Jan Hirt claimed the KOM on the notorious climb from the breakaway. It can’t have come as much of a surprise to Gianni Moscon when he checked his email inbox last night and saw the dreaded ‘Uh oh!’ message lingering. The Italian had set a pretty imperious time in training up the Passo del Mortirolo of 48-40, in a ride that finished with an ascent of the Stelvio Pass as well.
Glutton for punishment much? The 11.4km, average 11 per cent gradient segment of the Mortirolo on Strava has over 14,000 riders’ times on it, but it’s inclusion in the Giro d’Italia this year on stage 16 saw an entirely new top-nine form (with Moscon in 10th), and a new KOM set.
The new Wahoo Elemnt Roam is Wahoo’s latest GPS cycling computer. Though it has new navigation features and a new color screen, the Roam is, at its microprocessor heart an Elemnt. That means easy setup and customization from Wahoo’s companion Elemnt app; compatibility with both ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart sensors (including FE-C trainers, Pioneer’s power meters, and muscle-oxygen sensors); third-party integration (Best Bike Split, Ride With GPS, MTB Project, Strava); live tracking (other Elemnt users and preselected contacts), routes, navigation, and turn-by-turn directions. Elemnt computers also offer structured workout guidance and subscribers to Training Peaks and Today’s Plan can sync plans to their device.
When former pro cyclist Phil Gaimon tweeted about his mental health struggles earlier this month after the news of 23-year-old Olympian Kelly Catlin’s suicide began to circulate, he was shocked at the response. People reached out and said he’d inspired them to get help. “I contributed to the conversation,” he says. “The responses told me that it was sorely needed.” That pro athletes aren’t immune to depression and anxiety may surprise some, but the road to success is often riddled with emotional turmoil. In addition to the unrelenting pressure to perform, athletes talk about a culture of invincibility, in which admitting weakness feels risky and maintaining a veneer of composure is paramount.
Former firefighter Brendan Lyons, whose career was cut short when he was struck by a distracted driver while bicycling, is fighting for a statewide texting and driving ban in Arizona.
Lyons founded the Arizona chapter of the nonprofit Look! Save a Life in 2012 after his work responding to distracted driving incidents inspired him to raise awareness for the cause, which soon became personal for him.
“In a sad twist of irony, almost a year later, I went out for a bike ride with my girlfriend on the morning of her birthday … and a motorist at 45 mph looked down at his cellphone to see who’s calling, drifted into the bike lane and struck us both from behind,” he told KTAR News 92.3 FM on Tuesday.
Lyons said he suffered spine and pelvis fractures and was treated for a traumatic brain injury, which ended his days as a firefighter.
While only a select few of us will ever take in the view from atop a podium, we can all rejoice in the fact that no cycling skill is impossible to master. To that end, we asked coaches, mechanics, top racers, and other experts to help you improve your ride, whether you’re trying to set a century PR or just figuring out how and when to push that little lever on your handlebar. Here are the best bike-riding tips and advice they offered us.
14 simple tips that will have you riding better than ever
LeBron James, cycling superstar? He is, perhaps, in the eyes of kids at that much-discussed Akron school for at-risk students the NBA star opened last week. Each student, in addition to tuition-free education in a state-of-the-art public school facility, also gets a bike, in a more than symbolic nod to James’s association of his own childhood bike with the freedom it afforded him.
Team Sky released data from Chris Froome’s Giro d’Italia victory that outlines the power of his attack and mid-race diet to lose weight.
The British super team released insider documents to the BBC that show Froome’s diet, watts and thoughts over the three weeks from Jerusalem to Rome. Froome, 33, became the first British rider to win the Italian grand tour. He had crashed twice early on, but rode consistently over three weeks and launched a lethal attack in stage 19, over the Finestre, to take the race lead. Read more from VeloNews.com