Have you ever aspired to be your own boss? Perhaps maybe even owning your own sports team? Well now is your chance (sort of). Slipstream Sports, the company who manages the Cannondale-Drapac pro-cycling team, recently received some bad news in that a new sponsor they had line for for 2018 wasn’t going to fulfill their commitment. This left the team with a $7 million shortfall and the possibility of not being able to continue next year. Now if you’ve got a spare $7mil laying around, feel free to give Jonathan Vaughters a call, but I’m guessing most of my readers don’t but read on to see how you can help support the team.
When the news broke about the sponsorship deal sinking and the shortfall of money there was an outcry of supporters with many suggesting to try and raise the money via crowd funding. Management was blown away by the support and they put the feelers out to see if it was a viable option and with that a sponsor stepped up (the Fairly Group) and said they would match any crowd sourced donations up to $2 million. So that is where you all come in. Click the link below which will take you to their #SaveArgyle Indiegogo page where you can make your donation. There are a bunch of different levels to donate at, anything from $25 up to $50,000 and each level comes with it’s own “perks” whether it be a coffee mug, team kit, frame stickers, a ride with the team, a team bike all the way up to being able to ride in the team car. All very cool indeed.
So if you are so inclined, please help support one of the hottest teams in cycling right now. They are on a tear this year with their pinnacle achievement being Rigoberto Urán finishing second in the closest Tour de France finishes of recent years. It would be a shame, actually a complete disappointment, not to have this team competing in the World Tour next year. Join me in helping this American team secure their future and enable them to continue to race in 2018.
#SaveArgyle: Keep Cannondale-Drapac alive in 2018
A quick video about my Cannondale CAAD10. #GCNSpoof
D’oh! I completely left off my Garmin Edge 1000 and magnetless speed/cadence sensors.
Unfortunately you can’t buy the whole bike on Amazon but If you like my SCICON Elan saddle bag it is available from Amazon in different colors at the links below:
My Cannondale at Cannondale.
Yes this is the historic Cannondale train station where the Cannondale bike company got it’s name from.
Here are a couple of other shots from the day. Cannondale’s first HQ was in a loft above a pickle factory in the village.
Historic Cannondale Village.
I Am Not Ted King
Everyone loves new kit, but ever wonder what it would feel like to be a pro and get new kit all logo’d out? Well I sorta do thanks to Competitive Cyclist and their sale on 2015 items. Take a gander what I splurged on…
Dressed like a pro in some Cannonade-Garmin kit!
Now normally I wouldn’t buy a pro team kit for fear of looking like a Fred, but when it’s 50+% off and I ride the equipment in question I just can’t pass it up especially when it’s specific pieces I have always wanted to get but would never pay full price for.
From left to right we have the Fawesome 2 vest, Gabba 2 short sleeve jersey, Aero Race 5.0 jersey and in the center there is the Volo bibs and a pair of matching Castelli socks.
The Gabba 2 jersey has been on my radar for a while, it’s a staple of the pro peloton even for non sponsored teams and it quite the piece of it. It’s essentially a soft shell jersey so it’s great on those cool questionable days without the need for a vest and can be paired with a pair of arm warmers. It also has a drop tail to keep spray off your back side should the weather take a turn for the worst.
The Fawesome 2 vest is made of the same material as the Gabba but it’s obviously in a vest form. This is a huge improvement from my current nylon style vest which despite a bunch of venting still doesn’t breath as well as I’d like it to.
The Aero Race jersey is new for me. I was planning on purchasing the Team 2.0 jersey (it’s they same cut but different material) but my size was sold out so I went for the Aero Race. Fit is as you’d expect but this thing is lightweight! It’s going to get a lot of use during the summer that is for sure.
The Volo bibs are also new for me. I have several pairs of Free Aero Race bibs in different kits and they are alway comfortable with the Progetto X2 chamois. I have read reviews to stay away with from bibs with the KISS chamois which is what the Volo has but I figured since they were on sale and the Aero Race bibs weren’t available in the team colors I’d try them out. So far I am pleased with them. Fit is like the other bibs and the chamois is comfortable at least on the hour trainer ride I did. More testing still needs to be done but I think they will be fine for longer rides.
Overall I’m very impressed with these pieces of kit. I’ve always been a fan of Castello kit and have several others in my closet. These items are just the icing on the cake now!
What a strange winter it has been with unseasonably high temps for the past couple of months. Yesterday was the first snow/sleet/freezing rain we have seen and it is just about all gone now and is forecast to be 60 degrees F tomorrow on Dec 31st. This warm weather means I have been able to still ride outside on occasion. Not as much as I’d like because it’s usually almost dark by the time I get home but I have been able to get my new Cannondale CAAD10 out for about 120 miles or so over the past month. When I bought it I figured it would be mounted in the trainer by now and I’d have the CX tires on the TriCross for the mid winter jaunts. But instead the TriCross is still in the trainer, speaking of which…
I’ve had a trainer of some sort for the past 15 years. 2 years ago I upgraded the cheap magnetic trainer to a nice Kurt Kinetic Road Machine fluid trainer. Boy what a difference that made in feel! Last year I took winter training to a whole new level with Trainer Road. It really helped me improve my fitness over the winter and come spring I wasn’t gasping for air at the tops of climbs as had been the case in previous years. Then early this year Zwift came along and I was in heaven between structured training via Trainer Road and fun rides on Zwift – all will still being indoors. So coming into this winter knowing I would be spending a good amount of time on the trainer again (and looking forward to it) I decided to up the ante and purchase a Wahoo KICKR. What a game changer that machine is. There is no slacking on Trainer Road, which is good, plus you can really work on your cadence w/o having to worry about shifting gears and finding that perfect combination. Then with Zwift the climbs become real! Resistance increases as the grade goes up and you’ve got to react with gear changes and even standing like you would in real life. The KICKR is certainly an investment but I’m on it at least 5-6 days a week and has been really beneficial to my training. Plus with two bikes now I’m likely to leave one mounted in the trainer year round for rainy day training sessions.
Now some of my astute readers I’m sure will be quick to point out that Zwift has its own workout mode now, so why am I still using Trainer Road? Honestly, while they are some good workouts on Zwift, I just don’t think Zwift’s workout mode is that mature yet (it is still “beta”). I think for the casual rider who has never done structured workouts before it’s a good step but Trainer Road offers so much more with their plans and metrics. Yes you can get some of that with Strava but not completely. I still use Trainer Road and Zwift at the same time like last year, as it provides a nice distraction instead of just staring at numbers and charts on the screen. Recently I’ve also been catching up in the Trainer Road podcasts while riding so that’s another distraction as well. Although last night I listened to one while doing my FTP test and I really don’t remember any of it… the podcast that is, I certainly remember the test… ouch! (but hey FTP increased by 8%!) I just started my second phase of Sweet Spot training and then will probably get into the Sustained Power build phase and then either the Climbing or Century specialty phases. I don’t race and the biggest thing I have planned so far is an 87 miler with almost 6000′ of elevation so I’m undecided at this point which may suit me better keeping in mind I will be doing other centuries (metric & imperial) over the season.
On to other things… I know earlier in the year after purchasing my Garmin Edge 1000 I mentioned I would do a more complete complete comparison of it against the Magellan Cyclo 505, but honestly I don’t want to waste my time. Software updates to the Magellan have been non existent and there really is no comparison at this point. Garmin continues to update and improve the Edge 1000 with frequent software releases. The biggest complaint about the Garmin is its navigation but in my testing when using the open source maps it has been adequate. Is it as good as routing as the Magellan, probably not, but it has never failed to get me where I’m going either. As for all the other features the Garmin wins hands down.
Well since this will likely be my last post of the year, I wish everyone a happy and healthy New Year! And hopefully old man winter stays indoors for us Northeastern’ers and I can continue to ride outdoors on the weekends!