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the craziest crash in history and, the rise of the budget groupset
This week we have an insight into the bike that can win Flanders AND the Tour. There’s also a podcast with cycling chef Hannah Grant, a new book on bikepacking and an article looking at whether fitness is as important as health.
Welcome to another edition of the N+1 Newsletter.
I’m coming at you on a slow Monday rest day. Mondays have quickly become my favourite day of the week. I always wake up achy after an epic ride the day before, and have an extra slow morning relaxing. It’s then a gentle walk around town, and an afternoon of work before heading into my week of training.
Yesterday I had an epic 6-hour ride. It was my first long off-road ride and I went to recon some of the climbs of the Traka 200 race here in Girona. It is certainly true when people say that off-road riding is even better than on-road riding!
I’m enjoying exploring this network of gravel tracks and lanes, and slowly building up my own mini mental map.
Feel free to email me at email@example.com if you have any questions, or feel I’ve missed something worth putting in the Newsletter.
The most winning bike in the world?
Tadej Pogacar won the Tour of Flanders in spectacular fashion. We haven’t seen a Tour de France champion give the classics a good go for decades. Pogi is proving that it can be done.
⏱ 5-minute read
Too young and not pro enough
Ian Boswell and Mitch Docker, two former World Tour pros, entered Cape Epic in the amateur category. The two are both retired, and neither of them has an off-road pedigree so entering the amateur category was correct, right?
⏱ 4-minute read
The ultimate guide to bikepacking and ultracycling
The ultracycling scene and bikepacking are two niches that together have a VERY similar target group. Both sets of riders enjoy an adventure. Both sets of riders are a little crazy. And both, of course, love bikes.
⏱ 2-minute read
The rise of the Chinese groupset?
Does Shimano have a new battle on its hands against the rise of the Chinese groupset? The small Chinese brand, L-Twoo has come to market with a 12-speed, electronic and hydraulic groupset for just $650.00, one-third of the price of Shimano’s 105.
⏱ 4-minute read
Gravel should be more kumbaya
Gravel - it should be less than $12,000 bikes and more kumbaya. At least, that’s the opinion of off-road expert Alexey Vermeulen. The American was once a World Tour pro but now focuses on the American off-road scene, mostly gravel.
⏱ 3-minute read
Does fitness equal health?
You’re fit, but are you really healthy? There is certainly such a thing as being too fit or sport-specific fitness. There is a certain point where you lose fitness for health. If we’re one-track-minded in our dedication to cycling over too many years, do we risk jeopardising our long-term health?
⏱ 6-minute read
There’s crashing, and then there’s crashing. This has to go down as the stupidest move of all time.
Pro cycling chef with a fine dining twist
Hannah Grant is a professional chef who has spent her life developing recipes for pro-cycling teams. A unique blend of fine dining and sports nutrition means she can create delicious and nutritious meals.
⏱ 43-minute listen
Travel to England, pick up a new bike and then ride it back home over the course of 38 days. This is an adventure through breathtaking European scenery, making new friends, and creating memories that will last a lifetime.
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