MID-WEEK REPORT: THE LATEST NEWS, PRODUCTS AND EVENTS
Take a look at the best of our trending stories from this week December 29, about the latest road bikes, tech, pro racing and more in the cycling industry.
Three-time madison world champion Amy Pieters underwent surgery for head injuries and was placed in an artificial coma after a crash on Thursday, her SD Worx team said Friday. The 30-year-old crashed Thursday on a training ride in Calpe, Spain, and underwent surgery in nearby Alicante later that day.
If there is one funny thing about cycling, it’s how the sport has largely been off the radar for the big shoe brands. Sure, old-timers will readily recall the glory days of seeing Adidas in the Pro Tour under riders like Jan Ulrich, and of course there was Nike’s push with both Lance Armstrong and Mark Cavendish. But despite both examples of pro rider endorsement, neither brand has shown much staying power on the consumer side of things.
And so now, of all things, we have Adidas jumping into the gravel game.
By Chris Carmichael, Founder and Head Coach of CTS
There is no shortage of endurance challenges spanning the week between Christmas and New Year’s. Although the “Festive 500” – 500 kilometers between December 25-31 – remains one of the most popular, you can also find other distance-, duration-, and elevation-based challenges for the coming week. Instead of joining the challenge chorus, this year I want to encourage cyclists to use this week to jumpstart your 2022 training with a combination of cycling and strength training workouts.
Whether you’re looking for your first bike or looking to make the move into the dirtier-side of drop-bar riding, one of the hurdles when looking for gravel bikes are their increasing price tags. As the demand for gravel bikes has grown so has the innovation bike manufacturers large and small have invested resulting in gravel bikes that cost as much as the latest Tour de France weapons. However, much like the road side of things, much of the best tech has begun to trickle down into more affordable price points. Take a look at these eleven notable 2022 gravel bikes that don’t break the bank.
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