that for a pun?), these sunglasses are pretty cool, and if they make you faster then it’s a win-win.
While it’s impossible to say just how many watts these glasses will save as everyone has a different riding style, it’s definitely significant! Take a look at some of the details here!
⏱ 3-minute read
Will your next bike be Classified?
Classified Cycling can potentially do something that nobody has been able to for years, disrupt the groupset market. The Belgian brand has a hub-based gear system which is completely different to anything else on the market.
With Tom Boonen as an ambassador and a €10 million investment from the Rapha chairman, you should probably get familiar with the brand.
⏱ 5-minute read
Buying a Bentley for winning a bike race
What would you do if you won a World Tour race? For Jay Vine, it’s all about the cars. It’s no surprise that a pro-cyclist likes going fast, and there are many car collectors in the pro peloton.
After winning the Tour Down Under, Vine most probably has a big pay cheque on his way in the form of a bonus. It got us thinking about what would we buy as a present for ourselves.
⏱ 3-minute read
Building the ultimate indoor pain cave
Having a “pain cave” is becoming more and more important in modern-day cycling. Gone are the days when people would stare at their garage wall for hours on end, nowadays it’s all about having the equivalent of a fitness studio in your house.
Here is a guide from Rouleur and Zwift on building the dream pain cave.
⏱ 3-minute read
From shock diagnosis to paralympic dreams
How would you handle an amputation? It’s a question few of us have considered, but for Jake Woods, it was a very realistic scenario.
This is a story of a shock diagnosis, cancer, and an amputation. After all of this, you’d expect Woods to be disheartened but instead, he has Paralympic dreams. Inspirational.
⏱ 6-minute read
The cyclocross season made my life choosing a Tweet of the Week easy for the whole of winter.
Factor Bikes have quickly grown into one of the biggest names in the cycling industry. They’ve won Grand Tour stages, and have investment from one of the most successful riders of all time, Chris Froome.
In this podcast, The Roadman Podcast sits down with Factor’s founder, Rob Gitelis to give a unique insight into the evolution of bike design and building a brand.
⏱ 45-minute listen
Alex Dowsett has retired from the pro ranks and for the first time in his adult life hasn’t had to spend winter training. The Brit is back, to some degree, and trying to rediscover some of his lost fitness. Four ramp tests in four days? It’s not my cup of tea, but watch Alex suffer.
⏱ 22-minute watch
N+1 Introducing 👋🏻
In this part of the Newsletter, each week we introduce one of the brands we work with at N+1.
This week we are introducing… Nimbl
Handmade cycling shoes with an eye for craftsmanship and performance. Nimbl shoes are unapologetically premium. Made in Italy, worn by World Tour pros.
Be sure to download our app and browse their products!