🤧Stage 57: How are bicycles made?
A new hour record, and a video with an Olympic Champion
Hello and welcome to this week’s newsletter,
This week’s newsletter is coming at you from a small coffee shop in Girona, Oniria. It’s not the first time that this newsletter has been written from this cafe. It’s just across from The Service Course bike shop and sells the best coffee in town. I’ve currently got an Olive Latte on the go.
I’m heading to Greece tomorrow for my first race block of the season. We have a one-day race on Sunday and then a stage race next week. I’m excited, but nervous as well, you never know where you are going to be on your first race…
Have a good week pedalling,
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.
Paris-Nice, or the race to the sun, is known as one of the hardest weeks of racing all year. The stage race (unsurprisingly) starts in Paris and gradually weaves its way down to Nice. This year’s race was even more difficult than normal, with bad weather and a mystery illness going around the peloton. The story of Paris-Nice this year is a slightly different one to normal…
How far could you ride in an hour? This past week, 17-year-old Fred Meredith set the national, and unofficial World Record for juniors (riders aged under 19). Meredith covered 49.184 km in one hour, with the help of some very interesting equipment.
How do you take a lump of iron ore or a tank of petrochemicals and turn it into a bike? When we’re out riding our bikes, it’s rare that we think about where they came from. There is a natural disconnect between the consumer and the production of the goods they consume. This article goes from mine to market, and how your favourite bike is made.
LeMond Bikes have a legendary name on their downtube but haven’t released a new bike, until this past week. It unveiled its new eight performance road bike which claims, “a new bar for top-tier frame design and manufacture” thanks to the composites technology and expertise used. The US-made frame and fork are entirely carbon-fiber down to the threads for the bottle cages and brakes.
After sixteen years in the pits, the Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld team have decided to call it a day. The iconic American team have raced all over the world and produced some of the most iconic kits in the sport. It’s always a sad day when we see a cycling team reach the end of the line. Is Cannondale’s comment of “We’re looking forward to our next chapter”, something to keep an eye on?
Have you ever thought about how you produce power? Power = Torque x Acceleration, which in simple terms is how hard you pedal, multiplied by your cadence. Most cyclists concentrate on cadence, shifting to a faster pedalling style when more power is needed, although the other half of the equation, torque is often ignored.
📱Tweet of the week
How would you feel about being interviewed after a long, hard day on the bike? Jonas Vingegaard was clearly still a little tired when the cameras came on!
George Hincapie is a legend of cycling. The American lit up the cycling peloton for almost two decades and joins Mitch Docker on the ‘Talking Luft’ podcast. From the Belgian classics to style on the bike and his favourite training loop from his Girona days, Hincapie reveals all.
A decade after his Olympic time-trial win, Bradley Wiggins and Matt Stephens revisit the course and tell the story of that day. Wiggins’ story went from being an ordinary guy to the most famous man in the country for a few days. This video is full of fun.
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.
Introducing… Once Upon
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Be sure to download our app and browse their collection!