Sep 22, 2017

Friday File: Enjoying the World's, Bespoked, Flandriens, Red Dots Cycling: Friday Flash Sale, Team Canada

Enjoying the World's in rainy Bergen.

Lot's on Friday File:

It's the first day of Autumn, my favorite season to ride. Cool, beautiful days of changing colors. It won't start that way here, this weekend will be unusually hot in the Ottawa Valley (+30s). I'll enjoy it.

Fantastic ride for Canada's up and coming junior, Simone Boilard. She is, so far, Canada's best performance of the Bergen road world championships placing 8th in the Junior Women's Road Race. Italian Elena Pironne rode the perfect race to win and now have two world champion jerseys. 

The French have won! Benoit Cosnefroy outlasted German Lennard Kamna for the exciting finish of the U23 Men's Race.

The beautiful special edition Fizik Aria R3 made
for National Champion Oliver Naesen. Sunday he'll ride in support for Greg Van Avermaet and Philippe Gilbert. I see him as my dark horse to win IF the situation presents itself. 

via Red Dots Cycling

Red Dots Cycling Flash Sale is on: For your Autumn rides; the all wool Urbane Rider cycling cap and the distinct Rosa cap. And New Lower Price on our team Red Dots Cycling Cap! 

Check out our unique caps here.

The man to beat

Colombian time:
Jarlinson Pantano instructs Nairo Quintana and Rigoberto Uran

Canada will field a strong team. I predict we'll podium in the women's road race. Here's our team: 
Lex Albrecht, Sara Bergen, Karol-Ann Canuel, Leah Kirchmann, Kristi Lay, Alison Jackson.

Men's: Hugo Houle, Antoine Duchesne and Guillaume Boivin.

Sep 20, 2017

King Dutch

Tom Dumoulin is crowned world time trial champion on the super exciting TT course. Little I knew how exciting a TT could be, thrown in super tough Mount Floyen and sprinkled with overly enthusiastic fans... it was one to remember. The choice for all 63 riders beforehand was to stick with their TT bikes up Mount Floyen or change to a conventional one at the bottom before the climb. King Tom decided not to change and rode past the red carpet change area.

"I was doubting for a long time actually. But I took the decision not to risk it. It was the right one, I think."
- Tom Dumoulin

Now, will uphill TT's be the next big thing? I'm hoping so.

Red Carpet treatment...
Let's hope the UCI gets this straightened out.

Sep 18, 2017

Perfect season

Nino Schurter on his way to claiming a sixth World Championship
photo: Sven Martin  

Nino Schurter had won every World Cup round this season prior to heading to Cairns UCI MTB World Championships but it wasn't going to be cake walk until the last lap. Throw in heat, extreme dust and a challenging course... it was made for the champion ride by the great Nino Schurter. Enjoy this exciting race.

Sep 17, 2017

Double gold

Team Sunweb wins both the men's and women's TTT.

"It's crazy, first the women this afternoon and then us. The team was so homogenous, it was absolutely amazing. Normally you'd say that I was the best time trialist on paper but with this team it was smooth and we had really good pace and kept it all the way to the line."
- Tom Dumoulin

Sep 16, 2017

Roche's magic year: Out of this World

Thirty years ago, the World Road Race Championship in Villach was a 278 km challenge. Sean Kelly was a favorite, when Kelly was left in the pack with a few kilometres remaining his team mate Stephen Roche took the chance for glory. Roche made an attack and crossed the line just ahead of Moreno Argentin - making history and joined Eddy Merckx (1974) in winning the triple crown of cycling... which is yet to be repeated.

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