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- I'm thinking about getting a set and wanted to see if anyone had any thoughts about them - good or bad. Are they better than Major Toms? The price makes me think so, but that could just be marketing.
I have a 56cm Surly steamroller. The frame is red-brown in color has the following components:
-Campagnolo Record Headset
-FSA cranks with external BB
-Surly front rim
-Dura ace real wheel set up as flip flop SS/fixie
-Selle Italia Saddle
-Wing style bars cut to bull horns by previous owner
-Currently equipped with aero brake levers, but have a set of recently purchased cane creek bar ends to include.
Pics will come later, I wouldn't sell this, but after riding it I haven' fallen in love with the SS/fixie, and I have projects that could be funded that I am more enthusiastic about.
I am not desperate to sell this, so reasonable offers only.
Stage 5: Santa Barbara to Avila Beach (116 miles)
On a day that should have been for the sprinters and one without a GC shake-up, stage 5 of the Amgen Tour of California provided an exciting and unpredicted finish. Jens Voigt (RadioShack-Leopard) affirmed his legendary status again, taking the win and foiling the sprinters’ plans as he launched the winning move with just 5km to go and soloed to the line. Michael Morkov (Saxo-Tinkoff), who placed 56th, again shared his SRM power data from the stage with TrainingPeaks and VeloNews.
1. Jens Voigt, RadioShack-Leopard
2. Tyler Farrar, Garmin-Sharp
3. Thor Hushovd, BMC Racing
56. Michael Morkov, Saxo-Tinkoff
View Morkov’s SRM data in TrainingPeaks.
As expected, an early breakaway escaped before the only categorized climb on the stage, the San Marcos Pass. The climb may not have been enough to split the main field but it definitely took its toll on the riders. Morkov averaged 299 watts up the 7-mile climb, cresting the summit in just over 32 minutes with the main group.
San Marcos Pass
299 Average Watts
314 Normalized Power (NP)*
139 Average Heart Rate
84 Average Cadence
*Normalized Power provides a better measure of the true physiological demands of an effort. It’s an estimate of the power you could have maintained for the same physiological “cost” if your power output had been perfectly constant rather than variable.
About 60 miles into the race, as the sprinters’ teams gathered at the front to begin the chase in earnest, a fierce crosswind buffeted the peloton and the predicted outcome of the race was lost in the wind. It was during this windy section that Morkov set his peak 12-minute power of the stage, fighting to keep contact but ultimately unable to make the lead group, finishing 56th — 1:07 behind Voigt.
Morkov’s power output between the largely steady state climb and the erratic crosswind section was very different. An erratic, “up-and-down” effort was required to stay in position in the winds, while Markov managed a steadier output on San Marcos.
Morkov had over 30 spikes above 600 watts in the 14-minute crosswind section, compared to just a couple at the end of the 32-minute San Marcos Pass climb. For the 14 minutes in the crosswinds, Morkov pushed 357 watts (5 w/kg) with a NP of 381 — a difference of 24 watts, indicating the high physiological effort of his frequent surges. Compare this to the difference of only 16 watts between average power and NP on the San Marcos climb. The percent difference between the average watts and the normalized power is also known as the Variability Index (VI).
With about 34 miles to go, a severe crosswind caused chaos and trouble for some of the top GC contenders, including race leader Janier Acevedo (Jamis-Hagens Berman). The UCI WorldTour teams smelled blood in the air and rallied their strong men to the front (including team leaders), causing the peloton to shatter into several smaller groups before Voigt’s winning attack. All in all, the effort of the day cost Morkov over 3,700 calories — the equivalent of nearly 10 of California’s popular In-N-Out hamburgers at 390 calories each.
Stage 7: Livermore to Mount Diablo (91.4 miles)
With a mountaintop finish on Mount Diablo, riders with GC aspirations knew that this would be the last opportunity to move up in the overall standings, as the final stage on Sunday would be mostly flat and would likely end in a bunch sprint. 24-year old Chris Butler of (Champion System) shared his SRM race data from the stage.
1. Leopold Konig, NetApp-Endura
2. Janier Acevedo, Jamis-Hagens Berman
3. Tejay van Garderen, BMC Racing
28. Chris Butler, Champion System
View Butler’s file in TrainingPeaks.
The young American had a plan for the stage: Get into the early break and hopefully hit the final climb with a big enough gap to hold off the chasers and move up in the overall standings. Butler executed the plan perfectly and made the break on the first KOM of the stage, Morgan Territory Road. Butler put everything into this effort, hitting all of his peak power values of the day from 2 to 20 minutes, and holding an impressive 377 watts (6.3 w/kg) and 390 NP for 14 minutes as he worked hard to establish the break and get away from the chasing field.
The break, including Butler, started the final ascent of Mount Diablo with only about a minute lead on the chasers. Butler did not give up, however, despite having been in the break for the majority of the stage. Instead, he dug deep and put out his peak 30-minute power heading up Mount Diablo, fighting all the way to the line.
Mount Diablo climb
335 Average Watts
81 Average Cadence
Unfortunately, Butler’s effort was not enough to hold off the climbers and other GC contenders, but he still finished 28th on the stage, 2:17 behind winner Leopold Konig (NetApp-Endura).
Look for Butler and many of the other American pros that raced in California to compete in Chattanooga, Tennessee this coming weekend at the Volkswagen USA Cycling Professional Road & Time Trial National Championships. The intense racing they experienced in California will be an asset after a rest this week, which should allow their fitness and form to peak for an exciting nationals.
Editor’s note: Thanks to TrainingPeaks.com, we are looking at various riders’ power data from stages 5 and 7 of the Amgen Tour of California. Today, Shawn Heidgen, a USA Cycling certified coach, former professional cyclist, and Education Specialist at TrainingPeaks, recaps the data from the eight-day race. For more, follow Shawn on Twitter.
VICENZA, Italy (AFP) — Wintry weather in the Italian Dolomites could force changes to the route of the final two mountain stages of the Giro d’Italia, according to organizers on Wednesday.
Concerns over the conditions expected on Friday’s 19th stage from Ponte di Legno to Val Martello, which will go through the Gavia and Stelvio mountain passes, were raised last week due to the unseasonably cold weather in the high mountains.
At 2,758 meters in altitude, the Stelvio is the highest point of this year’s race, which Italian Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) is currently leading with a 1:26 advantage over Australian Cadel Evans (BMC Racing).
Organizers said the road over the Stelvio was clear and could be raced, but the climb and descent could be hit by severe weather.
Saturday’s 20th stage, the final day in the mountains, begins in Silandro and takes in four mountain passes with altitudes over 1,700 meters, before finishing at the legendary Trois Cimes de Lavaredo (2,304 meters).
According to Gazzetta dello Sport, whose parent company RCS organizes the race, the temperature could fall to as low as minus 14 degrees Celsius on Friday.
Organizers said they are “studying all possible routes” with a view to making last minute changes if necessary.”
Adverse weather conditions have already forced changes to the route.
Last Saturday, organizers had to pull the Col de Sestrieres from stage 14 because of freezing temperatures in the Italian Alps.
A day later, the finish line of the 15th stage, initially set up at the summit of the legendary Galibier climb in France, was moved 4.2 kilometers down the mountain because of snowy conditions.
The race finishes Sunday when the 21st stage leads the peloton over a mostly flat 197km from Riese Pio X to Brescia.
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BRUSSELS (AFP) — World champion Philippe Gilbert chases his first victory of the season as a strong field gets set to begin the five-stage Tour of Belgium on Wednesday.
The BMC Racing team leader pulled out of last week’s Amgen Tour of California to attend the birth of his second child but will line up for his home race in an optimistic mood, with the final stage suited to his climbing skills over the route used for the one day Liège–Bastogne–Liège classic.
“I hope to do something special on this stage which passes through my hometown. I know the roads by heart and the course is perfectly suited for me,” said the 30-year-old, who is still shaking off jet lag after his trip back from the American west coast.
The riders will cover the La Redoute climb three times on the final day, where Gilbert won the Liege-Bastogne-Liege in 2011 after finishing third on the same roads one year earlier.
Should Gilbert falter, BMC can also count on his compatriot Greg van Avermaet to challenge for the overall title, while former world champion Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Leopard) of Switzerland is always a threat. Germany’s Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) and Dutchman Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil-DCM) are also tipped for the podium.
Sprint finishes are also likely to feature Belgium’s best known racer Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma), who will take on Germany’s Andre Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) in what should be some gripping battles among the peloton’s speedsters.
Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) is arguably the best hope among the French contingent, although the former yellow jersey holder is likely to use the race as preparation for Tour de France after fracturing his collarbone in mid-April and only returning to action last week.