🧊Stage 46: An Icelandic adventure
New Year's resolutions, and Pogacar races cyclocross.
Hello, and welcome to our final newsletter of 2021.
I’m still coming at you from my family home in Grimsby, although I’m heading back to Girona in a couple of days. While it’s nice to be home, I’ve only seen the sun for one of the ten days I’ve been back here. It has been cold, dark, and wet - not the ideal conditions for winter training!
Once I’ve finished this and hit send, I’ll be curling up on the sofa with a book. I’m coming off three big days of training, and it has hit me hard. I don’t know what it is about the cold weather, it just makes everything harder.
I finished the Rapha Festive 500 today too, this is an annual challenge that Rapha set up in 2010 to encourage more people to be active between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
As this is our final newsletter of the year, I just want to say thank you. Thank you for subscribing and reading every week, we really do appreciate it and want to keep improving into 2022.
Happy New Year,
Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions, or feel I’ve missed something that is worth putting in the Newsletter.
While Wout van Aert is dominating the world cyclocross stage, taking his fifth straight victory, Tadej Pogacar also returned to the mud and took the win in his native Slovenia. Pogacar was the National CX Champion in 2019 but has been focused on winning back-to-back Tour de Frances ever since. Please Tadej, stay away from other disciplines.
Larry Warbasse is an American living in Nice, and racing for one of the biggest teams in France - AG2R La Mondiale. The former American national champion talks about how much pro-cycling has changed in the past decade. From lifestyle to racing, Warbasse doubts if he’d have made the pro-ranks in 2022.
From doing more for the environment to making products available to all - cycling has many areas where it could improve. We all have little gripes about the industry, mine is how every bike seems to have a different bottom-bracket…
The Shoe Dr. has over 15k Instagram followers, making him one of the most popular in the relatively niche market that is custom shoes. Specialising in cycling shoes, Shea Gribbon, the man behind the paintbrush, has done countless custom kicks for pro-riders. His story is unique, and he represents a cool, almost ‘indie’ part of the cycling world.
We are also honored to have his shoe repair kit feature on our app.
We’re coming to that time when New Year’s resolutions are on everyone’s mind. My on-the-bike resolution is to win a UCI ranked race, and my off-the-bike resolution is to learn Spanish. If you’re not sure what yours will be, here are some cycling-specific targets to aim for. Let us know what you choose!
📱Tweet of the week
Wout van Aert and Mathieu van der Poel are scarily similar…
Ashton Lambie is one of the biggest names in American cycling. This year he broke the four-minute barrier in the Individual Pursuit, averaging over 60 kph from a standing start. Listen in to hear Lambie’s season reflection and what techniques he uses to be one of the best in the world.
Iceland is one of the most beautiful countries on earth. Its nature is a playground for cyclists. In this video, Payson McElveen makes an attempt at being the first person in history to cross it from coast-to-coast in a single push under human power.
In this new part of the Newsletter, each week we’re going to introduce one of the brands that we work with at N+1.
Founded in the Netherlands, La Machine has grown from a small attic with two boxes of T-shirts into one of the worlds leading brands of casual cycling fashion and performance wear. They blend cycling tradition with a sense of understated, clever design and the best possible materials to create beautiful, timeless products.
Be sure to download our app and browse their collection!