Today is going to be a mish-mash of various information from the cycling world.
First up is a very strange decision that the UCI and USAC came out with concerning with non-sanctioned races. Basically it says that if you have a license and race in a non-sanctioned race then you are going to be suspended. Now for a recreational racer like myself I doubt they would really pay any attention but for professional racers that like to do these types of events it is coming down to choosing one over the other.
I prefer the non-sanctioned races because they are generally different than the run of the mill criterium or road races. The ruling includes races such as Leadville 100 and the Breck Epic Stage Race. I don't know what either ruling body are trying to prove by having a rule such as this in place. From the reports I have read it seems as though the professionals are going to skip the sanctioned races and keep Leadville and BreckEpic on their race schedule.
What types of races do you enjoy and would a ruling like this effect how you scheduled future races?
The above picture is of the Cervelo Limited-Run RCA frame. It comes with a price tag of $10,000 and a limit of 375 manufactured. The great thing about limited run frames like this is that the manufacturers take technology learned and apply to their other bikes which is a win for the typical customer that is not willing to shell out $10,000 or more for a bike.
For all those commuters out there Predator Frames worked with FSA and DT Swiss to come up with a Single Speed, Disc, Deep Carbon Tubular Wheelset. The one problem with this setup is that the disc they are using for show purposes was a 2 piece and you are not able to run a 2 piece with BB-7 Brakes - but it is still a sweet looking wheelset!
Specialized is coming out with a new Aero helmet. It was spotted at the Milan-San Remo Spring Classic and with the new UCI rule saying all equipment used by a pro must be available to us mere mortal humans within 9 months means this should be hitting Tom's Pro Bike by the end of the year - just in time for next seasons race schedule!
For those bad weather riders there is a line of equipment from the Northwest which is known for rain and cold weather called Showers Pass. They have just come out with a new full length pant called the Skyline. These look like a great pant and I am going to try and get my hands on a pair to test out and review for anyone that would be interested. Keep an eye out in future blogs for more information.
Just a reminder that we have an open link to register for the Spring 50 May 19th and also WNYMBA is putting on a Wednesday night mountain bike race 5 week series at Sprague Brook starting May 22nd. I have signed up for both recently so come join me on the road and the dirt!
Give us a call, send us an e-mail, or stop by the shop for more information on these highlights or other blogs we have posted. Saturday is looking like Spring might actually happen around here so keep an eye out for group rides!