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- We're just a little over a week away and we are READY over here in central MO! This year we're adding in another day of racing at the incredibly fast Cosmopolitan Park. Saturday will continue to be under the lights with a larger course and an awesome party. Sunday will see some minor course changes to keep you on your toes.
If you haven't already registered: https://www.bikereg....omo-cx-cup-2014 Registration will close on the 24th!
Likewise, I'd really recommend booking your hotel if you haven't already. It's going to be a busy weekend in Columbia and unfortunately there's no camping aloud in the park. Message me if you can't find a place to stay and I'm sure we can find a backyard or couch you can crash on.
Check out the website for more details:
See you next weekend!
- I have a lightly used set of American Classic MTB 29er 6-bolt wheels. This is a very light and durable tubeless wheelset. I bought them about 2 years ago, and have been very happy with them. These have black rims, white hubs and back spokes. There are two red spokes to mark the valve stem. They currently have 9mm quick release on the front, but can be switched to a 15mm through bolt. I have the axle for the conversion. These wheels retail for around $900. I am asking $450.
Jens Voigt (Trek Factory Racing) set a new hour record at the Velodrome Suisse in Grenchen, Switzerland.
He rode 51.115km over the course of an hour Thursday. The 43-year-old German bested Ondrej Sosenka’s mark of 49.7 kilometers by 1.415km.
“I started a bit too fast, after 20 minutes I had to ease off,” Voigt said. “I wanted to give it all in my final race.”
For years, the UCI recognized two different hour records. The Athlete’s Hour, also called the Merckx Hour, was performed aboard heavily regulated equipment in a very specific position.
Another record, called the Best Human Effort, placed very few restrictions on the bike and position used. The exceptionally fast “superman” positions of Graeme Obree and Chris Boardman fell under this record.
However, In May, the UCI hit the reset button on the hour record, opening the door for a record attempt by Voigt.
Both the Athlete’s Hour and Best Human Effort were scrapped in favor of a single hour record with regulations in line with modern UCI track rules. That means that as UCI track cycling rules change, so will the rules for the hour.
To start his attempt, Voigt turned in a 23.574-second first lap, understandably slow, starting from a stand still.
He needed to average 18-second laps to beat the record.
The German rode the first kilometer in 1:15491.
He turned in a 6:00.954 time for the first five kilometers, 4.839 ahead of Boardman’s 2000 mark, but behind Merckx’s 1972 record.
After the first 10 kilometers, Jens’ time was 12:01.336, which was still ahead of Boardman, but behind Merckx, and slightly behind Sosenka’s splits. It was noted that Merckx’s hour record started at a blistering pace, and the Belgian champion faded in the final half of the ride.
After 15 minutes, Voigt was on pace to set the record.
When Voigt reached 20 kilometers, his time was 23:39.198, meaning that his average speed at that point was 50.718kph, on track to set a new record.
Halfway through the hour, Voigt was still on pace.
Nearing the 40-minute mark, he started to show the strain of the effort, adjusting his position, and occasionally rising from the saddle to stretch.
With 15 minutes remaining, Voigt was still turning in laps quicker than 18 seconds.
Voigt’s split at 40 kilometers was 47:16.668. That split indicated that the world record was within his reach.
In the final 10 minutes, Voigt began to push to the finish, riding increasingly faster lap times — some even quicker than 17 seconds.
With less than five minutes left, he fought his bike in the straights, pushing out of the saddle.
On his 199th lap with 1:28 left in the hour, he surpassed Sosenka’s mark.
At the end of an hour, Voigt had turned in 205 laps, riding a total distance of 51.115 kilometers, a new world record.
“I am extremely proud to be joining all the iconic riders that have beaten this record before me,” he said. “I’m proud that my name is now among the greats. It’s one of the big highlights of my career.”
- I bought this from a member on there and unfortunately have not had time to ride it with having a new addition to the family and now could just use the cash instead.
Niner Sir 9 that is built up as a single speed. This frame and wheelset can be converted to a geared bike.
The wheelset and fork are through axles.
2013 Rock Shox SID tapered fork with hydraulic lockout - around 10 hours ride time on fork
Black Chris King hubs laced to Stan's Arch EX rims. Wheels are setup tubeless.
The rear hub is setup with a freehub body that will accept a 9 or 10 speed cassette if you wanted to convert to a geared bike.
Niner RDO handlebars - 670mm wide
Niner RDO stem 90 or 100mm Don't remember exactly
Niner RDO seatpost
Ergon bar ends
SRAM XO hydraulic brakes - 185mm front / 160mm rear rotors
Stylo cranks with 34T chain ring.
Shimano SPD pedals
20T Chris King cog on rear wheel.
Tires still have plenty of life.
Chain has about 20 hours of ride time.
Bottle cages are NOT included.
With so many bottom bracket standards being used on the market, what are the pros and cons of each one?
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- AVID BB5 R new $50 pr
Shimano Ultegra , CX70 cranks (New bike take off) 172.5 46/36 Bike was test ridden a few times.. $150.00
FSA S-K Carbon Compact Bars 42cm , new bike take off, $140
Giant Contact SLR bars 40 CM take off , some skuffs from knocking around in garage $125
Take off saddle, $ ?
More than anything, John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano) is a realist. Despite winning nine stages in two editions of the Vuelta a España, he doesn’t consider himself a sprinter.
And after winning his first grand tour points jersey at the Vuelta, suffering through the final week with an infection that left him in a hospital bed, Degenkolb also realizes that if he wants to win the green jersey at the Tour de France, he will have part ways with teammate and friend Marcel Kittel.
“Green is a nice color. It’s a big goal for the future,” Degenkolb told VeloNews. “I am also realistic to know that Marcel and I cannot fight for the green jersey if we are both on the same team. That’s how it is.”
Ever the realist, Degenkolb has happily slipped into the role as team worker in the ever more effective Giant-Shimano leadout train, especially at the Tour, where Kittel has emerged as the premier sprinter over the past two editions.
When it’s a pure sprinters course, Degenkolb knows the team works exclusively for Kittel, and the big German ace has delivered eight stage victories in the past two Tours.
Giant-Shimano, however, gives Degenkolb his chance in hillier stages that tend to bust up the bunch, and spit the big sprinters like Kittel out the back. Degenkolb twice finished second in this year’s Tour, meaning that he’s knocking on the door for a breakthrough Tour stage win that would give him victories in all three grand tours.
“For me it’s not as simple as Marcel to be there in the bunch sprint. I need several circumstances to happen,” he said. “You need to be lucky that no one attacks with 5km to go, like Tony Gallopin or Ramunas Navarduaskas. Things like that happen, and I am happy for those guys because they did a great race, but next time it will be my turn.”
Chasing stage wins is one thing, but the green jersey is quite something else. To win green, a sprinter must be there in every scenario. Peter Sagan (Cannondale) won his third straight jersey this summer without winning a stage, but he was consistently in the top-five in every key stage where points were in play.
Both Kittel and Degenkolb realize that if either wants to seriously chase the points jersey, one of them will have to sacrifice his chances for the sprints. To win the green jersey, a sprinter needs to be present in every finish and mid-stage sprints that are in the offering. Giant-Shimano’s current tactic of divide and conquer between Degenkolb and Kittel won’t work if green becomes a serious goal.
“It’s not possible. If we split the stages between us, it’s not possible to fight for the green jersey, because every single point is important,” Degenkolb said. “If one of us wants to go for the green jersey, one of us has to go our separate ways.”
Degenkolb isn’t saying a split is imminent. Both are under contract through 2016 with Giant-Shimano. Degenkolb said he’s very happy with his situation on the team, and he gets plenty of chances to win. It’s only during the Tour that he slots into the more limiting helper role behind Kittel.
And Degenkolb isn’t obsessing about the green jersey, at least not right now. His main focus and passion are the spring classics, and he lets it be known that he wants to win races like Paris-Roubaix, Tour of Flanders, and Milano-Sanremo. An increased focus on the classics would likely see him lose a bit of his top-end speed, but Degenkolb is still young, at 25, and said he’s only getting stronger.
His immediate goal is the worlds. He will miss Sunday’s team time trial with Giant-Shimano, but hopes to be back at full strength for the elite men’s road race September 28.
“I have not seen the course. People say it’s good for me, good for [Peter] Sagan, but the worlds are also good for [Vincenzo] Nibali, for a lot of guys,” Degenkolb said. “You cannot say it’s perfect for [Fabian] Cancellara or [Philippe} Gilbert. There are many altitude meters to climb. The worlds are always hard.”
Despite his infection, Degenkolb said he came out of the Vuelta feeling stronger than ever, and is quietly optimistic he can ride well in Ponferrada.
“What is the ideal preparation? It’s hard to plan. The Vuelta is always a bit of a risk, because you can crash at any time. For me, it’s good preparation for the worlds,” he said. “Two years ago, I did the Vuelta, and I was in very good shape. Last year, I did only one-day races after the Tour, and I didn’t feel I had the real power to be there in the final.”
For the present and near future, he’s all in with Giant-Shimano, and he’s content being Kittel’s sidekick in the Tour mass sprints. Yet he knows at a certain point, especially if he wants to make a serious run at the Tour’s green jersey, he will have to cut the ties.
“That changes nothing with Marcel. He is a great guy, but I am also realistic enough to see the situation, and he realizes that, too,” Degenkolb said. “I would like to win the green jersey some day. And so would Marcel. It’s not possible for both of us on the same team.”
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