Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Fabio Wibmer - Osttirol Is My Playground





his is the brand new video from Fabio Wibmer.
It was filmed over the period of 3 months in Osttirol and it features probably one of the best street trials riding ever seen in the web.
Osttirol is one of the most beautiful places and it was just a dream to ride and film in this awesome scenery.







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Wednesday, 10 December 2014

On track for Dakar 2015: The Gardians of the Dakar





Watch the rough riders of Red Bull Desert Wings shake down their machines in the wilds of France. 

In the Wild West, they have cowboys. In France – or specifically a small corner of southeast France, the Camargue – they have gardians. Their job is to herd cattle, on horseback, and they take it so seriously that they even wear cowboy boots, checkered shirts and big hats. You’d be forgiven for thinking that these dudes had got lost on the way to a remake of The Lone Ranger.

So, meet the Gardians of the Dakar: Marc Coma, Helder Rodrigues, Sam Sunderland and Matthias Walkner as they track down Stéphane Peterhansel, Carlos Sainz and Cyril Despres, and rev up for the 2015 Dakar Rally.




Monday, 8 December 2014

Bicycle shoe cleat fitting with CleatMaster





A short instructional video on how to use CleatMaster to set bicycle shoe cleats to neutral angular alignment.




Saturday, 15 November 2014

Porsche GT3 Cup - DRIVER'S EYE





Many are familiar with New Zealand's famous road, the Crown Range Pass. This public road climbs to 1,100 meters above sea level by the way of fast twisty corners and steep uphill hairpins on the way from Queenstown to Wanaka. For the first time in history, 2014's Targa New Zealand has ventured to the South Island, allowing competitors to try their luck at some of the most beautiful roads in the world. Gavin Riches, the driver of this 997 GT3 Cup car, has shipped his car all the way from Florida in order to compete in this week long event. His run through the Crown Range is now the fastest recorded run of any car during competition.



In this particular Targa, the rules operate more like a stage rally. The drivers are competing for stage time. The only difference from straight up performance rally is the fact that there is no recce for the co-driver beforehand and the cars cannot exceed 200kph without incurring a stiff penalty.



So in this case, Gavin's GT3 Cup is getting to 200kph quite quickly and driving into the corners blind. Thus the co-driver's job (Gavin's wife Amy) is to navigate the car to the stage, and then during the stage, make sure the car doesn't exceed 200kph. This is the reason behind the conversation in the car at speed being:



Gavin: "Speed?, Speed?"



Amy: "Hold. Hold. Up. Up. Hold."



The closest one can get to 200kph without going over depicts who's coming in first. It's a bit different than what we are all used to while watching in-car footage…. But it's a fun challenge to watch none-the-less.


The Bicycle

Bicycle Bliss and Our Cities | Bojun Bjorkman-Chi…: http://youtu.be/QGmxzaPwFOY

Thursday, 13 November 2014

How We Roll





HWR revised opening sequences with trailer... take a look at what the Schwinn Sting Ray bicycle was all about and how 20" bicycles changed the lives of kids forever...




Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Off-Road Cyclocross Racing - Red Bull Velodux





Cyclo-what?! The internet will tell you that cyclocross is a specific type of bike racing, where conventional road biking meets off-road relay racing on a course that is part road, part mud pits, part not-your-standard-racecourse. Red Bull Velodux took that race style to the next level, putting top notch racers against a technical off-road course, with an "all-things-go" attitude towards doing whatever it takes to inch past your opponent. Check out the best action from Red Bull Velodux Switzerland!




Monday, 10 November 2014

Skullcandy: Robbie Maddison’s Drop In





A jump for the record books, Robbie “Maddo” Maddison also known as the modern-day Evel Kneviel attempts yet another death defying aerial feat-as he takes over the Utah Olympic Park in Park City, Utah, a setting that is more improbable, and impressive, than ever. “Maddo” teamed with Skullcandy and Red Bull Media House’s On Any Sunday, The Next Chapter to show the world what it truly means to DROP IN.




Sunday, 2 November 2014

Kayaking Fun

Kayaking the Hanging Spear Waterfall - Headwaters…: http://youtu.be/9Q81RIsTwy0

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

60° North - A British Adventure on a Brompton.





This is a short film about our pack raft and Brompton adventure from Sumburgh Head to Muckle Flugga in the Shetland Islands.

By Joe Sheffer joesheffer.net
and Alastair Humphreys alastairhumphreys.com




Thursday, 9 October 2014

TDA 2014





A look back at the 2014 Tour d'Afrique








Cycling without age





This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. After having heard several stories about the older generation missing the freedom, the joy and the mobility of cycling, Ole asked himself: "How can we get these people back on the bicycles?" Ole decided to show up at his local nursing home with a rented rickshaw. This changed his life - and the lives of the passengers and the volunteers who came across Ole and his project, "Cycling Without Age".

Ole Kassow is the founder of “Cycling Without Age” - http://cyclingwithoutage.org - an initiative which gives senior citizens the opportunity to get out of nursing homes and experience the city and the nature by rickshaw.

Because of Ole, municipalities in several cities across Denmark have now bought rickshaws for their nursing homes and a network of volunteers offer residents the opportunity to venture outside and feel the wind in their hair. This meeting of generations provides a unique opportunity for the elderly to share their stories and experiences, which are often triggered by these trips out into the local environment.

This initiative not only strengthens communities across generations, but it contributes to both physical and mental well-being of the elderly and volunteers, thus giving nursing homes and municipalities a golden opportunity to stimulate and promote health and mobility.




Pablo's Epecuen - Behind the Scenes of Epecuén





Pablo Novak, the one remaining inhabitant of Epecuén, tells the story of the town's history and how the once thriving resort town transformed into the desolate land it is today.










Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Cyclocross





Cell Bikes staff race their Brunswick 'cross bikes through the Cell Bikes Test Facility (aka www.cellbikes.com.au warehouse) in preparation for the upcoming Rapha Supercross race. 
Annoyed by bad drivers? Don't get








Monday, 6 October 2014

Tire Size Explained





Bicycle tire sizes can be a confusing topic. In this video, Dylan explains the correct way to read your old tires to replace them with the right size. How are rims read? Why are tires called one size but are actually another size? In this video, you will get the answers to all of these questions.

Friday, 3 October 2014

Would You like to go for an easy walk with me?





El Caminito del Rey is located right next to the sleepy town of El Chorro in Malaga, Spain. Construction of the one meter wide, three kilometers long walkway through El Chorro canyon started in 1901 and were completed in 1905. Rising a 100 meters above the Canyons floor, the path cuts the canyon’s giant limestone cliffs in half with another 75 meters of sheer rock jutting above it. It was originally build to provide access for workers between the hydroelectric power plants in El Chorro Falls. 

Five Ten has long been a leader in high friction footwear for climbing. Now we are moving into the world of dangerous hiking. To test our new footwear, we have set a goal of pursuing some of the world’s most dangerous hikes. For a start, follow Nico Favresse and Colette McInerney exploring the El Caminito del Rey and discover the full story at: 
http://fiveten.com/community/blog-det...




Danny Macaskill: The Ridge





#TheRidge is the brand new film from Danny Macaskill... For the first time in one of his films Danny climbs aboard a mountain bike and returns to his native home of the Isle of Skye in Scotland to take on a death-defying ride along the notorious Cuillin Ridgeline.






Tuesday, 30 September 2014

GoPro HERO4: The Adventure of Life in 4K





All around the world GoPro users are capturing incredible experiences, from the heart-stopping to the heartfelt. Into the caldron of an active volcano, the neon streets of Japan, a refuge for wild mustangs, scaling an iceberg, the world’s biggest dance party, or a whale rescue mission, GoPros have documented every moment. See how GoPro’s new line of our most advanced cameras ever allow you to beautifully and authentically capture and share the experiences that bring purpose, adventure, and joy to your life.






Monday, 29 September 2014

Ground Effect - Products That Bombed





A humorous look at three of the not so successful products Ground Effect have created over the last 20 years








Sunday, 28 September 2014

MOOTS SHOP





A longer video that shows sights of the Yampa Valley, which is our home...plus our shop and some insights from a few people at Moots and what brought them to Steamboat in the first place. Filmed during our Spring run-off.




Interview with Steve Hogg - Bike Fitting Expert





See http://www.cycling-inform.com for more great cycling articles, cycling tip and training information






Saturday, 27 September 2014

Danny MacAskill on the KTM FREERIDE E preview





Scottish street trials star Danny MacAskill has now become an official ambassador for the KTM FREERIDE E after showing an interest in the bike earlier this year.

Salsa Cycles Why Bikepack





Salsa Cycles Why Bikepack short film shares the story of a fall bikepacking trip and the motivations of one of the riders. Shot on the beautiful Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Trails in northern Wisconsin in Fall 2013




Wednesday, 24 September 2014

#AskSBCU





#AskSBCU - Questions about cycling, bikes, equipment, technical issues, Body Geometry Fit, etc








Saturday, 20 September 2014

SLULU VOODOO -- "Skill Drill"





Practice makes perfect, and in this episode, Specialized-lululemon's Ally Stacher talks the importance of basic skills and bike handling. Now get out there and pick up those bottles!






What If Cars Disappeared?





What would happen if we just STOPPED DRIVING?






Friday, 19 September 2014

The Road to Mont-Blanc





A 1000km non-stop journey across the Dolomites, Eastern Alps and Swiss Alps.

Exploration is as much about overcoming the unknown challenges of the road ahead as it is about learning of one's own physical and mental capabilities. On August 4th 2014 Mike Cotty faced the longest and hardest ride of his life, a personal challenge to see if it's possible to cycle over 1,000km and 21 mountains non-stop across the Dolomites, Eastern Alps and Swiss Alps from Conegliano, Italy, to Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France. Thunderstorms during the darkest depths of the night, a bitter cold dawn on the Passo dello Stelvio, punishing headwinds and the will to overcome adversity and sleep deprivation from over 50 hours on the bike and 21,250 metres of elevation make this journey an inspiring test of human reserve.



So a few km’s and a few climbs . . . .




Ask a Mechanic: Bottom Bracket Standards





Looking for an honest evaluation on the various bottom bracket standards available? Pro mechanic Greg O'Keeffe offers his point of view in this special edition of the Art's Cyclery Ask a Mechanic series.




Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Back on Wheels





A love for cycling is stronger than any injury. This video will show you that the handicapped riders can participate in any adrenaline sports!






Sunday, 14 September 2014

Vintage Electric Bikes | eGarage





http://www.vintageelectricbikes.com was born in the heart of the Silicon Valley. This young bike company is the perfect mix of classic design aesthetic hard wired with modern electric technology. 
In this feature, eGarage explores how friends began their journey into a venture charged by passion, innovation and freedom. 

Specialized's New COBL GOBL-R (cobble gobbler) suspension seat post - Cy...





Specialized released its new COBL GOBL-R carbon fiber leaf spring suspension seatpost for dirt roads, cobbles, cyclocross, and cross-country mountain bike racing. Chris Riekert talks about the post and its cyclocross relevance.




Saturday, 13 September 2014

Friday, 12 September 2014

Amazing DIY Off-Grid Modern Tiny House





At 15 Square meters and completely off-grid, Brett Sutherland has constructed a true, tiny house treasure. Packed with unique, space saving design elements, Brett has created a fantastic space to both live and work. 

Perhaps best of all, this was all achieved on a budget of NZ$21,000. The Tiny House was constructed on his parents property, and will soon be moved to a friends property in Bethells Beach in Auckland. 

This modern tiny house is filled with treasures obtained over a lifetime of adventure, and may just be the ultimate bachelor pad. 


CINELLI Tour d'Afrique 2013 HD 720p






Thursday, 11 September 2014

Interbike 2014: Fat City Comeback





Chris Chance and finds out he's got big plans for bringing his iconic Fat City Cycles back to life.




A mechanic's point of view in the Vuelta!





Get a unique insight of the Vuelta as you ride along with one of the neutral service motorcycles. See how our mechanics help out some unlucky riders




The Win Tunnel - Explaining Time Saved Over 40km





In this episode, Mark and Chris explain the logic behind our metric of time saved over 40km.




Elite 2015 - Real Turbo Muin






Family Holidays in Great Lake Taupo - Kereopa Video Diaries Ep 8





Raglan-based international surfer, Daniel Kereopa, and his family (partner Renee, 10 yr old daughter Nia and 12 yr old son Cabe) came back to the Great Lake Taupo region and this time they brought fellow surfers, and family friends, John Armstrong, Penelope Strictland and their daughter, Malaika, with them.

The families kicked off their weekend with a lovely visit to Taupo’s weekly Saturday Riverside Market where they sampled lots of regional produce and even learned a little bit about alpaca wool spinning.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

How To Fuel Like A Pro - On-Bike Cycling Nutrition





What to eat and drink, while riding, and how to eat and drink it, are questions that cyclists of all experience levels are faced with. Former Tour de France rider Daniel Lloyd gives his pro tips to get the most out of your riding.




Saturday, 6 September 2014

Jack Bauer: How to wheelie





Garmin Sharp rider Jack Bauer demonstrates the perfect wheelie at the start of a team ride in the United Kingdom




Friday, 5 September 2014

SLULU VOODOO -- "Pinning it"







So you signed up for your first race? Congratulations! While there are small differences from country to country on where to pin your number before you line up, the real voodoo is how to lock that sucker down. In this episode, Specialized-lululemon's, Carmen Small, demonstrates what a real, pro-pin job looks like. 




Thursday, 4 September 2014

40th Anniversary Allez



It all started on the bike. 40 years ago Specialized was born from humble beginnings complete with a handwritten catalog and parts delivered via bicycle. What started then is what keeps us looking forward today – providing all riders with real performance advantages. To celebrate 40 years of life on two wheels we’ve teamed up with an old friend.
Mark DiNucci was one of the original Specialized frame designers and his bikes are still winning global recognition today. Together with Specialized, Mark has created an entirely new and exclusive 40th Anniversary Allez frame – in steel. Far from just a retro road bike, every tube, lug, and braze on has been completely reexamined through fresh eyes and carries the experience of our last 40 years of innovation. It’s a bike that carries all the inherent ride qualities of steel coupled with the type of modern technological advances that push it into an entirely new category. It’s the culmination of 40 years of bike building filtered down into the very best steel bike we’ve ever made. In a special nod to where it all began, the 40th Anniversary Allez frame is being built in the very factory that was responsible for the first Specialized Stumpjumper.
Limited to just 74 frames worldwide, the 40th Anniversary Allez is more than just a bike. Included with every kit is a limited edition Merino wool sweater, winter and summer cycling caps, exclusive leather S-Works Toupe saddle with matching leather saddle bag, and matching leather bar wrap to top it all off. Each one of these extremely limited pieces was designed and constructed to the same high standard of quality as the frame itself and were conceived to both compliment and highlight this very special project. The 40th Anniversary Allez is a complete package that bridges the past and present of the Specialized brand. Additionally, with all proceeds earned from the sale being donated to World Bicycle Relief, it’s a perfect way to ensure the future of bikes continues to look stronger than ever.


World Bicycle Relief is a nonprofit organization mobilizing people through the Power of Bicycles. They envision a world where distance is no longer a barrier to education, healthcare and economic opportunity. Compared to walking, bicycles increase carrying capacity and accessible travel distance while decreasing commute time. Since 2005, World Bicycle Relief has provided more than 195,000 specially designed, locally assembled Buffalo bicycles to disaster survivors, students, healthcare workers, and entrepreneurs. They’ve also trained more than 950 field mechanics to ensure access to qualified maintenance and spare parts.
Through their Bicycles for Educational Empowerment Program (BEEP) WBR provides Buffalo bicycles to rural students (70% girls), teachers and school volunteers to improve access to education. A two-year study of their work found a 28% increase in attendance and 58% increase in academic performance for students with bikes. 69% of students reported feeling safer while commuting to school. Each bicycle represents a life-changing new beginning for students, families and communities.
Through this exciting partnership, we hope to mobilize over 500 rural students with Buffalo bicycles to access education. Place your order now and join the movement.

ParkToolTourPart1





This is the first of 2 videos to accompany the 100th Bike Shop Show




ParkToolTourPart2





This is part 2 of my tour of Park Tool in St. Paul Minnesota.




Vincenzo Nibali – Made in Racing





Watch how Specialized Racing helped Vincenzo Nibali become the first Italian to win the Tour de France since 1998.



It's all about the Ride! ;-)




Sunday, 31 August 2014

Specialized Body Geometry Grail Glove





The Specialized Geometry Grail Glove was specifically designed to equalize pressure points across the palm helping to eliminate hand numbness and fatigue while still allowing for excellent tactile feedback. It's the perfect glove solution for riders that prefer to not wear gloves.

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Specialized Crux Expert EVO Di2



NEW HOME PAGE - SLIDE SHOW: READY, STEADY, GO - RBA'S DIRTY KANZA 200 SEND-OFF
May 30, 2014

200 miles of gravel racing through the Flint Hills of Kansas is no joke, so we needed equipment that was up to the challenge. 

Saturday May 31st is not only the penultimate day of the Giro d’Italia, it’s also the very day 1,250 Cyclists (myself included) will be racing 200 miles on the gravel roads of Emporia, Kansas for the Dirty Kanza 200, one of the most famous of the burgeoning field of gravel events. What was just an obscure underground event popular with the locals when it began in 2006 is now boasting competitors from 44 states and seven foreign countries for the 2014 edition. With elements of racing, adventure, and pure survival, DK200's brutality is its biggest draw. For me, the draw was simply the unknown. Could I make it through a 200-mile gravel race? I wanted to find out. (For the entire Dirty Kanza project preview, read the June and July 2014 issues of Road Bike Action). 

Welcome to Kansas - gravel and grass as far as the eye can see.

This year’s course will be a repeat of the 2013 route that had a total of 12,500 feet of elevation gain coming from the incessant short climbs of the Flint Hills. "We don't have mountains, we go down into the valleys and up the other side. We find the roads that don't go straight, but go down into the creek and river valley. It's a constant up and down roller coaster; you don't get knocked out from the roundhouse, its the constant jabs that do you in", said DK200 promoter Jim Cummins. The climbing isn't the only challenge the Flint Hills pose, it's what's in them than can be cause for heartache. The qualities that made flint rock a perfect material for making arrowheads and tools by the Native Americans, are the very same qualities that can wreak havoc on tires.

Four-time winner Dan Hughes cautioned, "durability is a must when riding in the Flint Hills, and shouldn't be a place you look to save weight". Since there isn't any follow car support like in road racing, and the checkpoints are 50 miles apart, you need to be able to fix any mechanical problems that might arise, making equipment choices all the more important.

EQUIPMENT CHECK
We started with a stock Specialzed Crux Evo then made a few modifications, including swapping the 40mm deep Roval CLX 40 wheels for Enve's new M50 29er wheels that are tubeless-ready and have a wider rim width that is ideal for the Specialized Trigger 28c tubeless tires. 

Finding a bike that's up to the challenge, and that would fit my needs, was the first thing that needed to be done. About the time the project popped into our heads at RBA, we caught wind of a soon-to-come Crux Evo "gravel bike" from Specialized that Dirty Kanza winner Dan Hughes helped develop. Although the Crux Evo maintains the same geometry as the standard Crux cyclocross bike, what it provides is the addition of a third water bottle cage on the underside of the down tube, and the SWAT Box, a storage box mounted below the water bottle cage that holds a tube, Co2 cartridge, and a multi tool. With checkpoints spaced 50 miles apart at Dirty Kanza, the third water bottle mount was an important feature, as are practical storage solutions. I figured if it was Dan Hughes approved, it was good enough for me. 

The Crux Evo was inspired by 4-time Dirty Kanza 200 winner Dan Hughes, who wanted a third water bottle cage and the SWAT Box storage system that's found on some of Specialized's mountain bikes. 

Since course markings for the route are minimal, having a navigation device is important. We rigged up a Garmin 810 with an external battery pack that will mount atop the stem to ensure battery life isn't going to be an issue. Zevlin Big40 tape is wrapped over gel pads on the handlebar to give some added comfort. 

Picking the parts build for the Crux Evo proved to be a mix of new technology, and some long-proven parts, like Shimano’s Di2 drivetrain. The Di2 build included Shimano’s new R785 hydraulic disc brakes with 140mm IceTech rotors, which were mounted to DT240 hubs that had the stock bearings replaced with CeramicSpeed bearings (so too were the bottom bracket bearings and derailleur pulleys). The hubs were laced to the latest tech from ENVE Composites, their M50 29er clincher rim. Since 29-inch and 700c rims are the same diameter, the M50s worked with the 28c Specialized Trigger tubeless tires I had decided upon. After adding a few ounces of Orange Seal sealant, I had a wheel and tire combination that was light, fast, and proved durable in training. Final pieces to the build include a Stages Power meter on the left Dura-Ace crank arm and Zevlin Big40 customized handlebar tape with gel pads underneath. 

SPECIALIZED-EFFECT
After a flexibility assessment, Sean Madsen dialed in an ideal position that was both efficient and practical for an at least 12-hour event. 

Specialized's involvement in the project was much more than just as an equipment provider, we were after their expertise as well. Body Geometry Fit manager Sean Madsen is typically found fitting riders like Vincenzo Nibali, Rigoberto Uran, and Tom Boonen rather than cycling journalists. Nevertheless he gave me the pro-treatment and dialed me in on the Crux Evo after an full-body assessment on flexibility, past injuries, and riding characteristics. Madsen found that I had a significant leg length imbalance that was causing me to reach too much with my right leg. A 3mm shim under my cleat cured the problem.

After the BG Fit, I headed into Specialized's wind tunnel that's literally one block down the street from their main building. Since the Crux Evo would be the first gravel bike in the tunnel, aerodynamicists Chris Yu and Mark Cote were eager to see what gains could be made for such a long event, even if the average speed will only be in the 18-mph range. After four hours of testing a number of wheel/tire options, water bottle placement, and number plate attachment, the two things that resulted in the biggest gains came by way of clothing and helmet choices. 

Apparel Comparison
Pedaling test with rider. Bike setup identical in both tests. 
-Standard Kit vs. Skinsuit:
Time saved over 200-mile Dirty Kanza course: 18 mph average speed: Between 7 and 8 minutes depending on severity of crosswind. 12 mph average speed: Between 9 and 10 minutes depending on severity of crosswind.
-Aerodynamicist Recommendation:
"Obviously in this case, the skinsuit provides an enormous benefit over a standard kit. In several of our own tests, we have seen a similar aero drag saving when changing from a looser club fit kit to a slightly more form fitting kit.

We found potentially huge time savings with changes in clothing and helmet choice. 

Helmet Comparison
Pedaling test with Neil. Bike setup identical in both tests. 
-Giro Aeon vs. S-Works Evade:
Time saved over 200-mile Dirty Kanza course: 18 mph average speed: Between 2 and 3 minutes depending on severity of crosswind. 12 mph average speed: Between 3 and 4 minutes depending on severity of crosswind.
-Aerodynamicist Recommendation:
"Unless excessively high temperatures are an issue, there is a relatively significant advantage to riding the Evade. We have done this comparison on over 40 athletes and the typical savings is roughly 50% more than what we found on Neil, so the impact could potentially be much larger depending on the rider."

Aero Conclusion
With the potential for massive time savings to be had by going with a skinsuit over a standard bib/short, we brought in Endo Customs to design a skinsuit that had rear pockets and would be both aerodynamic and comfortable enough fit for all-day in the saddle. The Los Angeles-based company designed, sublimated, and sewed the custom skinsuit all in-house, something they do for their entire clothing line. As far as the helmet goes, I will start with the Evade, but have a more ventilated helmet waiting for me at the 100-mile checkpoint in case the temperature goes above the high 80 degree range. 

RIDE, RIDE, RIDE


Training for such a long, demanding event was uncharted territory for me, so I had to get some advice along the way. Since a number of the coaches at Carmichael Training Systems have competed in Dirty Kanza themselves, and it’s one of their Bucket List events, I figured they’d be a good source for helping determine how much training volume I should target in order to be ready, while still managing work and family time. So, beginning in March (three months before Dirty Kanza), I started implementing blocks into my training on a weekly basis, striving for bigger rides Friday through Sunday, then recovery and shorter rides mid-week. After the first month of an increased training volume about 20-percent higher than what I would typically ride, the effects on fitness were noticeable. I maintained this level of volume for all three months. 

I've been told that the first hundred miles of Dirty Kanza have a road race feel with high-intensity riding, so in preparation for that I made sure not all my time was spent riding at sub-threshold levels. Even though the goal is to remain aerobic as much as possible in the race, since retaining muscle glycogen will be key, I added in threshold intervals once-to-twice a week, and even some short, 30-second maximum efforts. Overall though, the vast majority of the time was spent at endurance levels, doing as many three-to-six hour rides as time allows (8-10 per month) in order to get my body used to the long hours in the saddle. 

Dirty Kanza's 200-mile route has over 12,000 feet of elevation gain coming from the Flint Hills' non-stop rolling terrain. 

Two weeks out from Dirty Kanza the real training was all done, and now it’s about freshening up by decreasing volume by around 25-percent while maintaining a similar amount of intensity in the workouts. This should leave me fully recovered and with a bump in fitness. Additionally, the decreased volume will help muscle glycogen stores to be topped-off come race day. As far as my diet leading into the final days goes, I won’t be doing any carbo-loading regiment or anything like that; but I will be cutting out gluten for the 72 hours leading into the race in order to minimize any inflammation in my digestive track that gluten can cause. Since gastrointestinal issues are common during an endurance event like DK200, any reduction in inflammation should help. 

SNICKERS OR BUTTERFINGER BARS?

First Endurance helped with product and nutritional expertise. 

I had plenty of questions regarding what I should be drinking and eating for such a long day, and First Endurance's Robert Kunz, VP of Science and Technology, was my go-to guy. Kunz broke it down quickly for me, "Our fueling philosophy is to remove everything that slows absorption, like fats and protein. Anytime you introduce anything slow to absorb, your body is forced to use muscle glycogen as fuel, and since that glycogen is in limited supply, you need to hold onto it as long as possible. The guys that nail the nutrition ride away from the rest in the last two hours". Alright, no fats and no protein, so what should I eat, and how much? 

Kunz recommended that I don't touch anything other than First Endurance's EFS Drink and EFS Liquid Shot while on the bike. "EFS Drink is designed as the primary fuel, and Liquid Shot secondary. EFS Drink delivers the most amount of calories at an optimum osmolality, with the electrolytes needed to sustain you in the heat for a long time". As far as the caloric intake goes, Kunz says that should remain consistent each hour, with 300 calories being a good target. Although the solution concentration could decrease during the day if the temperature increases (no more than 8-percent solution when the weather is hot), the goal is to drink more in order to maintain consistent hourly caloric intake. 

In training, one thing that took some getting used to was the fact that with the calories only coming from liquids, your stomach remains mostly empty, causing you to feel hungry. The immediate reaction is to eat something, but Kunz warned me of this ahead of time, and said it's a normal feeling and one that is good in terms of absorption. If there's nothing in your stomach to slow absorption, then the liquid calories will get into the bloodstream quicker where it's needed, not stuck in your gut. It's a bit of a mind game to get past the hunger feeling, but having done it in training I have the confidence that I am indeed being adequately fueled.

GO TIME
Sunflower Bike and Sport in Lawrence hosted a ride on Thursday that included both reigning Dirty Kanza champions Dan Hughes and Rebecca Rusch. 

After so much time being given to thinking about and preparing for the Dirty Kanza 200 over the past few months, it’s finally just a day away. Although I have little doubt the Flint Hills are sure to expose any weakness or shortcomings in my planning, I'm hoping those shortcomings are minor. There’s a whole lot of gravel between me and my goal of finishing in the low 12-hour range, and whatever happens in those 200 miles is undoubtedly going to be memorable. You can follow the race live atwww.dirtykanzalive.com


Thursday, 29 May 2014

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Why Front Panniers Only?

 Q:
Hi guys, I have been wondering all the time why you are only riding front panniers. Does this not affect steering in a negative way. What is the reason - short Seatstays with Big feet?— Asked by stamina-co-deactivated20140331
Hi
We are gonna let John Watson / Prolly Is Not Probably answer that since this question was asked in this context on his site a while ago, and you can find more here too http://wearegoingawol.tumblr.com/
Basically, there’s nothing to really read up on. A bike with a mid to low trail will hold weight low and in front better than it will off the rear. A rear-loaded bike becomes unusable out of the saddle (sways 20+ lbs side to side) and when descending, it can become even more unstable. Low and front loaded bikes (when they’re designed for it) will still ride like normal. You can get out of the saddle, sprint, climb and do just as you could without the weight. They’ll descend with the same feeling and will be inherently more predictable. I put a rear rack on my touring bike for camping trips, with only a tent on it… No bags. 
Team AWOL

I back in the 1980's I cycle toured around the U.K. with just front Panniers and Loved it.
Why for me was because the weight was the some on the front wheel to the rear wheel, plus as above.

Happy Cycling

Pete..