🕸️ Stage 102: Ride without GPS
non-alcoholic beer and the bikes of the Atlas Mountain Race
The most epic ‘cross battle in recent years, the tech of the Atlas Mountain Race and how non-alcoholic beer could be better for you than a sport drink! This week’s newsletter is not to be missed.
Welcome to a newsletter from a very wet Girona day. I had an optional one hour recovery ride today, with the state of the weather, I took the option not to ride! I’ve quite the busy day here getting ready to go down south to Calpe for a mini training camp.
My new bike sponsor, which will be announced at the end of the month, have rented a villa down there so all of the athletes are going down. The glorious weather of sunny southern Spain seems to have gone into hibernation to, and I’ll be packing my winter gear for the week, ah well!
Until then, enjoy this week’s newsletter.
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The Epic CX World Champs
The curtain has fallen on the ‘cross season in spectacular style. Racing on the mud never disappoints. It was another WVA-MVDP showdown for the elite men’s title. The two went head-to-head with it finishing in an epic sprint.
On the women’s side, 20-year-old Fem van Empel rounded off her season in style by taking the elite crown by going solo for the final three laps! If you can, get onto YouTube and watch the highlights, the battles were epic.
⏱ 5-minute read
Atlas Mountain Race Bikes
A 1,300 km race from Marrakesh to the Atlantic Coast, the Atlas Mountain Race is one of the most epic events on the calendar. In this article, take a look at some of the bikes that the racers will be using.
It’s an entirely self-supported race, and each of the hundred featured set-ups has something different!
⏱ 10-minute read
Froome races domestically
Melbourne to Warrnambool, 267-km long and the world’s second oldest bike race. It is a highlight of the Aussie road season, but one that barely registers on the international scene, that is until Chris Froome turns up.
Looking for a hard day out training before heading home to Europe, the four-time Tour de France winner set out with 150 or so other domestic pros. He finished 12th, after launching across to chase the day’s breakaway.
⏱ 3-minute read
Ditch the GPS?
We allow our GPS devices to dictate our route, speed and exertion. Is it just another screen that rules our lives? We all got into cycling for the sense of freedom, and maybe ditching the GPS from time to time is what’s needed. This is a thought-provoking piece.
We all like to have the latest tech, but should we ditch GPS and follow our instincts when riding? That’s something that journalist Emma Coles is arguing for.
⏱ 4-minute read
Life as a pro race mechanic
Life on the road as a pro mechanic is complicated. You’re turning around dozens of bikes per day, fixing things on the fly while hanging out of the car at 50 kph an hour and working the most unsociable of hours.
Andreas Beck-Watt has been on the road with his spanners since he was 18 years old. In this piece, he walks us through the complexities of a pro-mechanic, and what it’s really like.
⏱ 5-minute read
Non-alcoholic beer to bring fitness gains?
Sometimes, nothing beats a cold beer after a day in the saddle. Non-alcoholic beers are getting better and better, plus there’s a new study to show they may be even better for you than sports drinks when it comes to recovery.
Drinking nonalcoholic beer “could help maintain electrolyte homeostasis during exercise”, the researchers concluded. Sometimes the science is exactly what you want to hear!
⏱ 4-minute read
Drone footage for bike racing: The greatest camera angle of all time?
After retiring from the pro peloton, Mitch Docker moved back to Australia and set about having fun with the bike. The host of the legendary “Life in the Peloton” is back with another pod, documenting his cross-border bike packing trip across his homeland.
⏱ 97-minute listen
Wout van Aert and Mathieu van der Poel will go down as one of the greatest rivalries in cycling history, and we’re lucky enough to be living through it. The two have been battling for the past decade and duelled again at this past weekend’s ‘cross Worlds.
Check out this behind-the-scenes video of one of their greatest races to date.
⏱ 16-minute watch
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