🤷♀️Stage 42: What happened to the fixie culture?
the $250,000 Gravel Race Series and the ultimate gravel training guide.
How is your week going? I’m coming at you from my rest day in Girona for Stage 42 of our newsletter. This rest day has been long overdue. With over 26 hours clocked up on the bike in the past seven days, it’s fair to say I’m pretty tired.
There’s not too much on my agenda today. I’ll be heading out for a very short, and very easy recovery ride up Els Angels, the main climb out of Girona. Then it’s a case of parking myself at the café before my Spanish class this evening.
We’re trying a new feature this week at the bottom of the newsletter. We’re going to start to introduce brands that we feature on our app. It’s just a short, bite-sized part of their story but we hope you enjoy it. Scroll to the bottom to see us introduce ‘Angry Pablo’.
Have a good week on the bike,
Also, feel free to email me at email@example.com if you have any questions, or feel I’ve missed something that is worth putting in the newsletter.
The gravel scene is going from strength to strength. Every week, there is something new and this week, it’s HUGE. This new American series includes three MTB and three gravel events. The prize pot is a whopping $250,000. A few years ago, it was hardly mentioned in the cycling industry. Now, it’s one of the fastest-growing sectors in the sport. Long live Gravel!
Matteo Jorgenson hails from Idaho, lives in Nice, and races for a Spanish World-Tour team. He is one of America’s brightest hopes for the future, yet he’s much more than just a bike racer. Along with his brother, he spent his off-season backpacking part of the 180 km long GR 20 in Corsica, one of Europe’s hardest hiking trails. Matteo doesn't know what sort of bike racer he is yet, nor does he plan to stick to traditions.
Phil Southerland is changing diabetes through sport. He is the founder of the Novo-Nordisk Pro Cycling team, a team that only hires T1 diabetic riders, and the CEO of Supersapiens. Supersapiens is a revolutionary piece of tech in the sports world, allowing the athlete to monitor glucose levels in real time. I can guarantee that this won’t be the last you hear of Southerland or Supersapiens, so get ahead of the game and check this interview out.
Sometimes, change has to start at the bottom and force its way up. When it comes to LGBTQ+ representation in pro-cycling, specifically on the men’s side, it’s non-existent. There are no openly gay male riders in the pro-peloton, statistically, that’s pretty much impossible. Carnegie Caulfield Cycling Club, one of Australia’s oldest cycling clubs, hosted the first-ever pride round of its summer crit series. It may only be a ripple, but a single ripple can lead to significant change.
There are few Gravel events across winter, which makes it the perfect time for training. While gravel riding, is obviously all about pedalling, it also takes a toll on the upper body. Core and upper-body strength can be key in guiding your way through technical off-road sections. This is the ultimate training guide from Wahoo and it’s great.
📱Tweet of the week
Chris Froome is one of the greatest cyclists of all time and I’m sure many of us would love to go out for a training ride with him. Well, unless that training ride includes wading through swamps with crocodiles.
Like everything, cycling disciplines go through phases. We’re well and truly in the gravel phase, but a decade ago, it was all about the fixie. The fixed-gear phenomenon was unique, as a core part of the movement were bike messengers, riders not from the ‘traditional’ cycling scene. The jewel in the crown was the Red Hook Criterium races. What did happen to the fixie culture? Tom Whalley and The Cycling Podcast find out.
L39ION of Los Angeles aren’t reinventing the wheel, but they’re changing bike racing forever. The American crit squad recently hosted one of the biggest crits in history, with a whopping $100K on the line. This is a behind-the-scenes look at the big primes, loud jerseys, and equal prize purses that made Into the Lion’s Den so good.
In this new part of the newsletter, we’re going to introduce one of the vendors that we work with at N+1.
Introducing… Angry Pablo
Angry Pablo are relatively new to the cycling world, having only launched in April 2020. The brand was founded by two friends who lead very different lives but were always brought together by one thing, the humble bicycle.
Their goal is to create a sustainable off-the-bike clothing culture in cycling. And the dream? To be the first cycling brand that is sought after by both cyclists and those who have never worn lycra.
Be sure to download our app and browse their collection!