As a coach, the most common feedback I get when things are not going according to plan is “I just don’t have enough time! No time for interval training, for stretching, for recovery rides, for gym sessions, for massages – I’m lucky if I can get on my bike three or four times a week!”
Good quality MTB tyres aren’t cheap and some will set you back more than a decent car tyre. So it can be pretty shattering if you slash the sidewall on a $100 tyre after a handful of rides. Rather than rather adding it straight to landfill or reserving it for inner tube use only, why not salvage the badly damaged tyre.
Back before there was #enduro, dropper posts and tubeless tyres, in an era when rim brakes were king, there once lived some of the most ‘rad’ and ‘badass’ mountain bikers of all time. These pioneering guys and gals rode one bike for everything, uphill or down; they were bike handlers of the first order.
Some brands offer similar bikes in a range A funny thing happened to me whilst out test-riding the Knolly Warden, and not just once. Every time I rode past an assembly of teenage mountain bikers they cheered, and it wasn’t just the usual ‘nice bike, mate’, but full on whooping, whistling, and yelling.
Astana riders are leading from the front, maintaining a strong team effort to support Aru. Tiralongo who won stage 9 put in a remarkable effort before leaving the pace making to Landa. In the end Contador showed he is well in control and found Aru wanting as he matched pace with Mikel Landa Meana. He continued to mark Aru, and let Landa (who looked stronger than his white jeresyed team mate) go in the few hundred meteres to take the stage win. All images by Sirotti.
Contador is showing himself to be in a league of his own with a powerful performance in the individual time trial. After two weeks of tough racing he finished third just 14 seconds behind stage winner Vasil Kiryienka of Sky, and two seconds behind Luis Leon Sanchez of Astana. Aru struggled on the 60km course and dropped 3:01 on the stage. After just one day in pink he is now second on GC 2:28 behind Contador.
Lampre Merida has taken stage 13 via a Sacha Modolo sprint into Jesolo. Sensationally the peloton suffered a crashed at around 3.1km from the finish (just outside the 3k mark where any riders in an accident would be given the same time as the bunch) which saw several of the favourites lose time to Astana's Fabia Aru, who overtook Contador as leader of the race. Richie Porte's Giro also took a turn for the worse seeing him lose time to both Aru and Contador. Contador is 19 seconds down on Aru now with Porte now at 5:05 in 17th place. All images by Sirotti.
Belgian rider, 33 year old Philippe Gilbert, made a powerful attack on the final short pinch before the finish line to steal victory in Vicenza today. Contador was able to also finish strongly in second place and gained time over a fading Aru who now trails Contador by 17 seconds on GC. All images by Sirotti.