The toughest cyclocross race in the world. Staged in the Yorkshire Dales National Park since 1961 the Three Peaks is a grandparent to every adventure race that’s come after. The first off-road event of its kind, it follows in the muddy footsteps and tyre tracks of a 14-year-old Yorkshire schoolboy who first completed the arduous route by bicycle in 1959. Since then the course and event have expanded to become the largest and most feared cyclocross in the UK.
We see the bike media et. al. falling over themselves to encourage a public dependence on component electronics. And both ebikes and component electronics have an intrinsic designed obsolescence, by virtue of these systems having a limited number of battery cycles. There won’t be ‘vintage’ drivetrains in 20 years as none of the batteries will be usable. I have a birthday coming up, maybe I’m being overly nostalgic to consider this.
We don’t have passes across the Alps that Napoleon used and now have 8 lane motorways, or ancient smuggling routes between Salzburg and the Alta Valtellina which is now perfect singletrack. But we do have the Convict Trail, and you get right up close to it on the Convict 100.
According to the report, 55 percent of women working in the bike field said they had been directly or indirectly affected by behavior or comments that are discriminatory or biased based on gender. That’s in comparison to 20 percent in the running industry, 35 percent in the snow industry, and 36 percent in other outdoor industries.
Studies have shown that improved sleep correlates with better performance at high intensities. One paper, authored by Cheri Mah, a researcher at Stanford, showed that increased sleep improved sprint times of basketball players by 5%. In the context of elite sports, 5% is much more than a marginal gain.
As Jens was asked what one of the most challenging race moments he encountered throughout his 17 Tour de France finishes, he brought up a late stage in the 2010 race that qualified for him..
I’ll dissect exactly what happened further down, but for the moment I’ll say this: On the international race broadcast and across Twitter, there was a sentiment that the pit mishap was not Brand’s fault, and that it cost Brand the win. I don’t believe either of those suggestions are accurate.