Road bikes – Tac Bikes Wed, 11 Aug 2021 21:49:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Road bikes – Tac Bikes 32 32 Tiffany Cromwell to launch gravel campaign at SBT GRVL Wed, 11 Aug 2021 19:01:56 +0000 Tiffany Cromwell has raced the road bike for more than half of her life, and this year she’s taken a little detour into the dirt. On Sunday, the Canyon-SRAM rider will make her 2021 gravel debut at SBT GRVL in …]]>

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Tiffany Cromwell has raced the road bike for more than half of her life, and this year she’s taken a little detour into the dirt.

On Sunday, the Canyon-SRAM rider will make her 2021 gravel debut at SBT GRVL in Colorado, ushering in a short racing season in the discipline, as well as a fresh take on her racing bike career.

“It’s a test year this year,” said Cromwell VeloNews. “We thought it would be great to have someone on the team representing the gravel and also great for me to renew my motivation. It might also help me get stronger, with the gravel it’s a lot of pedaling and power on the pedals.

For someone who has been running since his teenage years, it’s easy to see how Cromwell might suffer from a waning sense of motivation. At 33, the Australian is one of the veterans of the women’s peloton. She has been cycling competitively since she was identified by the South Australian Sports Institute’s Talent Identification Program at the age of 14. Then, she joined her first team based in Europe in 2010 with the Lotto Ladies team. Cromwell has participated 14 times in the Giro d’Italia Donne (formerly Giro Rosa) and has just returned from Tokyo after her first Olympic Games.

Suffice it to say: Cromwell knows his way around the pack.

Yet when she spoke with the director of Canyon-SRAM before the start of this year’s contract negotiation period, they both agreed that something had to change.

“Ronnie [Lauke] took the time to decide if he wanted to keep me on the team, ”Cromwell said. “He thought of other ideas. I had gone through a few ups and downs, I was not level. I needed something, a little excitement. I have always been enthusiastic about other disciplines.

The team has always supported cyclists who practice more than one type of cycling; For years, Pauline Ferrand Prévot raced on road, mountain bike and cross. The recent acquisition Chloé Dygert will continue her career on the track. Cromwell said when his gravel campaign was announced there was interest across the team.

“When the rest of my teammates found out I was doing it, it was like ‘Hey, I want to do this’,” she said.

While the WorldTour is always the priority for the Germany-based team, Cromwell said management understands the value of gravel, especially when it comes to the team’s main sponsors, Canyon, SRAM, Giro and Rapha. Depending on how his campaign unfolds, 2022 could see more Canyon-SRAM riders on earth. It’s a decision the Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank team embraced wholeheartedly this year with US National Champion Lauren Stephens and her teammates lining up and winning gravel races across the United States when the European season on. route allows it.

Cromwell’s gravel schedule was supposed to start with June’s Unbound, but when she was unexpectedly selected to compete in the Olympics, she had to cancel those plans due to the complications of travel during the COVID pandemic. However, his end-of-season schedule is busy. After SBT GRVL, she goes to North Carolina for the Belgian Waffle Ride. Then, she returned to Europe to prepare for the world championships and Paris-Roubaix. In October, she will compete in the Marrakech GravelEpic before returning to the United States for Barry Roubaix and Big Sugar.

So what does Cromwell look forward to with his new lease on cycling?

“I want to go and be competitive,” she said. “It’s not just about having a good time. Of course, that’s part of it, but it’s also trying to win. It’s also exciting for me because in my road career these days I’m a servant. With the gravel, this is my opportunity to get back on the podium and win again. So I can also use it as a major road preparation.

Cromwell has no illusions that she will jump in the deep end and immediately learn to swim. Its longest run to date is 230 km, a distance not so extraordinary in the gravel world. During SBT GRVL 2019 – her first and only gravel race to date – Cromwell said she felt a world apart from her road racing roots.

“In terms of refueling, I had no plan,” she said. “It was a learning curve. Even with handlebar bags and the like, how do you get enough water? Even with the assistance stations, how long do you have to stop there? I have a lot to learn. And, I have heard that other races are quite tough and more knotty.

Cromwell is also intrigued by the tactical elements of racing gravel.

“You have the ability if you can to hold the wheels of the men and then you can go quite far,” she said. “It’s different kinds of tactics instead of waiting and taking a step. It’s about endurance and a strong header against quick attacks.

Like other road cyclists who have moved or are bouncing between gravel and tarmac, Cromwell was also struck by the strong sense of inclusion and camaraderie she witnessed at gravel events. In fact, his biggest takeaway from SBT GRVL two years ago was how the pros at the pointy end and those who just yearned to finish the race all traded stories at the end of the event.

“I like this tie,” she said. “You all start together. Same distances, same prize money, all those things that lead from that point of view that I find really cool. With the road, we have always had to insist and talk about these things. As this is a new discipline, they were able to start from a clean slate.

After nearly 20 years of racing, gravel could also be Cromwell’s clean slate.

Giant TCR Advanced 2 review Mon, 09 Aug 2021 16:00:34 +0000

Racing bikes with rim brakes are a dying breed in 2021, but there is still a case to be made for simple, lightweight bikes that focus on the fun of riding above all else.

Giant’s TCR is a legendary platform that has won countless tests over the generations. With a full 105 and a frame barely different from its superbike cousins, is this still a winner?

The TCR is a benchmark for versatile racing bikes and the TCR Advanced 2 is the cheapest model in the lineup, the latest incarnation of a relatively affordable machine that has already won our coveted Bike of the Year award in 2018. .

Prices have risen since then, but it’s still an attractive proposition for cyclists looking for a pure road bike experience, and it’s a top choice for aspiring riders who can live without disc brakes.

Giant TCR Advanced 2 frame

This TCR is one of an ever growing number of suitable rim brake racing bikes. It might seem perverse to choose lower brakes these days, but for predominantly good weather driving, a good set of rim brakes is still a perfectly good option, one that comes with appealing simplicity and a low weight.

This complete bike weighs just 7.9kg for an average bike, a healthy chunk less than many bikes in this price bracket.

The TCR is made from what Giant calls advanced grade carbon, the second tier below Advanced SL, and the same material as the top grade TCR Advanced Pro.

According to Giant’s own figures, the frame weighs 830g unpainted, and the penalty over the top-of-the-line model is only 85g plus the weight of a seat post because the SL has an integrated mast.

The iconic slanted top tube of the TCR.
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Externally, the bicycle differs little from its more expensive brethren. It has the same sleek, almost organic curves and the same compact (or semi-compact – that’s less extreme than before) frame design with a sloping top tube.

Giant claimed aerodynamic gains when redesigning the TCR for 2021, but it’s not a pure aero bike – that niche in the brand’s lineup is occupied by the rather meaty-looking Propel.

The TCR, on the other hand, is quite delicate, with simple and attractive lines complemented by a slim fork.

It’s a nice thing with an attractive paint job and, thanks to good old quick-release skewers and a standard cockpit layout with the cables exposed, there shouldn’t be any annoying compatibility issues or mechanical headaches. when it comes to swapping out components or making adjustments to your fit.

Geometry Giant TCR Advanced 2

Giant construction TCR Advanced 2

The Advanced 2 specification gives you a complete Shimano 105 groupset with no third-party substitutions outside of the chain.

Given the bike’s racy intentions, Giant opts for a 52/36 crank over a true compact, although the 11-30 cassette means the gearing is still reasonably low to haul big climbs.

The finishing kit is entirely Giant’s property and is completely harmless, just like the PR-2 alloy wheels of its own brand. While the more expensive TCRs feature hookless carbon rims with some restrictions on tire compatibility, there are no such issues here.

Both rims and tires are tubeless ready, and the former are usefully wide at 22mm internal, an impressive up-to-date specification that helps inflate the nominally 25mm Giant tires mounted nearly 28mm wide.

Tire clearance, by the way, is one area where the TCR rim brake is inevitably overshadowed by the disc version. Officially, 28mm is the maximum width allowed, while the disc model takes 32 seconds.

Impressions of the Giant TCR Advanced 2 race

On the road, the TCR is a delightfully pure, unfiltered experience. It is rigid, direct and, thanks to its low weight, a pleasure to cast.

The aesthetics of the TCR are that of a lightweight mountaineer’s bike that would be comfortable in the mountains, and the riding experience is very much in line with that dream.

Even knowing that the aero trumps weight almost all the time when it comes to actual speed, there’s no doubt about the nice feel of a lighter bike.

The underlying TCR formula hasn’t changed in years and that’s because it works. The bike is precise and efficient, a real pleasure in fast technical descents.

The geometry is as sleek as ever, with steep frame angles and a short wheelbase of just 980mm for a midrange. The reach is quite long at 388mm, while the 545mm stack will allow most riders to be as low as they need it to be, but not as aggressive as some.

Shimano 105 rim brakes on the Giant TCR Advanced 2 road bike

Rim brakes make sense in terms of simplicity and low weight.
Russell Burton / Immediate Media

Under hard pedaling the TCR is quite stiff rather than totally inflexible, but that’s probably as much due to the wheels as it is to the frameset.

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with Giant tires, but a set of carbon racing rims would naturally be even more exciting, and this bike is good enough in all other respects to deserve them as a future upgrade.

In its standard form, however, the TCR is fully race-ready and lacking for nothing. You can spend the money on a premium tire set as well, but the Giant rubber fitted is just fine.

The TCR isn’t a fluffy endurance bike, but with tubeless tires you can reap the benefits of lower tire pressure with the added bonus of extra puncture protection.

Shimano 105 is still as competent as ever, with a little less sharp shifting than the Ultegra. The brakes are of course not equal to the discs, but they are more than enough and don’t flex like cheaper third-party calipers.

Giant TCR Advanced 2 overall

There’s a reason the TCR has been such a high score over several generations. It rightfully sits alongside greats like the Cannondale SuperSix and the Specialized Tarmac.

Giant, however, is arguably more generous at the affordable end of the range than most of the competition. This all-men’s TCR isn’t a shoddy homage to the professional model supergroup, it’s a fantastic bike in its own right and I would recommend it wholeheartedly.

In its standard form, it’s a capable bike that’s ready to run or ride all day as fast as it can get, and the frame is good enough to warrant major upgrades down the line if the mood takes you. .

If you don’t think you need disc brakes, the TCR is one of the best road bikes you can buy right now.

Mom beaten in front of child for honking ATVs and motorcyclists Fri, 06 Aug 2021 20:27:00 +0000

A Rhode Island mother was dragged out of her car and beaten on the street in front of her young daughter – just for honking a group of bikers blocking the road, according to police and a heartbreaking video of the attack.

The unidentified 35-year-old was driving with her 8-year-old daughter on Tuesday when she honked the horn at bikers and ATV riders who “ignored two full cycles of traffic lights,” WLNE said, citing a police report.

As she drove off, she was chased and “surrounded by a large group of ATVs and dirt bikes,” according to the report.

Several members of the group jumped off their rides and opened the mother’s door, dragged her out of her car and beat her on the street while her daughter watched, according to the report.

Video of the attack shows a woman kneeling in the street as someone grabs her by the hair and hits her repeatedly.

The woman, dressed in blue shorts, is surrounded by other attackers and almost appears to have her top ripped off as she lost a shoe while struggling to fend off the attackers, who threw her to the ground.

Video of the attack shows a woman kneeling in the street as someone grabs her by the hair and repeatedly hits her.
A woman was repeatedly beaten after being taken out of her car.

It was not immediately clear how badly injured she was in what Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza damned as “a horrible incident.”

City Councilor David Salvatore also condemned the attack, telling WLNE: “A woman driving her car with her baby shouldn’t have to worry about brutal physical abuse.”

Police arrested 24-year-old Shyanne Boisvert on Thursday and charged her with assault and disorderly conduct in connection with the attack, WPRI said.

She was arrested Friday morning on both counts of misdemeanor and ordered not to contact the victim, the newspaper said.

Boisvert was ordered to be held without bail for violating her parole in a January case also involving her blocking traffic on her bicycle – with her pushing a cop who tried to intervene, the outlet said.

She was sentenced to one year of probation and 20 hours of community service in the case, according to reports.

Mayor Elorza insisted that the city “will continue to devote all our available resources to removing these illegal ATVs from our streets and bringing those responsible to justice.”

“Our police department has seized and destroyed over 200 bicycles and we will continue to stop and arrest people who use these bicycles illegally,” he said.

Thieves around the world have a crisis of conscience and return stolen bikes Fri, 06 Aug 2021 15:44:11 +0000

You wait forever for a bike thief to have a crisis of conscience and return a stolen bike to its rightful owner – then two arrive at a time, from either side of the world, one to India, one to Canada.

Meanwhile, closer to home, a man in the Netherlands who collects bicycles for a children’s charity has been mistakenly identified as a bicycle thief – after he recovered a bicycle outside the wrong house .

First, let’s head to Assam, famous for its tea, in northeast India where, although he has locked his bike in a high security compound of his official residence, Mrinal Saikia – a member of the state legislature – returned to find he was gone. .

After reporting the theft on Facebook and filing a complaint with the Principal Secretary of the Assam Legislature, the bike was returned this morning, reports the Assam Tribune.

A bicycle thief also had doubts in Whitefish, Ont., Reports the Daily Inter Lake.

In its regular roundup on the crimes, the newspaper said: “A regrettable thief stole a man’s bike in Whitefish before returning it a few days later.

“The reformed person placed the bicycle in its original upright position with a note that read ‘I’m sorry’,” the report added.

Even thieves in Canada are aligning themselves with the cliché of politeness of the nation, it seems.

Regarding the case of mistaken identity in the Netherlands, English-language website Eindhoven News reports that the man was branded a “brutal bicycle thief” on social media after posting a surveillance footage showing him taking a bicycle in the garden of a house in the city.

Charles Hermans, who was already towing dozens of bikes on his trailer, was shocked when he saw footage of himself – the 73-year-old volunteers from the Royal Dutch Touring Club (ANWB), collecting bikes in the province of Brabant which were donated to underprivileged children throughout Brabant.

He said: “Today I picked up 46 bikes. I’ve been doing this for six months now. I have already collected 1,200 bikes this month.

It turned out that he had taken a bicycle from the wrong house. “People always put the bikes that need to be picked up in the front yard,” he explained. “I think I made a mistake.”

He contacted the owner of the bike to organize its safe return.

Five fun things to do in Milford Massachusetts Thu, 05 Aug 2021 09:00:27 +0000

Editor’s Note: This story is part of an occasional series examining important sites and activities available in various communities in the MetroWest and Milford area.

Whether you’re in the mood for history, the outdoors, or just chilling out with a local beer, here are some ideas for things to do in Milford from sunrise to sunset.

Something old

According to “History of the Town of Milford” by Adin Ballou, published in 1882, the town was originally the “eastern part of the town of Mendon” or the “eastern quarter” and Mendon’s break to form the town of Milford was tempted. more than once in several decades. Milford officially became a town in 1780. Memorial Hall – the building that now houses the Historic Commission – was constructed from Milford pink granite, a unique igneous rock found in the area.

The Milford Historical Commission was established in the early 1970s and has a collection of Civil War artifacts, musical instruments, articles written about the town, and resources to study local history and genealogy . The museum is open from 1 pm to 4 pm on Thursdays and the Memorial Hall building itself has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1985. Milford Town Hall has also been on the Register since 1977.

Try the municipal library quiz:Which Milfordian won a Nobel Prize?

Take a donut

For early risers, Basic Batch Donuts recently opened, but it’s already a popular stop for donut lovers. The store might not have existed without the pandemic, however. According to the Basic Batch website, owner Christina Larson had made donut pop-ups but did not commit to opening a bakery until she was laid off due to the pandemic.